Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Hard Goodbye

Yesterday we spent the day at our friends', the Newbolds', house helping them box up and load all their possessions into a huge moving truck parked outside their house. Minute by minute, the house got emptier and my heart seemed to do the same. But we couldn't chain them down :) ... so Colin, Sarah, Eden, Maren and their dog Grace are on their way to Yuma, AZ, where Colin will be stationed as a Harrier pilot for the next few years.

We met the Newbolds back in Virginia when Mike first joined the Marine Corps and we moved from there to Florida to Mississippi to North Carolina together over the last three years. Sarah and I had Maren and AK within weeks of each other, and our three girls became the best of friends. (I'm just sorry Avery won't grow up so closely with them.) Our time here in NC together was especially fun and memorable. Our families get along so well and we have so much in common. We will miss them terribly! It was so hard to say goodbye and even more difficult to watch our girls hug and say their goodbyes. In fact, when I told AK that Eden and Maren were moving, she simply said, "well, I better start packing." :)

Thank you, Colin and Sarah, for sharing your lives and your girls with us and for being such great friends and, well, our family here. Sarah, thank you for all the support you've given me. You are such a wonderful mom and friend and I've learned so much from you. I love you, and I'm so sad you left.

You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers as always. We wish you an easy and painless move and the best of luck in Yuma! We are looking forward to future visits!!!

One last playdate for the girls.

And one last dinner together at our house.


Sarah said...

Oh, Casey. This takes my breath away for so many reasons. I think the collage will be perfect for the whole wall leading upstairs in our new house. :) We love, love you guys and I know we'll see each other again soon...give the girls big hugs for us! I'm going to start searching airfares after we get's never too soon and you and I are so good at throwing impromptu vacations together! ;)

Sarah said...
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Sarah said...

Ugh.that was me again. My phone posted it twice!

The McNicoll Family said...

Oh.goodbyes are soo hard! it is the worst part about military life! I know all of you will keep in touch!!Love all the pics!

Cindy said...

Oh Casey...Sarah told me to read your blog and see the pictures. When she called the day they left, she was torn apart after saying good-bye to you. I want Maren and Abby Kate to remember each other and remain the best of friends but at the same time I hope their little hearts don't feel the hurt until they can understand better. I know Eden is sort of used to this but she too will miss her sweet extended family. Chip and U are a testiment to how friends in the military truly become not only like family, but real family. You guys are the best and we feel blessed that we got to know you. Hope we see you again before TOO long. Hugs to all the Wallace's. Thanks for loving our kids and babies and for being the amazing friends you are to them.
God bless you,
Cindy & Chip

Cindy said...

oops...meant "Chip & I"...