A week away

I cannot believe tomorrow marks one week until we pack the cars and leave Fort Myers for our new home!

The goodbyes are in full swing …

Today while I was at work, residents of Pine Island started calling and stopping in to make sure they gave me a hug, as well as send me off with good wishes. I was so excited to see one particular resident stop in this afternoon, especially since she recently went through surgery. She said she couldn’t let me leave without saying goodbye. Again, another person who left an everlasting imprint on me.

I can only imagine what my remaining four days at the Pine Island Eagle will contain.

My editor, who puts my paper together every Monday, faxed me a copy, so I can look it over before it’s sent off to the printing press. Tomorrow’s paper includes an invitation for the entire community to come and say goodbye between specific hours at the deli down the boardwalk. Wednesday is going to be overwhelming, very overwhelming if a crowd makes an appearance.

With our days counting down, I am trying to make time for as many friends as possible before we depart.

Tonight I had dinner with a childhood friend, a friend who I spent every waking hour with once upon a time. Our dinner was such a fantastic way to kick off our last week in Florida. Erin showed so much excitement for our move and was so incredibly supportive and encouraging. When we left the restaurant I was on such a natural high from sharing our plans.

I didn’t think it was possible to become anymore excited about our move than I already am.

Crunch time is here, the packing begins and the phone calls to turn off services and begin services is in full swing … which reminds me I should probably stop writing and start filling boxes.

Wow next Tuesday Jason and I will be driving away from Fort Myers. Our adventure is almost ready to begin …

Excitement is building

The days are slowly counting down to when my boyfriend and I will be departing from a home we have grown to know, a home that has been a part of our lives for quite some time and a home that brought us together after going our separate ways for more than a decade.

I have moved only twice, the first time from Illinois to Florida with my family and the second time to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, which led me eventually back to Southwest Florida.

A move to another state can be both sad and exciting. The exciting part stems from wiping the slate clean as a new beginning is mapped out at a new destination.

backyard111The hardest part about this move is of course leaving family behind, since I am one of six children and an aunt of four adorable boys. A drive down the street to my parents and sisters’ homes, as well as a couple hour drive to my brothers will no longer be an option, as we will be 14 hours away. The beauty of course behind this is we are an incredibly close family who talks often and a drive back to Southwest Florida or a plane trip is extremely doable.

Family will always be there through thick and thin, so even though we may be a farther distance away, they will forever be close because they are a phone call, text or short trip away.

Although this is constantly flowing through my mind, the excitement of this new adventure grabs a hold of me . . .

As we pulled up Google Earth and highlighted the area of NE Tennessee – our destination – the pictures were incredible, which only increased the excitement of our soon to be new home. The change of seasons, hiking trails, mountains, lakes and farm house pictures, which graced the computer screen, grasped our attention as smiles spread across our faces. The endless possibilities and the new areas to explore are incredibly exciting to think about.

I am beyond thrilled to experience a new state and discover all it has to offer with this man who has become an incredible part of my life. What a journey to take with someone you love and share everything with. Our new journey is on the verge of beginning, a journey I know we will both make the most of, due to his incredible love for finding new areas to explore.

The excitement for the end of April is building, as we put in final notices at work and to our apartment complex, as well as making plans of how we are going to get from point A to point B with all of our belongings.