Friday, July 18, 2008

Leaving Virginia Beach

We've had a great couple of days at the beach. Walking the boardwalk, riding tandem bikes, swimming in the surf. N and A saw friends and were farewelled. D Forehand and I dropped off the car - which could have been better organized and quicker. Ah the Navy way slow and full of paperwork. C is off for one more ihop breakfast with friends. BR (FD16) came over last night for Jungle Golf. The Boughers came to the boardwalk to see us off and give us some hugs. J and D Gatling made yummy burgers, fruit salad and blackberry cobbler for dinner last night. Nothing like homemade food after being on the road. I can see the mixed emotions on everyone's sleeve this a.m. I have them churning around in my heart too. Leaving friends, familiar surroundings and family that we won't see for a long time. The Navy grows us, changes our lives AND I trust the Lord to keep our breaking hearts together. We love those who we are with, we cherish those far away and we look forward to the new friends we will know.


Liz said...

My heart is full of conflicting emotions this morning too. On one hand, I am very excited that you are getting this opportunity. On the other hand, I can't imagine going three years without seeing you. I am already trying to figure out how to manage a trip there.
I love you guys. I will be praying for traveling mercies today.

Kate said...

Like I said before you don't let the dust catch up with you. I do hope that your stay in Spain will be as good or better than you expect and better than you've dreamed of. Gods speed my friends. Kate

Liz said...

Hey Sweetie, We saw Mama Mia tonight and it was like getting a "Meryl Fix". We all thought Meryl Streep was a reminder of you. Wish you could have been here with us. We could have added to our many movie memories.

Thinking of you!

Riss said...

I love you, Mama. I miss you already. I can't wait to come out to see you. Also...Clay's phone stopped working - I'm going to buy him a pay-phone if I don't get a call from you this weekend. I want to be able to get in touch with everyone. :)