Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Saying Goodbye

Last week, we had to say goodbye to some very dear friends who are moving back to Australia.  For two years, they have been just across the courtyard from us and now they will be across the world, on a whole other continent.  To say that we are sad about the void they are leaving behind doesn't even begin to cover it. 

We did, however, manage to cram in some pretty amazing moments on their last night here.   The plan was a picnic dinner in the park, but the real highlights came spontaneously.

Running and climbing and wrestling,


streaking through the spray park in the buff (okay, that one was just the three-year-olds),


hugs and kisses all around,






And of course, lots and lots of smiles.






Goodbye, sweet friends.  You will be dearly missed. You taught each of us so much in the last two years, not least of which was to expand Lilah's definition of family.  She will grow up knowing that families don't necessarily have to consist of one mommy, one daddy, and their kid(s), but beyond that, and even more importantly, she now knows that friends, good friends, are the family you get to choose for yourself.

We are going to miss the moments we shared, but know that, even though you are far away for now, there will be many more of these moments to come.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
~~Omar Khayyam

 

Little White WhaleLive and Love...Out Loud

21 comments:

  1. So many beautiful pictures! Saying goodbye is never fun, but it looks like you all made the most of it!

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  2. Aw, so sad but such beautiful photo memories.

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  3. Sounds like they are wonderful friends. We are lucky to have friends that we consider family, too. I hope you're able to go visit them sometime!

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    1. Me too! Or at least meet somewhere in the middle, like say, Hawaii??? :)

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  4. Looks at those two together...how sweet! That stinks when good friends have to move away.

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  5. Those pictures are so wonderful. It is always sad going away, luckily for all of us the magic of modern technology takes the sting out of it a little bit.

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    1. You are so right. What would we do without Skype?

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  6. Love Amanda! Gorgeous photos but so bittersweet. I hate saying goodbye to good friends. So many good times still to come though like you said. Looking at the future through that lens can be so exciting. Thanks for linking up again :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting. I'm loving the quotes and the inspiration!

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  7. Awww, so sad to say goodbye!! Love the pictures of your last times together.
    Hugs.

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  8. Beautiful pictures, beautiful moments, captured beautifully. My favorites are of the handholding, so cute!

    Thank goodness for technology, they may be oceans away but just a Skype call/ email/ GChat away.

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    1. I know, I just love it when they make my job so easy with their spontaneous cuteness and lovefests! And I agree, thank goodness for technology!

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  9. What a beautiful post! Beautiful photos, sad and sweet all at the same time :) What a blessing to have had such friends...even if their physical closeness was only for a short time. Imagine the reunions you all will have!!

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    1. And the dreaming we can do leading up to those reunions! It's true, we've been so, so lucky.

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  10. What lovely photos, perfect to treasure. I must agree. How lucky we all truly are, as the world has gotten that much smaller thanks to technology.

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  11. I know how it is to say goodbye to good friends. Wonderful that you have those memories of your last evening together (until your next meeting, at least.)Beautiful photos!

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  12. I am so glad you got those last precious moments and captured them so beautifully in photos! Thanks for sharing. It brought tears to my eyes.

    Happy Sharefest!

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  13. Great photos! it's so hard when good friends move away! But you'll keep in touch :)

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  14. Awwww. The end if an era. Did J & E have a baby too?!

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