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saying goodbyes


We spent our last weekend in Pittsburgh with friends, outside – enjoying wine with the laughter of our girls in the background.

I knew we would only spend a year in Pennsylvania.  We arrived with a two week old baby and a three year old little girl, with no friends or family to speak of for miles away.   I knew that the year would be tough and that the winter would be hard.

What I didn’t know was that the year would fly by.  That I would make so many dear friends.  Not just “friends”, but life-long relationships.  I once believed that I didn’t have time for friends anymore.  I barely had time for myself, and my family.  How wrong I was.

I didn’t know how much I would grow in my mothering.  How confident I would be this time around.  How many play dates my girls would have.  How many friends they would make here as well.

I didn’t know how much we would create a home for ourselves here.  How being apart from our family would make the four of us grow and bond and depend on one another.

If someone would have whispered these things in my ear a year ago, I would not have believed them.  But all of this is true.

I will always look back at my time here with such fond memories ….

  • Kristina - July 5, 2011 - 5:57 am

    so sweet experience….and wonderful photos, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Shokoofeh - July 5, 2011 - 6:09 am

    Absolutely lovely! :)ReplyCancel

  • Line - July 5, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    these pictures are so warm and good memories to keep!ReplyCancel

  • christina - July 5, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    i love this.

  • Sharon - July 5, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Such a bittersweet journey. I wish you all the best going back to your home state. You will always have friends to come visit ; )ReplyCancel

  • Lucent Imagery - July 5, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    I too was going to say “bittersweet” as Sharon did. I am so happy that you have been blessed with the founding of great friendships and experiences. I wish you a smooth move home and may those friends follow you there for more good reunions.ReplyCancel

  • Mary V - July 5, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    These images and the others you captured along the way will surely be a source of happiness as you look back..and share with those new friends in PA! Plus…you will always have a place to visit!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - July 6, 2011 - 2:59 am

    (Even though I only know your blogger self..) The fact you have made real friends and enjoyed so much in such a short time is no doubt a reflection of the lovely, magnetic person you are.ReplyCancel

  • tracey k in ohio - July 6, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    simply beautiful. warm memories & precious photos as always. i love how you say being away from family made your little family bond. i can feel (& see) the love from here! :-) Blessings in your new endeavors & thanks for always sharing.ReplyCancel

  • RetroLove - July 7, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    I love all the details shot you have on your blog! It’s very inspiring… It reminds me that I need to pay more attention to the small things :)ReplyCancel

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