Ok, so I totally should not be blogging and instead should be doing something useful, like packing, or cleaning up the apartment, but at this point I just can't get my body to move. Maybe it's because I am pretty sure I got 4 hours of sleep last night. It might have been 5, but my aching body and pounding head are making me think it was 4. Oh well. Tonight I get to get all cozy on an airplane, so I am SURE to get more sleep then. That's something you could all pray for, because if you know me even a little bit, you know that I NEED sleep like really, really bad to be a kind and loving person. Without sleep I turn into a crazy person and not always a very nice crazy person.
We had a wonderful night last night. Our kids were at Huismans for much of the afternoon (after a round of speed bowling at the Hudsonville Lanes with yours truly!) and we joined them there for dinner. We had Marco's pizza AND Rachel made spaghetti bake just so that I could have a homemade meal. She is that kind, even without sleep! It really was a wonderful night with party hats and homemade signs and JJ yelling "Happy Birthday", even though we were not celebrating a birthday at all. Darin and I left around 7:30 to get some stuff done at the apartment and Jon and Rachel put our kids to bed at their house. We headed back over there around 9:30 and shared some laughs. There was NO CRYING as this was a party day and I have somehow slipped back into denial mode and am not really accepting the fact that we are moving to a new country in less than 12 hours.
Darin is busy packing already. Thankfully he is a good sleeper and seems to have boundless energy, unlike some of us. We'll be heading back to Huismans around 11:30 to get our kids and say goodbye to Jenna, JJ and Reid. That will not be so fun as we all love those 3 kids to the moon and back. We truly do. Rachel took some video of the kids last night and it was making me smile and breaking my heart at the same time because they just love each other so much. After we get the kids, we'll be bringing them to another friend so they don't have to be with us at the airport for hours on end. Oh no, we want all that action for ourselves as it is bound to be loads of fun.
Here is a quick link I've wanted to share for a while, but just never quite got around to doing so. I remember reading this post many months ago and I've thought about it many times since. It is about the difficulty of leaving family and friends and the difficulty of being left. For a long time, I thought our family was going to be the ones struggling and feeling sad, but I came to realize that it is also hard on the family and friends we leave behind. So go read this post, and make sure to read the comments as well, and then come back and write something loving or thoughtful on my blog. Ok, you don't have to do the last part, but I do love comments : )
Ok, I should really get going. I might see if our neighbor is up so I can bum a cup of coffee. I am needing it in a bad way.
Thanks for praying for us!!!