Monday, September 5, 2011

Saying goodbye.

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie

My sister and I.

It was early 2000 and I was a newlywed living in Wisconsin. We had always talked about moving back to the east coast to be closer to family, but I knew that I could never go without my mom and my sister.

On a whim, I applied for a job. You know, just to see what would happen. When the letter came in the mail telling me the date and time of my interview, I panicked. I called a family meeting and proposed moving to the DC metro area. We had family in the area, as well as up and down the coast. Mom said no. And I don't even remember what Kristie said, but because Mom said no ... all bets were off.

A day or two later, Mom changed her mind. She said yes, we all found jobs and within a few months ... we all were living in the DC metro area. And here we have stayed since.

Until now. Kristie has moved to Florida. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It kills me that our kids will not grow up together ... that is one thing that I loved so much about being close. But I am happy for them and what this opportunity will bring them. Just have my fingers crossed that they come back ... soon. Ha.

Our kids ... minus the new babe, Maya.

Before Kristie moved, we celebrated Maya's baptism and spent the day at a waterpark. There is nothing else in this world that makes me feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be than spending the day with family.

Love these chicks.

L-R: Tammy (cousin), me, Sherry (aunt), Debby (cousin), Mom and Kristie (sister)

Love these babes.



I have thought a lot about how lucky I am to have the family I have. How lucky I am to have a sister that I love so much. How lucky I am to have that in my life. As hard as it was to say goodbye to Kristie, life would be so much harder with nothing at all.

So we make the best of what we have. And even though Kristie left just a few short weeks ago, she is lucky to have a crazy, spontaneous sister like me that has already taken a detour to Florida to see her.

Until next time ... 



  1. how lucky you are to have such a bonded family

  2. So well said. Without family you have nothing even if visits are few and far apart. I remember every visit you and your mom and sister made when we still lived in Portville and our trips to Wisconsin as if it were yesterday. Love you