last week a chapter of our lives ended.
it was bittersweet.
last wednesday, rennie and i flew out to indiana. with no return tickets.
it was a crazy three and a half months living with andrew's parents with quite a bit of adjusting for all. it was so good though. getting extra family time and watching rennie bond with her amazing grandparents was such a blessing! i also got the chance to know my in-laws in a deeper way and will always cherish the time we spent together watching movies, playing games, and talking!!! (and the wonderful-albeit-slightly-stressful driving lessons my dad-in-law gave me!)
so, since my last post, mambird life for me has been:
~ much packing. we accumulated quite a bit in nevada!
~ enjoying nice weather. nevada winters are mild and and that made for easy outdoor time.
~ enjoying extra andrew time! since his time at his job wrapped up, it has been so nice having him around!
~ having the flu. ughhhhh... rennie and i were both down two weeks ago. not so fun.
~ goodbyes. those were hard. our last week out west was spent seeing all of rennie's great-grandparents who live in the area, as well as some cousins! the visits were wonderful, but the last hugs and waves goodbye were emotional. i'm so thankful for these people!
~ snuggles. being sick and now adjusting to life in indiana means extra mom-time for my girl. it can be hard and draining her needing me so much, but it's only for a short time and so precious.
~ new friends. getting to hang out with andrew's cousin, bethanie, meant rennie meeting a little cousin of her own. they hit it off famously and were so adorable together!!
~ park dates. we went to the best park ever. i think us grown-ups had just as much, if not more, fun than the kids!
~ being reminded how exciting life is! seeing things through a toddler's eyes is so special. her newest, most exciting adventure was riding a little train at the park. she loved it!
~ flying to indiana. it was a long, interesting day but rennie and I pulled through quite excellently. she was such a trooper!
~ seeing our future home for the first time outside of pictures! more on that in another post... *so excited to share!* and now, in the meantime, settling into my parents' home for the next month or so.
~ grabbing hold of special, little moments that stabilize in the midst of the crazy. so many changes, one after the other, are hard (for toddlers AND grown ups!). i am so thankful for those loving us through it all.