With any big change in life, there comes a flood of mixed emotions. First off, excitement. I couldn't be more happy or excited. What a great opportunity for our little family to live in a foreign country and begin our new life together. There will be many great opportunities for us to travel around, see different countries and cultures, and experience life in a whole new way. So with this great excitement, I truly feel gratitude.
There are certain moments in my life of which I will never forget. Moments like waking up early in the morning before entering the MTC. It was such a strange mix of emotions knowing that I'd leave my family and live in France for 18 months. This whole experience of packing up and mentally preparing for our adventure in Ireland has been very similar. Last night saying goodbye to my family was very bitter sweet. My parents took us all out to dinner. Afterwards, we had a birthday celebration for Mom.
|This is my favorite photo. |
My boys will miss their grandma
and all the fun birthday celebrations
we had at the Plothow home.
My mom was kind enough to pick Stan, the boys, and I up this morning and drive us to the airport. What a fun morning it was. Because she arrived early to pick us up, she was able to walk over to the neighbors house with me where I received a shot to help prevent blood clots (being so pregnant there is a significantly higher chance that I could get blood clots while flying). It was nice to have a few moment together this morning. The drive was fun, there was great anticipation in the air, and we were all laughing and talking about life and the adventures ahead. Standing on the drop off location at the Delta terminal was not as fun. That goodbye was definitively hard. I love my mom, we are very close, and so we just hugged and cried. There was no being brave this time.
So here I am, sitting on the airplane. Gregory is fast asleep, George is watching the new Star Trek movie and playing iPad and eating fish crackers and whatever else we can give him to keep him entertained. Stan and I both have our computers out so life is good. We are flying from Salt Lake City to Newark New Jersey. We don't have a long layover so when we arrive, we must move quickly to the next gate with our stroller, backpacks, and car seats. From there we fly to Amsterdam, then to Cork. I hope all continues to go as well as this first flight.
à bientôt mes amis.