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Thursday, December 25, 2008

So Long New Mexico

On Mon we drove out of New Mexico. I couldn't believe it was the last time I would be driving off base and through Alamogordo (Joe will be back next year after his deployment as he has to return there to outproccess.)

It was a very stressful and emotional week. I can't believe how unprepared we ended up being for this move, and how last minute everything was. You would think this was the first time we moved together, but it was actually the 4th. The difference was the first 3 times we moved ourselves instead of the military moving us.

Once they had everything moved out of the house I couldn't believe the dirt and dust that was left behind...and yes we do clean house! That is one thing I won't miss about NM - the dust that you just can't get rid of!

So all is said and done...we passed the housing inspection on Mon morning. (All that time scrubbing toilets and she didn't even lift the lids on either of them!) I'm glad that is all behind us and we've learned some lessons for next time.

We had some time to relax and do something fun amidst the craziness. Friday night we went to Joe's squadron's Christmas party, Saturday morning out to breakfast with 2 families he worked with, and Saturday night I was able to go to dinner with some friends from MOPS. Maybe that's why were were still working on cleaning the house on Sunday night! LOL

We had a high and a low with Kayla at school on Thursday. It was her Christmas program that afternoon and the principle called and said she was in the office and we needed to come get her...she colored on the carpet. Ugh. Obviously that was the low; and he did let her participate in the program ... I thought we were going to have to take her home. The high was that when we got to the school she was sitting in his office with the resource room teacher. She had to show us that Kayla just learned to read this sentence, "I like my doll." We were very excited to see that!

On Friday there were many tears shed saying goodbye. I'm sure her teachers never had a parent who cried while saying goodbye! LOL They told me they already cried at the end of the day because all the kids were hugging Kayla saying goodbye and some of them were crying too. Mrs. R told me 2 of the boys who were good friends with Kayla were visibly upset too. One of the boys mom is an assistant in the other room and he asked if he could be excused because, according to Mrs R, he just couldn't handle it. Of course that broke my heart! All I ever wanted for Kayla was acceptance, and these kids sure did accept her. I pray she will continue to find this acceptance throughout all her school years. She was given a "My Traveling Box" filled with things for her to do in the van. She also received two "certificates" for "Perfect Attendance" and "Most Improved Student."

We've been in OK this week and on Friday we continue on our trip to MD. It'll be a long trip, I'll be glad when we're all settled and on our new adventure!

Merry Christmas!

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32 comments:

AZ Chapman said...

Man that is bittersweet I hope her new K class is a good as one she left Merry Christmas

PastorMac's Ann said...

God's grace to your Michelle, as you get moved and settled into your new digs.

hjoy said...

We will be praying for you guys as you travel and get everything moved in. Hope you were able to have a nice Christmas.

starrlife said...

Ihope your journeybrings some rewards and goes smoothly! Merry Christmas!It must be very hard to leave so much love and support but it seems like lovely people like you all will bring sunshine wherever you go!You'll be on the East Coast with quite a few of us bloggy moms anyway!

Bailey's Leaf said...

So glad to hear from you guys! I hope that you have a lovely time of travel and get to enjoy all of your peoples together.

Have a wonderful new year!

RK said...

Not that you'll get this in time, but if you happen to come through StL and hit it at a time for a quick stop, Braska and I would love to meet you guys for a snack or something. Many blessings for your trip!!

Sunny said...

Glad to hear you made it off it ok. Goodluck with the rest of the journey and getting settled.

mommaof4wife2r said...

i'm almost crying here thinking about kayla's last day of school. i'm really proud of her for being most improved...and for reading a new sentence...and that marker is easily removed and well, whatever!! i'm still praying for you all...that all is well and you find some peace int he midst of all the chaos. smiles and prayer to you...

Sue said...

Sounds like an emotional and busy week. I'm glad you're on your way and I hope you have a safe trip. I hope the kids and you and Joe had a wonderful Christmas!

Tiff said...

I'm sure that was hard for her. I prs ay that she adjusts well to her new school and home. Merry Christmas!

chelle said...

I am glad your most stressful week is over and you can look forward from now on.

Becs totally had a couple "behavioural" issues pre- during and post-move. It is a big deal in their world.

Hang in there!

much more than a mom said...

Wow, what an emotional week. Blessings for the rest of your move!

Becca said...

Have a safe trip, Michelle, and congratulations Kayla on reading! I hope your Christmas was a good one.

Bonita said...

That's quite a week. Even though the week was hard, remember all the love you're taking with you. Sounds like your whole family was very loved in New Mexico. Hope your Christmas went well.

annie said...

Sending prayers your way.

Melissa @ Banana Migraine said...

Safe travels for you!!

Mom24 said...

Safe travels. I hope it's happy memories from here.

You obviously have touched a lot of lives. God speed.

joan said...

Safe travels as you make your move. Hope you had a nice Christmas.

amy flege said...

praying for safe travels for you all!! I am sure you new life in MD will be wonderful!!

Theresa said...

Welcome to the east, friend and Merry CHRISTmas (a few days late.)

Love T

Midwest Mommy said...

Sending you a prayer for a smooth settlement :-)

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

I was almost in tears reading that. I can only imagine what it was like in person!

Nancy M. said...

It's wonderful y'all have so many good memories to take with you. I hope you get there soon and get settled in.

Lianna said...

Hey Michelle!

We hope you and your beautiful family had a wonderful Christmas! (Despite the chaos and ruckus of moving!)

Leaving behind so many memories and great friends is a hard thing to do. But leaning into new opportunities can be just as exciting!

Best of wishes for 2009!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I'm late to the comment section. I hope your trip was good.

I bet that carpet needed color and Kayla knew it.

Nicki said...

Aw I hate goodbyes!
Maybe Kayla was coloring the carpet so everyone would have a permanent reminder of her. Like writing "Kayla was here" on a wall or something!

Tammy said...

I know what mixed emotions you must have had...praying for you guys!
"God works all things together for good"
(((HUGS)))

Julie said...

Well, I am glad to see you made it off ok.
When we outprocessed at Whiteman AFB, the housing inspector went over EVERYTHING with a white glove. She even gave me a bottle of ammonia and watched me clean things that weren't done to her liking (and I was pregnant--should not have been scrubbing with ammonia!). I was floored!

I think it's wonderful that Kayla was so well-loved and accepted at school. I am sure she will be missed very much.

Best wishes on the travels and new home!

Tanya said...

I hope the move has gone smoothly - can't wait until you're settled :)

Ellen said...

Hi, Michelle. Hope you had safe travels. I just found your blog through Finding Normal. Your children are just beautiful, and I love the name of this blog--I wanted to read it the second I saw the name. I'm mom to Max, a six-year-old boy who had a stroke at birth and has mild cerebral palsy as a result (and is doing so much better than the doom-and-gloom doctors said he would). I'm looking forward to reading your blog on a regular basis, I added it to my blogroll. Come visit sometime over at www.lovethatmax.blogspot.com. Happy New Year!

PEA said...

Leaving behind people who became friends is one of the hardest things to do and I can well imagine how very emotional this has all been for all of you. I pray that Kayla will settle easily in her new school when the time comes. Wishing you and yours all the very best that 2009 has to offer, dear Michelle. xoxo

starrlife said...

PS- have A Happy New Year! It's all one big adventure isn't it?