I started writing this as we were mere minutes away from heading to the airport to begin our travels. We are excited, nervous and sad all at the same time…but most importantly we feel SO incredibly grateful. Grateful for the quality time spent with family and friends, the opportunity to take this great adventure, but mostly so grateful for the love and support we’ve received from our friends, family, and even just strangers who read our little blog. It has given us the strength we need to say goodbye and embark into the unknown. This dream has been the hardest by far to accomplish, but already the most satisfying.
It’s easy to lose perspective in the midst of all the difficult goodbyes. We’ve only been away from Portland for just over a month and just left Seattle, but I already feel this deep pain in my gut from missing everyone. I tend to focus on my fear of missing out – however, at this time I choose to think of all the love we’ve received upon our departure. We’re blessed. We have a community we truly love and that wants us to get out and fulfill our dreams of travel. What more could you ask for?
It’s hard to look at these pictures without tearing up a bit, but I wanted to share some of the faces from our two (!!) incredible going away parties that were thrown for us – one in Portland and one in Seattle.
“Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.”
― Tennessee Williams
My sister, mom, and Eve-Maridy (practically a sister)
The beautiful Christine and Shawn’s oldest friend, Aric
My other “sister,” Nora, and her beautiful baby boy
Representing the “Women’s Group,” my dear friend Barbara
My beautiful mama and sister
Our little niece (Eve-Maridy’s sweet kiddo) and uncle “Shaaaa-awn…”
The newest little heartbreaker in town, the adorable little “Quattro” and proud papa Angelo
Two of my oldest friends in Portland, Jason and Megan, who will have another little baby while we’re gone
My incredible uncle Henry who told me he was going to make a cardboard airplane for a decoration, then showed up with this
My aunt Patty and my grandma (who told me about 10 times before we left that I have to come home)
Our friend (and broker) and his beautiful family
Posing with some of our oldest family friends
One of my greatest inspirations, my mama
Henry and Blanca, who was nice enough to fly up from LA for our party and help assemble the plane
Tanya and her cutie-pie daughter who hates it when I try to take her picture
And, of course, I couldn’t do it without this guy…the love of my life and partner in crime
There were more people there whose picture I somehow didn’t get, but thank you to everyone for coming and supporting us. Special thanks to our friends Eve-Maridy and Tobias, and my mom for throwing the parties for us. We can’t express enough gratitude to you in particular.