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Life Changes and Saying Good-bye

Three and a half years ago, our family of 3 (Dana, Eva, and I) were given an amazing gift that we will forever cherish.  When Heather and Ryan decided to move their family across the country to reside in San Diego, what we knew as family doubled in size and we were thrilled about the change.  Eva got to understand the meaning of Aunts and Uncles, and most importantly about cousins (look at how young they were!)...

There are so many great memories that were created, and most importantly, so much life to celebrate together.  I'm not writing this to summarize the last 3 years, but to touch on some of the most memorable moments our families were able to share together.  

Heather has always made a point to make each of us feel special on our birthday.  Quick to whip up an all natural version of our favorite dessert and figuring out how to make it taste so scrumptious, making dinner, and doing what she can to keep us smiling.  (This was my first birthday celebration...)

As Dana and I were always use to celebrating Christmas with just the 2 of us, we were so happy to have little kids running around, opening gifts, and playing with their new things while we watched from afar.  

There are many strong bonds that have been created over these years, and two that are obvious to everyone around us is the sisterly bond that Heather and I were quick to unite and the "big brother, little sister" bond that Merrick and Eva have.  Words can't even describe the strength in these relationships (our littles in strollers!  How quickly things change)...

Dana's favorite birthday celebration to date is one where all the family came to the waterpark!  A hot summer day, a cabana at the pool, drinks, food, family, water slides.  Having his dad and bro, Ryno, there to go down the fast slides I would never attempt was a thrill of a lifetime...

One of my ultimate favorite experiences that I will take with me forever was the day Enzo was born.  Heather was there to coach me, encourage me, and give me strength when I thought I couldn't do it anymore.  She got to be a witness to Enzo's birth and hold him in her arms just minutes after he was born.  She got to watch him grow from his very first breathe to his 2nd birthday, watching all of his milestones and give him guidance through it all...

What I loved most in the last years was gaining nieces and a nephew who were close by that I could steal away from their parents for sleep-overs, spoiling them with lots of sugar, late nights, movies, birthday shopping, and watching them bond with Eva and Enzo...

We've celebrated birthdays, every holiday together, festivals, beach days, dinner nights, and conquered mountains together...

We've learned so much about family with their being here.  They taught us how to have fun...

Rowan, Kierce, and Merrick have given Eva and Enzo experiences, wisdom, and have taught the the simple things about being a big kid.

I have watched our kids grow together, adding more depth to their lives as the time has gone by...

And so, when the day came that their family made the choice to move back to Michigan, our family felt a great loss.  Over this last weekend, we said our good-byes, and now we are here feeling a little lost, trying to figure out how to cherish the time we did have, and celebrate their new journey.  We really are so happy that we got to have this time to create all of these memories, to watch our children grow together and to teach my kids what family is and how important they are in our lives.  Enzo is too young to understand the move, but Eva has really taught us all that distance is ok, it won't change a thing.  As she put it to Auntie Heather "Its ok.  We just have to video chat when we miss each other."  Thanks to technology, we hope to maintain the closeness we all share.  We sent the family off with as much love as we could all squeeze out, hoping that what their future holds is everything that they are hoping for in their move.  Thank you H,R, R, K, and M for everything.  We love you so so much and hope that you come back to visit very, very often!

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