Next week my younger sister Jenee (you may recognize her from my paranormal photo challenge!) is moving to North Dakota. It is an ELEVEN hour drive from here to there and currently they live about 20 minutes from our house so you can imagine my sadness :( I have been hoarding my little nephew Hugo every time I see them so that I can get as much time with him as possible before they leave. I think I've cried once a day since I found out they were moving. I'm kind of been a mess about it.....goosfraba.....goosfraba.
Every particle of my being is telling me to be selfish. I want them to stay here. I want to have supper with them once a week. I want to be able to go shopping with my sister whenever we feel like. I want to experience my nephew growing up first-hand right alongside my girls.
I know that being selfish isn't what being a family is all about. It is about wanting what's best for your loved ones. It is about loving them unconditionally. It is about supporting them when they have to make hard decisions, even if those decisions make you sad.
So, I'm going to suck it up, put away my selfishness, and support them because no matter how tough this is on me, I know that it is not about me.....and it is most likely ten times as tough on them. Leaving the place you call home and the people you love is a hard thing to do. It's downright scary. I know that they have struggled with this decision and I am extremely proud of them for deciding to do what is best for their family.
Okay, done with this serious stuff! The fact is, I love the bejeezus out of my sister, her husband, and their sweet little boy and I wish them all the best in their new adventure!
Here are a few photos from the last couple of years that, as I am looking through them now, make me want to laugh and cry at the same time :)