Yesterday was a long gruelling journey. Many mountains to climb and valleys to traverse. Feels like the way of life. As we pulled out of our little culdesac and said goodbye to the beautiful house we built, my heart felt strong. I felt sure. Suddenly, out of my open window I heard voices yelling and through my rearview mirror saw two figures clothed in naught but housecoats running down their driveway at eight in the morning. Our dear neighbours and friends Luke and Tianna heard us about to leave and ran bleary eyed and touselled to see us off. They encircled us in a tight group hug and prayed a blessing over us. This is when my emotional dam officially burst forth. For the next two hours as the glorious orchard country whizzed past my window my heart said it's goodbyes. This has been the one place Dustin and I have ever known as home since we've been together. This home has held a group of friends as dear to us as our own family. This family of friends has encircled us with their love and filled all the corners of our hearts. As I drove away I was sad, but more then sad my heart sang to God praises of thanks. I cannot help but feel like Summerland was God's gift to us. A place to learn and grow and be loved. Every person that came into my life was a beautiful piece of this gift. And even more than that, but a way for God to shower us with his Grace and Love. And so I leave full. These feelings have surprised me. I thought I'd feel a bit of fear, anger even. Instead I feel awash with peace and hope for what our future holds for us.
As the tall, towering mountains gently flattened into the rolling prairies as we drove I was overwheled by the beauty of it. The most spectactular sunset blazed in the heavens to welcome us. I thought for sure I'd be wanting to turn back and run, but instead I gladly drove on into the heart of that great, golden sky that stretched before me.
I still don't feel like this is my home yet but as we slowly pull out the boxes and watch the kids run around excitedly I know those feelings aren't far away. I know that my heart will aways love Summerland and the people who have made it home for us. My first love, of sorts. But, I know I will love what's in store for us here. A life full of it's own mountians and valleys to travel.
I miss you guys and I love you all. I thought about listing all the names but I'd be here forever and I don't want to forget anyone. You know who you are.
But, don't worry....we'll be back.