We brought the trailer home today. It's parked outside waiting to be made into a home. I'm so excited to begin this adventure but the bittersweetness of leaving is hitting hard right now. This house, this old and tiny house....Dad W proposed to me in the back bedroom, it's 2 guest rooms have been converted into a nursery and child's room having welcomed all 3 of our children home from the hospital here. I'll never forget seeing Dad W pull up in front of this house when he first moved here, after 3 years of longing to live together as a real married couple, that day is engraved in my memory. The feeling of welcoming my husband home for the first time. Two of my kids have learned to walk in this living room, build snowmen in the back yard, and share joy on the tire swing hanging from the tree. Why did I complain so much about the horrible plumbing and old damp basement? Why didn't I relish the stories that these walls have seen? Now that I'm leaving I see the magic that this house has experienced. The joy and laughter that has echoed in our hallway.
And yet, I know this isn't an ending, it's only the beginning. I look forward to the stories we will create on this next adventure. I will forever have Nebraska as a fond memory and experience. This place was the beginning of it all. My life as a wife and mother started here and it will forever hold a special place in my heart. The people we have come to know and love will always be a part of our lives. We look forward to coming back and reminding our kids of the place where their story's began.
Thank you to everyone that has made this chapter of our lives so special and unforgettable. We love you and will miss you terribly.