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A Bittersweet Goodbye

Tuesday we move away from Seattle. We have lived in this area for 18 1/2 years. Longer than any place we have ever lived before.

When we moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 we had already lived in six different States, experienced other climates and cultures, from Alaska to Florida – Pennsylvania to California. And we grew to appreciate everywhere we lived and strived to appreciate all the unique beauty of both the scenery and the people where we were planted.

Today I sit in a local coffee shop. I am taking in the sights and smells of everything that is truly unique of the Pacific Nothwest. Rain and fog outside my window, eclectic music, people talking or reading, the hustle and bustle around me. Coffee inside, the fall chill outside. Seattle. I realize other places have coffee shops – but somehow Seattle has that certain edge over all others.

It is a strange feeling to sell furniture, downsize, walk through an almost empty house in preparation for a change. I remember each room and what happened in each through the years. I still see 10 year old Shawn running up and down these stairs – too “grown up” for a tree house left by the previous owners. And the time he and his friend Connor were going to spend the night in that same treehouse even though it was infested with spiders and wasps!

I remember Ashlee's sweet 16 party with her friends from High School. I remember many late night talks with both kids when they were teenagers. I remember “break ups” and happy moments with both of them. I remember when both of them moved out to begin their own lives – and I remember when Ashlee met Drew and the day she became engaged. I remember getting ready the day of her wedding. Each memory I will hold onto and take with me.

We've seen many changes in this house over the years with each other and our children. They are a myriad of bittersweet. Time has a way of being kind and softening even the most uncomfortable recollections. And I will take the bittersweet with me – loving both the joys and adversity and finding a way to reconcile them both.

I'll be seeing you on the other side.

God Bless



Comments on: "A Bittersweet Goodbye" (17)

  1. Union Gap, home of Minors… Enjoy the sunshine!!

  2. You are such a faithful person. You’ve brought so much joy and encouragement to many! All the best to you on this new season. I look forward to reading your life and hearing your story through the various ways you communicate God’s story to others. Peace!

  3. We moved to the Pacific NW from Colorado (our home state) in 1995. Moving challenges you to grow more dependent upon God and family. It’s also a great reason to not work on weekends and explore! Blessings and love to both of you.

  4. Cindy – What a blessing you’ve been to my family. From my mom to my kids to John and I…we are so thankful for your insight and friendship. We wish you both nothing but awesome things in this new grand adventure of yours and we pray that God continue to guide you both in your next steps. Change is tough, sister, and I pray that excitement overshadows fear and peace be your constant. Much love…I cant wait to hear/see how amazing life transforms for you both!

  5. Cindy, I moved around 17 times during my youth, mostly between two cities in Florida and Puerto Rico. I have tried not to move so much during my adulthood. If I move again, I would like to move closer to the beach or to the Caribbean. Take care and hope you settle well. Where are you living now?

    • Thanks Noel – we move Tuesday to the other side of the mountains from Seattle – to Union Gap right outside of Yakima. Sunny most of the time and 4 seasons. Looking forward to it!

  6. Hey Cindy, I hope you’ll be able to fit in the new place and will be able to call it your home.
    I understand how one can be emotionally tethered to a place where you have spent such a great time.
    Wish you good luck and Best wishes πŸ™‚

  7. Humor_Me_Now said:

    We moved 20 times in 40 years. The first time was from L.A. to Detroit in February. lol My kids finally forgave me late in life. lol I know it is though since you have lived there a long time. Wishing you the best.

  8. That left a tear in my eye. Good luck to you and greg, you are special people…:)

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