Leaving family is hard to do. Over the years my sister and I have become great friends. Actually, she is my best girlfriend ever. Justin and I are here in Colorado visiting my sis and her family. I found out the terrible news today that our plane is actually leaving a day earlier than we thought. We have all been sort of depressed today thinking about the fact that tomorrow we will get on a plane and not see them again till who knows when. It is so hard to live so far from family. The next time they see me we will have a baby. Sometimes I wonder why God would restore our relationship to what it is now just to have us live so far away. Justin reminds me that Amy was such a support for me when I was in the midst of culture shock and transition and that it is a blessing we are so close. I am thankful for her, even if she does live an ocean away. Hopefully one day it will be a town away or street away instead of a whole ocean away.
Our trip to the states is going good. I thought I would be a bit overwhelmed and annoyed coming back, but it is actually a nice relief to go into the HUGE grocery stores, being able to read labels and understand how foods are prepared, instead of trying to guess. I miss the organic stores that are here as well. And the overly friendly people? Well, yes the first day I was a bit overwhelmed at the almost fake-like "hello" people would say, but now I am finding it nice to just have people smile and talk. I don’t care if it is fake or not. At least people interact with me!
Well, I am off to spend my last day in Colorado with my best friends (Amy and Jason and of course the kids)! Portland, here we come!