After a full day of the park, the library and the kids at their grandparents house while Jeffrey and I went up to take care of our rental house, lease signing, moving out inspection and repairs, we were all very tired.
The children were finally nestled into their dreams, and I sat with Jeffrey, my head resting on his shoulder, his hand caressing my arm, just visiting.
We talked about the children.
We talked about school.
We talked about our rental house.
And our plans for the future.
As we sat thus, formulating plans and dreams, we had a rude awakening.
More so me.
Because Jeffrey is so calm and even keeled. He balances me perfectly.
While I stress and worry, he is there to patiently and softly guide me through the storms of my frustrations and mostly imagined hardships.
Last night was a perfect example.
We received the news.
The dreaded and anticipated and longed for news.
And it came in the form of an email from a good friend.
And reality so impertinently jumped in and interrupted my little fairy tale that I am living.
All so dreamy and wonderful and perfect.
We always knew we would not be here for ever. We knew we would not even be here for long. But it came too soon.
We created a very happy life here amidst the lilac bush and the cherry tree. The covered patio with my reading nook so carefully placed. Perfect for dinners on a warm evening, or dancing under the starlight. The neighbors who have become dear friends, and the freedom of living on your own, doing what you want, when you want.
And it is all too quickly coming to a close.
Gary will be home soon. We cannot say exactly, though we have a very good idea.
We are so excited to see Gary, and oh so relieved that he has been safe while over seas. It has not been the same without him.
A homecoming party is in order, I think.
And with his return, brings our return to Jeffrey's parents house. We are so grateful for them, and their kindness in allowing us to stay there until Jeffrey finds another job, and finishes school. They are right across the street from a park, and live a 5 minute walk away from a beautiful hike. They have a dog which Keith has adopted as his own. And best of all, two grandparents and a great aunt who dote on my children as if they were the only kids in existence. And also best of all, they have BBC America. Which means I can watch all the Doctor Who I want.
But moving back brings an end to this lovely dream.
And so I most likely will not be around much for the next week or two, possibly even three.
I may not have time to read emails, or blogs.
I will be focusing on cleaning, and dividing our belongings into four destination piles.
And then we will need to move Gary's things back into his house.
And organize a homecoming party for him.
So we will be very busy, and neglectful of the Great and Powerful Land of Blog.
I will post the winners of the Time Out Tuesday tomorrow, and the winner of the May Angel Star give away on May 1st. Other then that, no promises until we are relocated and settled.