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Change is hard. That’s just a fact of life. Some people love change and getting something new. I am not one of those people. When I’m settled and content, I don’t want to leave it behind. We just signed the lease for our apartment in Provo this Fall and it’s definitely bittersweet. I’m excited for the next adventure. For a bigger apartment, for a baby, for school. But, that also means we’ll have more traffic and more people and we’ll be leaving behind so many wonderful friends. Like I said, change is hard.

I am a firm believer in the power of friendships and the fact that everyone who comes into our lives, even if for just a short time, comes for a reason. We’ll only have been in our ward here for 8 months by the time we pack up and leave, yet it feels like we’ve been here forever. The friends we’ve made and the impacts they’ve left are numerous. I think about the idea of leaving it all behind, and it’s far from easy.

Even still, I always remind myself of two things.

  1. Thank goodness for social media. We can keep up with those friends who are far away and watch as their children grow up and their lives change.
  2. At some point, we can see each other again. Whether it be on this side or the other.

We are blessed beyond belief with wonderful people around us. We all are. We have family, friends, and neighbors who love us and care for us. I can’t imagine it’s much easier for them watching us go.

During my time serving in Brasil, we switched to different cities sometimes as often as every 6 weeks. Near the middle of my mission, I stayed in one city for 6 months. When the call came that I was heading elsewhere, I was devastated. I knew it was likely, but I thought that maybe I’d have a chance. It was beyond difficult leaving those people behind that I’d grown so close to. Tears were shed, but at the end of the day, I still had to get on a bus to someplace else. When I got to my new city, I fell in love with all the people. I stayed there for 6 months as well, and I didn’t want to leave when the time ended and I headed back home to the States.

I had finally learned the lesson that I’d been trying to teach myself for a long time. There will always be good people wherever you go. You will find friends and people you just love. There’s no doubt about it. And while it’s hard to leave behind those we have come to love, we know that there will be good friends that we will love in our new home.

As our time in Rexburg draws closer to ending, and the time for goodbyes seems imminent, I know of one thing for sure. No matter what, when we get to Provo, we will find good people to surround ourselves with.

We are blessed with wonderful people. Let’s always remember that.

Change may be hard. But it’s manageable as we carry the love of others with us wherever we go.

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