This day started out quite interesting. You plan for that “Last Day” in Wisconsin and think of all the cool things you could do, where to eat, and then you will pack and everyone will be happy and full of joy- right? LOL Well… listen up friends… moving aint pretty!
If you follow me on Facebook at all, you know that my morning began at McDs where I took refuge to escape the carpet cleaners at my house, along with having LITERALLY nowhere to sit and just relax. After some caffeine and a blog pumped out, I felt I had the day in my hands and ready to go. Well, I have learned you can only prepare SO FAR, the rest is between you and God. It was a God day, it was just an exhausting one as well.
Shanna popped over where I delivered some delightful Disney goods which I knew she would give them a good home, and just as I started to chill out at home, the next wave of goodbye hit my like a ton of bricks. Mom was here, and we kept it light and giggly as we went to lunch for the last time in WI for awhile and ran errands. It wasn’t until the moment we knew was coming, that last hug, that last smile in person, that it hit both of us pretty hard. Again, I have learned that if you feel the need to cry- JUST CRY. You will feel so much better later, and honestly, I feel it tells the other person how much you truly meant to them. I don’t know why crying has such a bad rep, I was even told once that tears show a sign of weakness. To that person I say “TOO DARN BAD” it is what I feel and it’s coming out, so deal with it!
After Mom left, we went out to eat at Hardees. I worked there 10 years ago when we first came to town because I had worked there before after High School in another city. We just had Jessie, as Belle’s boyfriend graduated from High School tonight, so I told Jessie why that place was special. When she was diagnosed, I was working there at the time. They were great with giving me time off and so on for all of her appointments and exams. After we had to get a 2nd opinion, I remember coming to work and just almost passing out from crying as I told my crew of friends “They are going to remove her left eye.” They were such a wonderful team of people and it was so great to see the love and support during that extremely rough patch in our lives. I also thought it was neat to have Emily there, 10 years later, healthy, and on the eve of the biggest step of our lives- truly neat.
We got back to the house and from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m. my time now, we have been packing the vehicles, cleaning, and preparing everything for tomorrows departure. It is a huge undertaking to pack up, on top of trying to clean up, and then keeping your sanity about you so you don’t mess up. We had so many space bags, that I wound up chucking some more clothes so we could get rid of one. A couple things had to be tossed, but I feel we filled every nook and cranny we could.
We took the vehicles for a test drive to make sure the shocks would be ok- yes- we have that much stuff in them. We do one more “go over” in the morning as we try to find space for the things we needed to use tonight yet, but we are doing pretty good right now. We are happy to only have to clean a few things in the morning, take the kids to school for their last hour or so, and then we will be on our way.
We can’t say it enough how much EACH of you mean to us- whether you are a reader, an online Disney friend, a family member, or long time best friend… we love you all so much and we are so excited to share what comes next. Jessie took the last chain down tonight before bed- it was quite the moment here. Wow…this is it folks… no turning back now.
One quick reminder… I will be updating my FB status as well as Twitter updates as we journey and also I plan on blogging tomorrow night from Indiana. So for the last time we are officially signing off from WI- God Bless!