Mark told me that the end of my last blog post was “a little dark.”
He’s right. My uncertainties aren’t quite as strong as I made them sound. But they are real.
We knew this wouldn’t be easy, and there have only been one or two challenges that we didn’t anticipate.
Those challenges can be overcome, but now it’s a matter of how to overcome them.
On the other side of the coin, just two months in, this journey has brought us closer as a family, which was one of our main goals. And we’ve already made more memories than we can count. Some of my favorite moments so far:
- The kids sneaking out of the trailer to ambush me with silly string at 10 p.m. the other night. They’d gotten Mark the night before.
- Tubing on the Little River in Tennessee, just a few hundred feet from our campsite.
- Getting to go to my family’s annual Labor Day get together in Indiana, where I met two of my little nieces (who are not so little any more) for the first time.
- Spending time at my mother-in-law’s house in Florida. As relatives age and kids grow up, this time is precious. Yeah, that’s a cheesy cliché, but it’s also very true.
- Having dinner with Mark’s sister in North Carolina, who we had not seen in several years.
- The girl child telling her brother that, once they can both drive, they should take a road trip to Alaska together.
- Playing “Monkey in the Middle” with a dollar store ball in every campground pool. Every single day.
- Taking photos of my “Hamilton” super-fan girl in front of Lafayette’s Quarters at Valley Forge, and with a statue of Hamilton himself at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
- Walking across the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and talking to the kids about college choices.
- Collecting seashells in the mudflats of Sarasota Bay.
- Spending my boy’s 15th birthday at one of my favorite beaches, with some of my favorite people.
- Eating boiled shrimp at a waterfront bar in Florida with Mark.
- Watching the presidential debates as a family, if only just because we had nothing better to do.
Those things above seem small when you look at them individually, but when you put them all together? This is what I love about our life right now.