Today, we begin the journey that we've been working toward for nearly 5 years. At 6pm CDT, we'll say our final goodbyes and leave for Africa.
It still feels a little surreal to think that our little family is really getting on that airplane this evening, but our bags are all packed (and hopefully at/under the airline weight limits), most of our to-do list is complete, and we're beginning to feel the excitement building.
I think the kids understand just a bit of what's going on, but they are most excited about using their new backpacks and neck pillows on the airplane to Tanzania.
Oh, but then, there's the goodbyes. I hate goodbyes, but I need them at the same time. I need to have hugged my moms and dads (one of the best things about being married is getting to have more than just one set of parents in your corner), my grandmas and grandpas, my sisters and brothers, my dear friends, and all those other important family members and friends who are such a huge part of my life.
The goodbyes are only for a little while, but I still need them. Closure is important, even if there is email and Skype to keep us connected across the miles.
I'm excited about today and what awaits for us at the other end of our long plane trips, but I know full well that those airport goodbyes this evening will be one of the harder things I've done in my life. I have my Kleenex handy.