Friday approaches quickly, and the boxes are stacked to the ceiling. Clothes are in suitcases, bookcases are empty. Yesterday some of the curtains came down. Tomorrow morning as I sing at Mass, Rob will cook the turkey and pack the dishes after he uses (and cleans) them. Then, we’ll head over to my parents’ for a Thanksgiving feast. And boy, will we be giving thanks this year, in spades.

Friday at 7am we pick up our moving truck. We’ll try our best to get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast, because it’s just Rob, me, and my dad to move our household. At least we’ll sleep well on our first night in Tehachapi!

And thus a chapter closes in our lives. As I type Rob is finishing his last day at a company that has served him well. I leave a town that I’ve lived in for 11 years–my whole adult life. We say goodbye to the familiar and enter into the unknown, but it is a blessed process. We’ve prayed so much for this opportunity. There is inevitable discomfort in the change, but such is the way in our faith-filled world of dying and rising.

I don’t know when we’ll get internet up there, but I can steal moments in a cafe or when I come out to school. The adventure begins!

All is well, and all is well, and all manner of thing shall be well. –Julian of Norwich


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