Thursday, August 9, 2012

Moving Forward & to Virginia.

I was going to write this tomorrow, but my never ending list of last minute things is interrupting my writing flow. I apologize for the short, bittersweet post!

Well, about a year ago today, I thought I had said goodbye to 

the possibility of moving to Virginia. Now I am leaving early

Saturday morning for a new adventure in Richmond, Virginia, 

and I couldn't be more excited and nervous at the same time! I 

will be stopping in Richmond for the weekend, booking it to 

Williamsburg for a week, and then making a trip to Lexington 

to spend a week with Cad. I will also, hopefully, be making a 

short flight back down to Atlanta to meet Governor Deal who 

will have my photography, as well as my Father's amazing 

photography, hanging in his office area! I'm so excited and

nervous for the weeks to come!

The following is from my Dad with regards to moving. He always 

sneaks a post on my wall when a major life event is about to take 

place. I, of course, was sitting at my boyfriend's house, on the 

couch, minding my own business, and started tearing up when I 

saw this! Ah!

And yes....this is me at about 10 months comparing my tummy to 

the size of the pumpkins. 

Even before we moved here in August 2003, Sarah was never too far from Rabun County. Somewhere in a photo album we have a picture of Carol during a picnic at Black Rock Mountain State Park -- two days before we discovered she was pregnant with Sarah. This picture was taken at a roadside stand between Clayton and Tallulah Falls (does "Fiddle Creek" sound familiar to our Rabun friends?) on our way back to Buford.

In a few days, Sarah will move to Virginia to continue her education at the University of Richmond. We were more fortunate than many parents since Sarah completed her undergrad at Piedmont College just 20 miles away from home. Sure, she was in the dorm and had her own apartment, but she wandered in and out of the house at random over those four years. We will miss that terribly, but are thankful for iPhones, webcams, Skype and FaceTime.

Sarah will probably never again live in Rabun County. We hope for long visits as she completes her education and begins her career, but days under our roof will henceforth always be numbered. This is difficult to grasp and accept, but we are proud of Sarah's accomplishment and her direction.

Thank-you to all our friends in Rabun County who accepted and embraced Sarah (and us) when we move here 9 years ago. Rabun is home and I'm sure Sarah will never be too far away, in spirit if not in presence.

Moving on and forward is scary, invigorating, and exciting all at the same time. For those of you making a large, mediocre, or very tiny move in your life, always remember the people who helped you get there, whether it be a positive or negative influence! :)

Until Williamsburg, Virginia,

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