Last night, Kayo and I spent a couple of hours at our old apartment and emptied it out completely. We took the last of our things that had still been there and made sure we hadn’t left personal belongings in any of the cabinets and drawers. We also turned over our keys.
While leaving this place is not as difficult for us as leaving our first apartment two years ago, I can’t help but feel a little sad. There are things about living there that I will miss. To begin with, I will miss the walk-in closet and the amount of storage space we had in it. I will also greatly miss having my best girlfriend live with us and having someone entertain the girls when I’m busy doing chores or someone to watch sitcoms with after a long dreary day. I will miss being neighbors with my sister-in-law and have somewhere I could easily run to when I’m super stressed and in need of comfort or have run out of rice. It is also a little sad to realize that after two years of making fun and wonderful memories in that house, it has finally come to an end, and we will never make any more fun and wonderful memories there, but elsewhere.
That being said, leaving that apartment also means leaving a difficult period in our lives. As Kayo put it, it’s where we, as a married couple, came face to face with the brutal realities of life and so leaving it also means leaving behind some sad memories, difficult experiences, bad habits and even illusions of how life should be. So yes, it’s also a great relief to finally leave all that behind and move on.
So we’ve held a little house-cooling party last Wednesday, we’ve emptied the rooms, we’ve taken our final photos and we’ve said our goodbyes. We are currently still in the middle of fixing the new place. There is still much to be done and I cannot say that I’m no longer stressed (!!!) but my heart is quite thankful…
I’m thankful for what we have learned and what we have become living in Serjo (What our old apartment building is called and I still have no idea why).
I’m also thankful for constant change and for new beginnings, for hope and the fulfillment of God’s promises.
I’m thankful for Eyette, my best friend, and how she added her own flavor of crazy to our already crazy family for the last two years. We already miss you! Thank you for putting up with us and our constant mess and for loving our children as if they’re your own. We love you! (Thanks to Jef, too! He is one of Summer and Emma’s favorite playmates. Come visit, okay?)
And of course, I’m thankful for my husband, for making sure I and our daughters live happily and comfortably even at the expense of his own happiness and comforts. You are the best and you are my home. It’s wonderful walking side by side with you in this great adventure.
I’m thankful for our new place and the memories we will make living in it. I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot of fun.