Yes, we are... moving again. Now that I've had the time to come to terms with this major change in our lives, I hope that I can adequately put into words what this means to me and what you all mean to me.
Moving is never easy. I know because I've done it too many times to count. Moving has been a part of our lives since college. It's just the nature of the business that my husband has been in and something that we have always accepted and embraced as part of our lives. Every time it was hard to leave people behind. Whether it be coworkers, friends, friends who became family, and especially family... it is always hard to leave not knowing when and if you will see people who have touched your life again. That is hard. And this time, it is especially difficult.
To my clients... I cannot thank you enough for trusting me with your memories. Every single time I have ever done a session, each and every one of you has touched my life and has become a part of my memories. There has been so much laughter, so many silly dads, sweet cuddles with moms, hugs, tears, giggles, smiles, sweet in-between moments, quiet moments, beautiful dancing... all of it... It has made my time here so rich and I truly owe you all a huge thank you for enriching my life.
So truly from the bottom of my heart... thank you for choosing me and for sharing your families and your children with me this year and all the years before it...
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.
To my friends... there are so many of you who have touched my life. Some of you have truly have saved me time and again coming to my rescue when I needed you. I will never, ever forget the kindness of my neighbors and friends here. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it's so much more than that. It takes a village to make a new place feel like a home. Thank you for giving me a home where I have felt safe and never alone. The last five years here have truly been wonderful because of your kindness and I won't ever forget. I see so many of you each and every day. Just crossing paths has touched my life...neighbors, teachers, soccer families, school families, church families. Thank you for the smiles each day. Thank you for picking up my kids when I was in a pinch. Thank you for the carpool. Thank you for feeding them snacks when they were playing at your house. Thank you for bringing meals and making my kids laugh when their dad was in the hospital. Thank you for sitting by the fire and sharing a glass of wine with me. Thank you for talking with me about all the crazy things that go on in our lives. I will miss all of those moments with you.
Never say goodbye. Because saying goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting. - Peter Pan
To my dance family... You have been my second home here. I get to take my little family with me, but I don't get to take you and I wish I could. Something truly special happens when you walk through the doors of Inspire School of Dance in Naperville. Little girls become sisters, and parents help one another and become friends. Teachers teach so much more than dance. You have taught my girls life lessons like... work hard, how to deal with disappointment, how to be humble, how to be a good friend, how to take care of yourself. You've taught them to be grateful for their health and the ability to do something that brings them so much joy. You all have given my girls confidence and character. Thank you for that. It has truly been a wonderful gift to me and my girls. I have seen your faces each and every single day it seems for many years. My girls and I will miss you all so much!
Let your faith be bigger than your fears.
So now the very long process begins for us to move forward. We will be here for a while longer, but mentally we know that this time is limited and we have to begin to plan for what is next. Thank you friends for bearing with me during this process and all of your offers to help. I will not be taking any more clients here at his point. If you are in need of a photographer, there are many in the area who I admire and will happily recommend. I will close this year by blogging all of the sessions from this fall and delivering orders. They are coming, I promise! Thank you for your patience!
We are excited and looking forward to finding our new home in Charlotte, NC. There are many great positives about this move that make our future bright. We look to the future with hope, curiosity and hearts that have been touched by some of the finest people I've had the pleasure of knowing. Thank you!