The first post I posted on this blog was on October 8th, 2008. I wrote it from a hotel in Somerset, PA on the first night of our trip driving from New Jersey to our new home in Sioux City. I realized that last night as I talked to a friend about our leaving Sioux City today for our trek to our new home, San Antonio.
Something feels a little surreal about that.
I started this blog strictly for a way to keep our Jersey friends informed about our new lives, so I didn't have to write fifty or sixty emails to all the people who wanted to know how we were settling in. Certain topics invited more personal reflection on my part, and I soon got feedback on those posts that my friends were really liking them. My pastor even read part of one during a sermon, I was told. So when I got to the point that we were settled in and there wasn't much transitioning to be reporting about, I let the blog kind of evolve into something of a public journal . . . fully expecting to lose most of my readers.
I didn't. And as the years have gone by, I've gained many, many more. I've said this over and over: I never cease to be amazed that there's anyone out there who is interested in the weird workings of my brain.
So this blog has, in a sense, helped define my time in Sioux City. Now that I'm leaving, it makes me wonder if anything will change in the blog. I was tempted to sit down last night and read through all of my posts, just to relive my Sioux City experience . . . but there's 652 of them, and I've got too much packing and cleaning to do. But just glancing through some of the titles reminds me of how much I -- and the rest of my family -- have grown and changed over these five years.
I'm going to cry as I drive away today. Closing doors and ending seasons is always hard. And I have a daughter who will be grieving in a serious way who will need my strength and comfort. But we've done this before, and God has always been faithful.
And in all honesty . . . I can not WAIT to see what God has in store for us in San Antonio!!