Well - it has happened again.
One of my neighbors moved this week.
It is so hard to see people go - especially these neighbors that I love so dearly. I met Ryan and Michelle a year ago November at a party I had trying to meet my neighbors. They were the only people who came from their building and I am so glad that they came. I loved them immediately and from then on, we had dinners together and got to know one another better and better. In February of 2011, Michelle gave birth to Hannah. Now I love Ryan and Michelle, but I am hopelessly in love with Hannah. I got to be her first baby sitter and be there for all her significant steps this first year. She started standing up and taking a few steps before they left this week.
|Ryan, Michelle and Hannah|
|Daddy and Hannah|
I always say that when it is hard to say goodbye - you know you have been loved and loved someone well. When you choose to invest in people, it hurts when you are separated, but isn't that what makes life rich?
I wish I could be close to Hannah as she grows up but I will always cherish this time I got to see her grow into such a beautiful toddler. Michelle and Ryan will forever have an imprint on my heart. We became family and therefore, we will always be family.
I am very hard to get rid of
So, on this thankful Thursday, I am grateful for:
*having Ryan and Michelle as my neighbors
*their willingness to let me be a part of Hannah's life
*lots of great conversations and laughter
*the privilege of investing in the lives of others
*My Heavenly Father - who is the giver of all good and perfect gifts
Hug a neighbor today :-)