Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saying Goodbye

Here we are at the end of what feels like our first chapter together. Since our All-American Week both of us have been very busy. We flew back from Los Angeles last Saturday night and landed in Pensacola Sunday morning. We spent the day trying to get used to being back 'home' and then spent the night dancing and singing along with The Mighty Tams!!! They were back in Pensacola playing a concert on the beach so we rounded up the Pensacola Crew and brought back memories of our unforgettable wedding reception.

We were up early the next morning, and off to the airport again!? We were both expecting to catch our flight to Washington Reagan Airport to spend the day in D.C. celebrating the life of Dan's grandmother, Elizabeth Kinzer. Unfortunately the flight was cancelled, but Dan was able to find the last seat to Dulles Airport, join his family, and make it in time for the ceremony. 'Betty' as his grandmother is affectionately known, was an incredible woman and it is a privilege to be a part of her family. She is placed next to her husband, Dan's grandfather, General John 'Jack' Kinzer, in Arlington National Cemetary. Dan's visit was a quick one, and he was off to the airport that evening to catch a flight to Atlanta.

Over the next 3 days Dan was busy at an International Baccalaureate workshop in Atlanta, and Erin was busy packing their things at 'home' in Pensacola. It was hard being separated for a few days, but it made us even happier to see each other again when Dan got back to Pensacola late Thursday night.

Now we are in the middle of our last weekend in Pensacola before we move to Curacao. Most of the packing is finished, and we've said many of our "Goodbye's" already. Erin has lived here for more than 20 years of her life, and Dan has called Pensacola home for the last 5 years of his. We met here, were married here, have family here, have many of our best friends here - this is no easy "Goodbye". Yet, we are excited to move forward to the rest of our adventures, and know that everyone and everything here will continue to hold a special place in our hearts - no matter where we are.


Selena said...

Pensacola won't be the same without you! Love y'all! XO - Selena, Grace, and your favorite little American Gladiator, Tessa!

Frank 'n' Sandy said...

Just loved being with you on Saturday. Thanks so much for squeezing in a little time with your old teacher. Take good care of each other . . . and don't be surprised if we find our way to Curacao. Oh, and thanks for teaching me how to pronounce the name of your new home!