What we will miss
When you know you’re moving on, you begin to compile a mental list of the things you have to part with. It is the bitter with the sweet: the excitement of new adventure coupled with a searing reminder that some things will never be the same again.
Topping that list of things we’ll miss here in Austin is family, so much family around to play and gather with.
These boys of mine love their cousins Casey and Gabrielle. They have that special cousin connection that happens every time we’re together.
Casey is sweet and fun and full of love. She has a special bond with Preston and loves to make him laugh. They both adore animals and making people happy.
Then there is Gabrielle, who brings over her bag full of activities and a brain stocked with creative play ideas.
When Gabrielle comes over, the boys are occupied for hours, playing wizards, making pet rocks, or, as they were the other day, building a fort from all the rubbish in the shed (including paint cans and our Christmas tree stand.)
Gabrielle tells them stories and jokes and teaches them how to draw and they believe every word she says. It’s amazing how many times we’ve had occasion to discuss that dragons are not above us on the food chain just because Gabrielle said so.
Oh, I love these girls. We will miss them so much. I just hold out hope that future summer visits and family reunions will be enough time to recapture the magic that happens when they are around.