March 15 – we moved out of our house in Asheville, NC. A wonderful family from England showed up on our doorsteps and wanted to rent our house in three weeks. Three weeks, yikes! But, they were perfect and we thought we might as well jump right in. So, we threw things away (we were regulars at Goodwill!) and we packed other things and we moved into Grandma Mimi’s house. We realized how truly burdensome all of our stuff could be. Did we need that much stuff? NO! How much freer we feel with fewer things. It is a lesson that we hope will follow us as we journey on.
As we left our house, we lit a fire in the backyard and sat around and remembered all the wonderful things that had happened in that house. This was where our son learned to walk, countless birthday parties, lots of playdates, both of Rachel’s piano recitals….lots of great memories to leave behind. As part of our closure, we all put our hands in the middle of the circle and cheered, “Team Forehand, To Ecuador” – it was our way of acknowledging what we were leaving behind and what we had to look forward to.