In 2008, Mike and I set upon journey that would change our lives. It began on a whim with an interview on the Today show. It ended in 2009 with our homecoming and our two beautiful newborn daughters. Our homecoming, however, was but the begin of a new journey to being parents.
Today, Mike and I attended the funeral of our former neighbor, Ellie. We lived next to her for 10 years before we moved. She became a good friend, and when our girls were born, she became part of our family. The last I saw Ellie was in the summer of last year. Her health was failing her due to Alzheimer's brought on by Chemo from her breast cancer. She won that battle with breast cancer only to lose by the cure...a tragic irony.
Her passing was very sad for Mike and I as since our move, this thing called "life" got in the way and we just did not get to see her like we used to. I knew her health was failing and I felt guilty that I did not visit her as often as I should. The new house, Kindergarten, new job, snow storms...life.
Her passing reminded me that life will always get in the way of the best of intentions. We cannot control it, it just happens. But life is as good as it can be bad. Right now, life is very busy.
This blog we began as chronicle of our journey, more for ourselves than anyone else. As more people discovered our blog, the journey we were sharing four ourselves became a journey we would share with others. Through it, we made new wonderful friends and served to help and inspire many going through the same journey we did. We've also had our share of wackadoodles and "bun fights" as my favorite Aussie Amani would say. We intended to keep up our blog to further share our journey as parents...but you know what...life got in the way.
Thank you all who have supported us in our journey. Thank you all who we can now call friends. Our journey is certainly far from over, but this blog is. We just do not have time to keep it up. We have begun entering into the soccer dads mode beginning with Ballet at 9 for Rose, Gymnastics at 11 for Eva, swimming lessons, birthday parties, school events...and then there is the constant rat race we call work.
We will leave this blog up probably until the Summer...but then we will close its access to private. I will begin the long task of archiving our stories and pictures and putting them together in a form to share with our girls once they are old enough. It then becomes their private memories and what they wish to share further with the world will be their choice.
Our girls continue to be the love of our lives and before you know it, they will soon be independent young women with their own lives to contend with. We are looking forward to that and the many memories that will bring us. Eventually, but hopefully not for a very long time, Mike and I will also leave this life behind and join our maker, God, Buddha, a green alien...hey, you never know. I just hope Ellie will have a beer waiting for us, she always did, and we'll all sit back and watch life happen from a different point of view.
Again, a thank you to all of you who have entered into our lives, for better or for worse. And now also a farewell.