I will miss the scenery. I will miss all of the great restaurants. I will miss being so close to so much history and so many things to visit and see. I will miss the friends I’ve made and the home we built.
I will miss Andy’s family being so close. Calvin adores his grandparents in a way that breaks my heart to take him away. I will miss how willing they always were to drop in and babysit or to have us come for a weekend of fun. I will miss knowing that they were just a car ride away and have done so many things to bless our lives. I will miss seeing Andy’s nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law as frequently.
There is nowhere quite like Virginia. Though it sounds cliché, I left part of my heart behind when I left. This is the place I’ve found myself in so many ways. It’s the place where I followed my dreams of graduate school and a wonderful career. It is the place where I fell in love. I came as a wide-eyed girl full of ambition and optimism, and I’m leaving as a wife and mother. I am just as optimistic about the future, but this time around it’s tainted with just a bit of sadness for the chapter I’m closing and the life I’m leaving behind.