We arrived in South Africa in early February, and little did we know, we would still be here when the leaves started to fall, and the days grew cold. This past weekend we met up with as many people that we could in order to say our final goodbyes. Some of them wouldn’t say goodbye, and could only walk away. Certain relationships that we have developed here will forever be etched in our hearts. Friends that have been around for years showed us new parts of themselves, and now we find it extremely hard to say goodbye. Justin and I have prayed for friends with similar hearts, desires and interests as us, and during our stay here we have discovered old friends seeking the same. Our time at church here has been incredible and the friends that were there with us, well, we feel closer to them than we ever could have imagined!
We have been living out of our suitcases since Christmas Eve, and it’s been challenging at times. All we want at this point is to get back to work, start up an exercise routine again, settle in, and find a home. Sixteen weeks “on the go”, what a crazy whirlwind of emotions it has been.
South Korea: Two months ago
On the day before we left Cape Town, I had a bad cold and I had just spent almost 2 days in bed. I didn’t even want to think of packing!!! Seeing as it my grandmothers birthday on this day too, the house was filled with laughter, smiles, and the smell of freshly baked desserts. Justin had been busy all day, returning our rental car, getting me medicine, and so on. When I finally managed to surface, I had to put on a smile and face everyone, however it was hard for me not to cry. For weeks the reality that we were leaving was postponed, and now the last day had finally arrived!!
After dinner and a few drinks, my uncle Fafa arrived, and with that so did the jokes! Shortly after that Catherine, Clinton, Tayla, and Tarrin arrived too. All of them wanting to say goodbye one more time before we left. We really appreciated this visit – thank you to all of you!
We managed to pack all of our bags before it got too late, and in the morning we left shortly after waking up and getting ready. Justin and I seem to be the ones who love to welcome, and say goodbye, to people at the airport. With all the traveling we do, we know how much better it is to arrive somewhere and be welcomed by a crowd of smiling faces!! Yes, sure, it is sad to say goodbye but there is something special about being one of the people who make it all the way to the airport to say goodbye. Flying out at 1pm meant that all of our friends would be working, so we didn’t expect to see anyone there. While having lunch, My dear friend, Tarrin, appeared. She told her boss that she had to see us one more time, and quickly raced to the airport. Thank you Tarrin!
We love this wonderful lady so much!!!!
Airports are really like hospitals, people coming, others going. Tears of happiness and tears of joy. My family know that I always cry when I say goodbye. I don’t know why… I just can’t fight it. I see my family and friends every 2 years, so perhaps I cry because I know it will be so long before I see them again. In those moments I fear that I will never see one of them again, so it takes everything in me to walk away and not run back for another hug. When my dad cries… I am done!! Just like every other time – I cried, he cried… And I didn’t stop crying for ages after that. I hate goodbyes. I wish that we could all be together.
Always Have Each Other
Justin and I are married now, and I love his family dearly… For this reason, I feel that my life will always consist of hellos and goodbyes. A huge collection of visits, each separated by a couple of years. What’s the lesson here? Appreciate all the time that you have with your family and friends. Make the most of everyday. Don’t hold grudges. Be generous. Forgive and forget. And never take time with your loved ones for granted.
With so many beautiful memories behind us, and so much to look forward to ahead of us, we have to stop and remind ourselves how truly blessed we really are!