Today starts a weekend of good-byes, see ya laters, and hopes for the future. We have our first Send Off Party in Manhattan this evening. Then it is on to W-Town to see family and celebrate our God Son's Birthday. After the weekend I will work my last shift and then we drive to Elizabethtown to sign our paperwork to close on the house (we got the email that we are cleared to close yesterday! Praise God!). We fly back before the weekend and then Matt defends on Monday July 27th! We have our apartment check out on the 30th and then we set our sights on E-Town.
It seemed like July would never get here, and then it seemed like the weekend with Jen would never get here. Then I didn't want the weekend with Jen to end; because I knew as soon as we drove back into Manhattan, KS that the days were going to zoom right past me and they are!
I spoke with my boss yesterday and couldn't believe that it truly had been 2 years! I know I have learned a lot in the ER dept; but it truly feels like just yesterday I was calling him letting him now I could start earlier than planned. It feels like just yesterday we moved into this tiny apartment with our Kiker, NeoTech, and Regan and realized how much stuff we really had. It feels like just yesterday Matt was trying to brainstorm what topic he really wanted to pursue for research.
WOW- it really is happening. It is so bittersweet. We made a decision that even though we would only be in Manhattan for 2 years; that we would pursue friendships and not just acquaintances. We have made such special, fantastic friends here, some that I know will last a lifetime.
So, to any Manhattanite friends; you have truly blessed us! And if you are ever in the E-Town area- give us a ring- we will take you to Rita's for one amazing dessert experience! - it's like Tad's on steroids! :)