One year ago today we arrived in Michigan. Yep, one year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, or 525,600 minutes ago, we officially arrived in our new state of residence. It is amazing how quickly time passes. I have had to count that year sometimes in months since it flies by so fast, and sometimes in minutes because it seems to pass so slowly.
It was a very long drive, a very sad goodbye. Even as I write to you all today I tear up thinking about all those I had to say goodbye to in order to come to this new life.
So in honor of our making it one whole year I decided to dedicate today to listing 52 things I miss about Arizona. One for every week we have been away.
1. My Sisters 2. Our family 3. Our friends 4. My house 5. Our congregation 6. My sisters 7. Mexican food 8. Grocery stores that have everything I want to buy in them 9. Knowing EXACTLY where everyplace I want to go is 10. nieces and nephews 11. My Sisters 12. a K12 school that has no limits on enrolled students 13. Those I love even though I didn't know how much until I had to leave them 14. Arizona sunsets 15. Great craft stores five minutes from my house 16. My Sisters 17. Gem Show 18. Camping in the mountains 19. Patagonia 20. Mountains 21. Knowing north, south, east, west just by looking up 22. My Sisters 23. Friends 24. Discount movie theaters 25. Sitting on a mountain and seeing for miles and miles 26. Great Mexican Food 27. living around the corner from M&M K. 28. night walks around the city block 29. backyards with walls so my pups could run free 30. My sisters 31. fireworks you can actually see from your house 32. Our friends 33. seeing our friends children grow up 34. nieces and nephews 35. second-hand stores 36. circuit assemblies where you know almost everyone there 37. getting to that circuit assembly without the use of a GPS 38. MY SISTERS 39. living so close to California 40. Our house 41. My brother 42. Giant, mysterious saguaro's 43. walks in Sabino Canyon 44. weekends in Florence 45. My Sisters 46. Mexican Food 47. Friends 48. Family 49. Driving home from my Big Sisters and watching the city lights 50. Monsoons 51. Adopted Parents/Grandparents 52. Friends/Family
It has been a hard, busy, crazy, stressful, fun, wonderful year. We have learned so much, made so many new friends, and are so glad we made that very hard decision. We miss you all so much and can not wait until we can see your smiling faces again.