Today I packed my first suitcase for our one-month trip to California. That is the first of four suitcases that we will pack (thank you Southwest!). It is a little overwhelming to think that we are going to be gone for so long. Our house and Houston have really begun to feel like home. But we miss family so dearly that I am sure our sadness in leaving will soon be replaced with joy.
I am a little worried about leaving our house, but we have taken several precautions. Nathan is outside right now shoring up weak points (like a window) on our garage. earlier this week, he put a new deadbolt and lock on the door. We called the security force that patrols our area and they will drive by everyday. Also, we have two sets of friends who will look out for us, and our neighbors as well. Leaving wasn't nearly this complicated when we lived in our tiny apartment. :)
I have also been preparing for our trip by talking to Luke more about the people that he will see. Grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, etc.. -it will all be so much fun!