This year is going to be full of changes.
With Grant leaving his job and us consequently moving house; it is exciting and scary to not know where we will be living by the end of the year.
To add to that, we have a few friends that are also facing moves this year.
First to go are the Davies.
I really feel very sad at their departure back to Australia. I met Tracy and Marty in our Ante-natal classes in February of 2010. I was shocked to meet fellow Australians living in the same town as I, and on top of that they had been here for 9 years.
They welcomed their son Owen a week after Avalon was born and Tracy has been nothing short of a Godsend over the past 12 months. I have seen her and Owen atleast 3 times a week and in that time have found an amazingly supportive and generous friend and someone that Avalon just loved to be around.
Late last year, they started talking about moving back to Australia for job opportunities, I can't believe the move happened so fast. They flew out of the UK yesterday.
I am not really good with Goodbyes, and Tracy was adamant that this is just a 'See ya for now'... I am forever grateful for all they have done for us over the past year, not to mention looking after Avalon when I was sick and introducing me to more friends through her Mummy connections. I think the sadness over their leaving was compounded by how close Avalon has grown to them- it will now be a long time before I see her shaking excited face when she sees her Aunty Tracy.
Other friends of ours are also in the process of immigrating to Australia, probably there by February next year and another family are moving to Brighton in 2 weeks.
Lots of changes for all and yet is feels so bitter-sweet.
Good luck all... and we will miss you, from wherever we will be.