August 12, 2012

Noah's Tree

One of the hardest parts of leaving this house is Noah's tree. Mommal & Poppal planted a tree for him when he was just a baby, and it was just a twig.

NoahsTree2012
6/24/01 ... 8/12/12


Leaving this tree feels like the final act of so many things, I can't really type through the tears so I'll just leave it at that.

I'm not sad, I'm actually really excited to move on. But I can't help but feel extra sentimental in our last week here. There's so much to say and feel, but so very little time, this week. This life.


23 comments:

  1. Precious memories...and tears. The pictures are worth so much.

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  2. Steph, I know exactly how you feel! Beautiful pictures . . . thanks for sharing them! Aunt Diane

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  3. its always sad and exciting turning a new page. I wish you lots of love and light

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  4. That's such a huge part of while we'll never move. Our roots have grown so beautifully here that I'm afraid if I lifted them, they'd never grow anywhere else. My husband was a military brat and in the military himself and never lived anywhere for more than 2 years at a time. This is the longest he's lived anywhere and we'll be here 6 years.

    I'll pray for you all - it's exciting and sad all at the same time.

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  5. Aww. I know. It is so hard to say goodbye. I love that you have those pictures though. :)

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  6. Steph, we also had a very special tree that we planted when the kids were tiny; but the incredible part is that we had to leave that tree at our house in Ohio when we moved to Indiana! So now the universe is balanced. :)

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  7. Oh my heart. We just moved away from the city and the country in which my girl was born, and although I was beyond excited to make a new home in a new place, some not insignificant corner of my heart ached with melancholy at the idea of leaving my girl's birthplace behind. I always wonder how much she'd remember (if anything) of her first home, would we ever be back? What would she know of the place where she took her first breath.
    Those feelings intensified in the last weeks there.
    Happy sad.

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  8. Oh Steph, best of luck. I'm so happy for you but also sad to see you leave. (But you know, I grew up in Ohio and it's a wonderful place to live!)

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  9. My heart is sad for you, Steph. The bittersweetness of it all. Praying you can soak in this week and remember all the laughter and love.

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  10. This is so sweet. What a wonderful memory you will always have. I love the idea of planting a tree when a baby is little and watching it grow with them. If we knew we would be at the same place long term I would've loved to participate in that tradition.

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  11. Shortly after Emma died some friends gave us a tree for her. We didn't have a house, so we planted it in my parent's yard. They moved shortly after that but luckily my brother bought their home. Her tree is in their backyard and I love that people who love her take care of it.
    It was hard to leave it though. It is a tough thing, to leave everything and everyone you love and go on an adventure so far away.
    Thank heavens for airplanes, skype, facetime and road trips though.
    xoxo

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  12. I had tears just looking at the photos. I remember when my grandmother's house was sold after she passed, I went through pictures and looked at all the memories. I cherish those, glad that you have those photos to remember. Good luck and enjoy your next step!

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  13. Such a precious memory. Maybe someday when he's even older and you're visiting, you can snap another picture of him there...(neighbors permitting:) Saying a prayer for you all and hoping the transition is oh so smooth!

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  14. press some leaves in a baby book/special book. you might even "forget" about it and happen upon the leaves in the future. change is always difficult. sending a hug...

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  15. Wow, so beautiful. Some day he can go back by this house and see how big it has gotten!

    I wrote a post when we left TX about the hydrangea plant I left behind that was given to me when Gavin was born. Still miss that beautiful plant...

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  16. Oh cute, but how fun you can always visit the tree when you go back to visit family or friends! And you should take some leaves to save in a baby book or frame for your new house. :)

    AND I am super excited you are going to be so close to my father in law-now we can meet up for coffee the next time my family gets up there to visit with him! :) :)

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  17. I had a tree like that at my home growing up, and was SO sad to leave it when I was 11. I still drive by the old house to check up on it when we go home. Maybe one of these times I will stop and take a picture. Hopefully the current residents will understand... :)

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  18. Oh, sweetheart. I'd have a hard tim with that, too. Such a beautiful tree. Hugs!

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  19. I'm catching up on all your recent posts since I never have time to read blogs anymore and I'm crying after this post! We moved two years ago from Montana to Oregon and it was so exciting and huge and sad at the same time. We planted a tree for Adele after she was born over here, and this makes me smile at the thought that we'll have pictures like this someday.

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