When we discussed moving to Grand Cayman, the thought of being in a different country than the rest of our family was very...unsettling. I am incredibly close to my family, they are my very best friends. I made Brent promise that we could travel home at least once every 6 months, which netted out to two Christmas trips and one summer visit. The first stretch between October and Christmas seemed long at the time, but in actuality it flew by. Then the long stretch - January to the end of July. We were thinking about making it an even 6 months, but when Jocey set her wedding for July 29th, I knew I had to be there. Man oh man, 7 months is a long time.
I can't tell you how happy I was to see my parents and the Swartzentrubers at the airport. They were waiting with cupcakes, signs, and balloons. It made me feel so special! Joy was busy with maid of honor duties, but Amy met up with us after work that evening. It was just the reunion I had been longing for.
The week flew by with wedding events, random errands, and a special day celebrating our next bride-to-be, my sister Amy. My favorite part of the visit was the little amount of down time at home - catching up with my sisters and mom, playing with my nephews, and getting lots of dad bear hugs.
The Behlert girls cooking dinner together
My dad got an antique croquet set for his birthday. We couldn't wait to try it out!
Love Jack scrutinizing my shot
With such a busy five days, we weren't able to see many friends while we were home. That's always hard because I greatly miss those people too! Thank goodness for facebook. I can't wait to be reconnected with everyone once we move back. Jess and Ben made the drive from Indy to Cincinnati to do a quick hour lunch with us. By our Christmas visit, they will have a new little man in the family!
All in all, it was a wonderful trip, but it went by way too fast. I am comforted by the fact that our next visit is only four months away. Cincinnati - we love and miss you!