So its been over a year since the whole family has been back to our old stomping grounds in Flagstaff AZ. Last November I went back to AZ for my friend’s wedding. With the help of Lanny who drove me up to Flagstaff, I was able to make a brief stop to have lunch with my old mom group pals. This time, the whole family was on the trip for yet another wedding. Thankfully it was over the kids’ fall break. But because we drove there and had to break the driving up into two days each way, the boys had to miss a day of school. At least they weren’t missing a ton of new instruction or missing any testing time since it is now the start of a new quarter.
Anyway, our time in Flagstaff was pretty brief. We left home Wednesday, got into Flagstaff on Thursday afternoon and really had that evening to hang out with Scott’s side of the family. One thing I realized about Flagstaff and our old life was that very little changed. Even though there were several new hotels and businesses, (which can be a big thing for a small town) everything seemed just like Flagstaff has always seemed. It was nice. The visit felt rejuvenating. It felt great being around people who knew me. It felt familiar and familiar can be a good thing, familiar can also give you perspective on how far you’ve come. When you go back to the familiar it can help you see the importance of the new situation you are in and respect it more, if not love the progress and life you’ve made since then. I was not sad to leave Flagstaff this time. I was happy for the visit, but excited to get back home and that was even more evident when the clouds parted on the second day of our trip back and the beautiful rocky mountains exposed themselves and I could look at them for the first time from this part of the state and say, I’m home. I’m not visiting this state…I’m home. I’m coming back home.
But to backtrack, on Friday, Scott spent time visiting people he used to work with and then Friday evening I got to hang out with my friend Rachel. It was nice catching up with her a little and letting our boys play together. Our oldest boys were extremely excited for this time together.
Saturday was the wedding which was the majority of the day, but there’s nothing like a good reception to get the energy out of two boys who seem to have an endless supply. They danced til they were tired.
That evening I was able to spend some time with Rachel and Lesley having drinks at Taverna’s before we hit the road bright and early at 8 am.
Yes, 8 am! A storm was rolling through New Mexico and we wanted to beat the worst of it. So following Rachel’s husband’s weather advice (since he’s a meteorologist) we left early to make sure we didn’t end up in the worst of the weather. Despite leaving early, we still hit moments of sleeting rain on the way to Santa Fe. Some moments were so scary that I texted my life group friends to ask for prayer to get us through the storm. Since I’m writing this, you obviously know we got through the storm. 😉
Anyway, our visit, while short, was something I think we all needed. For the kids, it was wonderful for them to see their grandmother and aunts and uncles. For Scott, I think he enjoyed catching up with people he used to work with and seeing how things changed or maybe even stayed the same with many of his work pals. For me, it just solidified all of the above. Things change, things stay the same, life goes on, friends come and go, and some friends remain despite distance and time apart…and that is life.
Do you have any plans to see family or friends far away this winter season?
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