Leaving was not easy but saying goodbye that was really hard for me. My family had to leave before I was heading out so as I hugged each of my children I would weep. I told them how much I loved them, how much I would miss them and to always remember that even though I was far away I was always in their hearts. It was the tightest hug I'd ever gotten from both of my babies, they cried and told me too how much they loved me and wanted me to stay. As crazy as this sounds this was one of the first times I think I truly understood our relationship. Once my car was all packed and I was walking out of my door my neighbor Jenny came over to see how I was doing and to say her goodbye. We walked to the car and then one of the most special things would happen, I would just see people popping up out of their houses walking towards me...they all came to say goodbye. I cried a little more, hugged them all and realized at that moment I was lucky to have these people in my life.
It took me 7.5hours to get to Missoula and there was no shortage of tears on that drive.
all of the above images were taken with an iPhone