Over the past month we were able to visit both of our families, in Grand Rapids and in Rochester. It’s always great to spend time with family, especially during the holidays, and this season proved no different. Living in Syracuse, we don’t make too many trips to Michigan, so it was nice to stay for about a week and a half during Christmas and New Year’s. We made sure to pack our days, seeing friends and family, going ice skating, visiting Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, and of course watching some of the football games. It was great to have some time off from school and work and take a much needed break.
While we were in Michigan, Kyle’s grandfather passed away. He was battling a lot of health issues over the past few months, so we knew that he was only going to be able to hold on for so long. I was thankful to see him one last time, even as it was difficult for him to do anything more than softly whisper. As a doctor himself, I know he was glad to meet Olivia and surely was proud of her decision to pursue a career in medicine. Prayers for my grandma are appreciated as she enters a difficult next stage in life.
Upon our return to Upstate New York, we have been able to spend some time with Olivia’s family in Rochester. Her dad recently accepted a new position in Atlanta which has brought a whirlwind of changes. While there is a definitely a lot of excitement for a new job in a different part of the country, it comes with a lot of busyness and many memories. We’ve spent a good amount of time packing up the house and preparing it for sale. Boxes upon boxes of childhood toys and joys have been sorted through, and hard decisions must be made regarding their destinations (10+ trips to Goodwill, 1 rented dumpster, a stuffed apartment in Syracuse…). After living in one place for basically her whole life, it’s no small event for Olivia to simply say goodbye to her childhood home.
We have greatly enjoyed our time with our families over the past month, and we are thankful for their constant support and stability in our lives. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been married for over six months, and each day is a new blessing for God as we grow together. There are a lot of changes and challenges coming up for us – expected and unexpected – but for each day we know that God’s grace is sufficient!