Thursday, February 4, 2016

Last Visits

So, the Choates are safely in Honiara preparing for a conference before heading back to the village in about a month. But, what do the Hibbards do when time for face-to-face visits draws to a close?

We take a Saturday to go help pack a couple of boxes…

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And then decide that a play break is needed, including some table tennis…

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…snowy bike rides…

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…and, of course, a little snowman-building.

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Or maybe we should get out the stepladder and make it not-so-little. Six feet sounds good.

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No, that’s not tall enough. Let’s shoot for ten feet!

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Actually, twelve feet sounds like a winner!! Yep, twelve it is!

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Of course, he could use a hat, jacket, and family.

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And a cow.

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And a mini family.

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Of course, no snow fun is complete without a snowball fight!

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Of course, since we were supposed to go get the piano that day, but the trailer was iced in, we just had to go back another day. Bummer.

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Unlike the Saturday before, this trip had to include our real goodbyes. 

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Goodbyes are never fun.

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But when you can be this silly with friends you are saying goodbye to, you know it just means you get to anticipate sweet hellos again in the future.

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(Although Angie was NOT willing to let the goodbye include parting with James the Big Cow!)

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These sweet kiddos have grown up together, even across the miles.

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And this precious soul has been a true nourishment and mainstay for me over those same years.

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And our sweet fellas (who did not manage to get into any of these pictures) have made sure that we stayed actively connected through those years!

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No, goodbyes aren’t fun, but even goodbyes can reflect the joy of the relationship! Until next time!!

3 comments:

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Looks like a lot of fun AND a lot of help :D And I"m so glad you get to babysit the piano!!!

Choate Family said...

Ok, now I'm crying! Thank you, dear friend, for your support through a difficult transition.

Cindy said...

We love the Hibbard family and are so thankful for the blessing you are to the Choate family!