Not what we were expecting…

This past year was a really hard year for us, but especially the last two months of school as we began to wonder whether we would be staying at ECA or not. It was actually during our vacation to Provence that it became clear that we would be leaving Spain. It was not what we were expecting and was really hard for us as we dearly love the community at ECA, however we could see that this was God’s plan for our future. As we already had tickets for the 24th of July to Oregon for my brother’s wedding, we knew that not only would we be leaving Spain, but we would be leaving less than a month after we returned from France. To say that it was a whirlwind would be an understatement! Due to time constraints we had ONE week to pack up our entire house to have it ready for the shipment!

To make things even more “fun”, it was over 100 degrees every.single.day!!!

It’s amazing how much stuff a family can acquire in ten years!!

The kids did an awesome job of entertaining themselves for many hours while we packed (they also got a substantially larger amount of ‘screen’ time, but hey, you do what you gotta do!)

A week & a day after we called the moving company they arrived to pick up our shipment!!

This truck was taking our belongings to a warehouse where they would be packed into a container, which would then be loaded onto a boat! When our kids ask, “Where is my stuffed animal/dinosaur/book, etc.? We just say, “It’s on the boat!”

After our shipment left we had just a little over a week to get rid of anything we had decided not to pack and have a small garage sale!

We didn’t make a ton of money, but we did succeed in getting rid of some of our stuff before we simply donated it.

In that week and a bit we also had to clean our house and turn over the keys to our landlord!

It’s a very strange feeling to be homeless and not know what is next or where God might be leading!

In our short month, we also had to cram in some firsts that we hadn’t gotten around to doing!

We’d always wanted to go down into Madrid to do Tapas, but had never made the time, so we finally were forced to stay up late & go out and enjoy tapas! Those shrimp in that brown dish were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!

More delicious tapas!! Thankfully we took friends with us so we didn’t have to eat all this on our own!

We also took our kids to an italian buffet (yes, in Spain!) with a HUGE play place that we’d been eyeing, but never taken the time to take them to!

Of course, the kids had a great time!!!

Obviously, there were lots of lasts….

A last walk around the 5K loop

The hardest of the lasts being our last times with our friends who made our lives so rich! (It was also hard because so many of our friends were already gone for the summer when it came time to say our goodbyes)

We had our last dinner at “Camarma Burger” with our friend Robbyn on the 4th of July! Thankfully, we had some sparklers left over from New Years!

Nothing beats sparklers!!

Some friends had us over for dinner & to swim in their pool – the kids loved this lobster toy!!

They also helped our kids roast marshmallows, which is always a BIG hit with Ezra & Audrey!!

Perhaps the hardest goodbyes were to our friends who we adopted as family!

On our last full day in Spain, we climbed our mountain for the last time:

Audrey didn’t actually ‘climb’ any of the mountain as she had just gotten her cast off a couple days before & her leg was still too weak! Thank goodness for Daddy’s strong shoulders!

Surveying the valley

One last family photo on the mountain!

On the plane, excited to see what the future holds!!

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