so here’s the thing about your sister moving across the ocean…


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… it is just not as easy as it seems. And I didn’t ever really think it seemed easy.

But, to be honest, it’s been harder than I thought.

The kicker has been that their internet is super unreliable. So the hope I’d put in “Surviving on Skype-calls” has been one big old let down.

We finally Skyped today (for the first time in a couple weeks!) and before the terrible connection thwarted our efforts, I got to see the paper pinwheels Jord is working on for Evie’s birthday brunch. Funny thing is, I’ve been making some (alarmingly similar) decor for a Sip ‘n See we’re having Saturday. Isn’t that funny?

I hate it that we’re not going to Evie’s birthday party, by the way.

Also, I think Kead is having a tougher time adjusting than they’d anticipated. I hate that for her (and for her mama). Did you know I call my nieces my “cakepops?” Who knows where that nickname came from, but it stuck. And I HATE the idea of My Little Cakepop struggling. Hate it.

It’s been four months since I’ve seen them. I haven’t gone four months without seeing them since Kead was born. Ugh.

Anyone else having one of those weeks?

*All pics taken by Jordan. Well, except the paper pinwheel decor one. 🙂

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  1. Kirstin I’m so sorry. It’s so very hard and lonely and sometimes those who go don’t realize how hard it is for those we leave behind (I’m sure Jordan does though!). I’m glad you love her and miss her. Here’s to visiting her soon…?

    1. Georgia- thanks for the words of encouragement friend. The worst part is that I know it hasn’t been super easy for them either (which just makes me feel like I need to be near her even more).
      Anyhow, we ARE headed over there as part of Adam’s grad trip (we’re going to Greece and Turkey and tagged on a couple weeks to see Jord and her fam)! YAY! YAY! YAY! I should make a count down. 🙂

  2. My sister lives only 3 states away but sometimes it feels like an ocean (with 3 kids under 6 and school and work and and and). Having a best friend in your sister is a huge blessing and yet not so much when she doesn’t live next to you. Here’s to totally getting it.

  3. I’m so sorry it’s one of those weeks. However, if we didn’t have downs, we couldn’t appreciate the ups. Hoping our wind here in Idaho blows some happiness your way. 🙂

  4. Preach it sister! We would go months with out being able to skype with family. Add that to now TV and you really start to feel isolated. Our boys seemed to adjust no prob but Evie had a really hard time leaving family this last time. Today when my sister left she literally got into her suitcase to show us she did fit and could go home to Granny. Yeah, that one made me cry. You just have to pray you are doing right by your kiddos and they will become amazing totally interesting world travelers right?

    1. There are so many great things that your kids (and Jord’s) are learning. Oh my goodness.
      But the distance is rough too. Sometimes rougher than others, for sure. Give your little Smooch a hug for us! 🙂

  5. Ah Kirstin, I am so sorry! I know how hard it is to be away from family… been there, done that more times than I can even count. But you know what? You will be amazed at how much you will grow during this time. And I so sorry that your niece is having such a hard time of it. Just know that you have friends who are praying for you, not only you but your whole family! take care kiddo!

    1. Peggy, thank you for this note- you are so encouraging!!! I appreciate your prayers more than I can say (so does Jord!!!). 🙂

  6. Sorry! I know how you feel. Best friend move last year to SC. I had taken care of her 9 year old daughter who has Autism and that I took care of everyday since she was born. We lived across the street from each other and now it feels like we are worlds apart.

  7. Oh Kirst….this made me so teary! I’m so sorry you’re having a day like this. But thank you for reminding me of how truly luck I am to have a sister living in the same town. No – we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like….but at least we have the option. Something to be thankful for. Big hugs your way. Love you!

    1. Chrissy, you’ll laugh at this- your comment made me teary. Hahaha!
      And maybe you should drive to Melissa’s and give her a hug. And give her kiddos some hugs. To make up for all of the hugs I can’t give to Jord and the Cakepops right now. 🙂
      LOVE YOU!

  8. Sorry to hear 🙁 I am far away from my family too (not half a world, but more than a thousand miles) so we video chat once a week. I have had a lot better luck using Google+ Hangout than Skype… the call quality on Skype was getting horrible and we would often have the call dropped, or the audio/video would freeze, or what-have-you. Google+ seems to be a lot more stable, and has the added bonus of allowing more than two-person calls (although Skype may do that now too, IDK-haven’t used it in a while). Hope that helps.

    1. Diane, THANK YOU for the tip. Skype has been so rough lately! UGH!
      I will check out Google +!!!!
      And sorry that you’re far away from family too. Yuck. 🙁

  9. I currently live “over the pond”. My hubbs and I are in Italy and have discovered that Skype is not the only option as far as communication. Also try yahoo, they are similar to Skype but they always seem to work better for us. Also tell your sister to look into getting a MajicJack. They are AMAZING. Its a device that plugs into the computer and you attach a telephone to it. You get a LOCAL (stateside) phone number so that you can call her and its not a bazillion dollars. She will also be able to call places in the states. If you need any other pointers I have been here for 3 years. Good luck to you and your sister (0:

    1. Jenny- thanks for all of the help! I’ll let Jordan know about all of those options. 🙂
      Also, where are you in Italy? Are you accepting visitors? Hahaha! 🙂

  10. Poor girlie! I wish I could just hug your neck (and I don’t even know ya’)! Haha! Sisters are so special and I’m sorry you are truly missing yours 🙂

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