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Friday, February 05, 2010


No, this isn't me. Found this image online and thought it was fitting.

Tonight was one of those nights. Another one of those nights. You know the kind where you are so homesick that your entire insides ache. For those who've never lived away from home, it might be difficult to comprehend. However, I've had a few of those moments in recent months. Beings that I lived within minutes of my parents for my entire 34 years of life, moving 977 miles away from home hits hard. It's been about 8 weeks since we've been gone. However, nights like tonight make it feel as thought it has been 8 years.

I skyped with my Dad and Cathy a little while ago. It was 80 degrees here in sunny Florida today but it is snowing by leaps and bounds in Indiana right now. They are getting hit hard and totally drenched with a snow storm. The type of snow that made me nuts when living there. My Dad picked his laptop up while skyping and carried it to his front door. He held up the computer so myself and the kids could see outside and into the snow. Behind the snow fall was my Grandma's house. She lives across the street from them in the same neighborhood. Seeing the snowfall and her house made my heart sink. I miss her and Patti (my aunt - Cathy's sister). I miss my Dad and Cathy themselves terribly. And in a very sick and twisted sort of way, I miss that daggone nasty snow. GASP! I know. I know. I said it. I can't believe it either. All of my Indiana friends instantly emailed me on facebook when I said that there and reassured me that I "DON'T" want to be home right now. I appreciate their pep talks. In the end though, there really is no place like home. Not even the beach.

We are making plans to get back home within the next couple of months. Although we've only been away for 8 weeks (basically like when we used to stay in Florida for our Summers), I can't wait to return to Indy - snow on the ground or not. I want to veg out on my Dad's couch, eat Cathy's home cooked food, visit with Grandma Dixie, watch Kenidi play tug of war with Eddie (their dog), stuff myself with my Dad's stash of peanut m&m's in the bowl that rests faithfully on their counter, and most importantly...just hug them. Hug them tightly. Oh how I love my parents. I have the best Dad in the world and I'm so blessed by his support. And although I've ALWAYS known that, being 977 miles away from him now makes me realize that even more so than I had before. I can't wait for them to come visit here, watch Brennen play basketball again, see Kenidi ride her horse at therapy, cheer with her special needs cheer team, etc. It's no longer important for me to have them come here so that we can go to the beach together and such like we always have in the past. Now it is the simple stuff that I miss like the fact that they came to every single game Brennen ever played in. Basketball and football was always a huge family affair with several bleacher rows full of friends and family that were "Brennen fans." Now the bleachers seem eerily empty.

Yes, I am...

I love you Dad!

...your "buckethead" daughter

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Blogger Jill said...

Awww, Angie, my heart hurts for you. I kinda wondered if you'd get to this point. I had to giggle at you missing snow, though. Oh, I am sooooo tired of it! I hope you can come back soon and get a big dose of familiarity. Seeing your dad and other family up here will make it all better. Take care! Jill

2/06/2010 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know how you feel - I lived away from my parents since I was 19 - from Chicago to Houston to Vegas, and then decided it was time to move closer. My parents are both sick and it was time to come home. I have to best parents in the world, although it took me a while to see how blessed I am with them. Just today, my father was in town for an appointment at the VA hospital but made time to bring an enormous amount of wood to my apartment for the cold front coming in. And last week, my mother made a trip just to bring me zuchinni bread for my birthday (it's my favorite!). Having a teenager now, I want her to know and experience the love a big family has to offer. Stay close, call a lot, so glad you have Skype, and send as many cute art projects and such to them (it gives the extras somewhere to go and still be displayed too). I'm glad you are blessed with such a loving family, and they are blessed to have a daughter with such love and appreciation.

God Bless,
JulieAnn Leonard

2/06/2010 1:43 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh yes, you are missing the snow. I love being snowed in, looking out at all that fluffy white stuff.

Hope the Skype can get you through until your Dad can get himself to Florida.

2/06/2010 3:01 AM  
Anonymous Leigh Ann Doolen-Birdsell said...

Angie, it's good to see it for a day, but then I want it to go away. You can always Skype with your Dad if you want to see it or fly somewhere to go skiing. Otherwise, bite your tongue, girl. You finally got out of that cruddy weather:)

2/06/2010 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Brandy Allen said...

I'd be glad to trade places if you miss it that much!! ;)

2/06/2010 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Kristina Mills said...

Everybody in Indy is snowed in and READY FOR THE COLTS Ang! :) Cheer loud in FL!

2/06/2010 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Laura Pruitt Moore said...

It's so cold and nasty here. I would rather be where your at.

2/06/2010 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Johnson said...

For the's not a nice snow. Very slushy and wet...enjoy where you are at!

2/06/2010 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Laura Pruitt Moore said...

You sound homesick Angie. I bet everyone will be glad to see you. I think of Dixie and Patti often. I last saw Dixie and Patty at Krissy's showing. They did not stay very long. Just enjoy the weather and keep your sprits ups and we will see you in April. Just go to the beach tomorrow with the kids and think of us.

2/06/2010 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Alicia Minyard said...

Don't worry, Angie, just give it a few more months. You will get used to it. That's how I felt when we first moved to HAWAII in 2001. After a couple of months, we were ready to come back to California. It's definitely an adjustment, but you will see, it will start to feel like home soon. Just keep remembering why you moved, and how God opened the door for you guys to move there. It's hard being away from family at first, but it does get easier.

2/06/2010 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Jen Gaskill said...

Angie - I know exactly how you feel! My parents are back home in Ohio while I am down here in NC. We just had a southern version of a winter storm and the snow was a very welcome and oddly comforting site but also made me miss home like crazy. I find that I love where I live...a few hours to the beach, but in you're a Hoosier to ... See Morethe core, I am a Buckeye and there's no place like home! Funny how you hate every second of snow when you're in it day after day after day, but then when you don't have it, you do really miss it. Messed up huh? April will be here before you know it and you'll be giving your Daddy a huge bear hug...hang in there girl!

2/06/2010 9:20 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

This made me teary eyed for my own family :) I am sending you a hug :) Hope you had a great weekend!!
~Molly P
P.S your daddy is only a plane ride away :)

2/06/2010 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Jenny Axsom said...

Hey Ang,

Right now I'm wishing we had decided to head south....LOL! After snowblowing and shoveling two days in a row (and more snow expected next Mon or Tues), I am way OVER IT! Kids love it though:). The sun is out now so I'm getting blinded by the reflection of the snow but at least the sun is out! Woohoo!!

Getting food ready for the big game tomorrow! Cheer on those Colts!

We miss you!


2/06/2010 7:18 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I miss my dad too!

2/07/2010 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Gina C. said...

Does Brent's family still live in Indy too?

Do you think you'll ever move back?

I'm glad you have your mom with you to lessen the homesickness. Give her a hug, and take one back!

Here's hoping your daddy can get down to you soon. It must be so hard for him, too.

2/08/2010 8:51 AM  

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