Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Most of you know by now that Eric, Annika and I will be moving to Northern California in a couple of weeks...A COUPLE OF WEEKS...I can't believe I'm saying that already!

Eric and I have been talking about moving since before we even got married (we are both nor cal people...its in our blood), but we have stayed down here in SD due to our amazing community of friends who have now become family to us.

I have dreaded writing this post and have put it off for some time now because it is just so sad to say goodbye to everyone here.


The lasts have started. They started a while ago, but I didn't really want to acknowledge them for fear the floodgates would open...they have. So I guess its time to talk about goodbyes.

A couple of weeks ago we sat down around our dining room table for our last dinner with the Tanks. We will so miss our family dinners with them. You two have been such a support to Eric and me and we are forever grateful for your friendship. Being that Annika is going to marry their son Luke, I know we will forever be connected.

Eric and I both had our last official growth group meetings. These groups have been a lifeline to us. You are irreplaceable...not even gonna try.

This weekend we had our last night with the Swifts. Jeremy and Audi have become such amazing friends, have stood by us through hard times and have been so generous to us and AJ (swim classes will be something we will forever hold dear).

Last night we had our last game of pinochle with the Lehmans...words cannot express how much we will miss you. You have been Annika's auntie and uncle here in San Diego and have truly become family to me and Eric. You guys are a constant for us here...seeing you every day at the gym and knowing that you are always there for us...we will miss you. (a sigh and a tear...)

We are anticipating a few more lasts in the next couple of weeks that will be very hard to swallow...

-our last church service at Flood Church. What an amazing church family you have been. We wish we could take you all up to nor cal with us.

-our last workout at Crossfit Flood. These are the people we see most in San Diego. Every day at 4 p.m. we get together for some shared suffering...its amazing how close you become to those you suffer with. Whats the word for that Matt? Luminality?

-our last playdate at the park with Audi and Harper, Aj's best little girlfriend. We are going to miss you guys so much!

Though moving is always tough it also forces you to be more intentional with relationships and Eric and I have seen our friendships here deepen over the past few months. We have shared great moments with so many of you...the wasmuths, the jacksons (x 2), angelee, the browns, rachael, jamie, mike, chelsea...the list goes on and on...Thank you for making it hard for us to leave.

Our door is always open to anyone looking to get away for a weekend. Please come visit us...Lord willing we will also be visiting you down here frequently.

We love you all!
Eric, Kara and Annika

Here are a few pictures from the past few weeks with all of you!

Best buds AJ and Harper at the zoo.

Last Growth Group night

Toronado Pub with the Lehmans

Day in Julian with the ladies. AJ and Rachael


Jen Stutzman said...

Girl, I know the pain of leaving and moving. Hang in there. May God comfort you during this time. Love you!

MKTaylor said...

Wow, I am going through the exact same thing right now... and it is so hard. We are moving from Utah to Orange County, leaving behind an amazing community of support. We have only 10 days left! I will be praying that your transition is smooth and that this move grows you closer as a family!

Kelly (Seim) Taylor

Lyndsay said...

Praying for you guys. Good-byes are no fun! Love you.

Kara said...

thanks guys for all your encouragement...there are so many good things too that will come with moving up north...we know that. just tough to say goodbye. jen, been meaning to call you! i always want to call you in the evening and forget that you are 3 hours ahead! kel, i heard about your move too...we will just miss each other! i would love to see you again soon and meet your little ones! maybe next time we're down here for a visit? lynds-excited to be close to you!

Tatum said...

wow! that was a touching post...definitely brought a tear and sigh to the Lehmans...we love you guys so much! we'll miss our family being so close, but don't worry we will be UP NORTH A LOT!!! Baby girl lehman and aj will be best buds :)