Saying Goodbye


Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when you don’t know when goodbye is coming.

I’ve mentioned Brett’s grandparents many times in travel posts and quarterly goals. His grandma and grandpa moved to Florida 20ish years ago. Brett and I made a point to go down and visit them at least once a year and they became another set of grandparents for me to love.

Grandma Emma passed away on November 30th, 2017. She was a fierce woman who stood strong for everything she believed in. I loved her stories about all the places they traveled, her brutal honesty, and her love for her family. We’d sit on the couch in the Florida room for hours and just chat about anything and everything.

Emma made the best homemade chocolate frosting, french toast, and roast. Each visit she’d welcome us with a homemade cake and a hot dinner. We shared a love for travel, books, music, and the Bailey family. The first time I met her she dragged me to her closet and had me try of dozens of Mardi Gras beads. I really cherish the time we had together.

Grandpa Ed passed away on July 15th, 2019. This loss hit me really hard. He was a WWII veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and an amazing story teller. He was stubborn, strong, and had a great sense of humor. He looked so much like Brett. Ed passed away suddenly and at 97 years old it was still unexpected.

Ed is the reason why Brett loves airshows and aviation as much as he does. He’s also the reason why Brett has so much respect for our military and our country. He taught Brett to love history and introduced him to many of his favorite movies. Ed was a hero and I feel honored to have known him. My last words to him were “see you soon” and I know I’ll see him again one day.

We will be traveling down to Florida soon to celebrate Ed’s life with our family. He will be missed but Brett and I will make sure to pass on his legacy to our future children and grandchildren. The sacrifices he made for us will not be forgotten.

This week has been hard (and it’s only Tuesday!) but I feel good knowing that Emma and Ed have been reunited. I aspire to have 70+ years of marriage and to travel the world like they did.

See you later, Ed and Emma!

“After all, to the well organized mind, death is but the next greatest adventure.” – J.K Rowling


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It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Hey Guys!

I currently have 1 day and 18 hours before my flight to London! It seems crazy that it’s already time for me to go after all the dreaming and planning I have done. I am full of nerves and excitement as I set out on this amazing adventure!

I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I am leaving for Chicago tomorrow at afternoon with my parents, Dani, and Brett. We are staying at a hotel downtown and just enjoying some family time before I leave for the next four months! My flight leaves Saturday night at 5:55 from Chicago.

Saying goodbye to my family is going to be really hard. I love them so much and will miss them. Leaving Brett will also be hard because he’s my best friend and we spend so much time together. But I know that our relationship will only grow stronger because of this trip!

I’m not sure how much I will be blogging but I would really like to maintain posting once a week! I guess it depends on how well the wifi works in my dorm.

Hopefully, everything goes smoothly and the next time you hear from me I will be in London!!!!! I am so excited and nervous!!!!

Thanks for reading!

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