Our bags are packed. 12 suitcases, 4 backpacks, three carry-ons, a diaper bag, a stroller and 4 car seats. All bags are weighed and measured. Laundry is done. THIS IS IT!
Today we returned our car, mailed in our E-ZPass, did a final grocery store run, and vaccuum packed our clothes. During dinner we talked about how the next day would feel. The girls were honest in saying that they felt anxious and excited and sad and glad all at the same time. We all agreed that saying goodbye was a very difficult thing and that the move tomorrow was really exciting. We changed into our aliyah t-shirts and had a dance party in the living room. The excitement was palpable. As a family we were revved up!
Surprisingly, the kids fell asleep pretty quickly after the dancing and now, here I am sitting on the couch with such mixed emotions. On one hand, relief that everything fit into our suitcases and BH we were not over our weight limits. I am relieved that I have no more pre- aliyah shopping and errands to do. The planning part of our adventure is over. On another hand, I am super excited. I have been waiting for this day for what seems like my whole life. TOMORROW, we are really moving to Israel and making this dream into a reality. On yet another hand (yes there are many hands this time), I am scared silly. We have not found jobs, despite our Rosetta Stone efforts, we are not fluent in Hebrew, and we pretty much do not know what we have gotten ourselves into. I am also sad. It has not been easy to say goodbye to our friends and family. We are leaving behind so many people that are so special to us.
Simcha and I keep talking about how there is no turning back. We have placed the snowball in motion and the momentum just keeps us moving. Once we made our decision to move about a year ago, we started our slow process of breaking the ties we have holding us to America. We sold our house, resigned from jobs, sent our belongings on a lift, and said goodbye to those we are leaving behind. And here we are, our countdown is at 0!!! Tomorrow morning bright and early, we will load a gigantic van with our suitcases and head to JFK airport. The next post will IYH be from Israel!