August 23, 2012


Today one of my brothers is on a plane to Korea.
He is moving there to teach English.
This past weekend, we had a going away party for him.
I didn't get a single photo of us together.
At the party, both of my parents were there.
And both of my brothers.
My parents divorced when I was 13, and I had plans for weeks to get one last family photo of the five of us together since we would all be at the event.
We all live in different areas, and with one of us moving out of the country, I knew this was my shot.
And I blew it.
When I realized that my plans didn't come together like I had imagined, I spent an entire afternoon crying.
And now I'm not sure when I will have a chance like that again.
A brief chance.
And it's gone.
Thankfully, while I still have a good memory, I can look back at these photos and remember what the entire weekend was like.
A weekend full of brief moments with family and friends.
Brief moments that mean so much to me.

The last photo was taken seconds after telling Taylor, "We'll be leaving the park in just a minute."
The look of panic.
Knowing her time left to play was brief.
Her little mind racing to think of all the things she wanted to do before we left.
I did the same thing this weekend.
Panicked as the baby started crying at the going away party; signaling that it was time for us to get home and get back to our routine.
None of my plans could take place.
My goodbye to my brother was rushed.

I hope that my memory never fails me.
Because it was such a wonderful weekend.



  1. I just had to say goodbye to my mum at the airport on Tuesday. She's just moved to Amman, Jordan to teach for 2 years. We live in New Zealand so the Middle East is going to be quite different for her. How long is your brother going for?

  2. I understand how you feel!! My best friend left to teach English in Thailand back in May...I attended her going away party and failed to get any pictures of us together...luckily we can communicate via facebook messaging and comments, as well as email but I cannot wait for her to come back home.

    I am often forgetful to take those types of pictures too,=...makes me so sad!

    Looks like you had a lovely week and that you are adjusting well to your new little one!!

    ♥ Ashley

  3. I hate to say it, but he might be home sooner than you think. Everyone I know who went to teach English in Korea didn't stay long. Most ended up going elsewhere to teach, but if he doesn't have something lined up, maybe you'll get to see him soon!

  4. I heart your blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)

  5. Sorry about missing the photo opp :( Vising from the GFC Blog Hop and new follower. My brother is also teaching in South Korea! He's in Seoul...where's yours?? Maybe they will meet!