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Sunday, December 1, 2013
I can't believe we are just days away from leaving. It still doesn't feel real. I have been spending my time with the good friends I have made here in Georgia, and I've got to say, it's been tugging at my heart strings a little. On the plus side of everything, my mother is going to be spending two glorious weeks with us once we get to Texas. YES! my mother will be spending Christmas with my little family. It'll be the first time she sees Ava in person, and it'll be the first time we've seen one another in over two years. I still can't believe either of us has gone that long without seeing each other. I plan on making the holidays this month, extra special for my mommy. I want to tie in a birthday celebration, since she'll be leaving us just a few days before her birthday.

So a few days ago I was given a task. I was suppose to come up with one value to teach my daughter, that my parents/elders taught me. I have finally decided which value I'd pick (aside from the basic, normal values). I would encourage Ava to always use her OWN judgement. There are good people in this world, there are bad people in this world. We can't separate the two based on the sole opinion of someone else. I would encourage her to base an opinion off of her own interactions; this way she isn't missing out on a really great human being. Too often, people are willing to base their opinions of someone, off of an opinion from someone else. That's no way to live, and that certainly isn't right. I'm glad I was raised that way, and I'm glad that Justin and I are going to raise Ava that way.

As the year is closing, I have noticed a lot of changes in myself. I can't tell you the last time I had to deal with legit chaos. I'm thankful for that. Minding my own business, and steering clear of those who don't has definitely worked in my favor. Justin and I have had such piece of mind, and that's exactly what we need, as we approach this big move. I'm nervous about networking in Texas. It isn't home, and it's still the South. When we first arrived in Georgia, I was a bit of a hermit. This time around I don't want to do that to myself. I don't want to do that to Ava. She's getting older, and socializing is going to be really good for her at this age.
I do know a few people that are down in Texas, but they are either distant relatives, or people I went to school with back home. I guess it's better to see a familiar face, than to not have one at all.

Well, someone has some packing to do, so I guess on that note, Happy 1st of December all! Thank you to all of my Washingtonians and Georgia readers, this blog has reached an all time high on views these last two weeks. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read about my family, and the obstacles we face.

♥- Leilani

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