It's a bit easier leaving, this time, for a couple reasons, though. The first and foremost being that Max's grandparents will both be working, so we won't have to leave as many people at once. They said their goodbyes this evening when we put Max down for bed. Secondly, we aren't going back to California from here, so there's still much too look forward to. I'm excited to get to watch Max with his Childers family uncles and grandma and enjoying the same kind of interaction he's had with the Kuester side. My brothers have both had minimal time with Max (Jon has only met him once on our whirlwind trip to Target on the way down here last weekend), so it'll be nice for them to both get some quality time with him. My family postponed most of their Christmas festivities, too, so that we could celebrate together, so I'm looking forward to that, too.
But, even with all that there is to look forward to, goodbyes are never easy, for me. I'm grateful to have another week in Illinois to ease the pain of this farewell. I always love the time we have with family...both sides of it. We have cherished each moment we've spent in this past week and look forward to our next visit. Thanks for everything, Kuesters and Yates. We love you.