Dear beloved – I appreciate a public platform such as this (indulgent) blog to acknowledge your faith and support and struggles and love on our behalf.
I know all this hasn't been easy for you. For years we've been talking about this eventuality and I'm sure you were hoping that this particular dream would not be realized. I understand that with the addition of grandchildren/niece&nephew this separation makes it all the more painful for you. We think of this all the time and the affect our choices have on all of you and we pray for that great Comforter to be with you and to confirm to you our delicate, earnest wish to proceed with our lives in a careful, prayerful way that always considers but cannot always be swayed by your feelings. WE LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!! Thank you God for the nature of family and the potential to be together for the eternities!! Our testimony of this is so strong and we love our God for it. May you each feel his love for you!