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Farewell Chicago

Chicago SkylineWe have exactly two weeks before we head out on our 12 – 15 month adventure around the world.  Where has time gone?  We have been planning this trip for almost 10 months and it is crazy to think that it is finally here.  Greg and I have spent the last few weeks running around the city getting the final details put together.  I am happy to say that we are almost there.  Who knew this much thought and work goes into planning a trip like this?  I have to give a shout out to Greg for that…without him I would be completely lost and not prepared.  So thank you Greg for your diligent planning and saving us some serious $$$ along the way!

 
Greg and I will be using this blog as a way to communicate about experiences abroad.  We will post often to keep you updated on our whereabouts and what we have been doing.  So please follow!
 
Greg and I will be spending our last two weeks packing up our apartment, finalizing details of our trip, spending time with friends, and making quick trips to Kansas and Ohio to say farewell to our families.  It will be an emotional final two so I would like to use this opportunity to say thank you to some people:besties
 
Thank you Cate, Melissa, Heather, and Amy for being the best friends a girl could ever ask for.  You have made the last 7 years some of the best of my life.  You have each made such an impact on me and I look forward to many more memories in the future. 
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Thank you to my parents for being so supportive of us and our decision to travel the world.  I am going to miss talking to my mom daily… she is honestly my best friend!  And I am still my daddy’s little girl.  I love you both dearly!

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 Thank you to Kiley, Braden, Bailee, Remington and Bryce.   I couldn’t ask for better siblings.   My life wouldn’t be the same without all of you.  I can’t wait for you to all visit.  Love you with all my heart!

 

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 Thank you to the rest of my Miller and Rausch family.  I feel that I have the most amazing family in the entire world.  Also, thank you all of you for being supportive and excited about our adventure.  It means a lot to have all of you “on board”.  Love you all dearly!
 

 

Thank you Herb, Sue, Jeff, and Kim Dietz for also being so supportive of our decision, but mostly for being so loving deitz famand welcoming.  I feel so blessed that Greg has such a great family that I love deadietz weddingrly.  Herb, we can’t wait for you to spend the month of December with us in New Zealand.  What an adventure that will be…

 

 

Lastly, friendsthank you to Andrew, Brian, Rob, Ben, Grant, Melissa, Cate, and Heather for throwing us a going away party in Chicago.  You have all been such great friends and we feel blessed to have all of you in our lives.  We can’t wait for Saturday…thanks again!  Also, thanks Mom and Dad for throwing us another going away party in Kansas.  We can’t wait to see everyone and appreciate you rounding up the troops to bid us farewell.  Lastly, thank you Jeff and Kim for throwing us our final going away party in Cincinnati.  You two are so good to us!  It is such a treat that we get three going away parties…we are two very fortunate people :)
 

We are so excited about what the next 12 – 15 months has in store for us.  Looking forward to seeing all of you in the next two weeks!
 
Ash

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