Step one in our process of moving to Egypt is launching on Monday with the pick up of our air shipment. You haven't lived until you have had to sort all your worldly possessions into four categories.
- Stuff you need for the first three months to live in Egypt. This includes clothes for two seasons, toys for two kids, books for them to read, laptops, iPads, and a partridge in a pear tree.
- Stuff you don't need in the first three months but will need in the two years you will live there. Towels, Christmas stuff, plates, forks, casserole dishes, wall decor, more toys and books, and all kinds of stuff that has to add up to less than 3,500 pounds.
- Stuff like furniture, ski clothes, lamps, any electrical stuff that won't work on 220v, and extraneous items that you don't want to get rid off but can't take with you.
- Stuff to donate or get rid of. So far 8 boxes and multiple garbage bags have been dropped off at the Salvation Army. If you see anyone in a kicky purple cashmere sweater, congratulate them on their stellar deal.
In a nutshell ... yikes. Our life right now is a series of piles and stacks that have seemingly no order and must be organized and sorted ... by MONDAY. I need sleep. I need to collapse with Advil and big fluffy covers.
So, step one has been a bit stressful. We are trying to shield the kids (not completely, but a bit) from the majority of the stresses and chaos, so they don't start panicking and acting out. Neal has a big ol' training for a few weeks and when he gets home, the day after he gets home, they come to get the rest of our stuff for storage. It's all starting to come together, it's starting to happen, and I feel both more and less prepared with each passing day.
Can I wish ahead to March? :) Please?
Here are the things I am thankful for today as I sit amid loads of work to be done.
- We have stuff to sort and decide over. I am thankful for the piles of clothing we've been able to donate and the massive amount the Lord has blessed us. While it may be hard to sort through an entire house, I'm thankful to have a house to sort through.
- SuperHub. Neal has been amazing. Just this morning, he noticed we were out of milk and just left and got some and came back and stuck it in the fridge. Small thing, yes. But what a blessing that I didn't have to run to the store in a panic. He saw a need and filled it. He has been a huge help, a big support, and has really buckled down and given his piles the attention they need. He has put lots in the donate pile. I'm so grateful for him.
- I'm thankful we don't have to pack everything. We have packed a lot, just because it's easiest when you sort stuff to have a box to stick it in. But I'm grateful that we aren't left to do all of this ourselves. We have packers and movers and storers. Thank you Lord.
- I'm very thankful for this house. It is small and old, but it is home. It is cozy and filled with love. I get enormous comfort at the end of the day just being in this house, soaking in the American-ness of this 1950's era rancher with expansive woods out back and a screened-in porch for Dexter to explore.
- I'll be super thankful on Monday evening after this first wave of crazy is over. :D Can I count future gratitude? It's my blog, so I say yes. :D
So ... when you are stressed today, or you look at your pile of laundry ahead of you, just be glad you don't have endless sorting and packers in your future. And if you do have a shared future of an impending move, know you are not alone. You are part of the few, the overwhelmed, the moving.
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