The lack of blogging in the last two weeks (I have no excuse before that), was me waiting until we announced our plan to move back to the USA. I didn't have much to say that didn't relate to packing, weeding out, buying plane tickets, and selling my used stuff online.
To be fair, there's certainly not any packing happening yet. I have 7 weeks and 3 days to do that. Eek.
We've decided that - with the exception of the baby clothes and some sentimental stuff - we're just going to sell everything (and get rid of whatever we can't sell). I must say, while it is daunting, it's liberating too!
Yesterday I stopped at the Salvation Army and dropped off at least 10 grocery bags full of clothing I didn't like, fit, or otherwise need. How on earth did I accumulate that much clothing? I certainly didn't buy it! No, Marine Reach Ministries is a transient-type ministry. Schools come in for 6 months and then leave 2x a year (soon to be 4x a year). Staff come for a year or two, and then go home to Europe, Canada, or the USA every year. Those 2x 50lb suitcases don't hold a lot. A lot of clothing gets left behind, and I always rummage through to find something "new". It's nice to have a change in the wardrobe for no money, but eventually you've got to get rid of something. Especially when you've hit every size between 12 and 2 in the last 4 years, more than once. The clothing sizes, the plethora of options.... it was time to purge the closet. We're *only* keeping the stuff that fits. And the maternity clothes *stay* in New Zealand!
And shipping your gear home is REALLY not worth the money. REALLY. No, REALLY. I got a quote. Over a $1000 for 1 cubic metre. That's about 3ft x 3ft x 3ft. Um .... that's not going to house much at all folks. And I'm not paying $1000 for send stuff that's not worth $1000!
There's a sense of relief, when I think of going back "home" to PA. *Home is a nebulous term for me, it really just means, "Where-my-pillow-is". There's also apprehension.
*Recession, *Rent, *Vehicle, *Children, *Work-At-Home-Mom, *Stay-At-Home-Mom, *Work-Outside-the-Home-Mom, *Moving internationally with children, *Building friendships for the girls ...
It's overwhelming. But I know, that I know, that I know, that I know it's the right choice. And I've got to cling to that, because I'm sure some day very soon I'll be staring into a suitcase, wondering what I've gotten myself into.
Glad you're all here with me to read my chronicles. I'm glad that people "out there", get me.