Saturday, October 27, 2012

Step 1 to Move Overseas

Don't own anything! 

Ha! Not really, but there is something to be said for having less means less stress.  Here's the rundown from the last few days. 
-Wednesday, the packers arrived.  We had five men arrive and begin packing up our belongings.  They were all very nice and professional.  They got about 80% of our house packed by 4 pm.
-Thursday, four of the same packers arrived to finish the job.  While they only had 20% to do, it all seemed to be stuff that took longer to do, due to disassembling furniture or awkward items.  They were done by 4 though, so life was good.  We moved into TLF (Temporary Lodging Facilities) on Base.  I was expecting to be in the "hotel", but we're actually in a little suite, or cottage, with a full kitchen.  We brought over items from the fridge, and a few items from the pantry that we can still use for the next few days while we're here.  I will get so tired of eating out, so I'm thankful for the kitchen. 
-Friday, three movers arrived by 8:30 and they were finished by 11 am!  Again, they were very nice and professional.  We cleaned the house a bit and then got to go back to TLF for some down time before heading over to our friend's house for dinner.

We have been blessed with some great friends here and two different families had us over for dinner.  It was a huge blessing to not have to worry about what, or where, we were going to eat. 

Today we went back to the house to organize the items that will get picked up for storage on Monday.  We aren't storing a huge amount, but there were a number of things we felt wouldn't fit in our housing in Japan, or holiday items that we wouldn't have good storage for during the non-holiday season. 

This week the "Farewell Tour" will begin about midweek.  I'm looking forward to seeing some family and friends.  I wish we could see everyone.  That's the hardest part about moving overseas, there won't be as many opportunities to see people. 

On the other hand, we will get to see two families we haven't seen in forever when we arrive in Okinawa.  There is always a silver lining.  Always.
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Kristen said...

I'm praying for you as begin your farewell tour! I wish we could see you, but will let our nieces and nephew hug you for us. And will you hug them for us? :-)

Kari said...

I will happily hug them for you! I get to spend Thanksgiving with them! :)