Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I wrote early this weekend about how much I was in denial about the move. That denial kicked me in my rear and into gear.

We finally cracked open the trunks and suitcases and weighed our way to eight 50 pound pieces of luggage.

{Actually eight 47 pound pieces of luggage. Because I like to play it safe and not push the limits.}

Ian, he's more of a Johnny Cash kind of guy and would prefer it if we' push the limits, or, you know, walk the line.

Our carry ons though, they really push it, with each of having a small rolling suitcase with almost 60 pounds of books! ha! We'll be the oxen staggering through the Vancouver/Frankfurt/Abu Dhabi airports.

No longer in denial, it has turned into disbelief.

My body moves into action.

Pack, clean, make phone calls, run errands.

My mind?

It is a constant "No WAY!"

And the emotional breakdowns? Not pretty.

I believe this morning it was over the fact that Ian and I were so tired after packing until midnight that we missed our quiet time before collapsing into bed.


I'm in disbelief as I stare at our almost empty (but somehow incredibly messy) apartment.

I'm in disbelief as I go to the store and stock up on my newly found favorite mousse.

I'm in disbelief as I listen to a dear friend tell us he's dating someone. And we won't be around {BOO}

Disbelief is my middle name as of right now.

Alot of you have asked if we'll continue blogging once we get to the Middle East, and the answer is "MOST Definitely!!!!"

I love blogging.

I may not have access to as reliable internet as we have in the west while we are out in the desert for the next 2 years, but I'll still be blogging our adventures, documenting them in words and in photos as often as possible.

Months ago I told ya'll this, but I'll give you a little refresher in case you are new: If you've been around awhile, you know what we are going overseas for. If you haven't, you might be a little confused about why I don't blog openly about it all.

The truth is, we're going to an area of the world that is not as stable and safe as good ol Orlando, FL. The truth is, we're going to a place where Christians are a minority, and they aren't looked upon as nicely as we might hope.

That being said, we're careful about what we say and how we say it. I really do wish I could answer alot of your questions, but the truth is, I can't. Or I shouldn't. The line between the two is very blurred.

Please stay with us though.

Please pray for us.

Lift us up to God that we will be safe and in His will.

I'm hoping to blog from the airports, but if not, I'll talk to you from the other side of the world!


Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

Staying with ya... and praying FOR SURE! :)

Alison said...

I will be praying for ya'll! And definitely staying with ya...can't wait to hear all about it...or as much as you can share! :)

Jessica said...

What an exciting time!!!

I'm lifting you and Ian up in prayer. I know God has amazing things planned for both of you!

Can't wait to hear from you from the other side :-)

Sarah said...

Safe journey!! Can't wait to hear from you on the other side!

Lauren said...

I'm still here too...cannot believe it's already time for you to head out. I have the utmost faith our father has gone before you!

The Taffs said...

Praying for y'all!!!

katie said...

I'm praying!!

Rachel and John said...

HAve a safe trip over! I can't wait to hear all about it.

Kristin said...

I can't believe it's already time for you to move!! I'm def sticking with you and more importantly, I'm def praying for you!!! Feel free to email me anytime you need some specific prayers for anything!!

LeAnna said...

Definitely lots of prayers! God bless ya'll on your adventures. :)

Brian and Ashley said...

I am so excited for ya'll! I will be praying for your transition and relationships!

Unknown said...

I will be and have been praying for you both..I am so proud of you for following God's leading!

Kelley said...

So excited for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't believe it's time for your big move! I can't imagine what you two are going through; I know that you are excited and sad all at the same time. Though you will be far away, you are never far from Him. I'll be lifting you up to the Father!

Mrs. Lukie said...

Praying, praying, praying, sweet friend! Blessings to you & Ian on your travels over to the other side ;)

Unknown said...

I'm sticking around and I wish you all the best on your travels, new home and country. I', excited to see how you settle in :) x

d.a.r. said...

Praying for a safe trip!!

Brittany said...

Safe travels! Praying for you, and hope things go well. HUGS!!!!

Courtney said...

Dear friend I am so excited that today has finally for you two! All of the plans have come through! I am praying for both of you! I would love to see a picture with you and all your luggage! I love you!

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