A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Packout is done. The movers came, spent two days methodically packing everything in my house, stuffed those boxes into giant crates, and drove away. How long will it be until I see those crates again? Who knows? I'm hoping for Christmas, but we shall see.
Our goals for this packout was to be underweight. EVERY SINGLE TIME we've ever packed out before, we've been within 50 pounds (either under or over). I worked tirelessly to get our weight down. I was SO nervous as I looked at our piles for our UAB shipments. Those piles were so big! Would we have enough weight? YES! We did! AND not only did we have enough, but we were under! I was SO relieved! We are allotted about 900 lbs for our UAB, and we only used 700! That was so happy!
Then came the tricky one. The HHE. After day one of packing all day, the downstairs was still not finished and I was worried. Why do we still have SO MUCH??!?!? Day 2 took 4 more hours to finish the downstairs! Ugh. And that was with me having pulled everything out of the kitchen and setting it on the dining room table, all ready to wrap and pack. Oh boy. And those bookshelves from Africa are heavy--but not as heavy as our piano!
However, after the downstairs was packed away, then came the fun part--the whole upstairs took 2 hours to pack! Claire and Andrew/Peter's rooms had only 4 boxes each! Josh only had ONE! The art room had 4 boxes, and my room had 5 boxes. That was it! I couldn't believe it!
When we left Jordan and arrived in Sri Lanka, we brought with us over 200 boxes/pieces that weighed well over 7,000lbs. Probably 30+ out of those 200+ boxes were books. Leaving Sri Lanka, we boxed up just over 100 boxes/pieces that weighed just barely over 5,000lbs!! And only 8 of those boxes were books. I did happy dances the rest of the day! Talk about a relief of stress! I'm pretty sure that everything that's in there are things that we want/need/use. I still wonder why we need to carry around 5,000lbs+ of stuff for only 6 little people, but there it is. I'm just so happy about our new packout weight. We did it!! We almost halved our weight/possessions! And it feels absolutely marvelous!! Who needs all that extra junk?
Now, we're on to bigger and better things. I'm trying my hardest to move away from stuff, and focus on experiences. That's what life is all about anyway, right? Experiences and relationships. Family and friends and what we do with our time. We've enjoyed our time here, and look forward to our time in the states starting in just over a week, and wonder what our time will be like in South America. After all, isn't it about...time? :)
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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