Last night I woke up no fewer than ten times thinking about how there was just no way we were going to fit all that needed to fit, inside our 4'x4'x8' shipping crate. We have spent the last five months since moving out of our house whittling down our possessions until they all fit in this space. Each time I took a load to Goodwill, I thought, "okay, that is it... we only have the most important stuff.... there is nothing left I can part with." And then we whittle again. And again. Culminating in today: Crate Packing Day.
We made it! Actually we made it with room to spare and a trip home to gather a few things from suitcases to add. It was amazing! The next hurdle is to actually receive the crate, WITH all the contents in Haiti. Getting through customs unscathed seems to be the tricky part. Yes, we can live without any of these items, but they sure would make our lives much easier, and our kids much happier if everything makes it all the way to Santo 11.
This will be my last post for a while. We leave bright and early on Friday morning, but won't move into our house until after the 1st. We will need to figure out our electricity and internet situations... along with about a dozen other important things such as eating, drinking clean water, and trying to get our children not to drink the bath water.
Holding onto this truth tonight as the nerves are really starting to set in:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your needs to God. And the peace of God, which goes beyond our understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4: 6-7