53 Days!

Definitely packing travel size Jif!

We’re coming down to the wire now! It’s becoming more and more real that we’re moving to Japan in a month and a half! I cannot wait to be there, but it’s very surreal to think of living somewhere other than here.

We’ve been sifting through clothes to pack this week. I never realized just how “Floridian” my wardrobe was until I took stock of how many bathing suits, flip flops, tanks tops and jean shorts I own! We found some great Clearance deals on warmer clothes as stores clear the shelves for Spring. Due to being a Florida girl and owning 2 long-sleeve shirts… this was a good thing!

It really hit me that we’ll be leaving soon when I went to Publix this afternoon. I just ran in real quick for a few things. But as I walked down the peanut butter aisle, I found myself thinking- ‘hmm, I should get the small one, I’m not sure we could finish off the big one before we move.’ Then I just stood there thinking how easy it is to just run to the store to pick up some milk. In Japan we’ll have to drive on the opposite side of the road, read foreign signs, try and figure out the food and how to cook it and count out yen to pay.

Everything will be new there. The smallest everyday things will become adventures. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be going on this adventure with Matthew and our two little ones! I pray that with every new thing we try- we share the gospel by our actions and with kindness on our lips… and of course learn to laugh at ourselves.

Thank you everyone for praying! We can feel your prayers and are so impressed with the body of Christ coming together for the Japanese people. Our hearts are full!

2 Months!

Starting to pack!

As June draws near we’re getting more and more prepared everyday. (Mostly due to having two small children- we only have time for a little each day!) But I’ll take any progress I can get. Today I set out our luggage in my old room at my mom’s house. So many memories. I remember dancing around that room as a kid (I was going to be famous you know 😉 haha). And here I’m getting reading to move to Japan with my family of four.

So basically. I just lined up the suitcases and sat there staring at them. I have lists. I have things sorted. But where to start? What’s most important? I’ve received a lot of very helpful advice from friends state side and those already in Japan- but when it came down to it- I just stared at them. Everything cherished and necessary to four people- in those six bags. More stares.

So as I prayerfully considered how to fill them and with what- I found myself feeling very blessed. I always imagined myself as an explorer when I was younger. But I never imagined God would bless me with a family too. I’m so grateful I get to go and share His love, not on my own, but in the company of some of my favorite people on earth. When I came to that realization suddenly those suitcases I’d been staring at became full of just stuff. Stuff that belongs to those I cherish most on earth- my little missionary family.

So I still don’t have a starting point per say, I’ll probably just do a little at a time as with everything else we’ve done so far. But the pressure to think of every last need and want that can fit in those bags is off. We’ll have each other and we’ll have Jesus as our guide, protector, friend, and travel companion.

And He promises that He’s got the rest covered.

So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” -Matthew 6:31-32