We received Reagan’s visa and booked our tickets to fly back to Papua New Guinea! We leave Boston on June 27.
I might not be posting another Photo Friday before we go. None of you need to see a bunch of photos of boxes being packed! We have moved so many times that you’d think I’d be an expert by now. Sadly, I am not. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with stuff at this point. The process of looking through our stuff to figure out what we’re taking to PNG, what goes into storage and what we purge really is not my favorite thing. Add in piles and piles of baby stuff to sort through and wow I could feel overwhelmed. I have a better idea of what to bring for four of us, but I’ve never had a baby in PNG so we’re still trying to figure out what to bring for Reagan. Amazon Prime does not work in PNG. If we forget something we could order it and try the post office which is expensive and takes up to 5 weeks. Or, we could ship it from JAARS in NC and get it in 3+ months! We will be moving items we have stored to a new location and hope to go through a lot of it to make sure it’s still meaningful to hold onto. Our hope is that after living without it for a number of years we’ll want to purge some more!
While I haven’t gotten better at packing, I am getting better at trusting that the Lord will direct our steps. I don’t feel as anxious or apprehensive as I did when we first left for PNG in 2013. We’ve seen the Lord guide us along all the stops and detours we’ve had before and are confident he will continue to do so. We feel the Lord definitely leading us back to PNG for another term. Makenna and Connor are looking forward to returning which is yet another confirmation. It doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to leave! Our hearts will ache as we leave loved ones some of which are sick and struggling with different things. It will be tough to leave friends and family, but we’ve been thankful for this unexpected year that we had with them!
Would you pray with us as we begin to pack and do all the necessary steps to prepare us to leave. It feels like a lot to fit into less than 8 weeks and we want to make sure we can make more sweet memories with friends and family!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34