This is what happened on Tuesday, May 1st. Yep, our stuff is on its way to Brazil as we speak. Craziness.
We packed it all up in 5 crates. Mama kept the older 2 kids all last week so that we could get it all done. It was a very interesting time, but so non-emotional. People kept asking me how I was. Really, it was a big job, but at the same time, we’ve been “purging” for 6 years now. So, it was kind of straightforward. Since we didn’t have much at this point anyway, we mostly just put what we had in the crates. I say that, but we probably have about 2 of those crates full of stuff we need to give away. Anyhoo, it’s done. It is finished. We now have only what we will be traveling with.
As for our stuff, it is supposed to get to the port in Brazil June 4th. Then from there it is supposed to arrive in Anapolis (where we will be living) “7-8 days later.” So, if everything goes according to plan, we will be arriving about the same time as our crates. I’m not putting my hopes in that or anything. It’ll be nice if it happens that way, but if it doesn’t, that’s ok too. As long as it does get there. :)
Asa helping us pack up.
Joel securing the tops on the crates, with Lucas Ferguson's help.
3 of the 5 crates.
Of course we had to decorate, a-hem, I mean label, the crates. Here are Daria and Grady doing their part.
Loading them up. Looking on are Mrs. Gail Ferguson, Grady, Dallas, Daria, and Hadley.
Grady and Hadley waving goodbye to our stuff. They were totally fine with it all. Hadley is not really grasping what is going on. I'm sure Grady isn't totally aware either, but although he absolutely loves where we are now, he has also been asking for months to go to Brazil. So, when we told him that the man in the big truck was coming to take our stuff to Brazil, he grinned from ear to ear and got really excited. Today when he asked if we could go to Brazil (a daily thing) and I told him not right now, he asked me, "What are we waiting for?" I'm sure he truly wonders the answer to that question, since we've been planning this for months (what seems like years and years to him probably). Anyhow, God's grace is so abundant during this time. It's so wonderful that the kids are excited about what we are doing.
"Goodbye, stuff. See you in Brazil!"