Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Packing woes...






I have the packing woes. I am tired to death of packing, ready to be there, already! BE there! Be anywhere but in this state of disarray. My head is full of details, car rentals, shuttles, passports, boarding passes.

Suitcases. Extra bags, overweight? What does it cost? Have they changed the rate?

Currency. Which will I need? What is the rate?

Will the flight be late? How long are we in Sao Paolo, anyway?

Say goodbye, try not to cry. Smile big hold each one near. My heart is full of emotion for those left behind, not knowing when , or if, we will see them again. And yet, the same traitorous heart skips a beat in sweet anticipation for those loved ones we will soon be with on the other side of this trip. How can one heart be so divided?

Sleep? I doubt it will be, not for a few days yet. Oh, I'll lay my head upon a pillow tonight, or upon a shoulder in an airport or aboard the long flight, but my head will be racing of thoughts of what is to come and what has been left undone.

Prayer for peace. A sweet restful peace, knowing all is in my Father's heavenly hands, but right about now, I am wishing I were a Yanomami Indian, ready to set out on a new jungle path with my nomadic tribe. Time to leave? Pull down my string hammock, stuff it in my handwoven back pack. Grab my one cooking pot and stuff a live turtle or two in for a meal along the way. Grab my paddle and a can to use as a hand made lantern...and I am off! Pick up my machete and head out for a day of walking to new adventures.

Yes, that sounds good right now as I weigh my suitcases, label, divided, discard. However, when I arrive, I will no longer wish to be the Yanomami! I will want my treasures by me! And so, back to my packing...


23 comments:

Pen of Jen said...

I am excited for you! Safe travels for you and yours.
Jennifer

Heather Wheelock said...

Mrs. Vernoy, I remember when we were packing up to leave CR, Jackie told me the stories of you guys lying on the bed avoiding packing the nights before you left for or returned from furlough. I guess no matter how many times you do it it's still a pain. We'll be praying for you guys and excited to hear how things go.

Pam said...

Oh nice post. Emotion filled! Praying for your safe passage.

MightyMom said...

as it is now the 7th, I assume today's your big day. I wish you well and a safe trip. Hope that you find all you need in Paraguay (why Paraguay by the way? the world is big) and I'll see you here when you're settled enough to plug in your computer.

Thursday's Child said...

Hang in there. The end is in sight!

Nina in Portugal said...

I am excited and exhausted for you. Just reading your post wore me out!

We'll be praying for these last few hours....

FJ said...

Any insights, jm?

Tom & Kandice Keegan said...

lol...I don't remember the flight story, so I'm glad you posted it again! so funny! I'll be praying for your family's travels.

The Hermit said...

The Missionary life is a hard one. I could never understand why my in-laws spent 30 years in hell holes like Niger and Nigeria. But I admired their strength and courage in doing so.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you all. Expecially for your back. Love to all Helen

CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE said...

Praying for you.

Blessings!

Rebecca said...

Sending you a hug and some caffiene. Those you leave behind will miss you as well. I once left for the mission field for 5 years not knowing if I would ever see my elderly father again. "I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back." Thank you Jungle Mom for heeding the call of Christ.

crazy4danes said...

I hope your travel goes smooth and well! Good luck and you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. :)

Dawn said...

Great pictures - and wonderful thoughts. Have a safe trip!

Penless Thoughts said...

Fantastic post Rita. I am praying for not only a safe trip for you but that the doors of minister fling wide open to you. When we are in God's will they do :o)
Susan

Steve n Vickie said...

Lol. D I thought I had it rough moving across the country. Seeing your plight puts mine in proper perspective. Moving across the country is definately easier than moving to another one. I'll be praying that everything goes smoothly.
Vickie

Shane Rios said...

You won 2nd place for my caption contest!

Papa Frank said...

I think the second piece of luggage is up to $300 or so on most airlines now. And if your bag is overweight just plan on leaving your firstborn with them.

Starla said...

This all sounds so scary and exciting at the same time. I will say that I'm looking forward to hearing stories. I'll pray for you and your family.

MK said...

Hang in there JM, you should be a veteran at moving now. You'll do just fine, and you can sleep when you're there. The best sleeps are the ones after lots of work.

~K~ said...

I'm with you - packing is one of my least favorite activities!

Nonohoicha said...

Ick. Packing.
I hope you get out of that with minimal trauma, J-Mom.

Jonn Lilyea said...

My barber is from Paraguay and he loves to regale me with his tales of traveling there on vacation every year. I don't envy you...well, not too much.