Sunday, July 12, 2009

On the road to Papua New Guinea...

Well, we are officially starting the process of going to Papua New Guinea. We met with representatives from Wycliffe so they could make sure we weren't totally insane. We have received our applications, which we need to fill out by like August 10th or so...if we want to meet the deadline for "Equip" (which is the training program that is 6 weeks of online coursework and then a 2 week program in Orlando). At the end of which we will be official members of Wycliffe. After that we have to secure all of our support and Evan will quit his job. We will also have to get passports (well, renewed ones for Evan and me and a brand-new one for Liam) and visas.

Also, we will have to fugure out what we are going to do with the house. We will most likely try to rent it out for the four years we will be gone and then we come back on furlough we will maybe be able to sell it and get the house that we will be able to grow in. We will get a storage container and park in on our property or Justin's and pack up the house. Decide what we keep (AKA ship over to PNG), store, or get rid of. I think that will be hard for me. Of course the hardest thing will be leaving behind my family and friends. Also, we will have to leave behind the cats and Winston. Winston will be going to my in-laws and I am not sure where the cats will go. Maybe to Justin and Keauri's. I don't want to give them to strangers. We raised them from kittens feeding them milk with a syringe and I just can't bring myself to NEVER see them again. It is going to be hard enough to leave them and Winston for four years. They also trust us to come back even after a week or so...especially Winston. When we leave him at my in-laws he gets antsy for us after a couple of days. I can't imagine what's going to happen we leave and don't come back. It makes me sad just thinking about it.

As the reality of it all sinks in I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed and apprehensive. But I am talking with Evan and trying to keep everything in perspective and under check. I am also working on preparing myself in various ways so I won't feel like such a fish out of water. I am going to start peeling veggies with a knife as opposed to a peeler like the nationals do. Also, I am using the kids books that some friends sent us to start learning pidgeon. I also asked Evan to give me some excercises in pidgeon so I am can be already learning when we start the training course.

I am starting Jazzercise again so I am try and get fit-ish again. *Sigh*
Well, life is calling...I should go wake up Liam so he can eat. Evan is off with his dad for a few hours so I am going to spend time just vegging in front of the tv and doing little things like putting all the addresses in my address book and translating what I can from the pidgeon coloring book.