Day 0: Leaving America
This whole first month in Romania, we’re going to do one really short post every day, giving you a quick snippet of the day’s activities and emotions. Today, since we haven’t left yet, is officially “Day O” I guess.
This is our last day in America. We had some awesome goodbyes yesterday and a going-away party/picnic with all our friends from Milwaukee. We were exhausted last night but stayed up long enough to get everything done we needed done and then crashed.
We slept. Really pretty well too.
And at about 6 am this morning, Day O, we woke up and did all the final cleaning, packing, etc. Caleb and Tyler popped over to help us carry some big things down, said goodbye. We’ve got some awesome friends.
Now I’m at the laundromat with the girls doing a final load of laundry and Jessie is at the doctor with Isaac, getting him his final shots. He’s a year old today. Not the greatest birthday present… but he does get to go to Europe tonight too.
Lots of emotions are flying through our heads. We’re excited to follow the call of God. We’re sad because we’ll miss all our friends. We’re nervous because we don’t know exactly what’s gonna happen. We’re focused, really focused.
We’re not stressed at all, which is awesome, and it feels like the grace of God and the peace of God are thickly covering us. We love it. Things are just working out perfectly today. We have just enough dryer sheets to finish our laundry. All our pens but one ran out of ink today (crazy, isn’t it?). All our household cleaners just ran out. All the furniture and big items are sold. Things are just going so well.
Now we’ve got 2 hours to do a few little errands, return our keys, and load up the van, and then we’re off to O’hare.
Pray for the kids. Though the grace and joy and peace of God are on them, they’re still pretty emotional about leaving some of their friends and stuff behind. They already miss all their church friends, the library, the children’s museum… Naomi hugged the toilet goodbye this morning.