The missionary adventures of the Stimpson family

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.

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5 responses

  1. Kim

    Love it! Love you guys! Wish I would have had the chance to hug you all again BEFORE your departure, but know that we are praying for you. Glad to be able to read the updates, and so excited to read about what God is doing through your family! Kim & the Helmbreck “tribe”. 🙂

    April 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  2. Grandma Karen

    God has gone head of you and prepared the way for you. I love you all dearly and look forward to your messages and photos. Get ready because I’m coming to visit before you all come home. Happy birthday, Isaac! Big hugs to all of you.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

  3. Cristiana

    We are waiting for you here in Romania! „For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I`ll be praying for the kids and for a safe journey, as well!

    April 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  4. You might be up in the air right now, I don’t know…my times are screwed up from my flight. I just got to Calarasi a little bit ago and settling in with the Hayes family. You’ll love Bucharest. Best airport I’ve been to EVER. We mentioned you tonight as I settle in with the family and I WILL be keepin you in prayer. It’s fabulous out here and I’ve only been here a few hours, but really, really cool.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  5. We are praying for the fam every step of the way. I keep checking the clock thinking “they should be at this point in the trip now…” (etc). We’ll be keeping up on all that is going on with you guys. You are amazing. Love you all! ~Shan

    May 2, 2012 at 4:17 am

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