so there are 12 days until i leave......i am feeling anxious, excited, a little overwhelmed, but i keep reminding myself that God is going to take care of everything. that He is in control and i am not. i got my last hepatitis B vaccine before i leave today. it is part of a three shot series and will get the last one in december when i am home for christmas. hep A is the same way but only 2 shots....one a month ago and the last one in december. tetanus is good for six more years. now you all know i am a well vaccinated human. :)
packing is progressing slowly. i am realizing as i pack how much junk one human has and it is really alarming. i am reminded of the many people in the old testament who sold all their belongings to follow God. wow, what an amazing act of faith. so why do we insist on hoarding some much stuff? granted some of the stuff is meaningful.....you know the stuff that has the sentimental value and reminds us of moments in our lives that we hang on to. so the other stuff still poses the questions of-- "why do i really need this?", "can i live without it?", etc. i know that i can live without it so i am not sure why i am struggling with the decision of whether to take it 7,047 miles around the earth with me. i never realized that a move could stir up so much thought and reflection. i guess that is what happens when faced with arriving in a foreign place with only black trunks, two furry felines, and myself. somedays i just wish i had the courage to just pack the backpack and one trunk with other necessary essentials of reminders of friends and family back home. there is something liberating in the thought of being able to take that big of a risk, but i am not sure if i want to take it.