2010 Recap: March and April

March was a month of busy preparations. We had so much to do to get ready for our move across the world and it seemed like there was never enough time in each day.
We started by selling a few things we couldn't take with us.
My car :(
Jesse's Harley

Then we put our house on the rental market. As relieved as we were to have it rented quickly, it was a bit sad to think about someone else living in our home.

After getting that taken care of, we headed to the commissary and Sam's Club to buy groceries to last us for 18 months. Sounds crazy, right? Because we are stationed in such a poor country with little resources, we were allowed to bring 1800 pounds of non-perishable goods with us. It took us about 6 trips to both stores to finalize our lists- I mean how do you plan for 18 months? We bought a lot of cleaning supplies, canned goods, snacks, and hygiene prouducts like shampoo and lotion. When it was all said and done we used every last bit of our weight limit and spent about $3,000.00. It sounds like alot but it was worth every penny!

Towards the end of March my Mom came to visit one last time. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures but it was so nice to have her with us for a few days.

April was a month of good-byes. It was so hard to leave everything and everyone we love.
It started when we said good-bye to these two.
It may sound silly, but putting them on that plane to Texas was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Up until a few days before that day, we thought we were bringing them with us to Africa. When we realized it wasn't going to workout, I was devastated. Luckily, they made it through the plane ride just fine and have been spoiled rotten at my parents' house ever since.

Next, we had to say good-bye to all of our wonderful North Carolina friends. I don't have pictures of everyone, but here are a few:

The moving trucks came on April 5th and we headed to Atlanta the next day to drop off our car for shipment and to catch our plane to Africa.
After a 24 hour layover in Brussels, we finally made it to our new home. We spent the rest of April trying to get adjusted to our new surroundings. To say that it was a lot to take in would be an understatement for sure. I think it took us at least a month to feel comfortable- it was definitely a big adjustment!
Carrie said...

Can't believe that was 8 months ago! Miss you my friend!

Rebekah said...

I would not even know how to go about buying things to last for 18 months! That's pretty awesome though that you got to bring things like that with you.

That's a big adjustment!

mike -n- amy young said...

Its been too long!! We miss you guys... hope to see you soon! xo

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