alot a ridiculous amount of stuff going on around here.
We are packing for Africa.
We are packing, presumably for 4 weeks.
We are packing for a baby whose weight hasn't been measured lately, whom we have never met before.
We are preparing an entire nursery here at home simultaneously, because I feel quite certain the very last thing I will want to deal with when I arrive home bedraggled and nesting with a new baby will be decor.
We are finishing up our entire homeschool year for the same reason.
We are stocking up on medications, diapers, donations for the caregivers, baby clothes of various sizes,
non-perishable snacks, Flagyl, fiber, and money.
We are writing notes to the boys to open while we are overseas without them.
We are making a will.
We are meeting with our Pastor to seek final counsel and stay centered.
We still have to get our last set of fingerprints done and get our I171-H from U.S. immigration.
We are making arrangements for the dog in our life.
Oh, and he needs a haircut.
Oh, and we need Andrew to buy a suit for court.
Oh, and we need formula for Rissa.
Oh, and Mylicon and Teething Tablets and oh - how do I do her hair again?
Oh, and about a million other things that swirl around fighting for first position on the To Do Lists in my brain at all times.
I think most of my dearest friends believe I have forgotten how to use the phone
since I never return calls anymore.
I think we MAY finish Luke's school by April 15.
I think we MAY be flying to Uganda on April 18.
That's TWENTY-ONE DAYS from today.
So yes - lots of things to tie up, lots to still accomplish, lots to look forward to.
The most challenging thing?
Staying in the moment.
Remaining here, mentally.
Refusing to agonize about challenges, trusting the Lord enough to let Him anticipate them for me.
Even for glitches.
It's been the theme, thanking Him.
It's the most intense mental battle of them all.
I love Jesus Calling and have needed to hear what it has had to say lately:
*March 5 = "Learn to make friends with the problems in your life."
*March 6 = "Continue on this path with Me, enjoying My Presence even in adversity."
*March 11 = "As you take steps of faith depending on Me I will show you how much I do."
*March 12 = "Waiting, trusting and hoping are intricately connected like golden strands interwoven to form a strong chain."
*March 26 = "Waiting on Me means directing your attention to Me in anticipation of what I will do."
(and the kicker this week:)
*March 25 = "Let thankfulness temper all your thoughts. A thankful mind keeps you in touch with Me."
I am learning to wait, pack, hurry and wait and pack some more.
And be thankful.