September 24, 2011


I will sing of your mercies that lead me through valleys of sorrow with rivers of joy...

This week has flown. Hard to believe all of our wordly possessions were shipped off a week ago now. And we fly out in four short days! We're living out of our suitcases and in an empty house. Our stuff is now probably on a cargo ship somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean.

Since we have been running from morning til night every day since, I'm just going to show you what container day was like in pictures...

the container arrives!

our stuff

measuring the 40' container: marking off 22' for boxes and furniture, leaving 18' to fit the van
(these guys were GOOD)

loading the container

moving injury: sprained ankle

talking logistics
Christian kept us entertained

the whole time...

he's strange... truly

the customs list

 I was not this smiley - he always is.

 Tony and the driver

me and my customs list: every package or box or loose item had to be labeled with a number and listed for customs in Argentina


 about half the group that helped us load up - thankyouthankyouthankyou!

 happy and relieved to finally be done packing - after six months!
after the container was filled up, we backed in the van

cutting wood to secure the van to the wooden floor of the container

watching the car get loaded - it was fascinating, it really was

after the van was loaded, we had to disconnect the battery, leave the key in,
make sure the tank was almost empty, then close it up!

There were a few inches of relief between the bumper and the container doors. It all fit perfectly!

We had so much help, and it all went off without a hitch (well, except for the sprained ankle).

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that helped, supplied us with food, and gave so that we could afford to ship a car and our stuff. We may be going with little else, but we have our stuff - which is a HUGE relief and tremendous money saver in the long run. Our friend Lee just got back from Patagonia, scouted things out, and said that an old car from the 70s sells for $10,000??? Crazy. We did good in shipping ours... really good. May it last us a long time! andmaynoonestealitinJesus'name.

We are busy saying goodbyes, crying, trying not to cry, and wrapping it all up to move into our new lives and what God has for us; a roller coaster of emotions. We get on a plane in 4 short days, and won't see our stuff for two more months.

No turning back now, I guess.


Anonymous said...

Tony y Chris,
Los traté de llamar para desearles un buen viaje pero no los encontré (les dejé un mensaje en el celular, pero quizás ya salieron).
Que Dios los bendiga y que disfruten la experiencia. Nos veremos si El quiere algun dia por aquí. Por favor, nos avisan cuando puedan como ubicarlos en Nuequen.
Un abrazo grande para ustedes y los chicos, de Julian, Gaby, Thiago y Valen.

Gretchen said...

Hey there! I am so glad that you are going out before me - ha ha!

I've been lurking around for many months, as my family has been quietly ramping up to GO to the nations.
We are a family with 5 boys - 9,9,10,11 and 13. After the holidays we'll be selling our house, then moving to the Philippines to live on a little island and build a school and an orphanage.

I just told my Mom today. Via email. She has not responded.

I pray for you guys every Thursday, my day for missions praying.

Keep the posts coming - they are inspiring to those of us yet to go.

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