That one word pretty much sums up our life right now! We are living in our friends’ apartment & SO thankful to have a place to ‘get away’ from the mess & boxes that have taken over our home. This means we wake up in one place, walk/drive to our apartment, pack & clean like mad for a couple hours (which isn’t easy to do with a preschooler constantly asking for juice, cookies, his movie, etc. and when he isn’t doing that, he is ‘helping’ by taking things out of boxes. Uh, thanks Ezra!), then return to the other apartment for lunch & nap. In the afternoon, we head back to our apartment where we clean & pack for exactly 1 hour and 17 minutes (that is how long Toy Story is – Ezra’s newest obsession). Then it’s back to the other apartment for dinner, a bit of play time, & then bed. Repeat, repeat, & repeat. I know we must be making progress since the number of boxes in our friends’ attic is growing, but somehow it just doesn’t seem like it!
This makes it sound like this time is just one big frustration, but it isn’t. There is so much to be thankful for:
1. This temporary apartment – a home away from home. We can crash somewhere that still looks like a home and Ezra is really quite comfortable here.
2. The walk to our apartment – it passes right by the back yard with the ducks & geese, which Ezra loves! It makes our many walks that much more exciting.
3. Our friends – we have dinner plans every night from now until the night before we leave (when we will be madly trying to eat up all the remaining food in our fridge!). We feel so loved!
4. Micah – He has done so much work with the packing, cleaning, and tying up our life here. In fact, right now he is down at our apartment painting. He spent the morning alone painting. He has someone coming to help him for a while this afternoon, but he is basically taking care all of the painting. So thankful for that!
5. Ezra – while he is definitely disturbed by the way his home looks and the disappearance of his bed, his toys, etc. he is taking it all in stride and doing quite well considering.
6. Peace – In the midst of all this chaos, I feel God’s peace. I know that His plan & His timing are perfect, so I am just trusting in Him for His perfect will. (This isn’t to say I haven’t had a few moments of panic & “AAGH! We’re never going to get this apartment packed & cleaned before we leave!”)
6 more days & then we must say good-bye to our life here. It is so true what they say, “it’s a lot easier said than done”.