The time has come to tackle the challenge of packing.
Thanks to some lovely Mercy Shippers who read my blog and emailed me; I have some insight into what to pack and how much. And with their advice in mind, I did a packing dry run through (yes, I know, I still have 5 weeks, but I'm a teacher: I like to plan ahead and be organized!). So, without further ado, here's what I am taking to Africa:
4 pairs of pants
6 nice shirts
3 pairs of knee length shorts
2 pairs of capris
4 cardigan sweaters
1 fleece jacket
1 rain coat
6 pairs of footwear
+ Socks, underwear, swimsuit, etc
This packing list is a huge accomplishment for me. I look at this picture and think, "I like all these clothes and I am excited to wear them." Which is good since I will wearing them over and over.
Something about pulling all my clothes out of the closet and choosing what to bring (and what I can't bring) was a catalyst for the 3rd stage in my emotional state. To recap:
Freaking out = intense feelings of nervous energy, fear of the unknown, and overwhelmed-ness, Luckily, this season of standardized testing at school is also intense and busy and and it keeps me fairly distracted. However, I am slightly worried about showing up at Onboarding training 6 days after the end of the school year as a messy heap of stress and turmoil. I wish I had more time to process the transition before I arrive at
the IOC (International Operation Center in Lindale, TX). But I am very grateful
for the 5 weeks I will have before leaving the continent and look forward to
some quality alone time with God during those weeks.
Here's my itinerary for the summer:
June 5: Leave Houston
June 6: Training begins in Lindale, TX
July 15: Fly from Dallas, TX to London to Johannesburg to Durban