This week has been as much of a blur as any week that I can remember. Without work (except for Karen’s last day on Monday) and with lots of final arrangements to be made, we seemed to be running around constantly. Our time was dedicated to Sofi’s international health certificate, obtaining a USDA seal, two Chinese visas, some final vaccinations and plenty of quality time with our family and friends. Oh, and quite a few trips to our storage unit as well. Over the course of the last few months, we’ve condensed everything we own into one storage unit. It’s been one of the most freeing experiences of our lives. Our society tends to just continually accumulate things we don’t need, so getting rid of a lot of it feels really nice.
Now we find ourselves about 15 hours away from taking off on a plane that will change the course of our lives forever. We’re feeling exactly as you would imagine: excited beyond belief, anxious about what the future holds, and sad thinking about the incredible people we will miss in our lives while we are away. Ten months ago we got pre-approved for a loan on a house. Right now we sit in a room with two “houses” that we will carry on our backs for the next year. It’s truly mind-boggling to see how quickly life can change when you are called to a different path and you heed that call.
Early tomorrow morning we will drive Sofi to the airport and set her on course for Lima, Peru. The three of us will ultimately meet up in Cuzco, our first destination. Open the tab for Google translator because the next blog post will be in Spanish (just kidding)!