Moving out

I am taking a quick lunch break from packing/cleaning/stressing-out-about the house. We have a potential renter coming to look at it on Saturday so I’ve been trying to get it show-able all week.

Getting the house ready this week has been really weird for me because I’m starting to realize how attached I’ve gotten to this place. We’ve lived in this house for six years (as of this summer), which is almost three times as long as I’ve ever lived in one house in my life. Also, you don’t realize when you’re an army brat how awesome the day the packers come really is. When I was living at home my parents would just tell us to put aside anything we wanted to keep with us, and the packers would come and throw everything in boxes and on the truck. I’ve only moved four times since leaving home at 17 (st.louis to jville to acworth to here), but until now I’ve never had so much to pack! You really accumulate a lot of stuff staying in the same place for six years. (We had three yardsales last year and still! So much stuff!)

So, yea, someone is coming to see the house this Saturday. If you want to pray about that, please, we’d appreciate it!

In other news: we are sending our first round of payments and pre-departure materials to WorldTeach next week! Yay!

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About Cat Q.

For three years, I lived on a tiny little island in the South Pacific called Ta'u, where I taught elementary and high school English. Much of this blog is a chronicle of my time there, and of the travels we were able to do while we were on that side of the world. Now, I'm doing a different kind of travelling in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated with a B.A. in English and a history minor from Kennesaw State University in 2010, and earned an advanced certificate in TEFL while teaching abroad in 2012. I love Jesus and enjoy knitting, Atlanta Falcons football, and spending time alone with my Kindle. I've been married for 10 years to a beautiful bearded man who makes me laugh like no other. The Beard occasionally blogs over here: http://www.leapfromthelionshead.wordpress.com
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One Response to Moving out

  1. paul pierson says:

    W&C
    I’m excited for what the Lord is going to do through ya’ll in the South Pacific! Haiti was just a stepping stone for what is going to change in your life. When I lived in Thailand back in ’08, I never knew how much life was going to change. Unless the Lord calls you to do so, you will never go back to living as you once lived. You don’t know it yet, but ya’ll are about to change the world for many people.

    I don’t know what kind of training they provided for you for living in a foreign country, but before I moved to Thailand I received two weeks of missionary training and the absolute most important thing I learned I want to share with you. It has to do with the psychological effects that will take place in both you. Please take this to heart. It will save you a lot of pain. Forgive me if you’ve already have this training.

    1. The Honeymoon Stage: When you arrive in Samoa, everything is awesome. Life is perfect, even if you lose your luggage. It’s a high that is hard to explain. You will take pictures and video galore. The way they live life is like pure wisdom and you will find happiness around every corner. Depending on the person, this stage usually lasts about 4-6 weeks.

    2. The Divorce Stage: These people are the stupidest people in the world. They are so backwards! I need to change them. I hate this place. Can you believe they do (fill in the blank)?!?! Unbelievable. Their driving is horrible. We do things back home much better. I’m the savior, I need to show them the truth on how to live. (Usually this stage includes depression, anger, loneliness and a feeling of “I don’t belong here.”) This stage, depending on the person, can last 3-12 weeks. The sooner you feel it start happening and recognize it, the better off you are at handling it. Don’t hide from this stage, it happens to everyone. Talk it out. Work it out. Don’t separate yourself from the culture either.

    3. The final stage: Acceptance: This is the best stage. This is when you finally accept Samoa for what it is: Samoa. You’ve dealt with the ugliness of divorce and now you can be more effective for Christ. In this stage, you find a sense of “I’m Samoan” in your soul. They are your people. You are their people. And your ministry will grow by leaps and bounds.

    Please take this to heart. I’m an extremely optimistic and adaptable person. I’ve traveled to 25 countries and hang out with the nationals as much as possible when I travel. And yet, when I was in Thailand, my “divorce stage” lasted for almost three weeks. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did, however, I was trained to recognize the signs and my acceptance stage came much quicker than some of the missionaries I served with.

    When you first arrive, do not commit to additional work, until after 4 weeks. This will give you time to adjust, relax, explore the culture, seek needs and give you time to pray for any additional work. Trust me, there’s a ton of work there, but don’t over commit yourselves. Remember, there are two of you and the most important people in Samoa is Wes and Cat. If you don’t take care of yourselves, you’re useless to everyone else.

    I am SO excited to see how the Lord will use the both of you.

    May the Lord bless ya’lls ministry,
    Paul

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