Monday, June 27, 2022

Let the Adventure Begin!

We are now on the other side of the closing date for our house sale.  We spent four months getting the house staged and ready to sell, then it sold and we began selling off the excess things we couldn't take into our trailer, lovingly named Harriet the Chariot.  Then the emptying process took a whole bunch of energy, many trips to the charity shops and to the recycling/landfill.  And we are still recovering from the sheer volume of things to do.  

We realized that things always take much longer than anticipated (like three times longer).  We still have some sorting and shedding to do as we realize our eyes were bigger than Harriet's storage capacity.  We will get there,  We do some every day as well as getting settled into RV living. 

The trailer is fantastic.  We are getting our bearings although we've made a couple of rookie mistakes but figured things out.  We extended our stay from June 28th to July 1st and then again to July 6th.  For the night of July 1st our campground doesn't have an available spot, so we are trying to sort that out before returning here for July 2nd-6th.  We are pulling out of Victoria on July 6th and heading for the Okanagan.  

But before we go we need to sort out the excess stuff, find storage for two vehicles and sell Tony's Volkwagen van and of course say goodbye to a few more people. We had an enjoyable gathering at Island View Beach last Saturday.  Thank you to our friends who came to say goodbye, pray for us and bless us.  We will miss you!

I'm off to make a new to-do list for tomorrow to make sure we get everything crossed off before we head off.

Stay tuned!  Once the clutter is gone we'll post photos.  Wanna keep it real, but not quite that real LOL.



Thursday, June 2, 2022

Closing in on closing date...

I'm in the process of reassessing a lot of thoughts, behaviours and beliefs as we prepare for life on the road at the end of the month.

Clearing clutter out of the house is one thing; clearing out the clutter in our souls (mind, will and emotions) is also a good thing to do.  Some of those thought patterns need to go.  Clean out those cobwebs!  There's no time like the present to take a spiritual inventory of negative behaviours (ie: neglecting things that would be easy to fix because more "important" things demand attention) thoughts and beliefs that have hindered me or my relationships and don't add to my life and bear good fruit in my life or for the Kingdom.  Walking with God (YHWH, Yahweh) requires that we make a complete 180 degree turn and repent of things that are not in His perfect will or are just plain sinful.  Your Way, not mine.  Your path, not mine. Your Will, not mine. (paraphrase from Matthew 6:9).

Just like we can drag belongings with us from house to house (some useful, some dusty and some just being stored that should  really be moved on) without giving it any thought at all, I believe we can drag our spiritual baggage with us unless we are super diligent and self aware and willing to also offload those things.

As we were at the storage locker yesterday I found myself reassessing the things  I am keeping (mostly sewing stuff/fabric).  I was asking myself the hard questions.  Having our whole family under one roof for the time being has also afforded me some time for spiritual reassessment as people who don't normally live with you 24/7 see things and ask you the hard questions.  No, it's not always comfortable, but it's profitable. Yes it ruffles our feathers but  "as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) so it's a good thing!

I'm hoping and believing that I will be a 'lighter' person when we get into that trailer and begin our journey, following Yahweh to wherever He leads us. I love the word "sojourn".  That's exactly what we are doing and I couldn't be happier to follow Him wherever He leads us.

Anticipating the adventure!