With less than two weeks until we leave, we are frantically working on finishing projects and tying up loose ends. Over the last few weeks I can’t count how many people have asked us if we’ve started packing yet. And my answer always is heck no! Who has enough stuff that they can pack a month or even two weeks in advanced?! I sure don’t. Packing will start next weekend. I won’t be fully packed until the morning we fly out because I’ll still be using stuff that morning to get ready. However, I have started a list of things I need to pack. This list includes items that I don’t normally pack on a weekend trip like fingernail clippers, sheets, and nail polish (I’m a little obsessed with painting my nails). I’ve also started a list of things we’ll need to buy in Texas that we aren’t packing like shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent. I don’t want a big bottle of conditioner weighing down my suitcase. I don’t need any help with that. Packing is probably one of my biggest concerns. I don’t know how I will fit everything in my bag with room to spare and keep it under 50 pounds. I have far from mastered the skill of packing light. I tend to over pack if anything. And when I don’t over pack I find myself frustrated I didn’t bring a particular item.
We’re getting close on seeing everyone on our list before we leave. I’ve spent time with my family over the last couple of weeks and we’ll see my in-laws this weekend. There is no traveling next week (Hallelujah), but we do have dinner plans with a few friends before we leave. And I’m planning a surprise visit with some friends the Monday before we leave. I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when they see me!
Everything is starting to come up so fast that I feel like I barely have time to process what is about to happen. I realized earlier this week that the trip has not at all set in. We’re less than two weeks out, and I’m calm and relaxed. I am excited, don’t get me wrong. But I feel like this trip is such a privilege and something I have prayed for for a long time. It’s almost like it’s a dream. I want to be as prepared as possible and ready for whatever God wants.