Lots has happened since I last blogged. Once the tickets where confirmed it was all go to get other smaller but probably harder and more annoying details in place. Things like bank accounts and new eftpos & VISA cards, insurance, police clearance forms, shopping for things we need overseas,replacing our digital camera (taking a lady to court and then settting the debt collectors on her!)travelling to Wellington & back in 36 hours to get Jon's Visa for England, trying to look lively at work, our farewell at church, last computer games with the youth, and lots of card games and talking with our host family the McDougalls. All in all it has been busy but it has bought closure on moving on. We have also been to dinner to quite a few people's places, and "Team Extreme" took us out to dinner at Pizza Hut which was nice. We welcomed the new youth pastors and handed over the youth to their leadership, and said goodbye to the youth on Friday night as they head off to camp without us! It was quite hard & emotional, but at least I didnt cry in front of them!
Then Saturday was our last pack & clean up then left Tauranga as we drove to Paeora for my cousins wedding. The feelings were mixeds as we meet many people from Europe at the wedding (my cousin has been living in Germany) and got excited about where we are heading, as opposed to the sadness of leaving.
Ironic really since last year all I could think of was leaving, yet now after a change in job & getting to the McDougalls better, church seems more positive, and living a more balnaced lifestyle, it seems crazy to throw that all away and go somewhere crazy, not knowing when we are coming back. I feel most disappointed about my friendship with Joce, as I feel after 3-4 years of not having any close friends, we really started to enjoy each other's company (or at least I did!) but I'm trusting God that as we break camp, destroy our comfort zone, and step out of the ordinary that He will give us a better understanding of how He created this world to be. For me, I want to experience relationship & community with others in satisfying way. Let's see what our journey brings!