“Six Word Memoirs” has been one of our Day2Day themes over the last two years and it’s coming up again this year in September. Apparently, Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a full story in six words. Legend has it that the novelist responded: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” So much said in just six words!
“Not Quite What I was Planning” is the title of a book full of fabulous, sad, funny and amazing stories all told in six words. My six words … “Not Quite What We Were Planning!”
In my last blog I wrote that “life is just one big adventure” (another great six word memoir!) and I talked about a job opportunity that was offered to my husband, Dave, and the BIG decision we had to make as a family about whether or not to join Mercy Ships in West Africa in August this year, for a minimum period of three years. When I wrote, we had 106 days until we had to be in Texas USA for training and we had 4 days to decide. To say that a trip like this was “not quite what we were planning” is an understatement! However, we now have 64 days until we have to be out of our house and 78 days until we have to be in Texas … YES! We are going!
We took longer than the four days to decide. Annabelle our middle daughter was adamant that she didn’t want to go – “could possibly go for one year, but three?” She listed (very colourfully) all the reasons that she had for staying and a few of the things that she saw as wonderful opportunities and fun and exciting for her. We decided we needed to let her process things – after all, she was “never going to go to school in Australia again”, “miss her formals”, “miss family, babies won’t be babies anymore” and she was also concerned that she had never changed schools before, let alone countries! All very valid concerns for a 15 year old finding her way in the world.
In the end we sat everyone down and said that we had considered all of their feedback! We told them that it was probably the hardest decision we had had to make, since the decision involved all of us and would impact all of us, but that Annabelle in particular had to trust that we thought we were making the right decision. After some tears, she quickly responded with questions about clothing restrictions, what she should take and what she should leave, and with every day that has passed, has become more and more excited about what is in front of us.
It is all very exciting and a little daunting as we start the process of packing (some) and selling (most) of our belongings.
First task was completing all the paperwork required, having medicals and organising travel vaccinations. Part of the vaccination process involved all three girls having their Varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations up to date – Chloe was included in this even though she is staying here in Australia and continuing with her university degree. She is doing nursing and needed to be updated too. The day before we were booked in, Chloe comes down with a fever and … chicken pox! I think that is hilarious and utterly bizarre – Chloe is yet to see the funny side – maybe she will when she is feeling better? Knowing that everything happens for a reason and that God has a marvellous plan for all of us, makes me curious as to what this one is!
To know that this trip is all part of that marvellous plan is also reassuring. Lots of wonderful things, both big and small have been happening along the way – there have been some difficult things too but I find it easy to trust that this is exactly where we should be even if it was “not quite what we were planning!”
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