Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's liberating........

to sell practically everything you own.

Our life has been relegated to 25 boxes, five Rubbermaid totes, and 7 suitcases (we need a couple more BIG ones, if anyone out there has some they no longer need).

We have a few more bigger items that I am putting on Craigslist, but other than that it's all gone. Our garage sale was a HUGE success on Friday. We had beautiful sunny weather and lots of people stopped by. Saturday, not so much. It was rainy, windy and COLD! We did sell a few things, but by early afternoon it was very evident it was time to close up shop.

All of our housewares are packed and awaiting pickup this week by Roadway to begin their journey. It will all go by truck to Tacoma, then by barge to Anchorage, and finally by air from Anchorage to Kotzebue. We are hopeful that it will all arrive within a few days of our arrival there!

We are still in our house, albeit with no furniture other than our mattresses. Sometime this week we will be heading out of here to stay with friends and family for the remainder of our 12 days here.

Over the past few days we have been blessed by so many people who have stepped in to help with all the work that needed to be done. My in-laws came for a couple of hours one day last week and helped with packing. My friend Meleea also came over for a few hours to help with packing. On Thursday my friends Val and Kelly came and spent a good portion of the day helping me get set up for the sale! Then Thursday afternoon my sister Kris arrived and set out to work. And let me tell you that there is NO ONE that can work like Kris. She is amazing. Productive, decisive, motivated and strong. She spent the whole weekend working for me. Directing what needed to be done. On Friday my mom came and she worked right along with Kris. My mom is a self proclaimed clean freak. So you know that underneath my stove and fridge were cleaned as well as the shower knob in my bathroom!
Thank you so very much to all of you for your help. I was feeling completely overwhelmed by the task at hand last week and now I feel like life will be completely manageable and likely enjoyable these next two weeks. We are blessed by you!

9 comments:

Homestay Mama said...

Wow! I was wondering how you were ever going to pull that off. Looks like the secret is having the right friends and family. You are blessed, indeed!

Kat said...

Congrats on having a great sale! So...when are you going to give more details on what spurned the move? What do the kiddos think? What do they think when they look at the pictures of all that snow?

I had to show the pictures to my girls...and they just couldn't believe it.

So...what will you be doing for the next 12 days? I am thinking that Florida should be on your list :-)

Lee Ann said...

So glad you were blessed by so many friends and family. I've been thinking about you tons! Keep us posted on your adventure. Will you have high speed internet?

Tamara said...

You are making this look far too easy!! Such a trooper and your children are seeing your faith in God and will someday count this as part of their testimony to a God who blesses His obedient children. The pictures of the snow are amazing - but the fact that people are living there and posting pics, means that it is doable and it is going to be a great adventure... I'm so happy we get to be part of it all through blog land! Congrats on being packed up and ready to go - I'm impressed!

Gina said...

I'm cold.

tundratantrum said...

Be prepared for your stuff to NOT arrive when you think it will. That happens more often than not and if you are expecting that to happen it makes it a bit easier on you.

meleea said...

isn't it amazing how little we truly "need" to live with?!?! i am glad you got so much done so quickly.
excited for you!

Ashley said...

I can't believe you are moving to Alaska. Wow!!!

Kris said...

There is so much stuff to do at home. I wish I would do it for me!