Saturday, January 8, 2011
With only 2 weeks to go, almost.
Come Monday, I will be down to my last two weeks in Peru. One week will be spent in Tarma helping my team with a week of summer workshops, and one week in Lima wrapping up legal ends (terminating my visa, paperwork etc.) and saying goodbye to the pastors of the ADIEL and the other ReachGlobal families. It has definitely been an interesting process to “transition out” of responsibilities, routines, and bedrooms. Wait, bedrooms? Yes, one of my goals before leaving Peru was to move completely out of my bedroom, and help Elsa move in. My room is a little bigger than hers, so it would make sense for her to have it once I’m gone. But I thought, why not take advantage of the “manpower” that is here and make the switch before I’m gone. So this week was spent swapping bedrooms, and then I began the work of turning Elsa’s old bedroom into the team’s new ministry supply room. Having sold my bed to some friends in town, I have been sleeping in a sleeping bag on a mat on the floor that I roll up each morning to continue the work of organizing the new room. We have several boxes of items that we have not seen since moving to Tarma last year, so this has been a great opportunity to downsize the general “stuff” that is around our house, and make an accurate log of the ministry supplies that we have to work with. This has been a fun project for me for several reasons. One, moving out of my bedroom was a large step towards making my way home, and transitioning out of my life in Tarma. Two, I love to organize things. When I was a little girl I would go to the grocery store with my mom, sit on a couple of packages of toilet paper and organize the shopping cart. So I guess I’m destined to organize things. I also love to get rid of stuff, whether it be throwing it out, giving it away or selling it. I love to downsize, and initiate the “less is more” policy whenever possible. I hope to wrap up the store room project this weekend and move on to our week of workshops before finishing out the week with my birthday/going-away-party. More to come on that front in a few days.