A Week Has Passed

I’m not quite sure where the time has gone, but it’s already been a week since my last post.

Nothing very exciting is happening on the adoption front.  We are going through some training required by our agency, learning more about Uganda as a country and the adoption program in Uganda.  Until we receive our official referral (which should happen shortly after Labor Day), we won’t have any other forward movement.  So while we wait, we stay busy with other things.

One thing we are doing is downsizing the ‘stuff’ that we’ve collected over the last 15 years of living in this house.  It seems like a good time to rid ourselves of the things that have been sitting and collecting dust, so a couple of weeks ago we had an impromptu garage sale.  Where was a small festival in our little village and we decided that since there would be more traffic by our house we would put some things out in hopes of getting rid of ‘stuff.’  We did get rid of some things, but very little.  That tends to occur when you haven’t advertised your garage sale.  We left everything on the tables and moved “our junk” (which is someone else’s treasure) back into our garage with the plan of having another advertised garage sale.  That sale is occurring this weekend.  Today was Day 1 and let me just say that advertisement is a wonderful thing.  We had a lot of people come to the sale during the first hour which trickled to a few here and there over the next 4 hours, but in 5 hours we sold 5 or 6 x’s more than we sold the entire weekend during our impromptu sale.  Tomorrow we hope to move out even more junk treasures so wish us luck.

Now it’s time for some Q&A.

Why the push to downsize you ask?

Adding another child to the family means we’ll be collecting even more stuff.  Our Ugandan Prince will have clothing, toys, books, etc., etc. and it seems like a great opportunity to get ready for him while clearing out things that have been sitting unused for way too long.

The other reason we want to downsize is that we will be putting our house on the market and moving in the not too distant future.  (If anyone is interested of knows of anyone who would like a 5 bedroom house in Central IL, have them contact me.)  We really have no desire to pack up and move things that we aren’t and will not be using. 

Lastly, it feels good to get rid of clutter.  And why is clutter much easier to collect than to dispose of? 

Now, back to our future move. 

Do we know where Dave’s next career move will take us? 

Although we don’t know with 100% certainty, we are about 90% certain we know where he will land in his next position.

Can I share that information with my readers?

Sorry, but I can’t share that information yet.

Why?

There are a couple of reasons why we need to hold off sharing that information at this time.

1.  There is still a 10% chance that we will either stay where we are a bit longer or end up moving to a location other than the one we feel is the most likely choice.  We feel it would be best to wait until we see a brighter light at the end of the tunnel.

2.  We also have several people in our lives that will likely be disappointed if we share one location and then later tell them, “Sorry, it’s not happening now.”  Of course we also have several people in our lives that will likely be disappointed if we don’t stay here and others disappointed to find out we’re not moving closer to them.  Someone is going to be disappointed, but we’d rather wait until we are 100% certain of Dave’s next career move before we make any big announcements.  Until that announcement, I think everyone needs to be prepared because the Weeks’ Family just may be moving to your neck of the woods.  🙂

The other excitement in our lives right now is a trip we’re taking over Labor Day weekend.  Dave’s nephew is getting married, so next week we’ll be packing up the van and heading south to Florida.  Naomi is flower girl in the wedding and I find myself feeling excited and a bit nervous about it.  She is going to be a beautiful flower girl, but 2 year olds are just unpredictable.  Will she drop the flower petals?  Will she walk down the aisle?  Will she run down the aisle?  Will she eat the flower petals? Will she trip and fall?  Will she have a temper tantrum in the middle of all this?  Will she simply walk down the aisle, dropping petals, looking lovely causing the wedding guests to oo and ah over her?  So many questions with know real predictable answers right now. 

That’s all I have to report from the World of Weeks at this time.  Stay tuned for updates on the success of our garage sale, our future move, our trip, the wedding and most of all, our adoption.  I promise I will also share photos next time.

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