I was surprised to see that it has been over a month since I posted. You know what the means, our lives are becoming normal! Things do not seem as "note worthy" as they did. The smells and sounds are more normal. I am no longer awaken by the 6 am service at church. I no longer smell corn from open fires roasted or even smell cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven at the bakery at the top of the hill ( not sure if that is good or bad!) The routine is more normal. The children have a good idea of what their boundaries and limitations are on the mission. Faces are becoming familiar too....which is all good!!!
About a month ago, we learned that there were items to be picked up at the docks that had came over on a ship for the mission. It was assumed, it was the vehicle we purchased. WAIT, let me back track.
Early October, My Dear made a quick trip to the states to purchase a vehicle that he found online. Folks went to check it out for us and began negotiating with the seller on our behalf. We purchased a little SUV because 4 wheel drive is a must here. My Dear purchased the vehicle in TN and had to drive it to one location in FL to be shipped and then to another city in FL to catch his plane. There were lots of paperwork and even an extra bump in the road we did not plan for. My Dear, along with his sister, sister-in-law, niece, and mom did a massive shopping trip to bring back some supplies that we wanted. My Dear was exhausted when he got home but he did get to eat at some of his favorite places.
The mission got a call that a skid was ready for pick up. YEAH! It must be the flooring My Dear purchased to cover this naked, concrete floor (which is wonderful for spills but ugly and unfinished.) Because it was our personal stuff we were encouraged to go along with the employees to get it so we loaded up "the reds" for a road trip. Dolly stayed behind with our neighbor because the thought of the road trip brought her to tears. She knew she would feel miserable with car sickness and the heat as we move down the mountain.
Smart girl that Dolly! We started the trip off right with lunch and then headed down to "Port." We followed the gentlemen from the mission. They knew back roads which made for a bumpy ride but meant we were not waiting in traffic much either.
We went to a location, to have to go to another location, and then waited. A lady jumped into the vehicle with the men and we followed them to another location. The lady was the manager of our case and took us to the items for pick up. She did paper work and we waited in the vehicle. Then we waited with the employees in the shade by the truck where the items would be loaded. We peeked into warehouses of items being held and saw numerous motor bikes that are still waiting for their paperwork to clear or the folks did not do the necessary paperwork....waited and sweat.
Finally, a pallet was brought out with 5 small boxes on it. My Dear and I just stared at it! My Dear said, "This is not ours." They flipped through clipboards of paper and everyone stood with questionable expressions. It did belong to the mission but it was not ours and no one here was expecting this either. Sadly, we loaded up without our flooring and dog food. We were frustrated because such a trip truly takes a full day.
BUT as we were leaving, I looked out the window and saw what I believed to be our vehicle! I saw it, it is here.......but is it not HERE! HERE, with us, where we can use it. Instead we continue to use the missions vehicles when they are available.
Miss B. is extra proud in this picture. She asked if she could climb on top with Billy. I told her only if she could do it all by herself (with dad standing below just in case.)
Our hope was that our items would be released before Christmas. Will you join us in praying that our vehicle and our skid of flooring and dog food are released to us soon? We do not want to feed the warehouse rats but hope that there is still dog food on the skid that is safe for our pup to eat. We would like to have it before Christmas (and this time My Dear will go down without me and if Billy rides with his dad, he may be given grace on his school work for that day!) Pray also that all of the contents that My Dear packed are accounted for. School books for next year were in the car along with a couple of dry erase boards.
Pray also please about some paper work that we have misplaced and need (not associated to the above request.)