Thankful For This Time

Today’s Slice of Life at, 2 November 2021.

We now have nine weeks before we leave Bahrain, and I’m realizing how very fast the days fly by. By day, DIBELS screening at school and cleaning out cupboards and closets are two tasks that are keeping me busy. I’m so thankful I am not teaching this year, so I have time to do what needs to be done to make this a good move. I remember one move we made when my children were in middle school, I was teaching full time, and we moved to another state the week after school was out. Fortunately, we had professional movers, but when we got to our new home and I had to look through and sort the boxes that should have been done before. There was one junk drawer that had just been poured into a box and shipped across country, complete with the sticky gum sticks, broken rubber bands, random staples and paper clips, bits of Blue Tack. Yuck!

This time of course it’s a different kind of move. There are no professional movers with semi-trucks picking up the houseful of furniture and belongings for four people. We hope to get our eight years worth of Bahrain belongings into eight suitcases; that means we have a lot to give away. I’m trying to sort things to make them handy to look through. Now, I’m starting to invite people over to go through and pick things they would like to have.

Thankfully as we close this chapter, Covid numbers are low and the country is open for gathering. A few times a week, we have fun in the evenings and weekends being with people. I’m starting to feel like the goodbye is really coming, and it’s not going to be easy.

Filling up boxes
Expanding to the living room now

6 thoughts on “Thankful For This Time

  1. One of my least favorite things to do is packing. God bless you as you enter this time of packing and saying goodbye.

  2. Good luck with your move! Even though it will be difficult saying goodbye, I’m glad you’ll be able to gather with people to do so.

  3. It’s so hard to say goodbye – and so hard to move and pack. I’m glad covid numbers are lower and you can say goodbye.

  4. Oh my – I can’t imagine reducing my world to eight suitcases…what a way to discover what really matters, what is truly important. I wish you godspeed, as you say farewell to Bahrain…I know your heart is full.

  5. I hate packing and moving and it does not get easier even with all my practice. I am glad to hear you are getting time to enjoy farewells and friends too in the chaos.

  6. Wow! Eight years in one place is a long time. I wish you a smooth transition and hope your new home is all you’re hoping for and more.

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