Sunday, March 19, 2017

You Know It's Time for Home Assignment When.....

We took a two-year home assignment from June 2009 - July 2011.  Then in 2013 we took a short three-month home assignment. We spent so much time traveling and none resting that we came back to Niger feeling like we hadn't had a break at all.  Now we're wrapping up a four-year term that has felt like a six-year term.  Here are some signs that we'll be coming on home assignment in July.

You know it's time for home assignment when ...

...your sheets (and your underwear) start falling apart and your clothes look faded and worn out.



...your trash cans start overflowing with stuff you are getting rid of and boxes of stuff to give away or store start accumulating in the storeroom and in random corners of the house.



...you spend every Saturday doing a sorting out chore.  I found a great website called Declutter 365.  She gives you one 15 minute task a day to declutter.  A lot of it doesn't fit me such as clean out your garage or sort through your kids' clothes.  So I looked at her one-year list and condensed it down to give me a task every Saturday for the weeks between the middle of January and the middle of July.  So, for example, yesterday I went through my food and spice cupboards and got rid of everything that is expired or that I won't use before July.  

...your cupboards start to look bare as you get rid of things you won't be using.






...you finish the massive helping-John job of cutting up his interview texts and pasting them on cards for easy easier sorting through and compilation of data.



...you try to share the load as much as possible as your husband heads toward the finish line of the marathon that getting a doctorate has turned out to be.



...you start corresponding with supporting churches and supporters to plan out visits.



...you work hard at the office to finish up two big projects required by your international office so that things are in good shape for whoever takes over your job.  You also pray hard for somebody to replace you!

...you are tired and worn out and ready to have some time to spend with family, friends, and supporters.  But you still have the hot season to get through!

Somebody will live in our apartment while we're gone, so we need to put away everything personal.  We'll leave out kitchen equipment and linens and our furniture, but everything else needs to be stored.  No matter how hard we try to get things done ahead of time, we always end up with a bit of a panic our last week here as we pack.  Please pray for us as we sort and pack, for John as he finishes up his doctorate, and for us as we prepare to share our ministry during home assignment.

2 comments:

Deb said...

You will both be very missed during home assignment. Praying for y'all to be as ready as you can be.
💙 ❤

podso said...

I am so impressed with all those card files of your husband's. I know it's a huge amount of work. Hope you can celebrate when it's done!