It is amazing how a day can seem short or long. Today was one of the longest days ever. So much to do. So much got done. Packing. Strategizing. Planning. Deciding. And many many trips up and down the stairs.
We are almost all the way packed. Tomorrow we figure out exactly how all the bags will fit in the van. We have large and small duffle bags for all our personal items. Joshua has black, I have royal blue, Isaac has red, Fiona has forest green and Eli has bright yellow. The big bags are too big to lug around so we are using the smaller bags to carry enough things for three days at a time. We also have a set of kitchen things, office things, studio/music things, and a very large soft thing that fits on the roof of the van that is filled with tents, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and camping supplies. We decided to take out the 8th seat of the van in order to accommodate so many things.
Although we are very excited to be taking this trip, we are all sad about leaving our dear Morimoto family. Living with them for the last six and a half months has been such a wonderful, rich, deep, lovely and excellent experience. All of us have been in a bit of a stupor today trying to deal with all the feelings about not being with our extended family for a while.
So many of you have been so kind and supportive of us as we embark on this journey. Thank you all for your kindness and love and enthusiasm! It really gives us a lot of energy.