I learned something this week. Decision fatigue is real. For weeks my inner dialogue has sounded like this:
“Will I need this? Yeah… I probably should take it. That other one definitely goes in the trash.
“How about this one: should I sell it? Naw, too much trouble. I’ll put it on the donate pile.
“Oh man, that box is way too full. I need to pull some stuff out. I thought I was a minimalist. Where on earth did all this stuff come from?“
And on and on. Repeat for a few hours each day for several weeks, and my brain has started to act like the kids’ stuffed sheep with the dying battery that started making slower and more grotesque “baa-ing” sounds until it mercifully expired (much to Matthew’s and my delight and the kids’ chagrin).
True to form, my amazing, ultra-organized husband created a Trello board (highly recommend!) when we started planning in earnest several months ago to help keep track of everything we had to do, purchase, or decide. We have slowly archived first the three months out list, then the two and one months-out lists, and we have just archived the two-week out list. All that remain are the few items on our final week checklist.
Some of the things we have worked through over the last few weeks and months are:
- Buying a year’s worth of homeschool supplies
- Setting up banking that will work internationally
- Getting rid of stuff
- Getting up-to-date on vaccines & having final visits with the kids’ pediatrician
- Buying vitamins and supplements for several months
- Getting rid of more stuff
- Getting an international drivers permit
- Researching language school options
- Getting copies of all important documents we will be taking with us
- Getting rid of even more stuff
- Booking flights, hotel rooms, etc. and getting eSIM cards so our phones will work once we leave the country
- Making an inventory spreadsheet so we can find things during the weeks we will be living out of boxes and suitcases
And hundreds of other things that would bore you to tears unless you’re planning a similar move, in which case we will happily share it aalll upon request. ☺️
So although we are nearly done, and we have our ten 70-pound boxes mostly packed (all going for free thanks to United Airline’s match of our Delta Airlines status), little piles of stuff still regularly jump out at me like the last holed up child in a game of hide-and-seek. I know we will be done in time, and (maybe? hopefully??) a little before we have to pull out of here on the 10th (which happens to be Luke’s third birthday). But for now I’m just learning to allocate a little more time for my tired brain to work through each decision.
I’m spite of all that, we feel so incredibly blessed. Our wonderful parents and grandparents have helped in so many ways over these last few weeks by keeping little ones happily entertained, helping pack and weigh boxes, feeding us, and supporting us with their love and prayers even though this process is so bittersweet for them. And our amazing church family brought us to tears with a beautiful going-away meal and music program and have covered us with prayers and support. We are surrounded by such beautiful people who mean the world to us and are a reflection of our Heavenly Father in the care He has for each of us. And we are grateful for each one.
See you on the journey!