Five weeks to go!

In five weeks we are leaving our current world behind and going travelling for fourteen months.  Somehow between now and then we need to pack all our belongings into storage (having first got rid of the ‘stuff’ we have accumulated over the last 19 years for reasons that now don’t seem obvious as to why we hung onto), do all those things to the house that we should have done years ago but which have now become urgent because we need to rent it out, and say goodbye to friends and family.

Storing boxes up to ceiling level

The aim is to leave on a plane and head to New Zealand at the beginning of November with all the right things in the right place and with our sanity intact – no mean feat given the mountain of tasks ahead.  To-do lists are in abundance and Ian is bitterly regretting having left only six days between finishing work and our setting off.  NEVER AGAIN!

However, we are making this journey in pursuit of a promise from God that he wants to use this time to engage with us and to show us who He is and who we are.  The guiding verse for our travels, and from which the name of our boat (and the title of this blog) is derived, is Hebrews 6v19 ‘We have this hope [the promises of God] as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’.  

… but five weeks!

10 Comments on “Five weeks to go!”

  1. Oooh a blog, how awesome! I was feeling a little sad that we are just getting to know you but you will soon be jetting off on your adventure, so I’m super excited that we will be able to follow your journey via this blog! Praying for everything to slot into its rightful place before your travels begin! Tasha xx

  2. Ok. Not sure you can go.
    What are all going to do for:
    1. That American dinner thing – you know at the end of November. That’s it, thanksgiving meal.
    2. Bonfire night and meal. A tradition for years…!
    3. Regular Home-groups. Great fun and so helpful.
    4. I could go on
    5. I will go on.
    6. Sunday morning service setting up/down. You both are so fantastic.
    7. What are the C of E going to do with their money.
    8. As dear friends we will miss you hugely.
    9. Your family and grandchildren will miss you too. A lot.
    10. Your laughing Ian. Makes everyone want to join in.
    11. And Sally your helpfulness always. An angel.

    As you go I cry as I am thinking you may not settle back here, but if that’s God’s will we say Amen.

    God bless your travels. May God keep you safe always. May you bless others.

    DG.

  3. Hey we are looking forward to sharing this journey with you both

    We will miss you both soo much and as Duncan says for so many things you do and for who you are!!

    Sooo excited for you both 👏🏻👏🏻

    Planes trains automobiles and boats!!! What a story is about to unfold xx

  4. This is going to be so lovely! I know I’m going to have to plan my own ‘gap year’ – since I’m already feeling more than a few twinges of jealousy!
    You will both be greatly missed – but this will give us a glimpse of your adventures. The rest will fill many a house group evening I’m sure!!

    Much love, Alice xx

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