6 weeks, and three days from now we will be on our way to our new home in Davao City! It's kind of crazy to think that after 16 months of praying and talking this through, we are now down to weeks.
Our house is getting emptier by the day; our piano has been sold along with Daniel's bed (he now sleeps on a mattress on the floor) and Julia's bookshelf. We are also now taking pictures off the walls and packing things up to take to my parents' house for a garage sale that we are hoping to have this coming Saturday as long as the weather holds up. We still have some things to do, but it's nice to be able to cross things off our "to do" list and have it get smaller. I think we may end up shipping one more box as we have found some more things that we would like to take with us that we forgot to put in the other boxes. When Steve dropped off the last box, they gave us another one at no cost just in case we decided to ship another one and it will cost us very little to ship this next one because there was a special of 'ship four boxes, ship your fifth one for free' (or almost free). We could have fit the rest of the things into our last box, but we forgot to check our office, and our outside storage room when we packed up, and ended up filling the box with things like pillows and sheets, just to fill it up. Oh, the joys of packing early and shipping things! I'm really hoping it all makes it there safe and sound.
We still don't have a house as of yet, but there's a townhouse for rent in a neighborhood about 5 minutes from the birth center that we may be able to get. We are hoping to be able to see some pictures of it, but the lady who owns it has gone to the States for a holiday and didn't leave a key with anyone, so we have to wait until she's back. There was an option of renting a furnished townhouse, but we decided against that as the rent was quite a bit more than it would be for an unfurnished place and we are hoping to get a kitten for the kids when we get there, and we wouldn't be able to have pets in a furnished place. If we aren't able to find a place before we arrive, we will still have a full month before my classes start, so hopefully that will give us plenty of time to find something.