While I was packing

10 interesting things I’ve found while packing

  1. Two teeth in a film canister
  2. A poster illustrating Toby’s former hairdo’s (long and bleached blonde, medium length and red, shaved, spiked, to name a few)
  3. Twenty bucks
  4. That other sock
  5. An Icelandic Bible
  6. A $40 gift certificate to a local hair salon
  7. A screen painting of Mt. Fuji
  8. Two sets of The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh
  9. My old racing flats from college
  10. A card from a dear friend who sent me a quote from C.S. Lewis. It reads: A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

To be continued…


Filed under Packing

7 responses to “While I was packing

  1. Aunt Mary

    20 bucks is a nice find….

  2. Diane Gee

    A few thoughts … (yeah, I’m never brief ‘by accident’)

    I had 9 addresses by the time I was 18 … and 29 to-date (30 if you count the downtown gallery). I’ve packed in everything from grocery bags to special moving boxes, and the sentimental keepsakes are down to what will fit in an antique cedar chest. I’ve always felt that I was where God wanted me, where I was supposed to be, and the labor of moving faded as quickly as the labor of birth. A good thing.

    When moving as a child, moving truly meant goodbye. No email. No phone calls (Long Distance charges were prohibitive.) No Skype. Snail mail was rare, and attempts to keep in touch faded quickly. On the plus side, it made me strong, self-reliant, and fearless. It also taught me to let go and move on, and how to deal with sadness and loss.

    Today, I don’t fear your leaving, because I’ll probably communicate with you more electronically. I know this, because we continue to stay involved with other friends who have graduated and moved on … to other states, and other countries. And, I find the caliber of written communications is frequently more meaningful than spoken … there are thoughts that are easier to share in print, and the deliberateness of writing forces us to think the thoughts through for clarity and completeness.

    I WILL miss the hugs, the laughs, and the lingering fragrances of game night (you have to be there to understand). But, we’ll still have those, it will just take a little more planning.

    You are strong, you are morally prepared, and personally steadfast. I will admit to being curious about God’s plan for you in St. Louis (and I am absolutely confident there is one), and I look forward to seeing it come into focus. But first things first.

    I wish for you the excitement of unwrapping a new present as you prepare to unwrap this next phase of your life. I wish for you unexpected joys and delights of new friends and new surroundings. I wish for you, that you and the kids find this an amazing adventure. You have an extended family that is simply growing.

    I leave you with one of my favorite verses, from James 1:2-4, as a compass for the challenges ahead:

    “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

    You will lack NOTHING … although I’m sure your patience will be tried at times. I’ve always believed that embracing change is always the best option … and I know you will keep things in perspective, and let the small stuff go.


  3. Packing can be such a trip down memory lane.

  4. Chris

    Did you find any pacifiers? 😉

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