10 July 2010


It is pretty overwhelming to pack up your whole life and move.  I know people do it all the time.  Perla and I did it every year for the first 4 years of our marriage and I did it every year for the 8 years prior to that.  But that is not what I am talking about.  This is different.

When you move from one apartment to another, you can shove mostly everything into bags and boxes and know it will be free within the next week or two, back in its, albeit, new place.  When you are preparing to move your family over 1500 miles for an entire year (or more - yeah, I hear that laughter), it's a whole new ballgame.  What do I bring?  What do I leave behind?  What do I need?  What can I do without?  Minimalism is a necessity now, not just a style I thought I had.  If I leave something behind and later discover I need it, I can't have it until someone comes to where I am and brings it with them.  I can't just drive to the Super Walmart and pick up a new one, ya know.

Perla's done this before - not us, so we are discovering ourselves through our possessions.  What is really important?  When you're headed for the ends of the earth, not much.  And if you think I'm exaggerating, you have not been to Haiti.

Then there's the 'left behind' group.  This stuff we have accumulated over the years, we are now packing it all up and putting it in the attic.  It's not ALL coming with us.  And what do I pack up?  Will I really care about that knick knack in a year? that picture? that shirt? will it even fit?  (hope not)  in a year?

Look at every item around you now.  Every littlest item requires a decision.  Every one.



Thanks for reading.  And if you're reading, please comment and let us know.  We'd love to hear from you.

09 July 2010

Passport Fees

I just happened to be reading the news on CNN.com and found out that the passport fees are going up next week.  Very grateful for finding this and being able to save over $100 in renewal fees for the kids.  We got the renewals in today under the lower fees.  Should have them back in 2-3 weeks.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

07 July 2010

What are We Doing?

Since I have been directing people here to follow the latest updates, I wanted to post the links for our own site and the orphanage site, so you can all get background information on what we are doing.  We will be leaving sometime in August to train with Christian Haitian Orphanage before starting up with Love Haiti's Children Orphanage.  As far as what we're doing now; we're packing, picking clothes, preparing travel documents, etc.  Keep praying.  You can support our work through the support page on our website.  Thanks again!

Our site: www.johnandperla.com

Orphanage Site: www.lovehaitischildren.com

Please make comments so we know who's around.  Lots of love to you all!

John and Perla