It’s Official. We’re Packed.

I have an entire weekend to talk about, but I want to first acknowledge this moment. Justin and Mark Clancy are packing our stuff onto 2 palettes at a trucking company here in town. It is owned by one of the elders at church, and they are shipping our stuff to Abilene so that it can then get put on the container to go to Peru. We had a day and a half to get all of our things in boxes for Peru, itemize them into lists for the Peruvian customs agents, and get them to the truck here in Shelbyville. Why 2 days? Because we found out Friday (yes, this past Friday) that in order for this company to ship our things, they had to have them by noon on Tuesday (uh…today). Since our teammates were here this weekend and we had the Peruvian Market to set up for at church on Sunday, we only started packing Sunday night late. So, let’s rewind a bit, and I will share about how the weekend went.

Well, our weekend could probably not have been more eventful. Many of our teammates were able to visit us, and we had a great time together. Justin and I worked our hardest (with the help of some people from church) to finish our prep work by Wednesday this past week for the Peruvian Market that we created Sunday morning at church for our church members, because Thursday was the day our teammates flew in.

The minute we met them at the baggage claim, Stephanie and I took off (no kids in tow!) for a day at the spa together. Unfortunately, Tara and Stacy couldn’t be with us this weekend, but you can bet they would have been right there with us had they come! Stephanie and I have been saving money together through an accountability contract we decided to hold one another to since this past February. We wanted to treat ourselves to something fun with the money we had saved, so we booked facials, massages, and pedicures at Blue River Canyon Spa in Brentwood, TN. It was AMAZING to say the least. You can check it out by clicking here, and I would completely recommend trying it out if you live near the area!

Friday was full of activity with our team. We ate lunch with the office staff at Fairlane over at the Giesemann’s house. He is our preacher, and their family did mission work in Venezuela for several years. They are always fun to be with. We had a fantastic time there. The kids got to spend some time in the hammock, and they have cows that were fun to pet as well. Here are a couple of pictures from that time:

Maddox and Cailyn enjoyed holding hands many times when we drove.  We think they make a cute couple:

No energy left to worry about holding hands:

Friday night, we had the opportunity to eat dinner at the church with some of the elders, their wives, and some of the missions committee members and their wives.  It was neat to see people that we have grown to know and love getting to know our team.

Saturday brought some craziness.  I didn’t mention it earlier, but a stomach bug swept through our house beginning with Maddox on Thursday.  Then, Cailyn threw up in the middle of the night Thursday night, had diarrhea some the next day, and Justin woke up Saturday morning plagued with both!  So, needless to say, the last minute prep work that we had to do for the Peruvian Market on Sunday was left up to the rest of us.  For lunch that day, we headed over to one of the members of the Hispanic congregation’s house for pizza and fellowship.  Lee did a devotional for everyone (in Spanish), and we enjoyed visiting and watching the kids play.  After we left there, the guys and kids all came back to the house for baths and naps while Steph and I went up to the church to prepare some of the food I had bought that morning for the Market on Sunday.  We laughed a lot, and it was a good bonding experience.  Then, Saturday night we went to eat at Bell Buckle Cafe in Bell Buckle, TN.  Yes, it is basically the type of restaurant you might imagine in a place called Bell Buckle.  There was a mother/daughter singing group there that night to entertain everyone, we ate some great food and delicious dessert, and all while poor Justin spent his evening outside the restaurant due to his stomach.  Needless to say, we felt sorry for him, and tried our best not to dawdle after we ate.

The kids all enjoyed one another, and they also enjoyed Mark, too!  Here they are hanging out on Saturday:

Sunday began the chaotic fellowship!  We all made it to church by either 7:30am or 8:30am for the 9:00am service, and we finished up some last minute things for the Market.  After the guys led services at church (John Mark preached a great sermon by the way), everyone then left worship to come through and experience Lima, Peru during Bible Class time.  It was so wonderful to have help from friends and our teammates, because Justin and I could not have done it by ourselves.  Unfortunately, because both Justin and I were trying to make sure things went as planned, we didn’t get any pictures of Cailyn, but I have gotten over it since she will actually be in Peru soon. 🙂

Here are some of the pictures from our Market.  We had passports and passport pictures for the kids, a huge outline of South America, tons of food, and Alpacas for the kids to pet.  Mark Clancy wrote a great post about our time doing this on our team’s website, so you can check that out as well at  

So, there you have it.  I will try and make many more pictures available when I get them.  We had a great time, and thankfully, several great people from the church stuck around to help us clean EVERYTHING up!  After we cleaned up, we came home for some nap time and a few domino games before we loaded up to drive them to the airport.  Everyone minus Mark flew home to Texas Sunday night.  Mark, thank the Lord, will be here until tomorrow.  He had some extra time, so he thought he would stick around for a bit.  Honestly, without his help, we would have never gotten all of our stuff packed up and to the trucking company by noon today.  He not only took Cailyn out of the house for a bit yesterday so we could pack, but he has helped pack boxes, break down furniture, and type up our lists of what each box contains.  He has bee great!  Thanks, Mark!

So, there it is, Justin and Mark took our stuff to pack on the truck around 11:30am this morning.  I officially feel some weight off my shoulders.  If you’ve prayed at all for us and our team, don’t stop now!  Our teammates are still in the midst of packing.  They all have until this coming Sunday and Monday.  Sorry for the long posts recently.  I have some more pictures of Cailyn that I will share another time…in a shorter post!  Hope everyone has a great week!


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