What makes your home a home?

Many people have wondered what things we are taking to Peru and how we are getting them there. Here is the answer!

There are a few methods that missionaries use to transport their things from one country to the next. One method is to pack a crate big enough for all of your furniture, home items, and clothes and ship that down to Peru. Although it is expensive and can take months to arrive, it ensures having your very own home to settle into once in Peru, and it takes away the stress of having to buy everything once you are down there.

A second option is to simply take the clothes on your back, leave behind or sell everything that you have, and buy the things you need down in Peru. That is simple, but once you buy everything in Peru, you now own two sets of things, one in the States and one in Peru. (unless you sold your State belongings..) If and when the Lord calls you back to the States, you have to decide whether to try to sell everything in Peru or buy a crate and…

A third option is to take some and leave some. This method is what we are using, because (well, one of the reasons) being more newly married, we have not accumulated as much as of yet. We found an airline that allows the most extra baggage, and are taking whatever precious things we can fit into those extras. The rest of our things were either sold or are stored between my family and Caleb’s family.

Oh, there is one less uncommon method of moving. There was a missionary (no one I knew personally) that took a cruise and rented one of their corner rooms. According to this one missionary who did this (not one going to Peru), the cruise company said that anything you could fit into that room you could bring. So….they literally stuffed ALL their furniture, home items, and EVERYTHING they owned into that room, and took the cruise to the States. Talk about creativity.

Anyway, since we are NOT doing that, how much are we taking with us?

Go to Walmart to the bin aisle. Find the 18 Gallon bins. We are taking 7 of those bins (weighing 50lb. each), 2 large suitcases filled with our clothes and shoes (believe it or not, I have more clothes than will fit in a suitcase, so I am having to pick and choose) 🙂  a stroller, pack n play, and our carry-on items.

Some of the highlights of those 7 bins are: kitchen items  (crockpot, pans, utensilly things, cooking miscellani….), a few (4) bath towels, 2 sets of sheets, some miscellaneous linens (the linens down there are not the same quality), our favorite quilt, 5-6 of our precious framed pictures of me (just kidding), a bin for Jane’s toys/clothes, some books, recipes, backpacks, our two favorite mugs, some cleaning and home supplies, and a select few of our decorations. Oh, and a few bags of Dove Dark chocolate. I just can’t give up that…. 🙂 Basically a sampling of every part of our home as we know it, to hopefully make our home down there feel warm and familiar.

It has been a bit of a stressful, but fun challenge to take stock of what we own and decide what means the most to us and what things would give our home meaning wherever we live. Being a bit type A, I organized and made lists of every single item we own, which numbered bin they are in, where they are stored, and which ones we might need to access sooner in the future than others. 🙂 Yes. Ok. Maybe I am a little bit more type A than I mentioned…

Anyway, I hope this helps answer that question! If you have more questions about preparations to moving or life in Peru, please just comment on this blog or write on my Facebook and I will write a post about it!

I am hoping that through these posts (and pictures!), you will be able to feel like you are a part of living in Peru with us, getting to know the richness and creativeness of that culture, learning to love the people there, and giving you a desire to learn more, visit often, and join us in the work of claiming the world for Christ!!!


Psalm 46

Yesterday, we heard a very encouraging sermon entitled, “God is For Us Refuge and Strength”. We were reminded that no matter what trials and tribulations the Lord sets before us, He will enable us by His grace to conquer them. “Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way…” When storms threaten to tip our boat, we must set our eyes on the truths that stand in Scripture, that God does not change, that He will not give us more than we can bear, and that He is faithful to all generations, and that “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Ps. 46:11

“Be still, and know that I am God”

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; He utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

He burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.