June 2016 is finally upon us. It was three years ago that we that we set this month as our departure month, actually rather arbitrarily. I think since it was the same month as our 10 year anniversary, we thought it would be a lucky month. And now it is here and it appears that we are approaching our initial goal. As I was packing up our books today I found the book, World Cruising Destinations by Jimmy Cornell, I gave Bryan three years ago for his birthday in April. While the word “World” is a little ambitious for our plans at this time, we are in fact weeks away from throwing off the bowlines!
I try not to get overwhelmed with the amount of things that most be accomplished in these last two weeks before All In becomes our home, but boy it is tough. We have a calendar on our wall that we use to keep us on track and I cannot believe how close we are to our deadline.
After three years of dreaming and planning, THIS is actually our REALITY. All pictures are off the wall and most our furniture is gone. Bryan took a few pieces of furniture we are keeping to my dad’s this past week and we will just have our beds and sofa left. We are continuously taking loads to stuff to the dump and Salvation Army. While there is definitely a freeing feeling of shedding all the “stuff” around us, I am now confronted with all the new things we will need for our journey…many of which I have no idea of yet! Since Charleston will be our first stop and we have many family and friends that live there, I figure this will be a good place to get all those “things” we forgot or did not know we needed. It is going to be a LARGE learning curve for all of us.
I have been on an emotional roller coaster the last few weeks as I closed out my school year with a job I loved, and it will continue the next couple weeks, as we move aboard. We will be leaving the only home we have known as a family of four and made many, many precious memories. However, I’m excited to see what the future holds!