Posts Tagged ‘possessions’

December 9th, 2009

Grief

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Hopefully you know by now (unless you’ve just stumbled across our blog) that we are planning to work with missionary kids at Black Forest Academy. As part of our preparation, I’ve been reading (rather slowly) Third Culture Kids by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken. Missionary kids are third culture kids (TCKs), which means they’ve spent a significant period of their formative years outside their passport countries. I’ve also been going to counseling for the past few months. One of the things that keeps coming up, in the book and counseling, is grief.

I moved a lot growing up. I believe I moved 12 times in my first 14 years of life. I don’t know if I technically qualify as a TCK, but I do relate to some of the aspects of TCK life. One thing I’d never realized is that there is a grieving process to moving. Let me tell you, that was an eye-opening chapter. According to the book, the transition cycle for moving is Involvement, Leaving, Transition, Entering and Reinvolvment. Okay, in and of itself, that doesn’t really mean much. The wow moment for me was reading about the Leaving stage, which isn’t talking about getting on a plane and heading to your new home, although that’s part of it, but about emotionally removing yourself from your home. You begin to loosen emotional ties, back out of responsibilities and refrain from taking new ones, and stop making new friends.

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November 9th, 2009

Buy-Our-Stuff Sale

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Come one, come all, to the amazing Buy-Our-Stuff Sale! That’s right folks, we’re hoping to sell all, or at least most, of our stuff this Saturday. We’re opening our apartment up for you to rummage through. We’ll be selling furniture, dishes, linens, books, DVDs, CDs, appliances and other random things. We’d love for you to stop by and take some stuff off our hands. You might even be able to name your own price for some items. And hey, by buying our bookshelves, you’re helping us get to BFA.

Come by our apartment, 2753 N. Ida Lindsey Drive, Apartment 4, Fayetteville, AR, on Saturday, November 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and we’ll point out the best stuff to buy. If you need directions, give me a call at 918-287-8014.

Also, keep BFA in your prayers. They have quite a few students who are sick with the flu. At least one student is being tested for the Swine Flu. Pray that there will not be a Swine Flu outbreak at BFA and that those who are sick will recover quickly.

An update on our support is coming soon!