Home…

At long last after six weeks here in Gove, it is hopefully time to go home later this week. The plan for the moment is Friday! So, with just four sleeps to go, we are getting ready!

Getting ready with supplies….

Yesterday we did Part One of the grocery shopping needed for the next few months. There will probably be at least one more part, perhaps two, before we leave. This shop is a normal part of town visits for us, but it will be a little bigger this time to replace all the food we lost during the cyclones. Jason was able to get a lot of this food out to Elcho today on a flight he had there. A hot and sweaty task for him!

Getting ready by finishing off life in Gove…

Gove has been a place of rest and rejuvenation over the last few weeks. Sam has had a chance to attend Preschool each week, spend time swimming and seeing MAF friends regularly. Jason has had nothing to do after work or on the weekends, so he has had a forced break from husbandly outdoor maintainence duties. So he has had time to read, take photos, do needed tasks on the computer, and play a game of squash. Kim has been able to visit the physio each week, get some exercise and have some time to think, pray, write and dream. So this week we say goodbye to physios and Preschool classmates and teachers before heading home. Being in Gove has also made it easier for us to get some “stuff” done. I am trying to renew my teacher registration, which is proving to be a headache of documents and certifying paperwork.  We are trying to get a passport for Sam and are now on our third attempt at filling out the forms correctly…. We need to get all of this finished off too…

Getting ready mentally….

I am trying to prepare myself mentally for heading home too…. You see, when i think about our Elcho home images like these below fill my mind.

Because this is how our home looked before two cyclones went through…

We had a green and shady yard. We had frangipani trees in bloom which cheer up my heart on gloomy days or moments. We had banana and coconut trees that offered the chance of fruit to be enjoyed. But a lot of our yard is now piles of trees and branches, still to be cleared away.

Our freezer was shut tight full of yummy goodies – not open and smelly because we couldn’t get all of the blood out of it when we were home before coming to Gove. We will need to tackle the smelly deep freeze once home.

Our fridge is all nice and closed and clean… not anymore! This fridge decided to stop working while we have been away. So all the meat and other things we saved from Cyclone Lam have sat and rotted since Cyclone Nathan. While our team mates, the Purdeys were able to clean out most of the gross stuff. I think there will be still some cleaning and de-stinking of our house to do.

Dora, our dog, has spent most of this year in the care of one of the local nurses and his family. (Holidays down south, then cyclone evacuation, then time in Gove) We are excited to be going home to see her… but are a little apprehensive that she has adopted others as her home now.

So i am looking at the photos of what home looked like when we left and trying to prepare myself for going home…

We have been spoilt while in Gove. It has been lovely to have access to shops, church, the pool, Woolworths, places to eat out and not have to cook, parks, lots of friends to spend time with and consistent power. Part of preparing to go home means none of these treats for awhile.

Power has been a problem on Elcho Island since the cyclones, with one part of town having no power on most days as they seek to mend power lines and fix cyclone damage. We need to be ready for this. No power usually means no water, so we need to be restocking our supplies of water and power out essentials very soon after we return.

We are looking forward to being home though. We miss the Purdey family lots! We miss our home with our things. We miss our community and other friends there. It is nice to be heading home…

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