So, you've gotten rid of a bunch of stuff, you've stored a bunch of stuff (maybe) and now you realize that this new life in your new country is going to require different things than you life here.
You, my friend, are in the stage that is known as "Buying and Acquiring". Yep, that is the technical term. What? They didn't mention that to you at your mission's orientation? Hehe, well, even if they didn't mention it, it exists.
See, there are things that you are going to need for this new life, things that may or may not be available in your new country. For us, it was stuff like rain covers for our backpacks, a water filter system, a GPS that can handle map updates for our new country, and linens. These are all things that are hard to come by, or they are very expensive, or aren't the quality that we would want. Constantly ask yourself the question, "can I get this in our host country?" If you can, do. Unless of course you really want that particular (fill in the blank). And even if you decided that you are only going to use what is in your new country, you still have to buy it or acquire it.
This is another stage where lots of lists help. I have several pages in my "moving notebook" that have all the things we need to buy. It helps keep me on track and give me a place to dump all those thoughts so I don't have to continually keep reminding myself of what we need. I was just out today getting some things on that list because we head back to Costa Rica in just a month. Such a random assortment of things, dish towels, a belt, a foot locker and some cloth napkins. Anyway.
This is also a good time to talk with people on the ground in your new country. Hopefully you have someone you can ask questions, like "will I be able to get kids' clothes there easily?" Or "what is the best thing you decided to bring with you?" Of course these answers might be different from what is important to your family, but at least it gives you a place to start. Also, think about things that you use often or that you love. For example, I use white washcloths for cleaning rags and dishes. I hate sponges. So one of the things I asked a fellow missionary before we got to Costa Rica was "can I get white washcloths there?" And the answer, amazingly enough, was no. What?! Yeah, no white washcloths. So, I brought some. And white washcloths were on the "What to buy when we are in the States" list.
Now, something to think about with all of this buying and acquiring, cash flow. Sigh...this can get a bit tricky. But you can do it. One of the things that has helped us is to buy a little at a time each month. That way, you don't have to wait until the very last month to go by everything all at one time . Also, don't overlook thrift stores, garage sales, dumpster diving, family members. I use Facebook often for this, something like, "Does anyone have a (blank) they want to sell or get rid of?" And so many times there is someone who is looking to get rid of what you are needing to acquire.
I can get tired of this stage. I just said to my husband, Noah, that I am sick of shopping! I talked with a veteran missionary about this, and she said, "Honey, enjoy it! Chances are you won't be buying stuff for another two years when you are on the field." And she is right.
So now that you have your Buying and Acquiring plan, go shopping! And stay tuned, because next time we get to the really fun (cough cough) part of how to pack up all this stuff.
So, do you love or hate the Buying and Acquiring stage? Why?
Want more MAW? Check these out
Want more MAW? Check these out
Moving Across the World: The Beginning
Moving Across the World: Toys
Moving Across the World: Packing
Moving Across the World: The Big Day(s)
Moving Across the World: Helpful This and Thats