Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sophie and the Packers

Last week, our apartment became empty. In preparation for our next post, all of our stuff in Congo was packed up and put into shipping crates. The next time we see our belongings will be in Kenya. Luckily, we do not have to do any of the hard labor ourselves. The embassy sent a team of 4 Congolese workers and they boxed it all up. As per usual in Congo, the packers were terrified of Sophie but she remained intent on winning them over. Both she and Emery supervised the pack out and made sure the movers used enough bubble wrap. Sophie seemed to take her job very seriously and kept a very close eye on the entire operation.

Very proud of her work...

Sophie lays down for one last snuggle on her bed before it goes into a box...

Monitoring one of the movers very closely.

Sophie ensures there is no slacking. And confirms her toys are properly taken care of. She runs a tight ship.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Au Revoir Congo: Part I

I have been the a pretty negligent blog updater lately. I should have done better but somehow the motivation just didn't happen until about...now.

In Congo news, the biggest update is that I am no longer there. Henry and Sophie are still in Kinshasa, but I left in early June. I was really sad to go and wanted to stay and leave with Henry and Sophie but we ultimately decided it was best for me + baby to come back when I did. It was a really difficult good-bye for me. Congo kicked my butt on many a day but it also was an incredible experience. We made amazing friends and all in all, despite some of the hardships, it was a great 2 years.

If you asked me 10 (heck, 3) years ago if I could ever imagine living in Congo, the answer would have been a scoffing no. Even 2 years ago, when we first moved to Kinshasa, I never thought I would miss it as much as I do. When we first arrived, I was ready to turn right around and hop on the next flight back. For the first month, I didn't even want to unpack my suitcase because that meant that we were actually going to be living in Congo for the next two years. But, we settled in. We adjusted to Congo (some of us slower than others) and, while it was challenging, it was also unforgettable.

Henry and Sophie will be leaving Kinshasa this month and it's hard to believe our Congo time is coming to a close. I'll be posting some more updates from Congo soon but we will also continue the blog from the States and when we move to Kenya next fall. And who knows, maybe we will visit Congo again sometime. Or perhaps not.

One last burning pile of trash before I leave...