Snacks for the Journey

Snacks for the Journey

So things are moving along with our move.  We are busy sorting all our stuff into what goes to Alaska, what goes into permanent storage and what goes into temporary storage.  It’s incredibly confusing.  I am confident only in the knowledge that I am mixing everything up.  I just keep telling myself that Alaska is not the moon.  Whatever doesn’t make it there that we need we should be able to buy.  So it will be ok. 

People tell me all the time how they envy my calmness, but seriously the worries are all there:

  • I’m still worried about the Canadian border.
  • I’m increasingly concerned about getting and/or spreading  coronavirus.
  • I’m concerned about the travel restrictions between states. 
  • I’m panicked they will make us quarantine in Canada.
  • I don’t know how I am going to store my medication which needs to be refrigerated.
  • I’m worried the closing on our house will fall through and we will be left in an empty condo with everything we own packed away and stored.
  • I am not sure everything we need to pack in the car will fit. 
  • I have no idea where we are going to live in Alaska because we don’t want to rent something and not be able to make it there. 
  • I am worried we won’t make it there. 
  • I’m worried that our fifteen year old dog Louie will die on the journey and we will get a massive fine in Canada for violating the travel restrictions because we will have to get out of the car to bury him alongside the road in Yukon territory. 
  • I’m worried that burying dead dogs on the side of the road in Yukon isn’t allowed. 
  • What are we going to do if the dog dies?

The list goes on and on……

It gets more and more irrational. 

That’s when I know.  This is not our journey.  This is God’s journey.  From the beginning I have felt the message was clear that we should do this and I don’t doubt for a moment that it will work out exactly how He planned even if I have no real idea of what that looks like. 

There are things I can control and things I cannot.  My worries I give to God and He gives me total peace.  I will focus on the things I can control.  I can grocery shop.  I can get snacks for the journey and that is what I am doing today. 

Coronavirus has been a disaster in so many ways, but I was delighted to read that with the reduced number of flights there is an overabundance of surplus American Airlines nuts available for sale at a reduced price.  You read that correctly—excess airline nuts!  Perfect for my trip.  God provides with a sense of humor. We are ordering a bunch.  We’ll sit back in the car and whatever happens will happen, but we will be snacking away on first class airline nuts. Snacks for the journey. 

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About Mary

Mary Stephens holds a degree in international affairs from Georgetown University and a Masters in Teaching from the American University. Mary spent almost twenty years homeschooling her four children and is now navigating post homeschool life in Alaska. She offers personal insights, recipes, homeschooling tips and tricks and travel advice on her website Mary also owns Christopher Travel, a luxury travel company specializing in exquisite vacations around the globe.

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