Since last time I wrote here I’ve had many intensive moving days, especially some days in the middle of this last week that’s just gone by. I will now give you some glimpses into how my life has been during this last moving period and how my move has gone.
Last weekend I was very busy packing and in other ways getting ready for my move. I wanted to meet up with people in the church on a barbeque I was invited for last Sunday, one week ago, but I had so much to do that I felt I needed to stay at home, so I kept on preparing for my move during the day time. In the evening I allowed myself to visit a good friend in church and spend some time with her, knowing it would be the last chance for me to spend some quality time alone with her before my move to England, so it was important for me to make time for it. It was good with a little break from my packing too, and I had a very good time with my friend and was blessed with getting some greetings from God through her as I visited her.
The next day, on Monday the 2nd of February, I kept on getting ready for my move. This day I had some ladies coming to help me out with doing housework. They are ladies that work for a company that is hired by the council of Kristiansand, and they have indirectly been sent to me by the council, because the counsil has allowed me to have some practical help at home. This day – Monday – they visited and helped me for the last time, and it was sad to say good bye to them, but that’s how it is to move. Both before and after the ladies visited me I did house work and moving preparations, and when the ladies visited me, it was good to have some helping hands and to get help with my housework.
On Tuesday I had to keep on packing and working hard to prepare for my move. This day I was blessed by a new friend who came and helped me with moving preparations. She cleaned most of the kitchen and helped me with other preparations too, so it was really good. In the afternoon I suddenly was happily surprised by receiving a letter from England in my post box, and it had a very nice card from my fiance inside it, and my fiance encouraged me in the middle of my packing situation, which was very good.
In the evening I had a little mini farewell party with two friends who visited me, but since I still had very much left to do to prepare for my moving day, I asked my friends to also help me out, and I felt I just had to work some more while my friends visited, so we didn’t very spend much time chatting and relaxing, and my friends were kind to help me out with my packing and moving preparations. While they were there I also had to receive someone who wanted to pick up some shelves I was giving away. I had tried to sell the shelves with no luck, so I gave them away.
On Wednesday I had to keep on packing, and as this was my last day before my moving day and I still had quite a lot of work left to do, I felt I really needed help, and I prayed to God that he would send me some help, and I wasn’t sure I had enough boxes to pack my things in, so I asked a friend, the husband of a lady friend of mine, to get hold of some boxes for me, and he was so kind to do that, and I also asked him if he could help me practically, and he could, and he came in just the right time. I felt God had sent him to me, because I had asked God to send me help and as he was there right before a man who was picking up my computer desk arrived to collect it. The two men then could carry the heavy furniture I was giving away while I did something else, and my friend who visited me ended up helping me packing a lot while I was in a rush, because I needed to get as much as possible done before doing an errand in the city. I thanked God for all the good help I got.
This is the computer desk I gave away:
Some minutes after my friend left in the afternoon I had to quickly go to the city, where I had to do some important errands like send a form to the tax office about my move abroad, and I had to go to an eye doctor for a new check of my left eye that got sick in my Christmas holiday.
Right after having done my errands in the city the nurse who has visited me regularly for a long time, came to visit me for the last time and helped me practically, for instance who loading her car with some things I wanted to give away. In the evening I wanted to go to a women’s meeting in the church, but was so delayed and still so much to get ready for the next morning, that I just had to stay at home and continue packing and getting ready for my move. The night before Wednesday I had only had four hours of sleep because of the moving preparations, and the last nights before Tuesday I hadn’t always had enough sleep either, so I was very tired, but I just had to work. Again, I really needed some help, because there was so much work to do, and I prayed to God for help, and later in the evening, my door bell suddenly rang, and a lady from church had showed up to help me. She gave me a very good help and was so kind that she stayed for several hours and also after midnight, before she left.
Afterwards the lady from the church had left, I was so so tired, but I had to work some more to finish packing for the next morning, when the moving helpers from a moving company in England would come. Right before the lady from the church had left, I had ran out of cello tape, but soon after she had left I found some stickers and were creative and used stickers to put labels onto some items that still hadn’t labels on them.
In the end I got about 3 hours of sleep the last night before the moving day. It wasn’t much, and together with only 4 hours of sleep the previous night and too little sleep some nights before that too, it made me very tired, but I felt I had had just enough sleep to feel somewhat rested, and I also trusted God would strenghten me and had strength from God throughout the day.
Here you can see some of the boxes I was going to send to the UK:
My moving day – the 5th of February – was a big and important day for me. It was my first big step in my actual move towards England. This day I was going to send off most of my belongings to England, and I was moving out of the flat that I had lived in for about one and a half year and was getting closer to moving to England and moving into the flat I will have there. In the morning, I had a simple breakfast – just like my other last meals before moving – since I had packed down a lot of kitchen equipment and needed to do things in a simple way.
Here you can see how I looked in the morning, being excited about moving out of the flat I lived in and being excited about moving to England.
Here you can see my breakfast together with my Bible. I read a good little portion from the Bible during my little relaxed morning time to myself before I had to crack on with being busy getting ready for moving again.
The friend who had helped me the day before came to let me borrow his copying machine this morning, a little after I had started getting more preparations done for my move. He then went to buy some new cello tape for me, and then he soon came back with it. I had to hurry and be quick, because the moving guys were coming between 9 and 10 in the morning. It really helped to have the cello tape, because with it I could fasten the labels I had fastened with stickers in a better and safer way, and I could also put some cello tape on some boxes that needed it to be better packed and more protected.
I was delayed and kept on putting on labels on my items that were to be moved, I also kept on packing some more things and making new labels to put on things, and I put on more and more labels. After nine o clock I kept on doing my preparations whilst knowing the moving guys could show up any time. In the end they were delayed, and one of them came to my door with my friend at first, because my friend had found the moving vehicle and helped the movers to find my flat. The moving guy I first met told me that the movers hadn’t managed to get the moving vehicle up my road, which was on a hill, because it was so icy outside. It was a typical winter’s day this day, and the weather was cold, and my road was very icy, but I hadn’t expected the moving vehicle to not be able to get their car up my hill. I awaited to hear what would happen, and not so long after I had heard about the problem with the vehicle, my contact person in the British moving company that I had hired, called me from the UK and told me I had to rent a van the movers could use for taking my things from my flat and to the moving vehicle somewhere.
As I was on the phone and told that I had to rent a van, my friend who had helped me out the day before and also this morning was now sitting using my computer and trying prepare for getting his printer installed on my computer. I didn’t have anyone who could help me with my new moving situation, and the situation had suddenly taken an unexpected turn, but I trusted in God, and I asked my friend if he could help me out, and he got hold of a rental car for me, and since he said it was an emergency I got to rent the car for half of the normal day price for renting, so that was God’s blessing. I also asked my friend if he could drive the rental car for me, and he could. After we had collected the van I rented, and taken it to my place, the movers and my friend worked hard and efficiently, and they filled up the rented van with almost all of my moving load before they they took it to the moving vehicle, a very big semi trailer, that had been parked at a parking place not far away from me. As the lads unloaded the van and loaded the moving trailer, I had a break and mainly used it for eating a late lunch and chatting with my mother on the phone.
This is how it looked when most of my things had been put into the rented van and only a few things waited to be collected:
When the movers were back not so long after they had left my place, then the guys who helped me with the move started loading the van they used with more of my things, and I had to then quickly finish getting ready some more things I wanted them to move for me, as there were some things I hadn’t labeled yet, and the man in charge of the move was kind to give me some extra minutes and let me finish getting a few extra things ready before I then signed some papers and did some other paper work I had to do.
After the movers had helped me, my flat wasn’t totally empty, because I had let some things stay in my flat for various reasons, for instance things I was going to throw away or give away. There were also a few things I was going to bring to England, but I knew I could store them in the home of someone I know in church, temporarily, so it was all ok. I soon started on tidying up and getting ready for cleaning out the flat, but after a little while remembered an important errand I needed to do, and that was to scan the packing list I had written and send it to the moving company, so I had to travel to the city centre of Kristiansand and go to the library to do my errand.
While I was in the city I knew I had very much work left to do in my flat, because I needed to tidy up a lot and sort through papers and find out what to keep and not, find out what was rubbish etc., and after getting order in my things and taking things out of the flat that shouldn’t be there, I needed to clean the whole falt. Unfortunately so far I hadn’t gotten hold of any cleaning help, and I had prayed to God to send me help. Again, my kind friend who had helped me with my move and who is married to a lady friend of mine, came to my rescue. He suddenly sent me a text message while I was sitting at the library in the city, telling me that he had decided to help me clean out my flat. When I was back at my place, he waited for me, and then we both worked a lot for several hours to get my flat ready for me moving out and leaving my keys with my landlord.
I was very very tired, feeling aches and pains in my body, and felt I didn’t have so much strength left when coming back to my flat, being ready for cleaning, and I wouldn’t have managed very well without my friend being there to help me. God also helped me and strengthened me, and God had sent this friend to help me out, just in time. I did a lot of tidying up and sorting of things for a long time while my friend was cleaning the outside of my windows and different places in my flat, and later on we both were cleaning and getting things ready. It was a lot easier to get things done when my friend was there to help me, the work went much quicker than it would’ve done if I had been totally on my own, and it was uplifting and easier to hold out and work with getting the flat ready in the middle of being very very tired, when I had someone there with me to share the burden of the work with me. My friend also transported things for me, and he did a fantastic job in helping me out that evening, and in the end I could deliver my flat and the key I had used for it to my landlord, knowing the the flat was really clean and having a nice smell.
After handing the flat over to my landlord, I went with my friend who had helped me out to stay at his and his family’s place, and it was so good to see his wife and step daughter waiting for me at their place, and then I could finally relax a while and talk with them, and later on I went to sleep in a good bed and had more than just 3 or 4 hours sleep but probably around 7-8 hours of sleep, which was needed and good for me.
On Friday morning I travelled to my brother David who lives at Sola, where I’ve stayed the whole weekend and gotten to sleep and relax much, which has been very good for me after my very intensive moving days.
As I’m finishing this blog text I’m sitting at the airport at Sola, where I in a bit more than two hours will leave from and then move to England. This is the moving day where I move myself, so this is what is counted as my moving day, and this is the day where I will emigrate to England.
My moving period is soon over, and after the intensive days that I went through some days ago, it’s good to know that I’m soon in England and can relax and get started on my new life. I will tell you more about what I’m moving to in another blog text.
Thanks to God for all His help and strength in my moving period!