Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Container is GONE!


Waahooo! What a relief! We never thought we would be so excited to see an empty room! What we thought would be an 8x8x8 foot cube of our worldly goods ended up being almost 6.5x8x8 or 323 cubic feet for all you math geniuses out there, well, at least my brother in law! Here are the before and after pictures, mind you we also had a couple of extra mattresses and some boxes of tables and chairs for the Niger field that are not technically ours, just being stored in our huge dining room until the UHaul could come and carry it all away! We are so thankful for the Marines, our friends, not the corps, for packing it all in the container and looking after it when it arrives in Niger. We have had many people ask us when we are actually leaving. Truth be told we don't know, but the opportunity to send our "stuff" arose at a reduced rate so we jumped at the chance. Many people in the church here in Kokomo have loaned us beds, a microwave, a rocking chair, dishes, etc. to tide us over until we leave for Quebec (hopefully in January) for language study. Another answer to prayer is that Tim will be studying French here in Kokomo this semester. His first class is two weeks from today. Pray for him. We are so glad that he has the opportunity to take an elementary French class as it is not always available! God's good timing!
I have one more thing that we would like help in... choosing a name for our son. Yes, we are having a baby boy! Mikaylah would like to name him Brutus, but I am not totally sold on the idea. We would like him to have Tim's middle name, Scott. But we are stuck for a first name. Any ideas would be appreciated. We have looked on line and still haven't found one that resonates as "that's it!" yet. So send in your ideas and suggestions! The boy is due November 23rd but I may very well have him early as Mikaylah came 20 days early. I'm aiming for the eleventh, that should be memorable, don't you think? And he won't have to share a birthday with daddy or uncles or grandpa! Maybe we should have a contest and the one that wins gets a signed autograph of the baby??? hmmm we'll have to think this one through!
Okay I have given you lots to praise the Lord for and lots to think about!

7 comments:

Mom said...

Hey, where's the "After" picture? That room sure looks full.
We'll have to think on the "boy" name.
We'll let you know when we come up with a suggestion.
LYM

Amanda said...

What a relief, that makes it feel like you're really going I suppose!

Congrats on the baby. What about a name that has an African sound to it in honour of where you're going or what about Nigel (like Niger).

saheldormparents said...

Amanda, we were thinking of Sahel, but our daughter already pronounces it s'Hell! so that probably wouldn't go over so well, I'll have to talk over Nigel with DH! Thanks for your interest.

reb said...

Hi Janice -

Josiah Scott Phillips

1) Nice flow to the name + initials JSP are okay
2) There is a symmetry with MIkaylah (3 syllables ends in I-ah sound which is similar to A-ah
3) King Josiah in the Bible was a good king - a boy king - who brought about many reforms, including bringing back God's Word to the people
4) Josiah means "God will support"

There's my two cents for you!

Rebecca

PS Daryl said if you go with Nigel you might as well just go with Niger Scott Phillips - but he was half
kidding!

PSS There is a lady on eBay who is auctioning off the naming of her baby. At last count she had a bid of about $14 000!

Shauna Archer said...

Janice,
So glad your container is gone and you have your space back. As for the name, I've always liked Josiah which someone already weighed in with and I also like Ethan. Tim says Timothy is a great name and that you could call him Junior!!! UGH!! We'll keep thinking about it and let you know if we come up with anything interesting. Just to let you know, Bruce, Pat and Meredith left yesterday for Spain.

Shauna Archer said...

Janice,
So glad your container is gone and you have your space back. As for the name, I've always liked Josiah which someone already weighed in with and I also like Ethan. Tim says Timothy is a great name and that you could call him Junior!!! UGH!! We'll keep thinking about it and let you know if we come up with anything interesting. Just to let you know, Bruce, Pat and Meredith left yesterday for Spain.

Sheryl said...

Hooray for a packed and gone container!!!! Woooo Hoooo!!!! Gotta love that!

Brutus? Well, she definitely is her own woman! I'll have to give some thought to a boy name . . . it should be something that works in French, too. And as much as I like Niger, my dominant thought is most Americans would make it into a derogatory term. Especially nasty little boys on the playground. Nothing that ends in iel, either. *sigh* I'll have to let the gray matter work on it a little!