Ready, Set, not quite ready to Go!


They say the devil is in the details.  There are SO MANY details to cover before we hop on the plane for Ecuador.  We are trying to:

  • rent the house,
    Our house for rent in Oxford, MS
  • consolidate our belongings (most of my earthly possessions are still in a storage unit),
  • deal with airfare and travel arrangements,
  • find long-term rental housing in Vilcabamba (finalized our cabana today!),
  • passports (got ’em) and visas (applied for ’em),
  • doggie daycare for Wagner and Maggie (staying with Grandma and Grandpa in New Albany, MS), and
  • try to fit three months of travel supplies into two bags!  Ugggh!!!

We’ve done hundreds of hours of research on Vilcabamba, Ecuador so we know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.

Our home away from home in Vilcabamba

Still, there’s just an awful lot to do before we go.  For many people, it’s a big deal to get married.  For others, it’s a big deal to pack away your earthly belongings for a 3-month journey.  They’re both big deals to us, but we’re doing them at the same time!  Not overwhelmed yet, but our TO DO LIST is always full.
We’re taking off August 9th.  Flying from Memphis to Miami; then to Quito, the capital of Ecuador; then to Loja, Ecuador; then it gets a little sketchy about our “taxi” to Vilcabamba. We’ll arrive on the evening of the 10th, Independence Day in Ecuador.  I guess it will be our independence day too.  We’re staying till the first week of December.
We haven’t even left yet and I’ve got so much to tell you already.  But I’ll try to limit it to interesting stuff….
Meanwhile, Peace and Blessings to you and yours,

About Debbie

I am engaged to Mark Howle, a wonderful man native to Mississippi (USA). We share an incredible number of common beliefs and philosophies. We'll act on our common convictions as we go to the Sacred Valley of Longevity in Vilcabamba, Ecuador in South America. We'll get married this fall. Between us, we have six kids ranging in age from 17 to 25. There is nothing more important to us than our kids: Austin, Caitlin, Hollie, Noah, Calvin, and Sam. Stay tuned. It promises to be a great ride!

2 responses

  1. Wow! Congratulations on the upcoming events and hope you have a fabulous adventure. Post updates as you go.

    • Thanks a lot. This was my very first attempt at publishing a blog. Did it show up on facebook? How did you learn about it?