Sunday, December 27, 2015



When Jeff first mentioned he was going to Jeff build bunk beds for the boys’ room in PY, I thought he was joking.  But with the help of his dad and the boys, and twice daily trips to the hardware store, the 3 corner loft beds and two single beds underneath turned out great. It took him 5 full 9-6pm days and lots of terere to finish.  After completion and meticulous labeling, he disassembled them and will ship them to PY in our container.  Hopefully he’ll be able to easily get them back together and hopefully they will fit in the room.

Our van has been in the shop since mid-April getting worked on to be road worthy for Paraguay.  That’s 6 months!  It was organically to be finished by July, our first date to head back.  Then it was to be done by end of August at the latest.  And then mid-September for sure.  And then absolutely positively by October 1st.  Jeff has had to cancel a U-Haul order and cancel his shipping date appointment because the car wasn’t ready when promised. 
Now here’s the kicker and why we needed this vehicle shipped months ago – come January 1st our van will turn 11 years old and by law we cannot import a car over 10 years old into Paraguay.  
October 9th at 2:00 Jeff drove the van home.  We immediately loaded it and the following morning Jeff drove it to Houston to be loaded. 
Ideally it would be nice to have been able to drive the van many miles before shipping to make sure everything is working properly but we don’t have time for that.  Jeff did have a stressful drive to Houston as the check engine light came on.  Not wanting to ship it like that, he found a mechanic’s shop and got the problem diagnosed.  Thankfully it was minor and can ship as is. 
The shipping company says it will arrive in 4-6 weeks but no guarantees.  Our last vehicle took 6 months to arrive thanks to a strike and a drought.

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