Less than 24 hours

We have less than 24 hours to go before we depart for Indonesia. But wait, let me tell you a bit more prior to us getting to this stage. We had set the stage for our departure, long before this date and so it all began first with the blessed month of Ramadan in August with us having returned from Jamaica (another story) and having started fasting. Before leaving for Jamaica, we had found tenants and had them sign a lease and so when we returned, we found out that one of the tenants now wanted to back out of the lease due to not wanting the rooms and the space she had desired. Needless to say, we were worried if we would have tenants by the time we were set to leave?

As luck would have it, the remaining two decided to stay and went ahead and finalized their lease for a year. Ok, step one out of the way. Now, to pack up a house, seriously, I didn't think we had that much stuff between my wife and I but things just collect. Ok, remember it's still Ramadan and we were fasting while moving and packing stuff away. Luckily, we didn't have to go far, as my parents who lived close by graciously offered their basement to us for storage. Ok, with the house move now completed, final bills paid off, mortgage set on auto pay, we felt a bit closer to our goal.

With now about two weeks before our departure, we moved in with my parents, which only felt weird for about a day but we then settled into a comfortable yet hectic schedule, as we still had last minute things to do. Our energy was kept by our parents feeding us well and Ramadan feeding us spiritually.

We wanted to make sure to spend time with both of our parents, so have now come to NY to be with Sabeen's parents but even here we had to do some last minute stuff like getting some visa work in order and believe it or not, still chasing a photographer to finally get our wedding album after almost 10 months!

We plan on having a relaxing dinner with the family tonight before turning in early for the night to catch our flight with the rising sun.


  1. Wishing you both the best adventures in the world. Be safe, enjoy it all and we'll keep in touch. Love 'n hugs to you both.

  2. Dear Shawn and Sabeen, Have a wonderful and safe trip. I am looking forward to reading your blogs and seeing the pics. Lots of love, Iram

  3. Great... Great... Guys, Enjoy The Giant Leap ;-)

    I'm so glad for you. Travel plan is very exciting; just keep it flexible, as you've lot of time - Hope it turns out wonderful, InshaAllah.

    Have a safe & exciting trip.

    Bon Voyage,