transplanting me

in 9 months my family is being transplanted to asia. we don’t have an exact location. i have no idea how to even begin to plan for something like this. so i googled how to transplant a tree – you know, just to see if any of the steps might be similar. and of course, it’s nothing the same – we won’t need sphagnum moss for this move. (i’m sure someone more imaginative than me could come up with how all the steps at ehow are very similar to the process of moving 1/2 way around the world) but there did seem to be two things that apply – the introduction and the warning. the introduction says

moving an established tree or shrub is not something to be done on a whim. it takes about a year’s worth of preparation…

this makes me feel good. not on a whim and about a year… seems we’re getting a good start. then there is the one and only warning… and it does not make me feel good. it is my greatest concern – i’m sure more will come once i really understand this move thing. anyway, the one warning is this –

for the sake of it’s health and your own, don’t even try to move a large tree or very large shrub; that’s a job best left to a pro. as for how big is too big, if there is any question in your mind at all, it’s too big.

people in asia are small – that may be a generalization – and I am not. not asian small. from my internet searches it seems that if i need to buy clothes once i’m there it will be moo-moos for me.

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10 thoughts on “transplanting me

  1. now who will help me plan our 20th reunion? and does that mean you guys won’t be there?? 🙂 j/k I am excited for you..this seems like a wonderful adventure! I look forward to reading about your travels.
    ~Amy (Ford)

  2. Monica ,
    you are the one of the most brave women I know , I am so impressed with how you embracing all of this!!!!
    It will be a huge adventure!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!
    Much Love,

  3. Ok Monica from a Mans perspective. #1 Dont let Michael transplant the tree..#2 We all look big in Asia. #3 You are equipped to handle this. 2 Corinthians 12:9, My grace is sufficient for you,for my power is made perfect in weakness.
    Let go of the wheel and enjoy the adventure….

  4. Monica,
    I’m going to miss you all! But, I know you guys know what you are doing and you can do this. I’ll be here in CO waiting patiently for your return. Dale is jealous! I’m good at the long distance friendships, I will miss our Starbucks and Sushi get togethers! I will pray for you!

    I can’t tell you what a great friend you have meant to me all these years. Always been a great adventure of our friendship, what’s one more?

    love, Sherilyn

  5. Sherilyn –

    We were thinking you would follow us. We followed you to CS – it seems only fair.


  6. Okay so I decided I was up for a challenge and since this is my favorite kind (you know-the kind where if I fail I can just hit delete and no one is any the wiser about my intelligence) I am going to give it a go.

    Step 1: Select the site. That part is pretty much done-Thailand. You are taking care of testing the space by having bh send photos and doing the required Starbucks research.

    Step 2: Dig the hole. Well I should hope you would be ble to find a place to set out roots that is at least 2 to 3 times larger than you!

    Step 3: Dormant, hmmm….. Does that mean when the majority of your family has finished school and other activities for the summer maybe?!? I think I’ll go with that.

    Step 4: Mark the tree to face the sun. Here we will replace one word with a homonym (sp?) Mark yourself to face the son. (See you have already done this one too!)

    Step 5: Pack up your self and your family with as muchof your culture and heritage as possbile being sure to wrap well to prevent any damage.

    Step 6: I am a firm believer in moving as large a root ball as possible. See step 5.

    Step 7: This step goes along with 5 and 6. All I would add here is to take care of yourself and dose frequently with large amounts of caffeine and chocolate.

    Step 8: Plant yourself in your new domicile quickly. Do not live with boxes and crates for too long as this will wear on your sense of being firmly established.

    Step 9: Don’t try to become immersed in the culture too quickly. Cook regular meals from “home” and blog, email, etc. friends and family regularly.

    Step 10: Pray, read, write-do things you love frequently, especially in the first year. This will help any damaged roots to heal quickly and will promote growth.

    Warnings: Obviously the little ones will adapt and overcome transplantation more quickly. Be flexible. Complain when you need to. Drink lots of coffee. Eat lots of chocolate. Know that as well as missing home you are missed by all that love you!

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