Category Archive: Trip Preparations

We Lied To You

If anyone ever heard us say we were permanently settling stateside, oops, sorry, we lied to you. In roughly 1 week, we are moving to (drumroll)…….


My Drawer

As we look forward to life in Morocco, we are still looking back, just a little, on our time in North Carolina.  A lot happened in the final days, including the scramble to… Continue reading

It’s Official. We are Home.

Well, almost without warning, the end of our tour in Dar es Salaam has come.  We arrived in DC Wednesday evening after almost 30 hours of traveling with a baby and a dog.… Continue reading


In the last month, we’ve been contacting friends, making sure no one has forgotten us yet, and reminding everyone that we are moving home soon.  It has been a helpful exercise in the… Continue reading

Christmas in July

It’s “winter” in Tanzania, so 30° Celsius is about as close to Christmas as we’re going to get (that’s 85° F for all the Americans out there).  The real reason for an early Christmas… Continue reading

Volcanic Ash

“He looks on the earth, and it trembles; He touches the hills, and they smoke” (Psalm 104:32). Due to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe, our travel plans have changed slightly.  Instead of… Continue reading

Hotel Monaco

Since we’re staying at the hotel for a while, I thought I’d share a couple of fun things about this place.  First, and most importantly is the toilet (Uncle Dolph, this one’s for… Continue reading

Does Anyone Watch Hoarders?

Packing for a big move is like being trapped in an episode of Hoarders.  With every item you pack, you know you should throw it out, but you can’t help but think, “I… Continue reading


There are several different ways to ship our things to Africa and each method has its own challenging set of rules.  Some shipments do not allow aerosols, combustibles, or (you’ll never guess) oregano,… Continue reading

Travel Orders

If you are reading this blog, you probably know that the Stephensons are moving to Africa.  Specifically, we are moving to the city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where Matt will be… Continue reading