For a family of four to leave their country for a year, there is an overwhelming amount of preparation involved. One of the most important things for us was to rent out our house. Ensuring the mortgage would be paid and the house would be maintained was/is a huge burden on us. Fortunately, we live in a booming college town and finding suitable renters was not a problem. In fact, we were able to have a lease in place in April for our July departure. Pretty nice to know that is taken care of. Unfortunately, we have to move all of our stuff into storage for a year and then move it back...
So, we had a big yard sale last weekend, which helped immensely to get rid of unwanted accumulated "stuff".
Now we have to start packing everything else and figure out where to put it. Speaking of this, where do you put your car(s) for a year? Well, I'm trying to sell mine (who wants to buy a 2003 Tundra? message me!) and fortunately we have some mighty fine and generous friends who've agreed to let us park Jess' car next to their garage (thanks guys!!!!!).
About 8 weeks to go and 8 weeks to stare at empty walls like this one: