Our family has always loved to watch the old "I Love Lucy" shows. Even though they are in black and white and even though they were originally made back in 1950 we have always found them to be relaxing, very funny and they just plain made us feel good. I watched them growing up, my kids have watched them, my nieces and now my granddaughters are watching "I Love Lucy". One of our favorite episodes is when Lucy Ricardo is about to have her baby. Her husband Ricky and their best friends Fred and Ethel Mertz "practice" leaving the house for the hospital. They want to be prepared, calm and have everything planned out so when Lucy says "the time has come" they will all have their assigned duties and the leaving for the hospital will take place without any confusion. Of course, as they are practicing, "the time" really does come, and of course no one follows their assigned rolls, and of course instead of no confusion there is complete chaos. Fred, Ethel and Ricky even leave for the hospital without remembering to take Lucy along!! It is one of our family's favorite scenes and we have watched it a zillion times.
I have thought of this "I Love Lucy" episdoe a zillion times over the last month. Why? Because "the time has come". I keep saying that over and over again in my mind...."the time has come". The time really has come for us to leave for Colorado. All the anticipation, planning, thinking and wondering is over. The time has come and we really are on our way. Tomorrow at 10:00 am we will be leaving our house here in New Hampshire and begin the journey to Colorado to launch Soaring Wings Ministries. As with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel, our leaving for Colorado has not quite gone as we had expected. As I write this it is 11:30 pm at night. I am taking a break from cleaning out house and Ed is out in the garage building a crate that will fit in the back of our pick-up truck for our 4 dogs. We have been cleaning, painting, making to do lists, completing the to do list and then starting another to do list. We have had all of our things packed up and moved out to Colorado and we have flown out to Fort Collins to secure all of our things in a storage unit and then we have flown back home. We have squeezed in camping trips, afternoon teas, dinner dates with friends in Connecticut, lunches dates with friends in New Hampshire, trips to Massachusetts to see our family....all because we wanted to spend as much time as we possibly could with our family and friends before we left. Some how when I imagined our leaving for Colorado I didn't picture us staying up till 1 a.m. the night before we were to leave. I didn't picture us being bone tired for weeks because there was so much we needed and wanted to do before we left. I didn't picture me just grabbing anything to wear, whether it matched or not and just being thankful that I had clean clothes to wear. I didn't picture us eating off paper plates for 3 weeks before we left because all of our dishes are in a storage unit in Colorado. I didn't picture us using our camping chairs for living room furniture. Just like Ricardos and the Mertzes anticipated that the arrival of the Ricardo's baby would be calm and orderly, I thought our leaving for Colorado would be calm and orderly. Thankfully, we aren't quite as bad as the Ricardos and the Mertzes. We aren't bumping into each other, falling down, and I don't think we will leave someone behind when we leave. Leaving for Colorado has been very different than what I pictured and imagined in my mind but one thing has been just as I expected it would be and that is that I have NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER THAT WE SHOULD BE GOING!!!!! Yes, it is crazy around our house, yes we are tired of cleaning and painting, yes we are bone tired, yes we will miss our family and friends terribly and yes we will miss our home and beautiful New Hampshire but we are suppose to be in Colorado and "the time has come". Tomorrow we are leaving for Colorado, "the time has come" to say good-bye to New Hampshire and to begin our journey out west to start our new life at Soaring Wings Ministries and to help homeless families have a better life. Somehow, I think all the very busy days, inconveniences, and bone tiredness will all be worth it when we have the very first family move into a cabin at Soaring Wings Ministries. We still have much to do before that first family moves in, but we are taking a HUGE step in the right direction and I am so very thankful that we have gotten this far and that God has given us strength during very busy days. Our days have been full and hectic and I think it would be so nice to sit down and relax and watch that silly episode of "I Love Lucy". One small problem, my "I Love Lucy" DVD's are buried somewhere in a storage unit in Fort Collins, Colorado, but that is ok, because when I finally do get to watch "I Love Lucy" I will be watching them with a family who is living at Soaring Wings instead of living in a car or on the street, and I think that the very first episode I will want to watch with them will be the one where Lucy is having her baby and "the time has come". Won't that be nice to watch that episdoe with our very first Soaring Wings family and to say "the time has come"!!!!!
What an exciting day to have the movers here!!!! I can honestly say that I did not know how I would feel to have movers take everything away that makes our house our home and now that they are here I am happy to report that WE ARE EXCITED!! This morning Ed and I were having our breakfast on paper towels, with paper cups and plastic silverware as everything was getting packed. We had devotions after our breakfast and we were "checking in" witih each other to see how we were feeling about the movers packing everything up. We both said "WE ARE READY! WE HAVE THINGS TO DO OUT IN COLORADO"!!!!!! It doesn't matter that we really don't know where most of our things are right now and it doesn't matter that most of our things will be in a storage unit for several months out in Colorado. What matters is that we are doing exactly what God wants us to do. I am so thankful that I have a personal relationship with Jesus and that He has guided Ed and I out to Colorado to help homeless young adults and young families. God has given us peace about moving and about heading out to Colorado. We have prayed for this peace and give all the credit to God for helping us feel peaceful. Many of you know that we have 4 dogs and 1 cat that will be making their way to Colorado witih us. I have prayed and prayed about our dogs because I honestly could not imagine making a trip out west with all 4 of them but neither could I imagine getting rid of any of them. This morning in anticipation of the movers coming we had to get 2 of their 4 crates ready to be packed....that meant that they would have to double up....2 dogs in 2 crates instead of each dog having their own crate. As you know dogs, like humans, are creatures of habit. Like me, they don't like change and any change in their routine usually creates chaos. I said a quick prayer this morning as we put the Lab and the Beagle in one crate and the Sheltie and the Great Pyrenese Mix in the other. They were confused and wondered what was going on but they tolerated it. I checked on them after an hour and, PRAISE GOD, the Lab and the Beagle were laying down peacefully side by side. PEACE REIGNS even with our pack of dogs!!!! I was so encouraged!!! God truly cares about EVERY little detail of our lives, even a pack of dogs. When I prayed over many months about our crazy dogs and our peace about moving, God heard and answered my prayer. Our God is a powerful, kind and loving God. He hears our prayers and answers them according to His will. As the movers are packing things up and the dogs are peacefully resting in their crates my heart SINGS with PRAISE TO GOD for all His faithfulness, for all of HIs guidance and for all of His blessings. My heart is at peace and it is because I look to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for peace that only He can give.
His peaceful servant,
Anita Rennells is the author of this blog. She and her husband have moved to Colorado when Ed retired and are in the process of opening a ranch to help homeless young adults.
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