This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. There have been times when I thought the flood gates of tears would never stop, other times when a little anger or resentment would creep into my heart, then times (after prayers of forgiveness) sweet peace and assurance came over me as though God was giving me a big hug as to say, “You are doing My Will”.
Last Friday, we found out that our RV needed more work than originally thought. Jim and I prayed about it and we just could not see putting more money (of which we really did not have) into a 25 year old RV that there are no guarantees that something else won’t go wrong while we travel. So on Sunday afternoon, after church, Jim and Karl (our son-in-law) traveled in the van to Albuquerque once again, to load it up with everything we had left behind in the RV. Jim signed the title over to the repair shop, sold the tow dolly and they returned Monday afternoon with more junk to pack or throw away! Again, I became overwhelmed!
Why overwhelmed? If you could just see our 800 sq. ft. apartment right now! Yes, we have downsized and purged many things either to the church for their yard sale, or to the dump, but, there are still things we are planning to keep and when you put boxes in the miiddle of a small apartment…. Well I am sure I do not have to paint a picture as to what our apartment looks like right now! On Tuesday morning Jim and I were packing and tossing things, when I went to sit down I had no place to sit! Well, I take that back – there was one place I could sit, but I really did not need to at the moment…. The toilet! Everything else had something sitting on it or blocking my way to get to it!
Now many are wondering, how are we going to travel back east? Where are we going to live now that we do not have the RV? Good questions – I wish I had the answer to both!
As for how we will travel back east – I will fly back to Pennsylvania. Jim will drive the moving truck with our grandson and our cat in the cab. Heather will drive the van with her hubby, Karl, and 4 dogs and a cat! Yes, folks, momma didn’t raise no dummy! I’m flying! LOL. The sale of the tow dolly paid for my tickets back east. Praise the Lord. I will leave July 29th, and the family will drive back the 30th.
Where will we live? We are praying that during the time I will be back in PA before the family arrives, I will be able to find a place for us to live. So PRAY! We know that God has a place all prepared for us – He will reveal it in His time. I must admit, I wish His time table was my time table…. I know that my faith is being tested so I continue to pray for His will to be done.
There have been some precious moments this week too. On Sunday our church family had a pot luck lunch for us after church and we said some sad goodbyes to those who will not be at church next week (our final Sunday). As much as we will miss everyone, we are excited for what the future will hold for the church. We know that God is preparing their hearts and the heart of the man of God that will eventually be called to minister.
Also this week I have some lunch dates with some precious friends before I leave. On Tuesday a dear friend of over 12 years now took me out to lunch at Olive Garden. We had such a sweet time of reminiscing, laughter, tears, and prayer. Today, Thursday, I will meet with a group of fellow bloggers from Arizona for lunch at a Tea Room. I am so excited to finally meet these precious blog friends face to face. Friday, I meet a few other dear friends for lunch. Then on Saturday we will meet Jim’s sisters and their husbands at Cracker Barrel in Casa Grande, AZ to say our goodbyes.
Every day I have something to do besides packing. Wednesday, I had a breast biopsy and hopefully sometime today I will hear the results. This coming Monday, I have an eye doctor appointment, and Tuesday I see the breast surgeon for a follow-up. Then Wednesday morning I leave for Pennsylvania.
My dear sweet hubby is diligently packing the things that remain, like the kitchen! I am not to do anything for 72 hours (the biopsy), so I will be the supervisor! LOL... Yeah, right! LOL… I am so thankful for Jim! He is such a loving and thoughtful husband. Okay Jim, I said something nice about you… Now get to work! LOL!! No, seriously, he really is an awesome husband. He takes wonderful care of me.
So, what will the outcome of my biopsy be? Will we get everything packed and will it all fit into the moving truck? Will we be able to get everything done before we leave? Will we forget something or someone? LOL… Will the family survive a cross country trip with 4 dogs and 2 cats? And will I be able to find us all a place to live?
Tune in for more adventures with the Williams Family!
For previous posts on our journey, please click here.