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Where won't you go

Where won't you go

Have you ever said something out loud to have it later come back to bite you?


15 years ago I said out loud I would follow the Engineer anywhere...'as long as it wasn't California.'

Yep. I said it.

And now here I am typing down here in Southern California...and to make it even more official there are California license plates on my car and a California driver's license with my picture on it in my little pink wallet.

I can't really say in completeness why I never wanted to live in California. But I didn't.

But here I am.

And you know what the funny thing is? Other than being too far in physical miles from my friends and family...it feels like home.


I have the Engineer and the two handsome and amazing young men.

I am home.

I am going to think twice before I speak out loud and say 'where I won't go'.

I don't want to limit the One who has great things for me to experience.





Every one of us has had to do it.

There is waiting in anticipation and nerves.

There is waiting alone.

There is watching someone you love wait.

There is waiting of all kinds.

Most waiting is hard.

Especially in our realm of time. When you see the clock and the calendar keep advancing.

Really what hasn't been said or written about waiting.

It's not fun, it takes time and we don't really care for it.

I wonder if there is time in the wait. Time to see more.

To experience more of that which our Creator intended for us.

If we would allow the time in the wait to interrupt our anticipation of the end point of our wait.

To be reminded we are surrounded by the One who knows the perfect plan for us.

To be reassured that every detail is within the divine realm of time.

To find joy in the wait.

Is it possible?

To find the good within the hard?

Does it exist?

Longing for an answer is attached to the waiting process.

For what do we long for?

Assurance that everything will be okay?



A comfortable joy filled life?

What if that was going on now and yet our hearts and heads were distracted by the wait?

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:25-27 The Message

May be we hold tight to the hand of the One who is with us while we wait.



Spring came out yesterday here in a beautiful way.

Warmth, sun, the trees and flowers are blooming.

It was a gorgeous day.

This morning there are hints of a repeat day as the sun is coming up.

I welcome these spring days with every ounce of my being, I am sunshiny type of girl. Grey cloudy skies of winter are harder for my mind, body and soul.

This morning I am reading Psalm 80:

Restore us, O God,

make Your face shine upon us,

that we may be saved.

He is the Restorer. He is God.

He is what changes the day.

He is what changes us.

My prayer for today:

Restore us, O God,

make Your face shine upon us,

that we may be saved.

The Decision

The Decision

I want to be obedient. I desire to be obedient.   Obedience I have learned far outweighs trying it the other way.

Even though I have learned this lesson the hard way it doesn't make obedience automatic for me.

I want to make a decision, but I desire it to be the right one. Really doesn't everyone?

We want to know what to do with our lives.

Does the course ever change?

I am seeking a "Yes" or "No".

I am hearing...

Be still and seek The Answer.

I'm trying.

And then I am reminded...

There is no trying in just being.

Be still.

Doggy Prozac

Doggy Prozac

I remember seeing you for the first time. You were shy. You were soft. At 5 weeks old we decided we wanted you. We had to wait a couple more weeks to bring you home. When we came back to get you we were so filled with the emotions of first timers. We had all the plans and ideals of how everything would and should go. You captured our hearts and lives. You brought joy, laughter, and fun into our home. For the last 12 years you have been a part of us, of our home, and our lives. Most importantly our hearts. Memories have been made. Routines established. Lives adjusted. Accommodations given out of need.


The selfish, all about me, part wants to keep you forever. The way things were. When you were healthy. When your eyes lit up. When there was joy that consumed your whole body at the sight of us, your family.

I know there are 'bigger issues' that need way more attention than this. But in my heart at this moment this counts as a big issue. An issue of greatness because of the heart ache it brings.

You are not just a dog.

You are part of Team Hamblin.

Others might not get the significance. And that is okay. We do. I do.

You are loved, cherished, treasured and a gift.

You have blessed us in so many ways.

You were created for us. For our family.

We are praying for peace, comfort and guidance during this time.

We are praying that God direct us.

We love you Ellie Mae.

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