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On February 17 I posted “Waiting …” Don and I were getting discouraged because our beautiful home in the hills hadn’t sold yet.

But so often God’s plan is different than ours; and when He says “No”, or “Wait,” there’s a reason He sees that we don’t. Many of those reasons we may not understand until we’re with Him in glory.

But, we got an offer later that week and our sale should close this Wednesday! The buyers said something to our agent about wanting to bless others with the house. I think this sale is an answer, not only to our prayer, but to theirs. And perhaps that’s the reason we had to wait. And perhaps we just needed to choose to trust God despite the wait.

So this week has been full – Don has been at the old house most days, clearing out tools, remaining furniture, mowing the lawn and doing some weeding.

Cole helping great grandma move!

Last Sunday we made the big move of Mom to Assisted Living Center. Don and I, my brother and sister-in-law Bob and Sheila, nephew Kyle and grandnephew Cole boxed, pushed, pulled, trashed, stored.

This week I have been with Mom and sis-in-law Sheila, as we’ve packed our sweet mother’s belongings into her room and a storage locker in the ALC, at the same senior complex where she has lived independently for the past eight years.

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You can still see an unpacked box and the handles of Mom’s walker

We’re bushed. We look forward to having both these moves finished, Mom settled and content in her lovely new room, the old house sold and no more running back and forth over the hill. We anticipate taking a day off in the next two weeks with a day trip to relax and just hang out together.

Meanwhile, we’re very thankful for the sale of our house; and that Mom made the choice to move into Assisted Living, realizing she is in need of more accessible help at times. Although she’s still doing well mentally, her body is cooperating less with her, her legs are very weak, and she has fallen several times recently. So we walk into a new season of life, trusting the God who has carried her–and us–all these years.

I love God’s promise in Isaiah 46:4 (TLB):
“I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.”


  1. Shirley Buxton says:

    YOU have been busy! I’m happy that all has worked out for you–your home selling, and your getting your mother settled into her new place. God is good, is He not? Provides for us physically, and gives us the love and affection of family and friends……….Blessings always.

    1. carolnl says:

      Amen, Shirley. He is good, even when we occasionally lose sight of His faithfulness in our challenges, He is there waiting to answer in the best way for all concerned. And the love and affection of family and friends is an exceedingly precious gift from His hand!

  2. Karen O'Connor says:

    Csrol, What good news. I remember when Charles and I were discouraged that our condo in San Diego was on the market SOOO long and we had already purchased our home in Watsonville and needed the sale money to make the final purchase of our new dwelling. At what seemed like the last minute Charles’ daughter bought our condo following a change in her life that required her to find a new place to live. We realized then how God had orchestrated the entire process. Cathy is still living in our old place and loving it. Praise God for miracles we don’t always see in the moment of distress.

    1. carolnl says:

      You understand the stress of that wait, don’t you Karen. And yet, in both our cases, God’s orchestration of the end result was very good. I like your statement “Praise God for miracles we don’t always see in the moment of distress.” Amen!

  3. Jane Baker says:

    Thank You Lord, for the perfect buyers and for the energy to do all this moving.
    I hope your day off is refreshing and has aclittle miracle in it, Carol.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you Jane. What a lovely thanks and wish for us. Bless you! How’s ROGUE WAVE doing?

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