Where Hope Grows


I took a trip to the river on Saturday. We sit at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers.


At this time of year, the banks are usually under water. Now, there is just dried grass and thistle.


One of my blogging friends said that nature has a way of protecting her garden. This week, she did. We had two days of actual water falling from the sky. When hope gives way, you rely on faith. When faith is not enough, even those with questions turn to prayer. However briefly, they were answered this week.


You could almost feel the budding trees and early spring risers saying “thank you.”



The groundhog saw his shadow and declared six more weeks of winter. We felt its shiver today, and will gladly welcome it if it brings some more wet weather. We may yet see some rain ahead, but not enough, unfortunately, for our ranchers and growers who have been told there will be no release of water this year. We forget that California was once desert.

Our garden is planted with many drought tolerant perennials. Their hardiness will be well-tested. In a supreme act of faith, Ina pruned the plums today.


Filled with fruiting buds – we all said another little prayer.

On the subject of prayer, could you say a little one for Ballou? This shy, scared boy has returned to us because his human mom passed away. It has been several weeks, and I have yet to see him smile. He needs a special someone who understands his worried heart and just wants to hold him close.


And raise a cheer for Ginger. Smiles all around for this gorgeous girl and her new forever home.


“Where hope grows, miracles blossom.” ~ Elna Rae

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

6 thoughts on “Where Hope Grows”

  1. We’ve been hearing about the CA drought on the national news, and I really do pray that you get some moisture throughout the year. Here’s also hoping someone special comes along to love Ballou, and may Ginger and her family have many wonderful years together.

  2. Aw, poor Ballou. Praying that he soon smiles again when a new human comes along who needs him as much as he needs her or him. (Have you posted his picture on Petfinder?)
    Will ask God to provide rain for you folks out there! And glad to see that Ginger has a forever home! I have faith that she and her humans will be very happy together!

  3. Many hugs and prayers go out to sweet Ballou. There is a special human out there trying to find their way to him.
    Happy love endings for Ginger.

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