Our Weekend at Huntsville State Park

This weekend we packed up and took a trip along with my husband’s parents to Huntsville State Park in Huntsville, Texas.  Few times in my childhood I had been to a state park or camping so I was excited to have this outdoor adventure.  My husband and I had never been camping together; this was long overdue!  I’m not exactly an outdoor kind of girl, but after my adventure in Scotland, I was willing to try anything!  It sure was hot, but we all had a great time.  

she loved looking out the RV window

hiking through the woods

finding treasures to put in her bag

cooking our meal in the fire

of course there were marshmallows

the next day we went canoeing!

although Marlee did not enjoy it and we quickly had to turn back to shore

she loved swimming in the lake though!

feeling the sand

tired after such a long day!

The Nature…

we saw muscadine grapes almost everywhere

we also saw a lot of these beautiful purple berries














Never Too Busy for Bluebonnets

I can’t remember ever loving Spring so much.  I’ve been finding beauty everywhere.

My husband and I were “busy” (according to my standards) last Saturday.  He was getting ready to go on a business trip and we were running errands and had been out to lunch.  We went home for a while and then went back out to do some shopping.  We were not far from our house on the always crowded 6 lane highway, and as I was looking out my window I saw the familiar ditch (usually there for floods and drainage) next to our busy shopping area, but something caught my eye.  There were blue flowers, but could they be…? Yes they were Bluebonnets!  It was our beautiful state flower which only blooms for a short time each Spring, and they filled this lowly ditch!  I exclaimed with delight to my husband who was driving- Bluebonnets!!  Normally we would have to drive 45 minutes out of town, to the empty country fields to find them.  I really didn’t think he would, but my husband pulled over and we got out and walked down to see them, and snapped these priceless photos.

I couldn’t believe we were the only ones down there!  Everyone else just whizzed by, perhaps glancing at them on their way to their errands or maybe not even noticing them at all, but here we were, near a bustling intersection and strip mall and we were magically transported to a quiet country field of wildflowers!

Texas Leaves in December

These were taken in my neighborhood just before Christmas.  No winter wonderland here (in southeast Texas- other parts of Texas do get that wintry white stuff.  What’s it called? Oh yeah…snow!) but still there is some beauty to behold.



texas fires rage on

This morning my husband and I awoke early to a little babe who decided to get up early…and so did we.  As my husband left for work he came back inside and said, “Honey, come out here.”  As I stepped outside the first thing I noticed was how cool it was (glorious!) but then immediately noticed the cloudy haze across the new morning sky and the distinct rich smoky smell of burning wood.

The wildfires have been particularly bad this year- worse than anytime I can remember.  The month of triple digit, hot and dry temperatures seemed to dry everything to a crisp.  Finally we are getting tolerable temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s, but with this wonderful temperature came a severe drop in humidity- bad for trying to put out fires. (Perhaps the only time we have actually wanted more humidity!)  And as we hoped the tropical storm would inch our way and give us a shower of relief, the only thing it brought to us was high wind- just awful for the fires that had already popped up.  And not one drop of rain!

My heart goes out to all those who have already lost their homes, their land and perhaps more than that.  I am glad though for everyone who is safe, albeit, homeless.  Recently, my husband and I have been looking at buying a couple acres in a neighborhood further from the city, and as it turns out, that neighborhood has been dangerously close to the uncontrollable fires as well.  I’m not sure why God allows certain things to happen, or why He wouldn’t just send some rain clouds our way to relieve us and help those exhausted firefighters, but what I do know is what the Scripture says.  This came to mind this morning and I will leave you with this:

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die…A time to kill and a time to heal, A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance; A time to gain and a time to lose…”

(See all of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)


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