Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Road Trip

July was miserably hot in Texas. It gets to a point where nobody wants to go outside. It's even hot inside. The a/c is running non-stop. And it gets old. That's when your typical Texan heads to New Mexico! (I think that most New Mexicans and Coloradans cringe when they see Texas license plates. Oh well.) It's the fastest way to get some relief from the summer heat.

We drove through Roswell on our way to Cloudcroft. Have you ever been to Roswell, NM?




If you're going that way anyway, you should stop and check out the alien museum. It's hilarious. And a little bit creepy if you've been watching The X Files on Netflix. Just sayin'.

Anyway, we stayed for a few days in Cloudcroft, and I was there just long enough to decide that I could live in a blue state if I could have a sweet little cabin in the woods. Seventy degrees in August? I'm in.

We took several long walks and had staring contests with the Aspen trees.



I taught my daughter about depth of field...



And we stayed outside most of the time.





















 
On our last full day, we visited White Sands National Park in Alamogordo. It's a magical place, and something that we should all experience at least once.



























We met a really sweet couple from Baltimore, going on a cross-country road trip. I love meeting people while traveling. It gives the trip more of a purpose and pleasure.

































So, what have you been up to this summer? Traveled any? New experiences to share? Tell us.










Saturday, July 23, 2016

forgive

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verb  for·give \fər-ˈgiv, fȯr-\
Popularity: Top 10% of words

Simple Definition of forgive

  • : to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone)
  • : to stop feeling anger about (something) : to forgive someone for (something wrong)
  • : to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed)



  • Forgiveness has always been an interesting topic to me. When I was younger, I saw forgiveness as a characteristic of highly "spiritual" people. I saw it as a choice that one made because they could. Now I see forgiveness as a necessity. When the pain of holding a grudge becomes harder to bear than the humility it takes to forgive, then I must forgive. Humility isn't the right word. What word describes the ability to forgive? Actually, humility might be the right word. Because....who am I to NOT forgive? 



Monday, June 20, 2016

Enchanted Rock

This was one of our first stops on our epic Big Bend trip. I'd heard of Enchanted Rock but never been before. So, this is how I experienced this special place.











































































































































































Sunday, June 5, 2016

I miss you, my Friends, I really do.
I think of things all the time to tell you, then I think, "No, that's petty and melodramatic...it's self-absorbed".
We have conversations all the time, we do.
You've taught me more about myself than I ever imagined possible.
You live in me. Do I live in you?

-Anon

Monday, May 16, 2016

I should've written this several days ago.




But I was floating on a pink cloud of happiness after getting home from a road trip. Amazing how getting outside of your comfort (or discomfort?) zone can change everything.

I took a photo trip to Big Bend National Park in deep south Texas. This state that I live in has such diverse landscapes, so I'll just start there.


































The wildflowers in much of Texas were part of a beautification program started by Lady Bird Johnson, wife of LBJ. Everyone makes such a big deal a out the bluebonnets, but the yellow, red, and orange flowers were more beautiful, in my opinion.































One of our first stops was near Austin at a place called Enchanted Rock. It was full of succulents.



































Indian Paintbrush was one of my grandmother's favorite flowers.

























This was actually on the way home, between Sanderson and Fredericksburg.



























This, my friends, is a glimpse of Big Bend. This place is special to me for so many reasons. I spent much time in prayer and just quiet meditation here. Much good happened in my soul.











I'll be sharing more photos soon. These were all taken on my phone, but I have hundreds more to upload and develop. This trip was big for me. I didn't even realize how badly I needed it.