Friday, August 31, 2012

years of jubilee

Today marks 4 years of ordained ministry!  I feel so blessed to do something I really love.  This picture was taken that day, and I've never noticed how the baptismal font is prominent.  I was baptized in this church as an infant.  What an incredible moment this was for me, with so many other moments of joy since then.  Thanks be to God!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

there's always time for a stroll

Let's catch up a bit, shall we?  

My hair has grown out long enough to fit back in a squinchy ponytail...which looks exactly like the pixie cut I had.  Ha.

My friend Jill send the most beautiful leather gloves that belonged to her mother.  What an incredibly thoughtful thing to do.

Last Saturday was one of those glorious days where there was a hint of Fall in the air.  I decided to take Sir Hayden on a walk in the local park (Miss Sue's Park -- she was a matriarch of Cameron Presbyterian).

The troll bridge.

I'm likin' this lichen.  Sorry.  Couldn't resist.

Such a peaceful spot.

A perfect day.  I even caught a fabulous movie at the Sunrise with my friend Ali.  It's called Moonrise Kingdom, by Wes Anderson and is quirky, hilarious and overwhelmingly hopeful.

Church on Sunday was delightful and I was surprised with this Fiesta mug just like one I bought at last Spring's antique fair and gave to my mom.  The church member who gave it to me remembered how much I liked it.  I christened it with coffee Monday morning.  Okay, and this morning, too.

I had a productive and enjoyable Session meeting this evening and then got to Facetime with my nieces, and laughed as they kept giving me hugs and kisses through the phone.  At one point, Gigi was petting the phone like it was my head.  Precious.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

it's nothing to snicker at

-Whipping up a batch of my beloved snickerdoodles to accompany my evening tea.

-A Sunday School planning meeting that concluded with not one, but two, hugs.

-A brilliant stained glass yellow and black monarch butterfly greeting me as I pulled into my driveway.

Monday, August 20, 2012

covered in joy

-Discovering a whimsical "new" tablecloth for my breakfast table.  It was actually just a big piece of lovely fabric, but add a little iron-on hem and voile!  A tablecloth.

-Making a new piece of art for my bedroom.  Both the time creating it and the finished product are so relaxing.

-Sharing a wee cuppa tea and a good visit.

-Feeling blessed by the work that I do.

Friday, August 17, 2012

light that keeps on shining

-The glorious way the sun shines in my bedroom window every morning.

-Honoring the life of a remarkable man in the church who fought in WWII and even helped evacuated Jewish prisoners from concentration camps.  He really was of the "greatest generation."

-Putting my feet up to relax and having my fluffy dog plop his head on them.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

you're a star

-Proudly displaying some of my niece's artwork on my fridge.

-A spic-and-span house.  (Yep, you guessed it: company coming!  Youth/young adults from church are headed over for some Harry Potter, end-of-summer hanging out and food.)

-An incredibly helpful and friendly mechanic, who wouldn't charge me for my oil change because I had to wait a bit for it.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Under the Texan Sun

As promised, I'd like to share a bit of my Texas fun while on vacation.  Good books, strong coffee, relaxing family, precious nieces, Guadalupe River, old friends...what's not to love?  

Before we headed to my favorite place of all (Mo Ranch) for my family reunion, I got to enjoy a bit of time at a couple other delightful places.  First, the Hobbit Cafe with my mom and grandmother.

And then, the next day on our way to Mo, we stopped for lunch at the Casa Rio on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.  Such a charming place.

And then, Mo!

Grant aka Ol' Blue Eyes and his daddy.

Adorable Olivia doing what she does best (smiling with those two cute teeth).  I should warn you, I turned into a paparazzo around her and took a ton of pictures!

Clay making her laugh.

Hey, Gigi Girl!
Grandmother relaxing.

Our little gold medal Olympic gymnast.

Gigi's gonna get me!

Uncle Jack passing on his grillin' wisdom to some precious proteges.

Natalie is so theatrical!  Here is her "I'm the leader" face.

Followed by a bit of sideways silliness.

Grant and my Aunt Madelynn.

Aunt Karen enjoying the sunshine.

Cute Patranella silhouette.

Playing with Nonnie.

Isn't she lovely?

Hanging by the grill is the place to be.  (Sometimes, you get samples.)

Grant getting his Nascar on.

Natalie, too.

And Gigi!
Ash and Grandmother.


Please, no pictures.

A Mo-style safari ride.

Let's go to the river!

That glorious Guadalupe.

Papa and Gigi having a laugh.

Adele and Justin walking to the rapids.

The pool was fun, too!

This is fun!
Grant has gotten so big!

Strolling with Gigi.

Nat and Gigi hanging out with their daddio.

Let me see the picture!
Natalie's pensive pose.

Followed by her sassy one.

Love my girls.

Campfire time!
And hanging out on a wagon.

Aunt K rockin' the firepit.

I love Gigi's face here.

Papa and Olivia.
Taking a stroll.
I will get you!
My family is fond of our hats.

Lee following the lil' man.

This is the proper way to cook a smore, y'all.  Mmm charred, melty goodness.

Our last morning, I went up to the Chapel on the Hill to watch the sunrise, like I always did as a teenager at Midwinter Conferences at Mo.  It was so peaceful.

(I had to bring my coffee with me.)

And my Papacito. 


Lee and 'Livy.  They're both ridiculously photogenic.

So. Incredibly. Cute!

Grandmother and Olivia having a great chat.

After a wonderful time at Mo, I headed to Victoria for a little time at home that was spent watching the Olympics, hanging with my parents, reading a great book and eating amazing Mexican food.  Utter, complete relaxation.

Then, I headed to H-town for a few more days with my girls.  Natalie gets great joy from her marker hands.

Olivia is endlessly fascinated by her own hands.

And her toes.
And reach like Gabby!

I really couldn't stop taking her picture.

Playing from the first second I woke up.  Fun!

Olivia taking a little siesta on me.

Fairy Princess Natalie.
Fairy Princess Gigi (with double wings).

What a perfect vacation!