Monday, April 26, 2010

Travelogue Part 6- Life in Kerrville

This is the gate to the Mueller's house. I want to name my homestead and have a gate. I think it might start a trend in Woonsocket.

This is the view from their back porch.

Here is another one.

One more. I could have stayed on that back porch all day.

After Sea World, we got back to Kerrville which was full of sun. One of the perks of country life is a thing called a "mule". Not the animal, but a ATV that looks like a mini truck without windows, doors, or seat belts. I have no pictures of said mule because while we were off-roading I was hanging onto Leo, who is 20 months and dear life. I was also praying that none of the five children in the back would bounce out. It would have ruined a great afternoon.

For someone with an insanely acute fear of heights. Flying down a dirt trail from 2000 ft elevation in an open vehicle should have created a need for Xanax or a large bottle of wine. Instead, it was the most fun I have had in years. Maeve and Hilde can't wait to go on it again.

Jim has moved his family out to Kerrville because he is the new pastor of Hosanna Lutheran church.

It was really special to be able to attend the service. The girls had fun in Sunday School and then got to join mom in service. Jim is Hilde's Godparent and I think of him as our family pastor. Over the years Jim and April have watched my girls grow. They pray for us. We pray for them. So, when we get to celebrate communion together and he is leading, it is a reminder to me of how truly blessed I am to have them as part of our family.

I needed a lot of Kleenex that morning.

I love this. Hat storage at church. Only in Texas.

I love this little boy. I love his older brother and sisters too, but I worked hard to earn a smile from him.

We went to the James Avery factory while there.
He is a Texas jewelry maker who lives and works in Kerrville. His company office is a park like campus. Texas stone and wrought iron.
Buying a piece of jewelry from James Avery is another Texas tradition. Everyone gets a piece to commemorate a special event.

We all had fun choosing our first James Avery piece.

In between all these pictures, April and I chatted and chatted some more. We talked children, schooling, house keeping, marriage and Martha Stewart. All of our favorite things.

We all watched Annie together and sang all the songs. I am sure this was not Jim's favorite part.

We ate popcorn and ice cream for dinner.

I didn't cook the entire time.

Jim made the best eggs I've ever eaten. Farm fresh really has no equal.

I got to talk about Hope and Change and Love and Family and all the things that make life beautiful, while watching my children play and explore.

Texas is good for my soul.

Can't wait to get back.

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