Several weeks ago on the way back from a weekend trip to Oklahoma, Josh and I decided to veer off of the beaten track (Highway 35) to explore a new route back to Austin. We took the turnpike past Oklahoma City over to Lawton, and headed south on Texas highway 281. The highway itself is probably one of the most beautiful country roads in the US – winding through green north Texas fields, through valleys and ranches, and further south, […]
It’s easy to see why the town slogan for Gruene, Texas (pronounced “green”) is “Gently resisting change since 1872”. Gruene is an extremely tiny old German town on the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Today, Gruene’s essentially got a couple of restaurants, a dance hall, general store, post office, a few bed and breakfasts, and that’s basically it! In the summertime, locals and Texans from all over the state descend on Gruene and New […]
On Saturday, Josh and I drove out to what is known as the “Willow City Loop” in the Texas Hill Country to check out the wildflowers and the scenery. We weren’t disappointed. A favorite springtime activity of young parents in Texas is to dress their kids in matching outfits, load them up into the car and drive out to take a photo of them in the middle of a field of bluebonnets. Josh remembers doing this as a kid (and […]
On Saturday we went hiking at Enchanted Rock. It was a lot of fun, but somewhat crowded because of Spring Break. For folks who don’t know, it’s a giant, pink bald hill made out of granite. It’s actually the second largest of it’s kind in the US. We hiked to the top and then down a rocky side, and then spent some time sketching. Here is one of mine. The name “Enchanted Rock” comes from ancient Native American beliefs that […]
There’s something comforting and quieting about the late afternoon, right as the sun is about to set. I can reflect, I can dream, and I can let things go. I am thankful for the long shadows and the setting sun. They demand my attention and remind me that God’s creation is still beautiful, despite the mess we make in it.