Why I am here

This blog was started to connect with and keep family and friends up to date on life in Texas as I know it. A place to share my love for this area through photography, history, and stories of this adventure Shaun and I call life.... and what an adventure it is!
Warning: Some or all of this blog may contain nuts or stories of nuts, proceed with caution
Love to y'all

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Forward and Back

Hi all!
I took these pictures last summer when my brother and family were here visiting. Then we sold the house, then we moved, stored everything including my computer, then we built the house... Blah blah blah
Anyway, I am finally getting everything set up and some time to go through the pile of pictures, 689 to be exact, we took that week.

Kirby and his girls watching the sunset over a Texas field

Kirby and his girls humoring me by turning around for yet another picture

Fun times, great memories

Love and miss y'all
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Meet my glamorous (and very serious in real life) niece!

You look MARVelous darling!!!

Crazy Aunt Jeanne (pretty sure she will not argue with the crazy part)

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Children's park

Lately I have spent some time at The Children's Park in Tyler, TX. It is the perfect place to take photographs. Tons of great posing spots in and around beautiful landscaped ponds and waterfalls.
This little bronze girl playing in a pond, perhaps talking to a small frog, always makes me stop and reflect. Reflect about taking time for the simple things in life, things like talking to frogs, dipping our toes in the cool water of a pond or just sitting quietly listening to nothing but the sounds of nature.

The park is about honoring all children. There are names encircling the park, carved into stones, of children both living and deceased. It is an especially meaningful place to families who have lost a child because it provides opportunities to have children’s names engraved along the sidewalk, put on a bronze plaque beneath a tree or even on the plaque of a bronze statue. A quiet peaceful place of remembrance.

"All children are gifted and talented in some way"

This place tugs at my heart. It reminds me how very blessed I am to have two healthy sons, many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

Take some time and reflect on the blessings God has given you and how you can bless someone through His grace. You have so much to give.
Make a difference in the life of a child today

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Shaun's mom, Pat, has been visiting for the last week from Salt Lake. No visit to Texas is complete without a little junkin'. What's junkin' you ask? Junkin' is the best form of scavenging, looking through piles of someone else's junk to find a treasure. It requires a fearless heart (there are spiders in that there junk) an open mind, and a BIG bottle of hand sanitizer! Ha!
We started at Canton First Monday Trade days, what a fun day

After recovering from a full day of shopping in Canton, we moved on to several other antique/junque stores around the area. This is one of my favorites. It is the Whitehorse Trading post in Noonday, Texas.

The front fence and entry gate. Need a pair of boots? Coffee mugs?

There are A LOT of things on the roof, including a lawn mower and a birdcage

The creepiest wine bottle cork ever....

I thought this little guy looked so sad

A pot of shells

And of course a lot of Texas stars and an insulator tree
It was an interesting day. We are on our way to Dallas to take Pat to the airport today. She is taking home an extra suitcase full of treasurers. It's been a great week

There is beauty in all things...you just have to look for it
Love to all of you and junk on!

Friday, May 4, 2012

The boardwalk

Shaun's mom, Pat, is here visiting from Utah so we have gotten to spend a little time showing her our favorite places. The first day she was here we did a little junkin'. East Texas just happens to be full of junk, junque, antiques, estate items stores, whatever you want to call them we found a few really fun places to go and look for treasures. The weather has been amazing here so it was a great day out.
Yesterday we went to Shreveport, Louisiana and spent our day on the Louisiana Boardwalk and of course we HAD to show her the riverboat casinos.

The red river and one of the riverboat casinos is behind us.

Love this picture.....

Look closely, it looks like a little bird is on Pats shoulder. Cute!
Check out the white feet! It's obvious I mow the lawn in my tennis shoes! Ha! I need to do something about that for sure....maybe I can call it a golfing tan???
Just over that wall on the rocks below we had company.......

It's a cottonmouth aka water moccasin. YES it is poisonous and YES I am thankful for the zoom on the camera, and of course the big concrete wall separating us from him.
It was a fun day.
Shaun has left for a fishing tournament for the next three days so we plan on filling our days with shop shop and more shop! Today we are off to Tyler to get stain for our new pergola and wander aimlessly through a few stores. Tomorrow is Canton First Monday trade days. Yippee! It will be crazy crazy, but a fun day full of junkin'. They are expecting 9000+ vendors. Fried Snickers here we come!!!!!
I am pretty sure Sunday will be a recovery day. Shaun should be home later in the afternoon Sunday. Hope he has a good time and catches the big one!
More to follow
Love and miss y'all
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