"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

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I don’t know you…but thanks!

I don’t know a single second grader at Duchesne Academy. As a matter of fact, I don’t know one single student in the entire school. But that won’t stop me from being grateful for them today.

If you read this post, you may remember that one of our daughters experienced what we thought was just a minor injury to her face while playing at the zoo.  However, two months later there was a large, hard lump in her cheek and we were being sent to Texas Children’s Hospital for a consultation with a surgeon. Like most parents, I don’t relish the thought of someone operating on my child’s face, or any other part of her body. (I am, however, incredibly grateful that we live in a place and time where we have access to excellent care when the need arises.)

Getting there was no small feat. I was by myself with the girls, and made the grave mistake of leaving the stroller at home. We parked off-site and rode the metro bus into the medical district, but still had several blocks to walk to the hospital…in hundred-degree heat…HOLDING a 35-pound toddler. By the time we exited the elevator on the 8th floor of the hospital, we were all exhausted. It was time for Remi’s nap, which she obviously wasn’t going to get. And poor Addy was becoming more and more nervous about her appointment.

Enter the Duchesne students I’ve never met.

After registering, we sat down at a little table in the plastic surgery waiting area and found it strewn with little baggies of prepared activities. This adorable note was inside Addy’s bag:

Forget the misspelling--this note is just perfect!

The girls got to work on their activities right away. Remington kept busy stringing beads onto a bracelet, while Addison chose yarn art (and loved it so much, she made another one after we were back home.)

I couldn’t help but think how sweet it was of those who created these little kits to do so even though they’d probably never meet the patients who would use them. Could they possibly know what a perfect distraction they’d provide for a worried little girl (not to mention a tired toddler and a frazzled mom)? I was so thankful to these young ladies and their teacher(s) for making us all smile today when we needed the lift.

I love experiences like this.  They make me want to “pay it forward”…..to do some random act of kindness that just might make a total stranger smile.

I hope that today you will make it a point to take notice of the kindness of others. I hope you’ll put a smile on someone’s face and that doing so will make you smile, too.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Praise God for the surgeon’s good news: Addy has a resolving hematoma which should eventually go away completely.  The doctor said he would have expected it to be much worse…but maybe he didn’t know to Whom we were praying! 😉  Before leaving the hospital, we took our projects apart (after the obligatory phone pics, of course) and put everything back the way we found it so that other children could enjoy the same fun distractions.

Celebrating twenty in tranquility

Twenty years. I still can’t believe we’ve been married for twenty years.

As much as we love our kiddos, we knew this called for a celebration without them, so we left all four of them with their grandparents and headed to Lake Whitney to celebrate in peace and quiet…just the two of us, and God, and nature. As expected, the trip flew by in a moment. Come along for a little peek at how we spent our time…

We sat around our campfire having long, uninterrupted conversations. We looked up at the stars and tried to find and name the constellations. We relaxed in a hammock hung between the trees. We picnicked among squirrels and wildflowers.

We spent LOTS of time fishing. We fished from the rocky bluff right behind our campsite…

and from our kayaks…

and from places all along the shore.

(Did you notice the little rainbow just below his reel?)

We seined together for bait (which was unsuccessful, but fun).  Troy threw out the cast net hoping for bait, and actually caught several good-sized fish in it.


We both did lots of wading, too.

Silly as it may sound, watching our bobbers floating side by side created a feeling of happy contentment. Very. Very. Relaxing.

Of course, actually catching  fish is just the icing on the cake…

I caught this guy just before midnight our last night there. Night fishing rocks!

We both LOVE to hike and rarely get to do it, but on this trip we enjoyed hiking several trails together…

and taking lots of walks…

and quiet strolls around the lake.

We continued our uninterrupted conversations and enjoyed lots of peace and quiet. Most of the time, all we could hear were things like the wind rustling through the leaves…

and crickets chirping overhead…

and water lapping against the rocks…

and birds singing in the trees…

and our campfire crackling.

(Did I mention we were able to have lots of uninterrupted conversations? NICE.)

Oh, and I sure loved waking up to this beautiful sight…

I also loved that just at the edge of our campsite, this little trail led right to a rocky bluff overlooking “our” part of the lake…

One of my favorite memories of the trip was taking our chairs out to the bluff to watch the sun go down. We turned a bucket upside down to hold our big jug of sweet tea and while we talked (uninterrupted), we were blessed with this for our view:

Troy found these HUGE marsmallows for us to roast…

and they made for some enormous s’mores.

We also roasted jalepeno-cheese sausages to put on buns for our lunch…

and ate Frito pie by firelight and moonlight.

We saw some AMAZING sunsets.

On the first night of our trip, I was sneaking past my sleeping husband to go out for a drink of water. I had my hand on the tent zipper when I saw the shadow of the hefty raccoon that walked right by our tent and started exploring  the area around our picnic table. (Yes, of COURSE I woke Troy up to scare it away!) We saw lots of deer, wild turkey, raccoons, birds, armadillos, squirrels, snakes, and rabbits.

The sunsets, the  lake, the wildlife, the stars…..They all reminded us that our God is The Great Artist.

Even some parts of the trip that weren’t perfect were pretty much perfect. One night there was a magnificent thunderstorm. (Remember, we were in a tent!) We ran to our vehicle in the middle of the night….Our intention was to keep safe, of course, but we ended up driving out to the end of a peninsula where we were able to watch a “show” better than any we’ve ever paid to see.  And, we were the only ones at this drive-in!

I guess the same (imperfect=perfect) could be said about marriage. These last twenty years haven’t been perfect. They haven’t always been easy. But, they’ve definitely been worth it! I thank God for blessing our marriage, our family, our lives together. I thank all of you who have served as our role models. I thank Troy for hanging in there with me for twenty whole years, and I’m looking forward to the next twenty.

Thanks for coming along to check out our trip. Here’s one last photo for you, of something only God can do:

Thanks for stopping by!

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