When we have visitors (we have fun)
My sweet mother-in-law, Karen, came to visit recently, and we had such a good time. With no set plans for the week, each day we woke up and decided what sounded best. Despite all the rain we've had, there were a few fairly dry, albeit humid, days where we took advantage of the sun. We ate pizza and tacos, of course. We hiked. We tried to stay out of the rain, and avoided puddles from said rain. We ate a lot of good breakfast food. And we swam in the creek in our clothes and it was all Karen's idea! ;) And least notably, I got capri tan lines—how is that even a real thing?!
Each time family or friends come to visit, at least four good things happen:
- We get to spend time with people we love (duh).
- We get to be a little bit touristy and try new things on our Austin "to-do" list, all in the name of being good hosts
- We eat Torchy's Tacos and visit at least one of our favorite coffee shops.
- We get excited about "our city," and (I think) our visitors feel a little more at ease with us being so far from home
Karen traveled with Fleet's mom, and the six of us (the two of them + the "Austin kids" as they refer to us) had coffee on the river together.
Barton Springs with the three of us.
And because we couldn't resist the water:
Our perennial favorite breakfast: Summer Harms Peanut butter baked oatmeal (I follow the mods to make it without banana and I usually use coconut milk and I always eat mine with jam).
Hiking the Greenbelt in the humidity and puddles.
It was such a fun visit! We feel so loved when we have visitors.
In other news:
- Jon Foreman just released another solo EP! His Limbs and Branches EPs were some of my most-played CDs in high school and college. In a similar fashion, his new EP promises to be an equally good road trip soundtrack.
- For the first time since high school, I got new glasses!
- It's my first night off of three, and I have a few more posts planned for this week :)
- For those of you who have asked, we were not directly affected by the flooding that's happening in central Texas, although we know people who were. A lot of the worst flooding happened southwest of Austin—please keep Texas in your prayers as so many families navigate displacement and loss of their homes.
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.