On our recent visit to the Hill Country, we enjoyed spending time together out on our land there. On the drive to our property, there are all sorts of sights that we love to stop and look at---and well, of course let mama take a few photos of. ;-)
Noah's favorite part of the drive there is when we pass the beautiful horses that live just down from our land. He always ask us to stop and pull the car over so he can roll down his window and talk to them.
They really are beautiful...
Another little spot on the drive we like to take a gander at is this lovely farmhouse... gosh it makes my heart swoon...it looks as if you might step back in time when you walk in there?
Noah always gets super excited and is ready to start exploring as soon as we pull onto our piece of land.
The timing of our trip worked out perfectly ...the guys we hired to build our fence had just started putting in the fence posts the week we were in town. So the hubby was happy he could check out the progress being made.
Collecting all sorts of cool rocks while there...
As I was looking back through these photos, I fondly remember the boys walking hand in hand...laughing and giggling while they explored together. And how Noah so tenderly watched over his little brother--making sure he didn't trip or fall down. As I watched the two of them...my heart swelled with a prayer--that someday in the near future--we might be able to make our sweet foster son a permanent member of our family. What a tender mercy and gift this would be for our family...for these two precious boys to be able to grow up together tromping around on this land together as brothers. Oh how I hope this dream will come true for baby boy and us.
I will remember how I savored the fragrant smells of the outdoors on this crisp winter day as I held my sweet daughter close to me-- her tight grasp on my shoulder--clinging so lovingly to me and giggling as the cool breeze blew through her hair. She, too, loves being outdoors. I look forward to when she is a bit more steady on her feet so she can tromp around with her big brothers.
I so enjoyed seeing the twinkle in my husband's eye as we walked the property and talked about our plans. He loves nature and spending time outdoors--it always seems to soothe his soul.
This trip did us all some good I think...taking a break from our normal, hectic routine and spending the New Year's holiday relaxing in the beautiful Hill Country was a welcomed respite. I will always remember from our afternoon of knocking around on our land the endless laughter and smiles we shared...the in-depth discussions we had about birds, bugs, deer, rocks, trees and all other sorts of things the kids inevitably want to know more about while we're here.
I'm grateful for this lovely afternoon I was able to share with my family in this peaceful, quiet setting.... a perfect way to wrap up the busy holiday season and step back for a moment to breathe in the beauty of nature, feel of its peace and enjoy its beautiful views.
“Peace is always beautiful...”
― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass