Driving through the Texas hill country today was a different experience than it's been in the past. With the drought, things are so dry and parched and several places along the side of the highway show remnants of where wildfires have run rampant. It's definitely taken away some of the beauty that you can usually see here this time of year.
I saw several crosses though on our way up. Reminding me that we really live in "God country." Where some people, especially in this part of the state, are bold and vocal about their faith. And no matter the fires and the droughts and whatever happens, there is the reminder of the hope we have in the cross. It made me smile. It reminded me of the places that I can continue to hope because of that cross.
Todd and I pulled into Fredricksburg this afternoon to spend the day together. He's on "vacation" from work and I took the day off so we could do something out of the ordinary together. You can't see from this picture, but we drove through "Friendship Lane."
It doesn't look like fall here yet (or ever really), so we have to manufacture it. I love the shops and storefronts embracing October. Pumpkins and mums just make me happy.
There are oodles of shops along the main drag in this little town. It's been years since we've gone together. And this was mostly for me, seeing as the shops are full of mostly girly, knick-knacky things that I convince myself I can't live without. Though I did good today. I purchased a $6 dollar necklace and called it a day.
And sometimes, I just can't help myself. Photo ops just present themselves.
We stopped for lunch at a little cafe and had some of the best cornbread I've ever tasted. And we shared conversation and some tears and some hopes about what the next week might look like for Todd as he heads off to Michigan.And with us, there is always time for silly.
I hope that when we've been married twenty years, we still take pictures like this. I don't care how embarrassed our kids get. It's fun to laugh and play and I hope that we never forget how or get too old to do such a thing.
We ended the day with some homemade ice cream.
I had "Pecan Pie" and Todd had "Ultimate Fudge." Oh Lord was that good ice cream.
It was one of those days where we just held hands. All day long.
We aren't perfect. Our marriage isn't perfect. And we rarely do anything perfectly together.
But today, was kind of a perfect day.