I made a quick trip to Texas this past weekend. My husband's mother had fallen a week or so ago, and was still in the hospital, so I flew down to spend some time with her and encourage her in the rehab journey she is on. She is still in quite a bit of pain, and yet having to put weight on her leg, and learn to walk again. It was a blessing to be able to visit with my husband's parents, and encourage them.
While we were there, it was also the glorious bluebonnet season in Texas. This year the bluebonnets are spectacular with all the rain they've had over the winter, and I was blessed to be able to enjoy the beauty of the Texas state flower growing in abundance as far as the eye could see.
|Leaving early in the morning, early enough to enjoy the sunrise with a bird's eye view!|
|The bluebonnets stole my heart ... this year they were out in full bloom!|
|You don't want to fall on one of these ... a pencil cactus... keeping my distance!|
|Indian paintbrushes growing in abundance with the bluebonnets|
|Roses abloom too! These were growing at my parents home.|
|A Texas sunset|
|Hummingbirds stopping for a drink at my parents' house. they were fighting as we watched them!|
|Indian hawthornes blooming|
|Tempting blueberry bars my mother made for us|
|Visited with my brother. His daughters had just gotten a pet bunny, so cute!|
|A classic Texas sunset, complete with windmill and old oak tree.|
|A tired oak tree made glorious with the rays of the setting sun.|
|Willow City Loop, Texas|
|Willow City - the place to go in Texas to see bluebonnets!|
|I could drink in the beauty of these flowers for hours!|
|A honey bee drinking in sweet nectar.|
|A red poppy growing among the bluebonnets.|
|Whoever thought to put cowboy boots on fence posts had a brilliant idea... just beautiful!|
The old haying equipment looked happier among the bluebonnets
|The quaint little road that winds 13 miles and thrilled with every turn and bend.|
|Can you spot the little guy hiding on the rock?|
|I didn't see him... I heard him as he ran across the rocks. Anytime you hear anything moving in Texas is cause for alarm! So I was quite happy to see it was just this little guy!|
|Magnificent really... the day was beautiful, and the scenery outstanding. How glad I was we took this little detour!|
Headed back home to Idaho.... early in the morning, my flight left at 5:40 a.m.
By the time the sun came up, we were in the mountains of Utah. It was so beautiful to see!
Such a quick trip, yet a truly blessed one. I was able to reconnect with a dear friend who picked me up at the airport, and we enjoyed a lovely lunch together, and then went for a lovely walk with her and her grandson. She then dropped me off at my sister's home where I was treated to a lovely dinner with her family. My husband picked me up Friday and we went to see my family Friday evening. Saturday, Sunday and Monday we visited my dear MIL at the hospital. Monday afternoon while we traveled back to my sister's home, we stopped to see the beautiful bluebonnets in Willow City. I flew out early Tuesday morning back to Idaho.
This was the first time our children had been left alone for this length of time, but they managed everything so wonderfully, and I had great peace of mind leaving my sweet chickens, dogs, and cat in their care. The weather here as I returned home is simply gorgeous, highs of 60 during the day, with bright and beautiful sunshine. I noticed that even while I was gone, that our grass is turning green in the yard, and the buds are about to pop on the shrubs and fruit trees, and lilacs are getting ready to bloom too. Spring does seem to be here, and what a joyous time it is.
I will get back to visiting all my dear friend's blogs as soon as I catch my breath from the whirlwind of activity this past weekend, and can't wait to see what has been happening in your lives. Much love to all. :)