This past weekend our little family spent the most magical weekend in the Texas Hill Country. It couldn't have come at a better time, as mental health breaks are a definite need this year :)
Each year the sponsor church for Jimmy's parents' ministry takes a retreat into Hunt, Texas. We met the church members as well as Jimmy's mom, sister, niece, and nephew at the camp. We headed through many small towns to the middle of nowhere. Jimmy and I mostly entertained ourselves by singing 90s songs- and I showed him my ability to hit high notes, Mariah Carey style (kidding).
Of course camp included the usual things such as marshmallows, fishing- Jude caught his first fish!, canoeing, and lots of time with new friends and cousins. We were right on the Guadalupe River, so it made for a lot of fun and was just overall beautiful. Jimmy and I decided we need to make getaways a regular part of our life. It is just so good to be able to sit surrounded by nature and pray, read your Bible, and visit with family.
This fishing pole was actually Jude's birthday request. He was adamant about taking his new fishing pole with us, and even more adamant about using it. So excited that he was able to catch one! Love that he is such a little wilderness boy.
On Saturday, we drove out to Lost Maples State Park. This has always been on my 'Texas to do list' because my parents had mentioned how you can see brilliant fall colors out there. Unfortunately, it hasn't gotten cold enough yet to see many of the colors. It was still beautiful to be able to walk through the woods. There were lots of springs and small wading pools from the river to relax at. It's such a great park, and would be fun in all seasons. We really need to go back!
Unfortunately, in the midst of the singing, I got dive bombed by a bee. Which I then brushed off hastily. Which then landed on and stung my leg. I haven't had a bee sting since I was 7 years old. I had NO idea they hurt so bad! Luckily, I had my oils. I used lavender oil, Gentle Baby, and Pan Away routinely every 20 minutes for an hour, and then a few times at night if I woke up and thought about it. I also kept ice on it. It swelled up some and hurt like CRAZY that night. I reapplied the oils a few times that morning. But I kid you not- I have not had any swelling or pain since lunchtime on Sunday. You could see the sting on my leg and some swelling, but it didn't hurt. And you know what is even more amazing- by Sunday night it wasn't noticeable. AND it never itched- I was told over and over/read over and over about how badly bee stings itch. Well it's Thursday night and it hasn't hurt since Sunday afternoon and has Never itched!!!!!! It really helped my body recuperate. I love my oils!
Anyway, that Sunday after lunch, we all headed home, quite reluctantly. It is so good to get away. I need to do that more often. I just really really love the peaceful sounds of quiet rivers and trees rustling in the wind. The scamper of squirrels and acorns hitting the ground. The sunshine through tree tops and children laughing. The fresh air filling my lungs. Singing hymns with my family around a fire. Perfect fall evening. Take me back.