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Monday, July 23, 2012

Foreshadowing Pictures, Words to Come



They say a picture paints a thousand words. So here is where I begin my words,  sharing my time with my "Ethel" by pictures.  The words are being processed in my head and heart to be shared later as they come together.

No grape stomping...but we did return to many sights and times of years ago...both in what we visited and our countless hours of talking.  Both visiting past history around the town and our own past history allowed us to start putting pieces back on each our unfinished life puzzles.

Marlin, Texas was once a booming spa town.  The mineral waters brought people from all over the world.  The walls of the local buildings portray the once vibrant city, which now struggles to survive.

Homestead Heritage is a community outside of Waco whose vision is to continue the arts and knowledge of past generations, through sustainable culture.  Our family visits their yearly Thanksgiving Festival.  I would love to go back and take classes in cheese and soap making.  We ate our dinner at their cafe.
Homestead Heritage...click to see the wonders of this community.

The dinner was wonderful...white tablecloths with flowers.  Our host and hostess at the B&B were a God-send.  This Christian couple's joy for how they served you just bubbled over.  Their obedience to the dream God gave them couldn't help but inspire us also to dream.  God truly hand-picked this place for us.

Bed and Breakfast on White Rock Creek...click and see this little treasure outside of Waco.  We stayed in the Savannah Suite.

Oh, no pictures of me....well, before I left I decided to color my hair.  My daughter keeps telling me I use the wrong color...so I took her advice...not always good.  My hair turned into "Witchy-Poo Black"...and I don't look good in black.  Lucy could have spent the trip with a bag over her head. Instead, I made sure I wasn't in any pictures!

I explained this before...I am Lucy only because I am the taller of the two of us.  We began calling ourselves Lucy and Ethel years ago because of some of our adventurous antics.

Now I must say...this trip placed a huge scoop of sand in my sand pail. The sand placed in my pail were inspiration, hope, renewal, spunk and meekness.  The puzzle pieces are coming together.

27 Joining in with more words:

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Great pictures! This looks like a really interesting place.

Christine said...

Oh, so glad you had time to get away and spend with a friend.
That would fill my pail too!
I talked with my Ethel today and we plan on seeing each in Sept.
Can't wait!

Vickie said...

How FUN, Janette! Oh I mean Lucy! So glad you two girls got to do this and catch up! Looks like you got to do some fun stuff, too.

I know the place you're talking about - Elm Mott, Texas. My husband got a chance to go down there and tour that Homestead Heritage. I've always thought it would be fun to go take a class down there and learn how to do something old-timey!

Sue said...

It sure looks like Lucy and Ethel had a wonderful R&R. Can't wait to hear all about it!
Hugs,
Sue

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I wearing such a big smile right now... for your renewal and for the pieces of the puzzle that are coming together. So happy that pail is getting filled... may it overflow. blessings and hugs ~ tanna
ps the good thing about hair is that it always grows out. ;)

Debbie said...

So happy to see the pictures and hear a bit about your Lucy and Ethel adventure. I promise not to laugh at witchy-poo hair even if the description is funny. I once had an unfortunately hair color incident that is best described as topaz.

I'm going to click the link to the B/B now. Savannah suite, you say?

Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. Your Ethel looks like such a sweet person. I'm glad you girls had such a great adventure.
My Ethel arrives on Monday and I can hardly wait!
Hugs~

Mary said...

I see that word "spunk" you have been searching for!
And meekness...I think they can abide together very well!

Sounds like you are filled to the brim and overflowing!

xxoo

Debbie said...

Good morning! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip with Ethel. haha. Can't wait to hear more about it.

I had a time when my heir was full on light pink! Oh my goodness.....ans I had to go to a BIG work related dinner with hubby that way,...I can laugh now, but I wasn't laughing then...haha.

Debbie Petras said...

It sounds like a wonderful time away with your friend despite the black hair. That can always be changed.

I clicked on your links. I love the Savannah suite. What popped out to me was the bathtub and the porch. Oh, how it would be so soothing to soak in that tub with sweet smelling bubbles. And to sit on the porch in a rocking chair with a hot cup of coffee.

I'm so glad you had this time away.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Rebecca said...

I'm SO happy for you, Janette! It sounds like an amazing experience...

Thankful WITH you for all that sand in your bucket...and sincerely bummed about your hair, girl! (But I'll bet it's not as bad as you THINK it is.....)

Canadagirl said...

I loved how you shared how you got the Lucy name. [o= When I think of Lucy I thing of the chocolate factory job they took, LOL. I am sooooo glad you were ministered to my SSiC. You deserve it and pray that you can do it again one day soon.

Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC
-Mary

Brenda Lazzaro Yoder, said...

Can't wait to see the pictures and I'm laughing at Witchy poo black. I have my own hair issues. Looks like you had a great time!

Vee said...

Second story deck...sounds good...was it like being in a tree house? I know that you had a lot of fun with your friend. (None of us would ever have known that you had "witchy-poo" hair. And let that be a lesson to all of us not to always listen to the daughter. Ha!)

Looking forward to more from the sandpail.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Isn't it fun to capture memories with photos? Blogging only adds to the equation, not to mention sharing it with others.

Beautiful!

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Just love sharing as you fill up your bucket this summer. And, just the names Ethyl and Lucy stir up a fun time. Blessings!

Maryann said...

Glad you had a nice weeked with your "Ethel" Can relate to the hair thing...one of my solo jobs left me with blonde hair that had a greenish tint, One thing about hair you can always change it.

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

drop in and did notice your hair was a bit different but until you said something I would have past it by.. I am sorry but I 've done this before too so I was giggling a bit - but you see my roots come in darrrrrk brown and the other part of my hair fades to a rishish brown - I have a hard time getting it right.. oh and theres the gray too wink! I love to go see Marlin and Waco - as well as this HOmestead Heritage place - I am going to google it this evening..Lovely photos
Hugs..

moreofhim said...

How fun! So glad you had a good time with "Ethel". :) I always love coming by your blog - it's always uplifting and joyful!

God bless you - Julie

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Finally getting by for a visit... SO glad you didn't let your hair disappointment "color" your weekend. Sounds like the visit time was just what the two of you needed! I lived several years in Waco before leaving Texas. Will have to mention the B&B to my parents. Going to check it out right now...

Jill Jones said...

Sweet friend I can't imagine you ever looking bad even with black hair. Mine changes colors everytime I dye it. ha! You should have had photos to remind yourself of this time and your black hair. :) I bet it isn't as bad as you think either. It looks like a wonderful place. Love the water mill too. So pretty. Glad you had a great time. Miss you. We need to plan another get together soon.
Hugs
Jill

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Beautiful pictures, Janette. The trip sounds wonderful. I love the Lucy and Ethel tributes as well.

Sue Anne McKinney said...

haha! I recognize your 'Ethel'!!! Glad you girls got to reconnect. I have been sending a flurry of emails to my bestest CO friend, Michelle, this week. Nothing like a good friend to talk to and sort thru the puzzle pieces that God hands us. So, so grateful.

myletterstoemily said...

hey lucy!

i love that one of your puzzle pieces is spunk,
a much inderrated quality!

try to stay cool down there!

LDH said...

It looks like a delightful time with interesting things to see and fun things to do all with a friend! Nice :)

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

What a good combination! "spunk and meekness" - seems like a contrast - but they can also be a good complement to each other. :)

Glad you had such a nice time.

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad you had such a nice time. So now you have black hair? I have had black hair too. Red, and blond and all kinds of colors. :) Just go with it and have fun. I even had purple once. I love doing different hair colors, but now I am opting for my own color which has been nice.
I love that you have spent the summer doing fun things.

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