I would have posted these photos earlier, but I came home (from Texas) with a nasty head cold/flu. But wanted to share some of our experiences and what this trip meant for me. Unfortunately I have to add that the trip was not without some drama and heartache and that I’m deeply saddened how things turned out and what was said… but still hold love and sincere devotion!
Our visit was to spend time with family, which we did, just not in the way that it was planned. But for me, this was also a bucket list (for my birthday) and for my next chapter! I had set that I wanted to visit Magnolia Silo/Store in Waco, Texas – which we did! I also wanted to visit Austin, which ironically for the time I had lived in Texas I never had been there – and we did! But THE bigger bucket list item for ME was to visit Rachel Ashwell’s Prairie Home B & B – and we did!! 🙂 I got the same feeling that Rachel did (which she wrote in her Couture Prairie book: “My love affair with Texas started many years ago when I began my yearly pilgrimage to the Round Top antique markets. Along with he treasures I would come away with, I realized that finally my beloved cowboy boots, jeans, and love of poetry in country music, had come home. My romantic, soft, and pretty signature style found its partner in the rough, soulful, and so very beautiful Texan landscape.” (that last part is so me too)!
What I didn’t expect to happen was the feelings that came over me while I was there. Not only to be with my Aunt D & Uncle J (whom have been such amazing family) and hearing what Uncle J said, “we’ve been through a lot, good, bad and very tough times, but we’ve stuck by each other for over 40 years” (not verbatim) – this did make me happy. I know some of their history, as they know mine, and I truly found that to be so true. Aunt D is someone I have always admired and looked up to as well. I also love that we are similar (both short & both have that fire inside of us) – but it is her neutral/open-mindedness that really made me see her differently. I truly respect her and see her as a great mentor!
I realized that I missed the Southern Hospitality, even from the moment we boarded our plane and several other southerners greeted and chatted with us, to the first moment I met my cousin’s son, who came up to hug me and said, “nice to meet you ‘mam” (WHAT?! – REALLY?) OMG, can I take you home!! hee hee And he was like that the whole time with us.
Admittedly, I have always said that I would ‘never move back to Texas’ – but after being around Aunt D & Uncle J and family AND if I could live in Round Top, Texas – I take that comment back. OR if I can bottle some of those Southern Roots and bring them to PNW I most certainly would.
I’m truly grateful for the life I have had and even more grateful that I taught myself to move forward from my past, also to keep an open-mind and to raise my kids allowing them to make their OWN decisions. They didn’t turn out perfect, they made their mistakes, just like I did/do but I AM very proud that they DO also have respect and manners (hopefully that was my southern root influences) and I hope that someday they will get a chance to know my other family – when/if they choose to. I can’t change the past, I can’t forget the hurt, but I can move forward and know that I have learned SO much from my own life – good and bad and I STILL LOVE with a deep heart – even those who choose to not love me. I’m simply ME – a Spanish, Southern, Simple, Romantic Woman.
Enjoy some of the silly photos I had fun taking… and thank you ALL! Bless Your Hearts!
~ Love, Laura