If you've been reading the blog over the past couple weeks, you probably saw a sneak peek of our spring break trip to Enchanted Rock. Today I wanted to share a more in-depth look at our mini-adventure.
We had an early spring break this year - the first full week of March. We hadn't done much traveling since we got back from our honeymoon, so we decided we would use that opportunity to go somewhere on Our 2018 Travel List.
Enchanted Rock happens to be about an hour from where my in-laws live, so we drove down to stay with them on Sunday morning and made the trip to Enchanted Rock on Tuesday. We got to the park around 9:30, paid the $7 each for entry, and picked up a map of the trails.
Unfortunately, Daniel had been having some neck pain all week, so the climb up the steep rock was not too fun for him. I was fully prepared to attempt to trek to the very top - I hear there are little pools of water and caves to explore, not to mention the amazing view! However, once we got going a little ways it was clear Daniel wasn't in the best shape to do it.
We still enjoyed the view from the spot we climbed to, though!
Once we descended the rock, we pulled out our hammock and picnic basket and settled between two trees for a bit. We actually took a nice nap. When we woke up we got soft serve ice cream from the little food truck at the park then walked the creek bed at the base of the rock.
Overall, it was a really fun trip. The weather was perfect, and the park was nice. We saw lots of families with young kids - even a woman with a baby strapped to her front climbed right past us with her toddler in tow! We hope to go back some time and actually make it to the top.
What fun adventures did you enjoy over spring break?
This week has gone by relatively quickly - it's almost Friday! Plus, the weather has been a lot better (read: warmer). Daniel and I are planning on going to the local zoo on Saturday, so I can't wait!
I'm thankful for:
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A Color Story golden
The text I read for my "quiet time" this morning was the beginning of Psalm 89. Here's a snippet of it that stood out to me.
You rule the raging sea; when its waves rise, you still them. (ESV)
What are you thankful for today?
Growing up in the south, baked potatoes were always considered something of a luxurious comfort food - somehow both a household staple and a food fit for occasions.
Whether you consider baked potatoes a regular side option or a treat to have on a special occasion, they're actually fairly easy and hands-off to make. I recently discovered a recipe that makes them even easier and incredibly more delicious than any baked potatoes I've ever had. It was one of those rare times when I fully succeeded at making a recipe from Pinterest. We'll never make baked potatoes a different way ever again.
You can check out the full recipe from Gimme Some Oven here!
Have any delicious potato recipes, baked or otherwise?
P.S. Happy Pi Day!
Have you ever been at a social gathering and been asked that age-old question - if your house was on fire, what ONE thing would you grab? I've probably been asked that question at least a dozen times in various ice-breaker situations, but my answer has been the same since early middle school.
I would save photos.
There are several reasons that I consider photos to be some of my most prized possessions. To get a bit vulnerable, one of those reasons is that I only have a handful of pictures of my mother, who passed when I was young. I know there weren't iPhones back then to take a trillion selfies, but I wish there were more pictures of her.
So here's what I've decided - I don't ever want to leave my camera at home if I'm gone for any considerable amount of time. Of course, now we do have iPhones and I can take 1,000 or more pictures in a day if I really want to. However, if I go on a trip, even to a family gathering, I think it would be silly of me not to pull out the decent DSLR camera I own to snap a few quality photos from time to time.
Photographs are literally visual representations of memories. There are so many emotions and thoughts that overflow at the sight of them, especially if they capture moments with loved ones. Obviously I don't want to be hiding behind my camera the whole time my nieces are gathering Easter eggs instead of actually experiencing those cherished times, but a few quick snaps can prove to be invaluable mementos.
Along with the few photos I have of my mom, I'm thankful to have pictures of my great-grandparents and pictures of my dad when he was young. I also cherish the photos of the year we lived in Brazil when I was a kid, pictures of me and my siblings acting out the Nativity at Christmas, and pictures of my sweet nieces and nephews as tiny infants.
These are moments that I can't ever go back to, but I can "relive" with joyful nostalgia every time I flip through an old album.
Besides capturing cherished moments with family and friends (like my cutey sister above), I also think it's important to take photos of my travels. My husband and I had the incredible opportunity to drive to the Grand Canyon for our honeymoon, and I look at those pictures often. That trip was amazing, both for the quality time we got to spend as newly-weds and for the awe-inspiring views we got to take in. Pictures may not be able to fully capture the beauty of what we saw, but they are still stunning!
So whether I'm headed to a family holiday or on a roadtrip or even a short weekend getaway, I'll be packing my camera to take along (or at least remember to pull out my phone for a quick snap or two!) because the photos are invaluable.
Does anyone else tote their camera around, too? Any other reasons you value taking photos?
With spring break behind me, flowers springing up, and warmer weather coming our way, it really does feel like spring! With all that energy, I've been in spring-cleaning mode around here. We have several projects in mind to spruce up the place. A couple days ago we made a cute new bookshelf out of wooden crates to finally make room for our overflow of books.
I also just cleaned out my closet - which was quite a job. Besides our clothes living there, so do our three guitars, our Christmas tree, our laundry basket, and various other random items that couldn't seem to fit anywhere else (but hardly fit there!) I feel so much better now that the closet is a bit more organized, but now I'm ready to organize the actual clothes.
That being said, that also has me dreaming of getting some newer items to replace some of the old ones I don't wear as much anymore. I've been busy browsing through cute spring dresses. So here's my Spring Wardrobe Wish List!
I'll be over here dreaming of pastels and stripes.
See anything you like? How's spring cleaning coming for you?
It's a beautiful Sunday, and it's been a great week. This past week was our spring break, and we definitely enjoyed a few adventures as well as just hanging out and relaxing at home with Netflix and board games.
We spent the beginning of the week at our alma mater with college friends, then stayed with Daniel's parents, adventured at Enchanted Rock, explored downtown Fredericksburg, came home for a few days, and then spent a day at my parents'. I'm excited to share more about our trip to Enchanted Rock with you soon!
In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple "joys" from the past week - just some simple things from the week that I'm thankful for and make me happy.
My Joy from the week (although there were a lot!) is our little escapade in San Antonio, which is close to where Daniel's parents live. We walked around La Cantera for a bit, mostly at the Barnes and Noble. I got a coffee from Starbucks and blogged for a few minutes while Daniel looked at board games. Flat whites are my favorite.
Then we went to a Half Price Books (we really like book stores) and got some super delicious ice cream next door at Brindles Awesome Ice Creams. I got a scoop of cream fraiche and a scoop of mango. The mango was seriously amazing, and I wished I had asked for it to be the bottom scoop so that I could have savored it more. No joke.
It was a nice, chill day to just look at books and eat good things.
Today feels similar. Daniel and I went to church (coffee cup picture above) then made some pancakes and bacon for lunch, because why not? Now we're about to head to the mall to pick up some things we've been needing. I'm sure there will be some book-browsing and coffee-sipping along the way.
Like I said, there were lots of other great things that happened over spring break that I'll have to catch you up on over the course of the next week or so, but there's a snippet for you!
What about you, any spring break adventures? What's your Joy for the week?
Throughout history, women have been catalysts for groundbreaking movements, often behind the scenes. While many of the discoveries, efforts, and actions of women have been swept under the rug over the years, it's nice to see that there is an increasing push for honoring and uncovering the awe-inspiring accomplishments of women all over the world.
Today is International Women's Day and March is also Women's History Month, so what better time than now to share about 5 Incredible Women who have shaped or are currently shaping history as we know it?
Buffalo Calf Road
Buffalo Calf Road, born sometime in the 1850s, was a brave Native American woman of the Northern Cheyenne. In the Battle of Rosebud, she rode alongside the male warriors and heroically saved her brother, Chief Comes in Sight, after he was wounded. Her courage inspired the Cheyenne warriors to take the victory (1). She is also credited with landing the final blow that sent Colonel Custer off his horse and to his death in the Battle of the Little Bighorn (2)
Sources: 1, 2
Anna Arnold Hedgeman
Hedgeman, born in Iowa in 1899, was an African-American feminist and social activist who pioneered several firsts and played an important role in the Civil Rights movement. She was the first black woman to graduate from Hamline University and "was also the only woman on the executive committee that organized Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous March on Washington in 1963" (1). She also briefly served as executive vice-president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1).
Sendler, born in Poland in 1910, was a nurse during World War II. She served in the Polish Underground (1) and managed to smuggle nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto in her truck, masking any noises made by the children with her barking dog. She then helped these children to be either reunited with their family members or put into foster families (2
Aquino, born in the Philippines in 1933, is considered "the Mother of Asian Democracy." After her husband's assassination spurred her to join the opposition, Aquino became the first female president of the Philippines and the first of all of Asia. "She is the leader of the world's most successful non-violent and bloodless peace revolution for democracy against a dictatorial regime" (1)
Mirzakhani, born in Iran in 1977, was the first woman and first Iranian to receive the Fields Medal for her outstanding work in the field of mathematics. Leading up to this honor, she was awarded with several other achievements, including being the first Iranian student to get a perfect score at the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Other posts to read for International Women's Day
Hello! Checking in from Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. We're enjoying the weather and the views over here! More pictures and info to come!
Lydia & Daniel
Today I wanted to share about a non-profit that I believe is doing some great work.
The Joshua Project is an organization dedicated to providing statistical information about people groups all across the globe in relation to whether or not they have followers of evangelical Christianity. While I have some qualms about the specificity of "evangelical" versus other types of Christianity, I think the Joshua Project is doing some important things to highlight the need for scripture and Christian witness in different parts of the world.
What They Do
The Joshua Project website has several different components. On the Home page you'll see an interactive map that displays the people groups of the world categorized by their level of "reachedness" - in other words, how many people in that area identify as evangelical Christians. They keep up with thousands of profiles for people groups and collect information on their populations, religions, and percentages of evangelical Christians.
On the home page you'll also see the Unreached of the Day, a section featuring a particular unreached people group. Today's unreached people group is the Aoka of China, but the widget below is constantly changing day by day! Highlighting a single group each day allows people to join in praying for them specifically, that the gospel would reach them. There's also an app!
On their website, the Joshua Project also offers resources like articles and books, videos, PowerPoint presentations, prayer cards, and projects for kids, all highlighting the importance and need for global missions.
There are ways that we can get involved, including through prayer. I think checking out the Unreached of the Day every day and saying a prayer for that people group as well as missionaries working to reach them is a simple but great way to get involved in what God is doing across the world.
What ways are you involved in missions? Have you heard of the Joshua Project?
P.S. You should also check out Perspectives on the World Christian Movement!
Happy Sunday! Spring break is in full swing for us. We spent the weekend at our Alma Mater and then drove to Daniel's parents' to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday today. We're sleepy from the weekend and the driving, but it was nice to relax and play with our nieces and nephew once we got here.
My Joy from this past week would definitely be our stay in Brownwood. We got to hang out with some old friends and do some of the things we've been missing about living there. It was a good start to the break.
On Friday night we attended a ceremony for the band sorority we were both a part of in college, Tau Beta Sigma. Then we had some stellar lasagna at our friends' and stayed the night. Saturday we got breakfast with my sister at my favorite local place, Common Grounds. Later I got lunch with my former roommate while Daniel had lunch with one of his professors.
After lunch we pulled out our hammock and went to the park to just chill for a bit. We got a little nap in. Fun fact: Daniel proposed to me a little over a year ago at that park, in that hammock!
The rest of the evening we watched a movie with some of our sorority sisters and then saw my sister perform in a play, Farce of Habit. It was pretty hilarious, and Sara did fantastic!
Sunday morning we got breakfast burritos from a little Mexican restaurant called Taquito Millionario, then we went to a Bible study I used to always go to at a coffee shop on campus. After that we headed to Boerne - and now here we are. It's been a pretty great start to spring break, and I'm excited for what we have planned - especially our upcoming trip to Enchanted Rock on Tuesday! I'll be letting you know all about it.
What's your Joy from the week?
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