What do you do when you are in Waco, TX? Visit Magnolia of course!
While in TX we were less than two hours away from Waco, so visiting Magnolia was a no brainer. An added bonus was that a dear friend of mine just so happened to be in a town just a few hours away for her Master's Degree graduation and meeting up at Magnolia was the perfect spot!
Magnolia is a neat place. The silos are really cool and they have it set up as a place to gather, fellowship, and of course shop!
The Silos are in the old downtown area. It is a very busy place and parking near by was a bit crazy. We found a spot a few blocks away. The walk wasn't bad at all.
I am so glad my girlfriend and her family were able to meet us there. Her and her husband have three kiddos, their son is close in age to our oldest, and they all had a fun time playing together. In the courtyard of Magnolia, they have an astroturf lawn with bean bag chairs and corn hole. The dads watched the kiddos while my friend and I went inside to have some undivided time to catch up on life and browse.
They have food trucks along the back corner of the property, which is a great idea! It was mid afternoon when we arrived, so we got a sweet treat from the Silos food truck. Cute Airstream! I had the lemon-lavender cupcake and rose elderflower sparkling lemonade. Delish!
I asked someone to take a photo of us all together. I sure did pick the right guy...he actually laid down on the ground to get the shot with the Silos in the background! Special thanks to him.
We spend several hours enjoying time together. They have a cute garden area we walked around and caught up on life.
Friendships are so important and I am thankful I stay in touch with this sweet friend. We have known each other since 5th grade!
Who are your long-term friends? Have you connected with them lately? If not, I encourage you to reach out.
Blessings to you!
There were so many beautiful flowers and plants at the East Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Such a diverse display of God's amazing creativity! Vibrant colors and fragrant aromas delighted our senses.
There is a historic farmhouse, the Wofford House, (shown above) on the property. It was not open for us to tour inside, but we really didn't need to, you can see everything through the large windows. They have the home furnished for the appropriate time period and the relics and antiques are really neat. The home has three sections with a large covered breeze way in the middle with wide steps in the front leading to the main entrance. I love these style homes. Seeing the past firsthand is so much fun!
The Arboretum & Botanical Gardens have done a wonderful job creating a playful and colorful environment for children too. Check out this adorable Children's Playhouse and yard. There is also a small castle prop type play area at a different section of the park.
While playing in the Children's Playhouse we noticed it could use a little attention. Many of the corners and window sills had spider webs and dead bugs left over from the winter and early spring months. The boys also discovered some loose chairs legs and loose door handles of the kitchen play set. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity for us to serve.
Talking about the importance of serving and being a blessing wherever we go is a common conversation. Jesus came to Earth to serve, not to be served; He is our model. The next week the boys and I gathered our work gloves, small hand tools and headed back to the Arboretum.
Getting our hands dirty and giving our time is the best way to learn to serve. The boys worked so hard cleaning and "fixing up" the playhouse. They swept, cleaned windows, wiped surfaces, and tighten loose screws and bolts. I know how crucial it is to model what we preach and it is so fun working along side of them. After everything was cleaned and fixed, they wanted to rearrange the furniture, lol!
When the playhouse was complete we headed to the bathrooms to give them some attention too. Caleb cleaned the sinks and mirrors while Wyatt helped me sweep and gather the trash. We all had a great sense of accomplishment and service when done. Then we sat down outside, drank lots of water and enjoyed a snack among the beauty of the Gardens.
Life on the road has certainly been busier and more tiring than I had anticipated, and unfortunately, writing here has been non-existent for the last 5 weeks. I really want to share all that we have been doing, so I am going to try and get caught up with several short posts, starting with this one.
We spent three weeks in a town called Athens, TX. It is a cute, small town about an hour and a half southeast of the DFW metroplex. The National RV Training Academy is located just on the outskirts of Athens and is where my hubby attended his certification courses. He enjoyed the courses very much and has made some new friendships in his classmates and instructors.
There is an RV Park on the same property as the Training Academy, so hubby could walk to class. Most of the RV Park staff are "work camping" and are either taking courses at the Academy, or are spouses of Academy students. Everyone there were so welcoming to us and treated us like family. The boys and I made many new friends too.
As many of you know, I love to meet new people and make new friends. The boys and I ventured out on our own several times. I am learning quick how to maneuver the big dually truck pretty well, only one curb check so far. Lol!
There is a super cute little mail shop in town called Ship Shop. The ladies and one gentleman we worked with there were super friendly and helpful. They also have tons of gift and souvenir items, which the boys had fun looking at while I took care of business.
One of the first days in Athens, I took the boys to the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful place and has several different areas to enjoy. The park is on one hundred acres and has hiking trails, beautiful gardens and water features, a 115 ft suspension bridge, a replica of an old schoolhouse, a historic home which was moved on-site, a Veterans Memorial, and a Children's playhouse and yard.
We love to hike and be outdoors. This walking bridge was constructed by volunteers and dedicated to one of the founding board members of the Arboretum. It was super humid that day. We felt like we were in the rainforest. There were all kinds of neat flowers and foliage. The boys had their binoculars and I had the trail map. It had rained the night before, so the ground was a bit soggy, but that didn't stop us.
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