Sunday, April 7, 2013

Paradise Found……the end of story.

To conclude this post, you’ll remember that upon arriving at Paradise Point, on Lake Toledo Bend, after spending five luxurious nights in San Lucas Cabos, Leslie and I were met with the challenge to ‘make a little fun of our own’, while our husbands enjoyed bass fishing. For girly girls, finding beauty in a ‘fish camp’ can be down right tough! At times like these, I’m always reminded of Pollyanna, who when faced with unpleasant situations, in the 1960 Disney movie, would play ‘the glad game’. Which involved shifting ones perspective from the difficult/unpleasant, and to find something good and lovely onto which to place your focus. Smitten since childhood with the concept, I’ve found out over the years it’s hard to play this game  by myself but when I ask God to help me see things through His eyes, everything changes.




With His help, this old, barely noticeable broken down house became an object of beauty to me. I found myself wondering about the lives who had l lived there in the past and who had planted the beautiful azaleas and wisteria that still thrive? Not completely certain until this moment why I found this so compelling but my body, like this house, is aging. It will not stand forever but the seeds of goodness and love that we plant during our lives, will grow and bloom and speak of our Creator. Sigh. Thank you, Lord.


Another treasure that caught my eye was this beautiful old church on the Cane River Plantation Road, near Natchitoches, Louisiana. So pretty I had to share it on Instagram.


The Azaleas  and Dogwood trees were in bloom everywhere we looked. I couldn’t resist painting a quick study one morning before heading out to shop antiques in Milam, Texas.

Nethery’s, was a great find! We also enjoyed Nuzibell’s Flea Market on the Pendelton Bridge.


Our afternoon was spent perusing shops in Hemphill.


Loading up on Proctor’s BBQ to take back for dinner.

While waiting for the guys, Leslie and I sat down at the dockand acted silly and took pictures with the pretty pink parasol I bought at Nuzibells!

This is probably the sort of thing you probably only do with close friends you’ve known a long time or sister’s. Leslie, is both! I would hope everyone has someone they can act goofy and laugh hard with. It’s so much fun!


Leslie, does not usually play these kind of games but she simply can not resist my

silliness. These are my two favorites! Leslie, please don’t be mad at me. Just look

at your ‘sweet face’!

You are such a good sport.


Speaking of ‘good sports’, I think it would be safe to say after the past few days both of us are! Which only makes me wonder about all the things Coach puts up with to make me happy….hmmm? Maybe I should ask him sometime. Chances are he’s probably a ‘good sport’, too!



As it turned out, there were plenty of fun thing to do around the Texas/Louisiana border and the fun continued as we traveled back to Temple. We stopped in downtown Lufkin and enjoyed walking through several cute shops. Though it was closed, Confections looked wonderful! We peeked through the windows and saw all of these pretty sugar cookies.


Maybe next time. After all these years, knowing what I know about spawning bass

and the ‘lure’ (get it?) of catching the evasive BIG BASS. I’m sure we’ll be back and when we do, I’ll know just what to doSmile



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