There were countless wonderful moments with dear old friends.
The highlight of Kayla's week ~ gymnastics and a new friend!
And the highlight of Cooper's week ~ basketball with a homeschool team and with GRANDAD!
Goodbyes to our Austin Classical Conversations Community ~ so thankful for them and how they so warmly included us.
(Oh ~ and school done on the back patio in the warmth and sunshine of February!)
Sweet times with my side of the family...
...and fun times with Robert's side.
Visiting several scenic Austin spots in our last few days...
Then we loaded up, packing every square inch of two vehicles...
...and headed northeast to Massachusetts with a side trip to Disney World.
But, thankfully, not without missing the sight of these on the Texas highway ~ BLUEBONNETS!
Other special opportunities included living on a quiet cul-de-sac, worshiping with other congregations, attending in person a women's Bible study that I've listened to via cassette tape and CD for years, being in a small group there with a dear friend from college (Hi Yvette!), having breakfast with another dear friend from college (Hi Sara!) having slow mornings, and most all of our evenings free, eating at Austin's amazing restaurants, getting away for some overnights with Robert, having time to read, and so much more.
At first, we wondered if we were really resting, because it still takes quite a bit of effort to feed, clothe, and educate your children (How did we ever manage to fit in a ministry/job on top of those things?), and also because parental and marital things we needed to work on surfaced when the daily and weekly needs of our church were left behind. But after those things tempered and healed, we then became aware of the quiet we were experiencing, and the things that we all of the sudden were NOT doing (potlucks, preaching, Bible study prep, counseling....) and knew that our souls were experiencing a sort of rest that they hadn't before. It was truly refreshing, and we are so grateful to the MANY people who made it possible.
Stay tuned for the report from Disney World!