Fort Worth Stockyards

The Stockyards

Despite our choice to visit on the hottest day this summer, we had an excellent day at the Stockyards. Although I grew up in the south, the cowboy culture is new to me. It's a different world out here and thankfully Marshall is well accustomed. His knowledge (along with the informative plaques) made the trip even more enjoyable as we understood the history and purpose behind the sites. The historical stockyards still serve for the traditional purposes but, have been "re-vamped" to attract the masses. The shops were full of fun items but, the cool bar/venues made this a scene we would like to repeat.

Hamilton Pool Preserve + Barton Springs Pool + County Line BBQ


Hamilton Pool Preserve

This place was a mermaid dream! We had an easy hike down to the pool which is a perfect place for a picnic and swim. One of the most beautiful places we have (decidedly) ever seen.

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs lives up to its hype. Tons of space to play and full of fun people and animals. We loved floating and people watching. Local musicians jamming out on the shores and art students building towers of river rock. We packed a lunch but, the concession stands were full of yummy (and healthy items) so we indulged in some unique ice pops.

County Line BBQ

We found this place by accident and it was a happy discovery! The food was excellent but, we would return for the atmosphere. County Line boasts a history of great BBQ displayed on their walls along with quirky hill country memorabilia. The outdoor seating overlooks the river packed full with turtles and fish eager to be fed left over homemade bread.


One Year Update

Just one week short of a year since our last blog. So much has happen in ways I never saw coming but, we are seeing the goodness of Jesus in every step. He has continued to provide for us and strengthen us in both the good and not so good.

remission ended, our hearts were broken

poured our sweat and soul into a house we immediately sold

just us and our dog- new town, new job, new home

now we jump through the hoops to make orphans our own

hope rises despite all reason

settled in and dreaming big

finally our honeymoon stage

in love with Texas and each other

building, sewing, painting - preparing for our future children

deep wounds become scars

scars don't hurt, they serve as reminders

of all we lost and all we gained

we lean on His promises and trust in His plan

Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

Cancer in remission and we are finally able to explore outdoors again!

This place is full of meaning for Marshall.
He grew up here.
He learned to camp.
He learned to survive.
He learned to love nature.

summer 2014

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