Lizzie and I have returned to the Hill Country ... we are sooooo happy!
Our first night home was spent at Settler's Crossing, a charming "bed and breakfast" right outside of Fredericksburg. As we drove down the lane to our little cottage, there were two adorable donkeys grazing by the road ... throughout our visit ... we could hear the music of their braying across the pasture. As evening fell, a gentle rain soaked the night air while we slept peacefully in our beds. When morning came, a rooster crowed, chickens scratched about in the yard and a flock of curious sheep peered out at us from under a tree! We both stared back in absolute awe! After everyone wandered away, Lizzie stepped down from the porch to roll in the grass while I sat on the porch, in a white wicker chair, soaking it all into my heart!! How perfect was that for our first night back in the Hill Country? Pretty darn perfect!
While packing up for our move to the Hill Country, I stumbled across an old friend... Merry Christmas Ernest and Celestine. Thirty years after discovering this lovely story with the amazing drawings ... it remains one of my all time favorites! There are more than a dozen picture books in the Ernest and Celestine series ... and each one is a delightful celebration of friendship! Thank you, Gabrielle Vincent!
Today, Lizzie is 14 years old ... unbelievable ... where did the time go?? To celebrate, we have just returned from a walk around the duck pond ... one of our favorites! While there ... we met Isabella, a four year old charmer who treated Lizzie to a BIG birthday hug ... before skipping off to visit the ducks! It was a truly sweet moment on this very special day! How lucky were we?