This is home. When I was a little one, this was home. It's the home my Papa Linus and Nana Virginia built- a sanctuary in the Piney Woods of East Texas. I hope they got a peak from Heaven of their great-grandchildren enjoying it like we did as kids. Thankfully, my dad lives here, so we get to keep enjoying everything my Papa Linus dreamed.
This was a picture that warmed my heart, and the fire we built warmed our feet. It's so cool to see your children enjoying exactly what you loved as a kid. I love how they didn't even have to be asked to kindle the fire.
I love that the boys got to experience true Fall. What could be more fun than raking the leaves? I wish I had thought to put them in a pile we could jump into. Peyton was content with watching them grow the flame.
You can almost feel the warmth from the screen, huh? Anything with a reward like this is worth the hard work. My husband and I had a great conversation on the way to East Texas about some hard Howdy Honey work that will take some majorly worth it time harvesting the honeycomb. I have been sitting on this for a few days, savoring the sweetness of it.
These are dewberries. We used to pick these off the side of the Highway 69 with my Nana Virginia, and the sweet reward was dewberry cobbler. Mixing up the dough, rolling it out, and putting together this delicious dessert took time. I love how Nana would always say, "It's hard work to make (insert whatever we were making). "
As Dad cooked up macaroni using the Nana Virginia method using the same green pot and her stove, we laughed about how she would say, "People don't take enough time to cook. Just let it sit there, and don't stir it to death. " She was such a great teacher.
When I was little, I loved that my family worked together. Papa Linus and Dad teamed together for contracts, and "The Big Truck" you see in the background was a place I would lay down, watch the clouds, and daydream on a Saturday afternoon. I tried to name shapes the clouds would make. I dreamed about what I would be when I grew up.
This is the beautiful corner where you can see people arrive and leave. I spent lots of time waiting to see a car or truck make it around that corner to enter the gate. If you can imagine you are in a truck- The Big Truck even, let's go on a trip together- destination dream.
Drive with me about 27 miles southwest, and we will find ourselves at the 8th Wonder of the World- Canton, Texas. Sean and I have decided to take Howdy Honey on the road for First Monday. I am so thrilled with this news! As more information becomes available, you'll be the first to know! YIPPEE KI YO KI YAY! YEEHAW!!!!
Next weekend, I'll be headed to First Monday to do a little shopping and research. If you haven't experienced it, you are missing out! You know I will document the fun. Wanna come with me? ROADTRIP!!!