For Christ followers, the Bible is a road map, it is a mirror that reveals to us what is inside us, Who God is, and it the resource that tells us the end of the story, and how to be ready for it. In the Bible there are admonitions, blessings, general promises and specific promises. In those specific promises one can find words written specifically to and for the believing Christian, the Christ follower.
Work has my husband traveling all over the US and Canada. This winter he is spending some time (snow birding, ha) in San Antonio. Being the traveler that I am, and that I wanted get some one on one time with my hubby, I seized the opportunity to fly down for a short weekend earlier this month. Well, a very short weekend, flights delays on both ends of the trip gave me less time with hubby, and more time sitting in the airport…but that is not what this post is about.
When I did a little research on the area, I told Builder that the beach looked like fun. Then I remembered that the Alamo is in San Antonio, along with several other missions. So Sunday morning we headed out to the San Antonio Missions NHP Visitor Center and the first of 4 missions that we visited that day. What a delightful day of fresh air, companionship and history we enjoyed together.
Our first stop was Mission San Jose and the SA Missions National Historic Park visitor center. If you start with a tour at the visitor center, you will likely get information on the other missions. Each site has it’s own stories and each one is so interesting. So we were just in time for a tour of the mission site, with Tatum. If you find yourself planning to visit Mission San Jose, call ahead and ask if Tatum will be giving tours. She is a great tour guide, you will be in for a real treat. Her interest and compassion in preserving the stories of the past, and respecting the people brought so much life and color to the information and stories she shared.
Each of these missions were established by Franciscan friars from Spain. The missions were built and run according to European culture and models, with the intent of creating new Spanish citizens. Native American tribes that were struggling under the burdens of famine, loss of land and conflict from other warring tribes (Apache and Comanche) were offered refuge in exchange for labor and conformity to the culture of the Spanish Crown. It was the “new converts” who built the actual buildings and walls, and cultivated the land for farming and ranching. The mission walls offered these people shelter, food, education and protection.
Our visit to The Alamo was quite different. It is in the heart of downtown San Antonio and there were crowds of people. While there is much to see at the Alamo, a museum full of weapons, artifacts and displays, we didn’t enjoy the same slow pace and quiet exploration as at the other sites. It was just so crowded. But, as we were leaving, we did find another fantastic storyteller and heard a fantastic and interesting retelling of the battle of the Alamo that either of had read before.
Just having one day to spend in San Antonio I, of course, didn’t even see the tip of the iceberg. But a day visiting the missions and soaking up some history is right up my alley. That evening we did head to the Riverwalk, and we had a wonderful evening walking and talking. It was so pretty and romantic with all the lights, the light crowds, water lapping and boats passing by. Perfect end to a good day!
Hopefully this post and the pictures will encourage you to check out the San Antonio Missions if you find yourself in the area. And be sure to plan an evening on the River Walk!
As readers here at By Quiet Waters likely know, I am an all girl mom. Actually, I am also an all girl grandmother (Nana). And I’m always knee deep in all things girly, but my favorite girly things is, EARRINGS.
I have a thing about earrings. Necklaces, bracelets and rings…nah. But earrings!!! So several months out of the year, I join in the Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club. This is a small, simple, and fun way we are able to help support young women who are at risk earn a fair wage, and even become business owners themselves. Here are the earrings that I received this month. Aren’t they so beautifully simple?
I love it when the earrings are “meant for me” and when they aren’t. It is a joy to gift them to another and let the story Fair Trade Friday’s mission be told again. And by the way, if earrings are not your thing… and maybe bracelets are?! There is a bracelet of the month club now, too!
In late December 2016, I got pretty excited when the image above popped up on my GoodReads page, alerting me that I had reached my reading goal for the year. I did a quick screen shot and saved it for this blog post, not realizing that I would finish 3 more books before the years end. So I read 51 books in 2016. That is an exciting record for me!
My favorite non fiction book of 2016 is Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst (a kindle read) and my favorite fiction book(s) have been the Harry Potter books that I read this fall.
Harry Potter books. For the first time. My kids have all enjoyed the Harry Potter books and I decided in late summer to read them via audio books. What fun I’ve had listening to the stories as I drive. Now I can banter just a bit with my teens, and understand a little more of the literary references that are tossed around. It was a tiny bit frustrating when I felt out of the literary loop when they talk about HP. Now, I haven’t finished the series, that will happen over 2017, and maybe by the end of this year I’ll have a favorite HP book.
The Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge was a lot of fun, and surely contributed to the variety of books that I read this past year. My only reading disappointment was not in a book I read, but in one that I have not finished reading. That is a book I am sharing with my youngest, and I really need to focus on completing Hinds Feet in High Places in this first 12 weeks of the new year!
Have you signed up to join the Modern Mrs Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge? I am so excited to see what reading holds for me in 2017, and am using the MMD Reading Challenge as a spring board into more diverse reading.
What were your favorite reads in 2016? And what are you looking forward to reading in 2017?
It’s only January, I know. Easter is a couple of months away, but, in case any readers might be looking for a new devotion over Lent, I want to share this book today.
Devotions for Easter, written and compiled by Stacy J Edwards, is a gentle companion for Lent. In it are warm stories, Scripture and prayers, as well as stunning, beautiful photographs. I haven’t been so taken by the simple beauty of a book’s cover and pages before. I feel this is a perfect one to leave on the table each day, beside a candle or a vase of flowers, so that others will pick it up, enjoy the beauty and soak in the warmth of the words.
There are 40 devotions with titles like No Turning Back, The Mixing Bowl, The Head that Once Was Crowned with Thorns, Your Most Precious Thing, and “People Feet”. Through the book, the stories are Scripture are woven together, in such a way that the Scriptural account of Jesus last days, His death and His Resurrection don’t seem so removed from our “everyday” life. Remembering Jesus’ story, which is so much more than a story, will make our own lives so much better. Consider adding Devotions for Easter to your Lent preparations.
This book was provided to me, free, in exchange for this review from the BookLookBloggers network, a division of HarperCollins.
The new year is off to a great start, especially reading wise. Thanks to a quick road trip with plenty of time for an audiobook and a kindle read, I managed to finish 3 books this week. While I won’t be blogging every week about what I’ve read, on occasion I might. This week’s books included Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, an audiobook re-read, Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer (kindle) and You Carried Me by Melissa Ohden.
Around the World in 80 Days is a fantastic fun trip around the world with likeable characters, a little suspense and plenty of good humor. It was a very enjoyable way to take an 8 hour drive to visit my dad with my husband and a couple of our daughters.
Chasing Mona Lisa is a good historical fiction, a page turner that was hard to put down.
You Carried Me was a very different type of book. The Plough Publishing House sent me a copy of this book, in exchange for a review.
This book made a strong impact on me. It is the autobiographical story of an abortion survivor, who is adopted by a loving family. As the story is told, the horror of abortion is made more clear, how it not only kills an unborn child, but the wounds of this violence reach far. And the story of forgiveness that this books tells is remarkable and healing, life giving.
I think Melissa Ohden is courageous woman and am thankful that she is willing to tell her story and speak up for those who have no voice.
This is what I’ve been reading this week. Share in the comments any book recommendations you have for me to read in the coming weeks.