A peaceful, easy feelin’

30 years.  That’s how long Curtis and I have been married!  Either we’re really old or really stubborn or really the soulmates we thought we were way back when.  Maybe a little of all three.

To celebrate such a mind-boggling milestone, we did what any long-married couple would do:  we forgot to plan any sort of big trip, then at the last minute decided to take off on a 24-hour mini-anniversary tour of South Central Texas.  It was like stepping back in time — well beyond 30 years and closer to 100.

We started by booking a B&B in Moulton, population 884.  Instead of walking around town (which we could have done but it was H-O-T-T), we drove around slowwwwwly and stopped to investigate a couple of locations that caught my eye. 

The next day’s adventures began with a visit to the home of Shiner Beer, Curtis’s current favorite.  The old brewery offers free tours daily, and the folks there are mighty nice.  In case you’re interested, you can drop by the gift shop every week for beer and ale samples.  I was a big girl and tried one just to prove to myself that I, in fact, will never like beer.

While we were in Shiner, we also stopped by the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church because our B&B hosts told us it had been recently spiffed up.  They sort of undersold it, as it turns out.  This is one of Texas’ famed “painted churches” and boy, is it a sight to behold!

I love looking for details that move my spirit and finding the light and angles to best capture them.

Curtis loves resting and meditating and waiting and waiting and waiting for me to be ready to leave.  See how well-matched we are?

We rounded out our Back in Time Tour with a late lunch stop in Gonzales …

… and an ice cream stop in Yoakum.

All in all this was the perfect, peaceful way to mark 30 years together.  Low-key, low-stress, low-cost adventure — just the way we started out long ago when we didn’t know any better.  Yep, I think we can keep this pace up for at least another 30 years.  Love you for ALWAYS, shug.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:25-26

Shari Boykin - September 13, 2012 - 10:15 pm

Wonderful pictures! I was going to suggest the painted church tour to you. You need to do it if you haven’t, but in the fall. I took a group of “older” ladies once and the churches are amazing. We should get a field trip together and go.

I heard that the Shiner brewery used to have a spigot on the side of the building for the workers. Larry loves the family variety pack of Shiner, but yuck from me too.

Gina Judy - September 14, 2012 - 7:23 am

I love this post. Probably because it’s just so you and Curtis. Also, we did the Shiner Brewery once before and really enjoyed it. (Jared more so than me. I was pregnant with Isaac at the time, so he got all my free sample tokens.)

Looking forward to seeing you next month! And the month after!! <3

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