Rain Lillies


Rain lilies, aka Cooperia pedunculata.

Ahh, so that’s what they are called – those sweet little white flowers dotting our new property in the Texas Hill Country.

They showed up the morning after some much needed rain.

They only lasted for a couple days, but hold on to your hats – we can look forward to them reappearing all the way through August assuming we get more rain.  These beauties started out pure white but started with the pink-tinged petals on day 2.

So lovely.

I sense some serious nature journaling in the kids’ near future – and mine!

Yes, Dorothy, Dreams Really Do Come True

We were pipe dreamers.  We wanted a house for a family of nine, with acreage, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, and it had to be within a ridiculously low budget.

Our agent searched high and low and never gave up on us.  She didn’t try to convince us to increase our budget; she never told us to lower our expectations.  Instead, as we nixed houses one by one, she encouraged us not to give up, saying over and over, “We’ll keep looking.”  She kept us pressing on, month after month.

And then she found it.  The house we were destined for, on the acreage we wanted, in my favorite little town in Texas, for considerably less than we were willing to pay.

In short, a miracle.

And she held our hand every step of the way, answering every question, making sure every T was crossed and every I was dotted.  She had all the connections we needed and jumped in and helped us manage all the inspections, surveys, deadlines, paperwork and even our mortgage officer.  She treated us and everyone we encountered along the way with wisdom, honesty and integrity.

Whether you need a miracle or just a realtor to find the home you’ve always dreamed of in the Texas Hill Country (Dripping Springs, Wimberley, San Marcos, Driftwood and Fischer) , remember this lady:

Marti Eveleigh


Happy Trails!

Fireflies, Verbena and White Flower Blessings

It’s official.  After 10 days of missed deadlines by our mortgage company, we finally closed on our house.

Andrew and his friend have been slaving away getting it ready for flooring and painting not to mention ripping out the oven, range and kitchen island.

We bought an outdated house with dear hubby promising to make it mostly beautiful by the time we move in.

It’s looking a little scary right now.

Gaping hole where the oven used to be.

Carpet gone – plywood in its place.

Holes in the sheetrock.

I’m starting to think outdated would have been okay.


I’ve been trying to stay away so the men can get the work done without my six little helpers in the way.  But I wind up there around dinner time every night – I mean, they have to eat, right?

Yesterday I was there and was delighted to see verbena growing.  Our current house that we have been renting for the last seven years grows blankets of verbena every year, and I just love it.  Our current house will forever be our verbena home, but it will be a nice reminder to have it at our new house too.


And today a wonderful surprise.  Between yesterday and today about 40 beautiful white flowers have bloomed.  It is amazing what God can accomplish in 24 hours!

I love those white flowers.  Some years ago I lived in the town we’re moving back to, and I fell in love with the white flowers I saw growing in the fields.  I never knew what they were, and they never bloomed in the neighborhood I lived in.  But our new house has them in droves.


And then as I was serving dinner, Andres ran up with a bug exclaiming “fireflies, fireflies!”  I hadn’t seen fireflies in years.  For some reason even though we live out in the country, the area of our current home doesn’t have fireflies.  But our new house does.  They danced and entertained us through dinner tonight.


To have a home to call our own after seven long years of renting.


To have so many little ones to fill the rooms with.


To have pastures and gardens and a creek to explore.


Job 1:21 – “He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.'”

I feel like I have lived through the latter part of this verse.  Pretty big disappointments in the last few years.  But this house is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.  The Lord has given.  And yet, even this house and what it represents to me would mean very little without my marriage and my children.  And those things He gave a long time ago and sustained even through the disappointments.  Today I rejoice.

Stay tuned for more adventures and more rejoicing from the heart of the Texas Hill Country.