My brain seems so full lately! I am not a naturally organized person – my kids say their mama has the character quality of “flexibility” because I change plans and ideas so easily! But one thing I have always seemed to be able to do is the fun things in life – you know, parties, holiday gifts and baskets, surprise notes and gifts, that kind of stuff.
Every year for quite some time I have made my kids a Valentine basket with little gifties that were personal to them. Nathanael could count on baseball stuff, Dannye usually had cats or chickens or frilly girly stuff, and Pamela had whatever phase she was in at the time – Barney, bunnies, handyman tools to help her Daddy, whatever! I also fixed something sweet (Turtle candies) and romantic (my secret….) for my hubby.
This year I just could NOT get myself together! I got nearly everything I wanted for Arulai ready in time for mailing (grandbabies are priorities, you know!), but was only able to get the simplest gift ready for Bo and Em, and Pamela and Will. Since I didn’t have to mail Dannye’s, I was able to do better on hers, but ideas for my sweet hubby simply failed me. I grabbed a box of Turtles on one of my shopping trips, but nothing else ever happened!
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Friday, Bill told me that he was taking me out to eat on Saturday, but wanted to leave mid-afternoon so we wouldn’t be out too late. I asked Dannye if she could stay with Mama and Daddy for the afternoon/evening, so everything was arranged. Bill had errands to do Saturday morning, including but not limited to going to a distant mall to pick up a dress I had on hold for Dannye, bought so we could all match at church on Valentine’s Day.
I got to sleep in! It was really nice, and of course I lollygagged around until I was later than the time he had stated for our departure. He told me the restaurant was a bit of a distance, so he wanted to get an early start. An hour late, I was finally ready, had Mama and Daddy fed and settled, and Dannye had arrived.
My first surprise was when I got in the van. Bill had bought me a beautiful bouquet of red roses!!! They were (are) so gorgeous, and really special to me because he has really never liked the idea of spending money on something that will die in a few days!
Well, we got in the car, and our journey began. What a wonderful, refreshing time we had driving to the “restaurant”. I love riding around with Bill! He enjoys driving, he loves to see new things, and he has probably driven every backroad between home and San Antonio, which was the route we were taking. Because of Bill’s narcolepsy, I don’t often have an alert, captive audience to talk to unless he is physically doing something, so driving around anywhere with Bill is just about my most favorite pasttime!
As we turned tward Round Top, Texas, I thought, “This is where Barbara’s sister has that Bed & Breakfast.” But I truly never thought Bill would have that in the plan simply because of my folks. Then he turned off the main road to “show me something he wanted to get a picture of” and even acted as though he weren’t sure of where he had seen this place. He soon found it, and we drove into the driveway of Prairie Wind Farms. Seriously, people, it is not at all unusual for my hubby to drive into a stranger’s driveway. He is forever seeing something in someone’s yard that they “might want to get rid of”. He stopped the van and got out telling me he had someone he wanted me to meet.
When she opened the door, I said, “Your Barbara’s sister!” Prairie Wind Farms is the Bed and Breakfast I mentioned above, owned and operated by Stan and Linda Suggs. Even then, they had to tell me we were really staying there! Bill had arranged for Dannye to stay overnight with Mama and Daddy, and we had the whole weekend together! I am still amazed and more blessed than I can say. For Bill to take me on a special date is not unusual, but rarely does he try to surprise me because there have always been arrangements to be made. Kids to find a sitter for, clothing to pack, calendars to clear, etc. This time, he made all the arrangements, with the help of Dan and Jeanne, I understand.
We stayed in a really cute little cottage that had a sitting room area flanked on both sides with a bedroom and bath. It was decorated so beautifully, and I couldn’t wait to make myself at home!
Bill and I were STARVING!!! Linda recommended Scotty’s & Friends, so we headed on to Round Top and found the quaint little restaurant. We didn’t have reservations, didn’t know we’d need them, but Scotty’s had a full house because of the appearance of a German Band. The good news was that many of the folks who came to hear the band were friends and decided to share tables, so that left a few tables open for others. The band was adorable, the food was really good, and I also got to talk to Arulai during the meal. (She called to say thank you for the “Wheetie Pie” book I sent her for Valentine’s Day. She also assured me she was my “Wheetie Pie”!)
One of the most special parts of our night away was being able to sit together on the couch in the little living room of the cottage. I know that seems crazy, but Bill and I never have opportunity anymore for what I call normalcy. I loved snuggling up on the couch with my hubby to watch a movie on TV. It was lovely!!
Linda had asked what time she should serve breakfast, and while sleeping in is a luxury I don’t have very often anymore, I didn’t want to waste my time away sleeping! We had breakfast with Stan and Linda shortly after 8:30 and had a great visit with this wonderful couple.
Then we got the grand tour before packing up to leave. The Prairie Wind is a working farm with cattle, chickens (watch where you step!), a vegetable garden, a couple of bunnies, a gorgeous cat, and an adorable Australian Shepherd named Bonnie.
They have B & B rooms upstairs in the main house, plus the Smokehouse where Bill and I stayed.
As hard as it was to tear ourselves away and move toward real life, Bill and I finally headed home. We had a nice lunch in Brenham, took a really nice detour on some scenic backroads, then arrived home before dark.
Mama and Daddy weren’t quite ready to eat dinner, so we had a nice little break before “caregiving” began again. A soft landing from a beautiful high!
I know you all know how wonderful I think my husband is, but I really need to say it once again. I am continually amazed by his love for me, his tender care for my needs, and his desire to provide even my “wants”. I am completely loved – how amazing is that???? If the Father’s plan for my marriage was to show me a picture of His unconditional love, He accomplishes that every day.
Valentine’s Day is associated with romantic love, but while I most certainly have that with Bill, I had the blessing of experiencing God’s agape love in a very special way this Valentine’s Day. Thank you, my Love!
God bless your day!