Saturday, May 24, 2014

Find Beauty

In these last couple of months I have begun to realize just how beautiful the world is. It can be so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and take for granted all of your surroundings. So lately I have tried to just admire the world and everything going on around me. 




Last weekend my mom and I took a one night road trip to San Marcos to visit my sister and Nana. After being in the car for a total of 12 hours, living off of diet coke and breakfast burritos, and waking up to a towed car it was one long day to say the least. 
But in the midst of all the chaos, I made sure to take everything in and enjoy the time we had together. 

We left for San Marcos Sunday morning and spent our day downing diet cokes and trying to find radio stations that would work along the way. We met my sister at the Pottery Barn outlet and spent the next 5 hours on our hands and knees trying to find the frame with the least scratches. We finished off the night with a relaxing dinner at Willie's Grill. The food wasn't great, but the atmosphere and company was what made it fun. 

On our way to visit my Nana's we stopped several times to just admire the view. I have been going to Fredericksburg all of my life and I have never realized how stunning the scenery is.  For the first time ever, I was amazed at how vibrant all the colors were. The lush grass and bright wildflowers seemed to be a dream. It is amazing how much we miss when we don't pay attention to the small details. 

It got me thinking… how much beauty am I missing each day when I am not looking? 

As days continue to pass we become so familiar with the world around us that things no longer seem beautiful. The most breathtaking view soon becomes a tree we pass on our way to work. We are programmed to keep moving from one thing to the next, never stopping to see what we are missing as we pass. 
It has occurred to me over these past several months that the world is meant to be admired. The world was given to us as a gift from God to be cherished and loved. It is a privilege to get to live in a world that was created specifically for us and for our liking. We are made to exist with the world, and not just on it. 

Slow down and enjoy your surroundings. If you're not careful you miss out on the beauty that is all around us. 







Enjoy the beauty.

Simply, 

Kendall Rose



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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mother's Day

This was the first Mother's Day without my Grams, so instead of seeing an empty seat at our usual brunch spot, we opted to break tradition and be spontaneous…well we tried to anyway.



//My beautiful Momma//


 What started out as a weekend getaway to Austin for time in the city turned into a stay-cation and last minute reservations.  We booked hotels and brunches in Austin to get a change of scenery and to visit my sister and Nana but along the way everything fell apart. 

Due to everyone's busy schedule and some miscommunication on the side, it was decided the day before we were supposed to leave, that we now would be making our own brunch. (It is funny that with all the technology we have, communicating is still so hard.) As annoying as it is to have the plans change so far in, we made the best of our weekend anyway. We spent Saturday lunching at Patina Green (eating the most fresh, organic sandwiches you could ever find) and wandering the streets of downtown McKinney. 

At lunch when we realized we had no menu for the following day, it was decided that we would be eating out. As the plan continued to change, I began to panic….where do you find reservations the day before Mother's Day? Well as it turns out, the best authentic Mexican restaurant in our quaint little downtown. 

While we made the reservations for Bien Salsa on a whim, I am so glad we did. The food was fresh and delicious; I will definitely be going back for seconds. We had a relaxing brunch (well sort of..we did spill two mimosas) and rushed home for my mom to open her presents before my dad had to jet off for work. 

I think the older I get the more I appreciate holidays. I am reminded time and time again how great God is and how thankful I am for everything that The Lord has given me so undeservedly. 

Mom- You are simply amazing. I don't know how I could ever get through life without you. I admire you for your strength, compassion, giving heart, and so much more. I am so proud of how much you have grown your relationship with God this past semester, it has been such an amazing process to watch. I can see that He is working in your heart everyday and I can only imagine what is to come for you. Thank you for being my constant supporter, my best friend, and most importantly my mom. I love you with my whole heart.



//impromptu photo shoot//



//how cute is my momma//




Simply, 

Kendall Rose