Gratitude Gratitude Gratitude

1 Mar

Looking at the world through the lense of a blog makes for an interesting experience. The Tortas are visiting Austin, Texas, home to family and friends and our former life. There’s been a mountain of loving connections, tasks completed and lessons learned.

Taking selfies with Sophia age one.

Taking selfies with Sophia age one.

Hunter age three with Grandma Lisa.

Hunter age three with Grandma Lisa.

There was a great sunrise out first morning in town. We were on our way to an early appointment at the Veteran’s Administration Clinic. The VA has checked Lisa’s health from head to toe. She will have new glasses and the continued support she needs to stay healthy.

Heading toward the VA Clinic on highway 71.

Heading toward the VA Clinic on highway 71.

A walk along Lady Bird Lake provides a view of downtown Austin. This was the warmest day we had during our stay. Note to self: come back when it’s not so cold!

View from the newly extended hike and bike trail.

View from the newly extended hike and bike trail.

While visiting Austin, I celebrated my birthday. We had a small gathering of friends at a local restaurant that had a swing band playing on a weeknight. After all, Austin is the live music capital of the world. No small claim.

The Lucky Strikes

The Lucky Strikes

We are blessed to be staying with family members Steven and Terry. There are two pictures on the shelf in their home that make me smile and bring back sweet memories.

Our backyard commitment ceremony in 1999.

Our backyard commitment ceremony in 1999.

The same backyard in 2012 for my 60th birthday.

The same backyard in 2012 celebrating my 60th birthday.

Time is flying by as we prepare to wend our way home to Bacalar. All I can say is gratitude, gratitude, gratitude, for a city that opens its arms to welcome us, family and friends who make time in their busy schedule and comfy homes, and everyone at the VA who went out of their way to adjust appointments and meet our every need. I am also grateful for the amazing life we have chosen in Bacalar. Life is very, very good.

A breakfast stop at Mother's Cafe. Great vegetarian/vegan restaurant and an Austin treasure.

A breakfast stop at Mother’s Cafe. Great vegetarian/vegan restaurant and an Austin treasure.

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8 Responses to “Gratitude Gratitude Gratitude”

  1. Becky Engram March 1, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    When I travel back to OK, the colder weather makes me appreciate my home here more. And although unseasonably cold here now, I could see how you may be appreciating Balacar weather even more. Funny too, I have a friend who thrives on cold. I just don’t get that, but a good lesson how different we all are. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip. Hope to catch you another time.

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  2. LJones March 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    What a wonderful trip! Loved the photos…and could see the energy of loving one another in each picture. See you THIS month:)

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    • afish25 March 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      I’m looking forward to seeing you. Let’s go for a walk and catch up.

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  3. emilievardaman March 1, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Sounds like a perfect trip – except for the weather. Aren’t reconnections wonderful?

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    • afish25 March 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

      We didn’t do so well the last time we were here, but it was a shorter trip. Not being rushed really helps.

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  4. Kathy - from Ottawa, Canada March 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    You guys rock. Happy belated Birthday, Alex.

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  5. Garth March 1, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    hugs and aren’t we lucky!

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