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2015 Photo-Some-Days 3.10.2015

Since acquiring our lake house a few years back, we have seen the lake levels fluctuate significantly. Much of that was due to the drought that we Texans have dealt with over the past few years, while some was also due to a leak in the Lake Tyler dam, which I’m told has been repaired. Check out these shots, taken from very similar vantage points. Quite the variety!

“I grew up with the smell of the lake and the feeling of the woods.” ~ Steven Tyler via brainyquote.com

 

Lake Tyler Channel 3.10.2015 after several days of wonderful rain!

Lake Tyler Channel 3.10.2015 after several days of wonderful rain!

2015 Photo-Most-Days 3.9.2015

Many parts of Texas have been parched with drought for the last few years. Here in East Texas, we’ve been spared the worst of it, although the channel running up into our yard on Lake Tyler was completely dried up two summers ago – that’s 9 feet of water gone! Today, as we listened to the flash flood warnings issued throughout our area and looked upon a full Lake Tyler, we gave thanks for the rain. We pray that our fellow Texans in points west receive the same relief we’ve enjoyed.

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” ~ John Updike via BrainyQuote.com

We welcome the rain here at Lake Tyler 3.9.2015

We welcome the rain here at Lake Tyler 3.9.2015

This Place is Perfect

Sometimes it takes others’ eyes to help us fully appreciate what God has given us. Such was the case with me and our house on Lake Tyler.

Built in 1964, situated on about an acre of land and measuring at about 1,400 square feet, our lake house was previously owned by my mother-in-law. Darla was a certified Master Gardener, and “back in the day” she kept the grounds and gardens immaculately groomed. She planted gardens, each with a plant type or color theme and installed brick walkways among them. When we would visit, we always spent the first hour or so walking her gardens with her as she proudly showed us her latest additions. To say that Darla had a green thumb would be a gross understatement; Darla had a gift. She enjoyed nurturing her gift and, even today, we enjoy the results.

Darla moved out of the house in 2008. With no full time resident since that time, the gardens have not been properly tended. Brick walkways that were once beautiful garden pathways are now overgrown with weeds. Garden nooks and crannies, some featuring ornamental ponds and others featuring shaded arbors and park-like benches, are obscured and overgrown. I sat on one of the benches recently and it nearly collapsed as I lowered my weight onto its rotted boards. I no longer mow the lawn, for there is no lawn – now I groom my weeds. The exterior of the house needs a paint job, but first we must power wash the cobwebs from their positions under the eaves. Succinctly stated, the place needs work, and work is what I see when I pull up the driveway. My frustration grew to the point to which my wife and I recently agreed to put the lake house on the market. That was the case, anyway, until last weekend.

Last weekend we had five college friends join us for a weekend at the lake. As the weekend approached I was nervous, and even a bit embarrassed, given the run-down condition of the gardens and the home’s exterior. I was concerned about allowing my friends to see our property in this condition, so much so that I considered moving the event to our home in Keller to spare me the stress. I’m glad I didn’t.

My friends were awestruck. They gushed over the open space and the gardens they could see. They appreciated the lake views and speculated with us how the views will be improved when the brush along the channel is cleared. One fished from the yard and remarked how this would be a desirable vacation rental.

“Really,” said I, “somebody would actually pay to rent this place for a weekend?” I was shocked.

“Of course,” he said. “There are lots of people looking for an inexpensive weekend getaway. This place is perfect.”

“This place is perfect.” That phrase hung in the air as I contemplated the magnitude of what my good friend had just told me. As he continued to fish I looked around me and began to see our house and yard from his perspective. And I was sorry – sorry that I had adopted such a negative attitude about this beautiful gift that God has given us.

Yes, the place needs work. But you know what? My friend was right: This place is perfect. And it is not for sale.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” ~ Psalms 118:1

8.9.2014 Enjoying a delicious home-cooked Brazilian feast courtesy of the Dunn's.

8.9.2014 Enjoying a delicious home-cooked Brazilian feast courtesy of the Dunn’s.

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