Renewed Life

Before I get to the main part of this blog entry ... two fun new ways for visiting children to play were added to CTR during Christmas.

Swings for the young children!

Swings for the young children!

Ping-pong for the teens!

Ping-pong for the teens!

We hope that these continue to make CTR a spiritual home for children, as well as their parents.  It is important to have places for them (and us) to pray, as well as play :-)

When I was a boy, I mostly played with my younger sister Christina.  I remember close fought tennis matches at Bailey Park ... and also laughing until it hurt with her.  She now lives in Davis, California, but visited us last week.  On Christmas Eve, before driving her to the airport, we went to Bastrop State Park.  The park was ravaged by a massive, incredibly damaging fire in 2012.  Since the primary attraction had been its pine forests, I wasn't sure whether it would be a wasted visit.  It wasn't.  There was new life springing up in the burned out wasteland of the former park, and it was beautiful!  I took lots of pictures ...

The road into Bastrop State Park

The road into Bastrop State Park

Hilltop panorama

Hilltop panorama

New life springing forth

New life springing forth

4 "vert-o-ramas"

4 "vert-o-ramas"

Group picture

Group picture

The hikers

The hikers

Cuteness #1

Cuteness #1

Cuteness #2

Cuteness #2

Me & my sister at the airport

Me & my sister at the airport