Yesterday was Five Minute Friday and I am here to share thoughts on Saturday…

While the Umpire and I are spending time in Texas, my sister flew to San Antonio to spend a week with us. Yesterday our plan was to climb the Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg, but the night before proved to be quite cold and windy.

This may look like stillness, but it’s sport mode on my camera.

We checked the website the next day, determined to spend time in Fredericksburg if the State Park was closed, but found we were in luck. We layered up with clothes, and on arrival we put on the last layer and added knit hats and gloves.

Using our brand new (Merry Christmas to us), hiking poles, we were glad for the support as the winds were nearly 45 mph. At the top was incredible! Even my husband’s jeans were whipping in the wind as if they were thin wind-pants. It was exhilarating, but in the end we had to climb down the rock.

Often the Christmas season leaves rushed, exhausted and our minds a blur. This is not meant to be. To find the stillness we must be still. To focus on the Christ child in the manger, we must turn aside to be still.

We are reading The Wonder of the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. Each day you decorate the tree with the story of Christ’s birth. This is our stillness, our focus as a family, even though we are empty nesters, it is part of my focus on stillness.

Are you like me? Struggling to find stillness in a busy world? Stop struggling and just be. Five minutes with God is sometimes far more productive than working hard to plan life.

So I am a day late writing this because yesterday was a glory chasing day on top of a mountain of rock. Find your still time with God.




Magnolia Pearl

You might be surprised at first glance at the title, but don’t be fooled. This shop is exclusive, and not to be confused with Magnolia Market.

On our Texas trip, I was determined to check out this beautiful structure I had seen before on Hwy 290 E. out of Fredericksburg. This shop was built of reclaimed wood repurposed into a German-style grain barn. It was all hand hewn by Amish craftsmen over a hundred years ago.

The textile artist is Robin “Pearl” Brown who founded Magnolia Pearl in Texas Hill Country. Robin was born in the 1960’s and was raised in California and gives credit to her artist father and gypsy mother for her talent. She has been designing for over thirty years and Magnolia became a LLC brand twenty years ago.

Rusty old trucks are part of the decor in Texas.

“Magnolia Pearl is more of an umbrella term for a philosophy of living and looking. In one sense it refers to my fashion designs, interior pieces and accessories, but, in another, Magnolia Pearl is a choice, a decision to look on the bright side of life, and if you can’t see it, go ahead and create it for yourself. What I want to see is beauty in abundance.” ~Pearl



Each one of Robin’s creations is a limited production, and designed as a single size. All fabrics are of natural materials, and the highest quality. Robin creates new designs on a monthly basis, rather than twice a year, which is the norm. In this way, Robin can keep her creative juices flowing.

If you want special attention you may want to call ahead for an appointment and try on her creations. The colors are subtle when you walk in the door, but don’t let that fool you. The whole décor is well planned out, and spoke to me of simplicity.

The shop girls will greet you kindly and give you plenty of time to ask all your questions. Tara was sincerely friendly and gave me a wealth of information about the designs.

The Pearl is so interesting; it wakes up your own artistic genes!

Check out their website here and see all their beautiful photos: