While looking through my external drive from last year for something tonight I realized I never posted or shared these. They are just family snapshots. I remember this day as a gift. The kids and I had been running ragged, I was exhausted, I hadn’t even had a shower. Teagan was improving, but still very sick at this point. God graced us with a good (no demyelination, etc.) day. Sans him having some major gut issues that morning, he was having a good day and I immediately knew I needed to get out of the house and where I wanted to go. This is my favorite place in the fall. I am sure most in Austin love it in the spring, but not me. In the fall the big yellow leaves fall like a heavy snow storm. The color is beautiful, it is calm, quiet, almost deserted. When we got there, they were closed and I wanted to cry, both from exhaustion and getting the kids out of the house. There was someone standing outside the entrance and I stopped to ask if they were closed. She said they were but that we could come in and have the place to ourselves for a bit if we wanted to. Perhaps she could sense my state, or maybe she’s an angel. Most likely both. I wanted more than anything to be in this place on that day. Calm, quiet, reflective. I wanted to bring my children here and pray for them. I wanted to sit with Teagan, wrap my arms around him and pray with him for healing. And that is just what we did. We called it an adventure. Ty and I traded off taking pics, I have no idea which of these I shot and which he did. I love that. Teagan struggled with the stairs and did that hunker down thing he always did, not sure on his feet or having a lot of balance. Other than that, he did really well on this day, I was proud of him. We walked and explored and prayed. I felt a sense of peace here I hadn’t in many days. I needed all of those things on this day….that’s what I remember the most about it.