Small Town Texas: Shiner

Shiner, Texas.

We love this place.

Over the years, my husband and I have grown to love the little town of Shiner.

The first time we went on an anniversary trip, I had planned it because my husband loves Shiner and I figured he’d love going to tour the brewery. And he did.

On our first trips, we stayed at a quaint Bed and Breakfast, Old Kasper House . Now, I didn’t know how I would feel about staying at a place with strangers in the same house….so, we stayed in one of their cottages. And we loved it. We still got the feel of a bed and breakfast, while also having some privacy.

Cindy (I believe she is the owner, but I could be wrong) is super sweet. You can tell that she loves the community she lives in and will tell you some pretty great places to go and visit while you are in town.

In fact, every business that we have come into contact with is like that. They build each other up.

Another place that we have come to love, now that we have an RV is Shiner Boggy Creek RV Park. Jane is also super sweet, and will let you know about what all is going on in town while you’re there. There is a park right across from the RV Park, so if you have kids there are some fun things to do with them, as well.

We also like to venture out to the surrounding communities. There are a ton of history rich communities surrounding Shiner, so if you think you’ll get bored because it’s a small town- you won’t, because there are a lot of fun things to do to get you out and about.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite places in Shiner. If you find yourself out there, feel free to email us back what you loved: Contact@rootedmama.org

What If?

Have you ever had a thought that kept rolling around in your mind? It wouldn’t quiet itself until you said or did something about it?

I remember in middle school having these “what if” conversations with my mom.

What if (insert circumstance that had a bad outcoume)?

Over and over. These thoughts have played out in my mind for a lifetime.

Thankfully, my mom once told me (something to the affect of): “Jessica, you can not live on “what if”.

How true is that?

My what ifs were revolved around fear and anxiety. Causing more fear and anxiety. It’s a vicious cycle, really.

But here’s my thought….

What if I turned my “what ifs” around?

What if I stopped my anxious thought and replace it with a life giving thought?

You could do this with anything, really….

Original thought: What if the world keeps getting crazier and crazier —–> What if I show kindness and compassion to others around me- and it has a positive impact on people?

Turning our thought patterns around is hard. For all of us.

But, I think putting this into practice is worth a shot, ya’ll.

Because, some of the things I’m seeing breaks my heart. It makes me mad and angry. But, I can’t just sit on mad and angry. I can’t just sit on sad and depressed. I can just sit on anxiety. I can’t just sit on lack of good communication. I can’t just sit on lack of action.

It’s ENOUGH.

We are tearing each other down and creating division.

And…it’s ENOUGH.

We blame other people for the things going on in the world.

So, What IF….What would happen if we quit blaming our friend, our neighbor, our family, the guy that cut us off when we were driving, the mailman that got our delivery wrong, the President- GASP. I said it. Let’s be honest- sometimes Presidents make mistakes….let’s not even go down the road of our current President, because pointing out all his flaws won’t do anything.

What if WE rose to the occasion? What if WE showed the President what it looks like to bring our communities and our nation together?

What if WE showed that friend, neighbor, family member, mailman, how it looks to love, show kindness and compassion?

We all fall. It’s not a perfect process, but sitting in our current spot of complaining, finger pointing, name calling, and blaming is causing destruction and division. It’s getting us no where real quick.

So, let’s get out there.

Let’s go show kindness and compassion.

Each person on this planet has something stirring in their heart. Something that they have had enough of.

So, let’s go do something. Something productive. Something that HELPS and solves problems.

Do you have an idea on something that would help bring our nation together? Well, dang it, go do something about it. Don’t have the finances? You’re too afraid? Something else is holding you back? Well, dang it, figure out a way to get around that obstacle.

And every time we miss the mark- let’s dust ourselves off, figure out new way, stand up and do better next time.

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Thank you for taking the time to read what’s on my heart, today.

-Rooted Mama

Sleep Away Camp

Yesterday, I left my oldest son at his first week-long camp. He’s there enjoying sports, outdoor activities, and growing and learning with God.

I’m thankful that we are able to stay nearby at my sister and brother-in-law’s house…because if we weren’t, I would not be as calm as I am now.

Leading up to Opening Day, I’ve been worried about him. Will he remember to take a shower every day? Will he eat well? These thoughts, among many others have raced through my head off-and-on over the past few months.

And then today.

When we arrived at camp, they had everything worked out to a T. I’m sure there have been things that go on in the background, un-according to plan as all things do when you’re planning events….but, you’d never know, because of how smoothly things went.

I was still unsure as we were walking out of his cabin….

And then the parent orientation…

Ya’ll- they have cleaning their cabin as part of their daily routine. Like, cleaning the counters, making your bed…

Planting seeds of the importance of life skills.

When I signed him up, I didn’t know what I was getting….

I can’t wait to share our takeaways from this week!

Have you sent your kid(s) to a sleep away camp? What values or skills did they bring back that stuck?!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this today.

-Rooted Mama