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Friday, September 10, 2010

A Nice Afternoon Yesterday/Bad News Today!



Yesterday afternoon I took my new little writer friend/tenant to Round Top to show her the beauty of a place that is hidden in the middle of nowhere. (since she is hiding out here to write I will have to ask permission to use her name and pictures on here)
I did a post about this place when I first started posting. You can see more of this wonderful site here A Promise Kept
On this post A Promise Kept you can see some really good pictures even one of the inside of the church.
This is Festival Hill that is home to the famous renowned James Dick. I do volunteer work here during his concerts.
Unfortunately the inside of the concert hall was locked so I will share pictures of that a later day.
Besides the enormous concert hall on this site there are lovely courtyards, the most beautiful church I have ever been inside, herb gardens, flower gardens, fountains, Victorian homes, class rooms for up coming artist and so much more. My new little friend said it reminded her of Europe.

The first picture is of a court yard behind the church.
This is a small part of the herb garden. Rosemary is everywhere!






Two fountains going into the grounds of the church!
Sorry my pictures are out of order but I keep trying to change them with no luck!

No matter how many times I visit Festival Hill I leave there in awe of such beauty.
My pictures really do not do it justice.

Update on me and Gary! Gary had his biopsy's done and a c scan. The chest x-ray they did they did tell him good news that if he does have cancer it has not spread to that area. Praise God.
We were hoping to here about all his test today but so far no word. I hate for him to wait all weekend for the results.
Well I just got the call while doing this post. His girlfriend Sherry told me Gary does have Cancer in his lymph nodes of his throat. They are referring him to MD Anderson in Houston for his treatments. She said three days a week of Chemo and Mon thru Friday of radiation. If I heard right for 8 weeks but not sure.
Oh boy I was expecting it but it still hard to grasp. Hard to think of your baby brother going through this but I will make sure he fights it just as I fought my Breast Cancer.
We live about an hour and half or more from MD Anderson so that is going to hard for him to travel every day. Again I ask for prayers and as always appreciate your prayers.
My two doctor visits were something else but no big deal after getting this news. The one workers comp doctor approved me for four hours of work again. Once again will have to see what the Sheriff's Dept does.
I doubt they will change their mind and let me work which I guess now my brother will need me more anyway.
Love to all
Maggie


43 comments:

Tina Eudora said...

Oh boy Maggie you have a load on your plate!
I have been and will continue to say prayers for your brother and for you and we have to believe it is all going to be alright.
I will be working quietly this weekend and so will have some "think" time and I will think of you both and see you happy and dancing.
Lots of love is coming your way....
Tina xo

LuLu Kellogg said...

This is a beautiful area!

I will continue to keep you and your brother in my prayers sweet Maggie.

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Nezzy said...

I'm just so very sorry your baby bro. Gary has to go through this. I'm thrilled it sounds like it was caught before it spread. I will continue to pray for him and your sweet granddaughter.

You take care of yourself so you can take care of your family.

Ya'll have a wonderful day heaped full of healing blessings!!!

Sharon said...

Prayers for you and your brother.
I hope that all will go well for him and for you.
Have a great weekend
Hugs

Garden of Egan said...

Ah Maggie! Just once could you please GET some good news? You will look back at this time in your life and wonder what hit you.

My prayers are with you and Gary. MD Anderson is the best there is.

I loved the pictures.

Marilyn said...

Prayers are with Gary & all the family!!
Love,
Marilyn

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Oh Maggie, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother's cancer. Yes, I know you will be a big help to him. Bless all of your family. Hugs, Marla

sjmcdowell said...

My Dear Maggie,

I know this is such a hard time for your brother and for you. I will continue to say prayers for all of you and I know Gods loving arms are enfolding you and Gary and is an ever present help in time of need!
Thinking of you... and my family and I send our love to you and your loved ones!!

Lovely pictures you took and so nice of you to show your new neighbor around the area!

Loving Blessings,

Susan

nanny said...

I am so, so, sorry for the news about your brother....
At least he lives in driving distance from the best, even though it will be a tough drive!
Wishing, hoping and praying for the best!

nancy huggins said...

What a lod for you but keep thinking positive thoughts. My husband had Melanomia Cancer when he was in his late 20's and he is now 69 and O K..so good things can happen and you and your family are in my prayers :)

Stitching For Serenity said...

My prayers, thoughts & love are with your brother & all those who share in his love. Hugs to you all. Tammy

Marydon said...

My precious Maggie, I am so sorry to learn of Gary's diagnosis. Prayers are lifted for him ... may His healing hand touch Gary soon. You sure have a load to carry this year, my friend.

What a beautiful place to visit, your pictures are lovely.

I'll give you a call next week ... should be done with the house by Monday, I think.

Love you, Maggie
Have a wonderful PS weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

The White Farmhouse said...

My prayers will be with your brother. Here is hoping that all comes out well. Love the pics! It looks like a gorgeous and serene place to visit.

Mumsy said...

Oh, dear, sweet Maggie! I was sure hoping for better news. Now we will just have to pray for Gary to have strength and the will to fight this thing and do well with the chemo. He is a blessed brother to have you to encourage and help him through this.

Will not stop praying for you either my sweet friend, I know that you still have some healing to do too.

The pictures are great and that church and grounds is beautiful. I love the fountain.

Love and blessings dear Maggie!

Hugs

Shirley said...

I was so hoping that your brother would get good news. I understand where he will be going takes great care of people. I will keep you and him in my prayers. Your pictures are great and makes you want to see more. It is an unique place that is for sure. Have a great weekend. Your Missouri friend.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Dear Maggie, I'm sorry about the news. I will be praying for your brother as well as you. I pray for your strength as you face what lays ahead. Take care both physically and spiritually.

Much love, Tracy :)

P.S. Love the photos you shared. That must have been a fun day.

myletterstoemily said...

oh dear, i'm so sorry for the bad news but
will add gary to my evening prayers. you
will be such great inspiration to him.

Elaine said...

bad news is hard to grasp but You are strong and you will be a great encouragement to your brother.. wonderful gallery of pictures of a beautiful place.

Ms. Chyme said...

Nice place as seen on photographs. Prayer for your brother.

Sue said...

I will keep both of you in my prayers, Maggie. You will be a good support for him, I know. And all of your friends will be a good support for you.

Hugs.

=)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Maggie,

I was sad to hear the news of your brother and will keep you both in my prayers and I wish for strength in the coming days to get through this.
I enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos.

Sending big hugs
Carolyn

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Here I LIVE in Texas and I don't think I've ever been to Round Rock!!! Now I just gotta go!!!!!!

esperance27 said...

Un petit coucou de France!
Amitiés:CLAIRE

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so sorry the news about Gary has added to your full plate.
As a 10 year cancer survivor my self, I can only say it is really fortunate that it was discovered and can be treated.
Be strong for each other. You are both in my prayers.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful place, Maggie! I love your pictures of it ~ I'm sure it must be a nice place to sit and think or have a little quiet time.

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother; my prayers are with him and you.

dulcy said...

Sorry to here about your brother's illness. It's just one thing after another these days. I hope his treatments do what needs to get done, and he comes through all this healthy again. Thanks for those lovely pictures! What a gorgeous place!
xo
dulcy

Kim said...

Sorry to hear about gary's news. He has a loving support system in his corner. Continued prayers for all of you.

Taos Sunflower said...

Maggie: I know this isn't the news you wanted to hear about Gary, and I'm so sorry. However, MD Anderson is one *amazing* place, and I'm happy to hear he has access to such excellent care. I saw a thing on the ABC news last night about some trials they are doing on cancer, and a man who was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer has been saved by them because of this trial. I believe in miracles, and I wish one for Gary. XOXO Martie

PS Dolly singing that song to me right now is going to make me have to go get the box of tissue.

Brenda Kula said...

I'm so sorry about your brother, Maggie. I know you will be beside him as much as you can.
Brenda

yaya said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother Gary. He's lucky to have a wonderful sis like you to be there for him. Those pics are beautiful. I wish I could go into that church, kneel down and say all the prayers for you and your brother. Guess I'll just have to do that right here and now in my own little place. God's ears are everywhere right?

Dragonlady said...

So sorry to hear this news about your brother, but will be praying for him and for you to be healthy once again....I too am a Breast Cancer Survivor....6 years cancer free now....

the pix are lovely and sounds like a very lovely place to visit....Glad your new friend enjoyed it...
hugs
Brenda

Debby said...

A beautiful hidden treasure. Looks like a magical place.
So sorry about the news of your brother. some good news but some not so good. I hate this disease. I hope things go well for him. Prayers for him, you and little Kaci. (((((HUGS)))))

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

I am so sorry for your brother....So sorry. Hope everything goes like you want for work.
Big hugs from me.
Frenchy

Charlene said...

Maggie, I have been to this beautiful place & you are right about it being a gem tucked away & so unknown. I remember going there before all the gardens we even started. In fact the first time I went to the church it was open. We got to go inside & it is indeed a site!!! Thanks for sharing. And it is amazing to see the growth & changes from year to year isn't it?!!!! I am so sorry to hear about your brother! You are right that it is a fight. But, you & I did our fight & now we/you can cheer others on. CANCER IS A MONSTER THAT SHOULD BE SLAIN!!!! HUGS! Charlene

Sissy said...

Really beautiful architecture you are showing here.

Maggie, I so hate this for your brother and you. You know that I know what you are experiencing as Allen is barely out of the woods with his treatments. You hang in there. Prayers are swiftly wafting to heaven that the treatments will stop the cancer in its tracks. Let your brother know there are many out here concerned about him and you.

It appears you are pleased with your little 'inhouse' writer. Great.

PEA said...

It's no wonder you love visiting Festival Hill, it's absolutely breathtaking! I so love places like that:-)

How very sad to learn that your brother does have cancer in his lymph node but with the love of his family he will pull through this. My prayers are with all of you. xoxo

Pamela said...

Payers being sent your way!

Kissed by an Angel said...

Loving thoughts and prayers for your dear Gary. Hope he makes a full and speedy recevery.
xxxx

Sybil said...

I am sorry to hear about your wee brother's cancer scare. I will be praying that all goes well with the treatment. Does he have a friend who will be able to drive him to the treatments as the chemo etc can make one feel so tired.
Keep smiling and know that you and all your loved ones are surrounded by love and prayers.
Love Sybil x

Karen Whittal said...

" I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and furture"
Jer. 29:11 Praying for you and your family as always love Karen

Julie Harward said...

Maggie...I am heart sick about your brother...God be with you and with him in this battle for health and for life itself. Hang in there...you have lots of strength and if some days you don't use Ms. Pearl's! ;D

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh sweet Maggie.....What to say.....what to say.....??? When it rains it pours....but knowing you~ you and Ms. Pearl will just put on your rain boots and go make splashes in the mud puddles. Hang in there.....I'm prayin' too.

Xo

Jo

~ Regan said...

So sorry about Gary! I will be thinking of him and your family, and saying my prayers!