This time we visitied the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.
We met our new friends, who also homeschool, for an afternoon surrounded by God's beautiful handiwork, carefully cultivated into a delightful discovery of gardens and trails and observatories and habitats.
First things first: picnic lunch.
One of my favorite from the rose garden. Gorgeous! And so fragrant.
The kids brought their journals, and I encouraged them to sketch or write about their discoveries. They stopped often to observe and sketch.
The rose garden also inspired Gabe, and he took a moment to capture some of it's beauty.
All of the kiddos, forced into a group pose by two camera-toting moms. This stone seat was covered with a colorful tile mosaic.
Caleb and Seth peering over a two-story lookout tower. They were disappointed that Gator Lake had no 'gators. (And with the current Texas drought, not much lake either.)
It is always such a joy to watch my children learn and make new discoveries.
One of my favorite spots was the Arid Garden, a little corner with a wide variety of cacti and desert foiliage poking out of the hard soil. This garden felt like Texas!
God is so good to add such color and beauty to even the most desolate of places. We can't wait until springtime when blooms and blossoms will spring out from what we thought was dry and dead.
A desert congo line?
And this was my favorite picture of the day. Isn't she just lovely, my sweet Lily flower, bursting from among the rose bushes?