texas is too hot

The trees have given up. Really, it’s too hot. They’re over it.

It’s seems like our grass here in Central Texas just won’t grow. The trees can’t take the heat. This branch from a cedar elm was shed in desperation, if trees can experience such a thing. Over 40 days with temperatures on or above 100˚F (40˚C). I have long since melted.

I arrived home to find that over half of my family’s trees have died from oak wilt, and now branches are falling. That feels sad; it feels like something I want to complain about. Then I see something like the video below from a shelter in Mogadishu where 300 families are struggling against famine and social unrest, scraping out lives in bombed out hovels. I think about haves and have-nots. I think about where I left almost a month ago. I still can’t make it all make sense.

I will say this. In this hot, hot place I’ve landed there is kindness and delight and rest. I promise to be sharing more of that soon. Thanks for sticking with me.


  1. You are meant to be a missionary for Jesus Christ. Go for it!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Michel! I’m not a Christian, but I do appreciate the contributions and community building so many Christians have accomplished around the world. We have a lot to learn from each other, and I have gained a lot from my Christian family and neighbors. Thanks for the encouragement!

      1. You will someday, you will discover ‘the real bread of life’ which Christ gives and you will start feeding others with THAT bread and your reward being Eternal Life that only Jesus the Son can give you by introducing you to the Heavenly Father the creator of all! He send His Son to die for you so that you live and have eternal life. You can not save yourself from -as some like to say: ‘this bitchy life’-but you need Jesus to do it after you accept Him (in a none-religious way) as your Savior and bread-giver! The Word of God that has come in flesh & blood bringing the message of salvation..from the throne of God the Father!

  2. “The trees have given up.” I LOL’d.

    I can’t make it all make sense, either. I subscribe to the belief that “God is good, but life’s a bitch.”

    1. Hoot, you are hysterical. Somebody, I need an embroidery machine and pillow.

  3. i love the “they’re over it” sentence. i say that all the time.

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