“MUST BE HEAVEN”

“Must Be Heaven” – Brenham, Texas

Dutch Apple Pie w/Blue  Bell Ice Cream

Sweeter than Blue Bell Ice Cream 

Pam and I drove to Austin last Friday morning for a family wedding.  The wedding was for Pam’s nephew, so we used this occasion for another Austin adventure.  We left at 9:30 AM so we could arrive at the airport to meet Lyndsey’s 2:15 flight and for Pam’s parents arrival at 4:10.

Usually, when we travel to Austin, we have a Starbucks stop at Huntsville and continue on our journey.  When we arrive at Roan’s Prairie, it is decision time.  We have a few favorite eating establishments in College Station and also “Must Be Heaven” is in Brenham.  So, Roans Prairie is the crossroads and time to go straight to College Station or turn left to Navasota and Brenham.  This trip we decided on Brenham.  “Must Be Heaven” is an old ice cream parlor type restaurant with great soups, sandwiches, etc.  Their sandwiches are made with homemade bread.  Then, of  course, they  bake  their own pies.  My two favorites are Coconut Cream and Dutch Apple w/ice cream.  Brenham just happens to be the home of the Blue Bell Ice Cream Company.  If you have never been to the Blue Bell Creamery, take the  time one weekend and take a tour through the creamery and sample some ice cream afterward. 

I took a few pictures so you can see for yourself without having to depend on my verbage in trying to give a good description.  The only problem with eating in Brenham (downtown), it is surrounded by antique shops.  But, if you are there for the day, it’s a great place to shop and  eat, or eat and shop.

After getting all the family gathered up, we attended the rehearsal dinner at Lambert’s in downtown Austin.  Saturday afternoon we loaded on the shuttle buses to attend the wedding at Laguna Gloria.  We had a great time at the wedding and reception.

Then on Sunday, it was time to return to the airport for Pam’s parents and Lyndsey’s flights from Austin.  Pam and I had an early supper at Corino’s in College Station and then on to Huntsville for another Starbucks treat.  It’s always great to see family and  it’s also great to be back home.

Each year at  Christmas, Pam  and I give each other the same gift…season tickets for Longhorn baseball and a contribution to The Longhorn Foundation.  That’s not the only gift we give, but we can always depend on each other for season tickets.  I mention this because we start getting excited at Christmas for the  upcoming baseball season.  We will be traveling each weekend the Longhorn’s are in Austin.  We have been staying at the same hotel for about six years and usually book the entire spring season at the beginning of the year.  The hotel keeps  a profile on us and know all of our favorite rooms.  By the time the season  is over the hotel staff think we are permanent residents and treat us  like  family.

Beginning on February 18, 2011, we will be having to make many decisions at Roans Prairie.  It is much easier on the return trip to Jasper.  We always travel through College Station and stop for supper.

Speaking of decisions….we begin making decisions early in life.  Sometimes we wonder why certain things happen to us.  When we really think about it, those things happen because of the decisions we have made.  It’s easy to try to put the blame on someone else or some other event.  But, almost always, it’s our own decisions.  Don’t get me wrong…I am not trying to say it is negative all the time.  We make good decisions as well as bad ones.  As we go through life, we hopefully gain wisdom and the decisions we make bring joy into our lives and those around us.

Wisdom comes from God and when we depend on Him to give us direction in our decisions, we are usually blessed.  He is ever faithful when we lean not on our own understanding  but depend on Him.

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