Love Austin: Arthouse

 Our Austiny Kate. Where has she been? Busy. Photo shoots, mission trips, nesting in a new office on the east side. You name it. But she’s back with a little arty insight.

While I was waiting for a photo shoot downtown, I stared at this building wishing I could just open the glass doors and follow the lines leading me in …

I love how Austin loves art and artists. I love these spaces. And I’d love to check out this exhibition.

{AMOA-Arthouse originates and presents year-round a schedule of contemporary art exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career artists from across the globe.}

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Love Austin: docks & bridges

One of the reasons I love Kate is that she is completely addicted to the sunshine in Austin. So of course, I can count on her to find all the hidden outdoor arty parts of the city.

I love the random docks you can find in Austin. I stumble on a new one all the time.

And the bridges, too. All over the place. This particular bridge on Town Lake has the most charming blue feet stamped across it. [Read more…]

Love Austin: Rock Island

One of the great things about Austin is the weather. Here we are in the dead of winter, still sitting outside and enjoying the weather. I love that about Austin. So does Kate …

This is one of my favorite spots in Austin to sit and watch and think and read and stare at clouds. I love the grass – such a deep green and such a contrast to the sandy skyline in view.

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Love Austin: Autumn

Autumn in Austin equals afternoons that are perfect for picnics ~ and Kate captured it. This just makes me want to kick my shoes off and head outside to savor the beauty of fall in the city I love.

While most parts of the country are starting to experience that stay-in-doors kind of weather (not my favorite), I am so happy to live in Austin and still be able to get outside.

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Good News Austin: Breakfast Dives & Weekend Fun

One of my favorite things to do when the kids were little was to load them up in the car on a Saturday morning ~ still in their pj’s ~ and head out to get hot delicious donuts at ‘historic’ Round Rock Donuts. Click & listen:

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Love Austin: Frank

Have you had a chance to ‘meet the team?‘ Kate is posting images of Austin: The people, places and locales that just say, ‘Austin.’  This week, it’s Frank/ATX

I stumbled up on this beautiful sign on my way to a happy hour with friends and the word ‘coffee’ immediately caught my eye. I love the type and colors– white brick and creamy orange.

Maybe make it next week’s dinner or coffee stop? I’m okay with combining waffle fries and coffee.

written and captured by kate

Austin Fires: How to Help

Austin ~ the city I love. Texas ~ the state I adore: Faced with a challenge. Fires. Breaking out all over the central Texas area. Most recently, in Austin at Steiner Ranch. In Leander. In Cedar Creek. In Spicewood. In Smithville. In Bastrop.

In Bastrop alone, the fire spread to more than 25,000 acres. And destroyed 500 homes. More than 5,000 people have been evacuated.

Closer to home the fire dominated Steiner Ranch, where many of our church members and staff live. Families evacuated late Sunday night in a panic ~ and are still not able to return to see the condition of their homes. The fire destroyed at least 24 homes and damaged 30 others.

Unsettling news. And the winds still blow ~ threatening more Texas towns and neighborhoods.

In times like these caring people ask: What can I do? How can I help?

You do the only thing you can do.

You do what you can …

For my girls, it meant singing songs for weary people in need of encouragement at a Red Cross evacuee center.

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