Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our Week in Matagorda

This was the first year that neither of the kids were home for Christmas, so John and I decided to spend the week at the travel trailer in Matagorda. We did not put up a tree. The only decorations were two poinsettia place mats and a Christmas candle.

Inside the Trailer

The weather was not the best. From Sunday to Christmas Day it went from really cold, to warm, to cold, to warm again. Each front that came through brought rain. Low clouds obscured the sun most of the time. And one day the fog was so thick that John and I walked right past each other on the beach and didn't know it.

Foggy Day at the Beach

John's big Christmas gift this year was a fishing light.

Shining a strong beam of light on the water at night attracts the bait, which in turn, attracts the fish. On the nights it wasn't too cold, I joined John for nighttime fishing on the river. Everything I caught was too small to keep, but John caught one keeper trout.

My big Christmas gift was a deck we built for the trailer. I love the way it turned out! It provided us with a nice clean, dry place to sit and watch the comings and goings on the river.

I passed on the kayak fishing this time since the weather wasn't that good, but John didn't let the cold and wind stop him. He caught two nice redfish, which gave me an opportunity to photograph the pelicans at the fish cleaning table.

Patiently Waiting

Fighting for Fish Scraps

Mine! Mine! All Mine!

We left Matagorda sooner than we planned when we got word that my grandmother passed away in Oklahoma. She was 93 years old and a faithful Christian. Though her passing was sad for us, it was a victory for her. I am confident she is in a better place and I am comforted.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1Cor. 15:57


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. I'm sure you will miss her but know you will find comfort in your faith.
    Your week sounds so relaxing! I love the pelican photos and will have to show those to my stepdaugher, Jessica, as she loves loves loves pelicans.

  2. So sorry to hear about your grandma. I, too, believe in the peace of our heavely home. Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy New Year.

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I bet your memories of her will bring you comfort.

    Your holiday at Matagordo sounds so lovely. The new porch looks perfect. Happy New Year!

  4. Peace comes after a good, long life.
    Your week sounds like a fabulous gift. It's the best way to spend a Holiday...a slow, happy pace of life. Happy New Year to you and J!

  5. My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your grandma. So great to know though that you'll see her again.

  6. I'm sorry for the loss of your grandmother but happy for her gain. Matagorda is looking more and more like home for you. I find that exciting. I love both your big gifts!

  7. I am sorry you lost your grandma. It is never easy no matter how old a person is when they pass. I hope you are doing okay.

  8. I'm sorry about your grandma, but thankful that you have cause to rejoice!

    I love the cozy domestic photo of your travel kitchen and dining area. Your week at the beach still sounds like it was delightful, despite the weather.

  9. I am so sorry for you loss of your grandmother. How wonderful to know she is in heaven.
    Happy New Year!!!

  10. Your loss is surely heaven's gain! It looks like you and your hubby have found a little piece of heaven at Matagorda:~D

  11. Marty6:48 PM

    Just discovered your blog and I was thrilled to find patterns for preemie hats. I think I'd like to start making them and donating them somewhere in the West-possibly Salt Lake City University hospital, where my granddaughter spent 4 months in the NICU. I am grateful for the care she got and the miracle she is-at 4 she is perfect in every way and a real force to be reckoned with. Have a blessed New Year.

  12. I am sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. You right that she is in a much better place.

    Your week without the kids sounded like it was fun even though the weather wasn't great. Next year I have a feeling we will be having the same kind of Christmas.

  13. So sorry to hear about your Grandma. Your comments show your affection for her.

    Love the pelican pix. I saw a ton of them in Florida when I visited my sister and I just love them

  14. Absent from the body and present with the Lord. How wonderful to have the assurance of knowing in whose presence your loved ones are :)

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas week through pictures. Wishing you and yours abundant blessings in the new year!

  15. I love your deck, Tracy! That is such a beautiful spot you have for your trailer. I'm sure you and John are going to spend many pleasant hours there.

    I'm sorry for you that your grandmother is gone. What comfort, though, when you know your loved one is in Heaven, free of pain, and free of the trappings of an older body. Best of all, of course, is that she is now with Jesus.

  16. hi,
    ... thanks for the affection in which only strengthens 2009nossa friendship.
    I wish you and your family for a year full of good things.
    What your dreams are made and you just bring happiness!
    Happy 2009!
    Sandra Coatti kisses .......

  17. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but how wonderful the comfort you have that you know she's with the Lord.

    I love the pelican pictures!!!

  18. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Grandmother. I know it's harder during this time of year to lose a loved one.

  19. GOd Bless you as you pass into this stage where you think of her all the time anyhow and she is around you and in your heart!

    Love the fishing Christmas post. I got a new reel!



  21. I'm sorry to hear of your Grandmother - yet I too believe that we move to a better place.

    Your little trailer looks so darling, and what a lovely new deck!

    Blessings to you and your family in this new year.

  22. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing, Tracy. It is such a comfort knowing that a person you have lost is a Christian, but good-byes are still difficult. I also always think that when a person reaches the age of your grandmother, they're lonely for the people who they were young with. It's nice to think of them being with those people again too.

  23. What a beautiful trailer and deck. I'm sorry for your grandmother's passing.

  24. Your week at Matagora sounds like a great trip to me even with the weather playing roller coaster. I don't get to fish as I'd like so I'm enjoying fishing, as if I were, through your posts. :) Thanks!

  25. I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. It is comforting to know we will all meet again in a better place. Maybe that place will look much like your new deck. Love how it turned out.

  26. My condolences on the loss of your grandmother, she had long life and she still lives on in your memories. I enjoyed the photos of the Pelicans, still sounded like a new week away from it all, peace and quiet. The porch looks like a good place to knit when the weather warms up.

  27. Tracy, I am so sorry and sad to hear about your grandmother's passing...Prayers to you & your family at this time. We never really lose those we love, as long as they live on in our hearts. :o) Your simplified Christmas in your trailer sounds like fun--getting away from it all. That deck is a nice addition! It is wonderful you can really enjoy all this most of the year. Wishing you & yours all the best in 2009--much love, happiness and peace. :o) ((HUGS))

  28. I'm sorry to hear of your grandmother's death. Even when we know it's time and a victory, we still miss them.

    How wonderful that God blessed her with a long and faithful life.


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