Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A Love Affair...
Twenty-four years ago this coming weekend, I stood in the middle of the brick street in front of this house waiting to hear a starting-gun. I had come to run in the Azalea Trail 10K. Little did I know that I would be changing the course of my life. That was my first visit to the Azalea District in Tyler, Texas.
I was seduced by a kaliedoscope of pinks and reds and whites and purples; intoxicated by the heady perfume of wisteria and jasmine; and lost in the beauty and grace of the historic homes lining the race.
For many years, I came back to run the Azalea Trail. Each time, I appreciated its beauty more.
A young couple moved in this little gem last November and have honed the beauty of their new old-home.
The cottages live peacefully in proximity to the castle-like mansions.
Homeowners work hard to create such beauty... they share it every spring during the Azalea Trails and Historic Tyler on Tour.
There is grace and generosity.
A commitment to our heritage.
And hope for our futures...
It is a whole-grain neighborhood... full of variety and texture and heft...
It is my neighborhood now... has been for almost ten years. It still has my heart. I will continue to post more photos of our neighborhood over this week as the azaleas come into their full, bright beauty. I am humbled and amazed at the magic of God's art... his flora and fauna delight my soul.
I am linking this to Kim's Wow Us Wednesday. Hope you all enjoy a beautiful day!