Texas Roots

This past weekend we took a trip to see the family farm in Midland, Texas.  Papaw still owns the land that was passed down from his parents but our boys had never been there and he wanted to show it to them. 

There are three types of Texas roots on the farm:
cotton roots,
 oil rooted deep in the ground,
& family roots.

Cotton still wet from the rain the night before

Midland for the most part is extremely dry and not much will grow there but cotton is planted everywhere you look.  A successful crop is made every few years.  Extreme drought has kept the plants small this year however they recieved 4 1/2 inches of rain the day we arrived. It's amazing how the ground seemed to soak it up.  Hopefully the crop "will make" this year.

Rows and rows as far as you could see

I loved looking over the cotton still in the field. 

It was amazing to me to see the small yellow flowers
and feel the soft fibers that grew from them and know that what I was wearing was grown in a field like this somewhere.

God provides for us in ways that we rarely think about.

Year after year, cotton crops are planted and harvested and meanwhile wells drilled deep in the ground continue to pump out rich oil. 

Oil is the real crop in this area of Texas with pump jacks every 200 yards (or so it seems).  The farm has it's fair share of them.

Rarely do you see a lease named after a woman's first name especially that long ago.  Remebering Grandmother though it's not surprising.  She was a lady that got what she wanted. ;)

And that brings us around to family roots...
Hearing about the farm many times over the years was not the same as seeing it in person. It was good to see Papaw looking over his land. It made my heart happy to see our boys enjoying it too! 
We were long overdue in visiting our Texas roots.

my good lookin' guys

Tomorrow, I will share another part of our Texas trip,
An Old Red Truck

Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:7