“Texas Rising” Review-Part 1

Texas Rising

We interrupt this regularly scheduled field trip summary to bring you a special rant because some things just have to be said! ;) On our last date night, my husband picked up a copy of Texas Rising at the book store and thoroughly enjoyed the first several chapters. When we first saw the trailers for the History channel mini-series , we were excited! (I know that won't surprise Read more

Liendo Plantation

Liendo Plantation

When Justo Liendo began growing cotton on his 67,000 acre Spanish land grant, it was one of Texas earliest plantations. Leonard Groce, one of the largest and most respected land owners in Texas, later built his home there in 1853, and Liendo Plantation became a social center as well, receiving and lavishly entertaining early Texas dignitaries and notorieties such as General and Mrs. Read more

Texas Civil War Museum

Texas Civil War Museum

Did you know that 47 Irish immigrants from Houston defeated 5000 Union troops who tried to invade Texas? Or that the final battle of the Civil War took place in Texas AFTER President Lincoln was assassinated? The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth bills itself as "the largest Civil War Museum west of the Mississippi River" and features a commissioned movie, Our Homes Our Read more

FEAST 25th Annual Homeschool Convention

FEAST image

We're going to the FEAST 25th Annual Homeschool Convention in San Antonio! Are you?   I'm thrilled to be speaking at 3 workshops this year: How to Make Learning Memorable and Fun Studies show that we remember only 10-20% of what we read in books or hear in lectures, but when learning is ACTIVE, retention jumps to 70-90%! Learn specific ways you can launch your       Read more

Texas Legacies

Texas Legacies Poster

If you're not one who usually clicks through to the links, you're gonna want to click this one! ;) Texas Legacies is a 50-year summer tradition in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Set against nature's backdrop in the "Grand Canyon of Texas" this rip-roaring song-and-dance review of Texas history will make you proud to be a Texan! If you're wondering whether it's worth it, I can Read more

The San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Tours

No trip to San Antonio is complete without visiting the River Walk--a pedestrian paradise created for the 1968 Hemisfair below street level in the heart of the downtown district. Shop, dine, and enjoy the gardens and fountains, as you stroll over bridges and through history along the cool and delightful San Antonio River. It's charming any time, but I especially love the river as an Read more

The OTHER San Antonio Missions

Mission Concepcion

The Alamo isn't the only mission in San Antonio. Traveling south along the San Antonio River, you'll find four others: Mission Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Mission Espada.   I love these four for their graceful architecture and their fascinating stories. For example, many of the missions were originally chartered in East Texas, but that location proved to be too Read more

The Alamo


The Alamo is one of the top vacation destinations in the United States. For Texans, it's practically in our back yard. :) Here in 1836 approximately 189 Texians defended the mission for 13 days against 1800 trained Mexican soldiers under General Santa Anna. Though the siege ended in slaughter for those inside the mission, they had demonstrated to the Mexican dictator that Texians Read more

Institute of Texan Cultures

Institute of Texan Cultures

I can't tell you how much I love the Institute of Texan Cultures...but that won't stop me from trying! Located beneath the Tower of the Americas in downtown San Antonio, the Institute is a collection of exhibits honoring every single culture and people group who have contributed to the mix that gives Texas its unique blend. No matter where your ancestors came from, you'll learn wonderful Read more

Presidio La Bahia

La Bahia Texian Press

Near the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site is Presidio La Bahia, the Fort on the Bay, which was established in 1749 to protect the Mission Espiritu Santo. (Used with permission of the Texian Press) La Bahia, now a National Historic Landmark, is the only surviving Spanish Colonial mission/presidio complex in Texas. It has been rebuilt to look as it did in 1836 when Col. James Read more