Young Marriage / Old House [Feast in the Back Yard on a Hot Winter Night]

We had recently landscaped our house, Bekah was seven months pregnant, and she was soon going to say goodbye to her twenties. We decided to celebrate.

It was a usual balmy January night in San Antonio. We lit a fire anyway because we really wanted to try out our new fire pit. We dragged all the dining room furniture into the back yard. Houses with peeling paint surrounded us on all sides. Some of our oldest friends (as many as we could fit at the table) gathered at dusk. Sweet Yams (world’s best organic soul food shack that also happens to be in our neighborhood) catered the dinner. White wine, Mexican Coke and Alamo Beer (our neighbor three blocks away) flowed freely. (We love our neighborhood.) The gregarious Rottweilers fretted and muttered things under their breaths from their exile in the laundry room.

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MAVERICKWORK is an open-ended exploration about inhabiting the world artfully. This blog is for anyone who is interested in things like architecture, mystery, invention, sustainability, simplicity, prayer, fasting, luxury, cities, rituals, stories, relief and development work, gardens and strange objects.

I’m curious about pursuing artfulness in the ways we exist at various scales: in the objects we handle, in the rooms we live in, in the cities we move through, in the landscapes we cultivate and on the planet we steward. Inhabiting the world with artfulness might happen through a humble daily chore or through a sweeping national policy. It might happen through acts of sacrifice or through acts of luxury.

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