It has been a busy and eventful time since we drove into Missouri a week ago. While in Texas, which has been in a drought, I was quite anxious to feel some rain on my face. Now I regret ever thinking that. Our first stop was in Columbia, Missouri to visit my sister Linda. Shortly after arriving we rushed out to see the many different redbuds in bloom in a park there before a storm hit later that day. We saw a dazzling array of blooming trees; white redbud, weeping redbud and red leaf redbud (pictured below).