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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, Part 2 - The Mission of San Jose

Our next stop was the Mission of San Jose!
 
The mission was founded on February 23, 1720, because Mission San Antonio de Valero  (the Alamo) had become overcrowded shortly after its founding with refugees from the closed East Texas missions. Father Antonio Margil received permission from the governor of Coahuila and Texas, the Marquis de San Miguel de Aguayo, to build a new mission 5 miles (8 km) south of San Antonio de Valero.[2] Like San Antonio de Valero, Mission San José served the Coahuiltecan Indians. The first buildings, made of brush, straw, and mud, were quickly replaced by large stone structures, including guest rooms, offices, a dining room, and a pantry. A heavy outer wall was built around the main part of the mission, and rooms for 350 Indians were built into the walls.[3]
A new church, which is still standing, was constructed in 1768 from local limestone.[4] The mission lands were given to its Indians in 1794, and mission activities officially ended in 1824. After that, the buildings were home to soldiers, the homeless, and bandits. It was restored in the 1930s[5] and is now part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
The church facade features from the top: a cross, representing Jesus Christ, St. Joseph (San Jose) holding the infant Jesus, St. Dominic and St. Francis, Our Lady of Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary), and St. Joachim and St. Anne holding the infant Mary.  (Wikipedia)

By far the most interesting stop, if you like history (and I do)!
 
 
 
High walls surrounded the missions
The rooms still exist and are quite small.
 
All the baking was done in ovens like these outdoors.
It was quite a sight!
 
Some remnants of the wells still exist but are non working now.
On the way to the church.
 
 
 
Inside the church
The ceiling was magnificent!
 
You can see faintly how the walls were painted colorfully by the Indians.  All the missions were painted as that was the style of their culture.
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Our next stop was the The Institute of Texan Cultures.  There were sections for each culture that had inhabited Texas.  It not only included the Indians and Spanish, but Chinese, German, Polish,
Irish and all!  It was quite interesting and I think a museum such as this would raise awareness in each state as to how we all got here!
 
 


 
All the flags of the countries

Time for lunch!

























3 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Wow, Deb. That was really quite a trip. I can't believe all you did and saw in that time! That mission is AMAZING!!!! I am so glad it was a decent trip for you- xo Diana

Gill - That British Woman said...

a very interesting day for you.

Linda said...

Deb, this is such an enjoyable tour, with your photos, I feel as though I took this tour myself. Thank you so much for sharing, your photos are lovely.