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Above is one of the first photos of what was to become Betty's Waterfall on our Serenity Creek

Here are a few comments on what our guests said...

“Del & Betty, I can’t express how much these 2 days have been for me.  I came here to find some peace and quiet and to find God’s will for my life.  I found out that I didn’t find God here, but that God found me here on your majestic and beautiful oasis.  God has touched me here over the last 2 days and really uplifted my heart and mind.  I really needed that, especially after returning from 12 months in Iraq.  So for me to say thank you, would not be enough.  I want to say Praise you and your ministry here.  God bless you.” ~Chaplain Bankston      September 2009

Fort Hood Army Base, Killeen, Texas


Good afternoon Betty, Thank you for the delightful place to hold our Reunion.  Everyone enjoyed it.  The kids loved having the freedom to roam and explore your land.  The parents loved having the worry free place for their children to play. Personally I loved the close proximity of the cabins to the Pavilion.  My children and family loved the fire box at Rebecca's cabin, especially with the cooler weather.  You are very talented and it showed in the decoration in the cabins and in the gardens, the decorations were beautiful.  Loved the wild flowers and the garden paths.  Like I told Del, I could live in one of the cabins.  They were great. I do appreciate all you and Del did, the weekend was a success.  I do want to buy your book and I will look on the web site to order.  I also enjoyed talking with you about the genealogy. Thanks again, -- Ginger Mosely May 19, 2008      (Stephenson Family Reunion--26 adults and countless little kids spent Saturday night.  They had a big turnout between 75-100.  Parking was no problem.)


Dear Betty and Del,   We had a wonderful time at Del's Retreat!  We gave you a list of the 19 birds that we identified while we were there.  There are a lot of birdwatchers around, and they would find your place full of wonderful birds; just in case anyone asks.  We saw a huge flock of cedar waxwings across the bridge in a grove of trees.  They were gorgeous.  Also, we did find one more bird for the bird list, to make it an even 20.  We saw Chipping Sparrows on the road out of your place, so you might want to add that to the list.

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Thank you both so much for your hospitality.  The cabin was wonderful for our son in the wheelchair....  It is absolutely the best cabin we have ever seen that we could get our son into.  I was so excited when I found you on the internet, saying you had a ramp!  We will definitely be back, and my sister and her grandchildren had a ball, as well.  We are considering having a family reunion some time in the future, and we would probably need the whole property.  We will, of course, get with you to see if it is available.
Thanks again, Betty and Del!
--Margo, David, & Kyle Engwer March 24, 2008


Written to his disc golf friends...

Speaking of B&Bs, Here's a place to get away to. I play disc golf. Not very often anymore, but there's a tournament I play in on a private ranch every October. Most people camp. I used to, but last year, I decided to look around for a bed and shower in the area. I found a place called Trails West Retreat. It has several cabins to rent and it's a very relaxing place to get away to. The cabins even have direct TV if you want to watch a movie in the evening. The owners are very nice as well, and it's dog friendly. Charlie loves it. There's a creek for him to swim in. Kent Bray
Monday, September 29, 2008

We loved your cozy cabin and beautiful setting! It's a great get away with comforts. Thanks so much!
--JoLyn Brown, Kenai, Alaska March 30-April 2, 2005 (Our very first visitors!)

What a beautiful property you have! I love looking out from the porch/deck down through the trees to the bridge. Thank you for your hospitality. I liked all the natural entertainment--the frogs, birds and lightning.
--Vicki Kimball, University Place, Washington.

Thanks for being so accommodating. Your place is beautiful and we had a great time.
--Bryan, Kera and Carter Deaton, Conroe, TX, May 28, 2005

Thanks for the shelter from the storm. We enjoyed our stay here very much and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
--Carl, JoAnn, Daniel, Debbie Jaeger, Rebecca Beard, Blessing, TX (refugees from Hurricane Rita)

Had a great time! Thanks!--Linda Arriaga, We had a wonderful stay in the country...Thank you so much-- Mandy Calhoun, Oct 2 2005

Del & Betty, I had a wonderful relaxing stay. Loved the peace and serenity of the cabin blending with the outdoors. You've done a beautiful job on creating a very lovely and inspiring place. You thought of so many details everywhere both inside and outside, I can't wait to bring my family here with me next time! Betty, I enjoyed reading your book too!.. Thanks for everything.
--Cathy Peterson, Riviera, TX 10-9-05 (Now a repeat customer who joins her girlfriends from the four corners of Texas to chat around the campfire)

What a wonderful oasis in the world you have created! "Retreat" is a perfect way to describe the beauty of this environment and the solitude it promises. My friend and I appreciate all of the thoughtful touches in the cabin and the environ, a perfect backdrop for our reunion. We hope to visit again!
--Cristen & Milena, Houston and Austin, TX 10-16-05

Truly enjoyed our stay at Trails West! The cabins are wonderful and so comfy. Walked theentire property at night by moonlight and morning sunrise. Enjoyed our talks and will definitely be back. Thanks.
--Danny & Liz Phillips, Houston, TX 3-12-06

We have really enjoyed being here once again. The Del's Retreat is so cozy and romantic. It was perfect for us. We are trying to work on our new relationship and this was just perfect. We enjoyed cooking on the deck & building a wonderful fire in the chiminea. We grilled steaks, fish, crawfish and ate to the glare of the fire. We layed out on the deck and looked at the moonshine through the trees and we enjoyed the wonderful sounds of the wildlife. We will be back soon! When we decide to tie the knot, we are looking forward to doing it here. Thank you for giving us these three special days together.
--Adolfo, George West, TX & Irma, Sugarland 5-3-06
Irma and Adolfo are our lovebirds who "fly" into our retreat monthly now.

What a sweet place you have created. We thank you for your gifts-- the gardens, the homey touches, the creation of this tranquil spot where Del's Retreat sits, the bridge is a work of art. We will be back. (Draws a Heart)
--Laurie & Scott, FT Worth, formerly Santa Fe, NM, 5-7-06 Laurie is a poet and was attending a Poetry Seminar at Festival hill.

Thank you so much for having such a nice cabin and such a peaceful place. We really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to coming back. Thanks again.
--Jackie, Larry & Rocky (their yellow lab)

And the great comments just keep coming...our guest books are filled with similar thoughts.

We have had visitors now from England, Equador, France, Scotland, and Mexico as well as most of the states in the USA!





Del's Bench in Monique's Garden

More Guest Comments on their stay in Rebecca's Cabin--

Very nice cabin. Enjoyed the stay. Never saw the black cat but the raccoon loved the food!
--Cledean & Vernon Jones, 10-05

We had a great stay. The cabin was perfect.
--Barb & Karl F. 10-15-05

We enjoyed our time thoroughly in Rebecca's Cabin. Yall's place is gorgeous! Sincerely,
--James, Marianna and Ezekiel Conner

You've thought of everything. What a cozy and comfortable visit we had. We walked along the creek and sat by the falls under the moon. We had an early morning walk around the property serenaded by the birds. We ate a Royers and Klumps, visited Winedale and Festival Hill and Round Top. Great weekend. Oh began the book too. Thank you.
--Ron Ryon, 3-12-06

Thanks so much for sharing your place. It was perfect for our 4 boys + 1 cousin. They had a blast. We had a campfire on Sat night & sang songs & told ghost stories...A very happy & memorable evening...The RT Art Festival was fun too. We will be back next year. Thanks again. PS. This T shirt is for you--my mom designed it.
--The Breens

Dear Betty & Del--It was a very special 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration (our children planned and surprised us) that we spent here at Rebecca's Cabin. You both sure think of everything to make your guests happy. We relaxed, enjoyed the country-side, the Concert we went to was awesome. We are hoping we can return sometime for a couple of days... Maybe in the winter like Del suggested. Thank you for all you did to make our stay a pleasure. God Bless you both--Richard & Dorothy Lewis, The Woodlands, TX 7-16-06


An Amarylis blooming in Stephanie's Garden


An Angel watches over Monique's Garden


Looking toward Jacob's Crossing--solid rock and a good place to get your feet wet!

Guest comments on Woodview Cabin--

Thank you so much for sharing your "little cabin in the woods" We had a wonderful time. You have a beautiful property with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Thank you for having us. We will definitely return again.
--The Hargroves, Houston, Tx, 3-19-06

Woodview cabin is very cozy and comfortable. I loved the little special details in the decorating and the landscape. Its so nice to comeher and forget about the worries and stress of the city. Can't wait to come back again!
--Cathy Peterson, Riviera, TX 3-26-06

"Be Still & know that I am God" is the Scripture that comes to mind. Indeed the handiworks of God are all around. The cabin is darling!! So comfortable. Looking forward to the next time. It's a perfect place!!! Thanks for sharing with us.
--The Duhon's, Louisiana, 4/2/06

We really enjoyed the cabin, the property, the deck. It was all so wonderful. We enjoyed walking all through the area and hope that we can make it back real soon. We will definitely stay here every time we come over here. We just loved it!
--Adolfo & Irma 4-4-06

What an enchanting place! My daughter and I have been coming to Round Top Fair for 5 years and this is by far the best time we have had. The cabin is perfect and you have thought of everything aguest would need to be relaxed and comfortable. The property is beautiful and so peaceful-- a great relief from everyday craziness! We look forward to many return visits. Thank you. P.S. We had a lovely serenade by some cows one evening!
--Sharon Powell, Melissa Lambert, San Antonio

Trails West is an awesome place!! Way better than the Holiday Inn any day! This place is so serene and quiet. We had a great time--even as short as our stay was. You've done a gret job here!! God Bless!
Ken & Jess, Galveston 7/14/06

Thanks for sharing Trails West with our family and friends. Everyone woke up Sunday morning refreshed and ready to head to Austin. We look forward to visiting y'all again--to share stories, see the building progress, and perhaps enjoy all of it by daylight! Best wishes and God bless!
--Team Hanley MS 150, April 22, 2006
--Denise Hanley, Clark Hanley, Phil Ratisseau, Paul Nixon, The Hanzliks, Brenda Helyer, The Wildemans, Doug Hillany, the Browns and Mark Walner. (They came from all over Texas to ride in memory of a friend and brother who died from MS. They rented all the cabins and ate on the tables under the Pavilion.)