The Pie Lady of Hill Country

Four years ago my wife and I along with a couple of friends traveled to the Texas Hill Country and as is our habit we searched for interesting local food establishments. On Highway 306 between Gruene and Canyon Lake we came across a small building with the sign “Mrs. Bush’s Pie Shop.” We swerved into the gravel parking lot, jumped out of the car, and rushed in with high expectations of pie-ness. Our expectations turned out to be exceedingly small in comparison to who we encountered.

The small bakery had scrap paper and torn cardboard writings all around the shop. Someone had written Bible scriptures and spiritual/soul encouragements on them. It seemed reasonable to ask about this stuff and Mrs. Bush, aka Pie Lady to us, began to tell us her story. Our friend Joni started recording her talk and Pie Lady kept us enraptured for almost an hour.

Elaine and I have been back to that area several times each year, wanted to see her but we’re always there when the shop is closed. Last week though while in the area, her shop was open and we stopped.

When we came in the Pie Lady came to the counter with a somewhat furrowed brow when she saw us. We introduced ourselves but before we could say much she lit up and said she remembered us. That was thrill enough and we spent the next part of an hour catching up. We agreed we would meet the next morning. I wanted to record part of her story and share it.

Here it is and I pray you enjoy it and are encouraged with Hope for how Our Father works for those who seem…seem…insignificant but are in reality the Apple of His Eye. His Love is the Best Love and the only Love that counts.


Don is the pastor of Serenity Corner. He has been married for 38 years to Elaine Ledbetter, is the father of six children, grandfather to 17 grandchildren, close friend of a few, friendly to most, and tolerant toward a couple of old sore heads. Received an acceptable education from Carson Newman College and University of Tennessee Knoxville. The most memorable education has been from making mistakes.