We lived a lot of life there, in that house, on that street, with those friends, who became like family. Just two when we moved there, it was the only life Joel remembered. Alexx made awesome friends there very quickly; and Seth was born there, our only actual native.
There really is something to be said for the phrase, "It's like a whole other country," because it is. Texans are the proudest bunch of folks you'll ever meet in your life - and it doesn't matter if you're born there. Even transplants are quite smitten with being Texan. We loved being Texans! There's another phrase that says, "I wasn't born a Texan, but I got here as soon as I could!" Texan pride is deep and it is strong.
But it was time to move back near our roots. That move set off a chain of events within me that I still can't explain to this day - and it's one of the first things I'll ask God about when we meet. That along with why in the world do Ding Dongs have to be so bad for you?
So I just wanted to tip my hat to the place we called home for four years, fell in love with, and had a very, very difficult time leaving.
We still miss you!