Thursday, February 19, 2009

You Can Take The Girl Out Of Texas, But ...

It's Thursday! You know what that means . . . Ten Things List Day!

Ten Things I Miss About our life in Houston, Texas:

10. Being an hour from the beach. Now living in Indiana, we are disgustingly far from any sea air.

9. Having green and flowers and blooming trees and, well, colorful life around me all year long. I miss the Crepe Myrtle and loquat trees in my front yard. We ate the loquats right off the limbs and would spit the pits in the yard!

8. Living in the 4th largest U.S. city and being within driving distance of just about any experience you could think of. One of our favorites was NASA - Johnson Space Center.

7. Never ever ever wearing a winter coat or having to wrestle a baby or toddler with one on into a carseat.

6. Chuy's and Ninfa's - in other words, real Mexican food, not what people up here think is Mexican food.

5. Texan pride. You will not find that kind of pride in the people of any other state, I guarantee it. My favorite quote: "I wasn't born a Texan, but I got here as soon as I could!"

4. Wearing shorts in January. 'Nuf said.

3. The unbelievably inexpensive housing industry.

2. Shipley Donuts. THE best thing that could ever pass one's lips ~ a warm, fresh Shipley donut or cheese and jalapeno kolache. They make Krispy Kremes taste like Pop-Tarts.

1. My friends, who became my family in the absence of my actual one. We laughed, we cried, we took care of one another ~ daily.

I have never cried as hard as I did the day we drove away from Fawn Creek Drive ~ from our empty home and away from our life as we knew and loved it.

But God leads us to where we are meant to be. So I suppose that is right here.
Perhaps next Thursday's Ten List will be of the top things that I do not miss about being a Texan!
And that will make me miss my Texan days 1/1,000,000th of a percent less. Maybe.


  1. "They make Krispy Kremes taste like Pop-Tarts."

    A statement like that may make it impossible for you to be welcome in my home here in North Carolina.

    And you posted it on the internet for all the world to read? How can I protect you now?

  2. Ninfa's - oh yeah!

    Shipley's - heavenly!

    Visiting my sister in February and wearing shorts and basking in the sun - priceless!

    Love having you back home but it WAS fun to visit Houston.

    I swear I have never seen anything like Texas pride. It is borderline eerie.

    I can't keep a secret. On my recent layover in Dallas I may have purchased a little something for your upcoming birthday. You'll just have to stalk your mailbox...


  3. Fightin' words between siblings:

    Krispy Kremes VS. Shipley's

    Maybe the two of you should have some of each shipped to me and I could be a judge. ;)

    Doug, how funny is it that we were posting comments at the same time!

  4. Well, I only visited a couple times, but once was enough to know that there may be nothing in this world to compare to Ninfa's.

    I too miss having a personal reason to arrange a layover in Houston, but it is much nicer to have you nearby when we get back home to Indiana.

    P.S. Aimee, I thought the same thing about the posting times. As for the Shipley vs. Krispy Kreme debate, I don't think your doctor would be pleased if we loaded you down with sugary sweets.

  5. Yeah, how sad is it that my mouth actually watered when READING the words "Shipley's" and "Krispy Kreme".

    Doughnuts have not passed my lips since my diabetic sentencing.

    A girl can dream can't she?

  6. Y'all are crackin' me up. It's the Addington chat room!


  7. Wishing you could come home! But admiring of your faith-filled patience until it is time.

    Now the REAL fightin' question: TU or ATM?

    You know where I stand. hehe.
    Barbara in Texas

  8. he he - my oleanders and roses haven't ever stopped blooming!

    I hate Krispy Kremes. They look like cartoon donuts.