So I moved to Texas….last December

Life changes and many times the changes are good.  After living in Wisconsin my entire life, we decided to move to Texas.  We had looked previously at moving to Panama and possibly Portugal, but some life changes made us realize we need to stay in the US.

If you’ve never been through a Wisconsin snowstorm, you’re not missing much unless you love cold, snow, ice and a long 2-1/2 plus hour commute to work when it snows.  Other than that, the snow is very beautiful!  I enjoyed it much more when I was younger and still snow skiied and didn’t mind the cold as much.   It was difficult leaving my job of 9-1/2 years with all of the friends I had made.  I enjoyed the work and found it satisfying, but still we felt this nudge we wanted to move.  We knew wherever we moved we would want to have better weather so we could be active all year long.  We also wanted to move somewhere that the cost of living was less.  It was pretty high in Madison.  Having grown up in Madison, I’ve wanted to move my entire life.  Madison is a beautiful city and I feel fortunate to have grown up there.  But, we felt God calling is elsewhere.

We did a lot of research, and I had visited Texas quite a few times because of having relatives who lived there.  I had always liked it.  It is a financially stable state, so to speak, and the winters are not rough.  Yes, the summers are hot, but it is still cool enough in the morning to walk outside.  There are two major hospitals here so I was certain I could find employment.

We sold our house and David came down here to Temple to find a place for us to live before the actual big move.  I was talking with him on the phone one day and telling him how anxious I was feeling about the move and all the changes, even though I wanted to move, it is still a big task to move to another state!  As he was out walking, he saw a little gravel path lead away from the path he was on.  As he was talking to me and I was telling him how anxious I was, he came through the opening in the woods and there at the end was a bench, a little cross made from tree branches and held together with vines, and a concrete plaque on the ground that read “Do not be anxious.  Pray to the Lord and feel His love surround you.”  Philippians 4:6-7.

This brought tears to my eyes, and I’m not a cryer, but it really confirmed this is where we are to be.  After that I felt really good about the move.  And looking back, now that we’ve been here since December 13, it was definitely the right move and we really do like it here  A lot.

Texas is so interesting and different that Wisconsin.  There are a few things I miss, people, rhubarb in my backyard, wild mulberries.  But, we really do like it here a lot.  Since we are not able to move to Panama, this is second best.  The cost of living here is really much less than Madison.  There is fresh produce available in the stores year around, much fresher than what was available in Wisconsin, and avocados.  Oh.My.Gosh.  I’ve had avocado almost every day.  They’re just that good here.

There are a lot of great things here in Temple, and for us, it was the right move.  Here are some pics of our move down.  I go hiking every weekend, and I will be posting pics of the flora and nature often.  It’s just so pretty and interesting!  And, I have at least three coworkers who are fluent in Spanish.  I also can get Rosetta Stone free through my work’s website.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to soon.  I can finally get back on track to learn it!

 

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This is when the move started to feel real.

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On our way!

 

 

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The girls did great!  This is Naomi.  She was sick right before we moved so we delayed leaving by a day.  We ended up leaving at 3:15 in the morning because we couldn’t sleep.  She is doing great now.  She pretty much slept the entire trip.

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This was our backyard before we moved.  No snow in Texas!  If it does snow, it melts later the same day.  The movers packed my shovel.  I wasn’t planning on bringing it.

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This was from winter storm Simon.  It wasn’t that cold, only about 15 I think, but it was windy and slippery  It was hard to hike in it without slipping.

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The plaque near the Chisolm Hiking Trail

 

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This is in December in Texas.  I think it was about 50 degrees this day.  It does get cooler but not really that cold

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On the Chisolm Trail in Belton.  Right next to Temple.  IMG_1109.JPG

Lake Belton at sunset.  There’s a road going over the dam, and then a large nature reserve to hike in.  It’s called Miller Spring Nature Center.  I will be sharing pics from there soon!

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On my way to work.  I’m smiling because it only takes me 10-15 minutes to get to work.  Even in bad weather, which is called rain here.  I’m not making fun of Texans, because after all I am one now.  They do get tornados here, and that concerns me a little.  But still,10-15 minutes!  It took me at least an hour in Madison, and 2 to 2-1/2 if it snowed . 🙂

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Last one.  My two girls bird watching together right before we moved.  They told me they like Texas too.  There are still birds to watch outside the window and now dogs and children to watch also since we live in an apartment right now.

 

 

 

 

 

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