Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bring out the fireworks, ya'll!

It's Independence Day here in TEXAS!!!!

Yeehaw!  Time to celebrate!!!!

I'm one of the blessed few of the 8 billion of us on this planet to be Texas born and bred.

I just love this state oh-so-much.  From our state motto (Friendship) to our state flower (the bluebonnet), to, heaven help us, our state Pride, everything about it just gets me giddy! 

My ancestors were part of Stephen F. Austin's first colony that settled this great state.  So, needless to say, Texan pride is in my blood.   And I wouldn't have it any other way. 

So to celebrate, here are some of my absolute favorite things about the Lone Star State.

Amarillo!  My hometown.  Yep, even good ol' George Strait (a fellow Texan) couldn't help but sing a hit about this great city.  Good home cookin'.  The friendliest people you will ever meet.  The prettiest sunsets this side of heaven.  Prairies as far as the eye can see.  If you can stand a little wind and the occasional smelly feedyard, it's hands down one of the best things about Texas. 

Everything is bigger in Texas!   Especially our Faith!  This beauty is in a tiny town, Groom, TX, along I-40 near the Oklahoma border.  You can see it for miles around.  Simply amazing. 

THE Dallas Cowboys.  'Nuff said.

Back to that "everything's bigger" thing.  Check out this spectacular picture of a lightning storm in Amarillo from a few years ago.  There's just nothing like it! 

The rich history.  I love that we class after class of state history all throughout school.  There's nothing greater than remembering the Alamo, the widows of Goliad, the Battle of San Jacinto.  Great leaders of our state from Austin to Houston, Travis, Bowie, Crockett.  These amazing men who paved the way for the greatness that remains to this day.  Love it.

Just a few more things I love about this state:

  • Football is king.  And for a gal who only watches ESPN during football season (and of course the draft), this is vital!

  • Conservative roots.  Pro-business.  Pro-capitalism. 

  • The diverse landscape.  Mountains, forests, plains, coastal land, deserts.  You want, we got it!

  • The fact that it takes an entire day to get outta this place if driving across it!  Ha!

  • West Texas and the Hill Country

  • BAYLOR UNIVERSITY.  Oldest university in Texas, even back when we were our own nation!  Sic 'em!

  • And I gotta say it again, our ridiculous state pride.  It's hard to be humble when you're the best.  =)

All I gotta say is if you're still reading, you deserve a freakin' award!
Thanks for sifting through my tribute to my favorite place on earth! 

God bless, Texas!

Texan born and Texan bred, and when I die, I'll be Texan dead!


  1. George Strait and Troy Aikman! In the same post!

    Love it! (and I love TX, too--my honey was born there)

  2. Yayeeeee! Love it! I can't believe I missed this important holiday...haha. Hope all is well, lovely!