I grew up outside of Houston so it's not like I'm a native Austinite. But Austin is where Ryan and I got married, where we lived for 15 years and pastored for 10 of those years, and where we raised our kiddos. so it just feels like home to me.
And living in Austin has spoiled me to other Texas cities.
But since our move last June, I'm discovering that Katy and Houston have a whole lot more to offer than I thought.
Here are five of my favorite things about this area, in no particular order.
1 - HOV lanes
Two people counts for high occupancy so Birdie & I join the other commuters in the "fast lane" on the way to and from school. And even better? One of them practically runs straight from my doorstep to the driveway of Lily's school.
2 - Seafood
It's everywhere and in all price ranges. And being just a teeny bit closer to Louisiana means we've got some great gumbo in these parts.
3 - Shopping
Whatever I could possibly need or want, I swear there is a store (or multiple stores!) that sells it in this town. That's great.... but possibly dangerous, too.
4 - Rain and Thunderstorms
I had forgotten just how much I love a good thunderstorm in the evening. And how enough rain makes for some great "goin' barefoot" grass. I even bought rain boots (see #3 up there) and have already gotten my money's worth!
5 - Major League Sports Teams
I don't watch as much sports as the rest of my family but it's fun having local home teams like the Astros, Texans and Dynamo. Now if we could just get a hockey team down here, it would be the perfect sports city.
And just in case you're wondering, we are die-hard Spurs fans in this house so you'll find no mention of the Rockets here.
I know that Houston has much more to offer, like amazing museums, live theater, the ballet, a great zoo, and the symphony just to name a few, so there's a whole lot more for us to discover.
I'm expecting to add more favorites to the list the longer we're here.
Your turn - what do you love about your city?