I went to Abilene Texas y’all!
I visited the Bullock family, a family I served with in West Africa on the Africa Mercy.
#1000Gifts and highlights:
– Buffalo Gap Historic Village retraces the steps of the first crazy pioneers to settle in this wild Texas frontier. There used to be millions of Buffalo!
– Frontier Texas is another awesome museum with holographic mini documentaries recreating some of the historic figures of the wild west. From native Comanche and Kiowas who fought hard to keep the land as they had always known it to the white men who discovered the value of the buffalo and hunted them nearly to extinction to the woman who had 4 husbands in her life and was left alone to protect her family from the natives.
– The WWII 12th armored division war museum tells the story of one division’s part in the battles of WWII. The museum is filled with photos and memorabilia donated by veterans and families. We visited on Veteran’s Day. A perfect stop for boys.
– Spending a week with one of the coolest families I know.
– Being absorbed into the family with open arms of hospitality and love.
– Being included in family things like school drop off and pick up, dinner at Nana and PopPop, dinner at Granny and Poppy, house hunting, and a baby shower.
– Being in town for and learning about the blue norther:
The term blue norther denotes a weather phenomenon common to large areas of the world’s temperate zones—a rapidly moving autumnal cold front that causes temperatures to drop quickly and that often brings with it precipitation followed by a period of blue skies and cold weather. What is peculiar to Texas is the term itself. The derivation of blue norther is unclear; at least three folk attributions exist. The term refers, some say, to a norther that sweeps “out of the Panhandle under a blue-black sky”—that is, to a cold front named for the appearance of its leading edge. Another account states that the term refers to the appearance of the sky after the front has blown through, as the mid-nineteenth-century variant blew-tailed norther illustrates. Yet another derives the term from the fact that one supposedly turns blue from the cold brought by the front. Variants include blue whistler, used by J. Frank Dobie, and, in Oklahoma, blue darter and blue blizzard. Though the latter two phrases are found out-of-state, blue norther itself is a pure Texasism. The dramatic effects of the blue norther have been noted and exaggerated since Spanish times in Texas. But that the blue norther is unique to Texas is folklore.
Dictionary of American Regional English, Vol. 1 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1985).
– Rich conversations about life, Jesus, God, the Bible.
– Dinner around a table with a family.
– Fire in a chiminea.
– The Wizard of Oz in a turn of the century theater.
– Seeing my favorite date night boys one year later, how they’ve grown and developed.
– Hugs and love from and for family.
– Always having a reason to visit Texas!