Ten Things I Will Most Miss About Tuscaloosa:
This list (and the graphic--my feeble attempt at creativity) are just an overall view of the many things--small and large--we are saying good-bye to here in Alabama. I know there are great things in store for us in Texas because God is calling us there. We are so sad to leave but so excited to follow Him. And, if we start having doubts, we just look back over what happened to Jonah when he didn't go when God said go. :)
10)Lightning bugs--I've been catching these guys since I was little, but apparently there are hardly any of these in Texas. Too dry...at least it was before the recent floods.
9) Coffee shops--If you've read this blog for any length of time, you've probably figured out that I'm somewhat of a coffee addict. Not that they don't have coffee shops in Texas, but I've become accustomed to getting my caffeine fix at either Crimson Cafe, Heritage House, or the Naughty Donkey as we call it in my family. I love different things about each one, and they each meet a different craving. Needless to say, I'll be highly caffeinated during the next few days while trying to say a proper good-bye to all of them!
8) The University of Alabama--Where do I start? I've been a Bama fan practically since I was born. I'll miss the football games, the basketball games, the gymnastics meets, the concerts, Homecoming parades, Reese Phifer Hall (where Jason and I met and married), the Quad, seeing Crimson and White all over the place.
7) New Creations--specifically Katie Wilson at New Creations. This is the first time I've actually liked my hair in YEARS...and the first time in a long time that I can do something with it. She's a miracle worker, so if you're in Tuscaloosa and looking around--I suggest looking her up!
6) Restaurants--Again, I know Texas has restaurants--some great ones that I've been able to sample already! However, we have our favorites around town that we're really going to miss--City Cafe, Cypress Inn, the Waysider, Dreamland. Branching out to Birmingham, it's so nice being close enough for a quick trip to Surin West or The Bright Star. OK, now I'm getting hungry.
5) Water--My wonderful husband did some research on the Net and found some bodies of water in and around Fort Worth, and we took a look at these when we went out in June. Not bad...and I'm glad to know Texas isn't as dry as I had originally thought. However, for a girl who grew up swimming in the Tennessee River and now loves to gaze out over or ride on the Black Warrior (no swimming in the river anymore), it's hard to imagine not having these two old friends around and available.
4) Our Church Family--Oh, what a long process church hunting can be. Pray for us, please! We will miss First Baptist, Tuscaloosa, and we're already eager for a visit! What an amazing experience we've had teaching Sunday school, being part of the choir, listening to Dr. McKee's inspiring sermons, growing spiritually. We are so blessed to call this our church home.
3) Our Work Families--ACA has only been a part of my life for a couple of years now, but I'm going to miss the kids, my coworkers, my amazing bosses and having access to such a great library! APR has been part of our lives for more than five years, and, even though I no longer work there, I never felt like I really left! The people we have worked with are friends-like-family, and my gut knots up when I think about telling them good-bye.
2) More Friends-Like-Family--Whether it's friends from elementary school, high school, college, church, choir, work, whatever--most of our friends are close enough to visit fairly frequently. It's going to stink not being able to have lunch or coffee with them whenever we want.
1) Family--Do I really have to elaborate? With the exception of my brother and some distant cousins, most of both of our families live within a couple of hours of us. This move is going to be tough on us all. Thank goodness for blogs and e-mail!