{written on 7.15.15}
Free wifi just transformed this time before boarding a plane into productive time. I’m at it again, traveling across the world. Ruben is on his way to Madagascar. He is by himself, and I’m with a group of 30-ish. 
Have I mentioned we really miss ya’ll? I just hope you know that. Every time I leave Rochester, it gets harder. Today, I leave Dallas, Texas on my way to South Africa and it’s a little easier leaving from somewhere that’s not home, but it still hurts. 
If you’re reading this, you are likely people who watched Ruben and I grow up, sacrificed your time and money on our behalf, went out to movies and coffee with us, or are interested in the life we’re living. We wish we could spend more time in your living room hearing your stories, which are just as important as your stories. 
Anyway, In this post I was only planning on closing this chapter in Texas! It’s been a unique time. With class 8-5 Monday through Friday, there’s not much time for fun, but we did it anyway! 
Here in Texas, I experienced for the first time:
Wearing full fire fighter bunker gear to fight huge fires. 
Visiting a ranch with horses and cows and endless land! It’s a totally different way of life than I’m used to!
Seeing a female Cardinal for the first time; the wildlife, especially birds, in East Texas was phenomenal.
Going to a real country dance hall 
Chick-Fil-A milkshakes: Delicious!!
Chicken and waffles: Also delicious!
Flipped over a 12-person life raft in the deep end of a pool. 
Getting a full upper body pat down in airport security because of my metallic sweater!
On to the next chapter!

2 comments on “Texas Firsts”

  1. You will be greatly missed. I wish we could have spent more time together while I was in Rochester, but I am happy for you both. God bless you as you go. I love you! Xoxo

  2. You will be greatly missed. I wish we could have spent more time together while I was in Rochester, but I am happy for you both. God bless you as you go. I love you! Xoxo

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