Our home in Abilene Texas was larger than average home in Abilene but was one of the smallest homes in the exclusive subdivision of Saddle Creek Estates. The air conditioned ranch style house included 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a den/office, dining room, large living room with 10 foot ceilings, large kitchen, kitchen nook/dining area, laundry room and a pantry/storage room. In addition to a huge 3 car garage the property included a 20 X 30 insulated and air conditioned workshop that had a 15 X 30 overhang/carport. The acre and a half yard was fenced, fully landscaped, had underground sprinklers and a huge drive that could park more than 6 vehicles. The boys plan for the huge fenced back yard was to build a dirt jump park but this was cut short by our move back to Canada.
The following pictures are quite good but don’t fully capture the essence of this home:
View from the street
Corner lot view
3 car garage
20 X 30 Shop with 15 X 30 carport/overhang
Insulated and air conditioned
Large living room with polished concrete floors, 10 foot ceiling and crown molding
Living room view 2
Living room view 3
Kitchen & bar style counter
Kitchen & bar style counter
Kitchen view 1
Kitchen view 2
Kitchen view 3
Dining room view 1
Dining room view 2
Den/Office view 2
Master walkin closet - 10 X 7.5
Bath 2 - Separate toilet & shower area
Laundry & Pantry rooms
The biggest thing we are missing this Christmas in Texas is our family and friends back in the Northern US and Western Canada. As you can see from the photos we are still having fun.
Sometimes the best part of the Christmas the opportunity to read a good book over the Christmas break.
God takes care of the transplanted Canadians and sent us 5 inches of snow on Thursday morning and it stayed till this evening. Levi and Caleb made use of the cold and we have a snowball and sheet of ice in our freezer. We even had use and need for hot chocolate yesteday. Today they tried skating in the parking lot and they snowball bombed their Christmas Dinner guest from the balcony, although he had spotted them before his mom dropped him off. Our church canceled it’s Christmas Eve service due to the snow, and it’s a good thing…we wouldn’t have wanted to share a road with anyone yesterday.
We hope you had a meaningful Christmas. I was dreading it, but it became a time of quietness and joy and, yup, not too bad food either
A genuine blizzard hit southwest Texas and most of the rest of the central and eastern US. A picture of blowing snow isn’t news to most Canadians so I will include the pictures of the boys as they came back in from playing in the snow.
As you can see in the background of the above picture there is very poor visibility. At one point you couldn’t see much more than 10 – 15 feet. The biggest difference between a blizzard in Texas and ones back in the Canadian prairies is the temperature–at its coldest is just went down to just a few degrees below freezing. Because it isn’t that cold the snow sticks to everything.
Starting to look a lot like Christmas!
Marilyn asked me to repost my Christ Break message from my Its About Learning blog.
I will be taking a Christmas break and will not be making any posts until January 4, 2010. But before I sign off I want to briefly reflect on my experience at Abilene Christian University.
The picture below of the President of ACU, Dr. Money, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas really captures the way that I feel about my work at ACU.
To be able to call Christmas what it really is, and not make reference to it politically correctly as the Holiday Season or Xmas is truly refreshing. In addition to working at an amazing Christian University I am working with some of the most wonderful and professional people I have ever met. I started to list each of them but realized that this would take much too long and my plan was to write a short post indicating that I will we signing off for the next couple of weeks so I will simply state that I work with the most committed, professional, humble and caring group of academics and staff that I have ever known. The common denominator at ACU is that the learners really do come first and faculty and staff genuinely care about all the students–so much so, that many refer to them at “their kids”. Amazing people!
I am looking forward to the new year at ACU.
Merry Christmas everyone and a Blessed New Year!