“Everything is Bigger in Texas”

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on April 15, 2013

On my last trip to Texas, I bought some goodies for the kiddos. They were all convinced I was tricking them in to thinking these giant gummy candies were in fact jelly beans. None of them could believe that jelly beans could be that big. I explained to them that everything is bigger in Texas. Noah responded, in a very matter-of-fact tone, “Oh, that’s right, I forgot – everything is bigger in Texas… except the prices!

How inuitive of our five year old! What he may not realize is that his statement pretty much sums up our reasons for wanting to leave California and head to Texas. And that is exactly what we plan to do this summer!


We have been attracted to Texas for quite a few years. No state income taxes, a lower cost of living, the potential to purchase land, the culture, atmosphere and politics all create a more desirable place to raise a family.

The Dallas/Ft Worth area is where we were originally planning to look to settle down. I even spent a weekend with a friend and her family, almost two years ago, exploring the area. While I really liked the area, I always compared it to Austin. The buzz of the city, the thriving businesses, the food – a winning combination in our book!

Ray and I had both been to Austin at different times, but decided to spend some time exploring the cities just north of downtown. We have friends there, as well, and they shared their knowledge of the area and took us around to different neighborhoods. We talked about schools, churches, the need for a pool close-by, and more.

After years of talking about it, and praying HARD for the Lord’s guidance in where we go, Ray and I are convinced that Austin is where God wants us to be. We even found my “dream home”!

So, we are officially moving to the Austin area! We’re excited for a new adventure, and don’t want to begin to think about how difficult it will be to leave all of our family here in California… yet.

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Jodi @ Mom's Favorite Stuff April 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Congratulations on your move, Christine!! Can’t wait to read all about it!!


Andrew Bradley April 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

Now I’m depressed, it seems to get more and more official by the day. I’m going to miss my visits to Lincoln, but hopefully I’ll turn those into visits to Austin. I need to explore a new city, right?
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Christine - From Dates to Diapers April 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Don’t be depressed… Start making your plans more official! ;)


Sarah April 18, 2013 at 7:44 am

I’m very happy for you guys! My boyfriend and I have decided to try and make the move to Texas from Massachusetts in a few years with my two kids. One thing bringing us there his my boyfriends best friend. Another is I don’t like the snow and cold. We are probably leading towards the Austin area as well but since I’ve never been there I’m sort of clueless. Do you recommend anywhere to go for vacations that will give me a look at what Texas is all about? :)


Christine - From Dates to Diapers April 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

If you want to explore the Austin area, stay in the city. There is always something going on at night and you can spend the days exploring. :)


Kristin April 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

That’s awesome! I used to live in Houston and I’ve always said if I went back, it would be to live in Austin. LOVE it there!


Alicia April 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Our family vacations to Austin have always been a blast so I can understand why you’d want to make the move :-) I have a lot of respect for you and your family making the move I don’t know if we could do it. Those decisions can be so hard but when the man upstairs helps you know you are making the right decision that always helps. I can’t wait to hear more about how it is going in the future!
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Christine - From Dates to Diapers April 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

It’s an incredibly big decision and it took me a LONG time to be okay with moving away… Now I’m actually excited. (Except for the leaving family part.)


Alicia April 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

That is one of the biggest reasons it’s hard for us to leave! We have talked about possibly moving for a couple years (especially after getting snowed on today) then coming back so we aren’t away from family for too long but of course jobs and the kids schools make that very hard.


Christine - From Dates to Diapers April 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

We had considered keeping our house here, just in case we wanted to move back. But, yeah… work and school would be hard to juggle if we don’t stay in one place.


Diana April 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Whoohoo! Austin is awesome and there is always something new or something to do in general. I hope you love it! Congrats!


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