Our trip home:
Luke, Grammy and I returned home form our visit to Houston last Thursday afternoon. We had an interesting trip back including an eventful layover in Albequerque. First the plane needed a tire change as the ground crew discovered a "gouge" in one tire. Next, while we were taxiing out, a hail/ice storm moved in and iced over the wings (and gave us all a little fright!). Then, ground crews were dispatched with anti-freeze to de-ice the plane. Finally, after the storm blew over, we took off and had a lovely flight into San Diego. I will not complain about our delays- safety is most important. I am grateful that we were not in the air when the ice storm hit also. God was watching out for us this Thanksgiving! Luke was an angel too. He is such a happy traveler!
The obvious downsides to living in Houston are the weather and the distance from family and friends. While we were there, the weather was absolutely perfect, but I do not imagine the same can be said for the steamy summer months.
The pros of Houston life include affordable housing, lots of industry with less traffic and smog than Southern CA, closeness to some family, general character of the locals, and the benefits of living in a conservative state. Housing is very affordable and you can choose where to live for the most part. Houston also has a very strong economy with many jobs right now. They have not suffered as much from the economic slow down as evidenced by a slight 3% decrease in home prices and a strong job market. Houston is home to Nathan's sister Bethany and her family, who we have always wanted to live near. People in Houston were much more family-friendly in general than the average Southern Californian and hold values more closely in line with our own.
Over the holiday weekend, we watched a great BBC mini-series based on the novel Middlemarch by George Eliot. It is entertaining and has great thoughts on marriage. I am putting it on my Christmas list!