Eight years ago, I was a city girl living in the Seattle area where it seems there is a Starbuck’s on every corner. I had a great view of Mt. Rainier and a 20 minute drive to get to the beach. Then, something wonderful happened! I met the love of my life on eHarmony.com. I resigned my job, said good-bye to family and friends and traded a suit and high heels for cowboy boots and Wranglers. I crossed the plains to live in West Texas. It became cornbread and beans at Dairy Queen instead of Chicken Scampi at Olive Garden. Dealing with a combination of enthusiasm and anxiety over this new life I was embarking upon, God led me to Isaiah 58:11&12. “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and he will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Wow! I had no earthly idea how “sun-scorched” West Texas was but that was all the assurance I needed. I became a rancher’s wife and learned to play mid-wife to cows and perform other duties involved in ranch life. It really is an awesome experience helping a baby calf to be born. Yahoo!! However, there were some things I wish I had learned before moving to the great state of Texas. I share them in case you decide to move here. 1. There are snakes in Texas that look like sticks and sticks that look like snakes. Know the difference!! 2. Texas has lots of grass burrs. Never wash your underwear with your jeans. 3. “Thang” means the same thang as “thing.” 3. It gets so hot in the summer that you will occasionally see a coyote chasing a rabbit and they are both walking. 4. Never try to sneak up on a skunk. 5. If you practice calling up coyotes, don’t get too good at it! 6. A rattlesnake is so quick, and its tongue is so fast, it can actually feel the heat of a bullet and strike it as it goes by. 7. Football is the state religion and ice tea is the state drink. 8. Texans are some of the nicest folks in the world. Y’all come to see us!