That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas)

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I have always loved that Lyle Lovett song.

See I was born and raised in Texas
And it means so much to me
Though my girl comes from down in Georgia
We were up in Tennessee

And as we were driving down the highway
She asked me baby what’s so great
How come you’re always going on
About your Lone Star State

I said that’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas wants you anyway

Because it is so true. People who aren’t from Texas just don’t get it. (Some of them want to get it. But most of the time they just don’t.)

There is something truly special about the beautiful Lone Star State.

Last week I got to go home and enjoy the best Texas has to offer…delicious Mexican food, extraordinary Spring weather, beautiful horses, glorious wildflowers, proudly weird Austin, and some extra-friendly folks. The trip was like food for my soul.

Thought I’d share a few of my favorite pictures from the trip!

I’m curious. Do you get why I’m “always going on” about my Lone Star state?

PS – I promise I will get to some of your questions soon ;)

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • http://mylifebyfaith.wordpress.com Lisa

    I've never been, but I do have some wonderful friends from there, so there must be somethin' good goin' on. ;)
    My recent post this is {not} my life

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/digitalmomblog digitalmomblog

    YES. Because Texas IS the greatest! We need more Lindsey! come back soon, but this time a bit north :)
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      looking forward to hanging out with you in Chicago!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

        oh, wait you aren't coming to Q? sad. i do need to get to dallas. and see that new baby of yours!

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/digitalmomblog digitalmomblog

          No Q this year :( WAH (literally!)
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  • Melissa

    My family moved to Texas when I was 4, and I was there for 22 years! I recently moved to Missouri…and I agree! There is just something about Texas than non-Texans just don't get!

  • http://www.crossingmarketingandit.com Elmer

    "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could."

    You are so right – there's something about Texas those who've never lived here usually don't get. I grew up in Michigan, but lived most of my adult life here in Texas. It's a great place to be.
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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/LawrenceWilson Lawrence W. Wilson

    Texas is the only state that used to be a nation. Maybe some think it still is?
    My recent post How Much Should We Give to Missions?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Yes, maybe?

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jenniferjanes Jennifer Janes

    I'm so glad to see you got the image gallery to work (finally)!

    I understand about the "Texas" thing. I live in Texarkana, AR, just a few blocks away from Texarkana, TX, where I was born and raised. When I got married and we bought a house in Arkansas, I told my husband, "You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the girl!" Of course, I'm in Texas daily because that's where all the good shopping, restaurants, etc. are!

    I can't wait to see the answers to your questions about your home state!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      It took me forever to get the image gallery to work. I was about to kill the computer :)

      Texarkana really is Texas though…right?

      • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jenniferjanes Jennifer Janes

        "Texarkana" is actually twin cities. One is in Arkansas, and one is in Texas. I live on the Arkansas side now but grew up on the Texas side of the state line. Ironically, my husband is a huge Arkansas Razorbacks fan, but both of our children were born on the Texas side, so he lives in Arkansas in a house full of Texas women!

        I think when they named Texarkana, they thought Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana all converged here. Nope. Only Texas and Arkansas. We have State Line Avenue splitting the two "halves" of town!
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  • Greg R

    Lindsay; I am with you. However, I've learned to be quieter about my home state now that I have been away for a few years because some just don't get it.

    • http://www.not2us.net/blog Lindsay @ Not2Us

      I think this is the key. Many times, the "Texas Mindset" just seems so abundantly arrogant. Most of the people (that I've met) who are from Texas are LOUDLY (and sometimes obnoxiously) proud of their state…as if they actually had something to do with making it a great state. (Or as if God elected them to be born in Texas, putting them a notch above all of us born inside the borders of a different state.)

      For those of us who are not (and don't necessarily ever wish to be) Texans, it can feel fairly condescending. Since we consider ourselves okay people (despite our unfortunate birth places), it can be irritating and off-putting.

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  • http://danlynchonline.com Dan Lynch

    Without question it's a Texas thing that's hard to understand if you're really not from there. Every time I get back, I feel like I'm "home". There's a pride in being born a Texan that even 20+ years living in the beautiful state of Tennessee doesn't take away from you.
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Yes, exactly.

  • Brynormous

    Love of Texas is brainwashing!!! Seriously, y'all need to get over it. :-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Bryan, Bryan, Bryan…I'm never going to get over it. I am working on Suzanne. Slowly she will own her Texas roots.

  • Jennifer King

    So true– the girl may move from Texas, but the Texas doesn’t move out of the girl.
    I’ve always explained my 6′-ish height by “they grow ‘em big in Texas”. And even though I’m nowhere near my TX birthplace, I still wear my hat, boots, and big belt buckle occasionally– even here in Prague.
    Glad to hear you sing TX praises, and that you had a great trip.
    -Jennifer

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      love the mental picture of you in Prague with all your Texas accessories.

    • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jenniferjanes Jennifer Janes

      I've said the same thing about my height! I'm 5'10" and am quite a bit taller than "average." I'm glad to know I'm not alone!

      Jennifer
      My recent post Book Review: Kaleidoscope by Patsy Clairmont

  • Keely Scott

    I totally just put on Lyle and I am feeling homesick. . . .I get you. =)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      awww…mexican food soon?

  • Lori Bailey

    Grew up in Michigan but have been in Texas for 17 years. I loved the DFW area, but now that we're in Austin I'm completely hearts-and-flowers about Texas :) There's simply nothing like it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      I'm jealous. Austin is the best. Will you eat at Z'Tejas for me soon?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

    I wish I was from Texas, I really do. Just so I can be apart of the club.
    But in all honesty have not spent any time there. I guess I need to change that.
    I wish I lived in Austin, that place looks awesome.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Austin is so cool! So much cooler than Dallas (where I grew up) and Houston (which is just hot & humid).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jcatron jcatron

    Some of my best friends are from Texas (including you)… I'm always amazed by the extreme Texas pride, but what I don't get is this… if Texas is so great why in the world are you in Tennessee? Other than the obvious reason – you want to be near me :)
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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jcatron jcatron

    Some of my best friends are from Texas (including you)… I'm always amazed by the extreme Texas pride, but what I don't get is this… if Texas is so great why in the world are you in Tennessee? Other than the obvious reason – you want to be near me :)
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      as much as i LOVE texas…i have no desire to live there…not now at least. Maybe i LOVE Tennessee more? And you, of course.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      I LOVE Texas but I have no desire to live there. I must LOVE Tennessee more, or maybe it is that I LOVE being close to you.

  • Jacklyn

    Nope. Not at all. haha. I like you though and you're from Texas so I'm willing to give it another shot. My freshman college roommate was from texas and she had a Texas rug and shower curtain. Boo. Only visited Houston and I wasn't impressed.
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      Awww…thanks Jackie!

  • http://www.jennyrain.wordpress.com Jenny

    ok, so they really make texas-shaped waffles? our Weekend Ministries director would LOVE those :)
    the only thing i don’t like about texas is that is where my exes were from (no lie)… but what i MOST love about TX is Beth Moore (yippee!)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      yes, how great are the waffles?

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/bennettaj bennettaj

    OK, I'm going to Austin next month for the first time. What do I have to do while I'm there??

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      You have to eat at Z'Tejas Grill. It is my favorite place ever. Also, go sit out on City Lake at Hula Hut. Go the Texas Capital. Walk around the University of Texas. Get Amy's ice cream. Drive around in the hills on Capital of Texas Highway. Beautiful.

  • http://www.thedailykick.com Heather M.

    As a Texan living in FL, I miss the blue bonnets in the spring, beef brisket, Tex-Mex, friday night High School football games, and the big blue sky! Thanks for sharing your photos.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      I miss all those things too! I don't miss the August heat.

      • http://www.thedailykick.com Heather M.

        well…unfortunately in FL if we are not dodging a hurricane in August then the humidity is so high that my hair looks like a perm gone wrong. I'd welcome the Texas heat! Where in TX are you from? I am from the Dallas area.
        OOHHH….and I forgot to mention James Avery jewelry! Nothing like it. I mean how many charm rings did you own growing up????? A ba-zillion!

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

          You're from Dallas? I'm from Dallas. Oh, James Avery. The cross ring, the charm bracelet…i had it all.

          • http://www.thedailykick.com Heather M.

            ok Lindsey….let's go old-school Dallas! I miss the best mall in the entire world–NorthPark, ice skating at the Galleria, the original Sam Moon's on Harry Hines Blvd, and driving through Highland Park/University Party to look at the Christmas lights. I grew up in the Lake Highlands area.

            Now I know why I love your blog so much!
            Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • http://www.gritandglory.com alece

    so glad you could get your texas on for a week!

    did you know i lived outside of tyler for a year?
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  • http://christstumler.blogspot.com Ronne

    Oh Texas, she is a proud state. But this Okie loves her.

  • http://twitter.com/bZirk @bZirk

    Oh, I get it Lindsay, but then I'm from Texas — though I live in Colorado now. There really is no place like Texas. I've traveled to almost every state, and many more than once, and I've left the country several times. No place like it.
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  • http://twitter.com/bZirk @bZirk

    And if I weren't so doped up on cold medicine, I would have spelled your name correctly. My apologies.

  • http://www.deanbreaker.com/ Amy

    Oh Texas, she is a proud state. But this Okie loves her.

  • http://www.bringbackjason.com/ Patrick

    Oh Texas, she is a proud state. But this Okie loves her.