Planting roots in Austin

Today marks our family's 3rd month in Austin. Despite being in temporary living arrangements while our home is being built, we have done a pretty good job of settling in. Some of our friends marvel at our bravado in relocating, but we had good indications from our fact finding trips that Austin would welcome us and we had faith that we would find family in a local church. I have to say our expectations have been exceeded.

We've met all the neighbors around our future home and we have already become members of Hill Country Bible Church. My wife and I are leaders in the Awana group and we have joined a Thursday night small group that meets on our future street. We have also joined a huge gym that just opened this September called Lifetime Fitenss where we have been pleasantly surprised to bump into several church friends, so North Austin is beginning to feel like our home town. My wife is a also a leader in the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group and has gone card making at a Stampin' Up! rep's house about 6 doors donw from where we will live. One of our girls has joined a choir, but we are still looking for a piano teacher for our other daughter. My wife's sister from So-Cal spent a week with us interviewing for jobs in the area trying to decide if she wants to relocate. Let's just say the home affordability is attractive. We have heard that the Avery Ranch subdivision in which we are building is approaching a level of 60% California transplants. A family my wife knew in California moved into our apartment complex a few weeks ago and is deciding where to buy, but with so many beautiful houses in their price range, they are suffering from choice shock.

So if anyone out there is desiring to focus your life on traditional values and raising kids, Texas has acres of land with miles of freeways under construction and most importantly a welcoming attitude to immigrants that is unparalled.

There is one aspect of the local culture that I do not expect I will ever assimilate - the love of college football. When meeting some people, you'll find that they are interested to know your college affiliation which from what I have gathered so far seems to translate to: "Are you an Aggie or a Longhorn?".

Comments:

I have to ask if you are the John Hoffman that graduated from Dolgeville High School in 1990? I also noticed a weird coincidence - there is also a blog for Dan Gross, also originally from Dolgeville, NY....maybe you are, maybe not, thought I'd ask! thanks,Melissa

Posted by Melissa Barretta on January 09, 2007 at 02:07 AM PST #

No, I'm a graduate of Newark Memorial High School in Newark CA, class of '88, but I work on the same team as Dan Gross, so we're only 1 degree of seperation :) Cheers, John

Posted by John Hoffmann on January 10, 2007 at 12:43 AM PST #

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