Why I love Oklahoma…. a year and a half in

So we have been here a year and a half. 

It seems appropriate to add another list.  Of what I love about our home state.

  • the people here.  Seriously.  I have never lived in a place that is more welcoming and open and caring.
  • the light on the hay meadow
  • the stars 
  • the sound of crickets and frogs 
  • though I could do without seeing frogs suctioned to my window
  • or in my dog's mouth
  • the steam rising off the lake in the early morning
  • the deep red color of the earth
  • just not on shoes inside the house
  • armadillos
  • raccoons
  • the deer that feed in the forest around the lake
  • and how still they can be
  • the sunsets
  • sunrise over the hay meadow
  • watching my kids run in and out of the trees
  • watching my kids ride off on their bikes and not worrying that they will be squashed by a car
  • the smell of the grass
  • rain
  • horses
  • the long horn bull ranch
  • the bad bull that is always in his own pen  
  • and that we call him "bad bull"
  • that is his name
  • the donkey that lives with the bulls.
  • why?  we have no clue, but love him.  Er… her. Sorry, can't tell.
  • local commercials
  • Atwoods is one I can think of.
  • And that home builders.  With his family. Um.  Yeah.
  • Sonic.
  • Even though I am not drinking DC anymore- I love the ice and will sometimes stop and get water.  
  • YES, I pay 35 cents for a Route 44 water.  I KNOW.
  • Shut up
  • our school
  • our church
  • friends
  • my husbands job
  • watching Jack play football
  • living in a place where Friday nights are simply for football
  • going to the high school game with our family
  • the OKC memorial
  • the sound of the leaves through the trees
  • the peaceful quiet of the morning
  • walking with my husband in the evening
  • cowboy hats 
  • that my heart feels at home here.
  • even if there are frogs on my window.

10 thoughts on “Why I love Oklahoma…. a year and a half in

  1. your making ME want to move there! although it’s not hard to do. I have always wanted to move out of “the big cities” and have a big house by a lake and a forest with animals and the sounds of nature! Siiiggghhhhh. too bad my Husband LOVES it here! : )

  2. I am glad that you are so infatuated with Oklahoma, Jenny, and there are so many of us who are equally enamored with your family! However, you did forget to mention your favortie local community theatre in your list…

  3. This reminds me why I like Madison, or Wisconsin in general. So when am I moving in with your family? Are we still doing the Manny arrangement?

  4. Sounds like HOME to me!! 🙂
    Makes me wanna sing:
    “Home, Home on the Range…
    Where the deer, donkey and ‘Bad Bull’ graze…”
    okay, so maybe not.
    But I LOVED your list and they all sound like great reasons to stay put and raise your family there. God is good!! <

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