Preface By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy October 15, 1943-October 15, 2007 (64 years of my life)
I was born in Beaumont TX, lived in Silsbee TX until I was 2, lived in Kirbyville from age 6-age7, lived in Buna TX until I was 18 (lived in Pensacola FL for 5 months in 1955), went to college in Port Arthur TX until I was 19 (lived in dorm for 1 year, with a woman for 1 month and my own apartment for a month & back to the dorm for another 2 months) and worked in Beaumont until I was 21 (lived in the Y for 1 1/2 years & in a duplex for 3 months). Then I married Al and started moving.
When I was a child, I asked God to let me travel and see the USA. He gave me a vagabond Husband and made me a Lay Home Missionary. We have moved so may times that I claim the following verse as mine.
John 3:8 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Al and I have lived in 25 Cities & moved 32 times.
Beaumont TX - where we met, North Chicago IL, Norfolk VA (apt. & then bought a mobile home), Buna TX/Panama, Denver CO, Buna TX/Vietnam, Quonset Point RI, Newport RI, Livingston TX, Beaumont TX, Virginia Beach VA (apt. & then Navy Housing), Nederland TX (apt. & then bought a house), Livingston TX (rented a house & then bought a house by the Indian Reservation), Pearland TX, Manvel TX, Alvin TX (rented a house & then rented a duplex), Pearland TX, Bear Creek area of Houston TX (apt. & then bought a house), Clear Lake area of Houston TX, Hobby Airport area of Houston TX, Wichita KS (rented a duplex & then bought a Mobile Home & then traded that home for a Dutch Mobile Home on the same lot), Coppell TX, Gun Barrel TX (bought land and move home onto land), Livingston TX, Brandon MS, Livingston TX (retired).
Houses we rented were sold at the end of our lease and we had to move. Or a new job was across town and it was too far to drive. People don't quite realize how large Houston is. From the SE corner in Clear Lake Area to the NW corner in the Bear Creek area is 65 miles (during rush hour that could take from an hour and half to 3 hours to drive). Houston sprawls all over Harris County. Almost all of Harris County is in Houston city limits. Pearland, Manvel & Alvin are suburbs of Houston but are in Brazoria County and not an actual part of Houston.
Out of all the places we have lived Houston is my favorite city.
Our house on Wee Laddie Lane in NW Houston (Bear Creek area) was my favorite that we purchased. It was an early American design that had a 20 X 20 Living Room with a corner (white stone) fireplace. It had a formal dinning room, 2 bathrooms & 3 bedrooms with huge walk in closets. It had a Jen-Air Kitchen with counter top gas range, double above counter ovens, pot scrubber dishwasher, side by side Refrigerator/Freezer, Lots of counter space, huge walk in pantry and breakfast nook in the large bay window. The laundry room was between the kitchen and the double garage that also had a workshop area in it. We lived there from May 1985-September 1987.
My favorite community was Casterton's Trailer Park in Norfolk VA. It was mostly Navy families and Mr. Casterton had a big board in the office that had different men's names on it with what they could repair, their phone number and a check mark by their name if they were home or an X by their name if they were out to sea. If a woman's husband was out to sea and something broke, all the had to do was call the office and they would match her up with a man who knew how to prepare whatever broke. We were like a family who had coffee together in the AM and watched each others children as needed. The community helped make it possible for the wives to stay home with their children - Daddy was gone 5-7 months out of the year and if Mom worked, that meant they had no parents most of the time. No parents at home means high insecurity in children.
My favorite rental house was the one in Manvel TX that had a nice kitchen, formal dinning room, 18 X 18 living room, laundry room, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a full size (3 ft on one end and 10 ft with diving board on the other end) pool just out the back door & a fantastic church across the street.
My favorite duplex was the one in Wichita KS that had a huge recreation room, bedroom, full bath & huge laundry room in the basement. Upstairs there was a huge living/dinning area, country kitchen, full bath, bedroom (our study) & a single car garage. We had large windows on 3 sides upstairs and down. It had an 8 ft. privacy around a large back and side yard with a patio out the back door.
My favorite mobile home was our Dutch that we bought in KS and moved to Coppell & finally to our land in Gun Barrel. It had a 14 X 18 living room, 14 x 14 country kitchen (top of the line self cleaning gas range, pot scrubber dishwasher & extra large refrigerator), a study, half bath, full bath (Casio spa tub), 14 x 14 Master bedroom & 10 x 12 covered porch. The whole house had double windows in each room and the front living room had double windows on two sides and a picture window on the front door side. God I love lots of windows. We lived in it from 1996-2003.
The house we lived in the longest was our first Mobile home that we purchased in Norfolk VA - we moved it to TX & RI. It was only 10 X 51 but it had a 9 x 4 tip out that made the living room 14 x 14. Al built bunk beds in the closet and we bought a shift robe for Stephie & Dave's clothes. The rest of their room was for toys and room to play. Their bedroom was 8 x 8. Our bedroom had a dresser/chest built in and only had room for a queen size bed. It only had one bathroom. It came furnished (up to now we rented only furnished apts.) including a stove & refrigerator. It had a kerosene gravity heating system. There was no A/C or dishwasher. We lived in it from 1965-1973. If you move a lot, a mobile home is like carrying around a security blanket - it lends a type of stability. We needed that.
Even though we lived in apartments, I had no favorite. We always had a noisy neighbor and were always careful not to disturb our neighbors. You just can't relax and be yourself in an apartment.
We have belonged to so many churches that it's hard to choose which one we liked best. We finally agree that it was Freeway Manor Baptist (SBC) in Houston. It just felt like home more than any place we lived. That may be a big reason why we liked Houston so much.
We lived in the Houston area for 10 years from 1980 to 1990. We lived in Wichita KS for 10 years from 1990 to 2000.
I was born and raised in Texas. Texas is and always will be home for me. Al was born in Michigan and raised up and down the East Coast and in West Florida. He loves Texas and that is home for him also. We would love to go home but this is where God wants us - so this is where we will be until he tells us to go somewhere else. We have found the hard way that you are only blessed if you are where God wants you to be. I love those blessings.
Best place for sailing was Newport, Rhode Island. We could sail in Narragansett Bay, the Sakonnet River, Mt. Hope Bay or the North Atlantic through the Elizabeth Islands and the islands just off the Massachusetts Cape.
Best Vacation was Island Hopping through the Florida Keys.
Even though I have had my favorite places, I have always been content wherever I am. Even though I hated RI because of the prejudices and climate, I was content there. I think God had more to do with that than me. He is so good.
August 2007 God opened the door so we could go home to Texas.
Luke 3:14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" So he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages."
Phil 4:11-13 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 Tim 6:6-9 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
Picture packed and ready to go on Christmas trip to TX from MS 2005 taken by Fran Meservy
"On The Road Again" by: Willie Nelson from Album "Songs"
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