Missouri is still my home in some ways. Here is where I've lived: July 1956 - August 1957 - Neosho, MO August 1957 - June 1959 - Austin, TX June 1959 - August 1974 - Neosho, MO August 1974 - May 1978 - Searcy, AR (Harding) May 1978 - July 1979 - Neosho, MO (one year internship) July 1979 - May 1982 - Memphis, TN (HGSR) May 1982 - October 1984 - Wilmington, NC (Pine Valley Church) October 1984 - July 1991 - Searcy, AR (College Church) July 1991 - December 2005 - Abilene, TX (Highland) So I've lived in these five states: Missouri - 17 years Texas - 16 years Arkansas -11 years Tennessee - 3 years North Carolina - 2 years Nine "homes" probably isn't many for someone who's 49--especially when there are only a total of six places involved. I just realized that sometime next fall I'll have lived in Abilene longer than I lived in Neosho at one stretch (because of the two years we were in Austin for my parents to finish college at UT). I know I wrote about this a while back, but there is still a bit of "home" in most of these places--all except Austin, I guess (since I was just a toddler). For isn't home where our loved ones and our cherished memories are? My brother and I took a ride around Neosho to most of the old places that were important to me as a kid. We drove by the two houses we lived in before my junior year of high school--when we moved into the house my parents are still in. What struck us--again!--is how small the houses were. In our memories they were so huge.