I discovered I have no actual photos of my house so this is a google earth screenshot of my house in Katy, TX. This house is important to me because it was home in a foreign place. Moving to Texas from Pennsylvania felt like moving to the moon but over the years I grew to love Texas from right inside this home. The style of the houses in my neighborhood were just as foreign as the rest of Texas to me. I wasn’t used to the idea of everyone having a required number of trees in their yard or seeing house after house made of different colored brick. My neighborhood is designed to have a desert theme and it’s built on the flattest of rice fields which, again, were total adjustments for me. Like I said, I grew to love Texas and this house was the starting point. I vividly remember coming home at 3 a.m. and crawling under the garage door or the block parties we held just steps from the driveway. I think that was the main difference to me between the places I’ve lived. This house, this neighborhood, and this town seemed so much more inclusive. I grew to love Texas through the people I met and the community I became a part of. All right here in this house.