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It’s already 90 degrees by 9 a.m. and saying, “Oh, what a beautiful day.”
Mike Whitley, McKinney | Grayson-Collin EC
Being the salt of the earth and having a salty story or two to prove it.
Mark Browning, Goodrich | Sam Houston EC
Not being a Californian anymore.
Dalene Masden, Mico | Medina EC
Naturally saying y’all and fixin’.
Candy Pennington Kiesow, Grapeland | Houston County EC
Setting a good example of fairness with everyone, no matter who they are or what color they are.
Unafraid of big dreams.
That feeling of pride.
Dremma Haywood, Lone Oak | Farmers EC
Being devoted to liberty.
Mary Anne Smith
Never having to say you’re sorry.
Jim Barden, Utopia | Bandera EC
Never putting away your summer clothes.
Always saying y’all, fixin’ to and howdy without giving it a second thought.
Jo Virgil, Austin | Pedernales EC
Peggy Irvine, Sanger | CoServ
Waving to and saying hi to people I don’t even know. And them responding likewise.
Your word should be good as gold.
Lewis Sprague, Leander | Pedernales EC
Being civil and respectful to everyone.
Linda Paddie Sluiter
Having my Texan hat close at hand.
Penny Halpenny, Natalia | Medina EC
Keeping one eye on the horizon and the other where you step.
Barry Bouchard, Gainesville | PenTex Energy
A tasty plate of Tex-Mex and a cold Lone Star beer.
Michael Conner, Georgetown | Pedernales EC
My home is more than just a place. It’s the one-of-a-kind spirit of the people who share this land.
Dave R. Summers, Fredericksburg | Central Texas EC
Being part of the largest family of good people.
Tracy Mansell, Poolville | Tri-County EC
That I am truly blessed.
Jeanie Sprenger, Hondo | Medina EC
Yes, ma’am; no, sir; or common courtesy.
Patrick Beam, Canyon Lake | Pedernales EC
I will always advance through adversity.
Margaret Fontenot, Magnolia | Bluebonnet EC
True to your heart and God and respectful to all.
Charles Nelson, Canyon Lake | Pedernales EC
You have the courage to stand up and stand alone for the sake of good, just like the Lone Star State represents.
Brandon Morgan, Hemphill | Deep East Texas EC
Your handshake is your word.
Robbie Alexander, Tow | Central Texas EC
Having my culture, DNA and psyche rooted in the Lone Star State.
Clydell Wallace, Lampasas | Pedernales EC
Being a friend.
Charleen Worsham, Lake Cherokee | Rusk County EC
Howdy, how’s your family and God bless Texas.
Harry Gibbs, Comanche | CECA
Living in the friendliest state and always trying to do unto others with a smile.
Cindy Vasquez, Lyford | Magic Valley EC
Living where common sense prevails over nonsense.
Susan Hurn, East Tawakoni | Farmers EC
Friendliness and freedom.
Sean Denure, Reno | Tri-County EC
Barbara McCaughey, Sherman | Grayson-Collin EC
Stopping at Buc-ee’s on every road trip.
Xitlaly Cruz, Bryan | Bryan Texas Utilities
I can touch the moon when I hear the hiss and buzz of a Texas rattlesnake.
Howard New, Smithville | Bluebonnet EC
I get to wear boots all year long.
Rachel Whaley, Cibolo | Guadalupe Valley EC
I get to drive my bigger and better draft horses on my Texas land.
Hannah Stickle, Smithville | Bluebonnet EC
I am a proud American and a cowboy and put God first.
Moni Tabch, Mount Enterprise | Rusk County EC
I know where Willie Nelson lives.
George Stickle, Smithville | Bluebonnet EC
When I open my mouth, I don’t have to tell people where I’m from.
Elizabeth Stewart, Alba | Wood County EC
Having big blond hair.
Gloria Wark, Brenham | Bluebonnet EC
Big belt buckles, big hats and bigger hearts.
Wanda Gardner, Waterwood | Sam Houston EC
Whenever I travel in the world and someone asks where I’m from, I say Texas first. Then I may add “in the USA.”
Theresa Phinney, College Station | Bryan Texas Utilities
Having faith 24 hours a day, every day.
Jody Tyson, Brenham | Bluebonnet EC
Not having more hat than cows.
Leroy Wolff, Three Rivers | San Patricio EC and Bandera EC
Being proud of who I am and my ancestry.
Frances Wright Kulas, Azle | Tri-County EC
Everywhere you turn in rural Texas you will see a cow.
Tammy Duplechin, New York | Trinity Valley EC
Paying way too much for property taxes.
Troy Stevens, Tarkington Prairie | Sam Houston EC
Friendly people that don’t take any crap.
Never having to be second best.
Jim Lane, Mason | Central Texas EC
Understanding Texas just isn’t a state; it’s a state of mind.
Robert Alan Dueck
I am blessed.
Martha Feldtman Noell | Pedernales EC
Loving God, family, Texas and the USA.
Always willing to help your neighbor far and near in time of need.
Nita Frazier, Mullin | CECA
Beating the hell out of Washington state. God bless Texas.
Anticipating the first bluebonnet to bloom.
Henrietta Olivares, Poteet | Karnes EC
Being proud of my Texas heritage and the men who fought for Texas’ independence. Men like my great-great-grandfather Dillard Cooper, one of only a few dozen survivors of the Goliad massacre.
Cheryl Cooper Cotton
Committing one of the Seven Deadly Sins: pride.
Steve Yates, Wimberley | Pedernales EC
Feeling a deep love for all that is precious about Texas, proud of your roots and the many rich cultures that make us who we are.
I have strong family roots.
Being proud of who I am in a state I adore.
Nita Fleitman, Saint Jo | PenTex Energy
You are never alone, even in the Lone Star State.
We care for all our neighbors.
Rick Coulter, Roxton | Lamar Electric
Wearing a Stetson.
Elvira C. Welch, Corpus Christi | Nueces EC
Being proud, friendly and courageous.
Sherry Humphreys, Comal County | Pedernales EC
Being so blessed and thankful to live in the great state of Texas.
Being so proud that even just hearing the word Texas makes my heart do a flip.
Karen Brister, Leander | Pedernales EC
Life, liberty and happiness.
Linda Barbara, Tyler | Wood County EC
Pride in a heritage of hardworking, independent, friendly, caring people.
Janna York Wood
No matter where I live, Texas is always home.
Sylvia Jankord, Seguin | Guadalupe Valley EC
Standing respectfully tall and proud, even though I’m just 5-2.
Saying stuff like, “If you have to ask, then it probably means you ain’t from around here, now doesn’t it?”
Kenneth Light, Buda | Pedernales EC
Being the best because Texas is the garden of America and has the strongest spirit and people.
My late husband, Jack, being able to wear his boots and cowboy hat to a formal wedding and fitting right in.
Jan Myers, Bryant Station | Heart of Texas EC
There’s no place like home, and that is Texas—great food, friendly people.
We are willing to help others in their time of need, but “Don’t Mess With Texas” because we are good-hearted people, and we take care of our own.
Candy Crouch, Beeville | San Patricio EC
Bragging about how great Texas is.
Living in the same state where my Czech ancestors settled in the late 19th century, as well as living in a state that can, on the same day, incur hot and cold temperatures, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.
Anthony Piwetz, Victoria | Nueces EC
Living the American dream with great people.
Gene Debbie Jones
Doing the right thing, being proud of your state and helping your neighbor.
L.E. Foster, Lubbock | South Plains EC
I’ll love you and pray with you, or I’ll take you out and pray over you. Choose wisely.
Never having to say you are from somewhere else.
Robert Sargent, Gordonville | Grayson-Collin EC
Being proud and free.
Barbara Jones Maxwell
A very deep-seated sense of pride, resourcefulness and independence.
Keith Chapman, Tyler | Rusk County EC
I’m an American.
Having an independent, can-do spirit.
Nancy Fuelberg, Burton | Bluebonnet EC
Spelling ya’ll right instead of spelling it the FB way—y’all. My phone spellcheck has finally learned how to spell ya’ll.
Nancy Jeanette Lancaster Quade
Carrying on a tradition of pride and excellence rooted in our Texas history.
Nancy Philabaum, Fayetteville | San Bernard EC
Come and take it.
Brett McCally Davis
I will have friends anywhere in the world.
Connie Keck, Staples | Bluebonnet EC
Having pride in your state.
UT football, margs, chips and queso, swimming in the Blanco River and saying y’all.
Holli Hegefeld, Austin | Pedernales EC
Flip-flops all year.
Owning cowboy (or -girl) boots, wearing burnt orange even if it’s not in your color wheel and loving to see a mix of longhorns grazing in a pasture.
Judy Collins, Spicewood | Pedernales EC
It’s in my blood.
Never having to say you’re sorry.
Brent Robinson, Newcastle | Fort Belknap EC
Jerry Ray Jr.
I love Mexican food and good margaritas.
Janet Morish, Little Elm | CoServ
Being friendly and helpful to others.
Being proud of our history.
Judy Miller, Llano | Central Texas EC
I’m Texan-born, raised, and live in the best state in the USA.
My memory of my bride in 1976 as we watched the bicentennial fireworks from our all-adult apartment complex.
L.M. McKee, Chriesman | Bluebonnet EC
A place where the word honor still has value.
Cathy Torbert Dent
Never having to say you’re sorry.
Melissa Ames, La Coste | Bandera EC
Doing things right the first time.
Integrity and honesty—where a handshake still stands for a sealed deal.
Gaye Hester, Beeville and George West | San Patricio EC
It’s God’s country.
Being a witness to some of the greatest sunrises and sunsets God ever produced.
Flavius Harkrider, Liberty Hill | Pedernales EC
Seeing our flag proudly carried at our newly opened rodeos and a prayer for everyone.
Standing on a country road gazing at a beautiful field of bluebonnets while standing on my ancestors’ footprints.
Margie Seaman, Madisonville | Houston County EC
Being in the only place I need to be.
Having a little bit of heaven on Earth.
Mary Akers, Driftwood | Pedernales EC
Being proud, being different and having it all in one state and not making excuses about who you are.
Donna Pelkey Bailey
Cooking a little something extra each day just in case someone in town falls sick or dies.
Melanie Blakeslee, Marquez | Navasota Valley EC
Showing respect for others, whether they are young or old, whatever their ethnicity, and honoring the work our forefathers did to make this beautiful state what it is.
When I’m driving, I wave at all the other drivers on the road.
Susan Killough, Morgan | United Cooperative Services
We are God-fearing.
If I wasn’t me, I’d want to be me.
Tim Harland, Brookeland | Deep East Texas EC
Enjoying the outdoors, wildflowers, stars, food, family, friends.
Being proud of the nearly two centuries of Texas heritage my family has built before me.
Bob Hoggard, Hedley | Greenbelt EC
Being close to God.
Deborah Jurica, Nursery | Victoria EC
Common sense with grit all over it.
Steve Steadham | Grayson-Collin EC
Becky Allen Desborough
I’m strong and independent as the greatest state there is.
Sharon Carrigan, Lampasas | Hamilton County EC
Free, independent, happy and home.
Having heartfelt love of our majestic parks, floating the Guadalupe River, fishing our beautiful lakes, eating great food and being warm-hearted to all—if someone is unkind, just smile and say, “Bless your heart.”
Teresa Matlow, Moss Hill | Sam Houston EC
A state of mind.
Bluebonnets, big sky and boots.
Christine Lorence, Burnet | Pedernales EC
Francine Blair Standish
Never having to say you’re sorry.
Ken Calhoun, Pittsburg | Bowie-Cass EC
Growing pine trees and loving bluebonnets.
James Weaver, Timpson | Deep East Texas EC
Life is good.
George Bennett Jr.
Blood, sweat and tears—and a little pride and joy.
Tinker Cotton, Kyle | Pedernales EC
Speaking the whole truth to whomever, whenever.
Pjae Stanley, Little Elm | CoServ
Being a proud American but being dyed-in-the-wool Texan first.
Being proud but humble.
Chris Dean, Azle | Tri-County EC
Exactly that—a Texan.
You wave and smile at everyone.
Betty Janis Tedford, Tye | Taylor EC
When asked, “Where are you from?” we don’t say, “From Texas.” We say, “I’m a Texan.”
You can tell me this and tell me that, but I’ll tell you what.
B. Billingsley, Bastrop County | Bluebonnet EC
Lone Star beer and Bob Wills music.
Enjoying brisket, Blue Bell ice cream and bull riding.
Michael D’Addio, Highland Village | CoServ
Everything I live for is deep in my heart.
Protecting our wildlife critters.
Jeanette Murphy, Hale Center | South Plains EC
Never having to apologize to a rattlesnake.
Respect for all living beings, even the four-legged ones.
Pride in my state.
Wearing my straw hat in public without getting those—you know them—looks.
Being myself. It’s all I will ever know.