We want to say THANK YOU for 10 great years of serving the Big Country by showcasing Hometown Living at its’ Best. Having deep roots in the area for eight generations, I can honestly say there is no place like home! (Pictured left is my darling Grandmother Dorthy celebrating her 95th birthday in September.) We have had new and old friends contribute to the pages of each publication and it is truly an honor.
Our family has grown by three in the past 10 years and the saying is true…The days are long, but the years are short. The past decade has flown by! We had so much fun visiting our archives and reminiscing on so many interesting people and local events; it was very difficult to select this short list of features to update our readers on from the past ten years.
We hope, you too, enjoy reading the then and now of the articles highlighted this issue. Fall is one of my favorite times of year, to be fair I love each season for what it has to offer, but who can’t get excited about the cool weather, sporting events, & holiday parties. My kids started talking about Halloween costumes on September 1st while still swimming. This season I think we will all be a bit more present and thankful after the surprising months 2020 has offered us thus far.
Here is to making the most of each day….which was just a part of the advice offered by Mrs. Estes in her article, 100 years Young. I pray I have the wisdom to heed her words and to make the most of each moment. Here is to another 10 plus wonderful years serving the community through each page of Abilene Living Magazine.
Spring is a time for new beginnings, out with the old and in with the new. Let us choose to focus this clean slate of 2020 on all the good around us. For anyone who has ever watched Pollyanna (one of my all-time favorite films) you’ll remember the basis for her positive outlook, no matter what life brought her way, she opted to be glad. ‘If you look for the bad, you’re sure to find it, but if you look for the good, it is there too.’ So let’s learn from Polly and resolve to look at the bright side, find contentment, and live in the now.
We are thrilled to showcase this special edition of The Faces of Abilene, featuring a few of the many hardworking people in our local industry. Hear about their background, personal motto’s, and a few of the many favorite things they enjoy about working in the Big Country. Please let our advertisers know you saw their ad in Abilene Living and remember to SHOP LOCAL. We are also excited to share that Tri County Living has just hit the streets as well. Tri County showcases Hometown Living At Its Best in Jones, Haskell, & Shackelford counties. If you are interested in seeing your business in ALM or TCL contact Matt at 254.592.4524.
We hope you FALL in love like we did this season with the variety of wedding ideas and announcements shared this edition. We would love to hear from you with your ideas and wedding pictures. As always reach out to our talented content coordinator to have your wedding or social event considered for future issues!
Abilene Living is looking for talent in the Big Country! We are always on the hunt for creative writers and photographers, both seasoned professionals and those just starting out. There are positions across the Big Country available, call Tabitha (817.599.6167) to inquire or to submit samples of your photography work.
I wanted to take a moment to say how much we will miss these Abilenians that have passed in recent months; Dr. Virginia Connally who we were blessed to have featured her story in years past, my doctor from toddler years through adulthood, Dr. Carl Trusler, and another one of my favorite people of all times, Bill Bradshaw. My parents were wed in his backyard and he never missed a moment to make others around him feel loved. Our condolences to Jane, as well as Chris Bradshaw. I have no doubt when these three met their maker they heard, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” A reminder to us all, life is short, let’s make sure the work we are doing is for His kingdom and not our own.
We are excited to showcase this spring issue’s special section encompassing Woman You Should Know. This series highlights a few of the many accomplished ladies involved in local industry. Whether they are entrepreneurs, directors, or support staff, they are an integral part of our local economy’s success. We hope you enjoy looking at these professionals’ lives in and out of work, as much as we relished putting this segment together for you, our readers.
Do you WANT A SUBSCRIPTION? Send an email to subscriptions@ hometown-living.com and put ALM in the subject line to be added to our digital subscription list which will alert you to view magazines online at www. hometown-living.com. We want to thank our advertisers. Let them know you saw their ad in this issue!
We have some fresh new profiles of our neighbors featured in this spring edition. Read about the people in your own backyard making our hometown a better place. Dee Moore and Yvonne Batts are two of many women who are making their mark. We are also showcasing a special section on “Women in Business.”
Please check out their profiles and read a little about their background and what inspires them at work here in the Big Country. There are many accomplished professionals in our area, but you can’t have all work and no play.
Cycling is a favorite to many residents, but we were thrilled to catch up with one group in particular, The Steamboat Cycling Club. Named after Steamboat Mountain south of town, our photographer, Tiffany Smith, got to see them in action on an early Saturday morning. Read about members Mark Spurlock, Bill Minter and more and the adventures they have while staying fit.
Thank you for reading Abilene Living – your first hometown magazine showcasing Abilene living at its best. We love to hear from you – let us know about your events and any profiles you would like to see in future issues. As always we welcome your family pictures – give us a call to learn more about participating in future editions.
This issue is chock-full of great people in our community using their gifts for good in a variety of ways. We are each given different talents, but what good are they if we keep them to ourselves? Let your light shine by using those talents as you are called to do! For Jackson Cadle (9), it is has been putting his entrepreneurial dreams into motion - no matter his age. Throughout Bob Hunter’s life, using his talents has taken many forms. What are your gifts? How can you put them to use today? A small act can make a big difference in someone’s life.
Joey Light was the high school principal and basketball coach while my sister, Ann, and brother, John, were in high school at Hawley ISD. Now, over 20 years later, his positive impact has made a difference as my sister is entering her 22nd year as an educator (now teaching at Stamford). She suggested this article and continues to praise “Coach Light” for who he is as a person.
I am so excited about this fall’s special section showcasing area thrift stores. I LOVE flea markets, antiquing, digging through barns, and repurposing my “treasures”. In each town I always want to know where the thrift stores are, so we have made a list of non-profit thrift shops and hope we haven’t left any out. Take a look at Get Thrifty and go donate and dig today! PS: Below is a picture of my favorite person – my grandmother, Dorothy Lundgren.
She is the most humble, fun and hardworking person I know (she shies away from all attention including cameras, so I was thrilled to get this shot of her at 92 years young). She and her lifelong friend, Fern Ballard, were two of the original members when the Stamford Auxiliary was formed in 1977. For 40 years she has volunteered her time one day a week. Every Monday for as long as I can remember she and Fern have worked at the Pink Lady Thrift Store. This inspires me. May we each strive to live lives of service to others; sharing our gifts – be it a talent, an ear, or our time with others.
On the cover of this issue we pay our respects to the late Roy Helen Ackers. This beautiful picture is one she shared with me over seven years ago as I toured her home and closets in preparation for our debut edition of Abilene Living Magazine. For our first issue, she wrote a mini autobiography about her life growing up near Anson and the wonderful years she spent working, volunteering, and living in Abilene. Her kindness, sense of humor, humble spirit, and flair for fashion will be missed by all.
There is much to be thankful for in 2017 – and our readers, advertisers, and creative staff are on the top of the list! In 2016 we received some of the kindest letters, emails, and calls commenting on the articles and content. We love to hear from you! Tell us what you love and what you would like to see more of in future issues. As always we want to feature your events and uplifting stories about the great things and people around town. Check out our Hometown Contributors page – showcasing profiles of locals who help make Abilene Living possible.
Meet our new Content Coordinator, Tabitha Baase. Shoot her an email with your suggestions: Tabitha@ hometown-living.com To get your complimentary copy go by any advertiser location listed in the back of the magazine in the Index of Advertisers.
Let them know you saw their ad here in Abilene Living Magazine – the first magazine of its’ kind in the Big Country! As always we thank you for reading ALM showcasing Hometown Living At Its Best.
So school is back in session which means summer is over, whether it feels like it or not! We wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to our sweet parents (AKA grandparents to these three sweeties) who babysit throughout the year, but went overtime for us throughout the summer months.
We love you, Charles & Linda Perkins (of Abilene) and David and Diane Lundgren (of Hawley). Jorie (3), Gatlyn (5), & Georgia Lee (1) always have the best time with their grandparents! People say you love your children, but that there is a special love you have for a grandchild. As a new generation takes shape it’s always surprising to look back at how time flies.
What are you spending your time doing? Is it full of distractions that don’t matter and activities that won’t last? We discovered many Abilenians putting their God given talents to good use; Twyla Foreman, Kim Hudson, and the Martins to name a few. Also check out a group of ladies who have spent a lifetime in friendship – through the ups and downs life has brought in “Sisters in Spirit.” It’s inspired me to want to be a better friend and cherish the sweet relationships I’ve had for years. Hope it does the same for you!
We love Abilene and are grateful to our readers for supporting Abilene Living – the FIRST to bring a coffee table quality magazine to the Big Country. Thanks to our advertisers this publication is still free to you. Pick up your copy at any advertiser location and please tell them you saw their ad in this publication. Check out the Index of Advertisers (in the back) and remember to Shop Local!
We love profiling our talented and diverse neighbors with you! There is so much the Lord is doing in our neighborhood and we are grateful to be able to share their testimonies. A few of the many stories in this edition include the 52nd Smorgasbord, celebrating culture and Christ, also check out ‘He Gives Me Strength’ to hear one families’ strength in crisis.
Wedding season is here!!! Please see the many breath taking ‘Hometown Wedded Bliss’ announcements in this issue and contact us for information on sharing your special day with us….anniversaries welcome too! Email heather@ hometown-living.com
Ever wonder who is behind the scenes at ABILENE LIVING….see our ‘Hometown Contributors’ section for a peek at the many who make it all possible. We thank them for their creative efforts.
Do you WANT A SUBSCRIPTION? Send an email to subscriptions@ hometown-living.com and put ABILENE in the subject line to be added to our digital subscription list which will alert you to view magazines online at www. hometown-living.com. We want to thank our advertisers. Let them know you saw their ad in this issue! There is no better way to show HOMETOWN LIVING AT ITS BEST than to spend your hard earned money here in your hometown. Check out the Index of Advertisers list (located at the back of the magazine) and start shopping! LIKE us on Facebook!
The Big Country has a long tradition of farming and ranching and we are excited to display two such families in this issue. Farming and ranching is a legacy to be proud of. My family has farmed and ranched for 8 generations in Jones and Taylor counties, so these articles are near and dear to my heart. My brother, uncle, and cousins are still working the land that their forefathers procured, as is the Bellah family in Throckmorton. Read how they were featured on a national documentary calling ‘Farmland.’ Also check out ‘Home on the Range’ featuring John and Lauren Clark’s longhorn operation making their mark in Buffalo Gap.
We feel so blessed here at With You In Mind Publications and we thank God for His many blessings to our business, community, and state. Read how He is working in the lives of your neighbors. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13).” Remember He has a plan for you too!
If you are new to town or just wish you were more active in our community all you have to do is take a look within these pages to see just a few of the many events you too can take part in. There is an organization and place that fits your interests and talents. Get involved and make Abilene your own! Find a church, meet your neighbors, and get out there! Looking for work? WYIM is growing and we continue to be on the SEARCH for LOCAL sales people for our all our magazines, as well as, writers and photographers (beginners and seasoned). Call our office or email Matt to learn how you can get involved.
Do you WANT A SUBSCRIPTION to Abilene Living Magazine? Email our Office Manager, Kati, and let her know you want on the ABILENE digital subscription list which will alert you to view our magazines online at www. hometown-living.com. ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook at: With You In Mind Publications for additional updates on all our Texas and Oklahoma magazines. We want to thank our advertisers. Let them know you saw their ad in this issue! There is no better way to show HOMETOWN LIVING AT ITS BEST, than to spend your hard earned money here in your hometown. Check out the Index of Advertisers list (located at the back of the magazine) and start shopping!
We are excited to bring you the spring issue of Abilene Living Magazine. Please email Crystal, our content coordinator, your recipes, human interest article ideas, newborn shots as well as your wedding photos. This is YOUR HOMETOWN publication and we thank you for taking pride in the Big Country. Speaking of pride, we are proud to announce the birth of our new baby girl this November, Georgia Lee Martin. We wanted to take a moment to show off her picture and share how thankful we are for this addition! “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD…” Psalms 127:3
In this issue, we have more feature articles than ever before. Texas country artist and Abilene local, Aaron Watson and his wife, Kim, share about the loss of their fourth child and how their faith in God has seen them through this heartache. Pictured on the cover are their three older children putting you in the mood for spring. Also featured are some local philanthropies making a difference. There is always an opportunity to give back and our neighbors are making a difference!
Do you WANT A SUBSCRIPTION to Abilene Living Magazine? Email our talented Office Manager, Kati, and let her know you want on the ABILENE digital subscription list which will alert you to view our magazines online at www.hometown-living.com. ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook at: With You In Mind Publications for additional updates on all our Texas and Oklahoma markets. We want to thank our advertisers as always for their participation which keeps ALM coming to you FREE of charge! There is no better way to show HOMETOWN LIVING AT ITS BEST, than to spend your hard earned money here in your hometown. Check out the Index of Advertisers list (located at the back of the magazine)!
It's finally FALL, y’all! Abilene is busy thinking football, back to school, & holidays. We all agree summer is a blast, but there is nothing like getting back into a routine and starting to ponder cooler weather and holiday fun just around the corner. Check out the LOCAL SHOPS advertising within these pages and get a head start on your Christmas list! There is no better way to show HOMETOWN LIVING AT ITS BEST, than to spend your hard earned money here in your hometown . Personally I do all of my shopping and gift buying here at home; it not only beats the rush and drive to the ‘city,’ but all of the one of a kind things I am looking for can be found in the here in the Big Country. Check it out (see the last page for an Index of Advertisers)!
The attractive ladies on this issue’s cover are just a few of the many women involved in the Junior League of Abilene. This organization is committed to making a difference. In a community as charitable as Abilene, it is never difficult to find people willing to work hard! Read To Haiti with Love featuring professionals following a calling to lend a hand on a medical mission. Linda Egle, is also on mission….an Eternal Mission! Read these articles & more…Please also try some of the delicious recipes submitted to this second printing of Hometown Cookin’ . This is YOUR HOMETOWN publication; make it your own by sharing with us: recipes, article ideas, weddings announcements, newborn pictures, and events. HOMETOWN WEDDED BLISS is back by popular demand. Please feel free to send in your wedding announcements in for the SPRING edition (call for pricing and deadline – there is a discount for early submission so don’t be late!). Send your wedding announcement questions and submissions to heather@hometownliving. com. Abilene Living always strives to put jobs back into the local community by utilizing local photographers and writers (both beginners and seasoned). We are actively looking for both so please email us if you would like more information on getting involved in ALM and seeing your work in print!
We want to thank our advertisers; mention that you saw their ad in this publication! Their participation allows ALM to come FREE of charge to you! Check them out in the Index of Advertisers (last page of the magazine) and go by to get your copy today. Also, view our magazines online at www.hometown-living.com & ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook at: With You In Mind Publications for additional updates on all our Texas and Oklahoma markets.
With the coldest winter in over 100 years I know we are all looking forward to spring and some patio weather. We are so thankful for our loyal readership here in Abilene and the Big Country. This issue we are introducing TWO new sections, Hometown Cookin’ and Hometown Wedded Bliss! Have your photographer contact us for an opportunity to have your wedding featured in future issues. We also welcome local cooks to contribute their one of a kind recipes with us to be considered in Hometown Cookin’. This edition is one of our most diverse yet. The upcoming Western Heritage is celebrating their 30th anniversary and Abilene Living has the exclusive! Take a tour down memory lane with founders, Jimmy Parker and Phil and Jane Guitar. ALM has more in depth profiles of hometown residents than ever before. We were so honored to have Dr. Virginia Connally sit down with us to share memories and insights from her 101 years. As always we want to thank our advertisers for their involvement – help us to thank them by Shopping Local. Their involvement allows this publication to come FREE of charge to you! Check them out in the Index of Advertisers (end of the magazine) and go by to get your copy today. Also, view our magazines online at www.hometownliving. com & ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook at: With You In Mind Publications for additional updates on Abilene Living and our other Texas & latest Oklahoma market.
Hello Abilene and hello fall! I love this time of year….bringing crispness to the air, football to the field, and family & friends to the table for holiday fun! Speaking of food, this edition of ALM features the well known Esfandiary brothers, Ali and Nariman, owners of The Beehive. This is one of my favorite local eateries, and being a Jones County girl, I have been enjoying their food since I was still in diapers. The Esfandiary’s unique story brought them across the world to Albany and now Abilene; they truly are an example of the American Dream.
Abileneans are impacting the world in which we live in many positive ways. Reaching out to help others while spreading God’s love and message across the globe is a powerful thing. In Big Country Hearts in Cambodia and From Asia to Abilene & Beyond you can read about your neighbors and how they are answering God’s call in their lives.
We want to thank our advertisers! Please help us to thank them by SHOPPING LOCAL and mention that your saw their ad in the one and only Abilene Living Magazine! Their participation allows this publication to come FREE of charge to you! Check them out in the Index of Advertisers (last page of the magazine) and go by to get your copy today. Also, view our magazines online at www.hometown-living. com & ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook for additional updates on ALM and our other Texas markets at - With You In Mind Publications.
Abileneans have been busy, as you will see in this edition of Abilene Living Magazine – YOUR HOMETOWN publication. We have the inside scoop from the Mayor and his wife, Nancy - Get to know Mayor Archibald in ‘Meet the Mayor!’ Also, wedding season is upon us – invitations will soon be filling your mailbox. We have a special article featuring local couples and their wedding photos. Read up on the do’s and don’ts of wedding etiquette while viewing these lovely brides in ‘Weddings and My Friend, Emily.’
Spring has Sprung and we are excited about all of the Happenings in our Hometown. Please continue to share them with us at cara@ hometown-living.com. Also in every issue, Hometown Bundles of JOY. See the darling new faces and feel free to have your photographer contact us with your newborn’s picture today!
On a personal note, we want to say thank you to Paul White & Jason McDonald, our two longtime photographers – who along with many others take the fabulous pictures seen inside each issue. Our key writers, Rebecca Parvaresh and Esther Millette, always add a personal touch to their professional work – as well as keep a pulse on the busyness that is Abilene!
In the Spring 2012 issue we featured Doris Shead, owner of The Lydian Market (on S. 20th), named for Lydia in the Bible who prospered because she used her business as a ministry. We continue to get calls from that article wanting to learn how to get in touch with Doris. I felt it was important to share that Doris unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on February 12th. Doris diligently dedicated her store and life to Christ’s work – she was an asset to the Abilene community and will be missed.
As always we want to thank our advertisers for their involvement – help us to thank them by SHOPPING LOC AL and mention that you saw their ad in Abilene Living! Their involvement allows this publication to come free of charge to you! Check them out in the Index of Advertisers (last page of the magazine) and go by to get your copy today. Also, VIEW our magazines ONLINE at www.hometown-living.com & ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook for additional updates at - With You In Mind Publications.
We give thanks to God for another memorable year and great things to come.