Deep in the Heart of Texas
A Personal Blog of Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
I had the privilege of spending last Friday morning in Irving visiting with students and teachers at Thomas Haley Elementary School. I received a very warm welcome from Principal Alberto Zavala and Irving ISD Superintendent Dr. Jose Parra, and visited several classrooms – a Kindergarten classroom, 1st Grade classroom, 3rd Grade classroom, and 5th Grade classroom. The 5th Grade classroom I visited is taught by the Irving ISD Teacher of the Year – what an honor for Thomas Haley Elementary! And Irving ISD was the National AP District of the Year – I am very proud of everything Irving has achieved.
It was so wonderful to be back in a school and have the opportunity to visit with teachers and students. I felt like I was back at home. The children were so motivated to be learning, which made me feel excited about our state’s future. As a former teacher and principal, I know that the path to success begins with education. Greg and I are committed to making sure that all Texas students have access to the best education possible, and we look forward to working with administrators, teachers and parents across our great state to create the best education system in the nation. I had a wonderful time seeing the students work and I encourage all the students and teachers to keep up the great work!
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Greg and I are so honored to serve the people of Texas, and we are privileged to be the 40th family to live in the beautiful Texas Governor’s Mansion. The Texas Governor's Mansion pre-dates the Texas Capitol and is the oldest continuously-occupied governor’s residence west of the Mississippi. The Greek Revival-style home was completed in 1856 – ten years after the Republic of Texas became a state – and occupies a city block near the State Capitol in Austin.
In June 2008, the Governor’s Mansion suffered significant damage from arson, but Texans refused to let an arsonist write the last page of history on the Governor's Mansion. Thanks to the dedication and hard work by many, this historic home was not only restored, but much-needed improvements were made. Now, the Texas Governor’s Mansion stands ready to be occupied by governors and their families for many more decades to come.
There is so much history contained in this majestic house, so many tales of Texas’ past to be remembered and celebrated. And though the Governor’s Mansion is now our home, the Mansion does not belong to us. We are its stewards, preserving its past and its future, and we are thrilled to share its history with those it belongs to – the people of Texas.
If you are interested in visiting the Texas Governor’s Mansion, public tours are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, as well as one Saturday per month, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. A reservation is required, and the tour is free of charge. For more information and to make a reservation for your tour, visit http://gov.texas.gov/mansion/tours.
Greg and I hope that you will visit the Texas Governor’s Mansion soon to see the incredible treasures housed here from our state’s storied history, and the painstaking restoration work that brought this national landmark back to its full majesty.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
We have so much to thank our military members and veterans for – but as my husband, Governor Greg Abbott, said Tuesday in his State of the State address, saying thank you is not enough.
Greg outlined several proposals during his State of the State that will make positive impacts in the lives of our veterans once they return to civilian life. His proposals will strengthen our state’s economy by expanding and improving business and job opportunities for veterans. Greg also wants to provide access to mental health screenings for veterans, and last month he expressed his support for a new VA hospital in the Valley. We owe it to our veterans to make sure they have the resources they need to live strong, healthy lives, considering all they have done for us.
I was honored to meet a very special veteran – Mr. Richard Overton – at the State of the State on Tuesday. Mr. Overton is our nation’s oldest World War II veteran. He lives right here in Austin and is 108 years young. Greg’s proposals will go a long way in expressing our thanks to Mr. Overton and to all of our veterans, and I hope you will support him. To learn more about these proposals, visit www.gov.texas.gov
Friday, February 13, 2015
Greg and I are so honored to serve the people of Texas, and we are so privileged to be the 40th family to live in the beautiful Texas Governor’s Mansion. While there are still boxes to be unpacked, it is so exciting to have the opportunity to live here. The Texas Governor’s Mansion has served as the official residence of Texas governors and their families since 1856. Though it is now our home, the mansion does not belong to us - we are its stewards, preserving its past and its future. I hope you have the opportunity one day to see the incredible treasures housed here from our state’s storied history, and the painstaking restoration work that brought this national landmark back to its full majesty.
I’m especially glad that our daughter, Audrey, is sharing in this privilege. I know she will cherish the memories created here…the first of which is ringing in her 18th birthday! I can’t believe how fast time flies! We’ve already had some fun celebrating Audrey’s birthday, starting with a surprise on the front lawn. We’ve got more exciting things planned to celebrate Audrey…but first, I need to get back to unpacking a few more boxes!