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This month is our Home issue! There are so many images that come to mind when you think about what home means to you, and I’m excited to share these stories about the past and present in Cypress.

When doing research for our feature story, I discovered the Cypress Historical Society at Cypress Top Park off Hempstead Road, which houses a wealth of history about the area. With all the growth happening, it’s easy to forget the rich history of our area. Our little corner of Houston played a part in Sam Houston defeating Santa Ana during the Texas Revolution. Stop by the yellow depot and take a tour. You’ll see some relics from Sam Houston’s army among other treasures. It’s our own Cypress museum!

Many of our displaced furry friends dream of finding their forever home, and the Abandoned Animal Rescue is one of the many wonderful rescue groups making a difference. The shelter is all-volunteer run, and they recently moved to a larger facility to better accommodate the animals in their care. Check out AAR’s story and learn what you can do to help.

Our lifestyle contributor, Alley Leto, LifeOfAlley.com blogger and local personality, offers her ideas for creating a special gift for overnight guests in your home. I love the idea of going the extra mile to make guests feel welcome and comfortable.

With springtime upon us, there’s no better time for a little DIY project! Refresh your interior with a few new home decor accents, or tackle one room in your home for a more dramatic update.

On a personal note, home to me is family, which changed so much last year starting with finding my adopted brother, Bill. Over Christmas, I got a huge surprise when I was contacted through Ancestry.com by my adopted sister, Beth! I was so excited to meet her! She and her husband, Paul, came to my house, as did Bill and his family, and we all had a wonderful time getting to know each other. It was the best Christmas present ever!

We hope this issue inspires you to appreciate the place you call home—both your personal dwelling and our shared community—whether you’ve just moved here or it’s a place your family has occupied for generations.

Here’s to home sweet home!