By Teresa Barbian
My name is Teresa Barbian. I am excited to be a part of the American Newspapers team. I have been married to my best friend Jon Barbian for 20 years and we have two wonderful children. Ivy is a sophomore at Anson High School and is a member of the Tiger marching band. Alex is a freshman at Anson High School and is on the JV football team. I am originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it). So how did I end up in Anson, TX? My husband Jon was in the Navy and stationed to the USS Mitchner which was being built in Pascagoula. Through family and friends I met him, and I think it was love at first sight. Jon grew up in Anson, so when our kids came along we started thinking about what kind of community we wanted to raise them in. It was a hard decision for me to leave everything I ever knew, to leave my family and friends and move 800 miles to a place where I knew no one except my new “Barbian” family. I still get back home to visit with family and friends, but I call Anson, TX, my home now and it has been one of the best decisions we ever made for our family.
We love having our family and friends over on the weekends, grilling burgers and playing our favorite game of 42. Our 42 games can get quite competitive and very loud, but we are always laughing and having a good time. I am so lucky I married into such a wonderful family. We can find humor in everything.
One of my all-time favorite things to do is to watch my Atlanta Braves playing baseball. It’s hard to do now because they are not televised over here a lot. My family here are big Texas Ranger fans so they are always giving me a hard time about my Braves, but here’s a little family secret, I think my father-n-law is a closet Braves fan, love you Joe. Whether winning or losing, I always stand behind my Braves. I also love to cook. I am an avid recipe collector. Sometimes I think my husband is secretly rolling his eyes when I say, “Here honey, try this.”
I’ve only been working at the Anson American for a few weeks, and I have loved every minute. I have met a lot of friendly city officials and lots of other nice people. I had been looking for a way to become involved in the community and this job definitely will allow me to do that. The team that works for the American Newspapers is awesome, and I couldn’t ask for a better bunch to work with. Hopefully my work here at the Anson American will live up to our last editor. We miss you, Debbie. If anyone needs anything from me here at the paper or wants some newspaper coverage for an event, please call our office, and I’ll be glad to do what I can. Let the new adventures begin.