Celebrating San Jacinto Day

A special thank you to our friends in Texas who introduced us to San Jacinto Day and added joy to our Sunday afternoon. According to Wikipedia:

San Jacinto Day is the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. It was the final battle of the Texas Revolution where Texas won its independence from Mexico.

There is a lot more to the story, including an attack on the Mexican army during their siesta, but you’ll have to research it yourself.

Our friends sent us a box filled with gifts related to the holiday, including floral wreaths for the girls, Alamo coloring books for the little boys, and the John Wayne movie, The Alamo. I also got a bottle of authentic Mexican vanilla. Most exciting were the colored eggshells filled with confetti that are meant to be broken over siblings’ heads.

Having grown up in Seattle, I have to admit, I had never heard of San Jacinto Day. We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day,being good Irish Catholics, and had festivals such as Bumbershoot in honor of our rainy weather.

Earlier on the day that we celebrated San Jacinto day, I had a conversation with a young adoptive mom at church. She had two beautiful brown-skinned daughters and I asked her where they were from. She smiled and answered that they were from Texas. I told her that I had been trying to place them and since they didn’t look Ethiopian or Liberian, I wasn’t sure which country they were from. I confessed that I am oriented toward international adoption. Her answer was that Texas is practically another country, so I wasn’t too far off.


This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Shonni
    April 30, 2009

    I am from Texas, and my parents are “die hard” Texans…your right when you say it is practically another country-LOL…many of them think they are!
    This looks really fun. I must look into it since I am Texan and must teach MY culture as well ha-ha.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

I accept the Privacy Policy