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Long Beach natives transplant to South Florida

HOMESTEAD, FL (WLOX) - With Sir Saint standing guard and a fleur-de-lis on the mailbox, one Homestead, Florida, house definitely sticks out.

"The neighbors definitely know where we're from and who we're for," said Long Beach Native Theresa Smith.

Inside, Theresa has decorated the home with a New Orleans flair, trying to capture the essence of the Crescent City.

"And I spotted this picture and Rich insisted that we had to have it because it's got Loyola behind the street car, and I'm a Loyola grad," Teresa said.

After living in New Orleans for 11 years, Theresa, her husband, Rich, and their two daughters, Lindsey and Lauren,  moved to South Florida in 2006.

The biggest complaint comes from their taste buds and stomachs.

"It's not like home. You can't find a good sandwich. We have to import catfish from Mississippi!"

Gastronomic issues aside, the Smith's are doing their best to recreate life back home, even their superstitions.

"I have to hold the Saints NERF ball; because when I do, they always win."

During the NFC Championship game, Rich who is a United States air Force reservist, set up this Saints shrine, and it hasn't been touched since.

"I was messing with them of course," Rich said. "But if they lose, now I've got someone to blame, you know!"

But it's got to be good luck that the Saints are playing their first Super Bowl in the Smith's backyard, right?

"Frankly, I think the bigger party's going to be back home, and there's no place like home."

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