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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hi friends!! 
Happy Tuesday!!

I hope your week is off to a great start!! 

Soooo....the other day, my girls and I were talking about Mommy's blog and how I have made friends with people all over the United States. 
They just thought it was SO awesome that I "know" people who live in Maine, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee- just to name a few!
And then they started asking me- "well- do you think people who live in California read your blog? What about Alaska??"  They were so cute! :)

So- I was wondering if you would do a me a favor today- if you consider yourself a "reader" of my blog- would you mind commenting and telling me what state you live in??
I want to gather up everyone's comments and show the girls how connected I am to so many wonderful people...through my silly little blog!! :)

Also- I would love it if you would tell me one "fun fact" about you- and if you want- feel free to ask me a question or two! 
I love the idea of getting to know everyone,who so kindly takes time out of their day to come read my ramblings, a little bit better!!

Okay- so I will go first!!

I was born and raised in a small town right outside of Springfield, IL.
I have lived in Illinois, Arizona, California, Texas, and Ohio.
I currently live in a suburb of Indianapolis and we will be moving to Greenville, NC in 3 1/2 months!!
(You don't have to share about all the places you have lived...I am just feeling chatty :) HA!)

Fun fact about me: The summer before I started my last year of college, I lived in Okinawa, Japan working as a lifeguard and swim instructor on Kadena Air Force Base. It was such an AMAZING experience!

Hope you have the BEST day and can't wait to hear from everyone!! :)

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137 comments:

  1. You know me...Tanya from the great state of Texas! I have lived in California and Pennsylvania, but have been a Texan since the age of 5. Fun fact...the longest I have ever lived in one place (house) is 5 years. We have now lived in this house for almost 3 years, and hopefully we will be here for many years to come.

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  2. Hi Justine! I'm Katy, from Goshen Indiana 😊 I've lived in Indiana all my life except for a couple winters when we went to Arizona for a couple months. Fun fact, I grew up amish. :) Love reading your blog! Have a great wk! 😊

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  3. Well as you know, I live in Maine...have lived here my entire life! The winters are long and cold and I long to live in the south. However, we have no plans to move until both girls are out of school. I am pretty sure I was destined to be a southerner! haha =)

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    1. Yay for my blogging Bestie in Maine!! You are my hero for surviving those winters… And I can't wait until you become my neighbor in the south!! You know… North Carolina has great universities down there… Just a thought for when the girls get older!! 😉😊

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  4. Good morning from Maryland! What a fun way to start the day, Justine!

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    1. Good morning! Maryland… How fun! Thanks for commenting and sharing where you live!!
      Have a wonderful day!
      Justine

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  5. Hi Justine! I live in Pennsylvania, have my entire life. My husband and I have 3 kids. 2 girls ages 4 and 5 and a son who is 3! Fun fact...I love to quilt! (Although I haven't had much time to do it the last several years!) Haha I love your blog!

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    1. Hi Erica! How fun that you love to quilt! My mom is an amazing seamstress and makes beautiful quilts- such an amazing skill and hobby!! Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to comment!! :)

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  6. Georgia Peach here!! I was born and raised in Georgia!! I have never lived in another state!
    I love glitter and anything that sparkles!!
    What a fun post!! Your girls are just precious!

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  7. Hello! I'm Jenny from Minnesota where the weather can be so very strange...our state had it's first confirmed tornado of the season yesterday afternoon and then we woke up to snow this morning!
    I've lived in MN my whole life and have two daughters and a new sign business with my husband!
    Love your blog - your family is the cutest!

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    1. Hey there from another Minnesotan!! We thankfully missed the bad weather, but it was just to the east of us, crazy!!

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    2. Hi Jen!! So fun that both Cara and you live in Minnesota! Congratulations on your new sign business!! How exciting!! Thank you for your kind words...so happy to know you enjoy reading my blog!! Have a great rest of your week!

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  8. Hi! I just moved to Florida two weeks ago from NC! My fun fact is this is the fifth state I've lived in and I'm hoping this one sticks because I'm sick of going to the DMV to switch my license over every time I move haha :)

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    1. Hi Laura! So fun to know you just moved from NC!! And now you are in sunny Florida!! SO FUN! Thanks for taking the time to comment!! :)

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  9. Hello from Ohio! My husband and I are farmers with 7000 pigs!

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    1. Lori!! 7000 pigs??? That's the BEST fun fact ever!! Thank you for taking the time to comment!! :)

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  10. Hi there! I'm from Minnesota, and fun fact about MN is that yesterday we had severe weather and tornadoes, and today I woke up to an inch of snow and its blowing like crazy, haha!!!

    I am born and raised here, but when I was 8, my family moved to KY and lived there for 4.5 years while my parents were missionaries. :)

    Hi girls!!! (I have three girls of my own...)

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  11. Hi! My name is Jess from Nebraska! I have 3 kiddos under 3 and am also a Catholic mama. I'm not a blogger, but keep yours bookmarked for easy access :)

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    1. Hi Jess!! So happy to know you are reading in Nebraska! 3 kiddos under 3...you are amazing mama!! :) Hope you have a great rest of your week!

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  12. Hi! My name is Jenna from Washington State. I have two kiddos 8 and 5 and I teach Kindergarten. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Jenna!!! Yay for Washington state! Another place I need to visit!! Hope you're having a great week at home and at school!! :)

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  13. My name is Mary Martha. I live in Mississippi. I have four children that I homeschool. I love reading your blog!!! I make your chocolate chip cookie recipe a lot!!!😄

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    1. Hi Mary Martha!! So fun to know you live in Mississippi!! And you are AMAZING- a homeschooling momma to 4 kiddos?? You are my hero. And I am so happy to know you love the chocolate chip cookie recipe- isn't it SO good?? Hope you have a great rest of your week!

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  14. One more fun fact- I moved to North Carolina a few years ago and they made me take the written test to get a North Carolina drivers license. So start studying😄😄😄 l found a cheat sheet online that was a study guide!! When I moved back to Mississippi getting a drivers license was as easy as getting a new picture taken.

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    1. Um. ok. I am freaking out- because I am the WORST at taking driver's license tests! HA! I am totally going to find that cheat sheet!

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  15. My name is Susan and I have lived in southern Indiana on a farm my entire life. But love visiting Lexington, Kentucky and hope to have a home there one day also because we love the horse races and all the horse farm atmosphere. I love reading your blog and as for myself I have almost been married 19 years raising three girls, 14, 12, and 8.

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    1. Susan!! So fun to know you are in Southern Indiana! Congratulations on 19 years of marriage- that's AMAZING! And so fun you have 3 girls!! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  16. Hi! My name is Cannady, and I'm from Roanoke, Virginia. I have lived in the same town my entire life... even went to college here (Roanoke College. Salem, VA). I've been reading your blog since the first post, and I absolutely love it! I have three little ones, and I just find your blog so relatable. So many times I've wanted to comment or email, but I usually get distracted. Lol! Cannot wait to read about the journey to your new state! Tell the kiddos to start practicing their "y'all" ;). You're going to love the south, girl!

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    1. Cannady! Thank you for commenting! We are so excited to move south- and since my hubby was born and raised in Texas...we already have ya'll as part of our vocabulary! HA! Hope you have a great rest of your week!

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  17. OH-IO. Haha! Does it count if you know me in real life?! Fun fact? I've got nothin'. Hmmm, maybe my fun fact is that I love Ohio??? Lol. Not the weather, but I've been LOTS of places and I do truly love my hometown even though it's not considered super desirable. :). You just have to know where to go to experience the fun. Maybe a weird fact and not a fun fact??? xoxo. Love reading comments from your readers...fun idea. Now back to spring cleaning.

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  18. Ohio :) I've lived in Florida, Texas, Tennessee but was born and raised in Ohio.

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  19. Good Morning! I am Brittany from Mississippi. I found your blog several months ago and I LOVE it! I come from a big family so I love seeing others with a big family!!! Fun Fact I want to move from MS sooo badly but I can't leave my family!

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    1. Hi Brittany!! Mississippi!! I spent a quick weekend in Mississippi when my brother in law graduated from pilot school! Thank you for your kind words- so happy you enjoy reading my silly blog!! And girl- I understand- family is EVERYTHING...maybe you can convince your all of your family to move with you!?!? :) Hope you have a great rest of your week!

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  20. Hi Justine! I love your blog and am reading all the way from Alberta Canada :). I'm a stay at home mom of 3 boys. I love your stories about how crazy James is because I am right there with you with my crazy busy 2 year old!!

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    1. Kendra!! I did not know you were from Alberta!! SO FUN! And I love that you have a little boy just like my James. I seriously was not prepared for his level of craziness after having 3 girls! HA! He is keeps me on my toes- literally! HA! Hope you're having a great week!!

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  21. I started reading your blog when I lived in Kansas, but moved to Nebraska this summer! We've lived in Nebraska, Iowa, Washington, Kansas and now back to Nebraska! I'm a Mama of three kids, whose husband is a Campus Pastor for UNK, and I work full time at a bank! We lead a busy life! I love reading about your sweet family!

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    1. Hi Kacy!! I have never been to Nebraska!! It sure does sound like you guys are busy- thank you for taking the time to comment and to read my blog!! Have a great rest of your week!

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  22. Hi! My name is Tina and I'm from northern Illinois! A fun fact about where we live is that we actually live closer to the 1st AND 2nd largest cities in WISCONSIN (Milwaukee and Madison) than we do to the largest city in ILLINOIS (Chicago)! But it's fun to visit all three cities and nice to live so close to lots of interesting city things to do while still living on an acre of land! You guys are the cutest and always a bright spot in my day!

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  23. Rathi from Houston, Texas.. though we are in the process of moving to dallas soon. Only moved out of Texas for two years to Seattle for my husbands job. Missed the sunshine and eventually made our way back and have no plans of leaving.. I have a 7 year old girl and twin almost four year old girls!! Love your blog and your sweet family!!

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    1. Hi Rathi!! I know you are SO ready to get to Dallas!! Love that we have formed a friendship from you reading my blog!! Hope you're having a great week!! :)

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    1. Hi Erica's bestie!! Love knowing that her "real life" bestie reads my blog!! :)

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  25. Fun fact...the previous comment is my real life bestie! HOW RANDOM?! (I've also been a bridesmaid 16 times...14 before I walked the aisle as the center of attention myself, haha) Well, you know I'm from TN..always have been always will be!

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  26. Hi, I'm Devin from Ontario, Canada! I don't have any kids of my own but I work as a nanny for 3 different families and really enjoy your blog for ideas/reassurance that I'm not the only one surrounded by very lovable chaos! :)

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    1. Devin!!! So neat to know you live in Ontario!!! Thank you for your kind words- I am so glad to know that I have been able to provide you with some ideas to help you control your crazy, awesome kiddos! Hope you're having a great week!!

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  27. HI, I'm Noel and live in Kentucky. My random fact is my name means "Christmas" but I was born in April. :)

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    1. Hi Noel!! I knew a girl named Noel growing up and I always thought she had the PRETTIEST name!! So fun knowing you live in Kentucky!! It is on my bucket list to get to the Kentucky Derby someday! I want to wear a big hat and act super fancy! HA! Thanks for commenting!

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  28. I'm a reader from Northern Virginia (Ashburn). Random fact-we lived in Belgium for 2 years-my kids loved it and hope to go back.

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    1. Hi Lisa!!! SO COOL you lived in Belgium!! And how amazing your kids were able to experience living in another country!! Thank you for commenting!

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  29. Hey! I am Alisa from Kanas City, Missouri. My daughter's name is Arbor and she is in first grade! The highlight of my week is volunteering in her class! First grade is so fun :)

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    1. Hi Alisa!! I have never been to Kansas City- but have only heard amazing things about it!! And I absolutely LOVE your daughter's name!! First grade is tons of fun!! So glad you are having so much fun with her!

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  30. Good Morning from Chicago!! :)

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    1. Hi Sophia!! I lived in Chicago, right off the Southport Brownline stop for 2 years!! We are headed there for a little spring break trip at the end of the month! Thanks for commenting!

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  31. Katie from Charleston, SC. I also have 5 kiddos, a boy - 8, 3 girls - 6,4,3, and a baby boy 7 months. I enjoy reading about your family and taking tips and advice for managing a large young family!

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    1. Katie!! I have never been to Charleston- but it is on our bucket list of places to visit once we get settled in Greenville!! And I LOVE that you have 5 kiddos too!! They are almost the same ages as mine! Hope you're having a great week and thanks so much for commenting!!

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  32. Hello, my name is Annie and I'm from Boise Idaho.

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    1. Hi Annie!!! One of my best friends went to college in Idaho!! Hope you're having a great week! Thanks so much for commenting!

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  33. Hello from Portland, Oregon! I have 2 kiddos and one more on the way. I love reading your blog because you're always so upbeat and positive!

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  34. Hi from Atlanta Ga! I have 2 children, 4 (boy) and 8 (girl) and I've lived in the same town my entire life. My 8 year old even had the same kindergarten teacher as me.

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  35. Hi I'm Rebecca and I live in Newport Beach, CA! I'm going on a solo trip to London and Paris in a month and am so excited!

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    1. Hi Rebecca!!!! How are you doing?? I am SO stinkin' excited for your solo trip to London and Paris!!! How amazing! Enjoy and soak up every minute- I can only imagine how amazing of a trip it is going to be!!

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  36. The girls might find it interesting that not only do you reach people thousands of miles away via a blog, but you also find people close to home, that you might never run into any other way! I live an hour east-ish of Indy.... (No family in Greenville, but NC would be a great place to live! We have cousins in Charlotte). I have ready your blog a few times, found it on Stefanie's link up. Good luck with your move! I am sure the weather will be nicer...

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    1. SO FUN!! I love knowing someone local reads my blog!! We are very excited to have much milder winters!! Thanks for commenting!!

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  37. Massachusetts! I am a special needs teacher and I have a 10 month old red head daughter named Ginny!

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    1. Hi Jen!! Yay for Massachusetts! Growing up, we vacationed in Cape Cod- such a beautiful part of your state!! And OMG- Ginny sounds absolutely precious!! Thank you for all that you do being a special needs teacher- as a SLP- I KNOW you put your heart and soul into your job!! :)

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    1. Yay for Colorado!! 3 of my cousins live in Denver!! I have vacationed in Buena Vista, CO- it's gorgeous there!!

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  39. Hello from Akron,OH. Not sure where you lived in OH, but we are about an hour south of Cleveland. Akron is a nice town. We have lived here just over ten years. Tons of stuff to do and the people are very friendly! I have three kids (8, 6 and 4). I'm also a Catholic mom and I enjoy reading your blog! Very upbeat and easy to relate to!

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    1. Hi Jamie!! We lived in Broadview Heights!!! So not too far from Akron at all!! Thank you so much for commenting and your kind words!! :)

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  40. I'm a regular reader and I live in Ohio. My fun fact is that I was born in Africa. I have lived in Africa, England,
    Canada before Ohio. I would love to see more of your healthy meal ideas.

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    1. Steph!! You're a true world traveler!! That is SO awesome you were born in Africa!! I actually just took some pictures today of a healthy/weight watchers friendly burrito bowl- I plan to post it in the next couple of weeks! I am the worst at taking pictures of what I eat- I am always so hungry- I usually forget and then realize once I am halfway done with my meal that I didn't take a picture! HA! I am going to work on it!! Thank you so much for commenting!

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  41. I'm a regular reader who was born and raised in Connecticut but lives now in New Zealand (for the past 4 years) with my husband and four kids aged five and under. Love reading your blog 😊

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    1. New Zealand?!?! That is amazing!!! My brother and his wife got engaged in New Zealand!! Thank you so much for commenting!

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  42. I'm a regular reader who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have two little girls and have never lived anywhere but Louisiana.

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    1. Hi Whitney!! Louisiana! SO fun! My husband and I were just talking about how amazing the accents are in Louisiana!!
      Thanks for commenting and hope you're having a wonderful week!

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  43. Hello! I'm Christy in Fort Worth, Texas! I have three kiddos: my daughter just turned 6 and I have two boys: 4 and 10 months. I love your blog!!!!!

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  44. Hi I'm Stacey and live in Pennsylvania. Funny fact... growing up I lived in my grandmas house for the first 2 years of my life! My parents bought a house 5 minutes away so we were still close. My grandma passed away 14 years ago and my fiancé at the time (hubby a year later) and I bought her house. It's so sentimental now!

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    1. Hi Stacey!! SO special you had such a close relationship with your grandma and ended up buying her home! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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  45. I'm a new reader but AND new blogger! Fun Fact: My hubby was a backup Quarterback in the NFL for 7 years (with the Packers mostly). I'm a TX girl but went to school in Louisiana (Northestern State in Natchitoches..where they filmed Steel Magnolias!) and my hubs is a Louisiana boy. We now live in Mckinney, TX and have 2 little boys (6 and 8) and I have a busy little Etsy shop. :)

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    1. How neat that your hubby was in the NFL!! I have heard wonderful things about McKinney and one of my mom's best friends lives there!! Hope you're having a great week and thank you so much for taking the time to comment!! :)

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  46. Iowa!!! Hello, girls! In Iowa we grow corn, soybeans and a LOT of pigs! But we aren't just rural - we have some 'big' cities, too. Have fun "meeting" people from all over the country!

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  47. I also live in a suburb of Indianapolis!! I was reading your bio and I met my fiancé on E-Harmony! Yay for online dating!!

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    1. Hi Tracy!! Northern California is on my list of places to visit!! I have heard it is absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for taking the time to comment! Hope you're having a great week!

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  50. I live in the Dayton, Ohio area and have two daughters, one ready to graduate high school and one in college. I teach middle school at a private Christian school.

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    1. Hi!! Dayton is not too far from Indianapolis! One of my best friends went to college there! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  51. Hi! I'm Kim, long time reader but first time commenter :) I live in PA and am now a stay at home mom of 2 (which I love!) but taught kindergarten for 10 years before that (which I also loved!). I've always wanted 5 kids so I love following your blog and seeing how fun it does look!

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    1. Hi Kim!! Yay for Pennsylvania! How amazing you taught kindergarten for 10 years...I am in awe of my daughters' teacher every day...I couldn't do it!! ;) Thanks for taking the time to comment! Hope you're having a great week!

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  52. Hi I'm Bobbie, I live in Delray Beach, Florida. Delray is not far from Palm Beach
    where President Trump comes to visit his home called Mar-A-Lago.

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    1. Hi Bobbie!! SO fun you live in Florida! I am jealous you live by the beach!! That is my happy place! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

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  53. Hi I'm Cathy and I live in O Fallon IL. I love reading but dislike commenting- sorry :) Your days remind me a lot of the days when my 4 were young. Now the oldest is graduating from college and the youngest is in 5th grade! It gets easier in some ways but definitely more complicated in other ways! You have a terrific blog!

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    1. Hi Cathy! You are just about 90 minutes from parents who live outside of Springfield, IL! Totally understand about commenting- so glad to know you enjoying reading my blog!! And I couldn't agree with you more on how things get easier as the kids get older- but yet more complicated. I am just starting to experience that with my two older daughters...and they are still pretty young!! Saying lots of prayers and holding my girls close to me for as long as I can!!

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  54. Hi from South Jersey! We are right outside of Philadelphia. Born here, raised here, still here.

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    1. Hi Tara!! How neat to live so close to Philadelphia!! I have never been there- but have heard it's such a great place!! Thanks for commenting!!

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  55. Hi! I'm from Missouri! Love your sweet blog! I live on a third generation cattle farm with my boys!

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    1. Sara!! That is SO amazing! I was just telling my husband that I would love to visit a cattle farm! Thank you for taking the time to comment and for your kind words!! :)

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  56. What a fun post!! I'm a fellow Indiana girl and I love that we live so close for now :) I've lived in Utah, Arkansas, Mississippi and Indiana. It's been a great adventure of adulthood that I would have NEVER predicted when I was younger. A fun fact that your girls might enjoy... I met my husband when we were FIVE. Our moms were in a playgroup together and would often tease us about getting married one day. I didn't realize you had such great swimming and life guarding skills. No wonder you enjoy swimming as exercise now. I loved reading where so many of your readers are from :)

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  57. I'll add to your Texas crowd: We are from East Texas but are currently living in the Hill Country, where the bluebonnets and paintbrushes are beginning to peek out now --- and the snakes!! Love your blog! I keep coming back for the positivity and encouragement as a fellow stay-at-home mom.

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    1. LOVE the Texas bluebonnets!! I really do miss living in Austin, TX SO much!! Thank you for your kind words Kate!! I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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  58. Hi! I'm Ruth from Ohio. I've lived in Ohio my whole life, and even went to college in Ohio. I started reading your blog when you were pregnant with Marshall. I have purchased things from Aldi based upon your recommendation. Most recently, I bought myself roses for $3.99 and they lasted for a little over a week. Your blog is one of my favorites to read!

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    1. Hi Ruth!! Aren't those roses from Aldi the best?!? I was just telling my husband today I would totally work at Aldi- I love it there! Thank you for your kinds words- they really mean a lot to me!!

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  59. Good Morning! I'm Megan. I live in Normal, IL with my 4 kids and husband. I love coming here to read about your family. Even though I can't stand shopping at Walmart I have ventured there to get a few of your walmart finds.

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    1. Hi!! Normal is only about 1.5 hours from where I grew up! I may or may not have been to a couple of fraternity parties at ISU when I was in high school! HA! Thanks for taking the time to comment!! :)

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  60. This is so fun! I'm from WI!

    A fun fact. I could name a few. haha! Luke & I didn't live together before we were married. I'm not a fan of tomatoes at all but LOVE ketchup & tomato soup. I just love your blog & your heart. You are so encouraging & uplifting. Keep being you, friend!

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  61. I love their curiosity! I am reading from Boston, MA and I actually just moved here in November from rural Illinois (west of Chicago) so I'm attempting to adjust to city life. I sure do love it here, but I miss the country more than I thought I would!

    Happy Wednesday! :)

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    1. Oh wow Courtney!! I bet it is a big adjustment to move to Boston from rural Illinois!! I have heard AMAZING things about Boston- it is on my bucket list of places to visit!! Thank you for taking the time to comment!! :)

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  62. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I am a junior high French Immersion teacher:)

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    1. Nova Scotia!! Fabulous!! I took French when I was in high school!! Hope you're having a great week and I really appreciate you commenting!

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  63. I am from Mammoth Cave, KY. Avid reader of your sweet little blog!!

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    1. Yay for Kentucky!! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment!! I appreciate it!

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  64. Good Morning from Texas! I'm Jenn, and I live in the very small town of Knox City. Tomorrow will be my 21st anniversary with my precious Husband Kent. We have two daughters in college. I love your blog!

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    1. Hi Jenn! We love Texas!! Most of Aaron's family still lives in Texas!
      Congratulations on celebrating your 21st anniversary!! That is absolutely AMAZING! Thank you for your kind words- I appreciate them so much!

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  65. Hello! I'm Bertha from Barcelona, Spain; not the USA! ;) You're great and I love your positive personality! I've heard at you love the sun and the beach, you should definitely live here!! Good luck with your blog <3

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    1. Bertha!! How exciting to know you are reading my blog and live in BARCELONA!! I absolutely LOVE the sun and beach- so yes- now I have added Barcelona to my MUST VISIT list!! Thank you so much for commenting! I appreciate your kind words!

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  66. I'm from Central Illinois (champaign). I know you are from central Illinois too!
    You have a cute family!

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    1. I LOVE Champaign!! Such a CUTE town and the U of I is so awesome! Thank you for commenting!!

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  67. I am a reader from a very small town in South GEORGIA called Cordele! It is the "watermelon capital of the world."

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    1. Hi Anna! I LOVE watermelon- so I would love your town!! I have been camping and white water rafting in Northern Georgia several times- it is gorgeous there!! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  68. Hi Justine! I live in Missouri, near Kansas City. I love reading your blog - I especially love when you share your Walmart finds!

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    1. Hi Danielle! I have never been to Kansas City- but have heard so many great things about it!! I am so glad you love my Walmart finds! Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope you're having a great week!

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  69. Hi, I am from Allyn, WA and have 4 kids. 3 girls ages 6,5 and 10 months and a boy who is 2. I love reading and seeing how other families make it work.

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    1. 3 girls and a boy! SO fun!! Is your 2 year old boy as crazy as mine is?? HA!
      Thank you for commenting!! So glad to have you as a reader!

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  70. Our 3 little ones are from Alaska and now live in Seattle. So yes readers from Alaska do read your delightful blog! :)

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  71. I am from Charleston , South Carolina. I came to college out here from California and have never left. I have 2 boys 4 and 6

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    1. I have heard Charleston is FABULOUS...so it makes sense you never left!! Thanks for commenting Kristina!!

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  72. Illinois (about an hour north of Springfield) :)
    What state did you like living in the best (so far)?
    So enjoy reading your blog!

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    1. Hi!! Are you by Peoria?
      I have to say I LOVED living in Flagstaff, AZ- I went to graduate school there.
      I also absolutely LOVED living in Austin, TX! It's a tie between those two places!!
      Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to comment!

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  73. From MS, but have lived in Florida, Colorado, Ecuador, Vegas, NYC & now farm in TN! You'll love the south! Nothing like it! Stay at home boy mom, with too many animals to count! It's always an adventure & enjoy reading yous!

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    1. So fun!! You have lived so many fabulous places!! We are so excited to move to the south- we just love it there!! The weather, the people- it's amazing! Thank you for commenting!

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  74. Hello from Mt Holly, NC..near Charlotte! Welcome to NC soon:) I love your blog for so many reasons! Your positivity most of all:) :) also... Your Walmart and Aldi finds, clothing and recipes, I love it all. I will always be a reader. Thanks for the inspiration!!!! I'm the mom of a little 4 yr boy named William😊

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  76. I am reading your post all the way from Liberty, Mississippi, way down south. In my spare time, I enjoy scrapbooking.

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  77. Hello from Anna, TX(about 40 miles north of Dallas)! I just love reading your blog and enjoy all your tips. My fun little fact is that I have always lived no more than an hour from my hometown..even when I went to college!

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  78. I currently live in 'Minnesota, but I was born and raised in Michigan, which I don't think has been mentioned yet - so there's another state for you! I also had to take a written drivers ed test when we moved to MN, and would have never passed if I hadn't studied!! Fun fact - I have a sea salt chocolate chip cookie almost every day when my 14 month old son goes down for his nap! He's into eating everything mama is having these days and some things are too good to share! Lol

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  79. Chiming in late because we were on a Disney cruise. I am a rare Central Florida native who still lives in my hometown of DeLand, about halfway between Daytona Beach and Orlando. I love everything about where I live (well, except maybe the Orlando traffic). Maybe not surprisingly, I collect alligator art/figurines and have them all around my house. Being a Florida Gator will do that to you I guess. :) I love your blog and following along with your sweet family!

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  80. I have lived in California all of my life (except for the 6 months I spent in the UK in college) and now live in Silicon Valley with my husband. I love reading about how you make a wonderful life for you 5 kids and look forward to staring my family soon.

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