A little over two years ago, we moved to a small farming community here in Indiana so that my husband could pursue a full-time ministry position. Even though our new town lies only forty-five minutes away from our previous town, it has a very different feel!
Here, everyone knows everyone else and their cousins, too. :) People are friendly and patriotic. Neighbors look out for one another and kids play in backyards around the block safely, for the most part. Many homes in this town, including ours, were built well before 1900 and have the architecture to prove it!
We have one stoplight in town (and one four-way flasher), next to which stands this giant Indian statue, a monument to the Miami Indians. You might recognize him from the opening credits of the show “Parks and Recreation.” In town, he’s just known as “the Indian” and serves as a great point of reference when giving visitors directions!
We’re very thankful for the small library here in town, which in spite of its size, hosts a summer reading club for the kiddos each year. Our town also sports a fairly new community gym, which has been helpful during the winter months when the only option for activity is to don layers and layers of snow gear. :)
Our town is surrounded by farmlands, but not the vast rolling expanses you might expect to see in some midwestern states. The farmland in Indiana is dotted by clumps of forest here and there, remnants of the pioneer days. I particularly love seeing these crosses whenever I travel to a neighboring town for groceries. The last time I went, the sun was just setting, full of final-minutes glory.
Currently we spend a lot of time at the soccer fields in our nearby sister town. We’re thankful for the opportunity to join sports teams since the offerings are few and far between locally.
We’re also incredibly thankful for the school that our children attend nearby. It’s an elementary attached to a combined junior high/high school, small enough for decent class sizes, but big enough to offer an academic challenge for our two older children, both smarty pants. Most of all, we appreciate the school’s dedication to patriotism and morals. Our principals are free to pray openly, as well as our students, a freedom that no longer exists in many American schools!
Although we’re still getting used to the small-town atmosphere, we are really beginning to enjoy it! I wasn’t sure the Lord really knew what He was doing when we first moved here. There were many difficult adjustments in store for us, but of course, His plans are always, always for our best.
And now, it’s really starting to feel like Home.
Welcome to The Loft, a weekly hangout and link up for Christian bloggers.
The Loft is open, come on up!
Graphic by Kerry Messer
The Loft is the place for conversation, community, networking, and Christian growth.
Each week we provide a topic to start the conversation.
PLEASE NOTE: We want to foster community and transparent conversation with one another, just like we’d do if we were meeting in real life. So we ask that your link stick to the weekly topic and that you mention The Loft in your post. Thank you so much!
Monday night, at 9pm Eastern, the linky goes live and all week you can link up your post on that week’s topic.
We’ll have fun topics, serious topics, practical, soul-ful, holiday, and so, so much more…we can’t wait to get started! This is not only a great way to connect with others, it’s also a fun and easy way to establish a writing habit. If you aren’t a blogger, you are welcome to join in by leaving your comments in the comment section.
So grab your coffee mug and come on up! Hang out for a bit. We betcha you’ll be glad you did.
1. Be creative. Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly topic. But please stick to the weekly topic :)
2. Listen twice as much as you talk. If you leave one link, visit two. Trust us on this one~wink.
3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or link back in your post so we can find each other. Also, share the great stuff you find when you visit around…we’ll be doing the same.
When you link up at The Loft, your link will appear on 5 blogs! We’d love for you to visit The Loft co-hosts and know who we are:
Now it’s time to link up!
This Week’s Topic: “My Town” (We want to know about where you live! We are living all over the world, so tell us a few of the unique things about your town, city, or farmland. Share a photo, give us a video tour, or just share what makes where you live special. This will be fun!)
Next Week’s Topic: “Favorite Books” (Share your all time favorite books with us! Plus, we’ll be giving away a book or two so be sure to check in next week~ smile)
Add Your Link Here: