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I love where I live


I live in Florida.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Florida.

Specifically, I live in Central Florida…. home of the theme park.  I’m not a fan of theme parks.

But where I live…. my area.. away from the concrete and the traffic and the World’s Largest McDonalds……  is beautiful.   Truly.

If you’ve been on HMM awhile, you know we have bear, deer, wild turkey, hawks, great blue herons, and all other manner of wildlife in our yard daily.  We have snakes.  We have gators.  It is nutty.  Really crazy.  It is home.  I love it here.

My backyard is State Park.. one of more than a dozen State Parks in our area.  Today, the kids didn’t have school.  My sister and I loaded up our 6 children, a blanket and picnic supplies and headed to a park about 25 minutes away.

For 3 hours, we didn’t encounter another person.  Not one.   THESE are the parts of Florida that make me love it.  Not the beaches, not the theme parks..  the lakes and rivers and acres upon acres of moss-covered trees.  This is the real Florida..  Just wanted to share it with you  :)



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11 Responses to "I love where I live"

  1. Julie says:

    Sounds like fun. I’m all for getting away from it all too. Of course, I include my family in that sometimes!

  2. Melissa says:

    Beautiful..and I am hoping that sis and you cracked open a bottle of wine to help you with managing yours kiddos..;)

  3. Jana says:

    Gorgeous! I love this :)

  4. Joy says:

    This is beautiful! I love it!

  5. beautiful!! It’s the days like that, the free days, that stick with the memories.

  6. Kayla says:

    I live in Florida as well, but I’m closer to the Miami area. I have to agree fully that the REAL Florida is so much better than everyone’s preconceived notions of beaches, theme parks, and partying. The nature we have is incredible!

  7. traci amberbride says:

    I miss Spanish Moss…it cannot grow up here. I know it is a nuisance to many in FL, but I love it. Spanish moss, Live Oaks, and the tides…what I love and miss most. xoxo

  8. Becky says:

    I live just north of Gainesville. The unspoiled parts of Florida are my favorites. The tourists can have the beaches and theme parks. I love the State parks and the Springs. Blue Springs in particular. Great pics.

  9. Beautiful!! We lived in way south Georgia when I was super little…and this is how I remember it looking. Makes me wanna take a trip back to visit.

  10. Stacey Briscoe says:

    Beautiful!!! Thank you!!

  11. [...] cannot count the posts I have written about BEARS, SNAKES, GATORS and other wildlife that has found it’s way into my house, yard, garage, pool.  We have even [...]

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