Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Where I'm From & Where I live - An Influence Link-up.

Well friends, I couldn't resist linking up today with the ladies from the Influence Network, even though this topic is a bit complex for me. One of the most tricky questions I can get is, "Where are you from?" My life has been like a patchwork quilt of experiences that happened in different houses, cities, states, and countries. Sometimes the easiest answer for that question is to pick the last city where I lived. Sometimes the question brings an onslaught of memories that leave me feeling dazed and I reply with a limp, "Nowhere." If that's met with a blank stare I continue with, "...and everywhere." Good save, right? Ha.

If I haven't lost you in that last paragraph, well, hurrah! I can now go on to answer the link-up questions.

I would say I grew up in Guatemala. I spent the formative years of my childhood as a missionary kid there, and I love the experience it gave me of learning about life in a different culture. Plus, I can use it as an excuse for any eccentricities I might have. Hey, I'm not from here. Just give me a break, okay?

I now live with my husband and two boys in Indiana. We live in an old house in the east central part of the state, but we're on the verge of moving to Ft. Wayne in three days.

What I like about living in Indiana is the lush green grass, old barns and abandoned railroad tracks, rivers and woods. I like how it does justice to all four seasons of the year with snowy winters, rainy and blossoming springs, hot and green summers, and colorful, brisk autumns. I like the gorgeous photogenic spots that are tucked away in unexpected places. 


I like that I have a smattering of family nearby. ...And what I really like is that against all the odds, it looks like we might actually be settling down here for a while. We might find out what putting down roots in one place looks like, and that's pretty exciting for our wandering, nomadic, little family!

For the rest of you Influence gals out there, I'm excited to read more about where you're from!

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  1. Those are some of my favorite things about living in Indiana as well. I'm so excited to have found another blogger from Indiana! :o)

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    1. OOOh, fun! I know, right? I scour the internet looking for bloggers from Indiana. ;) I'm excited to have found you, too!

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    2. I'm an Idiana gal, too! Have been my whole life but now reside in Noblesville. Do you miss Guatemala? So we must be pretty close (at least for the next 3 days, but even then Ft.Wayne isn't too far!)

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    3. Eee! Maybe we need to start a League of Extraordinary Indiana Bloggers. ;)

      I do miss Guatemala. I hope to be able to go back some day, if just to visit, with my little family in tow. My husband has never been and I want him to see where I grew up.

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  2. What a great story! And it looks like your adventure is about to continue!
    I also love experiencing the four seasons where my husband and I live. It makes it more special in some ways! :)

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  3. that is so exciting that you'll be establishing roots! :)

    i totally get you on those gorgeous photogenic spots all around -- even in all season! probably because you're not too far from this mitten gal!

    fall is still by far my favorite midwest season!!
    thanks for sharing your neck of the woods :)

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    1. Yay for roots!

      Yeah, your neck of the woods probably shares a lot of things with my neck of the woods. :) Fall here is pretty wonderful! I'm so glad I get to experience it.

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  4. You Indiana ladies are basically begging me to come up there! Hahaha.

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    1. Yeah, well, I'm not above begging. ;)

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  5. First of all, I LOVE your outfit in that picture! And second, I can't wait to visit Indiana in September for the conference!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Yay for conferences in the state where I live! So convenient. :D

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  6. Love that picture of you Hannah! Looks like a beautiful place

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  7. Beautiful photo! And I agree with you - I love the idea of having all the seasons. Washington (where I'm from) does have a lot of rain but I'm content with having a blossoming, green spring, some snow in winter, a gorgeous fall, and a fairly mild summer with plenty of hot days. :)

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    1. Thank you! Rain is not so bad. I think it's kinda exciting, personally, but then again I've never lived in WASHINGTON where it rains every minute of every day of the year..... (pause for effect)

      I bet the seasons are uber gorgeous there. :) I'd like to visit someday.

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  8. Boo, I can't find my seeds Daddy gave me and I neeeeeeeeeed them. Hehe. I see you have some sprouted... you're cool! I'm not coveting but I'm drooling. I wanna make a malungay smoovie! And another one and another one. I'm on a smoovie kick.

    ~l'sheez

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  9. p.s. Hehe. You inspired me into a little searching frenzy and I found my seeds. Uh woot!!!

    I miss you so much these days.

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    1. Yay, you found them! They're not very hard to sprout. Just try to keep the soil moist and give 'em sunlight! I need to find something to do with the leaves from my itty bitty trees. Maybe a smoothie would mask the taste best. I tried eating the leaves plain and they were a bit aftertastish.

      I miss you too.

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  10. Oh, I love Indiana! I grew up about two hours west of Indianapolis. You're so right- about the seasons, the barns, etc. I drive in between cornfields and it feels like home. ;)

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    1. I'm glad we have that in common. :) I went to your blog and you, little miss, are pretty awesome.

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  11. I'm JUST getting over here to read where YOU'RE from (which I knew from our emails) but wow to hear that first paragraph was moving. Seriously. I'd love to hear about what it was like to grow up a missionary kid, you know, incase I ever have kids who will go through that as well. I'm so glad we met through the link up :)

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Kerrie. I do plan on writing more about that as time passes. :) I'm glad we met, too!

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  12. I am going to try not to be jealous of your four seasons. It really sounds lovely there!

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    1. And I won't be jealous of the fact that you have a daughter and I don't. ;) Thanks, it really is!

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  13. It sure seems like Indiana is the place to live when you're a blogger! :)

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    1. It does seem that way.. but I think it's because the ladies who founded Influence lived in Indiana when they did it. There are other blogging hubs in different States, I'm sure! But regardless, you should probably move here and be my neighbor. Would you be mine, could you be mine, won't you be my neighbor? ;)

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  14. Hi Hannah, saw you stopped by my blog and saw we spent some time in Guatemala! We were in the city also near Santiago Atitlan in Panabaj. My husband grew up in Bolivia, because his parents were helping run an orphanage there. I would love to go visit there with him someday as well! Also, your pic is adorable! :)

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  15. I miss you friend. Can't wait to hear/read about your next step in the adventure :)

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    1. Oh Julie. We would love for you to come see us. When will you be in our neck of the woods? Is Indiana on the way to anywhere you're going in life? :)

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  16. I moved around a lot as a kid too. I never quite knew where to say I was from either. I would always have to clarify..."currently?" or "where I was born?" My husband and I are now settling down and we've actually had the same friends for several years now. It is really fun!

    -Ashley
    http://pencilleddaydream.com

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  17. I pray that your new home is one where you can plant roots and maybe even say one day that you're "from Indiana". :) I'm just now able to say that about Pennsylvania (well...almost). ha! And how amazing that you grew up in Guatemala!

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  18. Love this Hannah! You described Indiana so well. One of my favorite things about this state is how each season is unique and special (even the ones I don't like as much :) The photo of you at the end is so pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Mandy. :) I love it that we both live here.

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  19. I also live somewhere that does justice to all four seasons, and I'm super grateful for that! So glad to get to know you a little bit better. Will you be at the Influence conference?

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    1. It's wonderful, isn't it? I really missed autumn when we lived down south. Yes, Lord willing I will be! I'm planning for it. :)

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