We are getting all settled in to our home in Mayberry Middlebury, Indiana. Our belongings came yesterday.

I’ve never been so happy to see my couch. And shoes. And Quinn’s crib. She has her own room!

We have been exploring our new town. What we know so far:

• It’s tiny.
• It’s amish. We are merely basic people scattered throughout the amish-run businesses.
• It’s picturesque. I can only imagine how beautiful it’s going to look in the wintertime.
• It’s so quiet. Almost deafening silence. All I hear is birds.
• Amish tourism is alive and well here. We live right on top of an amish resort.

And that’s pretty much it so far. Quinn and I walked into town in my grand return to exercise because I’ve been the laziest lazy who ever lazied for the last month or so. The walk in was wonderful. The walk back up a windy hill was pure torture. Quinn laughed.

There is an impressive paved trail system here that I’m sure we will enjoy. I find that I have been staying out of the kitchen more simply because we have a huge house now instead of a tiny apartment where the kitchen is right there in your face all day. I have no idea what I weigh because I no longer own a scale. I need to get one, but I’m in no hurry. I feel like I gained in Alabama because “fry daddy” is a common term used in my Mama’s kitchen, so I think I’ve spent the last week debloating myself with a ton of water, fruit, chicken, brown rice, broccoli, turkey, etc. I’ve been eating the most basic stuff because I haven’t had a full kitchen set up. And when I’ve eaten out, it’s mainly been amish restaurants with farm fresh food. I’m kinda liking the idea that I can walk down to the local diner and have a hormone and antibiotic-free meal that was farmed mere minutes from here. But the most delicious thing I’ve had so far?

Amish bread. It’s the most delicious bread I’ve ever had and no bread can ever compare ever again.

We’ve had a busy few weeks. We are settling in nicely to quiet country life. Here are some shots from the last week or so.

The 4th, the day Matt came home from railroad school and the day we headed north from Alabama with our honda loaded down.






Our home! We’re so excited and blessed. It’s in a gorgeous neighborhood and we are really happy we found it. Dolce loves to chase bunnies in the backyard and Quinn loves having her very own swing!




Family nearby (my brother and his family live a few miles from us) means that Quinn gets to spend lots of time with her cousins. We had a rainy day picnic breakfast the other day.


I feel like for the first time in a long time we can breathe a little. It feels really good. I feel like I can stop stressing over money, our future, and everything else I over analyze, because we’re standing on solid ground now. Matt has an amazing job now vs the dead end one he had before. I never gave a second thought to immigration before Matt, but it’s opened my eyes to a lot. It’s extremely hard for immigrants from any country to come here and find work that isn’t entry level. He tried for a solid year to get on at the railroad before finally getting an interview. Persistence pays off in the form of a union job with benefits and pay that is life changing for our little family. So grateful.

Thanks for sticking with me through the dry spells on this little blog. I plan to devote more time to it as soon as we are unpacked and back into our routine. Also, my return to weight loss is coming. But this time, unlike the last time, it will come from a place of self love instead of self hatred. Look at me, finally figuring stuff out.



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3 Responses to Mayberry

  1. sheisonarun says:

    Congrats on buying your perfect house & on some great changes for your family!

  2. A says:

    Congrats! It looks and sounds so wonderful. You wear self love well.

  3. staysail says:

    House is SO CUTE…so much to decorate 🙂 Glad you guys found a non-sketchy place that Matts Mom wouldn’t be scared to visit lol
    I have to apartment hunt here in Nash next month…not looking forward to it.
    LOVE the photo of Quinn with the balloon, you guys are going to have such beautiful photo albums for her to look at when she’s older.

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