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Everyone Has That One Special Place That Will Always Be Home

Having moved five times in under five years of marriage, we've had the privilege of calling a lot of places home. I think when you're living the military adventure, home becomes less of a physical place. Home is where Parker and Jenny are, whether that be in Pensacola, Virginia, or halfway across the world. More simply put, home is where the Navy sends us!


All of that said, I think everyone still has that one place that will always be home more than anywhere else. It's the place that helped define you as a person or that still holds some of your most treasured memories. For me, it's really easy. Home is a little bitty town called Midlothian, Texas. 

I snapped that picture of the town marquee on Christmas night. I only get to visit once or twice a year, but it is nostalgia overload! And yes, we are the cement capitol of Texas. Big stuff!

I was fortunate to live in the same place from 3rd grade through 12th grade, so I really grew up in that town. We had one grocery store, one middle school, and one high school. Midlothian has grown a lot, but it will always have that small town feel to me!

I always say I had the best childhood. Happy and fun without a care in the world! The majority of my family lived in Midlothian, so I got to grow up with my cousins and grandparents just a stone's throw away. That was such a gift! 


I learned everything in that town. My granddad taught me how to ride a horse (he's a pro, I just try not to fall off), I learned how to play tennis, I had my first kiss, and I made my first best friend. 



My name is still written on two signs on the school tennis courts, I still know the majority of the teachers and principals, and you still can't go to the grocery store without seeing someone you know. Ahh, home. 

I'd love to know, where do you call home?




14 comments :

Jen @ South in the City said...

Home for me is most definitely Louisville, Kentucky! Lived there my entire life until about two years ago when I moved to Los Angeles. But nothing beats Kentucky :-)

Melissa said...

I love this - and I feel you on the many homes bit. I didn't love the state I grew up in (NJ), though I had the best childhood there. I consider home NH, though I never know what to tell people when they ask where I'm from haha

PS - did you make that sign?! Amazing!

Heather said...

Home for me is Anchorage Alaska! Though I wasn't born there, i grew up there since I was two. If you have never been, you may want to take a cruise up there, it's the thrill of a lifetime with their whale watching and wild life. :)

Bailey Kay said...

I'm wanting to make a "Home is where the Army sends us" sign to hang in Andy and my house. The problem? Do I start with his first post (Louisiana) since that was his first post out of basic training, or do I start with Knox since that is where we will start our home?

Carly Blogs Here said...

Love the sign of all the places you've called home! It's so special that you were able to grow up with so much of your extended family close by!

Jenn @ Lost in the Right Direction said...

Love small towns like that. An ex of mine lived in a place like that and I loved it! Also, I totally want to get one of those signs :)

Angie Rachels said...

Home to me is a tiny town in South GA. We don't even have a red light or a grocery store! I have lived here my entire life, and I absolutely love it!!

Jen said...

Home is where the Army sends us and we have tried to live that over the last 8 years. :)

Kirstie @ .I Declare. said...

Where did you get a sign like that?! So cute! Though We have been in Norfolk and only Norfolk for 4 years, so maybe one day when we actually go to another station! I have no idea where I called home, I technically lived in California the longest, but haven't lived there since I was 12! Maybe one day I will have a place to call home.

Patrick weseman said...

Hayward, Ca. It is the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have lived there or next to it (San Leandro, Ca) basically all of my life. I was given a T-Shirt by the Hayward School District because I was "Made in Hayward" going from K through 4-year university in Hayward. I got bonus points because my degree says Cal-State Hayward and not the name they changed to ten years ago which is Cal-State East Bay.

Janelle Cook said...

I really struggle with this question because I feel like I have two answers... and that makes me feel guilty. Kansas City, Missouri is home for me... my true home. I was born there and lived there until I graduated from high school. I love it there, and my family is still there, so of course I get to go back a few times a year. AND I'm sad that Annabelle won't get to grow up there - there's SO much going on in that city! However, Colorado Springs, CO also feels like home to me. It's where I moved after graduating from college, had my first teaching job, spent time with Dan before we got married, etc. It was where I 'became an adult', I guess. And sometimes, when people ask where I'm from, I almost blurt out Colorado. It's a strange dynamic, but we are so lucky to get to live in and experience so many different places. Now I just can't wait to get the heck out of Ohio! ;-)

Tammy Jo said...

I really love this, I'm not in the military world so I haven't moved near as much but I can totally relate!!!

Lisa C said...

As an Air Force brat turned Army wife, I very much agree with the home is more about the people than the place. That being said, 2 places (Colorado Springs and Blacksburg) really do feel like home.

Stephanie said...

That sign is super cute! Home is weird one for me to answer as well, but Kansas City will always be my hometown. However, as weird as it sounds, it doesn't really feel like "home" anymore because I have lived the last 13 years away from it. So I just say Missouri is home. It incorporates most of my "home" where significant amount of growth has happened. But I really do think home is more about the way that people make you feel.

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