Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tell Me About Your Town

The place we call "home" tends to hold a special place in everyone's hearts. It could also be a very different place to everyone. It could be where they're living now, or the place they were born. Wherever that place may be, it's clear everyone is Thankful to have a place to call home.

A few weeks ago, Amanda announced this awesome new monthly linkup to take place the third Tuesday every month. I'm happy to join Amanda and Rebecca in linking up for the kickoff this month, and to talk about My Town.

I'm thankful to live in a small town. Josh and I have moved around quite a bit, and there's plenty of places we call "home". I'm one of the few that are actually born and raised in Georgia. I've lived in many different corners of this beautiful state, but where we live now has really started to hold a special place in my heart.

Josh and I live in a small town called Monroe. Population: 13,466, and it covers approximately 10.5 square miles. It's not a very big town at all.
Why I'm thankful to live in Monroe

  • The kids can play outside with no one bugging them
  • We run into people we know at Wal-Mart, the library, CVS (everywhere) and it will usually turn into an impromptu coffee date
  • There's always a festival, farmers market, or event going on in the downtown square
  • I know ALL of my neighbors. 
  • Our utility bills are all on one bill that we pay to the city. What we pay for everything is equivalent to what most people pay for just their electric bills. 
  • We can walk to the park and not risk getting run over by the crazy Georgia drivers!
The best part about our town is we're very close to a few of the major highways, so when we want to go see family it's no trouble to navigate. We're about 30 minutes away from my mom and about 45 minutes away from my mother in law. My sister is only 20 minutes from us. We're surrounded by family so we don't feel stuck in a small town. 
If we ever want to venture into the city, it's only an hour drive. Of course, with Atlanta traffic sometimes that hour turns into an hour and ten minutes or more, but it's still not a bad drive all the time

I seriously think everyone needs to experience the small town life at least once in their lives. The festivals they have here is what I really love the most. They recently put up the Christmas lights that will line the streets of downtown until the new year. It's SO PRETTY! 
I'm also thankful that my town is used in major films. Anyone remember "American Reunion"? The square and downtown scenes in the town in the movie is Monroe! How cool is that? /
Mike Cash Store // Source

Why are you Thankful for your town? Are you thankful for the town you grew up in or the town you're living in now? Link up with Amanda and Rebecca to share! 
The Rambling Llama

36 comments :

  1. That's awesome. I always wanted to move to Georgia, but outside of Atlanta - plus obviously from Cole and Luke the grow the men down there pretty well too.

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  2. Yes!! Even though I currently live in a *city* - I will be forever grateful that I few up in a small town.

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  3. How fun is this! What a cute link-up, and your town is right up my alley...small, quiet, and friendly. I love "small" towns. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Sounds like an awesome town! <3 I love Peachtree City. It is super safe, family based, & a golf cart community. All I need is a golf cart & I can visit all over town & the surrounding towns. & there is always stuff going on here & near by.

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  5. I love that you know everyone in your town and you are so close to your family! Georgia really is beautiful!

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  6. Best of both worlds - smaller town, close to all of the "city" things! I would love to move out of Chicago, but convincing Tim hasn't been working :)

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  7. How fun, I love learning about your town! I have never been to Georgia but would love to visit!

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  8. Your town sounds awesome! I love the small-town, friendly aspect of it but is still close to the city. I think I'd love it there! I totally remember the downtown scene in American Reunion - how cool!

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  9. I love Monroe! I like the summertime music festivals. Even though most of the time when I'm up there we don't venture far from Granny's house..

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  10. I love towns like this where you feel at home and you know your neighbors. I would miss that if I lived in a big city!

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  11. just come to Monroe. Or maybe Loganville... or Athens. That way you get more choices for stores you have. We only have walmart and quality foods. LOL

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  12. yeah, I grew up in the city and moved out here because it's just cozier here.

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  13. you should totally come visit sometime! you'd be welcomed with open arms. :)

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  14. yep sounds like we both have great towns. I've never been to peachtree city, I honestly had to ask josh where it was. hahaha. I've only ever known stuff NORTH or EAST of atl

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  15. thanks so much! It's all I've ever known. I love this link up to give me a chance to learn about places other than GA. lol

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  16. LOL just tell him that it's warmer down here. The high today was in the 30's where everywhere else was in the teens! ugh. plus we have FRIED OREOS! ;)

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  17. we'd LOVE to have you! Come on down! (down? I guess) hahaha.

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  18. it really is so great. And The education system is awesome for the kids. small enough to where the teachers know all the kids, but big enough to where they get a GOOD education!

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  19. YES! the concerts on the lawn. Tell me next time you're up this way and we can go get some coffee on the square or something. :)

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  20. I would too! I love knowing my neighbors are keeping an eye out for my kids and vice versa. it's so nice to be so cozy

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  21. Love it Melissa!! I don't think I've ever been to Monroe, although we might have played them in tennis, can't remember! Great post, I love running into people when I'm out too :)

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  22. it's possible! I just googled it and we're only an hour and 20 min from each other. I suppose that's really not that bad. coffee date?

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  23. Ah! We totally should. It looks like Madison is a good halfway point right? I don't drink coffee, but that's not stopping us!

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  24. Small towns are the best! I've lived in the same city all of my life and I will probably not leave but I love visiting small towns and just getting that sense of community!

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  25. Lol well is love to have you come visit me!! It's a quiet town but it's fun. Maybe we could even go to stone mountain

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  26. That would be awesome!

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  27. oh my gosh! One of my best friends has family in Monroe and it is just the cutest little town! I definitely agree..I love big cities (Atlanta is one of my favorite places, ever) but small towns are just so charming.

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  28. I was born and raised in Georgia too!mi grew up in a small town in Northeast Georgia called Dahlonega. I now live in Wisconsin and miss it every day. But the funny thing is that I thought I lived in a tiny town there, but the towns are smaller here. Lol

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  29. haha, yeah it is just south of Atlanta.

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  30. That's great! I would definitely like to experience small town life some time. Where I live it's like a small town in a big city, but smaller would be nice. Your town sounds great!

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  31. come visit sometime! we would love to have you!

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  32. I know all about Dahlonega. I used to work in Cumming, and my job required me to drive to Dawsonville and Dahlonega frequently. I love it up there. How close were you to Amicalola falls? I love it there! I have an Aunt in Wisconsin now, and I know all about those tiny towns too. Her's is a "blink and you miss it" town. hahaha

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  33. Aw! I wonder if I know her. small world!

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