As children, we dreamed of how awesome it would be to live on the lake where our home is located. Dreams do come true! We both grew up 15-20 miles from our current residence. Our home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a large kitchen and den that serves as the heart of our gatherings. We recently had plans drawn to begin a garage with a large room upstairs that will serve as a playroom.
Our lake is one of the largest natural lakes in the south. Walking, biking, kayaking, and hiking is year-round due to our mild climate. There is a community park where sporting activities are held. The State Park is located down the road from our home which has endless trails and camping.
Our favorite events include the annual 16 mile walk around the lake in the summer, Christmas parade, Candlelight walk and lighting of the big Christmas tree. We have a boat, jet ski, and kayak so we can take full advantage of the water and all the fun it offers. Our community has many children and we have friends and family who live within walking and biking distance who have young ones. Everyone you pass, offers a wave and a smile. We believe it's because everyone in this community feels unbelievably blessed to call it home.
We are so blessed to have our families close by! Tara's parents, brother, sister-in-law, and extended family all live within 20 minutes of our home. John's mother and stepfather along with 3 of his siblings and their 11 children all live in the same county. His other 3 siblings and their children all live 2-4 hours away.
Other family highlights of our year include Fourth of July at our lake house, Easter Egg Hunts, Family Fall Festival at our farm, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas celebrations, and birthday parties every time you turn around. Every gathering is overflowing with scrumptious southern food. We have themed parties for each girl in our family on her 16th birthday where each family gives her a charm that represents her personality. The boys have a 21st birthday where they receive an engraved pocket watch.
It is quite unique to have such a large extended family where so many are close by. Adoption is a part of both sides of our family and they are ecstatic that we are embarking on this exciting venture!
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