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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

AN ODE INDIANA
It's always been a dream of ours to move to Arizona. My husband held tightly to that dream for much longer than me because, well, I began to notice things. Like how wonderful Indiana truly is. We have our challenges: the skies are gray in the winter. We get snow and ice. We grow corn and soybeans around here so there are none of our beloved mountains. We don't have the stark beauty of the desert. We've now adopted daylight saving time which would have been the best reason to move!

But the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The changing of the leaves in October is glorious against the brilliant blue of the sky. Our summers are pretty and we get soft green grass and flowers popping up everywhere. The cost of living is low. But the main advantage is the people. I realized how much I would miss the midwest friendliness. In big cities like Phoenix, there are so many people and so many new people moving in that the residents are too wary or too busy to easily make friends. Here in Indiana, we can still write checks many places. I talk to my mailman most mornings (his name is Bryan and he's wonderful) and we chat with people in the grocery store. On our way down to Nashville the other day, we noticed a woman and her teenage daughter struggling to get open the oil cap on their car. My husband immediately stopped to help. That's the midwest mindset. Our daughter carried her upbringing with her to Phoenix, and I think that's why her shop, See Spot Clean, is doing so well. People love her because she's warm and genuine. That's how Hoosiers are. So we've decided we won't make a permanent move to Arizona. We will look for a house to buy there and fix up that we can live in for a few months in the winter but we'll keep a home here too. Where are feet are planted in black Indiana dirt. This decision has nothing to do with our granddaughter. ;-) Okay, maybe a little. Okay, maybe a lot. But all these other reasons are icing on the cake!

How about you? Is there something you love about your home state? Or is there a place you'd love to live? I posted another picture of the girls together. Three of us are Hoosiers. Isn't that amazing?

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Colleen Coble  
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At 9:17 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, this post brought tears to my eyes! You don't know how long I've been praying--for God's will, of course, but possibly with a slight bent toward . . . .

Yay, Alexa!!! You've convinced them to stay!

Indiana just wouldn't be the same without you guys!

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I knew it was all sewn up when Alexa arrived. YAY!

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Tricia said...

We live in Tx. DFW to be exact. It's hot, it's humid and there are WAY to many people here...:( But we stay because along with all the people and the humidity, this is where our family is.

My dh is one of 4 boys and they have all chosen to stay in DFW near their parents. Their dad has had an inoperable brain tumor for going on 20 years (truly miraculous, even the DR's agree!) and I think because of that, all the boys see how much of a blessing family truly is. All the kids know and love their cousins and aunts and uncles... we're a close family.

I know all the boys have given up promotions and more money by staying here and not following a job, but the rewards are great.

Now if I could just convince the entire family to collectively move to Colorado where all the pretty, non-humidness is... :)

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Denise said...

Michigan, even with all it's issues now, is home. All my husband's family is here, all my family is here and we just could never leave....not to say I couldn't be convinced to 'visit' another place for a while....but, no, this is home. There is something about living in the place where everyone knows or gets to know you. I like that.

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think it's obvious how much I love my state. I fly over the country, and then I see those rolling jagged hills with the oaks, and I know there's nothing that soothes me like those views. I love the Bay Area. There's always something to do here (this weekend Star Trek exhibition ACK!) and I love all the different cultures, those of us diehards who are still here. I love being able to "debate" people, and it's fun conversation, it's not combative. Nowhere else is home. Even if it costs me a small fortune and I'm cramped in a townhouse, I'm happy to be here.

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger DAVID said...

Hi, This is my first response to ANYTHING (I don't really like computers)but you touched on one of my favorite things, home. I live in a town of about 7,000 in South Central Kansas. We get teased and made fun of a lot by our more sophisticated friends and family---until they come for a visit. I have been an office nurse in family practice for 35 yrs. Many in town feels like we are a part of their family. We have four beauiful seasons and neigbors that help when the snow gets to deep. My grandsons live 80 miles away and love to come to G&G's for Halloween because they can safely Trick or Treat up and down our street with the other 200 kids. We love the rides through the country as we watch the wheat grow. And two years ago when a tornado tried to wipe Greensburg(30 miles west)off of the map, I knew it I am ever in trouble these are the people I want around me. Sorry this got so long. Maybe that's why I enjoy your books so much, you write about the people I live around(except for the murder stuff). Thanks for the great reads. Diane

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

I recently read that someone once said about our town, "God made up for the scenery by planting beautiful people here," or something like that. I live in West Texas (waving at Tricia!), and it is not pretty, is prone to droughts, windy, and we have actual, real life dust storms. And what Tricia said about the heat and humidity is true, too.

But, the people we worship with, work with, and go to school with are fabulous! I grew up in Idaho, which also has fabulous people and fabulous scenery, but hey...bloom where you're planted, right? :-) And, if asked to move back to the Northwest, it would be heart-wrenching because of the relationships we would be sacrificing. We would have nothing to gain, unless it was truly God's call. :-) (But, I still think Heaven is going to have MOUNTAINS and RIVERS!!)

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I knew it was all sewn up too, D! That baby has her Poppy wrapped around her little finger. LOL

Tricia, family is everything, isn't it? Even mountains can't compare to family. :-)

I love Michigan too, Denise! Diane, no murders in Wabash either. LOL You will notice justice always prevails in my novels! :-) Beverly, I do believe you're right about heaven! I imagine my brother, grandparents and father in law striding along the mountain trails. :-)

K, northern CA is beautiful! I dislike the city intensely but the small towns are darling! I'm a small town girl--can't handle the traffic!

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

DH can't handle the traffic either. I see it as part of living here. I learned in college to drive San Francisco in a stick, and nothing shakes me now. LOL

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

Indiana here. Most of my life. We love to travel when we are able, that doesn't always happen. Hubby is from south central part of the state. We live in the east central part. Our son went to college in Vincennes and lived for a while near Bloomington.

Like you, I like the change of seasons. We like to go to Florida when we can.

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Southern Missouri, Colleen. And though I wish we lived closer to you guys, I have told Mel several times that I wouldn't want to leave when we retire. This is home. Of course, extended visits to the mountains or the ocean are acceptable. LOL Living in the tiny town where I graduated from high school--and coming home tonight from a girls-night-out of high school buddies--can't be beat. Even though everyone knows your darkest secrets, they also celebrate your best days, and grieve with you on your hardest.

I do, however, shop for groceries in a different town somtimes, when I need to get home within an hour. Otherwise I'd be standing in the aisles, talking to neighbors and friends for half the afternoon.

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I've lived all over, and find each place has it's own wonderful qualities. North Carolina has friendly down-to-earth people and ranks as my favorite place of all. There are mountains and the beach - all within a day's drive. I miss living at the beach to most. :) Michigan (where I am now) is pretty laid back. DH's family is here. My small town has 1200 people and a Norman Rockwell quality about it. I'll stay here until we move back to NC, lol.

cheryl

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Travel is good! And leaving Indiana in the winter is good. LOL

I love Missouri and North Carolina too! And Michigan is a big fave of mine!

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

I'm a Hoosier girl, born and bred, and transplanted into Arizona's desert. Colleen, if anyone understands what you are saying, I do. Plus I also have a granddaughter involved--being a grandparent is the best!
But, in the end, I'm on the other side. I love my valley where I can see mountains in every direction. When it gets too hot in the summer, we jump in the car and crash at my mom's in the White Mountains. In the winter I can play in the snow and come home to go swimming--provided I want to deal with the whole swimsuit pain but that is a different topic and can be a pain here or back home (again). And notice, I said "can", not that I do. I'm a grandmother, for goodness sakes!
I call myself a transplanted Hoosier and have found many of us out here. We still have our Midwest ways and ideas. We're just not dealing with snow.
Okay, all that to say, we will miss not having you here year-round, but will be grateful to catch up when you are on Mountain Standard time (never did understand why Indy did that daylight savings thing). May you enjoy the best of both worlds.
Abundant blessings!

PS Kristin, my sister has driven SF with a stick for years. I managed to drive Jones street where it comes off California (for those who don't know that area, remember the scene from Bullet? This is where it was filmed). I did it once, don't ever have to prove myself again. I have bragging rights. Also did Lombard street but Jones was scarier.

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I've lived in Istanbul, Turkey for the last 21 years. I love it here. For me, Istanbul is a fascinating, old and new, mysterious, noisy, dirty, never-stop-the-action megacity (15+ million). Very exciting. Something is ALWAYS happening. There are always new things to discover. Today, for example, I ran across an old stone and brick enclosure where the Ottomans kept the elephants which were used for ceremonies and parades for the Sultan. Very cool.

At the same time, I am a Coloradoan, with a great love for the mountains and beautiful vistas. How I can love both is crazy, but true.

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Pam, I think I would love Turkey too. I've never heard of anyone visiting and not wanting to go back. Plus, all the people from there seem so warm and relationship oriented. Not saying it's easy to infiltrate ANY world different than our own, but I can see myself there.

 

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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