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June 21, 2017

I'll Show You My Hometown

home·town
ˈhōmˌtoun/
noun
  1. the town where one was born or grew up, or the town of one's present fixed residence.


 

Hometown means a lot of different things to people... Where they were born, where they were raised, where they live currently. This month for I'll Show You My we are sharing our Hometowns with you!

For me, my Hometown it's where I was raised. The place that shaped me and the person I became. The reason I am who I am, the reason I chose the place I am now.

I was born in Allentown PA. I "lived" there until I was 3 days old. Then I was adopted and my parents brought me home to Bethpage NY.. For those of you who don't know. That's on Long Island, in Nassau County. When I was 4, my Dad got a new job and my parents moved us to Warwick NY. Where they built the most beautiful home. I lived there until I was an adult. They still live in that house. And when we go to visit, it brings back such wonderful memories.

Warwick is a small town in Orange County right on the New York/ New Jersey border. People from the city refer to it as "upstate" but it's really not. New York is HUGE and Warwick is at the very bottom. It's a beautiful historic town. If you've heard of Warwick before it's probably because you've been to Applefest. The big Fall festival the town puts on each year where thousands of people come from all over to shop, eat and pick apples!  

I went to school in Warwick. From Pre-K all the way up to 12th grade. They really have a phenomenal school district. I graduated in 2006 and then decided it was time to move. Partially because of the prices in the area (it's super expensive!) and partially because it was time to move on with my life. But I have no complaints, I had a really wonderful childhood.

Warwick is filled with farms, fields, quiet neighborhoods and a small historic town with lots of shops. My fondest memories as a kid were sleighriding down the big hill at the local park, apple picking at on of the many orchards, shopping with my mom in town and then quadding and bonfires in the woods as I got older! Which is probably why I'm such a country bumpkin. I tried for a bit to live in a "city". But after about a year it was time to get out! I needed some woods in my life. I want enjoy the outside!

So 5 years ago I moved to Milford Pennsylvania and bought a house. Milford is so much like Warwick. Small town, lots of farms. And an incredible school district. So my children are getting a great education and have access to lots of extra curricular activities, sports and clubs. But because we're in the woods in a private community they have lots of space to play outside! Something I knew I wanted for them, because I had it too. And I'm not scared for them to go out and ride their bikes to the park alone, I know they're safe here. 

I absolutely love where I live. And I can't see myself or my family anywhere else! I'm a simple girl, and it's the little things in life that keep me happy.. I need to look outside and see my kids playing in the big open yard. I like to hear the creek running behind our home. I enjoy long walks with my family through the woods. And days spent at the lake. A bonfire and s'mores on Saturday night.. Just to name a few!

If you love small rural towns and ever have a chance to visit Warwick NY or Milford PA I would highly recommend both!

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