Day 12: Small Town Living


30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 12: A photograph of the town you live in


I’ve always been a small town girl. I grew up in the sticks where you had to pass hunter education to move out of the 8th grade and you always had to name how far away you were from the big city for people to recognize where you live. When I was in high school I couldn’t wait to get away from small town living. I dreamed of the city and a faster-pace life so when I fell in love with a university in the middle of nowhere, I shocked myself. My teen self would be even more shocked to learn that I haven’t left it either.


I moved down to GWU in the fall of 1999 to work on my undergraduate degree in Music Education. I felt the call to ministry during my junior year and planned to attend seminary in Texas. God had different plans. I ended up staying at GWU to complete my seminary degree as well as to earn a paycheck.


Lake Hollifield Complex GWUvia

I must admit, I really do enjoy the small town life. I like being able to walk to any shop that I would need (such as the pharmacy, grocery store, or one of several restaurants). I like feeling safe to go for a run (well, when my body allows me to run). I love the beautiful college campus that provides a place for walks and picnics like the lake shown above. It just a peaceful place to live and I’m really thankful that we were able to start our family here!

What do you like best about where you live?

12 comments on “Day 12: Small Town Living

  1. C.C. @ I'm On My Way ~ my journey as a Christ follower, wife, mamma, and fibromyalgia fighter says:

    The picture is amazing! I love the water and the leaves. I’m coming to visit. Leave the light on! LOL! 🙂

  2. I have mostly lived in small towns – apart from 6 years in Belfast when I started work in the bank, and before I was married.

    Lovely photo.

    • Jamee says:

      The photo is of the lake located on the college campus! Its definitely a perk of the town! Its a great place for picnics and walking! If you can avoid the possessed geese that is 🙂

  3. brooke says:

    what a beautiful photo!!!

    i love vacationing in big cities, but i’m a small town kinda girl too.

    • Jamee says:

      My recent trip to Atlanta made it clear that I could never ever live in a big city! Small town girls rock!

  4. Annabelle says:

    Pretty picture! I’ve never lived in a small town, but you make it sound really lovely.

    • Jamee says:

      There are some frustrations (like having to travel to find any decent clothing stores) but the quiet, family atmosphere is a nice trade-off!

  5. Shari@Rain into Rainbows says:

    I’m jealous that you get to live in a small town! 🙂

    And, um, hunter education? That’s a new one on me. Never heard of it….

    • Jamee says:

      We also got a week of excused absences for hunting season as well in high school (hence why hunter education was required)…LOL. Totally grew up in redneck central!

  6. cheryl says:

    i;ve actually had a column recently in our freebie weekly about loving our small town. i wrote about the neighbors who bring up our garbage cans and care for sick folks, the amazing mail lady who chased me down for a signatire and carried in anything bulky while i was healing, and about the dozens who stoppe when i had a care issue. LOVE the vibe and community, esp after years in Boston (HORRID for me) and Atlanta (better, b/c i lived in a ‘burb).

  7. RachelAllison says:

    Beautiful! 🙂 I’ve lived in the country most of my life…. then we moved to the city about three years ago. 😛 Where we used to live, our house was about 300 feet from the road, the drive way was a two track completely surrounded by woods (just like everything else), but we were only about five minutes from town. I loved it.
    Now, we live in a duplex squeezed between two other houses on a block of even more houses. 😛 Gorgeous houses, I must admit, but they’d be even prettier if they weren’t all so close together… not to mention, we now live by a refinery which makes the air smell gross half the time… yeah, I miss living in the country. :'( What I do like about living here is the park, which is just down the road. It’s actually pretty scenic and has a paved jogging path. 🙂


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