December 15, 2010

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Today I'm taking you on a tour of my Village. This is what we woke up to on a recent Saturday morning. Most Saturdays begin with a walk down this street

 Festive huh?

We stop here to buy Emma her scone.

Then we take a right off of Elm Street and walk until we get to the town Christmas tree where we take another right onto Main Street.

Next we go to the coffee shop to get treats for the grown ups (Our Maddie can only rarely be convinced to join us on Saturday mornings)

Then Emma left her mark and the two of us spent some time knitting while Sweet Hubby read the town newspaper.

 Afterward we enjoyed the Christmas parade from the warmth of the yarn shop.

 Next we ventured back down Main Street to take in the sights. 

Everywhere I looked my eyes were met with Winter wonder. Truly.

I couldn't capture it quickly enough.

 It was one of the happiest days of my life. One of those days lived completely in the moment.

 I wish I could show it to each of you in person and let you fall in love with it as I have.

I don't believe it would take much convincing. This place is hard to resist. For me, clearly impossible  to resist.

We have sacrificed much to be here but those were the superficial things. We have gained the things that really matter to us.

I fall a little bit more in love every day. Can you see why?


  1. I am in love with your village, Jen! I'm glad I'm not there to see it in person, cause I'd probably want to pack up and move, right away! :)
    Thanks for the walking tour. The village in the snow is absolutely beautiful!
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. What a beautiful place you have to live. Down here, we can only dream of snow like that.

  3. Love, love, love your village! It looks like a movie set, too sweet to be real.

  4. Your town looks amazing and I can clearly see how easy it was to fall in love with it! Everything is so picture perfect almost like those adorable little towns in movies that you dream of living in :) You are one lucky gal, Merry Christmas!

  5. Absolutely. What a beautiful place to live.


  6. Thank you for the beautiful tour! So happy for you-living your dream! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  7. You convinced me! A lovely knit shop and bookstore -- I would feel like I was in heaven. And, you didn't have to get in the car. My dream!

  8. Honestly it looks like a Norman Rockwell village! How wonderful it must be to live there.
    p.s. in case I don't have another chance to say this, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. i am packing my bags right now and moving to your village. what a gorgeous place. i can see why you have sacrificed to live your dream. i looks magical.

  10. What a truly beautiful place. I can see why you want to live there! Happy holidays.


    PS I really love the shot of the garage, with the fantastic doors and the wreath! Would love to have those here at my place!

  11. So charming! I can see why you fell in love with that place.


  12. I can totally see why you are in love! I want to live in a village now! Wondering how we can make our town more like this!
    Merry Christmas

  13. Just when I thought the Village couldn't be dreamier...

    And I love picturing your precious family together. I love that I know them! (And you.) ;)

  14. Jen, I love the garland on the fence. I hiked nearby one time several years ago. (With Indy hiking club.) I can tell it has "grown up" quite a bit since then.
    I am hit and miss with following...are you still renting the little place or did you find a place to buy?
    Hugs from the south...Cheryl

  15. Beautiful and breathtaking, peaceful, serene, quaint, homey, and the list could go on. I see why you love it so. Jackie

  16. What a beautiful place to call home!

  17. I can see why you fall in love with it more and more each day. I want to pack up and move there right this minute, just looking at these wonderful, festive photos! Gorgeous...

  18. How beautiful! I am sweltering in Australia's summer humidity at the moment so I enjoyed seeing your beautiful snowy village. Merry Christmas.

  19. wow, this looks a Christmas card that has come to life. Kinda looks like Nashville....I live in Indiana too, there are some very beautiful places in our state. smiles, Linda

  20. i can clearly see why you fall in love more everyday

    i love a book store named after doggies

    merry christmas to your precious little world jen

  21. Wow, that is just gorgeous. I wish I could see it in person too! I'm so glad you are taking us along for the ride. I've been wishing for some snow like that. We got a dusting last night, pretty to look at for sure. Hope you have a great Christmas!!

  22. my heart is racing along with yours! love this post from top to bottom and every place in between. here's to living in the moment!

    snow is magical.


  23. Yes, I can see why you are in love. What a beautiful little town! Enjoy your winter there!

  24. Every picture looks like a Christmas card. Just so lovely. I want to go to that book store. Wonderful tour!! You have a Hallmark village and a horse-drawn carriage too! Wow!!

  25. What a beautiful day you had!
    I always seem to complain about the snow, and you reminded me how beautiful it is. Your town is lovely!


  26. O.K. I want to move to the Village too :-) Anywhere that has a book store called "The Black Dog" with a picture of a lab has me sold! ♥
    Your pics are fabulous Jen & yes, I can see why you love your little village life. Thanks for the tour.

  27. What a beautiful place to live...right out of a storybook!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  28. A beautiful place to live for sure! How positively charming. Thank you so very much for sharing your world with us.

  29. All that I can say is WOW! The village that you live in is beautiful all decked out for the holidays. We live in California and while we live where it does snow, it never stays long enough or snows enough. You are very blessed to have such beauty to enjoy!!!
    Christmas Blessings to you and yours
    Curtis & Sherrie

  30. Heavens to Betsy, JJ. It just gets better and better. I love that I recognized almost every single picture. If I hadn't experienced the Village for myself, I wouldn't believe such wonder truly exists.
    Your heart is singing, JJ. I can hear it clear over here in Montana.
    Merry Christmas!

  31. You didn't have to convince me before, as I could always tell by your words that you had found the perfect place to live.

    But now that I've seen the pictures....I'm in love with it, too.

    Jen, I love that you have this. And that you're breathing it in slowly. Stay in the day. Stay in the village.

    xoxo, Julia

  32. I'm an Indiana girl...had to leave your area 6 years ago and am dying to come back! Hubby is trying to get a job back "home" and if successful, will for sure be looking for a home in your village. I LOVE IT THERE! You are one lucky gal in many ways!

  33. Splendid small town finery! Reminds me of a area on lake Michigan called New Buffalo and Shipshewana and Middlebury too! The quaint shops within walking distance are wonderful! Lori

  34. Wow, the village is gorgeous. It looks like a movie set.

    Enjoy it and all that it has to offer.

    Merry Christmas.

  35. GORGEOUS!!! What a wonderful homey feeling..a blessing to live there I'm sure:)

  36. BEAUTIFUL! Glad you're in love with your village! Merry Christmas!

  37. Your little village is just wonderful....and more so with the winter white!

  38. this post is absolutely beautiful!!! i think that one of my favorite pictures is of the old church, but they are all just wonderful!
    p.s. i am having a little giveaway on my blog if you would like to stop by :)

  39. Beautiful scenery and wonderful photos in your post. Thanks for sharing and Happy holidays!

  40. Oh my!
    I had to get my daughter to look at your town! We fell in love and want to move there :)

    It is the perfect calendar town :)
    I so enjoyed my visit here with you.

    Joyeux Noel


  41. Your village is so idyllic! What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

  42. Wow, I'am smitten with your village! It is like out of a movies set! You are a lucky gal! Merry Christmas! Traci

  43. about two years ago, we were veeerrrryyy close to moving back to indiana. z'ville was high on our list. seeing these pix, i almost wish we would have. what a currier & ives-sort of place!! i guess on our next visit with family we'll have to pencil in some time to wander over to the village!

  44. Wish I could create a cozy little village like that here in Montana! I see why you wanted to live there! Totally transports a person to another place and time doesn't it? Enjoy!

  45. I can see why you are so happy... it looks so quaint and romantic.
    We just moved into the village I had always dreamed of living in and its just as I dreamed it would be.
    Village living is way different then city living!

    Merry CHRISTmas,

  46. What a magical, marvelous and charming little place to live. We have Winter where I live also (And just had our first White Christmas in 6 years).

    But to be able to simply walk down the street & enjoy sights such as you did myst truly be a dream.

    Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  47. It truly was a perfectly magical day! We had so much fun wandering the snowy streets, too, taking it ALL in!


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