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Column: Sweet small town traditions

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:05 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:27 a.m. CDT

I’ve always grown up as a small town girl, and before you start singing lyrics from Journey’s “Small Town Girl,” I pretty much grew up in the middle of a cornfield. It was fabulous.

My neighbors as a child were teenagers who babysat my sister and I, and our core group of friends consisted of our cousins. I couldn’t ask for better memories of playing outside on the farm.

I can only hope I can provide a similar lifestyle for my kids one day. I think the decision to buying a house in Baxter was one of the best decisions my soon-to-be hubby and I made.

After this past weekend, I can truly say that the residents of Baxter are friendly, welcoming and fun. Adam and I experienced our first Baxter Fun Days, and I hope it’s one of many. I attended the tractor pull, the parade, the vendor show and indulged in some tasty food.

The Baxter Fun Days committee did a phenomenal job of planning a variety of events for all ages, and it was pretty clear that people had traveled from Des Moines and surrounding areas to attend, including some of my family members and friends.

The weekend was especially memorable for Adam and I because he was able to debut his newly established farmhouse furniture business, Back 40 Woodworks. He has always been the best handyman and carpenter and now he is showing it off to the world, and I couldn’t be more proud.

Adam and my sister, Nicole, set up a tent at the vendor show and it was a hit. Adam’s furniture worked perfectly as perfect displays for Nicole’s business Garnished Decor, which consists of signs and picture holders.

Nicole’s signs are all handmade and she carefully places the lettering with a cricut machine. My favorite piece so far that she has made is a welcome sign for our wedding.

Every time people would stop at their tent, they were nothing but friendly and would ask us a ton of questions about how we liked Baxter, what we did for a living and many people already knew us as the “new” neighbors.

My favorite thing that people would say after they found out we live in the yellow house was, “You guys are the ones with the big dog in the window.”

You see, our big black lab loves to people watch, and I’m almost positive that all he does is sit on the window sill and growl if anyone gets close when we aren’t home. He is really just a cuddlebug that pretends to be tough.

Since we have moved here, we have been impressed by the small town atmosphere, the local market and the quietness of the town. If I had to choose a place to buy my first home again, I would definitely choose Baxter. The houses here sell like hotcakes.

I am looking forward to the journey Adam and I have ahead of us as we will be married in September and begin another year of living in Baxter.

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