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Stars & Stripes In The Country

By Monica Bielanko |

Our big farmhouse in the country.

I left my job as an Executive Producer at Fox News in Salt Lake City to be a full-time freelance writer. I couldn’t bear the thought of going back to work after giving birth to my son Henry. So we worked hard, saved our money, paid off our credit cards and decided to move smack dab in the middle of Amish country in Pennsylvania so we could be near my husband’s family.

It is beautiful. Last night as we sat on the porch an Amish horse and buggy rolled by, fireflies danced on the lawn across the street, the birds chirped. It was…  dare I use the term “magical” without sounding like a total doucheburger?  Because it was!  I’m so lucky to be able to raise my daughter here, in the middle of nature, but so close to New York City – my favorite city in the world.

Anyway, I just wanted to post a couple photos of my girl on the 4th of July. Next time we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of binkies and when to get rid of them. Because I think I have an epic battle brewing.

Hope your holiday was filled with food, friends, fun and, of course, fireworks!

Pictures of Violet and our new farmhouse after the jump:


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Stars & Stripes In The Country

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About Monica Bielanko


Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Stars & Stripes In The Country

  1. lo says:

    It all looks beautiful, you are blessed. Can I give a tip in the “battle” with the binkies? I weaned my girl from it at around 20 month of age. I painted them with red nail polish and told her that they were ruined, dirty and ruined. Of course she ran to wash them,clean them but when she couldn’t she gave up and did not ask for one. This lasted three days I must say and she would wake up to search for one. After that it was all gone.

  2. Tricia L says:

    Green Acres looks lovely and so does Violet! What a beauty. So crazy….I remember the binky battle with my girl like it happended yesterday. She turned 13 two months ago…..we’re totally having the “boob battle” now. Boo.

  3. Ali says:

    Beautiful! Looks like a nice place to grow up!
    Try not to sweat the binky issue. Our girl was totally attached to her Nookie and used it every day/ but mostly at night for bedtime. When I noticed a hole in the silicon part (i really didn’t want her to bite pieces off and eat them) I cut it almost completely off, leaving about a half inch attached to the outside plastic. Not the best thing to orally fixate with. She was bothered by this “Fix it momma!” but after a few nights of being told it couldn’t be fixed, she calmed down and just seemed soothed to have it in her bed next to her. Now it is in a drawer, a relic if you will. Second kid never wanted a nookie. Weird luck we had with that one.

  4. April says:

    GORGEOUS! I smiled at every picture! Beautiful home and even more beautiful family! :-) P.S. can’t wait to give my two cents on the binky battle….

  5. Karen says:

    Green Acres looks LOVELY! Those rolling hills…… beautiful, and Wylet is, too!

    Passie Faerie. Calling Passie Faerie- That Supernanny is so clever (and whimsical): she has the ‘passie addict’ gather all the passies around the house while explaining that the Passie Faerie is going to come, take the passies for babies who need them. They’re placed in a see-through container, out of reach on the fridge while the kids think about it… and the next day, all passies are gone, and there’s a little ‘big girl/boy’ toy in the magical container from the grateful faerie

    I just thought it was a great way to use the child’s imagination and empathy for ‘babies in need of passies’.

  6. Mim says:

    I’m a new follower. The story of meeting your husband had me hooked. Now I see you have moved to my neck of the woods- relatively speaking. I’m in SE PA.

    Re: the fight with the binky. My son loved his “bobby” and it was hard to get him off of it. At two- he could only use it in the house. At 3- only for sleeping. Then at 3 1/2, we told him he couldn’t have them anymore. We tied them to a balloon and sent them off to heaven for the angel babies. He bought that and didn’t cry for the bobbies.

    Good luck :)

  7. Laura B says:

    So very VERY happy for you all… my 16 year old Bon Iver obsessed daughter took me out of lunch today and I told her the story of you and Serge… she’s looking up Marah as we speak…

    Thanks for making me look cool and congratulations on having the balls to go for the hard things!

  8. amy says:

    OMG, that porch is SO beautiful!! I would have loved to grow up in that house. congrats on your move, and not having to return to your job in SLC! so happy for you. and a little jealous too…..

  9. Steph says:

    She’s a stunner! Well done on the big move – sounds like it was the right one.

  10. susan says:

    Beautiful surroundings, Wylet and all:o)
    I’m just going to jump in now with my thoughts on pacifiers, okay? I have three boys. The first one had dozens….everywhere….my purse, house, car, just everywhere. The grandmothers and my husband really thought “I” should put my foot down and take them away from him. You’re joking!! He loved them, and really, who cares? He never did take one in his backpack to school, so I figured it was good. When he was ready to be done, he let me know and that was that. He is now 27 with a son of his own……you guessed it – that baby boy is totally “plugged in”. Love it! Sons 2 and 3 could have cared less. Especially son 2, he would gag and couldn’t just figure it out. You are the mother, pick your battles. They will get bigger, so save your energy for those is my opinion.

  11. Emily says:

    Congratulations. It looks so beautiful and peaceful. I am stuck here in UT Co. hell and have to say that you def traded up girl. Way to go! I love your posts. Never did the pacifier cause i didn’t want to have to break the habit. Now I’m struggling w/ the boob instead. LOL! Good luck on that. :)

  12. (London) Amanda says:

    Regarding the binkie, just watch a few episodes of Supernanny. Even getting the most die-hard binkie addict to give up was a breeze to her.

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