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Homes

March 23, 2013

‘Blessed to live here’

Mannings loved house's white woodwork, nice neighbors and climbing tree

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ANDERSON, Ind. — Lego masters

As much as the Mannings love spending time in their yard, eventually they do have to come inside. In an effort to lighten the rooms, Libby has painted all the woodwork white to give the space a fresh, bright look. By lightening the color on the walls, she has brought a cheery air into the home.

A spacious finished basement has provided the children plenty of space to expend energy in those cold months when the climbing tree was off limits. When they were smaller, they even managed to ride bicycles around the open area.

Although they replaced carpeting upstairs and remodeled the master bathroom, Libby’s favorite projects have been decorating the children’s rooms. With green walls dotted by white circles, Ellie’s room is accented with pink. Small, elegant lights hang on either side of her bed.

Masculine colors explode in the rooms of Ben and Tommy — but it is hard to see past the intricate Lego figures on display. Both are clearly masters of the medium and have all kinds of projects to inspire them the next time they pull out their blocks.

Even though the family has only been in the area for nine years, they have settled in quite well. Matt grew up in Richmond and Libby was raised in Ashland, Ohio. Meeting at seminary school, they have forged a marriage of two pastors. Matt is the pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Anderson.

“We love Madison County,” said Libby. “We love the people. I appreciate the change the county has to make to move forward. Change is hard and I appreciate the leaders in the community who are committed to making a stronger economy and a stronger community.”

As more and more outdoor activities call their name, they have decided to place their home on the market and build a home on the “farm.” Ben is particularly going to miss his favored tree.

“I hope another family is going to be as blessed to live here as we have been,” said Libby. “This is a great house.”

Each week, Emma Bowen Meyer features a Madison County home. If you know of a home that should be showcased, send an email to emmagoldiemeyer@yahoo.com.

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