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March 23, 2013

‘Blessed to live here’

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

ANDERSON, Ind. — When Matt and Libby Manning left Tennessee to settle closer to family, their eyes landed on Anderson. With a strong love of the outdoors, they were careful to choose a home that would suit their needs both inside and out.

“We were looking for a nice yard — and this one has three-fourths of an acre — mature trees and nice neighbors,” said Libby, pastor at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in Fishers. “The basement was nice for the kids. But the sunroom really sold the house. Matt loves plants.”

Even in this cold spring, the sunroom retains a cheery and pleasant look. Gazing at it through the sliding glass doors, a visitor can easily believe that warm weather is just around the corner.

“We have good views to the garden and the trees that we have planted,” she continued. “The best part of the house is the lightness. In the middle of Indiana, on winter days, there is not a lot of sunshine. But we get a lot of light in here.”

“We have the best climbing tree in the world,” said Ben, 11. “You have to flip around to get up in it.”

With a strong love of nature, the family purchased six acres in the Lapel school district — where Ben and his twin siblings, Tommy and Ellie, 9, attend. Referring to it as their “farm”, they have taken up an unusual hobby — beekeeping.

“That has been our favorite project,” said Libby. “We have two hives and it is fascinating to learn about bees and how they work together in the hive and how they communicate.”

Looking forward to another new experience, her sons recently acquired five chickens each. Excited about becoming involved with 4-H activities, the boys are about to learn as much about chickens as they already know about bees.

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