We live in central Illinois in an area that has a small-town feel but has all the benefits and amenities of a larger city. Home to two universities, there are so many opportunities and things to do. Since we prefer a more rural feel, we found a spacious ranch-style home that backs up to an open field and woods. We have a large, fenced-in backyard with a trampoline, huge wooden swing set that Aaron designed and built, and a sandbox. There is also a coop for the chickens with an area for them to roam around as well as a vegetable garden that the children love to help with in the summer. Our home is surrounded by a variety of mature trees – one that is great for climbing!