Monthly Archives: September 2013

3 Awesome Things – about living in Kansas

We moved to Kansas 15 1/2 years ago. Right after {as in 7 days after} Youngest Son was born. I had been to through Kansas on vacation. And maybe to Wichita once to visit my cousin. But prior to our move we made two trips to Kansas City; one for Hubby’s interview and one for me to visit him {he moved down here 6 weeks before the boys and me}. It wasn’t much of an introduction to the city. And honestly, I just thought Kansas was a big flat expanse of land between me and Colorado. Yes, unenlightened at best.

I guess you could say my view of Kansas was as uninformed and naive as the people recently who took the survey about least scenic states. The problem is I hadn’t given it a chance. As many Kansas have shared in response to the ranking, I hadn’t taken time to look around and notice the beauty. It’s a different kind of beauty. Not the in-your-face kind. My Kansas view was very limited. In fact I used to joke that anything west of I-435 was Western Kansas. I know. Forgive me?

In the last 15 years I have some opportunities to travel around the state. I’ve seen parts of the state {beyond 435} that I previously assumed were vast flatlands. I’ve had my eyes opened. This state is a beautiful place. Photographer Scott Bean has done an incredible job of photographing the amazing beauty of Kansas. I dream of capturing horizons and skies the way he does. Incredibly talented. Just looking at his photos brings me peace, calms my soul and puts a smile on my face. He put together this great video in response to the criticisms of those who have never stepped foot in Kansas or only experienced it from I-70.

This is My Kansas!

Hope you enjoyed the show.

I love living in Kansas! It is very much home for a lot of reasons. But mainly because of the connections I’ve made.

So here are three awesome things about living in Kansas:

  1. The people are friendly and welcoming. Coming from Iowa, I’m used to good-hearted, honest people. But I have lived in places that don’t really welcome “outsiders” to their community. Kansas has a lot of transplants and they fit right in with the native Kansans. The Kansans I know are good, passionate, diverse people.
  2. Sunflower fields! They really have actual fields of giant sunflowers! Planted just like corn in Iowa, growing in even rows. And when you stumble upon one its like the heavens have opened and a chorus of angels is signing! Ok, that’s what it was like for me anyway:). You can check out some pictures of my Sunflower Adventure.
  3. We have great seasons! I don’t think I could live somewhere without 4 distinct seasons. My favorite is always the next one. I love the change it brings.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out Kansas! Come see the beautiful scenery {including the sunflowers}, talk with the great people, and enjoy the variety each season brings.


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