Letter From The Publisher
Hello everyone! We’ve had a changing of the guards of sorts as my mom and your Heartland LIVING publisher, Cindy, has been on a once in a lifetime trip creating memories with friends in Paris and Morocco. I feel so privileged that she has trusted me to finalize this April | May Issue for you all and I hope you love it as much as I do!
This time of the year is my favorite with crisp mornings, warm afternoons and the smell of orange blossoms all around. It’s time to get outside and add some new color to your landscape
with new spring flowers, fruits and vegetables. It’s a great, affordable way to brighten up your home for spring. I find planting seeds with my daughter and watching the fruits of our labor grow a very rewarding experience for us. We currently have five pineapples growing in our garden and I can’t wait to enjoy those sweet homegrown beauties!
I’m really excited with this issue and the variety of content that the Heartland continues to give us with its vast history and hidden gems. Gracing our cover this issue is iconic Pink Lady that overlooks Little Lake Jackson in Sebring. I’ve been wanting to tell her story for sometime so when my friend, Bo See, approached me about writing about Harder Hall, I jumped at the opportunity. I know Highlands County is ready to see her rise again with the new projected plans.
For all of our nature lovers, we are uncovering a little piece of paradise in the woods of Venus. Lightsey Family Ranch is a unique find in the Heartland and offers a wide variety of adventure for everyone. Lee Lightsey and his wife Tracy have built a dream location where they show you the meaning of true southern hospitality.
We are blessed to have the 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year, Joy Prescott, coming from the Heartland’s own, Glades County. It’s amazing to know that even if you’re from a small town, you can make a huge difference and that’s just what Joy is doing in the lives of her local students at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School and now all across the state. What a great honor she received and we are honored to feature her.
Spring is a time for rebirth and for me that’s symbolic of Easter. I love our family’s traditions of gathering together with food, fellowship, egg hunts, our traditional egg toss and the elusive chocolate bunny. I’m glad to share with you the history of Easter and Passover. Even if you aren’t particularly religious, you might learn something you never knew about the origination of the holiday.
Thank you all for your continued support, we love hearing from you so make sure to drop us an email or make a social media post; you just might find your comment in the next “From our Readers” section.
If you’re traveling the globe or just visiting new places nearby, make every moment count by filling your bucket list with memories and fun adventures. Be bold, be inspired and be you!