Meet Abby Burle! Abby moved here with her husband Ryan Burle two years ago and the couple is already loving the community!
“I love how walkable Hall County is, I can go to a restaurant and eat, go to a shopping place, or take my babies to the park all in one walk,” Abby said.
Abby is the mom to three premature babies Maggie, Max and Miller; also called The Mighty Three. Abby and Ryan’s 10 month old babies now, spent their first five and a half months of their life in the NICU after being born at 24 weeks.
“I think this past season I’ve gone through it all. No matter your journey, no matter what you think you’re made of, you can make it through anything,” Abby said.
Recently, our Abernathy Cochran Group intern Grace Brown interviewed Abby to find out more about her, her family and her love of the area.
**For more on Abby’s journey as a mother of triplets, follow her on Instagram! She gives updates on the babies along with tips on meal prep and diet for her busy family.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I was a middle school teacher, at East Hall Middle school, I love the East Hall community and taught math there and loved it. When I found out I was pregnant with triplets I really felt like the Lord was saying your babies need you at home. Especially with the journey we were blessed with, with our triplets with being in the hospital for five and a half months it was a really answered prayer that I decided to stay at home. That way I could go to the hospital every day. I love being a stay at home mom, but I also miss the working world.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County, and what do you love there?
A: “I’ve got to say Atlas Pizza, I love it. We live right off the square so we walk to Atlas a good bit. Their Buffalo Chicken pizza is so good and their Greek salad, that is what I get every time.”
Q: How long have you worked or lived in Hall County?
A: “We have lived here for two years and I have worked at East Hall Middle School for one year.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Hall County?
A: “John Simpson. I think he is the most interesting man I’ve met in Hall County because he is the best story teller, he is so funny, he does a great job of being involved in the community and being friends with everyone, I just think he is hilarious.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “This might sound crazy but I have traveled all over the world. Right now our babies are still in isolation and we can’t take them anywhere, so If I could go anywhere right now I would want to take our babies in their strollers and go to atlas pizza.”
Q: What is your favorite movie or what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: “The first movie I saw in theater was ‘Titanic’ I was in the third grade and I though ‘Titanic’ was the best thing I had ever seen in my life. My favorite movie by far is ‘School of Rock’ with Jack Black I think he is amazing and hilarious, I basically could quote the whole movie.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “I think this past season I’ve gone through no matter your journey no matter what you think you’re made of you can make it through anything that the lord has gone before you and you will be okay that no matter what hand you’re dealt you will be okay.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would love to write a book and speak to more than 2,000 people a time. My book would be about letters written specifically to women and it would be about trials women go through whether it be infertility, miscarriage, premature birth, your mother passing away, or divorce they would be letters of encouragement for those seasons for women.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Shania Twain, Shania Twain, and Shania Twain. I have seen her live twice and I will see her again before I die.”
Q: What current/ former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Hall County?
A: “Whenever my friends come and visit the first place I take them is Sweet Magnolias…it’s super cute.”
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Hall County would you have lunch?
A: “I would pick a woman named Jen Hatmaker. She is a Christian/Comedian even though she may not call herself a comedian she writes books and does a podcast that’s called for the love and I just think she’s a real women in her real life trying to follow Christ to the best of her ability. I think she does it through authenticity and vulnerability. I would just love to pick her brain of how she loves everyone well and how she’s done it in her community.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Hall County?
A: “Something that makes Gainesville unique is how walkable I just love that. If it’s above 55 degrees me and my babies go on a four mile walk. I can get to a restaurant, shops and a park all just from walking.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “I see myself possibly being back in the classroom hopefully I also see myself publishing a book. I want to have created a community of women that I lean into.I hope to see me and my husband still putting each other first and maybe another kid.”
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I am obsessed with crime and murder shows. I am so curious to why someone would commit a crime, not so much about the crime but the part of what is going through their mind.”
Q: What are three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word home?
A: “Christ, love, and family.”
Interview by Abernathy Cochran Group intern: Grace Brown
The Faces of Hall County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.