August 28, 2010 02:00 PM

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The list is getting shorter!

Devoted Southerner Angie Harmon tells Good Housekeeping that her family of five has set their sights on North Carolina, where in five years they hope to be living “in a big, beautiful house” in a town with “a church on every corner, as opposed to just a Starbucks.”

Her preferences should come as no surprise.  “Their middle names aren’t Faith, Grace and Hope because I’m an atheist,” she notes of daughters Finley, 7½, Avery, 5, and Emery, 20 months, respectively.

“I pray every day for my little girls. It’s hard out there for the younger generation.”

Harmon admits she sounds “old-fashioned” when talking about the kind of women her girls will someday go on to be. “They have to be responsible members of society,” she insists. “They need to know they’re important to us, and they also need to be important to themselves.”

Of course, Harmon knows that she and husband Jason Sehorn will have much to do with making it happen. As they grow older, Harmon says she hopes the girls always know “they can talk to their mommy and daddy about anything … and that God made them individual and special.”

Now that she has returned to work — on the set of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles — Harmon concedes that “the grass is always greener.”

“When I’m not working, I would kill to have some sort of creative outlet other than, say, a coloring book,” she says. “And when I’m working, I want to do all those things I was griping about — you know, make a turkey-and-cheese sandwich, put it in a zip-top bag and stick it in a lunch box right now!”

Learning to “appreciate where I am in the moment” has been tough, but Harmon says it’s something she’s improving at — with Sehorn’s help.

“He’s the most wonderful father … so hands-on,” Harmon raves. “If I get up in the night with the baby, he does the morning shift and lets me sleep in. We understand that life’s messy and doesn’t always go according to a certain schedule.”

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