Today we’re having a January thaw. The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the birds sing of spring.
We’re still a long way from spring since another snowstorm is predicted to hit on Tuesday. However, after a difficult week I am thankful for a little peak of springtime’s reminder of new life. It gives me hope.
April 30 was Call Night (sorry it’s taken me so long to update–life has been a little busy since that night). After months of anticipation and prayer, found out that my husband has been called to a church in northern Iowa.
All this Hawkeye can say to that is . . . WHOOHOO! Really, returning to Iowa has been my dream throughout the seminary years.
Anyway, my husband and I have fielded many questions over the last few days about his call, so I thought I would answer the most common ones here:
1. What is the church like? The church is on the smaller size of average with 250 baptized members and about 90 people worshiping weekly. We’ve been told that the congregation uses the liturgies from Lutheran Service Book (yay!).
2. What is the town like? The town population is just over 1600 people, so small (although not as small as some towns that our friends are moving to). However, a bigger city–well, Iowa big–is about 15 miles away. Stores like Target, Kohl’s, and Hy-Vee (the regional grocery store) are about 20 minutes away. The town itself has a school, post office, library, and the local grocery store.
Oh, yes, there are about 5 other churches in town. I’m not sure what the bar situation is like
3. What type of housing do you have? Parsonage, yay! I don’t know much about the house itself, other than it has 2 bedrooms with a potential 3rd bedroom in the basement and is about .5 miles from the church.
4. How close are you to family? We are 1.5 hours from my father-in-law and 2.5 hours from my parents, siblings, and one of my sisters-in-law and her husband. For those of you wondering, we are pleased to be close to family. We also have many friends within that radius as well.
5. When will you move? Not immediately. I’m currently still working and my husband won’t actually graduate for another 2 weeks (yes, he does actually have to finish his classes). Likewise, the current pastor won’t retire until the end of June. Consequently, we’re tentatively thinking of moving at the end of June and having my husband’s ordination/installation sometime in the first couple of weeks in July.
6. What will you do after you move? Well, I’m retiring from my nanny career to become a stay-at-home mom. Granted, I’ll have a few months to kill before Baby arrives, but right now I’m looking forward to some downtime. Work has kept me fairly buys this year, so I have a bunch of little projects that I’ve put aside until I had more time. One of those projects is learning how to birth a baby–rumor has it that stork doesn’t actually give you a baby. o.O I’ve also recently started writing some articles for a website, so I would like to continue with that work even after Baby comes.
I’m visiting my parents this week while my husband is in San Antonio for the National Youth Gathering. Some may say that Iowa is an unexciting place to vacation, but I say that they just haven’t experienced the Iowa I know and love. So here are 5 great reasons to vacation in Iowa (not that I’m biased):
1. Amazing sweetcorn
Because you haven’t lived until you’ve bought corn from a vendor on the side of the road in Iowa.
Admittedly, this isn’t limited to Iowa, but watching their little butts light up in a cornfield is a beautiful sight.
No, I’m not being racist. Whitey’s is a great ice cream joint that you should indulge in if you are ever in Eastern Iowa. Yum!
4. The rolling hills of fields
I’ve seen mountains and I’ve seen an ocean, but nothing is quite as pretty to me as the green fields of Iowa.
5. Lots of family and friends to visit
Need I say more? Now, if only my husband was here and I could declare this a great vacation.
Where is your favorite place to visit? Why?