|In front of our house in Ames right before we left on our new journey to Northwest Iowa.|
It’s been four years since we moved from Ames to Sioux Center. Sometimes it seems like it was just yesterday but then when I look back at pictures or think back to when we moved it seems like so long ago. I feel like I’m at a place now that I can finally share and talk about it and not get sad. I can finally look at pictures of when we lived in Ames or when we moved and not start crying. It was a struggle for me in the beginning and probably for the first couple of years after we moved. I am not saying I don’t like Sioux Center. I am saying it took a good four years to let go of the past and embrace where I am now.
I grew up in the Des Moines area and during college and after graduation I lived in Ames. I Got married there. We bought our first house there. We had our first child there. We made a lot of memories there. I lived in the Des Moines and Ames area my whole life and I liked it. I really liked it.
So it was really hard to up and leave the only place I had ever known. I knew the area; I felt comfortable there; my family was nearby; we had great friends and great neighbors; we were involved in a great church and were blessed with an awesome church family; I had a good job and I loved my co-workers.
So when we moved, it wasn’t that I didn’t like Sioux Center. It was that I was struggling with the change. Sioux Center was very different than what I was used to. There are many things about Sioux Center that make it unique and different than most places, so on top of adjusting to this new town and new life, I was also missing everything I left behind; all the memories we created in Ames and the friendships we made.
When we first moved here, many people would ask how we were liking Sioux Center. In all honesty, I hated that question. I never felt like I could honestly answer that question the way people expected me to. I felt people just assumed I was happy here and if I said any different I would offend someone. I imaged they expected me to answer with a cheerful heart that I was really liking it and couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I never felt I could truly share my heart because I didn’t want to offend anyone. So when someone would ask me how we were liking Sioux Center, I would reply with "It's different. A lot to get used to, but we're doing fine." At least that was the truth.
Now, four years later, I don't get that question much anymore. But if I did, I would say it’s good. Sioux Center is a good place to live and raise a family. I do like Sioux Center. That’s not to say I don’t still miss Ames or Des Moines. I do sometimes. But as more time passes, the more comfortable I get here. I can see our roots are beginning to get deeper here. I still miss the friends there; the church; old co-workers; the culture; the life we had there. But, the life we have here is good too. I think what sums it up is if I had the option to move back to Ames, would I? Would I give up everything we have here? Would I want to leave Sioux Center? That's a tough question that I’m glad I don’t have to answer.
|Arriving at our new house.|