As many of you know, we recently moved to Sioux Center, IA after living in Ames for nearly nine years. We loved living in Ames; loved the town; loved the church we found there; loved the culture and most of all loved the friends there. As with anyone living in a place for an extended period of time, we got very connected and our roots began getting deep there.
Dan has always had a talent, skill and passion for woodworking, design, building and construction. While in Ames he worked as a graphic designer and was able to do some construction and building. As much as he enjoyed his job he always had in the back of his mind that he wanted to do something more with construction and building. His dad owns a small construction company and it seemed it was just a matter of time before he would work with and learn from his dad.
After years of talking about it and praying about it, it seemed that moving to Sioux Center to work with his dad was becoming more and more a reality. We did a lot of praying and seeking wise counsel about the situation and for the first time in our life together we felt God was leaving the doors wide open for us to move to Sioux Center.
We put our house in Ames up for sale by owner and within a week we had an offer on the house! In a poor housing market like this, God was again reassuring us that this was the direction He wanted us to go. We planned a weekend to visit Sioux Center to look at houses there. We probably looked at six or seven different houses and found only one we liked. There was already an offer on it so we quickly threw our offer on the table as well. After a couple days of negotiating and counter-offers and working against some other unknown individual that wanted the house too, we got it!
So here we are - living in Sioux Center. Dan's working with his dad and I'm staying home with our two-year-old son (which I was not able to do before the move). I'm loving being able to be home with Kaiden and am blessed to have such a hard-working, loving husband that works his butt off to allow me to stay home with Kaiden.
We are getting settled and know it will take time for our roots to grow deep again in this new place. In this blog we hope to share our journey of our new life here in Sioux Center.