Our community is small enough to have that friendly Midwestern feel, yet also offer everything you’d want to do! Parks, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, bike trails, splash pads, and an Aquatic Center are all nearby our home. Our town holds an annual ‘Freedom Festival’ in the summer with a ton of fun family activities. Our favorites are the hot air balloon glow and firework show! Education is a high priority for us, and the schools are rated top in the nation. They have extremely strong academic, music, art, and athletic programs.
Our house is on a tree-lined street in a family friendly neighborhood. We love to walk or ride our bikes to the park by our house. A bright purple bench on our front porch welcomes you home and always puts a smile on our faces. Kati’s biggest goal has been to make our house feel warm, inviting and much more of a “home” than just a house. We have three levels of living space: four bedrooms, a basement/toy room, a fenced in yard with a swing set, and a basketball hoop. The kitchen is bright and sunny and is the perfect place to share a meal and talk about our day together. Our home is “lived in” with toys, crayons, cars and Legos around where kids can be kids.
After nine years of living out of state, we relocated back to Iowa to live closer to our families. We see the value of our children having a close relationship with their grandparents and aunts/uncles. Pop Pop and Nana live 10 minutes away on a horse acreage. We are often found there playing with the barn cats, sharing dinner together, swinging on the tree swings, having s’mores by the campfire, or even having a quick pony ride! Kati’s sister and husband also live nearby and have horses on their property. We love having an outdoor movie with popcorn at their house. Dan’s parents live in our town as well. They are always up for a hike at the nature trail, building a derby car, or grabbing ice cream at Dairy Queen.
Holidays are incredibly special with our families. On Thanksgiving, we have a football game and then play Minute-To-Win-It games for prizes. Christmas is spent at church, followed by a ham dinner and reading The Night Before Christmas. We have been vacationing in the same spot for over 25 years in northern Wisconsin. This brings wonderful memories like throwing rocks at Sunset Beach and eating at a restaurant with goats on the roof!
Our families adore spending time with our children and will welcome this child with open arms- and lots of hugs!
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