Fourteen Years Ago Today

Blake and I spent the first thirteen years of our marriage in Illinois.

Surrounded by the greatest of friends, and most of our immediate family.

In January of 2002 when Blake started a new job, we left everything we knew and everyone we loved so dearly to move to Wisconsin.

That was fourteen years ago today!

I can hardly believe that fact.

The month before we left Illinois was full of farewell parties.


And some really, really hard good-byes.


Blake left one week before the rest of us did to start his new job, have all new floors put into our new home, and to get our home ready for move in day.

We had sold our home in Illinois months before, and after Blake was in Wisconsin the kids and I moved out of our rental place to stay with my Dad and Mom.

Kayla was eight years old, and had some hard good-byes herself.



That week Addie Mae was taken to the ER with an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, and Grant was taken to the ER and was diagnosed with pneumonia.


On January 24th, 2002, my Mom, the kids, myself, our luggage, a vacuum, and two guinea pigs drove the five and a half hours to our new home. My Mom stayed with us to help us get settled, and then my Dad came to pick her up.



Grant and Addie Mae were four and three years old – the same ages that Tate and Eliza are now!


When Blake took this job in Wisconsin all those years ago we felt very strongly that we were indeed in the Lord’s will. Even through our sorrow, we knew the Lord would bless our obedience.

And He has.

Over and over and over again.

Although I still wish we lived closer to those great friends and our family.

Heavenly Father, you have been so very good to us!


  1. Kirstin says:

    OK, so I see a new hairstyle, but otherwise you and Blake look exactly the same! I really enjoyed getting to read this story and see these precious pictures of your bigs, when they were little!

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