Our New Home in Iowa

We arrived here on March 19th, 2012 to do a final walk through with our agent and the banker before heading to Iowa City to sign the closing papers on the home. I turned the knob to the front door and it was open so I had to take a few quick pictures before they showed up.

The front of the home

Inside the front door. The people who had the home built just a few years ago had old flooring put in throughout the home from an old house. All the doors are old and beautiful with old doorknobs. The upstairs bedrooms have the wide, plank wood floors that I love so much.

Beautiful woodwork and cabinetry throughout the home makes it seem so cozy.

All the curtains were drawn so you cannot appreciate the “light” that comes in here.  It was so dark in our living room in our home we had in Washington, I have to pull the shades down in the morning as the sun is in our eyes.

A blurry picture, but I had to share that they left us some wonderful canned goods on the table. They are kind people and we are still in touch with the previous owners.  We gave them some extra milk we have from our Jersey cow the other day and she brought over some cookies.

Hannah looking at the pantry/mudroom

The kids have their very own playhouse. They have spent hours in it already.

Our little, family barn.  We broke down and bought a Jersey cow a couple of weeks ago. I’ll take a picture soon. She gives us over 3 gallons of milk a day. We are enjoying the benefits of endless yogurt, milk and some butter too. The butter is a deep yellow color.

Elisabeth running down the back stairs. Now that we are getting the last things unpacked, it’s starting to feel more like our home. The area is pleasant, the community here is wonderful. I was sitting on the couch this morning looking out the window at some trees that had a little yellow on them and thought how Fall is coming. I then remembered that we haven’t even had a Summer here yet. My mind is do used to our very short Summers by the coast in Washington, that my mind was already gearing up for Fall based on how much sunshine I’ve seen here already.

Our Journey – Part 4: Kalona Park

These pictures were taken at a park in Kalona just before we moved into the home.

Well, they aren’t in an old Model A Ford like my grandfather’s pictures from the early 1900’s, but they sure do look cute.

Momma pushing the kids

Little Miriam

Leah

 

I looked at this view through the camera and found that we will not have enough swings here for all of our children in a few months. How about that???   : )

Our Journey – Part 3: Beautiful Iowa

Here are some beautiful pictures of Iowa. We think it is such beautiful country right up there with Pennsylvania but more of a “home country” look.  This will probably be my most favorite post regarding our journey.

On the way to a local Amish store. They sell milk buckets, dishware, Dick and Jane books and eggs for just $1.50 a dozen. 

A little closer…

The quaint, little store. They have hitching posts just to the right in this photo where the Amish park their buggies with their horses.

Leaving the store. It’s a beautiful, lush green now. This photo was probably taken in early March just before everything in Iowa turned green.

Farms, a common site everywhere

We asked a woman working at the Amish farm where we could buy some lambs. We could not find the place but did find this home with a bunch of lambs and sheep. Daddy and the kids are taking a closer look at them.

Now for my favorite pictures. We were driving back after going to the electric company to get the power switched over to our names for when we would move in in 3 days. We found this home business of an older gentleman who sells beautifully, restored tractors…. Massey Ferguson, John Deere, etc… They are in pristine condition and sparkling clean behind the barn doors here. Daddy went to look with the man and I let the kids out into the 80+ degree weather to run around. You can see why…

My favorite picture of Leah. You melt my heart so much Leah. You are so tender and loving.

Isn’t it beautiful in the background?

Nice, warm sun

Feeling good laying out in the sun

Little Miriam, you’re getting big

Elisabeth and Leah

Hannah

Brother and sister

Beautiful Iowa

Our Journey – Part 2: Kansas, Kentucky and Kids

This may not be the most exciting post as I took very few pictures that were worth posting until arriving in Iowa. But, we want to be able to reflect back upon this time later on so I thought I would share here on the blog.

Kansas – When we arrived it was around 15 degrees with a very cold, hard wind. We were shocked at how quickly the cold would penetrate through our clothes. Changing a diaper in the front seat was hard to do but Miriam stayed pretty warm with the heater on from the car and my dress blocking the wind.

Kentucky – The only area we really seemed to like. We looked at a home down this road and my husband and I sat and watched some Amish children playing in their front yard. There were maybe 10 to 14 of them and they seemed so carefree and happy compared the the average children who sit and play video games and watch television all day.

Hannah and Miriam going to sleep together. Because Hannah is such a wiggle worm, we had to move her to another bed later on.  But, she got to enjoy going to sleep next to her little sister.

Elisabeth and Miriam slept together many times. I would wake in the next bed in the morning to hear Elisabeth giggling at her sister who was raising her head and looking at her.  I miss that a little bit.

Matthew with what appears to be his original blanket. We lost it along the way somehow… maybe getting out of daddy’s truck or at a motel scrunched under the covers. We bought him a new one but it just isn’t the same as the one they have from their very first days.  : (

Hannah, you are always dressing up your bears! You little cutie.

Always playing together.

Miriam, you were still not moving around much so it was safe to put you on the bed… until the last week or so.

 

I wish I had more pictures of you on our travels. I usually take so many of the new baby in the house. I will have to play some catch up. You’re about 6-7 months here. Normally, you’d be just about crawling right now but since you were in the car seat so much of the time you’re a little behind…. so I still get to cuddle you like a baby.  : )

 

In Washington, Iowa about 15  miles from the home we were waiting to close on. It was an 80+ degree day here and the kids were sitting outside after coming home from the park. Daddy took them to the park just about every single day while we were waiting for the home to close here.

 

 

Twins Baby Girls

Here’s a head shot picture of our identical twin baby girls. We just found out today that they are girls. Though we were hoping for boys to make the numbers more even, we are both over it and happy they are both doing so well. They are showing no signs of Twin to Twin Transfusion. If all goes well and the lowest baby which is Baby A, is head down later on, they will allow a vaginal birth. I’ll go in for ultrasounds every 2 weeks now. I asked if they could even do anything if the Twin to Twin transfusion developed so early and he assured me that they could do laser surgery to separate the vessels where the blood was transferring. So, please pray for the babies and for us as these visits will cost us some money as we aren’t covered 100% medically under our plan but you can’t put a price on life and a year or so from now we won’t know the difference while they will possibly 70+ years from now.