Showing posts from June, 2015

Northfield as Base Camp

Yesterday Stephanie and I went to a going away party for some good friends of ours. They are moving to Montana. It is a beautiful place they are going to go, and they are moving to begin a new adventure where the husband has taken a leadership role at a private college in Helena. How exciting is that! The party was a wonderful time celebrating them among family and friends. It was really nice how the man hosting the party (the boss of the wife) gave some beautiful gifts and shared some touching words.

What really struck me during the celebration was how many people mentioned the unique way the people of Northfield love and care for one another. It really is true. Of course I was too young to notice while growing up if things were like this in the town where I was raised but I have a strong suspicion there were not. Northfield is like no place I've ever been. It is a town of 20,000 that seems so connected and tight knit. A place where the people know one another and enjoy being wi…

We Sold Our Townhouse Last Friday!!!!

Last Friday, June 5, Stephanie and I closed the door on a chapter of our lives that began almost exactly twelve years earlier. On Friday afternoon we drove to St. Michael and signed the papers completing the sale of our townhouse in Monticello. It has been a long journey coming to this point and we praise Jesus in how He guided us through the entire process.

Stephanie and I built the townhouse in 2003. We found the property online and worked with the builder to design the townhouse we wanted. It was a wonderful end unit in a cul-de-sac right across the street from an elementary school. We never talked much about the idea of our son Jacob going to school there (Stephanie was on bed rest in the seven month of pregnancy when we moved in) but we loved the location. It was so fun to have our very first home. It was new, it was just how we wanted it and it was beautiful. We hosted many parties, small groups, ministry gatherings and events at that house. We met a couple of great neighbors, …