Yes, it’s true. We’re moving again.
This time, however, we’re not just hopping across a river and strolling down the road a few miles. Nope, we’re trekking across the state, skipping over Minnesota, and landing in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where my husband will begin a new job at the end of January.
We’re very excited about this move for a few reasons:
- La Crosse puts us within about 70 miles of Rochester, MN, where our son doctors. This will be a tremendous relief for us, should we need to race to the Emergency Room in the middle of the night again. (God forbid.)
- La Crosse, as you perceptive readers may have noticed, has gorgeous churches, complete with Traditional Latin Masses every single Sunday. As this is what our hearts long for, we are truly delighted and grateful for this opportunity.
- My husband is very pleased too with his new job. It looks to be just what we need.
- And…it’s warmer in Wisconsin! And the sun shines more. Not kidding. My husband looked it up. Any move closer to the equator is a Serious Plus.
There are a few downsides to moving south (and east), however.
- We will be leaving behind family and friends. This will not be easy, and it does tear our hearts. We have been so blessed over the years with devoted grandparents and caring friends. We thank God for them every day.
- It will also be terrible to leave the prairie for a forest. How does one see the weather coming in Wisconsin? My goodness, I’ll have to actually look at a Weather App.
- My husband has frequently commented that he’ll miss his boss and coworkers. His boss in particular is a good man–a man he looks up to. He will be awfully hard to replace.
In any case, though, God has clearly made His will known to us, and we are happy to move. Wisconsin, here we come!
And we did the unthinkable…
Due to the impending move, we did the unthinkable and put the Christmas tree up early. Yes, we are still observing our Advent rituals. For example, here are the little girls joyfully watching the Advent candles burn:
But we did it; we committed Liturgical Sin and bought a huge, 9-foot Fraser Fir right smack in the middle of Advent.*
Oh, what a tree! Just for fun, here are some photos of the children decorating it.
All said and done:
If you look closely at the foot of the fireplace, you’ll see our Nativity Stable and Inn. (You know, the Inn that rejected Joseph and Mary.) Of course Joseph and Mary aren’t there yet, in fact, they wandering around in the kitchen cupboards right now, and the children are having a jolly, good time playing with all the shepherds, sheep, and inn keepers.
Favorite Christmas Ornament?
All my birds. One cannot have enough birds in a Christmas tree.
Ok, I really like this ornament too. It’s my husband in 1987. He made this ornament for his mother, and she graciously gave it to us.