Big Changes

Hello friends and family,

Caleb and I wanted to email everyone and let you know of a pretty big step in our family's life - we will be moving to Reinbeck, Iowa in two weeks. This was confirmed on Friday, seems like a very quick transition, and it's quite emotional for us (especially the pregnant one!) but I feel the Lord has been preparing our hearts for this step for some time now.

Caleb has been transferred to a Kay Jewelers in Cedar Rapids, and will be serving as assistant manager. We are grateful to have a job, especially in this time when so many are looking for work. Our desire is definitely for him to work closer to home, and we continue to pray for that opportunity, but this job (and health insurance) are truly a blessing for us as we take this step.

Although Caleb and I both have peace about our decision, the past few days have been filled with emotion - particularly sadness - as we leave the place we've called home since college, and especially since we were married in 2004. We leave behind so many wonderful friends who are like family to us, a church we absolutely adore, and the home we brought Cameron and Elly to as newborn babies. This place will always be very special to us, and the people who remain here will continue to be in our hearts and prayers.

Our move to Iowa is most definitely NOT sad, as we'll be near both Caleb's and my parents, Caleb's brother and family, and my youngest sister. Baby #3 is coming in November, and although it's hard to imagine not delivering up here, I know God has the perfect doctor for us in Iowa, and plenty of loving family to care for all three babies when the time comes (WHAT a blessing!) We've been blessed with an amazing opportunity to rent a house in Iowa, and we're so thankful for that, especially as we try to iron out the details of our home in Burnsville. We are looking for potential renters, either a family or a group of students, etc. that needs a home like ours.

We just want to get the word out, and since email/online seems to be the most efficient means, we wanted to tell all our friends as quickly as possible, first-hand. We love you all very much and thank you SO MUCH for your prayers and support as we try to be obedient to the call God has on our family's life. Please pray for a smooth transition for Cameron and Elly and for emotional stability for me :) as we go about the next two weeks.

We'll only be 3.5 hours away, so you can bet we'll be back to visit! We're already planning our first trip back for a special wedding in October! :)

Thank you again for all each of you has poured into us. Whether this move brings us closer to you or takes us farther away, know that we love you very much.

With Faith and Expectation,

Caleb, Michelle, Cameron, Elly & baby boy Sieh

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

No matter what, God is my God.
(Daniel 3:17-18; from 8.31.09 message at CVC).


Jensens said...

Michelle!! We are so happy for you to be closer to your families but also know the sadness that it brings when you leave the place you have called home for so long! We will be praying for you for sure!! 2 weeks doesn't give you a lot of time and you will experience so many emotions! We love you guys!!

Annie said...

Good Luck with the move! I think it is so important to have family nearby, you can't give your kids a better gift than that! It sounds like a great decision for all of you guys! And like you said, you'll be close...so if you really have a craving for Mpls, it won't be too hard to make the trip!

Jamie Willow said...

oh wow!!! that is big news! I will keep you in my prayers, what a crazy time for a move...but that could make it perfect. And how wonderful to be near your families. I love it!!!!

we got married in Iowa....it holds a special place in my heart :)

Janel said...

What a blessing it will be for you to be closer to family....YA-HOOOOOO! I can already see Cam & Elly and new baby skipping across the farm land and running to help Grandma & Grandpa with chores. Fun Fun! But certainly an emotional time for all of you as you leave behind your memories of where your family started. Thinking of you guys!

Rae Nolt said...


We will live so close to each other! :) Praying for you as you make this transition! Blessings on your family!

Lori said...

How exciting! I'm sure your family is on cloud 9 -- both sides of your families! It will be great having you in the neighborhood!