Home Sweet Iowa

Screen shot 2015-01-03 at 1.37.03 PMI’ve lived in 7 different places during my lifetime, and every one of them, I still call ‘home’.  We spent Thanksgiving week with my parents in Redding, California, and I remember commenting that I couldn’t wait to go home both getting on the plane in Maui and on our return trip as we boarded in Sacramento.  Both places are home.

Iowa holds 3 ‘homes’, and possibly one of our favorites.  You can read about our old farmhouse here.  You can’t spend 7 years restoring a 100 year old house and not get just a little attached.

We’ve called Hawaii ‘home’ for 7 years now, and for the past 6 years we’ve spent Christmas in the islands.  It’s not much of a hardship as there is usually some willing volunteer from our extensive families that offers to tough out the Holidays in our guest space.

This Christmas was a little different, the perfect storm arrived where everyone in the family was spending Christmas elsewhere and we found ourselves with no house guests for the season.  It was a little sad, and made me a bit homesick for “home”.

You can imagine how delighted I was when home was delivered to our Maui door in a rather unexpected way this year.  Back in November I signed up to participate in a “Christmas in the Country” gift exchange with other bloggers from around the US.  Just look what arrived at my door a few days before Christmas:

IMG_6112Iowa!  A basket, in the shape of Iowa, filled with all kinds of Midwest goodies.  Roasted Field Corn, Popcorn on the Cob, Chocolate Tractors, and Salted Soy Nuts to name a few.  Val Plagge of Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids had been given my name and she chose to send a little piece of home my way without even knowing how homesick I was this year!  What a treat.


The Christmas in the Country gift exchange was just as fun on this end as well, choosing a Hawaii grown treat for the person who’s name I was given.  Lucky that Kelly over at Old Blue Silo is a coffee lover – it’s one of our state’s specialties.  Today, I just want to  deliver a hearty thank you to Val for sending such a fun piece of home my way this Christmas.

Happy New Year everyone and may your 2015 be blessed.


6 thoughts on “Home Sweet Iowa

  1. Wonderful! Thank you again for participating in Christmas in the Country!

    As co-hosts we don’t “pick” who gets who. We randomly start pairing up individuals and when Val matched up with you, I was thrilled! What agreat match it turned out to be. 🙂

    Happy New Year!
    Laurie – Country Link

    1. Laurie – This was a great match – both directions. I had so much fun picking out things I thought Kelly might like, and getting this gift in the mail made our Holiday that much more fun. Thank you so much for all the work you did to organize this event. I’m already looking forward to next year’s exchange.

  2. What a great match! I continue to be amazed at how well all the match ups went! It seems that many seemed to get just the right person for that particular season in their life, and I’m so thrilled! Thanks for participating and sharing!

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