What is the best thing about Iowa?  Is it the Iowa State Fair, the bluffs of the northeast or the Loess hills of the west, the lakes in the northwest or the pond in your grandparents’ backyard, the pride for our Hawkeyes, Cyclones, or Panthers, the Tulip Festival in Pella or the Rose Festival in State Center?  How about the fact that you can do it all and see it all?  Get a 360 degree view of Des Moines from the dome of the Iowa State Capitol, travel across the state on a bicycle, enjoy four separate seasons and be the first in the nation to vote for your presidential candidate.  What more could you ask for!?

As a native of Iowa, I grew up on a hog farm outside of Cedar Rapids with my parents and four brothers.  The majority of my family lives (immediate and distant) lives in Iowa and as many times as I’ve tried to get out of Iowa in the past, I can’t seem to make it happen.  Fortunately, I realized a couple of years ago what an amazing state I live in and if I never leave, I’ll be ok with that.

Being an Iowan means being wholesome, open-minded, well-rounded and genuine.  We work hard and party hard. We value our family and friends.  We honor tradition and we constantly strive to be better people , creating a place to raise our families.  Every experience is a valuable and the opportunities are never lacking.  If only there were more time in a day to enjoy all that life has to offer.

I have contemplated starting a blog for some time now.  For a number of reasons I kept putting it off…but no longer!  This is a blog about growing up in Iowa, living in the “fly-over” state, and taking every opportunity to experience all that is…Iowa.


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