Hang with me through this post…the BIG news is to come!
We grew up in Whitefish, Montana, a ski resort town about 60 miles south of the Canadian border. Back then it was mostly locals (Montanans) living there with a population shy of 5,000 but since then the area has grown exponentially. It started with movie stars moving to the area such as Kiefer Sutherland, Huey Lewis, Tom Brokaw, and more. It is certainly not unheard of for a celebrity to be vacationing here like Justin Bieber or Jamie Foxx most recently. The downtown is full of shops and restaurants, each unique. The atmosphere is incredible. There is nothing like it, all situated at the base of the ski hill. When we were in high school we would catch the ski bus when school got out and go night skiing until 10:30 and sleep in the bus on the way back down the hill. It was awesome! Whitefish is now home to well over 7,000 and is the ONLY town in the entire state of Montana with sales tax.
30 miles to the east is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see….. And I’m not just saying this. Glacier National Park is crazy beautiful!
I was baptized in a river that is a run off from Glacier. The water is amazing for whitewater rafting or fishing and it is a hiking and camping paradise. Definitely a great place for kids to grow up!
About 5-10 minutes south of Whitefish is the biggest community in the Flathead Valley called Kalispell. It is much more reasonable to build/buy homes here, this is where all of the big shopping is, there are multiple schools to choose from and their healthcare is booming right along side their growing population of about 25,000. Kalispell is where my little brother and his wife and two sons live. My older brother, his wife and daughter are a short 90 minutes away.
When we got married we agreed we would always live by family. We started out in Nebraska while I was in graduate school but when I was unable to find a job locally we ended up moving back to Great Falls, Montana. We stayed there two years and missed our family badly. My little brother was coming up on his senior year in high school and we were missing my sister’s 6 kids horribly. I was able to get a position in Tecumseh, getting us closer to them all. For seven years we commuted from Tecumseh to Kearney to see these little loves of ours do their activities. We’ve watched them grow up-from toddlers to beautiful adults!
In Tecumseh I was taking a lot of call covering the ER and we knew we were ready to start our family so decided it was time for me to slow down. In came Cozad. Not only do I not have to take call here but we are even closer to the kids-only 45 minutes! Fast forward over 6 years. We now have our own little love and all but one of my sister’s kids are grown. That little brother that I mentioned was a senior in high school 13 years ago? He is grown, too. And married with two beautiful boys under two, Lainey’s cousins! And, he found his way home to Montana.
Not only did Adam and I promise one another we’d always live by family but when we decided that we were going to have our family “later in life”, we always dreamed that our child(ren) would be able to grow up by their cousins. Knowing my older brother and sister’s kids were much older, we imagined raising our littles along side my little brother’s.
I’m sure by now you can see where I am heading with all of this so I will leave you with this:
We will be moving the second week of January. We are out of this world excited! I will share more in the coming weeks. For now, friends, please pray for us as it is not easy keeping a clean house and packing with a 22 month old! We are both running quite ragged but at the end of the day fall asleep with smiles on our faces knowing this is all in God’s plan as this decision was not made quickly or taken lightly. Doors have been opened, opportunities we normally would not have considered have been embraced. God is so good. Our next step is to sell our home so if you know of anyone looking, pretty please send them our way! Here is a flyer: House for sale