Yesterday afternoon, Neal took me on a tour of his hometown of Lynnville, Iowa. Neal literally grew up on a farm in an old school house that his dad renovated.
The land around the house was so beautiful and I loved seeing how drastically different it was from DC. As we toured the land, Neal showed where he played as a kid and the roads he ran on during cross country season.
He then took me into the town of Lynnville and showed me around.
The town is incredibly small, but I loved seeing where Neal played t-ball and where he took piano lessons.
At the edge of town is the Skunk River, which is home to Wagaman Mill.
I loved seeing that this mill was built in 1848! So historic!!
On our way out of town, Neal took me to the graves of his grandparents. I was so grateful to have been able to see their graves and to have that time with Neal.
His grandparents meant the world to him and I loved hearing stories about them while we were there.
On our drive back to Neal’s parent’s home, I made sure we stopped at the wheel sculpture in the middle of no where.
The Wheel Sculpture was built by L.J. Maasdam when he was 90 years old!!! I don’t know the full history of this piece, but it’s pretty random and spectacular!
This trip to Iowa was really great. I loved being able to spend so much time with his Mom and Dad one on one and to help them with their businesses. Our Iowa reception was also a blast and gave us a chance to see lots of Neal’s extended family and our Iowa friends.
Today we’re flying back to DC and should be back mid morning. I’m eager and excited to get back home and to spend the rest of the day prepping for the next few weeks.
Have you ever taken a loved one back to where you grew up?
This summer, while on our honeymoon, I took Neal back to the town in Germany I lived in from ages 5-8. It was such a fantastic trip and I loved showing Neal where I grew up.