Home is Where the Heart Is


Are you familiar with that feeling of finally getting home and you relax just a little, breathe a little sigh, and everything feels a titch better than it did before?  When I was in college, I would get this feeling as soon as I would pull off of the interstate onto the blacktop that headed towards home.  Even a few years ago, this feeling of comforting relief would envelope me as I pulled onto Exit 94. Now that my parents no longer live a hop, skip, and a jump off Exit 94, things have changed a little.  Instead of relief from homesickness, I become excited with anticipation of all the great things I will hopefully accomplish in the short amount of time I have back in Minnehaha County.

I love Sioux Falls.  It might be my favorite place ever. Ever.  Ok, absence makes the heart grow fonder, I know.  But, really, everything great and wonderful can be found in Sioux Falls.  Burger Time and Hy-Vee are two that come right to mind, and I was fortunate enough to visit both this past weekend. My Bigger Burger was everything I had hoped for, and my forty-five minute stroll around Hy-Vee was nothing short of amazingly relaxing.

Although every part of my trip was great, including a doctor’s appointment (seriously, I have a problem; there are no downsides to SF!), the best part was Maundy Thursday service at Canton Lutheran Church.  It was the second time I had heard Pastor Tim preach, and he does an amazing job.  If you are ever visiting in the Sioux Falls area, I highly recommend checking out the beautiful Lutheran church in Canton.

That sigh of relief no longer comes at Exit 94.  Instead it hits me when I see the “Pollock 11 Miles” sign.  That’s when I know I am really almost home.  Home is where the heart is, and my heart is with John, two little boys, and maybe even some cows. I cannot control where I am, but I can control what I do.  Bloom where you are planted. That’s the theme of our WELCA gathering this weekend. Check back later for more about blooming.

Peace and Blessings,
The Displaced City Girl

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