On August 17, we’ll move out of our home in Watertown, Wisconsin. On September 1 we’ll take possession of our new home in Decorah, Iowa. The Graebel moving van will pull-up sometime between September 2 and 10.
Why are we selling a home we lived in for just two years? This spring, Annie was called to be a campus pastor at Luther College in Decorah. This means we’d be four hours away from Walter and Sally instead of 2.25. For funsies, we put our house up for sale to see what would happen. We accepted an offer from a couple who went through the first day. The sale was contingent on our buyers’ buyers’ buyers closing on their home, so we are relieved it is all working out.
Having a hot housing market is fun as sellers and not so much fun as buyers. Beginning Father’s Day weekend, we made multiple trips to Decorah, each time determined to claim an address. We made three unsuccessful offers. We developed new respect for our Watertown house.
In the process, we fell in love with Decorah and had overwhelming experiences of home and community. Jenine Jordahl, who was a churchwide board member of Women of the ELCA when Sue was on staff, opened her home to us. We stayed with her during our house-hunting trips and will stay with her the two- or three-weeks between houses. Such generous hospitality! Twice Sue was moved to tears while visiting First Lutheran, where the Edison-Albrights and Edison-Swifts will soon be members. Muriel at Decorah Bank & Trust. Mark (the elder and the younger) and Kerbie at A.J. Petersburg Insurance and Realty. Karen and Jeff with Thrivent. Kathy, who took our coop membership, and it turns out, is on the church council at First. Jutta who did research for us. Rich and Linda, whose home we didn’t buy, and Mike, who worked with us as we explored building a new home.
When we were about to break the budget and build, Mark Lovelace, our Realtor, told us a house was coming on the market that seemed perfect for us. We put our search on hold for maybe 10 days. When it finally listed, Annie, mid-move, was in Decorah. She and Mark went through the house, giving Paul and me a video tour. It IS perfect for us. We immediately offered list price and crossed our fingers.
Because Annie and Sean were mid-move, Walter and Sally were staying with us. Mark called with the news that our offer was accepted while we were riding on the East Troy vintage electric train. Yippie Skippy! Whew!
About our new house: It was built in 2008 by a quality builder we met during our house-hunting trips. Three bedrooms, 2.75 baths, two-car heated garage, finished basement. The spectacular sun room (all those windows in the front of the house) will serve as Paul’s full-time office and Sue’s part-time office. The kitchen is a dream—including the elusive gas range. Everything essential is on the main level.
Best of all is the location. We think it is two blocks down to town (coffee shops, restaurants, the Coop), one block UP to First Lutheran, two blocks UP to Phelps Park, one block down to the middle school (grades 3-8), and one block over to the Court House where Nordic Fest activities are centered.
BTW, Annie and Sean found their home in one weekend. Their friends in Stevens Point have friends in Decorah who have friends who were selling their home “by owner.” Walter and Sally stayed with us during for eight days during the move—the hottest days of the summer thus far. Annie starts at Luther on August 15. Sean will continue working for Sentry Insurance, now as a telecommuter.
We are so looking forward to the Decorah chapter of our lives. You are welcome, very welcome, to visit.
Sue Edison-Swift, 8/4/2016