Welcome! My name is Amy, and I am a born and raised Iowa girl. I am a wife, and social worker turned stay-at-home mom. I have loved every second of being home with my twin girls; well, maybe not the tantrums, puke, and potty mishaps. But, take those out and I am one happy girl! I love to explore the world with my children and want to share those adventures with you!
Growing up on a farm in West Central Iowa taught me that the key to an amazing adventure doesn’t always include luggage and a plane ticket. It is about finding joy in the simple things, not being afraid to get a little dirty, and using your imagination. The town I lived closest to didn’t have a stop light and the zoo was two hours away. Nonetheless, my siblings and I were not lacking fun and adventure. We built forts, explored the land, and learned many important life lessons. My family vacationed the Midwest; mainly mini-trips in Iowa to experience things a bit out of the ordinary. We explored Effigy Mounds and got lost in a corn maze. We watched barges on a river and saw thousands of migrating birds. We hunted fossils, morel mushrooms, and geodes. We played at many amazing parks and stretched our legs in cemeteries. And, while these trips were simple, we made more memories than I can count. My parents taught us that we didn’t need to spend a lot of money or travel far to have fun.
Life on the farm came to an end. I grew up, went to college, and settled in Northwest Iowa with my husband. I am now a city girl (okay, its more like a town of 10,000 people, but there are many stop lights and a Wal-Mart so it is huge to this farm girl). The zoo is now almost three hours away, and I have to drive over an hour to get to the nearest Target. And although there are times I wish those things were more accessible, I’m glad they’re not. I want my children to have memories of exploring this beautiful state and finding adventures in unexpected places.
Being an Iowa farm girl will always be who I am no matter where I live. I crave wide open spaces, meals in the field, and the smell of cattle (crazy, I know!) when I drive to my parent’s home. I love to be with my family, find creative ways to have fun, be crafty, try new recipes, get my hands in the dirt, eat garden-fresh food, and live by the Iowa values instilled upon me years ago. I am Homegrown Iowa Girl.