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Joanna and Brad in SF

On the list of leaps I never thought I’d take:

Moving to California.

I’m Midwestern enough to think eating kale on a regular basis is a cool thing. To know state fairs are not just entertainment for an afternoon, but a 10-day long Event that includes live broadcasts from various stages. To know I can drive 15 miles in almost any direction and encounter a corn field. To celebrate the arrival of the first Whole Foods in the state. And you know, I like it this way. It might seem quaint to people on the coasts, but it’s genuine.

In three weeks, Brad and I are packing our car full of all the genuine Midwestern spirit we can muster and pointing it west. I took a new job with Sunset and we’re taking a giant leap–one God has surprised us with–and moving to the Bay Area.

There are so many tangled thoughts in my head but I know three things for sure.
1. My heart will miss the Saturday nights with the nephews, the birthday dinners at my parents, the fire pit at the Wisconsin farm, the quick weekend trips to Davenport to see Brad’s family, and sitting in church in St. Louis next to Grandma.
2. This is the best thing for us right now and it feels good to know and believe that.
3. I will be able to finish SO MANY books on this road trip!





  1. Shanna

    AHHHHH I still can’t believe this. But look how good you two look in front of the Golden Gate Bridge! You’re going to fit right in.

    PS I am so proud of you!

  2. Sarah

    Oh wow! Such exciting news! You will be blessed for doing what you know is best for you, and family time will be so cherished when you visit! I am so excited to hear of your new adventure! Stop and stay with us on your way, we are in the middle! ;0)

  3. Jillisa

    I think I have that same purse in green :)

  4. Laura

    So joyful for the two of you.

  5. Madison

    Wow! What exciting news, Joanna! I am so excited for you two and the adventures that come with a big move like the one you are going to be taking!

  6. Andrea

    I’m so happy for you and know God will bless your leap of faith!

  7. joannalinberg

    Thanks, Madison! Adventure is out there! Hope Minne is treating you right. That’s another fabulous city.

  8. Mom

    And I know three things for sure.
    1. My heart will miss Friday lunches, face-to-face book discussions, singing beside you at church, hearing the latest Max/Harry/Liam superhero antics, and your and Brad’s vegetable additions to birthday dinners.
    2. This is the best thing for you two right now.
    3. I will need a subscription for Sunset!

  9. Shanna

    Joanna’s mom: I think we need to be friends.

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