My wife and I are in our late twenties. We have two children. My daughter just turned five and my son is two and a half. About a year ago I was given a blessing to make a career change. My new company said that I could live wherever I wanted. My wife hails from Omaha and my home town was Norwalk, Iowa. We wanted to live as close to the middle as we could.
We agreed that Atlantic would be the place for us. We fell in love when we were looking for houses. The whole town has a picturesque feel to it. The downtown area was just like my grandparents hometown of Hawarden, Iowa. Neither my wife, nor myself really knew anything about this town other than it was in the middle of Des Moines and Omaha. We knew no one, however, everyone we talked to seemed to have known someone who lived in Atlantic. No one had anything bad to say.
Last April we made the move and we could not be happier with our decision. The parades, the parks, the downtown area, the golfing and the people. It’s been like a Norman Rockwell painting everyday. This message stemmed from taking my children to Santa’s cabin where we talked with people waiting in line. We had a personable visit with santa in his cabin. We could take all the pictures we wanted, not one time did I feel rushed, and it was the first time my daughter hadn’t cried around Santa. After we finished seeing Santa with our free candy cane and popcorn we picked up our hot chocolate and took our horse drawn carriage ride. We went downtown, an absolutely beautiful area all the time but even more when it’s lit up with Christmas lights. Numerous times have I taken the long way home and hit every stop light downtown just to look at all the lights.
So, to whomever is behind this account, the chamber, the council, a city administrator, or just a regular citizen. I want to say that this is a beautiful small town. I can not wait to raise my children here. I can not think of a better place for my children to call home, and I look forward to all the memories that will be made here. Please don’t change, thank you.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
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