… where we celebrated my sister-in-law’s 50th Jubilee as a Sinsinawa Dominican nun. Pat is Mr. Sullivan’s oldest sister who left home to join the convent when he was still a toddler. We attended her 25th Jubilee and wanted to help celebrate this milestone with her at the motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, just across the river from Dubuque, Iowa, where most of the family grew up.
Sister Pat, one of 18 Dominican nuns celebrating their Golden Jubilee.
Mr. Sullivan congratulating his sister.
Mr Sullivan often reminisces that as a young boy he was frightened by Pat’s appearance when she would come home for visits dressed in her full nun habit, complete with long robe and a veil. The picture to the left would be similar to what Pat may have worn. The sisters in her order are no longer required to wear this habit, and Pat dresses just like anyone else.
These pictures were taken of us at the dinner celebration at the motherhouse.
This is what most people think of when they hear Mr. Sullivan is from Iowa- CORN!! These fields are near the family farm, where many of the Sullivan siblings spent time during the summer months.
We spent part of one afternoon boating out on the Mississippi River.
It was a warm day, but cruising on the water certainly cooled us off! The bridge in the background connects Dubuque to Illinois.
Pogo is Harv’s dog, who loves to go out on the boat with him.
This house sits up on the bluffs on the Wisconsin side of the river. The person who lives there is the owner of the manufacturing company that makes all of those orange barrels we see on the highways in the summer!
This old building once housed a the Dubuque Star Brewing Company. It has been renovated into a restaurant and a mini beer-museum of sorts. We dined there the first night we were in town. The building in the foreground is called a shot tower, which was used for the production of shot balls, which were used for projectiles in firearms. It is one of only a few shot towers that are left in the United States.
On one of our driving tours around town, we spotted this newly built home, complete with a new roof made to look like the an old thatched roof in Ireland. Isn’t it just gorgeous? I’m anxious to see how the owners will landscape their lot.
It was a short, whirlwind trip of four days, and while we had a good time and a nice visit with our hostess and niece, Sara, I’m glad to be home. There is still a lot to be done around the house. Blinds to hang, carpet to shampoo, woodwork to be polished…
Later this week you’ll learn five more things about me that you may not have known. I’ve been tagged again, so stay tuned!