Couple Invests in Their New Community

The Revell's migration from Austin, Texas began following some work time in Europe for Tina.

"I returned from working abroad and we talked about what we wanted to do long term in regard to starting a family and we decided we wanted to be closer to my family." said Tina.

In the three years since the move, Tina and Patrick Revell, and now their daughter Lucy, have settled into a comfortable, but active, life on Wausau's west side.

"We're big believers in investing in the community in which we live." said Tina.

The couple founded their own Bible study group and enjoy various community events. "We belong to the Catholic church in Marathon and use the pool there." The Revells have also been involved in the young professionals group and belong to a wine club at Vino Latte.

"We spend a lot of time with people that are new and that have recently relocated to the area." said Tina.

"I'm really into craft beer, so I really like all of the microbrewery options." said Patrick.

Tina, a native of Madison, works in ecommerce while Patrick works in the IT department of Church Mutual Insurance Company in Merrill. The couple met in Austin, Texas, Patrick's home state.

"Initially, we looked for jobs in the Madison area. There wasn't really anything that was a good career opportunity for us in Madison." said Tina. "We found companies here that were a great fit for our backgrounds and were willing to relocate us."

The couple finds the area very affordable and loves the lack of traffic.

"I'm still surprised three years later that it takes us 15 minutes to get anywhere around the city." said Patrick. They also like the central location of the Wausau region, making frequent trips to Minneapolis, Green Bay and Madison.

Winter has been a bit of an adjustment for Patrick, but the couple thinks it's an even trade when compared to the sweltering heat of a Texas summer.

"The way we look at it is, that when you live in Texas it is super hot in the summer and you spend less time outside in the summer. We spend less time outdoors here in the winter, but we belong to an indoor pool (in Marathon) and go walk in the mall."

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