If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have heard me say, rather recently, that we are going to live in California forever, that it’s the “right” place for us, etc. Well, apparently not.
While we were in Utah, David learned that more of his work will be out of California, and he also realized the quality of life we could have there was better that we could have here. He decided we should move there.
After he decided this, and I had time to pick myself up off the floor from the shock, I was sent off to Utah this past weekend to find a new house to rent (which is why the late post). It was kind of a whirlwind, and we saw 10 properties on Monday, picked one out, then found out that another place was available that we thought wasn’t anymore. That was the only one we saw on Tuesday, and it was definitely the one for us. We move March 18th.
For about $800 less than we pay now, we have a much, much better way of life. You can see pictures here, click the pic. It’s winter, so the trees are naked and make it look a little unkempt.
It is exactly what I’ve always wanted–a big garden, a small orchard and vineyard, trees to climb and swing in, big pine trees. Also, perks include a 2-story playhouse in back and a laundry chute!
One thing I love about Utah is that it is normal to have a living room AND a family room–seems so excessive and luxurious by California standards! David is not excited about the red master bedroom, so we’ll have to make a few adjustments there, but the house is cute and so big compared to anything we’ve ever had.
We will also be two blocks from my sweet cousin Kim’s house (and go to the same ward). Thanks for finding us this place, Cuz!
So, some very big changes, we’re both a bit nervous, but it feels good and everything is opening up to go this direction, which is saying more than anything else we’ve tried to do in the last five years.
I have so many thoughts surrounding all this that I can’t think clearly to formulate them coherently, so I won’t. Suffice it to say that I thought we’d have to fix a lot of other things before being in a situation like this, things that would take decades, and I really feel the Lord is showing me that he knows me, cares about me and hears me. Some of the littlest details in this house seem unimportant, but only the Lord would know that they meant something to me.
To all our California friends, we love you SO much and never thought this day would come. Thanks to blogs, email, cell phones and the continual exodus many of you make to and from Utah, I hope to hold on to you tightly.
To all our Utah friends, let’s start booking the dinner calendar now!