Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I'm sorry I haven't kept on top of the 30-day photo challenge.
We've been busy here,
life-changing decision-making kind of busy.

And what it comes down to is this:
Kent put in his two weeks notice at work yesterday.
We are moving to Utah.  At the first of December.

Things fell into place so quickly, suddenly, unexpectedly.  Kent has a job offer that we just can't refuse. He is so so excited about it, and I am so so proud of him for receiving it.
And the chance to live only 2 hours away from my family (and easy driving distance to Kent's)
well really, that's what we've dreamed about ever since Nicholas was born.

The timing has been hard for me to accept.  I'm nearly 35 weeks pregnant!  We're going to have a baby, then move!  This is insanity!
deep down inside, we feel certain that this is not insanity, but the hand of the Lord working to help direct our lives.

I've always thought that the idea of trusting in the Lord's timing meant waiting.
Waiting for things to work out, waiting for things to get better. Always waiting.
This is the first time I'm realizing that sometimes, the Lord's timing means doing something
right now
when maybe you don't think it's the best idea.
Or when maybe you really aren't ready to leave the friends you've made.
(when it truly comes down to it, we will be able to leave everything about Texas with just a "thanks for the memories"....except our friends.  This is bitter.  And I hate the thought of it.)

But there is also the sweet.  We are going to be so very close to our family.
And even though California and Kent's family will still be a twelve hour drive from us,
when we fly there from Texas, the entire traveling takes nine or more hours,
so just three more hours,
driving instead of flying with kids....
well that just sounds so much more doable! (not to mention cheaper!)

And I do have to say that I am simply giddy to think about having seasons again, Utah grass, growing a real garden, snow at Christmastime, and a summer where you can actually bear to go outside.

It's up and down-happy and sad, but we know that this is the right choice for our family,
and the timing, well, I'm learning to trust in that too.


Lindsey said...

Wow! Congratulations how exciting and fun! Utah, ahhhh....

Adam, Angie, and Dayton Chandler said...

Yeah, where will he be working? R u selling your house?

heidi said...

I'm glad things are working out the way they should for your family. Timing usually is not what we expect, is it?

Jamie Blake said...

That's big news! Congrats!!! :)

Savanah said...

Congratulations! How exciting! Though I do understand the emotion of it all....I'm in that same kind of big decision making busy time right now. It is so interesting to watch how the Lord's plan unfolds for us. I know it will be a transition and change can be difficult....but I'm sure your family is ecstatic! Good luck!

Mrs. Lunceford said...

I saw on facebook that you had a new job! Wow! That will be a big change. My daughter moved to New Mexico from Georgia when their baby was just a month old. So I know it CAN be done, a little stressful, I mean A LOT stressful. Will you be in Utah County? Good luck on the baby arriving, packing and all.

creole wisdom said...

Congrats to Kent!

This is so exciting for your darling family :)

Praying for a safe and easy move!

Karen said...

Yay for you guys! We're sad to see you go, but we would do the same thing if we were you :)

Teresa said...

We are excited for your new job opportunity and adventure....and it will be nice to have you guys closer.
Try to take it as easy as you can....hugs

Joe and Heather said...

Yeah...back home again. Congrats and good luck:)

shannon said...

Looks like we're in the moving boat together! I like your comment about waiting on the Lord's timing, and sometimes it doesn't mean waiting. Wow, things have moved really fast for you guys! But be sure you take it easy and ask for (and be willing to accept) lots of help when it comes to baby/move time. Throughout this hot hot summer did you ever imagine that you would be celebrating Christmas in Utah? :) Good luck with everything!

Dallin said...

Congrats to you guys. We will definitely miss you - Jayden especially will miss playing with Nicholas. I bet I can think of one Texas thing you guys will miss: Tubing(Toobing in Texan) on the Comal, of course that works better when it's not in the middle of a drought.

Katy said...

What an exciting change for your family!! You will be missed, but how wonderful for you to be closer to family (I'm a little jealous). Good luck!

dave+candace said...

Wow! Congratulations. That is very exciting. Let me know if you need any help over the next few weeks.

Lisa Brown said...

Change is good, hard, but good.

magunn said...

Wow ... do we have the same life? We'll be moving right before Christmas.

I am so excited for you. Let me know how it all goes!

And we're looking at some options a couple of hours from Logan as well ... maybe we will someday become more than internet friends. Exciting!