Friday, September 20

the news is out...

our family is making some big changes!
after a few years of praying that doors would open for us to move at the right time and to the right place, they have. chris was offered a really, really good job and we couldnt turn it down.

so where are we headed?

who would have ever thought we'd end up in arkansas?! 

but it seems like a great fit and we cant wait to give it a go.
one of the first things jack and ellie said when we talked to them about the move was "now we can take banjo lessons!!!". when we told our friends, the cummings family, that we were going to AR, jack said "im goin' hog hunting!" and ellie followed with "and i'm gonna play the banjo!". looks like they've been ready for awhile i guess. making a big move is so much easier when the kids are happy too.

the main reason for the move is to pay off our student loans. right now, our minds cant even imagine what it will be like to be debt-free, but this move will make that happen.

we have some excellent friends, ben and katie smith, that moved there last year and have been the key to making this happen. we are so happy to be living near them again! jack and jenna were such good little buddies :) and ellie will be in heaven having three girls to play with.

chris' first day is November 4th.
before we knew about all of this, we planned a trip to idaho to visit family from october 18-27th. that means we will have a total of 4 1/2 weeks to prepare. we have to not only pack, find a new place there, and move, but we also have to prep this house for selling. its been a whirlwind! we've been busy painting (which absolutely positively stinks) and replacing baseboards. we'll be doing some landscaping and redoing our patio as well. it's fun to watch this house transform. its such a great little house.

how do we feel about moving?
this has all happened very suddenly. chris and i have both felt very calm and peaceful through out the last two weeks while making this decision, which has been a confirmation to us that this is the right choice. the actual move and the adventure we are looking forward to is exciting and wonderful! 
as long as we focus on that instead of what and who we are leaving behind, its ok. when i think about our family, friends, and even my sweet little ones in primary that we will say goodbye to.... its heart wrenching. so right now, im just not thinking about it. i'd rather it slam me as we drive away rather than right now while i have so much to do. chris and the kids are sad, but ready for change. and change is a good thing. it really is a good thing.


Steve and Donna said...

wow- don't know what to say. It will seem strange not having you here but we are happy for you. Guess you'll be gone for the Halloween get together :)

Chelsey Wilson said...

Congrats and good luck! I hope y'all have a wonderful adventure!

Melica and Aaron said...

Well, you already know what I think...You guys are really going to be missed and I am definitely sending Katie the stink eye!! We do wish you good luck though and hope you love your new home.

Julia and Sterling said...

Arkansas!?! Wow! That's exciting! Good luck with everything! I'm sure it will be a fun new adventure.

B and T said...

Congrats! That is really exciting. You guys are so awesome that you'll make the adjustment and friends so fast! Then it will be back to primary and young men's presidents before you know it!

Rachael Garner said...

I will save the sadness and tears for later and say....CONGRATULATIONS! What an exciting move with debt-free life just on the horizon. What a wonderful opportunity!

Smith Family said...

Wow! I didn't see that one coming! I thought you were settled and content for the long haul with so many family nearby. I have to say, most of my growing has come from pulling up roots and putting them down someplace new. The world is a big place, lots of adventures and great people everywhere. You learn so much from new experiences. Best to you in your new adventure.