Saturday, September 24, 2011

My thoughts on moving to Pittsburgh

I am grateful.

Sometimes the Lord gives us blessings, even though we don't deserve it.

We've been trying to figure out where to purchase a Real Property Management franchise. In July, we prayed about the decision to buy one. We got the answer that YES we should do it. But we didn't know WHERE we should go. And really, that's the biggest decision of all. We were thinking we'd go to Tennessee because a franchise owner there was going to sell his to us. That would mean a lot less start-up work for us. We decided we'd make the decision, and if it wasn't meant to be, it wouldn't work out and we'd be pointed in another direction.

For 2 or 3 weeks we were waiting for Tennessee to open up. Meanwhile, our deadline for signing papers was approaching. We felt frustrated. We felt anxious. Finally, we realized that maybe it wasn't the right decision.

Last Saturday we decided to fast and go to the temple. It was the most beautiful experience for both of us. We were fed spiritually. It was after this experience that we knew we should go to Pittsburgh. Nate was hoping that the answer would be somewhere more tropical...but unfortunately Heavenly Father didn't need us in Florida. :)

Once we made that decision, everything fell into place. Nate was able to sign papers yesterday! It's a done deal! I have felt so at peace with this decision, and I'm so grateful for that. I'm nervous, but excited. I know we are going to work harder than we ever have before, but I'm so grateful that Nate is the one that I'll be standing next to through it all. I am so proud of him. I'm so glad he still loves me in spite of my many MANY imperfections. I think moving out of state will allow us to depend on each other for EVERYTHING, and I'm looking forward to it.

We've also decided to have me stay home full time once we get out there. I'm so used to working. I'm so used to having that security. I will have to exercise a lot of faith letting go of my career knowing that it's the right thing for me to care for our children. I love Nate for sharing that righteous desire with me. I know it will mean we'll have less money, but I think that we are investing in something of far greater worth to have me home with the kids.

I can't even express how grateful I am to have technology that allows me to stay connected with my family and friends! We have multiple family members in different states, and we have been able to stay connected through blogging and Facebook. It's such a blessing! Another blessing is that Allison and Darin have access to cheap airline tickets through Darin's work, so hopefully visits won't be so far and few between!

We have until mid-November to get things in order. Nate's parents have offered to come out and help us move. WOW we are so grateful for them! Of course they offered to help us, they always always do! :)

Liz {Newey}Stephensen lives in Pittsburgh so hopefully we'll live close enough to do frequent 'kid swaps!' Another tremendous blessing!

Did I mention how grateful I am?


Lizzie said...

Your kids are welcome over anytime! You'll love the huge support group that is out here. It really is your ward FAMILY, and everyone treats you so! How exciting for you guys. Can't wait! Hopefully you can catch some of the amazing fall colors when you come to look for a place.

Kaylee said...

I am so excited for you guys! Call me when you feel the full effects of being a stay at home definitely will at first, but I am so proud of you guys for making that decision. You'll love living outside of Utah; it's really different, but you will love it.

Kyle and Reesie said...

Sarah, ever since I heard about your family making this move I have had you in my thoughts almost constantly. I am so grateful for the answer you received and that you will be going to Pittsburgh. I have truly felt blessings and comfort poured out upon us as we have been away from the only place I thought I would ever call home (UT). What an amazing experience it has been for our little family unit to become closer and to rely on each other more than ever before. I just feel so happy to hear you talk about your decision because you have such optimism and faith about it already! I think I had a harder time at first having no clue about the place we were moving. You are such an inspiration. I love you to death, and adore your family. I cry when I think about you being able to be home with your kids. I hope that sometime you guys are able to to come to D.C., it is super cool here and the best is that all the amazing stuff it free!!!! I know the next while will be craziness, moving, and everything that goes along with it. We are going to be driving back to Nebraska in December and want to come see you guys then. xoxoxoxoxo

Chaleese said...

Oh Sarah my lovely love. I'm going to miss you my dear, dear friend. It hurts my heart to know that you will be so far away..but I know that this is the right thing for you and your family. I'm so excited for you. You get to stay home with your beautiful kids, that is so wonderful. I know you've wanted that for so long. Even though we have not seen each other too much these past few months, and now you are moving. Know, that I will always have a special place in my heart for you. YOU will always be one of my truest friends. I LOVE YOU!!