Thursday, June 11, 2009


The day Hubby graduated from BYU, we headed home in a big U-Haul truck. Mesa. The place we were both born and graduated high school. We were so excited to get back to life with “Pete’s Fish & Chips” and “Matta’s” within driving distance.

Life was good.

We were expecting our second child when Hubby’s career plans changed. Overnight.

We were devastated and began to weigh all our options.

My brother in Utah set Hubby up with an interview for a good job. It went well and it looked for a while like we would be moving back to Utah. Logically, it made sense. There were more continued education options for Hubby, a good job, cheaper housing and I could even finish up my degree. Pros outweighed cons.

The Lord had other plans.

Although the logical decision would have been to move back to Utah, we felt we needed to stay in Arizona. Even though we weren’t sure what that would mean. How could we make things turn out?

One stepping stone at a time, the Lord laid a path for us to follow. A path full of blessings and opportunities. We have never regretted our decision to stay.

The Lord has guided us throughout our married life and we have been so blessed. One of the greatest blessings has been this home. This ward. This neighborhood. Our friends. We have been here eight years and have dug our feet in deep.

And now, though logic may tell us otherwise, we are being guided again. This time to Gilbert.

We have decided, as a family, with everyone in agreement, that it is time for us to move and we have found a home in Gilbert we are in the process of purchasing.

Who knows what lessons we have to learn or path the Lord has for us. It could turn out to be a grand learning experience. But, whatever the outcome, we know the Lord is behind it.

When I think of leaving all these people who have woven their way into our lives as "Friends-Turned-Family," my heart is sad. When I think of the confirmation I had when praying and fasting about the move, my heart is at peace. Sad, but at peace.

So, as much as we love this ward and neighborhood, we are beginning to collect moving boxes and making plans to switch schools.

Decisions are not always easy.

This one occupied our energy for the last month.

Now that it is made, my heart is calm.

But my eyes are full of tears.


Beth said...

Wow Kathy! What a big decision! It sounds like you have it worked are lucky to be a couple with a strong faith! When is the big move happening? And what great things are in Gilbert?

Diane said...

Oh sweet Kathy, I so understand the sweet, sad peace you feel at this moment. My prayers are with you and your family as you make this move. I know wonderful adventures await you in Gilbert. I also know the pain of walking away from a place that has become so completely 'home' to you. May the Lord continue to give you all peace and lighten your heavy hearts as you go.

Many hugs...........


P.S. BTW, congratulations on finding the new home. Is it in that gated neighborhood you 'broke in to'? ;)

Emmy said...

Change, even when you KNOW it is the right thing, is always a little hard.
Good luck with the upcoming move. Good for you for trusting the Lord enough to let him really guide and lead your life.

pan x 8 said...

That is a big decision and I know it will be hard but you already have your heart in the right place and know the Lord only has your best interest.

Thank you for sharing your testimony, it's very uplifting...

Sharla said...

Oh No! I am so happy for you and your family and your new adventures, but at the same time so very sad. You guys are a huge staple in our ward and so dear to so many people here. There will definately be a large gap when you leave.

It has been wonderful to connect with you again after knowing each other in high school. You were and are still an amazing woman!!

I wish the very best to you in your next chapter in your journey. Let me know if you need help packing or anything like that.

Huston Family said...

I'm writing this with tears in my eyes. How we will miss you! Ammon will be so sad Trevan is leaving. Two of my childrens' best friends have left them this summer (the Allens). I'm sad our Bekkah's won't grow up together. What will O'Connor do without you! What will the block watch do? What will our ward do?! You will truly be missed.

Erin said...

Oh Kathy, I am SO sad to hear you are leaving and SO excited for your family! I love change and I think it is going to such an adventure for you. You are an amazing person and you will soon find your feet well rooted in Gilbert and everyone will love you there too! Thanks for always being such a wonderful example!

Fiauna said...

I'm a firm believer in the fact that Heavenly Father guides us wherever He needs us. Best of luck on your move!

Our Crazy Family said...

OMGSH! Where is the house?? Oh, and I have TONS of boxes--but we won't have them unpacked for a few weeks, when we get back from California, and my house is finally finished enough to actually move into! Let me know. It's funny, even when we're very comfortable and happy somewhere that we feel that urge to move on. I am impressed that everyone was in agreement--even your teenager--that alone is a blessing! Hope all goes well for you!

Anonymous said...


have moved a ton, its good and bad, but always leave good friends behind is just hard

Erin said...

When we were deciding which job to accept last year as my husband was finishing up his Ph.D., we knew we were being guided, even though it wasn't necessarily what WE thought we wanted. We listened to the Spirit and felt really good about our decision. I am so glad you feel good about it too! Good luck with the move!

Tink said...

That's wonderful Kathy! Sometimes you gotta follow those spiritual instincts! We have several family who live in Gilbert! They love it. It's a great area--lots and lots of Mormons! BTW, I took my blog private, so if you want an invite to read my blog in the future, send me your email at and I'll send you a personal invitation! Hope to see you there! Good luck with the move.

Natalie said...

What a blessing that you and your family are at peace with this decision. That will be invaluable as you adjust to the changes ahead of you. The confirmation that this is the right decision will carry you through. I will miss you so much. I was so sad when I heard the news of this move. You have been an amazing example and friend. I appreciate your influence in my life. Thanks for all you do!

heather said...

I'm also from the land of "Pete's Fish n' Chips" and "Matta's" and -I'm going to add Tia Rosas. Moving is tough. I seriously miss my fam and friends and just the desert in general. (Only not as much now that summer has hit.)