Josh and I are gone! We have left the great Mormon state of Utah and now are in the Midwestern state of Indiana. We will miss the low humidity, beautiful mountains, blue skies, and mild winters of Utah. We will miss the great friends we have made while there, whom most of we weren’t able to say goodbye to. We will miss the handful of temples within an hour drive of Provo. We will miss and yet won’t miss not being a minority as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Utah is where Josh has spent the last six years of his life, and where I have spent the last four of mine. Utah will forever be special to us, because that is where our life together began. It is where we met, fell in love, got engaged, and had our twin daughters. It is where Josh graduated college and where I attended college and will soon graduate from. Utah was great.
So, many of you are probably wondering how this all came about. Why the sudden move? Well, lots of reasons. Josh and I were done with school, unemployed, and enjoying our twins, but we were stagnant. We needed to make a decision about what we were going to do for the next year, especially in regards to employment. Since Josh did not get into grad school at BYU, the only school he applied to, we had to make a back-up plan. Should we stay in Utah and work for a year, in hopes that Josh will get accepted next year into the Math Ed Master’s Program, and thereby not have to move across the country for only one year and play it safe, or take a risk and move across the country where we want to ultimately end up living anyways? However, if we would have stayed in Utah for another year, and Josh again didn’t get accepted to BYU (his number one choice) then we would possibly be stuck in Utah for another year, and perhaps forever; because as a teacher you generally need to stay in one area for a long time so you can build up your pension and retirement. He only applied to one school this year because it was a rather sudden decision too.
A BYU professor came to UVU to talk about the Master’s Program at BYU in December and that set his ears buzzing. We prayed about it, and decided that it felt like the right thing to do–apply for graduate school. So, he spent January preparing for the GRE, took it in February, got his application and recommendations together, and by March 1 the application was in. But due to a larger application pool than normal, Josh was told he was one of three alternates, and everyone must have accepted BYU’s invitation to attend, so here we are, not going to grad school. Josh feels that even though he did not get accepted to BYU, he feels that the process of applying was really enlightening. He now desires to get a Masters Degree, and sooner rather than later. Josh plans on applying to many more graduate schools in a year. BYU, University of Utah, Indiana University, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Colorado State, and more. In fact, by moving to the Midwest, we have a larger pool of schools, in a smaller area, worth attending.
So, since we were unemployed and poor, and his parents had offered their home to us, we prayed about the idea of moving in with them, and it felt right and good. Moving in with them would mean no rent for a few months, help with the babies so that Josh could get a job over the summer (hopefully), we would be closer to areas where Josh wants to work, and closer to interview in person for those jobs, and Josh would also be able to work with his dad in the yard and on the Porches. Susan can teach me how to cook, and I can give her some art lessons. Plus, Brent and Susan will be able to see their granddaughters every day.
Oh, and did I mention that they live in Indiana, a state in the Midwest which is so much closer to MY immediate family? In fact since leaving Utah, we have seen my brother Jon and his four kids in Omaha, my brother Taylor and his wife Jesse as they stopped in on their way up to Wisconsin from South Carolina, and my brother Tyler and his wife and five kids live in Ohio, only about an hour and a half away? I have missed my family a lot in the last year, and am so excited to be so much closer to them! Also, all of Josh’s extended family lives out East, so we are much closer to them (though moving away from my extended family in Utah); however, we are sadly now much further away from his sister Shannon in California.
Unfortunately we have not had any jobs offers yet. Josh has one promising lead for a place in Virginia, and unfortunately had to turn down several potential interviews from Utah school districts. We believe everything will work out one way or another, even if it means as a last resort that Josh substitute teaches for a year. But, we truly feel like this is what we are supposed to do at this time.
The trip out to Indiana took a LONG time, even despite the goodnight sleep and big breakfast we received at my Aunt Orvetta’s house before we left. We wanted to get to Omaha, Nebraska so we could stay with my brother Jon for a night and not have to pay for a hotel. However, night turned to morning, so we ended up staying a whole day with him, which he and we enjoyed.
It was supposed to be a 13 hour drive to Omaha, but it took us 20. We had a packed Tahoe and a packed U-Haul trailer going up and down mountains in Wyoming, and faced strong winds in Western Nebraska which meant we almost never did the speed limit. We also had to make longer stops since we had to feed babies, change diapers, and clean bottles. Fortunately the girls did beautifully in the car!
It must help that they were only six weeks old and still sleep and eat all day anyways. And bless Josh for driving the whole way, and bless (and curse) inventions like energy drinks that help people stay awake for long periods of time.After a nice day with Jon’s family, we got a good night sleep (meaning Josh and the girls of course, as I was on baby duty) and headed off early on Sunday morning for Indiana. This leg of the trip went much smoother. We almost stopped to see an old high school friend of mine, Alex Zulauf, but didn’t need to stop for gas, babies, or food, so we had to wave “hello” as we went by Des Moines, Iowa. We made it to Bateville about 12 hours after leaving Omaha.
It has been great being back in the Midwest. It is SO green! I love it! The humidity is gross, but that’s life; at least my hair is curlier! And I forgot how many bugs there are here. I hate bugs. But, the girls have been doing great. The grandparents are ecstatic to have their grand-babies here, and we are happy to be here for many reasons as well. We are still unpacking boxes and trying to make the upstairs our home. And we will keep praying that Josh will get a job, wherever that may be! (Don’t forget to vote on our poll!)
And thank you everyone who came and helped hold babies, pack boxes, load the trailer, clean, and see us off. We appreciated the help. We could NOT have done it without the help. We will miss our wonderful friends.
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