After an interesting turn of events, John and I will be moving to Scottsdale, AZ!
John was offered a position in the Phoenix office of a great law firm, and we decided to accept.
So we will be moving very soon... as in, this Friday! John's last day of work was last Friday, and I will be telecommuting from Arizona into work for a while.
|Dinner in Scottsdale at Old Town Tortilla Factory|
It is no secret that we were not exactly thrilled to move to New Mexico (in my case, kicking and screaming, even). So we are excited to move, but as with all change, things are always a little bitter-sweet.
We are looking forward to being back in a larger city - with amenities such Drybar and Nordstrom, professional sports teams, more career opportunities, etc. - but there is a lot that we will miss about our time in New Mexico.
Since we were so resistant to being here in the beginning, we didn't start investing in our time here until a few months ago... so we feel like we missed out a bit! We have made friends that we will miss dearly and wish we had more time with. I have even discovered that I enjoy things like hiking and mountain biking... who woulda thought?!
A few weeks ago we made a trip to Arizona to find a place to live, and we found a great condo in Scottsdale that we are excited about.
And the weather? Let me tell you... it was inferno hot. Like, burn your butt when getting into the car kind of hot. But, in all fairness, we compared it to visiting Minneapolis in January - it's the worst month to visit, and you've got to keep your eyes on the prize... (in Arizona's case, the winter).
Although our stay in New Mexico was short (10 months), John and I both learned the importance of trusting God's plan and relying on our faith in Christ to find joy in all situations... lessons that we surely will not forget.
In fact, these are lessons that are so important to us, that I made John steal a 70lb rock from the Sandia Mountains to serve as a memorial of God's faithfulness to us.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?
(Joshua chapter 3-4... When God parted the Jordan and told Joshua to have twelve men each collect a stone from the middle of the Jordan to serve as permanent reminder of God's (past, current and future) faithfulness to them).
"So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you.
In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”"
Girlfriend, I got me a rock too. A big one.
And I plan to hold on to it forever so that I will never forget the lessons of God's faithfulness and the importance of placing all trust in Him. This way, when we have future seasons hardship, we will have the unwavering assurance of God's faithfulness.
|Escaping the heat at Salty Senorita in Scottsdale|
By the way, I have only been to Arizona once for like 48 hours, so if anyone knows anything about the area, I'd love to know your thoughts!
|Quick stop in Sedona, AZ|