Monday, June 23, 2014

Andddd, we are moving!

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

41 comments :

  1. How exciting, what a fun adventure and new journey this will be for you two! I LOVE Arizona, I have family in Phoenix. Scottsdale sounds like an amazing place, yay!

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  2. Ah congratulations! I've heard really amazing things about Scottsdale!! That is a big move after just moving less than a year ago, but my husband and I have been in the same boat, and its been fun exploring new cities together, especially while you're still young! Good luck with the move!!

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  3. Well that's exciting!! I've always wanted to visit Scottsdale. :) I love the rock you took...what a beautiful , tangible reminder. Can't wait to travel along with you to AZ :)

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  4. Congrats!! Such exciting news and it sounds like a fun new adventure for you guys! I love Arizona so hopefully you guys will too!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  5. Congratulations!! What an exciting time! Nothing like an adventure with your husband to bring you two closer together and closer to God! xoxox

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  6. Congratulations on your next move! One of my best friends is from Scottsdale and she loved it. Good luck with the move! xo

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  7. What a great reminder to bring home with you...I brought home a 15 pound rock from a mountain I climbed in Ireland once...hope the moving goes smoothly!

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  8. How exciting! We lived in the Phoenix area (Chandler actually) for 2 years right after we were married. We still have lots of friends who live in Scottsdale and love it! Good luck in your new adventure!

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  9. AHHHH...congratulations on the exciting news!!! Scottsdale will be such a wonderful new adventure for the two of you!

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  10. Oh wow...this is BIG news! Good luck with the move! Can't wait to see what Arizona has in store for you!

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  11. Congrats! This is great news! I've never been to Arizona, but I've heard so many great things. I'm sure you will learn to love every aspect and it will be part of your journey!

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  12. definitely exciting news but ohhhhhh man 106 is HOT!!

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  13. Love love love the rock story! Such a great testament to how God can work in us when we put our full trust in him! Congratulations on the move - can't wait to follow along!

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  14. Congratulations on such exciting times! It sounds like you guys are embracing the quick move, and I'm sure you'll always have a bit of NM with you, wherever you go! Those temperatures are so high, but you're right! Think of how amazing it will be in the winter months!

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  15. So exciting! Congrats on the move! My cousin just moved to Arizona, and him and his wife love it. I can't wait to follow along with your new life journey! :)

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  16. Congrats to you both! What an exciting time! I live right outside of downtown Scottsdale and it is an absolutely great area! The summers are not the best, but everything else is! Glad to have you!!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  17. there are a few places that i would be kicking and screaming about moving too if my husband got a new job.. it is tough but yay for moving to arizona and i agree things like drybar and nordstrom will be nice to have nearby ;-)

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  18. Oh wow what an exciting opportunity! You totally have the right attitude :) Excited for you guys!

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  19. Lisa! That is so exciting to move to a new place! I'm sad your leaving the land of enchantment, but there is so much going on in Scottsdale compared to little ole ABQ! I'm so happy you are looking forward to moving and starting another new exciting chapter of your life! Congratulations to you and John both! :)

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  20. Love this post! Congratulations on your move! I would love to live in AZ!

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  21. Congrats on the move! What a great opportunity for you guys! Can't wait to see photos of the new place!

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  22. Congratulations! Such a great post. I will be saying lots of prayers for you guys and the big move!

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  23. Oh my gosh!! Scary yes but exciting too! Congrats to you both!

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  24. How exciting! Congrats to John! I love your positive vibe about the sudden change! God sure does work in mysterious ways and in the end, his plan is perfect! :) I hope that everything works out for you with your move and settling in! :)

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  25. Congratulations on the move! I feel so similar to you in the moving situation -- I resisted the transition into living in this area, and now that I'm finally settled in and have actually found people and things I'm going to miss, I've decided to move! But cheers to a new adventure -- I think yours is a little more drastic than mine, haha! xo

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  26. how exciting and scary all in one! I can't believe how quickly it's happening but love that y'all are taking a rock as reminder of God's faithfulness. good luck on the move!

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  27. Yaaayyyy! I hope we get to make it there next Spring Training! I love the story about the rock and applying it to Scripture. SO awesome! Good luck with the move! I'll be praying for it to be smooth for ya!

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  28. So exciting!!! Can;t wait to read about your adventures!

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  29. Congrats, buddy. I have done the stone From Joshua on mission trips but now I am doing it all the time. Next time I am in Sf I am taking something lol.

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  30. My husband plays Minor League Baseball, so we live in Scottsdale every March for Spring Training! You have to go eat at Oregano's!! And if you like hiking, Camelback has a great view from the top. Most of my days in Scottsdale are spent at the baseball field, but we love our time there each year!

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  31. So exciting!! Your blog will be such a great thing for this - such a great way to keep in touch with friends you made and also still keep all your online blog friends :)

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  32. Congrats on moving someplace you'd rather be! Too bad you didn't make the most of your time though, hindsight. I'm sure we didn't in CO either, always busy working and school. Live and learn! Have fun exploring your new digs, and good luck moving so quickly!

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  33. yay how exciting! i know close to nothing about arizona, though the weather sounds divine (yep even the too hot is perfect for me!)

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  34. Congrats on the next chapter in your journey! That just means you get to frequent the awesome patio at the Tortilla Factory and I can live vicariously through you, jk, kinda! Good luck with everything, excited to see how life in Scottsdale unfolds!

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  35. I had family that lived there & they loved it. But those temps just makes me want to gasp for air... yep, just know God moves you where he wants you ... so something exciting is going to happen there :) Hang onto that faith!! :)

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  36. Congrats on your hubby's new job, and good luck with the move! I'll hope everything goes smooth and you love your new location :)

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  37. Congrats on the new adventure! I bet you will love it. I personally have never been to either New Mexico or Arizona but i hear Scottsdale is beautiful!

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  38. What an exciting time! Congratulations on the husband's new job and the new adventure for you both!

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  39. I can't believe I've never read your blog--you were holding out on me! We miss ya'll so much! I can't wait to catch up and hear how things are.
    Love,

    FMT

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