Family

Headed for Utah

January 3, 2023
family in front of beach house

I have been so hesitant to talk about our move to Utah, partly because it hasn’t felt real and partly because I’m sick of moving every 2-3 years. That has become our m.o. and I’m over it. Anyways…back in October, I went with a good friend to Utah to help *her* look for a house to buy. Her husband had recently gotten a job in Utah and they were going to be moving in the near future. I had flight credits and she needed a travel buddy. Perfect! Deep down in my heart, I was sad my friend was moving away and in a perfect world we would stay neighbors and we would move right along with them, but there was no realistic way for us to move. It made no sense. It was as if I was entertaining a lie I was telling myself.

wife smiling at husband

On that last night we were in Utah, I had a strong feeling/premonition/prompting that I sold my blog to get the money we needed to move to Utah. That pieces had fallen into place just as they were meant to and this was where our family would go.

If you will recall, I never REALLY wanted to sell my blog. But realistically, it was killing me and my mental health. It was eating up all my time and I couldn’t compartmentalize anything about it. It was consuming me in every way. I still had a spark to keep it going, but Gordon saw the writing on the wall and right at the end, so did I. So, I hesitantly sold.

Once the dust settled a few months after the sale, I was able to have the clarity to see just how smart of a decision it was to sell…not only for me but for my family, too. I am more calm, more patient, more at peace. I never thought the blessings would go beyond that. But I think God had other plans for our family and for my blog money. Haha! If I’m being honest, I don’t really want to spend any of my blog money. I worked really hard to build up my blog and then cash out for our lovely little nest egg. But I realize that is the key to get us to Utah because not only are we moving, but Gordon quit his job and is starting his own security consulting business. Will anyone give us a mortgage with a brand new business not even a year old? Lol nope. Suddenly everything came into focus.

Gordon has been looking for other work opportunities the last few months after not feeling as fulfilled as he once did at his employer. Ironically, he has been led and guided to pursue his own business…something he didn’t necessarily want to do, but something he absolutely felt he needed to try. As he has taken the proper steps to do this, we have realized that things he doesn’t know are things I’ve had to do previously with the blog. Invoicing, Quickbooks, registering a business, creating a website, SEO, setting up a FEIN, etc. etc.. There have also been extremely kind people that have been put in his path that have become mentors to him. So many little things that have made it obvious that this is the correct path we need to go down. And believe it or not, he already has a few clients in Utah. It’s truly incredible.

So last month, we signed the papers to build a home in Utah. After renovating three different homes over the course of our 15 year marriage, Gordon refused to do any more renovating. Haha! Can’t say I blame him. We have never built before, but found a fantastic builder that creates beautiful homes. We have paid all the fees and deposits, so they should be breaking ground any day. We are so excited!

We put our current home on the market two months ago with no real action, but that’s ok. It will eventually sell. Our beach house will hit the market by the end of January. We aren’t really in a rush to sell because we are staying in Oregon until June so our kids can finish the school year. By then our Utah home should be nearly complete and then we will make the move.

It’s terrifying and exciting….and terrifying. I am nervous but hesitantly optimistic about this new chapter, but have felt led and guided the whole way. So, here’s to 2023 and all that it has to offer. Another year of change (sigh) but a year of blessings, too. Let’s gooo!

  • Reply
    Lulu
    January 3, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Wow! Congratulations to you both. I bet great things will happen for your whole family this year. Sounds like you are off to an awesome start. Can’t wait to hear all of the updates.

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    Nancy Greenberg
    January 3, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    I almost fell off my chair when my sister messaged to tell me were moving to Utah but after reading your reasons why, it seems like the smartest thing to do for your family – you will both rock it!

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    Sher
    January 3, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Wow!!! I never thought you would do it again, with all the reno you’ve done on both places…
    I miss your blog, always kept up to date with things going on..
    here comes a new adventure for you!

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    Kelly
    January 3, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    WOW!!
    Blessings & shock & awe!
    Seasoned travelers all around! ❤️

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    Dawn
    January 3, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, another adventure! I have every faith in both of you. You are so hard working and resilient plus it really does sound like you are being led in this direction. I’m excited for you all and look forward to seeing things unfold. Wishing you the best as always.

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    Jaybe
    January 4, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Hi another Move I am planning a trip next year as I’m retiring I have a friend in Utah depending where you will be maybe we can connect

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      Jayne
      January 4, 2023 at 10:19 am

      Should say Jayne

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    Jayne
    January 4, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Just correcting my information

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    Andrea
    January 5, 2023 at 10:43 am

    What a chain of events!!! Isn’t it amazing how things just fall into place when you quit talking yourself out of change? Once you make that decision it’s like.. .why did I wait?! lol Anyhow, I’m so happy for your and your beautiful family. I wish you all the good things. I can’t wait to read about your new adventures.

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    Brandy
    January 5, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    How exciting! I’ve been waiting to get more updates on the beach house, but guess that won’t happen. 😊 Best of luck to you all. It’s amazing how things just fall into place when we let go and let God.

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    Courtney
    January 11, 2023 at 10:07 am

    They say everything happens for a reason right? I am so happy for your next adventure. I have always admired the courage and faith you two have to take the big leaps. I hope you will continue to document it all here. I’ve loved watching your family evolve and grow. And after watching you remodel many kitchens, hoping your dream one awaits you in Utah!

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