BUT it's with sadness that we will not live next to Jeremy parents, and siblings. It has been a big bright spot in our lives over the past year+ to finally spend lots of time with family, and especially now that we have little Pearce for her to play with and know her cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We always thought we would be moving to Seattle for a job, but not this time.
We've enjoyed our "country life" in Cle Elum, and the new friends we've made. And we'll definitely miss the garden and lack of traffic, too!
But sometimes (always) life is full of surprises, and requires a great deal of faith. We don't always know why we are led to places, but we are truly grateful and excited for this next chapter in our lives.
My mom recently shared the following with me, as Elder Bednar just spoke at their regional conference in Louisiana:
Elder Bednar spoke to us about personal revelation and said that we should not try to "overthink" things. But that we should just try to live our lives as "good boys and good girls" and we will receive the revelation as needed and not be led astray. He reminded us that Nephi tried 3 times to get the plates...he was righteous, he was entitled to personal revelation to get them, yet "he went not knowing beforehand what he should do"...Elder Bednar said that EACH step was necessary for him to learn something and to gain experience and faith.
He mentioned that even though the movie, "The 10 Commandments" is wonderful, it is his opinion that false doctrine is taught when Moses gets to the edge of the Red Sea and puts his staff into the water and it separates so that they can escape. Elder Bednar said that they would have had to have been knee deep, if not waist deep in water...exercising extreme faith and pressing forward...before the miracle would have occurred which parted the waters for their rescue.
So it is for us....so many struggles and tests to get us to our promised lands. It brings us to our knees and teaches us to turn to Him when we can not do it on our own. Remember, you have a perfect Father who will show you the way.We'll be moving to Salt Lake City, Utah in less than two weeks. Let the packing begin! (ugh!)