Saturday, November 22, 2008
This has been a whirlwind of a week -- emotionally, physically, mentally, and everything in between! The company Randy works for purchased a new facility in Clearfield and asked him if he was willing to move to Utah to be the General Manager there. Since four of our eight children live in Utah, it didn't take any time at all for us to make our decision. They want him to start before the end of December which gives us less than six weeks to finalize the move. The housing market in California (specifically in Stockton where we currently live) could not be worse right now. We have no choice but to rent our home out for the next few years until the economy improves enough to sell it. Next week we'll list the house with a rental agency, make arrangements with the movers, and begin the very intense process of another major move. We're going to Portland to visit Ashlie and Stephen and the kids for Thanksgiving; coming home for a week before the movers arrive to pack up the house; moving into the home we've rented in Layton; then going to San Diego to visit our three children and their families the week of Christmas. You're beginning to feel the whirlwind now, right? Not to mention preparing to say 'good-bye' to our friends here in Stockton -- it's already sadder than we imagined it would be. We have made some wonderful friends here, especially at church. We've talked to half a dozen of them today; each conversation was filled with laughter and tears; happy for us and sad for them. Life seems to be a series of hello's and good-bye's -- I like the hello's a lot more. So, "hello" Layton ..... I hope you welcome us as warmly as Stockton did five years ago (I think this is the last move we'll make). And "hello" Utah Booker's: Dustin and Shalee and Kaiya, Courtnie and Brody, Chelsie, and Tiffanie and Ben (sorry Ben, I know you're not a Booker)! Our hearts are ready to come home!