Friday, December 24, 2010

This time last year

This time last year, we were searching the world for the best place for our family to live. One thing we did often is open a map of all of the temples and search the areas surrounding those. Here were some of our top choices -->

Although we did do some searching around Provo, we felt like we were ready to say good-bye to Provo and try out a new adventure.

Like Curitiba, Brazil?? The time zone difference would have given Jordan a work schedule of noon to 9:00 pm which seemed like it would be just too hard for our family. Still, maybe someday this adventure will be for us.

Maybe Manhattan? How would our family do in the hustle and bustle and energy of New York life? We've grown to love New York but for now we are happy to keep visiting a few times a year and instead enjoy our spacious Logan home and Jordan's walk-down-the-stairs commute.

We spent part of our Christmas vacation last year searching google maps and checking out homes around Brentwood, CA (near the Oakland temple)- trying to envision what life would be like with such warm, green Christmastimes.

A week in Lubbock, TX convinced us that the people in Texas really are some of the nicest and friendliest around. We found our dream home here, but decided that proximity to grandparents, aunts and uncles and some beautiful canyons were top priorities. (More than once we were asked something like 'you could choose anywhere in the world to live and you're thinking about Lubbock?!?' It was crazy even to us but we really did like it. :)

And now we're happily settled in Logan, UT - a happy little city that I fell in love with during college. We realized somewhere along our deliberations that we probably could and would be very happy and could do good in any of the places we were searching, but that we really just needed to make a decision. And now we are just happily enjoying our life in the lovely Logan!