As much as we enjoyed our time in Utah visiting family, it felt peaceful and wonderful to come "home". Our own beds are priceless:) Arizona welcomed us this week with only 105 degree temperatures. All relative, but cool for this time of year.
Life is simple for us this week. I have been reminded of a talk that I love. It was a talk about a man who saved and saved for years of his life to be able to afford a cruise vacation. It was a beautiful cruise ship stopping at amazing locations. However, the man was very concerned with what little "money" he had. He hibernated in his room and did not participate in any of the boat activities. He missed out on entertainment, food, and mingling with other people. At the end of the week he realized that all of the food, entertainment, and many social activities were all free. He missed out on lost opportunities because he was so concerned about money.
This time in our lives is a bit of a transition. We could easily be staying in Arizona for Mike's career, but we could easily be moving in a year. I have been concerned that I will fall in love with this place we now call home, and be crushed to move and leave friends AGAIN in one year. We have a choice as a family to bury our heads to the ground and not experience life in Arizona for fear of becoming attached. We could ignore the horizons and sunsets finding fault just to protect ourselves.
I don't want to be the man/woman on the boat who misses out. I don't want to go through life and not experience the best part of things that are offered because of fear of unknown. I want to teach my kids to recognize the hard in life, but always choose to see the good. In order for them to learn I need to be an example. It is not always easy. I have been struggling to want more clarity in our future. I have been focusing more on what we don't know than what we do.
This is what I know....
I have an opportunity to live in a sunny "happy" spot for a year of my life.
I am surrounded by many amazing people I have already met.
I have those closest to me around .....my own family.
I have a million places to discover and explore here in the desert valley.
I get to have a chance to visit family in a days drive.
I have a closest dear old friend a mile away.
I have an opportunity to spend many of my days outside all year long.
This week and month I have to make a conscious decision to enjoy and be at peace with where we are. I need to have faith in a greater plan.
The desert is beautiful. The sunsets here are amazing. I spent 3/4 of my day outside yesterday despite the heat. I ran, swam, biked, and swam again. I have my kids around me all the time. I need to focus and enjoy the good, not fearing the unknown for the future.
We love it here already.....and that is ok!
View from our pool at sunset!!!!