We are officially Arizona residents! In my previous post I mentioned that Mike and I were moving to Arizona. Well we made the move last Friday! We’ve been here for exactly 7 days and so far we love it!! Yes it’s hot but surprisingly more bearable than we expected.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even the bad stuff. Had I not moved to Philly 4 years ago on a whim I would have never quit my job at Hill Brothers. Had I not quit my job at Hill Brothers then I would never got the job at Shepard Bros. Had I not worked for Shepard Bros. I would have never met Mike. So there you have it, life has a way of working out and everything happens for a reason.
There’s a reason for my quick side track and how it relates to our move. If you read Year of Love you know that this summer was crazy. During the craziness I mentioned that we moved to Mike’s grandfather’s house (I’ll call this the YL house). I was sad to leave our little apartment that I named our Love Nest the day we moved in. It was 700 sq ft of perfectness in my opinion but I knew this was a move that Mike wanted to make and it had potential to be a good opportunity for us. We planned on being in the YL house for about a year and then find a more permanent place to live. Unfortunately a few weeks before we moved into the YL house Mike’s grandfather sadly passed away. This meant that the house was going to be sold. We asked our apartment managers if we could stay at our Love Nest but they had already rented it out. I was sad, frustrated, and just overall really bummed about the whole situation. I was sad that his grandfather passed away and frustrated that now we had to move everything into a different house that we knew we couldn’t stay at for very long. Poor Mike spent 12 hours a day cleaning the house and landscaping so that it could be livable for us (Gpa had cats and I’m allergic). So this is where the “everything happens for a reason” comes into play. Had we not moved into the YL house we would have never been forced to look for a new place to live (I wanted to stay at the Love Nest for at least another year if not more). Had we not been forced to look for a new place to live we would have never started looking at more affordable housing options (out-of-state). Had we not started considering AZ Mike would have never discussed it with his boss. Well here we are, 5 months into our marriage, 2 moves later, and living in a completely new state!!
Life often doesn’t go as you plan but I truly believe that God has a greater plan for us than we could plan for ourselves. I didn’t plan for our 1st five months of marriage to be filled with soooo many changes but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are now living in Scottsdale temporarily (yes we have to move AGAIN) with plans of buying in Gilbert within the next few months. Mike’s boss has graciously offered us his condo in Scottsdale until we can get our own place. We have enjoyed every minute of our new life and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
I’ll post more pictures and more detail about our move next time but for now I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the gorgeous Arizona sky 🙂