10.20.2008

g-valley, roadtrips, & creativity


this weekend we visited our {potential} new home, aka thatcher/safford/pima.

i met gila valley for the first time.

i love the beautiful mountains, the huge cotton fields,
and the wide open spaces.

on saturday we cruised around with our realtor/dad lookin' at properties, & sunday {post-church} we took a family drive all around.

the first day it all became real to me. i thought to myself: dude, am i really moving away for the first time ever, leaving behind family, friends, babysitters, my job, brand new stainless steal appliances, HOAs, cafe rio, etc?
{the thought was slightly overwhelming.}

but on sunday as we were together as a family {belting ei-ei-o on the top of our lungs in the car}, just exploring the 'hood, i felt at major peace.

and this quote from a recent conference address kept popping into my mind:

"you may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. the bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter."

and upon revisiting that quote from time to time i realize, that moving somewhere so different from what i'm used to may require me to use some creativity, but where ever the heavens lead us, i have the ability to create a happy, blissful life anywhere my little family is.

and that makes me feel excited for our new chapter.

{gila valley, here we *probably* come.}


22 comments:

Goodmangang said...

You inspire me SO MUCH!!! You are such an amazing person you will do wonderful there!

Erin said...

Yay!! I can see why this would be a very overwhelming decision. I hope you guys had a good time checkin out small-time safford/thatcher/pima. Um... don't live in Pima, ok? Haha. I'm kidding. It's just kinda the joke here that Pima stinks...literaly. Anyway, yes I want you to play Bunco with us!

runningfan said...

YGG! Way to make lemonade.

Beth Curtis said...

I will totally miss you if you leave but it is so true, as long as you are with your family things will be great!

Marilyn said...

Having your blog will help us miss you less. I really loved living in the Gila Valley mucho many years ago. p.s. I agree with the pima thing-shhhh-just don't tell my family that lives there....! LOL

MERRIANNE said...

There will be a Temple there, soon too! :) that always helps!!!!

and you have such a great outlook on this whole thing ♥

Marisa and Rob Rasmussen said...

I'm glad you had fun checking our Pima/Thatcher & Safford!! But I would have to agree with Erin....don't live in Pima!!!:) Now when I go home, I can come visit you and bring you whatever you need from here!!! :)

The Wizzle said...

I'm so excited for you! I'm totally living vicariously through you. What a great adventure! My family would love to come and visit you guys. :)

Matt & Staci said...

LOVED that talk! You have a BIG decision, but sounds like you will make the BEST of whatever you guys decide! And think...there is a temple being built there soon!

sandalloons44 said...

oh that is great. Then you can by near your hubby right? I sure will miss ya but, you aren't leaving state.
take care

Jackie said...

Your low-cal (location) doesn't matter to us - as you will always be in our hearts and our heads :). You have left such endless dents in so many of us - that I don't think you quite imagine your impact! This just makes your classes and visits, that much more special. Love and miss ya already!!!

mademoisellechitchat said...

If it's any consolation, I heard that the scrapbooking store is wonderful. ;)

Coree Adams said...

Ang...you create happiness everywhere you are. I am so looking forward to making trips with my cute fam to see our BFF's in the good old GV. MUAH!

Coree Adams said...

Ang...you create happiness everywhere you are. I am so looking forward to making trips with my cute fam to see our BFF's in the good old GV. MUAH!

HooHoo said...

You, my dear, are a creative genious. You will turn the Gila Valley Wal*Mart into your most amazing resource. No one has been able to do it yet, but you, no doubt will. Bless your good and sweet attitude. Make the desert blossom as a rose!

amy j. said...

You'll make that Gila valley a happenin place. But don't make it too happenin or else everyone will leave and move there, and I'm too wimpy to leave.

My sister just moved to Ecuador with her little newborn baby & I have no idea how she does it. At least you're staying on the same continent. & I know this'll be a fun adventure for you!

Megan said...

Ok, so pretty much all of my dads side of the family lives in said Thatcher/Safford/Pima. Don't judge me if you think they are all crazy! :)

Kaylea P Photography said...

awwww...I love that. What an awesome quote.

Tanya, Coy, & Kids said...

That is, for sure, one of my favorite quotes of the night :) Thanks for the reminder. And, you can bet, there will be happiness exuding from your happy home in *probably* GV to all your new & lucky neighbors! :)

Sassy said...

I ♥ that quote...I need to copy that...you ALWAYS manage to inspire me...

BLOOM WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED SISTER!!! I know you will!

ForeverSarahLee said...

I loved that quote too.
I am so glad to hear you're feelings about this life change. You certainly will be missed, no doubt about that! But I know you'll be amazing wherever you go Ang!

granny said...

Hope that drive is Clodhopper do-able. Not.Thinking.About.It.But.Happy.For.You.