My Man grew up in Utah and California. He attended and graduated from Spanish Fork HS while he lived in Salem and Woodland Hills, here in Utah and later left for his mission from there. So, he knows all about these cold winters. He also worked in Montana during the dead of winter in order to earn the money to serve his mission. However, after living in Northern California for the past 22 years he has had absolutely no desire to move back to Utah (mainly due to the winter weather conditions) to work in the construction field doing what he has been doing and loves doing and that is "building".
I, on the other hand, grew up in California but have been watching so many of our family members move to Utah over the past several years and have longed to move here as well. But, My Man continued to tell me how he did not want to go back to Utah. However, after the rough couple of years we have had since the economy crashed, we finally had the opportunity to seriously consider it. Thankfully we did decide that we better take full advantage of the oppotunity to move back to Utah as my in-laws could help us out until we could get back on our feet.
Since we've been in Utah life has been so great! All though My Man has continued to be out of work. In the meantime I have been so enjoying Utah living. I have been cooking and and creating and just enjoying being home with my family. But, then my father in law decided to start building our new home and to sell the home we are now living in. The intent was that My Man would be working by his dad's side building our home and so I knew that I would have to give up staying at home and go out to find a fulltime job to feed our family at this time. I really did not want to do this so I prayed hard about it and I finally got to a point where I felt so good about the desire to assist My Man at this time in our lives, and found myself rarin' to go and get out there and work. I knew that I could do it. I felt more confident and ready to tackle that full-time working Mom status than I ever had before. Then suddenly My Man got a call back from a company he had applied at, (just at the 11th hour. Isnt that always the way it goes?) Anyway, to make a long story short, he got a great job and I did not have to go back to work full time afterall.
So, now where does this all leave us? We have learned so much over the past 2 years! We have learned things that have really nothing to do with whether or not we have jobs. We learned to have a deeper committment to the Lord, and a greater appreciation for his ways and his commandments, and most of all we have learned to have a greater trust in him.
Faith that is the bottom line for us. And My Man? As far as working out in this cold weather?
Well, he is just thankful to be working!!