Thursday, May 26, 2011

Another Week in Utah

Another week has passed here in Utah and we are feeling even more settled than before. The kids have been acting up a little bit but school let out yesterday for their friends and so now they get to play! They are so excited. Matt is doing well staying at home with them. The hard part is, now they seem to want to go to him more than me. Now I know what he must have been feeling all the time when he was working. Work is going well for me. Things have slowed down and so I have a lot of free time on my hands. My supervisors are so wonderful. This has been the perfect position to introduce me back into the working world. This weekend is a long one and I am looking forward to it. I can't seem to get enough sleep lately and so hopefully we can get plenty of rest this weekend as well as do some fun things. Matt and I are looking for new cars and I must say that I hate shopping for cars. We don't have good luck with cars. We are so happy to be back in Utah. The weather is cold for us now that we are accustomed to Arizona weather but hopefully now that it is memorial weekend, summer will decide to make an appearance. We are happy though and it is a wonderful feeling.

Monday, May 16, 2011


I think that this is the longest I have gone without blogging! So many crazy hard things have happened but so have many good things as well. We are officially moved back to Utah. I have been working for 2 weeks and one day and believe it or not I'm really liking it! It is very hard to be away from the kids but they are with their dad so I don't worry...too much. I'm kidding, they are in great hands. Matt interviewed for a job today at a building just up the street from me. He said it went really well and so who knows, we may be able to carpool for the next little while until my temporary job ends. We are thrilled to be back in Utah but we do miss our friends in Arizona. Not a day goes by that I don't think of them or talk about them to someone. If only there were a way to blend the two different places. I want so much to show our AZ friends what the Garff family looks like and how it functions when it's not in crisis! Some of them only know the crazy life that we have been living since Matt's accident and I would love to show them the happy us. We will have to get our own place so that we can coax them into visiting. The kids are doing well. They spend their days playing in the backyard at grandpa's house and hunting for "rollie pollies." Ivan has a cup full of them, it's really quite gross. Things have fallen into place in such amazing ways for us. There is no doubt that coming home was the right thing to do. Now we just long to share that with our AZ friends as well. I guess it's true you can't have it all, at least not all of the time.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pieces of The Heart

It has been some time since I last posted, I almost don't know where to start. Most of our friends and readers know the events of the last few months so I won't reiterate them. I will say that because of the accumulation of the events of the last few years, coupled with the events of the last few months we made a very bold decision. Matt gave his notice at the company with which he has spent the last
7 years and I got to work packing and we moved back home to Utah. This was our first week here. The week has not quite come to an end but my work week has and so I find myself with time to reflect on what we have done. Most people would and have said that this was a careless decision but those who have watched us and loved us over the last several years will tell you it was a decision long overdue. I was amazed at the events that led to our arrival in Utah after we made the final decision that we were leaving Arizona. We prayed and agonized over this decision and then humbly told the Lord that we were ready to go home. We only asked that if it was the wrong thing for our little family that he let us know. Well he let us know in many ways that it was in fact the RIGHT decision. Just one day after we finalized our plan, my sister called me and told me about some open jobs with the State of Utah. I applied because I felt it only fair that I do everything possible to contribute to the decision we had made. I had no reason to think that I would be qualified nor wanted for the job. Just 2 days later I received a message that they wanted me for an interview. My heart sank when they told me that I was needed for an interview 5 days before we were to arrive in Utah. The Lord did not let that get in the way. I was told I could interview over the phone. My sister helped me brush up on my interviewing skills as I have not worked out of the house in almost 8 years. I still had very little faith that I would get the job because I was out of state and no doubt competing with many local candidates. Again the Lord worked a miracle in our lives and I was called the day before we left AZ and offered the job. The only challenge was that they needed me to start the day after we arrived back home. I was able to start last Monday and although it has been extremely hard to leave my children everyday, I know they are in good hands with Matt and their Granny and Grandpa. So far everything has gone smoothly and we know that the Lord has delivered us home. It has not been without many tears of sorrow and joy and MANY dollars spent in gas money but we are home. I learned a very valuable lesson in all of this. The heart can be broken into pieces without it necessarily be a bad thing, as long as you leave those pieces with people you have met and loved along the way home.