10 years ago this week I moved to Rexburg. Really - it was my 15th birthday and I was pretty upset about having to move (not to mention moving on my birthday and a box of presents from my friends got lost - note: I had forgotten that had happened until my parents reminded me this week.)
Where would I have been if my family had never moved to Rexburg? I never would have met Sam - at least, definitely not in high school and likely I never would have wanted to go to BYU-I. I suppose when things are meant to happen they do - but it would have been a lot more work in heaven to get Sam and I together.
If I'd never met Sam where would I be in my life? It's hard to imagine. I guess I just can't imagine life without my sweetheart and our two precious boys. I love them too much. I'm so glad I have them. I suppose hind sight is everything. Looking back it really wasn't as big of a deal to move to Rexburg, even on my birthday as I made it that day. It was a hard day - but sometimes you just have to get over having a hard day. And sometimes that hard day will put you in a position that will change your life forever.
I am so grateful for all the friends I've made here in Rexburg. There are so many to name and for fear of leaving someone out, I suppose I better not start naming names. But if you met me during the last 10 years in Rexburg - I'm specifically talking to you.
I really hate goodbyes. I'm afraid I may have made some people think I was being calloused or uncaring by not seeming sad about leaving Rexburg. Truth be told, though - I just hate saying goodbye. So I try to just think of all the great things about moving and why I should be excited to move on - until the last minute. Otherwise I'd just cry for way too long. And as Sister Hinckley is quoted to say, "Crying gives me a headache."
Love you all, my Rexburg folks. If I didn't get a chance to say goodbye please know that it's not because I won't miss you - it's just that I really hate goodbyes. We'll be back to visit on occasion, I'm sure. Look out, Utah - here we come!