Monday, April 30, 2012
Why Am I Searching Elsewhere?
For years, Brandon and I have talked about where we want to live. We've spoken about living in England, China, Hawaii, California, and Midway, Utah. In the past when he's interviewed for jobs I found us a place (before he'd even finished the interview) to live in Texas, New Jersey, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Palo Alto (Bay Area, CA), and Seattle.But we always have ended up here. Provo.We spent one year in Concord, CA (East Bay Area) and we've spent a lot of time in San Francisco (Brandon got his MBA in that awesome city). We always talk about moving back.But we don't. We haven't. We're here in Provo.It finally hit me a few months ago that we have been searching for a place to live for us. As in the two of us. Brandon and me. As a couple.We have six children, and although it shouldn't really matter where we live (we'll always have the Gospel, it's good for kids to be raised in places with a lot of diversity, you bloom where you're planted, etc.), I realized something. For our family, living in Provo is amazing.Why am I searching elsewhere?In Provo we have:*two Universities within a 3 minute drive (and all it entails from sports to museums to concerts).*one of the best elementary schools in the state 1/2 mile down the road. My kids walk/bike to/from it every day.*an incredibly safe neighborhood (not to mention city).*stores/restaurants (not all) closed on Sundays, release-time seminary, like-minded LDS who live all around us.*the mountains. Oh, the mountains!!*a lake.*a great river trail and many, many parks catered specifically to families with a lot of children.*one of the best parks and rec programs I've ever seen! And no playing on Sundays.*four seasons*within an hour drive of an international airport*within an hour drive of EIGHT LDS temples! (I'm counting Bountiful and Manti, although they are probably a little further; and when Payson and Provo City Center are finished? Let's make that TEN).*Amazing neighbors in a very grounded and beloved area of the city.Honestly, as far as where to raise an LDS family, why would I bemoan such a great place? What is it I'm searching for? I love adventure, but haven't I had adventure? Don't I receive it often? When I think of all the places we visit (usually just as a couple), I'm dumbfounded at my ingratitude. I may never have lived in England, but I spent a week there, didn't I? I may not have lived in Hawaii, but I've been there 5 times, haven't I? I may not end up living somewhere as an expat, but I spent two weeks in China, didn't I?I love our city. Many members of our Church laugh at Utah Mormons (used to, anyway. I think it's getting better) because of the saturated culture. I get it. I do. I used to make fun of them, too! But now I think I see why people keep coming back. Why kids who were raised in this neighborhood of ours move right back --why three generations are living side by side here! I get it now.This is a great place to live. And as far as where we'll live when we retire? Not sure, anymore. We might just have to stay here.Do you love where you live? Why?