Jared's gone - for a while. He's starting a new job and sadly, it's not a local job. A promising company in Ogden wants him as their new Chief Technical Officer and the job is a great fit for him. So he'll be up there for a couple weeks, getting going on new projects and learning more about what this job will entail on the day-to-day. We're planning on some combination of telecommuting and working on site in Ogden for the first few months. But there's a good possibility we may need to relocate at some point. Hmmmm.....
Jared's been our fabulous webmaster for Power of Moms for the past several months and his help was invaluable as we redesigned the website and launched several new programs. He's really enjoyed learning cool new stuff about programming (he's got quite a bit of tech geek in him) and has been able to do complicated things that our little Power of Moms organization couldn't possibly have afforded to hire out at the going rate. The kids and I have been so spoiled having him work from home the majority of the time since Christmas.
But Jared has always been poised and ready to jump into a new challenge once the right one emerged. And this job looks like a great fit for him.
But it's in Ogden.
I love Saint George. I love the red rock. I love the kids' school and the fact that they're learning so much Spanish. I love our friends. I love our house. I love the beautiful swimming pool here in our development. I love the open space behind our house where the kids play. I love the proximity to Zion and so many super-close, super-beautiful hikes and bike rides. I like being settled and being involved and feeling like we're really part of the community here. I like church here (even though they just asked me to be in the presidency of the children's organization at church and that threw me for a loop when I had so much else already going on - but I'm loving it). I love having mild winters and being able to go outside every single day. I even love the heat (I get chilly when the temperature drops below 85...).
I know very little about Ogden. I went there one time to do a training when I was working for the Corporation for National Service - maybe 12 years ago. They had a great little children's museum on the main street of town where I did the training. The downtown was very run down. I've driven past Ogden 100's of times on the way to the farm to see the Looslis or Logan to see my grandma. I grew up in Salt Lake which is only an hour south of Odgen, but somehow I never really heard much or learned much about Ogden. I know I don't like snow and cold and I'm pretty darn sure that's an issue in Ogden.
I need to learn more about Ogden so it's not such a big fat scary unknown. But I've been crazy-busy and I almost don't want to get into researching Ogden. That might make it seem more like a real possibility. And I'm sort of in denial.
I know that the most important thing is that we be together as a family and that we can be happy anywhere. We've always said we love it here but that if the right opportunity took us elsewhere for a while, we'd be fine with that. I guess in my mind, I was thinking that the "right opportunity elsewhere" might involve a move somewhere exciting - to another part of the world or across the country. I'm always up for a new adventure! But somehow Ogden never entered my thoughts when I thought of places I'd love to live in or experience some day.
So this is all sinking in and maybe it's a false alarm but I'm looking at this place and appreciating it all the more as I think about possibly leaving here one day...