When we left, we had a friend that was renting this house we are in now. They were building a home and plans were that it would be finished in Spring 2011. We were going to be in Costa Rica from September through December 2010. I thought "If only we could find a place to kill time for 5 months, then we could move back into our ward and neighborhood!" Then, as fate would have it, there came an opportunity to go to Chile for 6 months. That ended up being just 5 months and we were back here in Utah in May 2011, just in time to move into this house the week after our friends moved out. It was a small (I would argue "huge logistical...") miracle, I know that the Lord's hand was helping us in this. We are just so blessed to be here. Our kids have tons of friends, there are lots of wonderful families around us. We are renting from neighbors who have a large family like us and they are such dear friends.
So, there is a story. Our friends were an answer to our prayers then and have been an answer many times since. Recently, when they knew Corey was having more than the usual amount of stress at work, Amy talked with me and arranged for us to come up to their cabin so Corey and her husband could talk. We always enjoy talking with them. They have taken risks with their business too, so it's nice to have some understanding with that. So we went up on Saturday. I considered this my birthday party. :) They provided a bbq sandwich dinner and veggies and I brought up Red Button ice cream for banana splits. There was a ton of snow!! It was so high that it blocked the usual path up to the cabin. We had to make a new set of stairs in the snow and then were standing on top of what must have been atleast 12 feet of snow over looking the driveway.
We had a great visit and I feel so thankful for all of our dear friends! We live in a little corner of Zion, it is wonderful.