Today, Rhys and I are flying from Utah to our new home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Justin has already made the trip there, driving our moving truck this weekend. We are super excited for this new adventure; however, Justin and I are also sad. We’ve lived in Utah since 2008. We’ve grown up in Utah–college, marriage, full-time jobs, house-hunting, parenthood, lay-offs…
It’s no wonder this move will be hard for us, even if it is a step in the right direction and allowing us to move onto bigger and better things.
However, there are six things I will definitely be missing about Utah while I’m in Texas.
Mountains and Trails
The beautiful Wasatch Front mountains to the East, dominating the landscape have definitely made an impression on me. Watching the sun rise over them, and fall past the Oquirrh Mountains, is one of the most gorgeous views ever. And, along with the mountains comes plenty of hiking trails, encompassed by trees, with little streams running through them. They were my own personal little havens.
Mormon or not, Temple Square in Salt Lake City is a must-see. It is one of Utah’s biggest tourist attractions. Besides the Salt Lake Temple, there is so much Mormon and Utah history and historical buildings in Temple Square. And, there are two malls nearby: Gateway and City Creek Center. During Christmas is the best time (and the busiest, by far) to visit Temple Square–the snow, the lights, the music, concerts, nativities, and just the overall atmosphere of the Christmas season. I will definitely miss going to Temple Square.
Family and Friends
My extended family all lives in Utah and Idaho. Justin’s brother lives in mid-Utah, and his sister lives in mid-Idaho. We have been living with my parents for the past six months. We have so many close friends from college. Justin’s college roommate and his wife were our next door neighbors right before we moved into my family’s basement. We will definitely miss the proximity to so many loved ones. We will miss being able to visit them over weekends and have the local support from them.
Food Truck and Startup Culture
Utah is known for its startup culture. We have some very good business schools in Utah, so there are many young entrepreneurs trying to start businesses. Food trucks, pop-up shops, eclectic restaurants and boutiques, etsy shops, graphic designers, bloggers, bands and artists, the list could go on and on. Justin and I loved supporting these new businesses and going to their events. I am desperately hoping there are some pretty good food trucks in the DFW area!
I am Mormon. Utah is known to be Mormon-filled. It was settled by Mormons! Only about 50% of Utah’s population today is Mormon, but that is still a lot of Mormons. I loved having so many neighbors who had the same beliefs as me and lived the same way I did. It was such a great support system. There were so many holistic shows, stores, companies, all with Mormon standards. It definitely was a “bubble.” I’ll definitely be glad to raise my children outside of Utah, as Justin and I were, so that they can become strong in our religion and have many different experiences, but it still would be nice to have such a big support system as Utah was.
Provo and BYU
Brigham Young University in Provo is where Justin and I went to school, met, and got married. We lived in Provo for about 6 years! I loved running around the town, always taking a new route. Y Mountain was fun to hike with friends. Going to BYU’s sporting events was the highlight of Justin’s years there. BYU was the center of Provo–school, activities, sports, events, festivals…everything happened on campus. When we moved north of Provo, we always made a point to go back and visit. We’d eat at our favorite restaurants on Center Street, walk around campus and reminisce, and have some BYU Creamery ice cream before we left.
They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. I definitely hope that’s true, because I already want to return to Utah to visit!