We rented an apartment in Taylorsville and immediately started looking for a house. In September we purchased our first home in Stansbury Park, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake. We love it out here. It is far enough away from the city to not feel cramped and feel like we have space to spread out, but close enough to be very convenient for Maddie's work and to visit family. We are right on the banks of the Great Salt Lake and it is very pretty out here.
Poor Jack has now lived in 4 homes in the first six months of his life! He's quite the little trooper, but it has been a little difficult adapting in each new place. We finally had him completely housebroken in our apartment in Taylorsville, but adjusting to the new house has been a few steps back for him. I think he is starting to distrust that this will be out last move.
Shortly after moving back to Utah, Maddie got a job working as a receptionist at Electrical Wholesale Supply (EWS) in Salt Lake. She has enjoyed working there and they have treated her very well.
It was very interesting to see the hand of the Lord bless us when we came back. The summer in California was the most difficult and stressful summer I have had working in the alarm industry and it just didn't ever feel at home. Once we made the decision to move home, blessings poured out. I was able to immediately start working for Titan, which provided much more stability in our lives. Maddie quickly got her job at EWS, when she had struggled for 4 months to find a job when we were living in Pleasant Grove after we got married. We found a good apartment without a deposit, which was good since money was getting a little tight after moving to and from California in 2 months. Then we were able to find an absolutely gorgeous house and find it at a time when the price had been reduced by about $50,000. Without so many things falling into place, we wouldn't be in the position we are at in life right now. It has been a real testimony to me of the blessings that come from living the Gospel, particularly paying tithing.
The one sad part of our lives in the last six months was our baby. Shortly after coming home from California we went to the doctor for a checkup and the doctors discovered that the pregnancy, for whatever reason, had not been a valid pregnancy. It was pretty hard on both of us for a few days, but the good thing we got out of it was knowing that we were capable of having children and having the feeling that we will be able to have children in the future.