Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ten Three

October 3, 2004 I moved to Maui. I am not a brave person by nature so making such a drastic move was terrifying. I remember talking to Erin on the phone after being here a week or two. I hated it. I was lonely, missing Blithe, and felt completely uncomfortable. I don't handle change well.
Months later, I had made new friends, met some of the most amazing, giving people I had ever known, learned to surf, eaten lau lau, been put in the Young Women presidency and found a job. I was a part of the island. I belonged.
October 3, 2006 our first child is due. Although she didn't come on time, that date, the third, sticks in my mind as I repeated it, stared at it on the calendar, and told it to people over and over again. Exactly two years after I stepped foot on this island, I was to bring another person to it.
Now, as the two year anniversary of Lily's birth approaches, four years after I moved here, I am feeling incredibly nostalgic. I have changed, I think in mostly good ways. I have learned so much from the friends that I have met here and from the island itself. It is amazing what you have time to notice about life and nature without the seasons to distract you.
I have never been subject to such beauty and generosity as I have here. With groceries 30% more expensive than the rest of the nation, you wouldn't expect to be invited to dinner 5 nights in a month, or to have a potluck at church three weeks in a row. Even the snacks at nursery are full meals!
I love Maui and I can't wait for the adventures that wait my family in the next two, four, or forty years to come.




Chris has accepted a job with Sherwin Williams in Sandy, UT. We move October 3, 2008.

14 comments:

Spencer said...
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Brooke said...

Holy cow!! Are you serious? Sad for all our friends on Maui, but happy for me... Let me know what I can do to help. I am excited to have another friend to play with!

Steffy said...

My parents told me you were coming back to Utah this morning! I told them that I would know if that was true and didn't believe them! It looks like I should have :) Let me know if there is anything I can do to help too!

Claudia said...

Holy crap! You're coming "back"! And I was a horrible friend and never made the treck out there to visit you! (see, you gotta take the opportunities when the come!) But I'm happy, too, that you will be back, "close" again, and hopefully that means I can see you more often! Wow...that is so soon...I wish I could offer my help! Good luck with getting this all underway!

Bev said...

Whaaaa?!!?? You're moving back!! I'm so excited for you, as much as you love Maui I'm sure that you will be so happy to be close to the fam. Now we'll have to make a trip with Lucy to Utah instead of Hawaii!

Dave and Tori Williams said...

OH MY GOSH!!! That's so soon! I'm so excited! It's not really the same state or anything but it's way closer than you living in the middle of an ocean =)! Dave's got family in Utah so we go up now and then I'll have to drop by and see ya every now and then and you're always welcome to stay with me if you're in town!!!

Erin said...

What a beautifully written post. Claudia told me last night, so I knew where the post was going, but I still welled up when I read that last line. This is some of your best written work yet - a beautiful tribute to life, change, and adventure.

Malia said...

okay meg, chicken skin when I read the top part. And now I'm crying. Not just a tear. I can't call you cuz it's not real. It's too soon. Maui's loss is Utah's gain...

Malia said...

This message is for Chris from Nalu:

"Make sure you leave me your new work number. So I can call in my paint orders and you can have it ready for me in Kahului. In 30 minutes."

richnbritt said...

Meg oh my goodness are you so excited? If you nee any help with the moving detals let me know. It is starting to get cold here which is so crazy and not fun.

Britny and Jeffers said...

Thank you! She is getting sooo big! She smiles so much I love it!
We can't wait for you guys to move back!! It is going to be sooo nice having you guys so close now! I seriously cannot wait! :) But I bet it is very bitter sweet! Maui is beautiful and I am sooo glad I was able to come visit you guys there!! BUt I can't wait to be able to hang out with you guys here! :)

Britny and Jeffers said...

Oh by the way, your blogs are amazing, I LOVE reading them, this is def. one of my favorites! I just love the way you put things its amazing!

threelittlebirds said...

I can't believe you are moving.. I know you can't be too happy about it, but I am so excited!!!
I'm sad that we won't have the opportunity to visit you in Maui, but it is definitely worth the trade off to have you closer :)

Angi said...

Are you going to have to change the name of your blog now?