You guys, we have some big news.

Four and a half weeks ago, we found out about a job opening within Philip’s company. Three and a half weeks ago, we found out that Philip would be able to apply for this position. Two weeks ago Philip had a phone interview, and then one week ago he flew out for a second interview. And finally, the day after he returned from that second interview, after five torturously long and stressful weeks, we found out he got the job. And so….

we’re moving to Southern California!!

After eight years in Provo, six of which have been spent as a married couple in our tiny condo, we are so sad to move away. This is the place where we met, where we fell in love, where we were married and started our life together, and where we brought (and will bring) our babies home, and it will be so hard to say goodbye to all of that. But by far, the thing we will miss the most here is the people — in fact, I have a growing list of people I’m planning to smuggle out in my suitcase. The only thing that makes me feel a bit better is that because Provo is a college town, they’ll all be graduated and gone within a few years too.

But despite any sadness in moving away, we are so, so excited for this new adventure in our lives, especially as a family of four!

Things might be a little crazy over the next two months with a move and a new baby, but we feel so good about this change, and already so many things are falling into place. We couldn’t be more thrilled, and I couldn’t be more proud of that husband of mine.

Southern California, here we come!

  • Ash

    Congratulations… So exciting! California is beautiful! Hooray for new adventures! πŸ™‚

  • Wow! Congratulations and good luck with the move! Greetings from a colder place -Sweden πŸ™‚

  • Congrats!! Excited for you adventure.

  • What part of SoCal? We were in Huntington Beach for 3.5 years and loved it! It's a lot different than Provo, but I bet you guys will love it. Congrats!

  • YAAAAY! Congratulations! That's great news. We've been in SoCal for 8 years…San Diego, specifically. Love it! I'm excited for your creative vibes to be closer…perhaps they'll inspire me to spend more time in my craft room. πŸ˜‰

  • Congrats! Enjoy the weather! πŸ™‚

  • Wow! Exciting news! I bet you'll love it out there.

  • Congrats to you guys! You're going to love it here! I'm in South Orange County, it's where it's at, move here! I'll be your first friend here :)Good luck with the move, etc.

  • I was just telling Bart that you guys are moving at the perfect time – you'll get a nice fall in Utah and then no horrendous winter.

    We're so happy for you guys; what a big adventure!

  • Whaaaaat! Where?!?!? (Hoping it's close to me hahaha) Congratulations to Philip on the new job!

  • They are both wonderful places, yea!!!

  • Congrats. I'm in So Cal!

  • Congrats! Good luck with the move and I hope you enjoy Ca.

  • Where in Cali? We must meet up! Congrats on all good things!


  • congratulations!! that's exciting! i was just in southern california for the first time ever and loved it! (well, most of it. sorry, l.a.)

  • Wow, what an adventure! It'll be full of lots of change, but you guys get a fresh start, and those are always exciting! Southern California is definitely different than Provo, but it's not so bad πŸ™‚ (well, depends on where you live, haha). When's the big move?

  • Exciting! You'll have fun out here. Do you have any ideas where in Southern California? I'm in Orange County.

  • As a Californian girl myself, I can say I'm sure you love it. Congratulations on the big news!

  • woooohoooo!!!! congrats!!!! we moved with a toddler and a 3 week old its crazy but you will be fine!! this is exciting!!! yay!!

  • Congrats on your hubby's new job!! I have some family out in Southern Cali. They all love it!

  • Jen

    How exciting! Good luck with the move!

  • Very Exciting! I've never commented on your blog but I am actually a cousin of Phillips. Where are you guys hoping to move to? My family and I live in Huntington Beach and LOVE it here! Congrats on the new adventure!

  • Congrats on the job and welcome to California!

    xo Emily

  • That is so exciting! Good Luck and congrats to your family!

  • Congrats!! You'll love it here! What part of So Cal? South County (south OC) is where we're at!

  • That is so exciting! Where in California? Enjoy! Change is always a little scary, but always an exciting time, too!

  • Yes, where? Southern California covers a large area. πŸ˜‰ Congratulations to Philip and you. It will be fun to explore a new area, and most places are beautiful. Be prepared for sticker shock, though. And, if you live close to the ocean, you will have some fog.

  • I grew up in the LA area — there is lots to do! Enjoy!!

  • You will love California. I was born and raised in Southern Cali and wouldnt leave for anyting.
    Not sure where your be living but if you need a playdate or just a friend i would love to set something up. I have an almost 3 yr old and a 16 month old.

  • So exciting – congratulations!! I lived in SoCal for a summer and adored it. Yay!

  • Congrats! You will LOVE California! I still long for Provo, but when it's February 25th and you're walking to the park with your son and your flip flops, it's a good place to be.

  • Merrick!! This is such great news!! Congratulations to Philip for getting the job! I'm so excited for you guys! Where in southern CA are you moving to?

  • Murock! Seriously!? Southern CALIFORNIA!!! It is a little bit sad to know you won't be in Provo when I come visit but this is so exciting!! I'm sure we will be following you there in a couple of years – it would be so wonderful to live close to you again. What part exactly will you be moving to so that I know where to buy/visit?? Tell Phillip Congrats! This is going to be a big move for you four!

  • Congrats to your man! You two must be so excited!

  • So exciting for you! When do you move?

  • That is exciting! I haven't commented before either, but we're in Santa Barbara and #1 is due Feb for us, so if you want a play date and are close by, that would be really cool πŸ˜‰ So, I also want to know where in SoCal! Hope the move goes well!

  • So we just SWITCH each other?!? I was JUST telling my Mom the other day that I wanted to see you soon! But…we love CA and we're in S. Cal a lot. SO so excited for you guys! Hooray for adventures!

  • Awesome! Congrats! Southern California is beautiful. I lived there for 5 years and moved back to San Francisco. Most of my family followed me during my 5 years and now I am all alone in Northern California. Good luck and enjoy!

  • Congratulations! While moves are always scary, they're also a great time to make changes. Good luck to you! πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on your move and the job!!

    We just moved cross-country from Provo this summer. There are so many things I miss about Provo, but I know I will think the same of wherever we are in five years too.

  • Congratulations!! Ive never stayed in one place for more than 5 years and its already 4 in seattle my moving itch is kicking in!

  • Wow! Congratulations! I totally know what that's like having just moved to Florida (2 1/2 weeks ago). Praying for you!
    Alesha <3

  • Such a great opportunity but SO sad to have to say goodbye in a few short weeks….I refuse to think about it! Hopefully we will follow you in a couple short months. And hopefully it will be just down the street πŸ™‚

  • Hey! I read your blog all the time but I never comment – I just wanted to say congrats to your family and good luck with the move! =]

  • So Cal! Congrats! I am super jealous. I love Kansas City, but it is no California. I'm planning a trip to San Francisco and wine country in a month, so excited! Good luck on the adventure with your family!

  • sounds scary and exciting at the same time! Congratulations on this next new step πŸ™‚

  • fun!!!

  • I'm a follower/avid reader of your blog and a SoCal girl! Good luck with everything.

  • wow Cali!! That is great!! You will love it! Will you live near Audrey from Putting Me Together? How fun!!!! Congrats to the hubby!