This has been a hard week for me. Six months ago today, my dad passed away. There is one side of me that is saying, "WOW! that six months went by FAST!" Then there is another part of me that says it feels like it's been 1000 years. I miss him so much. I've been thinking about him alot this week, and I know he is happy where he is at. He isn't in pain, and he doesn't need all the medications he did in this life. My mom keeps telling me that he wouldn't want me to be unhappy or depressed all the time because he is gone. I'm not unhappy....I have a lot of blessings that I am truly grateful for. But I do miss him. You have to go on, even though sometimes it is hard. I know it will get easier with time...this week was a "milestone", so to speak. The next big one will be his birthday in March.
I was thinking about loss the other day, and I realized that just since October of 2000, I have lost 7 members of my family. (Not only me, but our family...) In October of 2000 a cousin of mine and my grandfather were killed in a car wreck. In October of 2002 my paternal grandmother passed away. In June of 2003 my maternal grandmother passed away. In June 2007 my dad's older brother died. In July 2007 my dad died, and in August of 2007 his dad died. I think, sometimes, that that is a lot for one family to handle. But what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
We have also been considering moving, as I have stated in previous posts. We were originally thinking that we may perhaps go to Pocatello, Idaho. We have gone by it on the interstate several times and always thought it looked like a nice place. It is almost exactly halfway between St. George and Shelby. However, Pocatello has also been named one of the top 100 little cities in the U.S. recently. St. George once had a similar title. The growth of St. George just exploded. Prices for everything went crazy high almost overnight. From the research I have been doing, prices in the Southern Idaho area (Pocatello-Blackfoot-Idaho Falls) are starting to skyrocket.
So, knowing that, I am leery of going back to a situation that we left in St. George. From all I have heard (from several sources) prices in St. George have really started to go down. The growth has slowed down alot. It isn't necessarily a BUYER'S market quite yet, but the trend is turning that way. I did a search for real estate in only one zip code area of St. George, and there were almost 1000 homes for sale. That was just the ones that were listed with a realtor, and only in one zip code. That's not counting the ones that may be For Sale By Owner. That's not counting the other zip codes in St. George. (The St. George area encompasses 5 towns-St. George, Ivins, Santa Clara, Bloomington and Washington. Each of the cities has their own zip code. St. George has two zip codes. This is also not counting Veyo, La Verkin, Hurricane, Dammeron, or Diamond Valley.) So after all that hubbub, we are considering moving back to St. George. We really miss it there. We were happier as a family there. I really believe that my husband and I had a better relationship there. Not to say we have a BAD relationship, because we don't. But I think we were happier there. And I miss it there a lot more than I thought I would.