Thursday, July 31, 2008

Our little love story

It has been a little over a year and a half since Andrew and I met. It all started when my friend and I convinced a couple of her old high school buddies to go 80's dancing with us. Andrew will tell you that I didn't pay any attention to him but how could I not pay attention to his wonderful dance moves??? He had to borrow $5 from me to get into the club which I was never expecting to see again! Lucky for me, Andrew is a very honest person and insisted on paying me back. A couple weeks after we met I got an e-mail from him and we started communication that way. I wasn't sure what his intentions were in the beginning but I loved being with him and had too much fun every time we were together!One winter night we went sledding at 11:00 at night and Andrew hit a jump and got the air knocked out of him (haha), I watched as he was thrown from a 1,000 pound bull and pushed along the dirt like a rag doll bruising almost every rib (scariest thing ever!), he stayed at my parent's house while he was recovering from ankle surgery, in the Spring he finally got the courage to take me horseback riding and we've been doing it ever since, he told me he loved me on accident as we were having one of our serious serious talks, we watched conference together while his mom rubbed our feet, as well as, movies, Jazz games and bull riding. When he went to D.C. for an internship we spoke on the phone every night for hours and I was able to visit twice, what a blessing! We went to Mexico with his family for Christmas, Idaho and Wyoming just for fun, St. George with our families for Thanksgiving and Easter and a million mini vacations to the ranch. He proposed this past winter with a walnut scavenger hunt, a box of chocolates, and a beautiful ring! How could I resist??? We have spent hours upon hours talking about the world, politics (bleah), the gospel, us, our future and anything in between!I am so grateful for him and our wonderful adventures! But most of all I am grateful for the gospel and the blessings that have brought us together. We feel blessed beyond belief to be together for eternity with so many wonderful friends and family members by our side.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

L is for the way you look at me

So this is my first attempt at writing on our blog! I am completely inspired by my new sister-in-laws, Drape and Brooke, for their adorable blogs and decided to be more like them even though I don't have any cute children! That can definitely wait but for now married life is so much fun! The wedding and reception were amazing, we couldn't ask for anything more. We had a beautiful brunch at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building where 2 of Andrew's fellow Prevaricators read their inspirational poems written just for us, Abby played the harp with Martsie accompanying on the piano and Andrew's Grandpa, who's a concert pianist, also played the piano. The food was amazing, they even had hot chocolate, my favorite! After the brunch everyone headed over to the Salt Lake Temple. Somewhere between the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Temple we lost Andrew's dad and my mom so we were a little late getting in to change, oops! Despite the tiny piece of chaos the ceremony was better than I ever imagined. President Walker, the Temple President, was our sealer and gave great advice about serving one another and that's about all I can remember. I was so nervous and excited that I can't remember a whole lot! I just remember being overwhelmed by the Spirit and gratitude. I am so grateful to be able to sealed to Andrew for eternity and I am grateful for the preisthood authority that can do that. We are so blessed to be part of the few that have the truths of the gospel in our life and the opportunities to utilize the blessings of the gospel. We went to the Jordan River Temple last week and the name that I had was from 1588! During the session I kept wondering what she was thinking. Was she excited? How would that feel to have to wait so long to have the fullness of the gospel? I am just so grateful that Andrew's and my parents taught us so well and built that foundation for us! We love you and are so grateful for all that you have given us!

The Temple was amazing, everything about it was just perfect! After the temple we took a million pictures, hit up Wendy's and then left for the Ranch and got stuck in 5:00 traffic, of course! The next day was the reception and I am soooo glad we did the temple and the reception in 2 days. It let us focus on the temple and I think it really helped me not get too stressed. My family showed up a couple hours early to set up, thank heavens because I could never do it all myself! I went and started getting ready and the next thing I knew there were caterers, the flower lady, the cake lady, Andrew's family and my family all asking me where I wanted things. It was pure chaos! Luckily, I trusted in everyone's judgement and left most of the decisions up to them and it totally worked! The flowers were beautiful, the food was delicious and the cake...oh, the cake was the best! It was so good and Andrew loved his surprise cowboy groom's cake! Tracie did my hair all beautiful and cinched me into my dress just in time to take family pictures! The photography turned out incredible so thank you everyone for standing around and posing for 2 hours in the hot sun! The pictures made it all worth it! After family pictures we stood in line for a bit then cut the cake, threw the bouquet and we were out of there! Andrew is amazing! He was my rock the entire time, when I would start to get stressed he would save the day and figure everything out. I am so grateful to be married to such a wonderful man and my bestest friend! He is so sweet and always puts a smile on my face! We have had so many wonderful adventures together and I am so excited for what is to come! I love you sweetie!