Monday, June 29, 2009

wedding, honeymoon, life

I am not going to make this long. But I just wanted to share the experiences of my wedding day and the days that followed.

It was the most amazing day of my life. Not because the weather was nice, or the the reception looked beautiful, or even that my hair was the right color. It was because of the temple. I was so excited to get sealed for time and all eternity and the calmness and peace that resides in the temple helped to make the sealing so special. To see my family and friends there was wonderful but to look Kyle in the eye as we were sealed for time and all eternity was breathtaking. The spirit was so powerful and strong. I have never felt it like that before. The more I looked at him, the more real it became and the more the Spirit testified to me that I was making the right choice. After the sealing I was able to spend a moment in the sealing room with Kyle. In those moments I remember feeling that Heavenly Father was so happy. He was so proud of me. I reflect on where I came from to reach that point in the temple and it astonishes me. To think of the love our Father in Heaven has for us. He knows us so well. The Spirit whispered to me that as long as I remained faithful and chose righteous choices, that Heavenly Father would never lead me astray. He would strengthen the bond between Kyle and I and our children and although times would be rough, I would have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. He showed me how it felt. I was so happy to be sealed. I don't think I have ever been happier before. It was the most amazing feeling and I hope that everyone can feel that someday. Leaving the temple was exciting because I was able to see my family. I was able to share my feelings with my mother and just seeing my family on the temple grounds was so special. I hope that one day we can all be there again.

The reception was wonderful and many close friends and family came. The thai food was great, the cake was beautiful and delicious, and the dancing was hilarious. I had forgotten the hilarity of my family but they really made it a blast. My father and brothers dancing was ridiculous, if you got to see it though I am sure you were rolling on the ground.

Since getting married Kyle and I have traveled to Hawaii which was awesome. It was such a relaxing honeymoon. Even though we were in Hawaii, a lot of the time we just stayed in bed and relaxed. We did go swimming, snorkeling, to the Polynesian Cultural Center, to Pearl Harbor and the Missouri, and to the North Shore (where we were filmed for the travel channel for eating this awesome shrimp!). The North Shore was probably the best part of the trip. We first went to the Dole plantation and had the best ice cream ever and then we went to visit the Lai'e LDS temple which is under construction : ( and then BYU-Hawaii. We had shrimp for lunch, some famous shaved ice, saw sea turtles and then read the scriptures together about the blessings of marriage by the ocean. It was wonderful and so special. I will cherish that moment forever.

Anywho, we are back in Seattle. Almost moved in. We have a couch, desk, table, matress, and most kitchen necessities. We are getting a tv from the Knowles, so we need to get a tv stand. We need a bed frame, nightstands, lamps, a rug, and cleaning stuff. Overall its awesome though. I went to my first family ward yesterday and it was interesting. It is A LOT of old people and some young couples. Very little in-between. I was good to go though. It close to our apartment so we can walk and the sun was out.

I would just like to thank a few people for making the wedding so wonderful. First
Carrie: You ROCK! you were so dedicated and were the perfect maid of honor. I knew I could come to you with something and you would help me.
Jeff Crockett: He was there start to finish with me. So dedicated and wonderful. I am excited to see all the pictures he took.
Uncle Patrick: He was in charge a lot of the time which helped me a lot
Jon and Jacob: You guys made any stress of the day bearable with your wonderful humor and help
Kristin and Brittni: I was so excited for you girls to be part of the day. Thank you for making it special by being there