So its officially official! Tyler and I are now two married people, just living the good ol' American Dream. As soon as we got home, Ty started work again and I had my first day of graduate school! Super scary. Remember when you were in the first grade and had to go to school and you were terrified?! Well, somehow, I have that as a chronic characteristic. I always get scared, even when I was at BYU-I and knew everyone in all of my classes. Needless to say, it has been a very interesting first week! I learned the names of almost everyone in my program, made some friends, got my Student ID Card (which you need for everything), and I learned how to take the shuttle home from campus so Ty doesn't have to drive all the way from work just to pick me up and take me home (even though he did that every day this week but today)!
We feel pretty blessed to have received as much as we did for our wedding; we're beyond grateful, as we're the poor, married college students that you can always pick out of a crowd! I also received a pretty bounteous blessing - I qualified for reclassification, and was given Residency tuition, meaning in-state, saving us approximately $7500 a semester. Wow. To say the least.
Anyway, onto the wedding update - below I've posted some of my favorite bridal pictures taken by my girlfriend Clarissa Keith. She's amazing with a camera and must've put on a corrective lens because I have over 500 pictures that actually turned out well! Thanks sooo much! Also, my Aunt Karen snapped a few shots of us at the Bountiful Temple after we were married; I won't get the professionals for another few months, so here are the few that I have for now! Enjoy!
Inevitable. The day that ends my life as I currently know it. And I could not be more grateful! Tomorrow, Tyler and I will be sealed for time & all eternity in the Bountiful Temple. What can I say more?
In order to set the stage for the lovey-dovey romance that we really do have, I wanted to take a moment and shine the spotlight on him, perhaps to share why I am beyond blessed.
Tyler radiates kindness, love, compassion, and understanding. His composition is the perfect blend of cool, as in the very essence of "cool," spirituality (he could hold any calling in the church and not be a show-choir, elders-quorum president, but someone of great understanding and love for all), humor, compassion; the list simply continues. As I found myself bogged down in the meticulous plans of the wedding, Tyler consistently and continually asked what he could do to help, and not only helped with so many things, but he was constantly concerned for my welfare; his focus never left my happiness. That is the pattern that he set while we dated and that pattern inevitably continues. His friends have a wonderful and deep respect for him; pretty sure his wife's is more involved!
Just last night, after a million things had been accomplished, Tyler and I drove to the airport to pick up my bridal pictures from our photographer; we then headed back to the apt, where he had left his car. He was to be at work the next morning by 5 am, work till 7pm, and somewhere still pack for the honeymoon, grab tuxes, etc. On the other side of the car, I sat, breaking into small, uncontrollable pieces. Overwhelmed, I irrationally began to worry about whatever decided to cross my mind. He sat and talked with me, gave me a blessing, and held me as we continued our conversation until around 11:30 pm. He truly put me first, let me cry, listened with real intent, and loved me. He just loved me. This has been the pattern of our love. How blessed my life has been and will continue to be as we love and care for one another.
"Are we not the framers of our own destiny? Are we not the arbitrators of our fate? . . . It is our privilege to determine our own exaltation or degradation; it is our privilege to determine our own happiness or misery in the world to come." John Taylor
"We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; now let us commit it to life."