we celebrated f o u r years of loving one another, took out our endowments, and were sealed to one another, our Heavenly Father, and our eventual children - for the eternities - all in a short 4 days.
it was impossible to take it in all at once. love was pouring out of us, every second. we were overwhelmingly joyful. thankful. happier than I can ever remember the both of us being. I know. I am already getting sappy, but this feeling hasn't left yet, and it won't for a long while (I'm betting it never leaves.)
|homemade strawberry preserves from my dear aunt!|
we have waited so long and worked so unbelievably hard for this. I haven't spoken much of it & I probably won't much after this little spiel because I want this experience of ours to be kept between us and those who were there to share it with us (and most importantly, for it to be respected by those who do not understand the weight of such covenants.)
|the view from my grandparents balcony|
speaking of. the support that surrounded us was astonishing. from those who encircled us around the alter in the salt lake temple, the simple (most special) gifts, to the souls who waited outside of the temple, just for us, without question. the ones that held tight, and stood by us a year ago when we decided to wait a year to be sealed, even though in the deepest corners of our hearts, it broke us to do so. the ones who understood the significance of the wait & the time we both needed to build up our readiness to come together as one, infinitely. the ones there, through & through. never failing to advocate for us during the darkest of times, and helping us fight for the things that make us the happiest. helping us have faith, that through pain can come the utmost joy.
nothing in the vast darkness of this earthly life can separate me from my darling fellow and our eventual cherubs. the sting of death is no longer looming over our heads. we are each others - forever. we are a family. endlessly. I know this, and I will never deny this.
we are loved (so absolutely) loved & we are swimming in elation. thank you to those who have traveled this journey with us. we owe you everything.
"[all] is well with my soul."