Posts tagged eternal
Anniversary Series || Wedding Photos by Claire Marika

Matthew and I decided to do formal wedding photos before our wedding day so we didn't feel rushed. We had the wonderful opportunity to become the first video captured by Claire Marika Photography, click play on the image above to see it.  I still get emotional when I watch this video because I remember how it felt when Matthew saw me in my dress for the first time. You can tell how crazy we are about each other and I love all of the little moments they captured. So much talent went into this film I will cherish forever. To see more of their amazing videos, go here

I just want to take a minute and make everyone aware that my dress was from the DI. I paid $30 for a dress that had long, poofy lace sleeves and ruffles on the cuffs at the wrist. I had my amazing aunt, who is a very talented seamstress, alter the sleeves and line them with fabric so they weren't see through. I went to her house to try it on and I was blown away by her work. She said I didn't need to pay her, but I did anyway. That dress was a STEAL. The total cost for my dress was $80. Not many people can say that. Moral of the story, look at the DI for wedding dresses, especially if you're looking for something vintage. 

My whole wedding was vintage themed. Lace, pearls, a bird cage veil, typewriters for the guest book, mustache photo props, ice cream stand, a vintage mansion, balloon send off and riding away in a vintage T Model Ford. Peacock feathers were what my color scheme was based on, and they were everywhere at my reception. Matthew and I had custom converse made with our colors and embroidered with our wedding date, May 7th, 2011. We still wear them today!

There are a lot of things I'd do differently if I were to do it right now. Have a professional do my make up, wear heals, use different colors, buy a more fitted grey suit for Matthew, but I am SO GLAD we paid for a quality photographer. They captured our wedding and our personalities so well. I'll always have these photos to look back on and remember the happy moments of the beginning of our lives together. Claire even edited some of our photos to give off a vintage vide which was so fitting to our special day. I can't recommend her enough. View her portfolio on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

It's been such a great opportunity for me to write this Anniversary Series. I'm feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for Matthew and the amazing man that he is. I love him even more now than I did in our bridal video. He makes life the greatest adventure. He has so many strengths and talents that help our family. Not only is he a provider and a protector, he is a loving companion and my very best friend. He is sensitive to the feelings of others and always finding ways to make me happy. I'm so glad I found someone who makes me laugh and smile on a daily basis. I couldn't have imagined a better man to have children with. Turner and I love being around him and spending time with him. He is always setting new goals to help improve our lives, and accomplishing hard things. There are very few people I know who work as hard as he does. He has overcome obstacles and continues to be an example to me of enduring to the end. I love him and will stand by him through everything this life will bring. Together we are an unstoppable force, and I am so glad to call him mine.

Happy Anni, Matthew dearest. 4 years has flown by. I love you, here's to infinity and beyond.

 
#ForeverFamily || What I Believe

A couple weeks ago I received an invitation on Facebook of an event sponsored by Mormon.org called Flooding Facebook with Family using the hashtag #ForeverFamily. I was inspired by this idea and decided to do an entire blog post about it. I posted our family photos from last October by Amy Hirschi Photography because I'm still obsessed with them. They make me so happy every time I look at them! Definitely go check her out. 

I've been touched by others who have openly shared what they believe and I want to have that same courage. I'm a mormon, I believe it, I live it and I love it. I'm not following in blind faith. I have a personal testimony that I have gained through personal study and prayer. I'm not going to suppress those beliefs to have more followers or be more liked. I want to stand up for what I believe and I want others to feel comfortable to do the same. It takes courage to share what you believe and love, whatever it may be. This post is an expression of my beliefs, that I cherish and want to share with you.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I believe in the Articles of Faith. I also believe in an eternal plan, known as the Plan of Salvation. One that began in a premortal life, in which I agreed to come to Earth and experience mortality. It was decided that a Savior, Jesus Christ, would come to atone for our sins allowing us the opportunity to repent and return to our Heavenly Father. 

That plan includes being sealed in the temple as an eternal family. Matthew and I made the choice to be married and were sealed in the Bountiful Temple on May 7th, 2011. We made promises to each other and our Heavenly Father to be faithful and true in all aspects of our lives. By doing so we were promised that our children would be born in that covenant, and sealed to us for eternity. I'm so grateful to be a member of a church that has the priesthood and sealing power. The spirit of peace and comfort I feel in the temple is unlike anything I have ever known. I know that it is the House of the Lord. There are so many blessings that come into our lives because of those promises made in the temple. 

Marriage and family also bring challenges and trials into our lives. These challenges help us progress and become better individuals. I believe that families help us to become the very best versions of ourselves, whether it's through our own parents or by becoming parents. We each have different struggles and hardships that we go through in life. Whether it be doubts, illness, infertility, loneliness, conflicts, or temptations, everyone struggles with something. You never know what someone might be struggling with. That's why families are so special. They help us have the strength to overcome our challenges and make choices we believe will bring us the most happiness in this life. 

I'm so glad God's plan includes families. It's the perfect support system for the journey of life. I'm grateful for my #ForeverFamily because becoming a wife and parent has helped me progress into someone better. It has opened my eyes to some of my strengths, and shown me things about myself I need to improve. Parenthood was difficult for us at first. There were things we didn't see eye to eye on, but we have worked through those disagreements and we are stronger and closer in our relationship because of it. Not to mention, we see our son in complete adoration and wonder. He brings us so much joy, unlike any we have ever felt before. Watching him learn and grow is both exciting and rewarding. I hope we can teach Turner how important family is, and that he will strive to be sealed in the temple with his own family some day. 

I know when we do our best as a family to keep the commandments and the promises we've made with our heavenly father, we are happier. Looking back at our lives together I can see the hand of the Lord blessing us because we are trying our best to do what is right. I testify of these truths, and know through confirmation of the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church on Earth. I know families are central to the Lord's plan and I am blessed to have a faithful and loving family. I'm grateful for my testimony and the strength it gives me during hard times. I'm grateful for trials that help strengthen that testimony and help me gain new understanding. I'm grateful for a supportive husband who stands by me and helps guide me through hard times. I'm grateful for wonderful examples in my life that have helped me to become who I am today. Of these things I testify and share with you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.