Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 5th anniversary. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. 5 years ago I couldn't have pictured that this is where we would be today, nor did I know it would be this wonderful! I feel so blessed to have all that we have, and especially to have eachother.

I wanted to write down some memories of times past, because everyone keeps assuring me that I'm going to start forgetting things as I get older. I will never forget that Keith and I met on the internet. Sure, the things I would like to forget are never going to go away! Despite the embarrassing way we met, I have such good memories of dating Keith. Our first date was dinner with Grant and Nancy and we played a game called "Compatibility". I am still trying to decide if Keith was using that to determine whether I was even worth pursing! Needless to say we won the game and had our second date a week later. After that second date, there was not one day where we did not see eachother until we were married.

Keith will tell you that I started talking about getting married on our 4th date. So maybe I did, but I still claim he brought it up! I knew I was in love with him that day, and that I never wanted to be apart. We had a lot of fun dates, and spent a lot of time with family and friends. We took a trip out to Iowa so Keith could meet my mom, and a week later, on Janurary 13th, Keith asked me to marry him. He will tell you I cried and cried and then finally I said yes, and I'm sure that's all true, but it was such a blur to me.

We were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 26, 2003 at 8:20 in the morning. We were the 9th wedding of 52 that day. Keith will also tell you that I was late to the temple, which is true, but not my fault! My baby sister spilled her bottle all over her and that made my parents get me there late :) We'll blame them for that one!

I remember getting ready and then sitting with Keith in the temple until it was time for our ceremony. It felt pretty surreal that I would be married in a matter of moments. It was like here we were, 2 different people, and the next minute we were one. I remember my dad commenting on how there is this line, and one minute you're on one side not married, and then next you're on the other and married. I remember how good it felt to be there, how sure I was that this is what I wanted. I want to feel that way everyday.

It had been a beautiful week...until that day! It was so cold and windy, but I hardly felt it. I was just glad to be there living in the moment.

And now here we are, 5 years later, many trials come and gone, parents to a beautiful son, and still in love. I have learned that marriage is hard, but worth it. It's hard to give yourself to someone, hard to learn not to be selfish, but when the other person is doing the same, you're getting not only giving, but getting. I love you, Keith. I will forever.

Bowling in Iowa
Honeymoon at Disneyland
Family Shower with the Smith's
The only wedding picture I could find on this computer, and I'm too lazy to scan them in!!!
Our first apartment!

Engagement Picture


Engagement Picture

Date at Cascade Springs


Cory, Jeri, Brock & Parker T. said...

I love it. I love a good romance. You guys are great. Happy Anniversary!

Rheanna said...

I love that post! It was so cute to read-thanks for sharing your memories! Happy Anniversary!

Three Little Angels said...

Wow! Look how young you guys look! It's hard to believe how fast time flies lately.

Love you!

The Gatherum Family said...

You guys are so cute. But, I have to say, I think you look the same-haven't aged at all-LUCKY YOU!!! Happy anniversary to you two. I didn't know you met online, learn somethin' new every day in the bloggerhood eh?

tamster17 said...

Love your post -- it was fun to see your dating and wedding pics and learn a little more about your story together! Happy Anniversary and here's to many more to come!