Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Greatest Day of Our Lives

"If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently... It becomes special because you have made it so." - F. Burton Howard

The day I had been waiting for ever since I was a little girl finally came on August 17, 2013; the day Dallin and I were sealed for eternity. I can't even describe the excitement, joy, and the peaceful Spirit that was felt that day in the Idaho Falls temple as I knelt across the alter from the sweet man I loved and would spend eternity with. Tears came to my eyes as I felt the love of our Savior warming my heart and reassuring me that I was doing the right thing. I felt joy and happiness as we were surrounded by the people we love.  We could feel the support and love they had for both of us. I had the best day of my life that day, because I knew I had prepared myself well to enter into the holy temple where I was sealed to my companion for eternity. I knew that I would spend each day with him as we grew closer to each other and our Savior. Nothing could make me happier than going through trials and experiencing joy with Dallin and one day starting a family of our own where we could raise our children in the gospel, so they can experience the same happiness. I know that because I have made these special covenants in the temple, and if I continue to keep them, I will some day live with my Father in Heaven again along with Dallin and our families. The temple brings many blessings into our lives and I am so blessed to be apart of this wonderful gospel, so I can experience as much happiness as possible.
Carolyn Anderson also did our wedding and reception pictures.

We love our friends and family! Thank you all for sharing our special day with us!
My family

Dallin's family

We have 19 nieces and nephews all together! They are all so cute and fun.

 Dallin's sisters
My brothers and sister.
My sister-in-law Whitnie did so much to help me with my wedding and reception. She did such a good job decorating and making our day so special.

Whitnie's aunt made our cake. I loved it!
"If you want something to last forever you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by."
- F. Burton Howard
P.S. If you haven't read or listened to the talk, "Eternal Marriage" by F. Burton Howard, I encourage you to because it is amazing!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

First Impressions: 
The first time I saw Dallin was in September of 2012. We were both enrolled in the Child Development class at BYU-I. Even though he didn't notice me all semester, I noticed him each day as the tall kid who always smiles.
In February of 2013 I walked into my new volleyball class and I recognized that same smile on that same guy. Before class began we introduced ourselves and I mentioned that we were in the same child development class. With a puzzled look on his face I could tell that he didn't recognize me and then he said, "oh." Yeah... that was embarrassing. Our volleyball teacher had us grab a partner to begin class. We both looked at each other and grabbed a volleyball. As class went on the first thing I noticed about Dallin's personality was that he was so sweet to everyone. He was uplifting those who were having a hard time and he was always trying to make others smile. After that day I felt like I had known him for forever. 
One day after class Dallin asked if I wanted to go get lunch at subway. I agreed to go even though I had class during that time. We talked about our families and our lives. It was so easy to talk to each other and we became best friends. Our friendship grew as we spent every day together. He talked about the girls he liked and the problems he was having and I talked about my missionary and the life of a college girl. 
I spent a lot of time that semester at Dallin's apartment where I met his best friends Jase and Ben. We played basketball, ping-pong, watched movies, and Syracuse basketball. My favorite part of each day was going to Dallin's apartment to watch March Madness and play ping-pong. Our birthdays are four days apart in March so we spent "our birthday" together drinking Jambas and watching a Syracuse basketball game.
As our friendship grew we both developed feelings for each other that we were both trying to fight. It suddenly became hard for me to listen to his stories about other girls and I realized that I had more feelings for him then I thought I would have. I remember thinking to myself.. why am I doing this? Soon I learned that it was because Dallin made me the happiest I had ever been. 
The winter semester soon came to a close and I didn't know if I wanted to move back home. I had so much fun during the last semester. I knew that if I moved home our friendship would be hard to keep. After talking to my mom and telling her how I felt, she knew that I should stay in Rexburg. Dallin and I continued to spend time with each other during the Spring semester. We went to movies and played Frisbee golf every Saturday. 
 Dal had to ride in a wheel-chair all day for one of his classes.
 Thompson Family Reunion.
As the first of May came around we talked about us and where our relationship was going. We realized that we couldn't continue to spend every day together if our relationship wasn't going to go anywhere. Through all the mixed feelings we decided to take our relationship further and see where life would take us. Our love grew quickly and we started talking about marriage. On June 17, 2013 Dallin proposed!! He made a book of all of our favorite things and the things that we had done together. As we sat on the swing on his back porch he told the story of us. It was so cute and sweet to hear and see the things that he enjoyed about us and our relationship.Then he got down on one knee and asked if I would Marry Him!!!! Of course I said YES!!

 Dallin and President Clark the day that he proposed.
 Soooo Happy!!
 I didn't know I could find a man so loving, kind, sensitive, and so so sweet. He would do anything and everything for me. I am so blessed to have in my life.
One of the biggest things that made me fall for Dallin was the way that he is with his family. Dallin is the youngest of five kids and he is the only boy. The first time I went home with Dallin he treated his mom so good and I could tell that his family is so important to him. He has the sweetest family. Since his family lives in Rigby we spend a lot of time with them. I am so lucky to marry into such a close, loving, spiritual, and fun family.

 Carolyn Anderson took our engagement pictures. She did such a great job and we had so much fun!