Friday, June 22, 2012

25 years 25 things

as my 25th birthday approached i've thought a lot about my life and things i have accomplished in my 25 years of living. i decided to compile a list of 25 things to share, in no particular order of importance.

  1. i chose to be baptized at the age of 8
  2. got my driver's license
  3. ran on the 5 freeway with shira
  4. graduated high school
  5. bought my first car
  6. found the wedding dress
  7.  had a last first kiss
  8. gained a sure testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  9. received my temple recommend
  10. graduated college with honors
  11. fell in love
  12. moved to byu idaho for a week
  13. pursued (and still pursuing) my love of photography
  14. got married in the newport beach california temple
  15. read the book of mormon
  16. became a wife & homemaker
  17. completed two half marathons
  18. witnessed a birth
  19. i was a maid of honor... twice
  20. moved out of my parents house and in with my hubby
  21. went on my honeymoon
  22. went to hawaii... twice
  23. became an aunt
  24. got my first job
  25. fell in love with tyler over and over again
i feel very blessed to have had such a wonderful life. it's not perfect, its not easy, but it is my life and it is beautiful... a fact that i have overlooked as of late. i'm sure there are noteworthy things that i could add to this list. maybe there are things that i will do in the future that will make some of the items on this list seem forgettable or minute. there is one thing that i would say is my greatest accomplishment. the most amazing thing that i have ever done. the most life changing experience. the most challenging, the most miraculous, the most rewarding. 

falling in love with and marrying tyler brady rex is the best thing i could have ever done. life is tough. things don't turn out the way you plan. you lose. you win. you laugh. you cry. you fall. you get back up, hopefully stronger and smarter than before. what a blessing it is to experience this life with tyler by my side. with his hand in mine life just makes sense. life just feels right. i look at our life together, the moments that make up these past six years that we have loved each other, and i feel blissfully happy. 

having low points in life is normal. rough patches happen as we make our way through this life on earth. with my sure testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my sweetheart by my side i know i can overcome anything. the beauty is, i am never alone. i don't even remember life before tyler. life before snuggle time. life before dancing in the living room. life before our king size bed. life before his kisses. life before his precious cheeks. life before his soft hands that hold mine as we pray together. life before the desire to have evidence of our love manifested in the life of a child. life before i was his forever and always.

thank you tyler for loving me. for making me the happiest i have ever been. for giving me your love. for blessing me with your dear heart. 

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