Eliza has changed our lives in so many ways, and it has been wonderful. Before I met Steven and when I first moved to Utah I experienced some of the biggest and most challenging experiences of my life: I went through a period of situational depression, I moved away from home for the first time (Davis was away from home, but I was only an hour away, and I had so many high school friends travel with me to make the transition easier), and I lost my little brother. On top of those things, my graduate program was very challenging and demanding for me, and so this was a hard time in my life.
Meeting Steven, getting married, and starting a family all happened so fast, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. It truly feels like a fairytale come true or the best daydream I’ve ever had, and I fall harder in love with my little family every day. I am always thankful in my prayers that I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a mom and wife, because it has brought me so much joy. The challenging time I went through before taught me to be even more appreciative of EVERYTHING, because everything is a gift, and can be taken at any second. It’s hard to view things that way when in the midst of hardship, but it’s true. I think that helped me through losing my brother. I try to think of his presence in my life as a gift from god, and how lucky am I that I am his big sister? So lucky. Plus I am very confident that I will see him again someday.
Today would have been Jonny’s 25th birthday. My parents are also moving today. Of all the days they could have left their home for the last 26 years, they pick today! It’s a hard transition for them, but it’s time, and we will all forever miss that gorgeous home. They built that house with their kids in mind. For me they built a bench in my room by the windows, so that I could check out all of my dates before they picked me up. They also designed the staircase with my wedding day in mind… hoping to get a picture of my dad and I walking down that staircase on my special day.