A Most Wonderful Realization

Brigham gets to be a part of a really wonderful thing: participating in the funeral ceremony of soldiers who have passed away.

We’ve done a couple together now (meaning he participates and I blend in with the crowd to watch and support 🙂 ), and each time, I reflect on my life and my blessings.

Practice

This time, as I watched Brig present the folded flag to the family of the fallen soldier, I had a moment of clarity, and a moment of being humbled.

I have been struggling lately with knowing what to do with my life now that I’m a “College Graduate”.

Realizing that it really means nothing (other than I’ve spent a lot of money and read a lot of books) has been hard, and I have had a hard time feeling grateful for my accomplishment and for where I was in my career ladder.

However, listening to Taps and feeling gratitude for our military, My Soldier, and this family we were supporting made me search for things I felt grateful for in my personal life.

Then it hit me.

I have the PERFECT life.

Not joking. Brig and I are madly in love and completely obsessed with each other. I have a loving supportive extended family. Brig and I both work full time earning more than enough to support the lifestyle we want. We are comfortable, we have our own apartment, we have a kitchen table and three crock pots and a juicer and bookshelves! We have the same days off work and we get to spend every weekend doing whatever we want without a care in the world. We get to drop everything and make ourselves available to do military funerals, watch movies, do art projects…

My life is wonderful in every sense of the word!

We have cars and a TV, clothes and towels and coats and vinyl records!

The flood of the things I possessed, from Love to objects, was overwhelming.

And I was humbled to recognize that I had it good. Real good.

And so here’s to a paradigm shift! And here’s to a most blessed life!

Tools of the Trade Molds Letters

(These are the small things that bring me a comfortable, perfect lifestyle. Thank you 10 years of dentistry!)

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurius

Married… Like a Boss!

Guess who had the BEST wedding day of the century?

Tiff and Brig did, that’s who!

We couldn’t have asked for a more wondeful day (warmer maybe, but we did pick a January date, so we are the only ones to blame!). We were so pleased to be supported by so many of our family and friends. We were constantly surrounded by all of the people who loved us the very most- what more could you ask for?

Allow us to show off our pefect day with you via a picture explosion!

forehead kiss

Outside the Temple, I (Tiff) couldn’t believe we were sealed! As husband and wife!Forever!

hat

Our cuteness is overwhelming, I know.

thedance

Me, showing some serious leg warmer while Brig dances in the background.

official

On the hem of my dress, my new name and our wedding date (my “something blue”)

speech

We made speeches

sword

We cut the cake… with a SWORD.

bowling

We went BOWLING. Yes. Bowling.

tablehockey

We played AIRHOCKEY. Yes. Airhockey.

deerhunt

We shot DEER. Yes. Deer.

Military Sendoff

We were sent off properly by our Army NCO friends. (With a slap on the behind with a sword and everything. Not joking.)

Our day was perfect. As far as we know, we had zero hiccups.

(And if anyone knows of any- Don’t Tell Us!! We’d like to remain blissfully unaware.)

We left down the elevator, ran to our car, started it up slowly (the Mustang likes the cold as much as we do… which is not at all.), then drove our happy married butts up to SLC for a few nights stay at the best hotel ever: Hotel Monaco.

Seriously, we got treated like royalty! And we felt like it, rolling up in our vintage car, wearing our big fancies.

We loved getting a few days where we had zero responsibilites. This would be our only time to get it! We saw a symphony, found a great new French bakery called “Eva’s Boulangerie”, watched a movie (“Rock of Ages”- So. Funny.), and just enjoyed being together at long last.

Perfect. Beautiful. Happy. Joyful. Lovely. Fun.

Those are the words to describe our day.

And we were treated like royalty by everyone.

Thank you to our Moms and Dads, Brothers and Sisters, Extended Family, BFF’s and everyone else who supported us through the months and on Our Day.

We love you all very much!

(Also, A special thanks to Becky from “The White Willow” reception center, Kristina Curtis Photography, Marina Russel Photography, The Skyroom at BYU, Deseret Industries, Kitty Holdaway, Ashley Hix, Mamma Lisa, Mamma Sheri, and Grandma Roseann for bringing all of the flowers, pictures, food, milkglass, the cake, and decorations. You are all WONDERFUL!)

With Happily Married Love,

Tiffani and Brigham