Monday, July 21, 2014

On Choosing Love

When Brad and I got engaged, some people asked me what was different this time. 
Why now, when not before?

If you are new around here, let me catch you up a little. 
Brad and I met in preschool and were best friends through all of high school.
He left on an LDS mission, and I went to college.
He came home and we dated, but it just didn't work out. 
Eventually, I left on an LDS mission.
When I came back, things were just different. In the best way possible.
And the time was right.
The difference?
I chose to love.
If you want more than this reader's digest version, check out the whole story here.

So what do I mean when I say that I chose to love?
Well, before my mission, the first time we dated, I was constantly seeking reasons why I should 
or should not pursue the relationship. For each thing I adored, I found something I didn't.
I prayed and prayed, and felt more and more unsettled.
So eventually, I just decided to be done. Brad felt the same way.

The second time around, I started down the path of overanalyzing everything. 
Were Brad and I really "meant to be?"
Were we "soul mates?"
Could we be together forever?

I was praying and praying to know if I should move forward with Brad.
I was wondering if it was too soon. If I was totally crazy.
And then I had a bit of a break through.

This is from my journal right around the time that we started dating:

7 Feb 2013
On the way to Brad's house tonight, I found myself thinking “oh I hope I get an answer that this is right because I really want it to be right!” And then it hit me. I really do want it. I want it to work out. I am for the first time really acting to bring it about. And I know that the Lord knows all of those things and He wants me to be happy. Maybe it didn’t work out with Brad before because I didn’t truly want it. It was not the time. But now, I feel like things are different. The Lord is responding to my prayers.
I just have to pay attention.

From then, I decided to choose Brad. 
He was the very best man I had ever known.
He served the Lord and loved God more than anyone or anything else.
He was a hard worker.
He was kind and loving.
He served others because he wanted to. Because he loved them.
He was accomplished and had goals and dreams.
He treated me like a queen.
He was everything I had ever wanted, 
and I knew the Lord approved.

So I stopped worrying about whether or not we were meant to be.
I stopped wondering if there could be such a thing as "soul mates."
I stopped questioning my own thoughts and feelings.
And I chose to love.

Was Brad absolutely perfect?
Was I?
Definitely not.
Did I stop worrying completely?
Of course I didn't.
But I chose faith. And I chose love.
And in the end, I think that's what God wants for us.

Thank you to Darby Elizabeth Photography for the amazing pictures!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Stephanie! We sure do miss you! Maybe we can get together before we leave again for Provo!

  2. You guys are adorable and I love this

  3. I needed to hear this! Such a good reminder.

    1. It's easy to forget sometimes, but isn't it wonderful that we can choose? I needed to remember, too!

  4. You're so right - no relationship is perfect - no person is perfect - ya just gotta love!

  5. I'm a big believer that when things don't work out, it's just not the right time, and it looks like this is a great example of this!

    1. Laura, you are so right. Timing is everything!

  6. Choosing love is definitely one of the best choices ever. So glad it it ended up working out and that you are happily married now!

    1. It really is a great choice, Carly!

  7. So sweet! Congrats on getting to marry your best friend.

  8. Sweet, sweet story. Darling! And love the photos.

  9. What a beautiful post! Your blog is precious and I am so glad I found you through Grow Your Blog!


    1. Thanks Lauren!! So fun to get to know you and I'm loving your blog too :)

  10. What a great post :) congratulations on what sounds like a wonderful commitment and marriage. lovely pics :)

  11. it's so difficult to know really whether this is 'it' etc etc - i don't think it maybe hits you like a lightning bolt all the time in the way some people believe it does, but it does in other ways that you might not expect! great post!

    1. So true. You have to see all the little things pointing you in that direction!

  12. these photos are perfect, and your words are so true! you need to choose to love, choose to fight for it, and choose it day after day. :)

    1. You are so right, Betsy! It's not just a one time choice... it's a daily commitment!

  13. You are a beautiful couple! Thank you for sharing ♥

  14. You're are a gorgeous couple :) I loved reading your love story!!

  15. Adorable post and pictures! Beautiful couple! :)

  16. You guys are adorable, and that is such a sweet story!

  17. This is so beautiful and such a great story! Glad you made the decision that was right for you :)

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  18. The photography is really spot on. Beautiful.

  19. What a beautiful, happy couple!

    Katie <3


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