Tuesday, October 24, 2006

in case you wondered . . .

so courtney emailed me about how everything was going so I figured that hey, maybe everyone cared so here's my response:

I am just wonderful! I have bitten off a little more than I can chew, but I am surviving. The reason that I have a little extra on my plate is that I am trying to graduate in August. I think I am doing okay in school lol. I am taking seventeen credits and volunteering two and a half hours a week. I also work twenty hours a week. I'm kind of busy, but that's okay. It is different doing school while being married though. It's not the same as when you're dating. You don't get to say "hey I have homework I have to go home" lol you're always home and he's always there too. So you have to learn how to still get stuff done. :) It is also different because dinner has gone from a five-minute-ramen-meal to actually having to cook something of substance. We usually take turns because we're both busy, but he gets home two hours later than I do most days so I usually end up making it unless I have an absolutely terrific amount of homework. I kind of wish I had already experimented and figured out how to cook things. Oh well, at least I am really good at following directions on recipes! :)

Jeff is doing great. He doesn't really like most of his classes, but after this semester he'll be able to apply to his major, which he does like, and I have a feeling he will enjoy his classes a lot more one he's taking classes that he cares about. :)

Work is great. My supervisor is resigning so it will be interesting to have my "superior" know less than me. :) I keep receiving emails about editing openings that I will be eligible for after this semester so that's exciting. I seriously get weekly emails about openings. I got one today where they are going to pay eleven dollars an hour, which is awesome compared to the $8.30 I am making now. The plan is to keep this job for at least the rest of this semester and then next semester I am going to volunteer on a journal as an editor and if I am able to I am going to keep this job still. Then in May I am going to quit this job and do an editing internship somewhere and then in Augsut I'll graduate and get a real job somewhere. I'm kind of excited.
Then maybe a year or two later I might start having kids! I'm really excited lol.

You're lucky that you have a fall break! BYU fits three semester equivalents in a year so we don't get a fall break or a spring break. Thanksgiving break will be really nice because it's basically all we get this semester!

My family is doing alright. Peter is applying for jobs all over the country looking to make more money. Danny just lost his job at Radio Shack because he told them he wouldn't work after Christmas because he wanted to go to Amy's wedding. Sad. Peter still is at IUPUI and Danny is attending a community college in Detroit. Amy graduates in December (the 16th maybe? whenever the Saturday near that date is) and then gets married on December 28th in Nauvoo, Illinois. It is beautiful there! Her reception is on Decemeber 29th in Lafayette. I had better see a carpool of my Muncie friends there! ;) It is going to be very casual. My mom is very busy. She has three "callings" at church (like... jobs kind of). My dad is doing pretty well. His face is healed from the surgery; although, he will have a scar on his face/neck/ear area. He starts radiation in about a week and a half. He's very cheerful about his outlook. He's really lucky with the kind of cancer he did get. The only fear is that his cancer is so slow-growing that the radiation won't even notice it and might kill other things instead, which is not preferred! But slow-growing cancer is better than wide-spread, fast-growing cancer anyday!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

more information

so my dad has found out more about it and this is what is going on:

As it turns out the pathology report on the tumor indicates that I do have cancer. Specifically:

Acinic cell carcinoma: Most acinic cell carcinomas start in the parotid gland. They also tend to be slow growing. Although they are usually low grade, their grade is not the only factor useful in predicting their outcome. Knowing how far they have invaded into nearby tissue is more helpful in predicting a patient's prognosis.

This is from the American Cancer Society web site which is a helpful site in that it identifies the different kinds of cancers of the Salivary glands and if you try to do much reading on the web, you'll quickly find yourself reading about some other cancer than what I have.

Positive items:

Acinic cell carcinoma, is slow growing
The tumor was small at 1.5 cm
No regional lymph node metastasis (spread) OR the cancer had not moved to associated lymph node on the left side of my face
Not a lot is known about cause(s), but it rarely appears along blood lines of a family (you're all safe:)

Other thoughts:

In terms of what comes next, I have to heal a bit and then I will start radiation therapy. Unfortunately for me and my doctor I'm his first patient with this cancer. The tumor was resting on a vein and in the V of two branches of the facial motor nerve in the left side of my face. My doctor protected the vein and the nerve by scraping the tumor off of them, this approach leaves a probability that he did not get all the cancer, thus the radiation.

In hind site I had a a stage I condition, which is the lowest risk and thus have an 86% chance of being alive in five years. (: This is because the tumor was small, had not spread to the lymph nodes or any other part of my body. So realistically worst case I'm figuring I still have a decent shot at 60. Mind you many people live for a long time after first diagnosis.

If you have questions I'll be glad to chat but don't know that I'll be able to shed a lot more light. I'm fine and looking forward to seeing you all in the near future.
Love, Dad & Phil

so there is a lot tons of hope. your prayers are appreciated. thanks for the notes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


i just found out that my dad has cancer.

the last note isn't as funny anymore.


so my dad had to have surgery last week.
my mom sent the kids an email about how it's going for him... check this out lol

Dad is recovering but is getting impatient to recover. He gets the stitches out tomorrow. Since he still has half a salivary gland it still makes saliva and the saliva leaks out in between one of his stitches so he has to keep a towel or a wad of paper towels against his neck. And when he gets hungry ... especially is I make something that he likes and he can smell it, like the garlic bread I made to go with the spaghetti ... he salivates even more and it kind of squirts out, because it is under pressure. If he turns his head, he squirts too. And since it isn't just saliva, it is tinged with blood it really is gross. Too bad it isn't a month from now because he would be great in a haunted house with a bloody stream from his neck. So he is doing well enough, just getting tired of the whole business of having surgery, he's never had surgery before.

gross! i can't wait to see it. he says his scar makes him feel like a pirate! :)

love is only love

I was listening to this song the other day and I thought it described love better than most songs i hear.
(it's from hello, dolly! and is sung by barbara streisand)

Don't look for shooting stars
For love is only love
You touch and still you touch the ground
Don't listen for those bells
For love is only love
And if it's love you've found
Your heart won't hear a sound
And when you hold his hand
You only hold his hand
The violins are all a bluff
But if you're really wise
The silence of his eyes
Will tell you
Love is only love
And it's wonderful enough
Without the shooting stars
Without the sounds of bells
Without the violins
Love is wonderful enough!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

oh my goodness!

so what is going on?!

i am the middle of a decision and i'm not sure what to do.

i could graduate a year early. however, that would require me going to school through the summer. it would also require (if i want to keep english as my major and editing and portuguese as two minors) 19 credits next semester and then 9 during spring term and then 8 during summer term.

that's a lot.

and i still have to find an internship and stuff.

however i could drop port.

but that only takes two classes out of the equation. i'm almost done with that minor. it seems like it would be worth it just to get it since i'm so close.

do i want to get done that fast? what am i in a rush for?

if i did then i could start working full-time and then jeff and i would be eligible to buy a house or townhouse or condo. i would be closer to being able to start a family. a real job would be cool. kids would be really, really cool.

or i could finish in the normal four years. have no stress. take a bunch of athletic and dance and music classes.

however, if i graduate early then the money i would be spending on those semesters i could spend on something else.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Old meets New

So Danzy came over to get Jeff's old, old laptop that we were giving him. He and Jeff got along great. It was weird to feel almost like a stranger and a best friend at the same time. I got a tiny bit angry at him when he and Jeff were teasing me about dance classes. Danzy said, "Aww, you were trying to get married if you took dance. You probably took marriage prep, too." I wanted to scream, "No, you fool! I wanted you—not to get married right away." I didn't feel like it was appropriate though, since I am married now and ultimately picked Jeff. There were so many emotions running through me as I sat between two of the loves of my life: the one, my eternal choice and partner of my heart, and the other, a love from youth, both sitting my living room. 

I don't feel bad for myself, because I have Jeff. I am the lucky one. I feel bad for Danzy. He has no one. He rarely sees his roommates; he has no super close friends; he only got to see his family for two days after a two-year absence. And now, other than the Spirit, he is alone. I think of how different I could have made his life, and I feel bad. However, I have faith that some day, he will meet someone who will grab hold of his heart, and he will be so happy that he will thank me for moving on over him. He will know the happiness that I know with Jeff.

I hope Nate finds that, too. I watched devotional today with Suzy, Nate, and Brett. I felt so awkward the whole time because of the vibes coming off of Nate. He can't get over that I'm married and how weird that is to him.

With Danzy, however, it was not awkward. It was a little sad and a little resigned. It made me a little sad to know I can't be his close friend. However, that is a small price to pay compared to the amazing things I get to experience with jeff.

I wonder if I should set Suzy and Danzy up on a blind date. They are both wonderful and like biology. :) I need to think of a couple for them to double with . . .

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Regional Conference

Jeff and I were able to attend a regional conference today. The speakers were Cecil O. Samuelson, Joseph B. Wirthlin, and Thomas S. Monson. The meeting was wonderful.

I was especially touched when Thomas S. Monson spoke of children. He told us to pardon their wiggles. He said they have such large spirits in such small bodies that they have to move around. I felt so much joy and responsibility at that moment to think of the dear big spirits and tiny bodies that are going to be entrusted to my care some day. It was an awesome thought to behold.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Life comes at you fast!

I got to go to the temple with Maria last week. It is sad that she had to come home early from her mission and even sadder that she has epilepsy, but they seem to have found a medication that works, and she's marrying Shane on December 28! That is the same day as Devin and Amy. It is too bad I can't go to Maria's, but it is fun that they will have the same anniversary.

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of when I met Jeff. It is crazy that so much has happened. Life can change very quickly if you let it. I am a crazy girl! I married someone I hadn't even known for a year! Luckily, God knew us both, and Jeff and I relied on Him. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Another Fun Day at Sea

Today is another "fun day at sea" as we float away from Mexico and return to Tampa. This really has been a wonderful honeymoon. I am so grateful to Jeff's parents for giving it to us as a wedding gift. I have really enjoyed the break from school and work. It has been so much fun to just be Jeff and Mimi without any of our daily stresses. :) And of course, I always love to travel and be pampered!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


We docked at Calica, Mexico, today. Jeff and I chose to go to see the ancient ruins at Tulum. We think our tour guide was LDS. It was cool to learn about the descendants of the Nephites and Lamanites. When we learned about their civilization, it was apparent how far they had fallen. They were definitely riding the pride part of the pride cycle when their civilization was destroyed.

Jeffrey bought me a pendant engraved with "Mimi" in the Mayan pictographs on it. :)

It was really cool to walk where Lamanites and Nephites once walked. The buildings were built on a cliff overlooking the ocean with a beach at the bottom. It was utterly beautiful. We really had an enjoyable day walking about the ruins, learning more about the history, and seeing the largest iguanas we have ever seen!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Grand Cayman

Today our ship anchored next to Grand Cayman Island. Jeff and I went to Seven Mile Beach. The sand was so soft. The beach was beautiful. I taught Jeff how to float. :) He's really not a swimmer/water person. We laid on the beach for a while and listened to the iPod. Then we did some shopping in the tourist traps. We both bought a shirt, and we purchased some post cards also. I'm having fun.

Now, Jeff lying is next to me asleep. His eyes hurt from getting salt water in them, poor baby. We still have dinner left to go to tonight, and maybe we'll go to the show tonight. I love the hot chocolate they have on board. Jeff and I are becoming addicted.

Our Ship: The Carnival Inspiration

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fun Day at Sea

Jeff and I are sunbathing on the top of tha boat. It is really beautiful. Jeff wants to see a whale. :) I told him he would have to go to Maine with me if he wants to see a whale.

(Here we are dressed up for dinner.) He was a little disappointed earlier. He entered the Longest Drive contest (golf), and he lost to the winner at 245. He can usually hit over 300, but the clubs were graphite, so his farthest was only 209, or in the teens somewhere. I'm glad he got to do something golfy though, since we definitely cannot afford a golf shore excursion!

Today is Sunday. I forgot to pack scriptures. I feel kind of weird. Today hasn't been very Sabbath-like. At least I'll wear a skirt later. At least forgetting the scriptures (and the camera) is a mistake you only make once. I'll remember for our next vacation.

(Here we are in our robes on our way to the hot tubs!) I can't wait until we have kids to take on vacation with us! There are a lot of cute little kids running around with their parents. I'm jealous. Someday . . .

We got our tickets for our shore excursion today. When we're in Cozumel/Calica, we get to go to the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Tomorrow we'll be at Playa del Carmen on Grand Caymen Island. We're going to go to the beach and try our luck exploring on our own. Jeff is fluent in Spanish, so I think we'll survive.

Just Jeff and I on the boat with the ocean behind us. :)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Bon Voyage!

(I typed up my journal entries from the honeymoon.)

So, we're checked out of our old apartment and completely moved into our new apartment. And now we're on our honeymoon! Yay! :)

Here we are (in our new apartment), but definitely ready to leave again!

I am sitting in the honeymoon suite on our cruise ship, Carnival's Inspiration. We paid a little bit of extra money to have internet access while we're on board. It will be fun to e-mail updates to our families. :)

I am sitting on a window seat looking out a porthole (our room has two) and watching the ocean pass me by. Jeff is watching a movie. We're waiting for it to be dinner time. This was such a wonderful gift from his parents. Jeff and I are really enjoying the alone time away from the pressure of work and school. Everything is really expensive on the ship (not a surprise I suppose). We had to buy a camera, because I left ours in the living room. :( We'll use it for the honeymoon, and then Jeff will sell it on eBay, so we won't lose too much money.

Jeffrey's mom had a surprise waiting for us! She had the cruise line decorate our room! :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Our bags are packed . . .

Well, Jeff and I are all boxed up and ready to move tomorrow night. I'm really looking forward to being in a more permanent home. Although there have been some good times here. I, however, won't miss the hot summer nights before they brought the air conditioners in. I remember one night in particular was awful. I couldn't fall asleep because it was so hot, and I started crying because I was so miserable. Jeff realized something had to be done, so he figured out a way to keep the fan in our window. It cooled things down considerably. I have such a wonderful husband. :)

I am so filled with happiness.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Thoughts on an August Day

Amy is going to be sealed and wed to Devin Rose in the Nauvoo temple on December 28. Exciting, huh? Hey, she and I will both have been on 28s in 2006. How fun. :)

I wonder if Pete and Danny will ever get married. I hope so.

I am getting so excited about going on our honeymoon cruise and moving into our new apartment! It will be nice to be somewhere permanent (relatively) and not have to worry about how hard it will be to pack back up after getting everything out.

I was babysitting at the Roushes' house today. Madison had a friend over. Her friend asked if I was 18 (or maybe 16—definitely something-teen). Isn't that funny? She was shocked when she found out I was 21, but she thought I was a cool babysitter. :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2006


I think I am done receiving those e-mails. Apparently, Moroni was telling his girlfriend, Tara, horrible stories about me, saying I was chasing him and going over to his house and trying to get him to marry me. She didn't know whether she should believe him or not, so she would make him e-mail me, telling me to stop stalking him, etc., while she watched him do it. She didn't think he would e-mail me if it weren't the truth. Then when Jeff confronted him, Moroni claimed someone was trying to ruin his life and was using his e-mail address. Then Moroni's girlfriend contacted Jeff trying to find out the truth about me, since she had heard that we were married and that we were broken up, because I wanted Moroni. Insane, huh?

Monday, August 7, 2006

Letter from Danzy!

I am so overjoyed. I received a letter from Danzy today. He is not bitter or heartbroken. He said he gets jealous sometimes, but he has faith that God has a plan for his life that will be wonderful. He and I are going to be able to be friends, and it is not going to be horribly awkward. Isn't that wonderful? He said he was glad that I had been so honest about my previous feelings, because it gave him more hope and confidence for his future relationships. I am so glad that I did not lose a good friend that I have cared for so much. Maybe Reed will come around and be my friend again sometime. I hope Danzy and Jeff like/respect each other.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Devin proposed to Amy! He called Dad for permission and spent this weekend up in Michigan with the family. He took Amy to a restaurant on Saturday. He had a spiral notebook with a pen and the ring stuck in the spiral. He handed it to Amy, and asked her to write something. She couldn't get the pen out and finally realized that she couldn't because it was stuck on a diamond ring! I'm so happy for her. :)

I had a nice visit with Grandma. I was able to record an interview with her. We took her all around Provo and BYU. I got to show her temple square yesterday, on Sunday. I'm so glad she was able to come.

I feel so happy and free!

Oh. Sad news. My cousin Heidi and her husband, Matt, are getting divorced. They only got married in 2004. :( How sad to have something with so much potential for joy end like that.

Thinking about Reed always really hurts me inside. I'm glad I don't have to feel that way about Danzy anymore. Some day the hole Reed left in my heart will heal. Some day.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Just another day

I studied really hard for my grammar test today and earned a 95. :) I find out how I made out on my usage test in class tomorrow. For my final project, I've decided to interview Grandma Boling when she is here this weekend. Then I'll transcribe it and write a paper about it. It will be really interesting, because she was born in 1920. A lot has happened in her lifetime, and she won't be around forever, so it will be nice to have. Dad sounded excited about the idea. :) She was a kid during the roaring twenties. Cool, huh?

I was praying earlier today when I realized how many things I don't even notice to be grateful for, because I taken them completely for granted. A few examples are my brain, my metabolism, my ability to run, my eye sight, my hearing, and my health.

I've decided that of my thirteen friends who have gone on missions, only four will still be my friend when they come home.


Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Yay for Amy!

Brett Noble comes home in sixteen days. It will be fun to see how he has grown and changed. :) Danzy went out one week after Brett, so I guess he'll be home in twenty-three days. It will be . . . interesting to find out whether we'll be friends or strangers. He and Suzy would make a nice couple. That would be a happy ending. Devin called today for advice on whether he should ask Dad if he can marry Amy before he asks Amy. I told him definitely, and then he asked for Dad's cell phone number. Hmm . . . the proposal could be soon! :) How exciting.

So, I have two midterms this week, and then Grandma for the weekend. Then a paper due next week and in two weeks, another paper, two finals, switching apartments, and departing for our honeymoon. Wahoo! How exciting. :) Wish me luck for surviving the end of the term lol.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Where is the summer going?

Wow. This term has really flown by. That's exciting though, because soon Jeff and I get to go on our honeymoon!

I am really looking forward to spending some time with Jeff without work and school. I'm really looking forward to not having to work, to clean, to cook, and to do homework. :)

Grandma Boling flies in on Friday night. She'll stay the weekend. I'm excited. :)

Shane Bies proposed to Ali (my cousin) last night. I wonder when their wedding will be. I hope we can go. I would love to see all of the family again.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Summer thoughts

I wonder how Amy is surviving California. She only has two more days. We've been playing phone tag, so I haven't been able to actually find out how she's doing.

Jeff finally went swimming in our apartment's pool. It was fun. He's really strong. I could just hang on to him instead of trying to tread water to stay afloat in the deep end.

We got to go babysitting together again yesterday at the Roush's house. It was fun to pretend to be parents with the kiddos. Jeff is going to be a really great dad. I hope I'm able to figure out how to balance everything. I'm so bossy and such a perfectionist. I hope I can figure out how to get my kids to like me, love me, and respect me, and somehow deserve to have them feel all those things to me.

I wore my retainer today for the first time in years. Haha.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Family Gone :(

So Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Amy, and Dan have come and gone. It was really nice having the family all around. It was wonderful to do a temple session with Mom, Dad, Jeff, and Grandpa. I don't know if I'll ever make it to the temple with Grandpa again, but it was a wonderful experience. I'm so grateful for all the temples in Utah.

Maria Haynie came home from her mission two weeks ago. She had been out for nine months. She started having brain seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy. It is a miracle that she was able to stay as long as she did. Her medication stopped working, so she came home. I've been able to see her twice, and we hope to go to the temple together to do names that my great-aunt Fern gave me.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Amy :)

Suzy and Julia Boyce with Ames

Marc Thorell :) who created Amy's coolest birthday present ever!

Angela Sutton

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Family Vists :)

Because we're newlyweds :)
Jeff, Mimi, Dad, Mom, and Grandpa Homer in front of the Mount Timpanogos Temple

Grandma Homer (Verda) and her sisters, Vera and Fern

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Two Months!

Happy two months' anniversary!

So, I'm really excited about seeing my family soon! They leave a week from today! :) I'll get to see Grandma and Grandpa Homer, Mom and Dad, and Amy! How exciting, huh? I miss all of my family though I hope Jeff and I get to live close to our families some day.

School started on my birthday. It's a heavy workload, but I love being in school again. We'll see how I balance cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, working 35 hours, going to school for 12 hours, and then homework, projects, and tests.

Of course, I suppose I am wonder woman. ;)

I love being married to Jeff. I really feel like he appreciates me. He's very supportive of me.

I really want to mop the kitchen floor right now.

I love all that I am learning about grammar and usage—it's so interesting!

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Married Life


It's too bad that we require money to survive, because working full time takes up a lot of time that I would prefer to be spending with Jeff. :)

I love being a wife! I love making the bed, doing the laundry, washing the dishing, and cooking. I especially love it on the weekends when Jeff is home and helps me take care of the house and food and everything.

I still really enjoy my job. I got to train four new girls today. It was really fun. I love learning about the Church and early missionary work. It's very interesting and sometimes uplifting and spiritual.

Michelle Halley Collett

Sunday, April 30, 2006

April 27 turns into April 28

So, Jeffrey Wells Collett and I tied the knot on Friday, April 28. Yup. Not Thursday, April 27. It's a long story . . .

I received my endowments on Tuesday, April 25, according to plan in Detroit, Michigan. It was really quite wonderful. I loved the way I felt. I'm looking forward to going again and going with Jeffrey often. It was very special to be with Mom and Dad. It was kind of like one last step as their daughter before I became Jeff's wife. It was beautiful and special. I feel very special and blessed.

Courtney threw me a beautiful bridal shower the next day (see the photos from a previous post) in Muncie, Indiana. It was great to see all of my (well some of my) high school friends again. I still can't believe I beat Chelle and Shane to the altar.

On Thursday, I left Richmond, Indiana, to drive to Columbus, Ohio, to meet Jeff and get the marriage license. I was by myself in the car, but Dad and Jeff both called me and wanted me to have someone in the car with me. So, I turned around and brought Amy. It was really nice to have her with me. She's dating a real winner right now by the way. I think they might get married!


I get to Columbus and see Jeff for the first time since Sunday. It was so wonderful to be with him again.

So, Chinh, Kevin, and Amy wait in the parking lot as Jeff and I walk across the street and go into the building to get our marriage license. I read the form and am somewhat concerned about what it said about Ohio residents. I ask Jeff about it, and he said he had asked the temple about it, and they said it was okay, because he was a Utah resident—not Ohio. So, we wait our turn in line. We're so giddy and excited—well, I was. Jeff was nervous and excited, but he said he was becoming less nervous now that we were together again.

We get up to the desk, and as soon as she sees Jeff's Cincinnati driver's license, she informs us that we have to go to Jeff's resident county to get our marriage license. You only get the license in the county you're getting married in if you are out-of-state residents (which we thought we were). We didn't have time to drive to Cincinnati, because we were getting married in three hours, and pictures were in one hour. The lady told us we could go appeal to a magistrate.

So, Jeff and I go down the stairs and wait in line to talk to the magistrate. It is our turn, and the poor guy tries to help us, but it is a tough case. Jeffrey wasn't registered to vote in Utah. His driver's license was still from Ohio, and he filed for taxes in Utah and Ohio. Apparently, where someone actually resides has nothing to do with residency.

So, Jeff and I couldn't get married—no license.

I started to cry, and Jeff got on his phone immediately to find out if the Columbus Temple could move our sealing time to the following afternoon, so we could have time to get to Cincinnati and get the license and come back (the office would already be closed by the time we could get there that evening).

Dad and Jeff were apparently inspired, because it was really nice to have Amy there.

I called Peter and told him to turn around. He was driving from Indianapolis to Columbus, and he had work the next day (it would be his second day at his new job, so I knew he couldn't get it off). I started to cry, because I was sad Peter would be there anymore. The temple got a hold of the sealer, and they said they could move our sealing to the following afternoon.

Since the photographer and everyone who had flown from Washington, Utah, Texas, and New York were there, we went to the temple and started taking pictures. Luckily, even though my make up had not withstood my tears, my face wasn't too puffy, blotchy, or red.

Then Sister Glutz called, and we learned that marriage license's in Jeff's home county came along with a five-day waiting period, because they take a blood test and wait for the results. So, Jeff and I wouldn't be able to get married before we had to fly back to Utah!

A bunch of Jeff's family's friends started calling all of the nearby states—their temples and county office buildings. It turns out that Kentucky had a five-day waiting period too, but when they heard our story and found out we were Mormon, they said they could fix us up. :) The Church is true!

So, we kept taking pictures. We didn't ahve a sealing to rush off too any longer, so we enjoyed a really nice long photo shoot. :) The Louisville Temple was called, and they said they would find a way to accommodate us and marry us at noon the next day.

So, all of a sudden my mom's entire day to get the Muncie reception ready was slimmed down to only a few hours. My sister and a bunch of Homers opted to do it all for her while she was driving and at the temple, so she could be there stress-free.

Oh yeah, and Peter called his boss who ended up being Mormon and very understanding, so he gave Peter the day off, so Peter was able to come to the wedding! :)

So, rather than have our wedding night, instead everyone went and ate at Cracker Barrel and then the select few who could still make it to the sealing traveled to Louisville, Kentucky. I slept with my mom, and Jeff slept with my brothers next door. Not how we planned on spending the evening!

Bright and early the next morning, Jeff and I headed over to the county building and got our license! All we needed was our driver's licenses. On the form we filled out, there was a question asking if you were related and a line to explain how you were. :) Jeffrey and I laughed wondering what the exceptions are. :)

Jeff and I were finally able to get married and sealed in the Louisville Kentucky Temple at 12:15pm on April 28, 2006. My brothers Dan and Peter, my parents, his parents, his grandma, and his brother Kevin, and my family friends the Rasmussens were there to witness the blessed occasion.

It was so beautiful. Jeff cried the entire ceremony, but I didn't have any tears left from the day before—I just beamed. I was so happy. I have never before felt so full of light.

Then, we all got in our cars and drove to Muncie. The reception was fun. Jeff's mom's slideshow ended up having music, so Peter our DJ coudln't play music the whole time. Mom disappeared to go pick up Beth, but she didn't tell anyone she was leaving. The receiving line took almost two hours, because people refused to stop talking and move on. By the time the line ended, people started coming up to say goodbye! The music that was played wasn't able to get very many people on their feet and dancing. When we were supposed to cut the cake all we had was a knife—no plates or napkins or server! And I forgot Jeff and I were supposed to cut it together, and I cut a piece way too big, and it started to fall, so I grabbed it and caught it in my hand. Everyone was staring at me! I didn't know what do do. Jeff got scared that I was going to shove it in his face, so he bent over and bit it. So, I bit it, too, and kept holding the rest until someone finally brought me a plate to set it in. I told everyone to stop staring at me, but they wouldn't, so I started cutting the sheet cakes. Finally, someone pulled me away and ended my misery.

The open house in Cincinnati, Ohio, was lovely. I didn't make any of the same mistakes. :) I was able to meet Amy's boyfriend, Devin Rose. They're pretty amazing together—I wouldn't be surprised if they become engaged at the end of the summer. :)