Thursday, June 7, 2012

a real life fairy tale

I was so happy when I stumbled across these on Shelby's camera. I love looking at my wedding pictures, it puts the biggest smile on my face! What a sweet reminded of the day I married the man of my dreams and my best friend. The day was everything I could have hoped for and more. I don't know how I could love him more than I do, but I seem to fall more in love with him each day.

I loved my sparkly gold shoes!

I have always been a sucker for Disney movies, fairy tales, princesses, and happily ever afters. One of my favorite talks is Your Happily Ever After by President Uchtdorf.

Aren’t those wonderful words to begin a story? “Once upon a time” promises something: a story of adventure and romance, a story of princesses and princes. It may include tales of courage, hope, and everlasting love. In many of these stories, nice overcomes mean and good overcomes evil. But perhaps most of all, I love it when we turn to the last page and our eyes reach the final lines and we see the enchanting words “And they lived happily ever after.” 

This talk truly captures me and the words touch my heart. I could read it over and over again. I love the message that it shares; that we all have the opportunity to have our own happily ever after.

His love for you is so great that He has granted you this earthly life as a precious gift of “once upon a time,” complete with your own true story of adventure, trial, and opportunities for greatness, nobility, courage, and love. And, most glorious of all, He offers you a gift beyond price and comprehension. Heavenly Father offers to you the greatest gift of all—eternal life—and the opportunity and infinite blessing of your own “happily ever after.”

President Uchtdorf's talk reminded me when I needed it most, that a fairy tale doesn't mean there aren't challenges and trials along your journey. The greatest joy can be experienced after you've worked to get there.

For a moment, think back about your favorite fairy tale. In that story the main character may be a princess or a peasant; she might be a mermaid or a milkmaid, a ruler or a servant. You will find one thing all have in common: they must overcome adversity...

In each of these stories, Cinderella, Belle, and the miller’s daughter have to experience sadness and trial before they can reach their “happily ever after.” Think about it. Has there ever been a person who did not have to go through his or her own dark valley of temptation, trial, and sorrow? Sandwiched between their “once upon a time” and “happily ever after,” they all had to experience great adversity.

I am living a real life fairy tale, but that doesn't mean that life won't be filled with challenges, or that it was an easy road to get here. But I'm grateful every day for those trials along the way, for the opportunity to learn and grow, and develop the ability to enjoy and appreciate things so much more. The end is always so sweet.

I can't believe I got my prince charming and fairytale. Dreams do come true.


  1. yes, they do! everyone's story has different twists and turns, but all may have a happy ending/forever with the help of Christ. thanks for sharing!

  2. You have a talent to write. This should be made into a book. I adore your wedding pictures. You are both beaming. It was a magical day. Most beautiful bride on the inside and out. Thanks for sharing this talk by Uchtdorf. I love him. You are so cute to post about Vegas. We had a blast with you. You were so patient with us. You are the most accommodating/easy person to be around. We will have many more trips to come. Love you!

    1. I couldn't ask for a better sister in law Kenz! You are absolutely amazing and I look up to you so much! You are an incredible example of the type of mom, and person, I want to be. Thank you! Love you!

  3. Your wedding dress is absolutely GORGEOUS! You were a beautiful bride!

  4. You are absolutely gorgeous! So happy I found your blog- definitely going to follow!

  5. Wow! GORGEOUS DRESSS! Stunning Doll!

  6. after you commenting on my link up post... i checked out your blog, yes, i'll admit it, i'm a snoopy blogger and LOVE the glimpse into other's lives that blogging gives us! You're pictures are gorgeous and the happiness just radiates off your faces!!! I love seeing other wives as happy as I am ♥ and SO happy for those who are also living their own happily ever after ♥ Congrats on your fairy-tale sweetie! :)