"True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one's companion." — President Gordon B.
As some of you may know, Nick and I lived in Alaska for a little over a year in the beginning of our marriage. Although I grumbled to him about the lack of good weather on occasion (OK lets be honest, almost everyday) , as I looked through some of my "Alaska pics" I realized a few things.
1- my hair use to be really blonde! Its almost like I'm looking at a different person. Weird. 2- Nick hardly ever has a normal face in any of the pictures. 3 - I am very grateful to have lived in Nick's native land and at times I do miss living there.
Our first year was pretty awesome. We did a lot of incredible things from staying at Luke's amazing wilderness lodge and going four-wheeling, whale watching, and fishing, to skiing and staying the night at the Alyeska resort, to sampling sushi for my first time (and loving it!), to just the fun weekend things like eating at Mooses' Tooth with friends or rollerblading on the coastal trail.
Its where I learned so much about myself spiritually because I no longer lived in Mormonville where everyone talks, looks, and acts the same. It challenged me to really question my beliefs and it strengthened my testimony of why I love and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I loved the times when poeple made me stand up for my convictions and defend my values.
But honestly, I think being away from all that was so comfortable and familiar, from the friends I had grown up with to the co-workers that were like a second family to me, really strengthened our marriage. It enabled me put all my energy and focus into the most important relationship