Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Two Years ago Today

Two years ago today I asked Brooke to marry me. This was probably the best decision I have ever made! After lots of prayer and fasting we had decided that the time was right and that we were going to make an eternal commitment to each other.

Today as I recollect on that Sunday morning when I proposed to Brooke I am filled with gratitude for every second I have spent with her. We had just attended a broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word and were walking around the beautiful gardens near temple square. I proposed in a beautiful and secluded spot near the Relief Society Building. I knelt down, and a gesture that goes back to Medieval Europe and symbolized in old times the swearing of fealty and loyalty took her hand and asked her if she would marry me. I was not really nervous, just anxious that everything be as perfect as she is. It was a romantic and sweet moment that I will always cherish.

Brooke makes my life so complete and turns every day into a blessing no matter what. I am so incredibly lucky to have her! So even though it has only been 731 days or 17,554 hours or 1,053,233 minutes since I proposed to her I look forward to having that many years, decades and centuries to grow little by little with her until someday I am truly deserving of my amazing eternal companion.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hawai'i (A Bit late but better late than never!)

Brooke and I have been moving and doing all manner of other things for some time now. Unfortunately this has prevented us from posting some of our pictures and experiences from our visit to Hawai'i early last month!

The natural beauty of the Island of Hawai'i can only be said to be eclipsed by the warmth and friendliness of it's people. We had the wonderful opportunity to stay with some friends of my family, Dee and Ruth Snarr. They lived up the street from me when I was a teenager and I spent many Saturdays working for Dee as he remodeled his home.

They introduced us to members of their ward and we had a wonderful time at three different parties with the members of their ward!

We did all kinds of really neat stuff. Brooke's favorite thing was when we went snorkeling with Dolphins. We got up close enough that we could almost touch them! We also went whale watching and got up close to a mother humpback whale and her calf. We also had a close encounter with a Sea Turtle out on the boat. It was absolutely amazing to see these awesome sea creatures up close!

We also attended a luau at the ward and visited an ancient Hawaiian religious site called the Place of Refuge. These were probably some of my favorite things that we did.

The vacation was far too short for my tastes, but it was an amazing experience. I am very glad that we got to go and extremely glad that we were able to experience it together! This is only a brief overview, but Brooke says she wants me to leave her some stuff to talk about, so I'll finish here!