Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Britney Bridal Shower

This past Saturday, after undergoing the infamous wisdom teeth removal surgery, Britney received a surprise bridal shower at the home of her best friend and maid of honor, Tara Brown. Earlier in the week, Tara informed Britney that she had the weekend off from her duties at West Point and wanted to do some fun, "besties" things together that Saturday like getting their nails done and dining at a chic place out of town. Friday night, she called once she arrived home to inform Britney that her mom was having a basket party around the same time as their soiree.
So Saturday night around 3pm, Britney's still fat, swollen face made her way into some normal clothes for the first time that week and pulled into Tara's car-packed street. 

She entered the house, told to come downstairs to "meet everyone", and surprised to find most of the female members of her family and many close friends from the church ward.
Not only was the company enjoyable, but the atmosphere was also fabulous. The Browns have a reputation for knowing how to throw a good party. Between the beautiful tulle and lights, food, and music, it was a great party, one which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. We received a bunch of gifts and gift cards from the stores where we registered at, and also maybe so more not-so-expected treasures that will remain on the *hush hush*. Britney's sister Briana conducted a questionnaire dedicated solely to questions about Britney, which, of course, Brynne won. 
Then, Britney was put to the test answering questions about Adam and his favorite things. For the most part, she got everything right. 
Adam has more than one favorite thing for most everything (which is totally fine hunny) so we can negate those that had more than one answer.
Although smiling caused straining and laughing was becoming more and more excruciating, the party was so much fun and Britney had a great time celebrating our impending marriage with her closest family and friends. Now all that's left to do is write thank you notes, apply every safety measure possible to prevent losing the gift cards, and figure out the cheapest way to get all this wonderful stuff out to Washington. 2 WEEKS EVERYONE! 

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Last Few Laps

Although we are currently disconnected, besides our 15" computer screens which display not-so-perfect representations of the two of us, I would feel remiss if we didn't have at least one new post up every 2 weeks. Differing work schedules and family obligations have continuously made time to talk nearly impossible, but we always manage to squeeze in at least an hour to talk daily, even if it means Britney's poor, restaurant slaved body is up until 3am more than four times a week. Still, with our impending wedding and plans that never seem to end, we are learning more and more daily of the decision we are making and how important we will value our lives together. 
I (Britney), feel a special pull from the Spirit ever since the end of October and the beginning of this last month. Throughout the whole journey so far, I really haven't stopped, put down the pretty ribbon, and thought about what is really important and how blessed I am for the opportunity I have for it to happen. I have the privilege of taking out my endowments soon and going through the temple with my parents and Adam. Then, I'll be with him again in the temple to be sealed for time and all eternity, and become one with him and the Lord. Now, I am reminded daily to thank the Lord minutely for the amount of blessings He has so readily given me. I've realized that my time in this life and the next mean absolutely nothing without Adam and his family. I have never felt more accepted, more appreciated, and of more worth to God and man than I have since I've been with Adam. I am constantly astounded at how perfect he is for me. I never thought I would ever find someone so real and perfect to suit my needs, and one who makes it so easy to fulfill his. During my years in young women's, I used to write lists of qualities and characteristics I wanted in a future spouse, knowing that a mortal man could never be made of such "unrealistic" things, which caused me to leave out even more "outlandish" details. I testify that the Lord blesses you for your obedience. Not only have I been allowed the opportunity to be with the exemplary man I described, who not only treats me well but makes me happy, I also have a wonderful new family who does exactly the same thing and who I love dearly. My heart is full, my testimony is strengthened, and I know more than ever that the Lord loves us, intends for us to have joy in this life, and knows our needs, which He is more than willing to give us. 
I can't wait to spend the rest of eternity with the man Heavenly Father prepared for me. I asked, He listened, and He has blessed me with continual strength, peace, joy, laughter, and meaningfulness for all eternity in the form of a gorgeous man from Vancouver, WA. Who knew right?