I had the rare opportunity to wake up earlier than usual and just lay in bed and think. Scary for 8:00 in the morning, I know. But of course the first thought was how much I am grateful for family. I just thought about how abundantly blessed I am to have an eternal marriage. How blessed I am to have wonderful parents. How blessed I am to have a valiant, faithful missionary brother. How blessed to have another special set of parents, and for the first time in my life sisters. And more brothers :). I just know Heavenly Father was watching out for me when He led me to my parents, and when I got married. That was my number one worry from the get go about marriage, the haunting question if I would get along with my husband's parents. Silly worry.
And so, as I lay in bed, I got wrapped up in the conversation my mom and I had yesterday about marriage. I told her that marriage wasn't what I expected it to be, and she had asked how so. I didn't really have a definite answer, only that nothing really ever prepares you for it, and that it is so much harder than you think! I remember in Young Women's, how my leaders always made marriage sound like this fairy tale story. Maybe they mentioned it was hard work as well, I don't remember. But they made it sound like when you get married, it's a free ride from there. So I assumed that things would be easier, rather than harder. Ha!
Of course, marriage is one of the best things that ever happened to me. And it's a lot of fun! I have a husband whose number one goal in life is to make me laugh and smile. I also have a husband who for some reason, leaves his socks all over the apartment. Or has this slight addiction to computer games. :) But I love Denver and all his little quirks. That's the beauty about marriage, you really do come to know your eternal companion each day. And I thank my mom for telling me that marriage is hard work. I really do appreciate that. You have to earn happiness by keeping the commandments and living faithfully. I have a testimony of that.
I love family. I have always loved what that word means. And I have always been super close to my family. I know families can be together forever. And I love the word "can". They don't say families will be together forever, because that implies it's a free ride. Families CAN be together if everyone works together to support each other and love each other.
Needless to say, I am abundantly blessed. And I try each day to thank Heavenly Father for what He has given me, by being the best daughter I can be. Love that family tie.