“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” - Unknown

Friday, August 29, 2008

seven years ago today

august 29, 2001... "the whole day was kind of a countdown. eight hours left. four hours left. an hour left. it sucked that way. we went to the mall to pick up some things with sherrie [burton's mom] and the three of us ate lunch in the food court. sherrie talked about how poor they were when she and clark were first married. it was fun to listen to her talk.

dinner was tough, 'cause we ate kind of late, so by the time we were done it was almost time for me to go. we had decided that i should leave before he got set apart, so i arranged for emily to come pick me up. both burton and i were getting pretty glassy-eyed sitting at the table. finally, we just went downstairs and cried. we stood in his room, hugging and sobbing. we sat down and just talked and cried. it was awful, but beautiful.

we eventually went upstairs and sat outside on the bench in the front yard. we just held hands and talked through tears. then emily's car pulled up. my heart just beat a million miles a minute. we went inside and i gathered my things and then we hugged. we hugged for so long. burton sobbed. his parents, whom i just hugged seconds earlier were both standing there watching - they were both pretty teary-eyed too. after one of the longest good-bye hugs i think i've ever had, corinne and clark came up and i hugged them and then gave burton one last hug and kiss and walked out the door. i could hardly bear to look at burton for fear my heart would rip out of my chest. he was still sobbing. i got in the car and completely lost it. as we drove out of the driveway, i looked back and could see through the front doorway window. burton was hugging his mom, and then turned to his dad and was just hunched over his shoulder crying. it was so hard to leave him."

what a day!! so many unknowns. so many emotions. i recall being SO excited for burton to serve a mission, but it didn't really make the day any less difficult. we said our good-bye's and hoped for the best. we were truly best friends who happened upon each other under unlikely circumstances. we hadn't spent more than a week apart in over 6 months, and now we were looking at two whole years. we wrote every week. he put his whole heart and soul into serving a mission, and i did as he asked and tried not to simply wait around. seven years later, it's quite amazing to look back and see how often the Lord whispered in my ear that burton was the one for me. that somehow, it would all work out. that no matter how the story ended, He was aware of us and we would be alright. and so today, i just thought i'd share a little bit of the story... and acknowledge how grateful i am for this man in my life who laughs with me, inspires me, works hard with me, talks with me, cries with me (though, it's not easy to get this man to cry), and is in this for the long-haul with me.

happy 7 years since you entered the MTC burton! :) thanks for coming back and marrying me. i love you much.

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Blogger The Bells said...

We love you both!

August 30, 2008 12:16 AM

Blogger Suman Family said...

eric just had his 9 year anniversary on the 18th of august. it's hard to think about those times and how sad i was when he left. you know i totally empathize with you on it. cute story though especially since we both end up with them for eternity. what better reward is there?!

August 30, 2008 12:13 PM

Blogger whitney said...

oh man, you just made me cry. i'm glad you guys got married. you're one of the funnest couples in the world and some of our best friends. :)

August 30, 2008 5:43 PM

Blogger The Miller Family: said...

hieee cute story, i'm so glad i didnt know gerrit before his mission, i dont think i could do what you and laura did. hope your doing good. right now im in az enjoying a vacation!

August 31, 2008 1:45 AM

Blogger Briteeyes said...

LOL I am reading this thinking, what the heck is going on? Where is Burton going? AND YOU MADE ME CRY!! Congrats on 7 yrs later!!! love ya!

September 01, 2008 1:17 AM

Blogger las cosas de la vida said...

Wow... It's going to be 7 years for me too next November... except I wasn't leaving a special one.... who would have told me that I would find him on my mission!!?? :D
The truth is that those are moments never to be forgotten! How special you have each other!

September 01, 2008 1:45 PM

Blogger emilie s. d. p. said...

This story was so sweet it sort made me want to cry...and I'm sitting at work so that would be weird!
I'm so happy you guys are together...I know there's no such thing as "soul mates" but I kinda still believe in them. To me, you guys are soul mates.

September 02, 2008 11:52 AM

Blogger Kadi said...

How lame am I...I totally teared up reading this. Thank you so much for sharing that story. I don't know why, but that really hit me. You two are so fabulous and I love you as a couple and as individuals.

September 03, 2008 10:59 PM


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