Six months ago today I was walking around surrounded by my bridesmaids, posing for pictures, and trying to ignore the butterflies in my stomach. The feeling of walking down that aisle was unlike anything I have ever felt before. There are no words to describe knowing that you are committing your life to another person. The past six months have been beautiful, imperfect, and incredible.
I had heard so many times how awful the first year of marriage is supposed to be from so many people. Professors quietly counselled not to get upset when the rose petals fell from my eyes after marriage, books encouraged me to keep my expectations low, and still others told me of their terrible experiences the first year. Perhaps it is because hubs and I dated for so long (almost three years) before we got married, but I have found marriage to be a lot easier than those first few years of dating life. We have had difficulties, which I don’t broadcast, but overall married life has been wonderful!
I am so very grateful I get the opportunity to be married to this guy. He makes me laugh every single day, encourages me, and grows alongside me. If I knew in my dating years how marvelous marriage could be I would have done it a lot sooner.
When people ask me what I think about marriage my response will remain the same: “I highly recommend it”.
Highlights from the Past Six Months
I acted in my last collegiate production. Don’t Drink the Water not only was my last show, but also the last main stage production for our beloved old theatre on campus.
Hubs formed an acapella group on campus to sing hymns he had arranged. You can check out a video of his arrangement of Days of Elijah here.
I shot my first photography session on my own of four friends who were about to graduate to become R.N.s!
Hubs had all the wrestlers over, and cooked a huge Thanksgiving meal all by himself including a turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy!
I finished my degree in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre.
We went on Six Trips in Six Months including getting to see hubby’s family twice, and spend a week over Thanksgiving with my family!
During Christmas break hubby and I watched a musical a day about a week. He had only seen a handful, and I introduced him to Oklahoma, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Shrek, and more.
I began researching supplements, and hubs and I have been regularly been taking a slew of vitamins and minerals for the past few months, and as a result we have not fell ill (knock on wood)!
Difficulties in the last Six Months:
We got back from a five-day trip to Ohio, and discovered our refrigerator had been left open. All the food was bad including half of a roast turkey. The smell was horrific.The wrestling team banded together, and gave us a gift certificate to Wal-Mart which was one of the sweetest things.
During my first photo shoot I left a zipper open on my camera bag, and after the session ended I realized I had scattered batteries, and assorted other camera accessories all the way across a park covered with leaves. My sweet models helped me look, but we eventually gave up. Note to self: take the time to make sure you zipped the pocket all the way.
I still have not changed my name on my Driver’s License. Whoops! Need to get that done along with all of my thank you cards from the wedding. I hear that brides have one year to get thank you’s done. Thank goodness for that grace period!
Our drive home from Texas in December was less than safe as a storm cell dogged our tale most of the trip. We drove through the night as freezing rain froze our windshield wipers, snow blinded our vision, and fog engulfed our car. We made it back to Nebraska in twelve hours (it usually takes us eight and a half!).
Things People Have Said About my New Last Name in the last Six Months:
Insurance Guy on the phone: “Spell your last name for me.”
Insurance Guy: Okay, and your husband’s name?”
Two weeks later I get our insurance cards. Our names on the card are: Bethany and Salah Oopulalay
FedEx Guy: “Last name?”
FedEx Guy: Blank stare
Customer:”What’s your new last name?”
Customer: “Is that French?”
UPS Guy: “How do you spell your last name?”
UPS Guy:”Like the football player?”
History Teacher: “If you need notes, you can ask Miller. Wait, that’s not your name anymore. I don’t know how to pronounce your new name. Do you?”
Me: “Yep! Loh-two-luh-lay-ee”
History Teacher: “Yeah…that’s not worth it to me…to me, you’re always going to be Miller”.
Well that wraps up a few of my thoughts (and anecdotes) from our first six months as Mr. and Mrs.!