|Cathleen Nielsen was kind enough to say yes, 25 years ago|
today. Taking pity on a poor soul in love!
|Cathy worked for the LDS Church, so many of her co-workers|
followed us around the grounds as we took pictures
|Our wedding reception in Cathy's parents back|
yard in Layton
|This picture was not only memorable because I had the most|
beautiful bride in the world, but the flag pole which was
erected in my father's honor, was a reminder that he was with
us in spirit.
Because of my service as Elders Quorum President, I also wanted to have a Rose Park reception the next night. My mom was initially resistant, and understandably wasn't interested in paying for both the wedding breakfast and the reception. I had told her that I was fine with punch and cookies and that I could get my quorum members to help. My sisters Maribeth and Nancy offered to help, my mother later decided to contribute and they made this huge spread. The food ended up being so good, we couldn't get people to leave and the Large Hall at our Stake Center was filled the whole evening. I still didn't trust my in-laws, so I hid my car in an area by the Church near the kitchen for the Small Hall/Multipurpose Room for those who know the building. My in-laws were getting frustrated that they couldn't find our car. Both were wonderful evenings of celebration.
I don't think I could have ever imagined that what we began 25 years ago today, would have taken the direction or path that we've traveled, but it's been a wonderful journey together. I think it's fair to say, that neither of us are perfect, the ride hasn't been entirely smooth but we love each other's company and cherish each day God allows us to travel it together. I love you Cathy!