Young Love

For my 22 birthday J.R. gave me a card that seemed to be written exactly for us. It said:

My Beautiful Wife, My Forever Love. 
How lucky are we?
We share so many great memories. 
We got to be young and wild together. 
We became grown-ups together. 
And we helped each other
through so much along the way. 

Each year,
each adventure we have 
shows me more
of the amazing person 
you are. 

I can't imagine 
going through this journey
with anyone but you. 
I'm so happy 
you're my wife. 

I remember the first time J.R. hugged me after coming home from his mission. We were in my mom's kitchen and I was beyond nervous to see him; scared would be a better word to describe what I was feeling.
 But the moment that J.R. took me in his arms, with my heart beating close to his, something unexpected happened - my heart spoke to me. She doesn't speak very often (or maybe I just don't listen to her enough) but when J.R. hugged me, I heard her loud and clear.
She said, "I am complete now. This is where I belong." 

Of course this caused me to go from being scared to feeling completely terrified.
Instantly my mind told my heart that she was being ridiculous and tried to silence her.

Out of fear my mind protested, "Everyone says you are to young to know what "real love" is. Plus he's been gone for two years and you've both changed so much. You don't even know each other anymore. Would you even be happy together now?"

But my heart would not argue. She had spoken.

I didn't necessarily follow her fearlessly, but I did follow her.
And i'm so glad that I listened. 

Yes, we were young. But for my journey in life I wouldn't have had it any other way.

The lyrics in one of my favorite country songs by Chris Young says,
"That's how you know it's true.
When a new love feels old,
And an old love feels new."

This is how I describe my love for J.R.
When we first started dating it just felt like we were meant for each other.
And now that we've been in each other's lives for almost 9 years, I can honestly say that I love him more deeply and completely each year.

P.S. read The Truth about us 

Only Here - Utah Food: Grove Market and Deli

I love introducing and sharing good food with my friends, so this is going to be the first of many blog posts where I'll share with you the places that J.R. and I enjoy eating at.

I plan on only spotlighting local restaurants and diners. It's always a special occasion when we get to eat out and it's wonderful to enjoy food that you know can't be duplicated anywhere else -it seems to make the experience feel more special. So whenever we go on vacation we always try to eat at a local restaurant, and we love to explore all of the local diners and restaurants here in Utah. Now, whether you live here or hope to visit someday, you can refer back to my blog for tips and honest opinions on all the great places to eat. 

So I'll start off with a cool place that J.R. took me to for the first time last week called Grove's Market.  They've been around sense 1947 -and its not hard to figure out why- these guys know what they're doing when it comes to sandwiches.  

These sandwiches are huge. 
For a good idea of just how big they are - imagine that you're trying to eat a football. (a delicious football).  
But the taste is as big as their size. I was really surprised at how honestly fresh all of their ingredients were.

To state it simply, go to Grove's Market if you want to experience an epic sandwich.

Its a tiny place located at 1906 South Main Street Salt Lake City Utah 84115.

The easiest thing to do is to call in your order a few hours ahead of time and then just swing by and pick it up when it's ready. The phone number is 801-467-8860.
 Click HERE to visit their website and check out their menu.

This place is small - smaller than a lot of homes that I've been in. There isn't any room to eat inside but they do have a few tables outside on their patio.

I have a wonderful date idea planed around this sandwich shop for when the weather gets warmer.
  We'll order and pick up another sandwich (one sandwich is plenty for two people) and then have a picnic for two at Liberty Park. We'll share our leftover bred crumbs with the ducks, and then lay in the shade of the trees and listen to the breeze blowing through the leafs. ....  *sigh* Why can't it be spring already?