Friday, June 8, 2012

One Year Down

   Sometimes when people hear about Daniel and I and I tell them about what it's like to have a missionary, they make the comment "I don't know how you do it! I could NEVER do that!" First off I want you all to know, I never planned this. Actually this was the exact opposite thing I planned for my life. I came to BYU and I had 3 rules.
#1. NEVER date a premie (boy that hasn't been on a mission)
#2. NEVER date someone in my ward
#3. NEVER date someone in my family home evening group
     In fact, it wasn't just those rules I had planned to follow, I actually planned on never getting married at all. I didn't want kids and I didn't want a marriage. I wanted to be a doctor and that is all that mattered to me. And then.... I met Daniel. Have I ever told you guys the story of Daniel and I? The REAL one? Not the we were best friends and everything was great after that story, the actual one. The one that started on August 29, 2010 while I was walking to church with my roommates. We were all new to the ward and area being freshmen and we had heels on while we were walking. We were talking about how we should just walk to my car and drive there. A boy in front of us turned around and said "Are you trying to skip out of church?" I was pretty much appalled. How dare someone accuse me of such a thing! I told him that we were definitely not trying to do that and we just didn't want to walk in heels. He stuck out his hand and introduced himself as Daniel Ted Wood. Wow. And then he continued to flirt with every single one of my roommates except me. Yep, if you thought I was annoyed by now, you would be right, but it gets worse. Just wait. Over the next few days I found out that this boy was not only in my ward, but my FHE group, and 4 out of my 6 classes. He was EVERYWHERE! And he was always with a new girl. It drove me crazy! He loved to come over to my apartment and just hang out with all of my roommates and was basically always around. He was a genius. A genius that didn't even have to try. I was jealous. I went on being annoyed by this boy until a couple months down the road. Our apartments spent all day together hanging out. As we were walking home I overheard my roommates saying "Oh my gosh Hailey and Daniel are going to hold hands!" It made me laugh so I nudged Daniel and asked him to hold my hand. We held hands and I felt the spark. That was it. That was all it took. Everything that drove me crazy about him now was everything I loved. We were inseparable from that point on. I would tell you all the things we did, but I am pretty sure his family reads this. We had some great, late nights. We were the best of friends and I fell in love with him a short 6 months after meeting him. He was everything I had ever wanted, and the boy I broke all 3 of my rules for. I no longer wanted just a career. Now I wanted a home and a husband and multiple kids running around. Even if Daniel and I don't end up together, he will forever have a special place in my heart. He has changed me so much and taught me so much. He is amazing. He deserves the world, and I know he will get it. I love him to death and I am so excited to say that today he has been on his mission ONE WHOLE YEAR!
    A whole dang year! We have survived a whole dang year. I think we continue to be shocked at where we are and how great things are. Every time Daniel goes to a zone or district conference the other missionaries ask him "So has she written you off yet?" and he gets to laugh and say NOPE! He loves it. Let me tell you there have been some ROUGH times and I know there will be more to come, but it has been such an amazing year. I can't believe how fast it came! It kinda freaks me out for how fast this next year is going to come! I have been so immensely blessed this last year. I am so grateful for all the experiences I have had. It has been an extreme year of personal growth for me and I look forward to the next one. I don't know what will happen with Daniel and I. I am not stupid. I know that the majority of these situations do not work out. But I won't regret anything. I have lived life to the fullest since Daniel has been gone and I am continuing to do that. It's been a roller coaster, but we have survived. Yes things have changed, but that's just a relationship and how things go. For all those girls with missionaries out there, learn to love the moment. Learn to love where you are now because you will never be there again. Learn to love your relationship for what it is, and what it isn't. Learn to hope and hold your tongue. Learn to pick your battles and say you're sorry. Learn to say you are wrong, and always always love to the fullest. Happy one year Elder Wood!
    And to all of those of you who say "How do you do it?" I give you this....

Recipe for lasting 1 year
1 Boy
1 Girl
2 best friends
2 tons of patience
1000 pictures
52 letters
52 emails
A heap of love
A heap of forgiveness
365 smiles
365 "I love you's"
A barrel of hope
& A sprinkle of tears
Mix well, chill, and serve for the next 365 days to come!
 I also wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who contributed to Daniel's One Year Book! It turned out so GOOD! If you want to check it out here is the link:
What you want to do is click the link->view photo book-> wait for it to load and then click full screen
He is going to love it and I can't wait to tell you all what he said!
I hope this blog finds you well!
Until Next Time,