We were married on June 20, 2003 in the Orlando, Florida Temple.
The day was beautiful. The sun was shining. The sky was as blue as the ocean. The wind was non-existent. And we were happy and in love.
We took pictures with our bridal party outside the Temple before we were married. The girls were in lavender dresses that came to their knees and the men wore black tuxedos with lavender vests and ties.
Soon after we took the pictures a Temple worker came outside and told us it was time to come in and get dressed.
I got ready and met Oswald in the celestial room where we waited to meet the man who would perform the sealing.
"Can you believe this day is finally here?" I asked Oswald as we held hands.
"Are you nervous? excited?" I asked with my excitement showing in my eyes.
"I'm a little of both. Mostly excited and ready. It feels like we've waited forever for this day to get here." He said squeezing my hand gently.
A sweet older lady walked up to us and whispered, "It's time, follow me."
Oswald and I walked hand in hand to the sealing room. The seats were full of family and friends. Everything seemed like such a blur. I couldn't tell you how many people were there. I couldn't tell you what they were wearing. I couldn't tell you much about what was said that day, all I know is I felt loved.
We were sealed for time and all eternity at 12:30 that afternoon. We promised to love each other, not until we parted at death, but forever. We promised to be companions in this life and in the next. We promised before God that we would remain faithful to each other and to not let anything separate us.
By 12:33pm, we were man and wife. We were an eternal family. We were a unit that could not be broken. A companionship that would last forever.