Off the Market, Sorry Guys.

Note to world: This girl is no longer on the market.

Liv and I have been cousins almost my whole life (she is just a few months younger than I am) – but our love affair started the summer before high school, the one when I added five countries to my list as we cruised the Baltic waters and perused along the coasts of Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Germany, and Denmark. In high school she was my rock. I knew if it was something I felt comfortable telling her on our weekly phone dates, than it was an okay thing. She has always been an example of charity, goodness, work ethic, intelligence, and friendship. I am so grateful to have her here at BYU, always there when I need someone – the perfect combination of friend and family.

Brian proposed over Christmas break, complete with flowers, waves, a lighthouse, and the most beautiful ring. I always liked Brian, but knowing that he’s smart enough to snatch up a good thing – makes him that much better 🙂 He is one of the luckiest guys I know.

I wanted to share a few of the words Olivia shared with me about my own wedding. They were meant for a blog feature long ago, but seem so fitting now:

October 27, 2011

 “…I loved hearing updates about all the cute things he did for you, from the Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt to the adorable texts and poems. It was interesting to me how we both had similar things we were looking for in future eternal companions (or at least boyfriends), but that Ben was perfect for you, and I thought Brian was perfect for me. They’re really different, but I think good for each of us…
…I had been praying for you and Ben, that the wedding day would go smoothly and fulfill all your hopes and expectations, but I should’ve also been preparing myself to see the happiness that comes from a temple marriage.  A lot of decisions we make don’t have good consequences until much later, but I think a temple marriage gives both instantaneous and long term happiness. As it is, I was surprised at how strongly I felt the Spirit confirming to me the importance of families and temple ordinances…
I look forward to so many good times as we’re students, and then eventually later with our own families. You’re a great example to me of how things are supposed to happen. I love you so much, Elisabeth.”

I can’t wait for you to have that same joy, Liv. If there is anyone I know that deserves it, its you. 
I love you, forever.
and I can’t wait till we can add your picture to this cousin collage 🙂 

Is it just me, or is everyone getting engaged?
Do you have any cousins your age?

photocredit: knw 


  1. How cute! I loved this post. My most favorite cousin just got engaged. It's actually super hard on me! BUT..super happy for him at the same time. Cute pictures!

  2. What sweet, sweet words you both shared! I only have a few cousins, and sadly we aren't that close. My husband has a MILLION cousins though and they and their significant others are some of our best friends. I love how close they all are, and how they have accepted me into their family too. I dream of having a big family one day and my kiddos being super close to their cousins 🙂

  3. Congratulations to your pretty cousin! I've never had anyone in my life like this, but I can definitely see how close you two are! I hope her wedding is everything she imagines it to be 🙂 xoxo

  4. olivia is such a great woman! seriously.
    love both of you girls.
    obviously i need some ring pictures haha.


  5. How sweet! I'm the oldest cousin by many many years so I'm not close any of mine because they are all boys that are at least 5 years younger! haha. I love this post so much 🙂

  6. I was an oops baby. My parents were in HS and dad was in college and since my parents are both the oldest all my cousins are MUCH younger. I do feel like everyone is moving on to a new phase of life but in my life its babies!

  7. Congratulations to the lucky couple. Sadly, I'm not close to my cousins, but the love for yours really comes through.

  8. Congratulations to your cousin! A lot of my cousins are getting engaged!

  9. Awww, I always wished that I had a close cousin! It does seem like a lot of people are getting engaged and married lately…

  10. I am SO happy for Liv! I love how you started this post… she's no longer on the market haha! The notes that she wrote during your wedding, sounds like you two are VERY close. Can't wait to hear updates about her wedding 🙂

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  13. I think everyone is getting engaged or married or having a baby! 🙂
    I have a cousin who is 3 months older than I am, we are close but we now have different interests – I prefer staying at home and she prefers to party…that kind of difference 😉 Congrats to your cousin and her fiance!


  14. Seriously! Everyone's been getting engaged lately! I got married slightly young, so it seemed like for a while there, none of my friends were getting married yet, and then, suddenly, this year, everyone I know has been getting engaged and starting to plan weddings. Unfortunately, no one in my family just yet. The oldest of my cousins is only 16, so we've got a few years of quietness to go!

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