picture+story from usmagazine.com
"For the first year of our marriage, I still would give people gifts and write: 'Love, Carrie,'" she says. "And I'm like, OK, now I'm 'Carrie and Mike' -- there's two of us now. But I'm getting better all the time."
LC and I have been married over 6 months now. My students still call me by my maiden name because my license hasn't been updated, and my county won't update my nameplate or email until that happens. Plus, I was 31 when I got married. I'd been used to being "single" for a long time. It's still weird when someone calls me by my new name. We were at the car dealership, and one of the workers was calling out my name to get my attention. I felt like an idiot because I didn't respond. Whenever I hear it, I instantly look around for my mother-in-law. Ha! I'm getting used to it slowly. Sometimes, I sit back and think...is this really my life? Am I really married? And then, it hits me. I really am all these things:)