Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: An open letter to Julianne Hough on life after the wedding day

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Brooks Laich, left, and Julianne Hough arrive at the Television Academy’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Dear Julianne,

Congratulations on your recent marriage to hockey player Brooks Laich! Your wedding at Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho looked idyllic and dreamy. You mentioned the day as “perfection” in an interview with People magazine, and I wanted to give you some advice on married life — you know, from a very experienced veteran of 11 years.

We were married in the depths of December and came home to a tiny snow-covered basement apartment in a fourplex in a part of Provo I didn’t even know existed. It wasn’t glamorous by any sense of the word, but we made it ours. I fully believe you can make whatever house you live in a home from the love that abides there. Grow that love. Kind, gentle words and lots of service can make a tiny cottage feel like a mansion. A little paint can go a long way, but so can a good attitude and great sense of humor.

As you get settled into your new life as husband and wife, you may notice things about your husband you didn’t before. Embrace his differences. Sometimes you might feel an urge to vent your frustrations to your family. Don’t. They don’t know him like you know him, and your worries will only make them worry. Stay loyal in your words and thoughts.

When and if you have children, let him be a parent. As mothers, we tend to tell our husbands how to do everything, and even if we fully…

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