I finally did it. I made some major changes in my life. I officially became Mrs. Erin Sheffield, or rather, I legally became Erin Sheffield and I became a resident of Iowa. These were both hard things for me to do, but for different reasons.
I had been all pumped and ready to change my IDs to my new name soon after the wedding. However, I could not decide on what name to take. I felt like Erin Jackson Sheffield sounded better and made more sense professionally, but that my middle name was more personal. I also felt bad giving up on my grandma's name or my Dad's name. I felt at a gridlock for over 6 months. I finally decided to keep all 4 (a bit overwhelming) and went to the licensing division to turn in my old ID and name.
But, I am now a resident of Iowa, I guess (thanks for not changing my out-of-state tuition!!!!). That is a little weird. Even though I really like it here (except in the freezing cold winters), who is from IOWA? People probably think I am a hick already. At least I'm a politically involved hick, though. You can't say that for Arkansas, I don't think! Besides, I miss my UTAH when I am not there. I'm sad to feel I have very little claim on it anymore.