It’s amazing how much a new last name can change things. The last time I wrote a blog for AgriNews, I was Ms. Erica Sullivan. Now I’m Mrs. Quinlan, and I can’t believe how different it feels to be married.

I am so excited to have a new byline. But, for a writer, it is incredibly strange to see a new last name in print.

I keep looking at last week’s articles and thinking, “Erica Quinlan, that sounds nice.” I know it’s now my name, but it still doesn’t look like my name. When I see the words, I don’t automatically think, “Yup, that’s me.”

Although I always assumed it would feel the same to be married, it definitely doesn’t. In a good way.

Now I have a husband to spend evenings with, an apartment full of “our things” and someone to calm me down when the car breaks down and I lose my phone, both of which happen more frequently than they should.

When I walked down the aisle on Sept. 28 to marry my college sweetheart, I didn’t know what the future would be like, and I still have no clue. But I think that has to be one of the greatest unknowns in life.

It’s a new page, a new chapter, just like when I started this job. The first page of this chapter is full of beautiful memories from the wedding day.

Listening to my grandfather officiate the ceremony, walking back down the aisle under a shower of colorful sprinkles, holding the hand of my new husband.

Hearing my best friend give a maid of honor speech that knocked my socks off. Seeing firsthand that so many people care about Jeff and I.

Even eating Chinese food after the wedding instead of going somewhere nice for dinner.

The next few pages of the story are full of pictures from Mexico, where we spent time for our honeymoon. Walking through the hot streets and feeling so close to the sun. Cooling off on the beach and trying lots of new food. For better or worse.

Maybe I’m still in the honeymoon stage, but I hope not. It has only been a couple weeks, but I already know things don’t go smoothly every day.

It is just so great to spend the ups and downs with someone who knows me better than anyone else. I wanted to share this part of my story with everyone online.

Thank you to my AgriNews family for being there for me during this new stage in life, my blood family for 23 years of supporting me and my new Quinlan family for showing us an outpour of love.