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Katie Holmes was swept off her feet “in an instant” by Tom Cruise, but that was just the beginning of a family life that grows richer by the day.

So the actress says in the new InStyle.

“It happened quickly, but I was certain it was what I wanted,” Holmes said. “I never felt overwhelmed. I thought, Okay, good. Here we go.”

Katie Holmes, who will be 29 on December 18, may not have been overwhelmed by Tom Cruise, 43, but she was certainly thrown for a loop.

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“It happened in an instant. I still get like that, ‘Whew.’ When you fall in love, it’s as though time stops. It’s all-encompassing.”

That love only blossomed during the next two years, she says – through the birth of daughter Suri Cruise in April 2006, the lavish wedding in Italy that November, and the everyday moments of family life since then.

“I try every day to let him know how much I love him,” Holmes says of her husband. “It gets better and better. It has made my life.”

Holmes admits she’d love to have another child. “But I’m in no particular rush,” she adds, perhaps because she has her hands full with Suri.

“She loves coloring and creating,” Katie Holmes says of Suri Cruise. “She’s a great mimic and dancer. She came to the photo shoot yesterday and was into all the shoes. I’m mostly shocked at how quickly she grows.”

After taking a break professionally, Katie Holmes is returning to acting, starring in the upcoming Mad Money. But she now looks at life now through a wider lens.

“I want to go to sleep knowing I made my family happy, I made myself happy, and I worked hard in all aspects of life,” she says. “It’s really pretty simple.”