(If you need to catch up, here are parts 1-7) He came over to my parent’s house one morning in late July.? It was just a regular summer day for us, nothing special. “What do you want to do today?” he asked. “I dunno.” I replied.? That was a pretty standard reply.? It always took us awhile to think of something to do, which is why most days we ended up just hanging out and watching movies. “Let’s go to… Read more »

(Parts 1-6 below this post.) As the spring semester of 1999 came to an end, I began to get a little obsessed about getting engaged.? As much as I put on a happy face about him moving to California, I really wasn’t thrilled about it.?? We had always said we didn’t want to have a long engagement, so I figured if he proposed, we wouldn’t be apart for longer than 6 months.? That thought made me happy. One night, just… Read more »

After three years of dating (well, off and on, as you now know), Derek and I finally lived in the same city.? I would like to say that I didn’t go to ACU because of Derek, but he definitely played a huge part in that decision.? It really doesn’t matter how I got there, only that I did.? I truly loved every second of being at ACU. I was giddy with excitement as I moved into Nelson Dorm with one… Read more »

(Scroll down to read the story from the beginning.) That time it was me who broke it off.?? I really had no good reason except it felt like he was way more serious about us than I wanted to be.? I was a senior in high school and just wanted to have fun and date and be with my friends and not be worried about my long distance boyfriend.? We were still together in the weeks before Christmas, but I… Read more »

(I’ve been an all-star blogger this week…if you’re just checking for the first time in awhile, scroll down to catch up on parts 1 through 3!) In March of 1997, Derek passed through town on his way to a spring break mission trip.? We had been talking? a lot about our relationship, but we were still broken up.? I wasn’t happy about that.? Even through the hurt feelings, I still loved him, and I thought that he felt the same… Read more »