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Below are the 16 most recent journal entries recorded in The Relationship of Eric and Annalisa's LiveJournal:

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
6:33 pm
I wanted to let Eric post first because this was his decision, and until he posted, I didn't want to spread word. But it is true.

I love you all; this has not changed. And both of us will need lots of prayer and support in the upcoming days and weeks; so please don't abandon us now, but I don't believe this journal will be posted in again.
4:10 pm
To everyone:

I'm sorry to tell you, but it's over. Last night I broke the engagement between Annalisa and I.

Thanks for your support, both up to this time and into the future.
Friday, October 26th, 2007
5:03 pm
Today I went wedding dress "looking." I went alone because I didn't want to have to deal with anyone's opinions besides my own. My thoughts were: "It my wedding, my dress...not theirs. If they think it's spectacular, they can keep that idea to themselves and the next time they're the bride in a wedding, they can use it themselves." I haven't completely thrown out the idea of possibly making a dress, but I found 3 dresses today that were quite economical.

I have one more shop to look at, and I'll probably do that next Thursday or so; it's a dress shop that deals with "damaged" dresses. A classmate of mine recommended it. She said that she got her dress there for under $200 and that it was an amazing dress. The "damage" to it was that it was missing 5 beads, and she says that no one even noticed.

So, all in all, it's been a nice day. Love you all :)
Thursday, October 11th, 2007
10:50 pm
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
9:56 pm
Wedding update!

  • Eric and I are pretty sure we have a date picked out (but we haven't discussed whether or not to post that on here yet).

  • Eric looked at 3 churches while I was in class on Monday, and we looked at 4 together on Tuesday. Of those 7 churches, only 5 of them will let us have our wedding there (one has a members policy, and the other will be undergoing renovations.)

  • We named our kitty! Her name is now Abigail, and pictures will follow at some time.

  • We are attending an "engagement encounter" this coming weekend; so keep us in your prayers as Eric and I spend an entire 2 days trying to communicate about important things.

  • We're also pretty set on what we want to do for our honeymoon, but just so you don't decide to show up, I won't be posting that here at all :)

I think that's all for now...it's been a long day. There was a fire at my school (just in the elevator, no worries); so I'm a little tired and pretty cold still. Winter is coming in Michigan.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
5:34 pm
To be quite honest with you all...I don't know what I'm supposed to put here. I've been engaged about 69 hours, and it still seems a little surreal. At the same time, it feels like the most normal thing in the world.

I guess I'll tell everyone's favorite story:
Q: Did you ever have an idea that the treasure hunt would end in an engagement?
A: I had that thought 3 times during the hunt, but I dismissed it the first two times. The first time was when Elaine and I were on our way to Victory Park following the first clue. I told her about a time when Eric and I were first musing over getting engaged and he mentioned that someone used to send him and Scott on treasure hunts (or something like that); it had been mentioned as a proposal idea, but was never spoken of again. The second time wasn't until I was in his house, looking at him. He got up to give me a hug and a kiss when I entered the room and he simply said, "Hi." I dismissed it thinking, "Aw...he was just being romantic! :) " So, when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, I was confused. I thought, "I thought we just established that this wasn't the proposal!" So, I sort of stared at him dumbfounded for a bit. My "squeaking out 'yes'" was the result of "yes" being phrased as a question. (Oh yeah, the third time I thought it was about a proposal was when he pulled out the ring.)

We have our wedding party pretty much set already. We don't know about ring bearers or flower girls, but as far as bridesmaids and groomsmen go, they're set. Our colors and the date aren't set in stone, but they're in quickly cooling magma (or something like that). We're open to any and all suggestions, but this is our wedding...so don't be too hurt if we don't take them. ;)
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
3:54 pm
So, even though I did all that work before the actual proposal, I'm told it's my job to write the story down and let you all know how it went, too. :)

I've been planning this thing for a couple of weeks. Some, like my good friend Dan, have known about it since the beginning; some only heard about it as it happened - like Annalisa. I don't remember exactly when I started shopping for the ring, but it ended up being a blue sapphire with two smaller diamonds on either side. Before I actually bought it, I heard she was coming out to Albion the weekend of Sep 20-23rd for the Festival of the Forks, the Cru Barndance, and seeing me and other friends. Since she'd be here, and since no other near weekend would work better, and since I couldn't think of any reason not to do it now, I decided this was the weekend. :)

After some errands, she got here (to Albion) Thursday afternoon. I took her out to dinner at Scheuler's, a nice restaurant in Marshall. Because she suggested it, I blindfolded her on the way there to make it even more of a surprise. Dinner was great, and we had a nice evening. Friday, we had most of the day together after my one class, and we went to the Cru Barn dance in the evening. We left campus around 7:15 for Chelsea, and met some of our friends there. I had arranged with Mom to drop the ring off in my unlocked car while we were there. I had planned out a semi-elaborate thing to distract her while I met Mom somewhere to get the ring, since it was just finished that day, but it turned out to be unnecessary. She had no idea what was going on. :) The Barn dance was a lot of fun - another great evening.

Elaine, a good friend of Annalisa's, is in the Albion marching band, and the band was in the parade on Saturday, part of the town's Festival of the Forks (named for the fork in the Kalamazoo River near here). Annalisa and I watched the parade go by at 10, and then went downtown for the festival. Around 11:30, we met up with Elaine and Dayna, another of her good friends. They were both in on this whole thing, starting about two weeks back. The four of us walked around the town for a while, and then we had lunch. At 1, I made up an excuse that I had to leave them for a while - I had to "do homework" - and told her to have a good "girl time." When she'd come out to visit me and them last semester, I complained a time or two about not knowing when she planned girl time, and now I was having trouble getting her to hang out with them! She wanted to see me longer into the day. :) I said, well, try and convince Elaine to let you see me again this evening, maybe around 9.

I had told Elaine before that at 7:30 that night, she was to give Annalisa the first of a series of clues. I slipped it to her during lunch on Saturday. At 1, I met Dan, and he helped me plan and execute the rest of this thing. We had 6 hours to write all the clues and plant them, and make the living room of the house I'm living in as romantic as could be.

I had some ideas for where to place the clues, so we walked the campus and part of the town scoping them out. We scrapped a couple, and came up with two new ones. I wrote out rhyming clues for each place, and put them in envelopes. Dan suggested having Elaine walk with her during most of this treasure hunt, so I sent her text messages to that effect. I also emailed Elaine a "cheat sheet," in case one of the clues stumped Annalisa. I already had several candles, but we went to get a few more from Pamida, and set them up in the living room. At 7, Dan prayed for me, then went out to place the clue while I got ready. I was getting nervous when he got back; it took him more than a half hour to place them even though he drove.

At 7:30, Elaine asked Annalisa to take a walk with her, and just outside Dayna's house (where they'd had dinner) she pulled my envelope out and gave it to her. Annalisa knew I was up to something, and she said she thought about it being a proposal several times along the way, but decided every time I was just doing something "just because." The first clue led her to Victory Park, where we spent some time by ourselves sophomore year, on a little island in the Kzoo river. From there, she went to the Eat Shop, a cafe on campus where we've had dinner a few times - Dan left the clue with one of the employees, so when the girls came up, she just handed the envelope to them without a word. The next clue was in the library basement where I work in the computer lab, on the big whiteboard. Next was Fiske house, where I lived last year and where we spent lots of time - the clue was taped to the door of my old room, since no one lives there this year. The last clue was in Robinson hall, one of the classroom buildings. We had a class there together sophomore year, and Dan left the clue where I showed him she and I sat during that class, next to each other. That clue led her back to my house.

John and Peggy, the great folks I rent a room from, knew what was going on and hid the dogs and were gone for me. Dan was upstairs hiding in my rooms. She came to the backdoor and came in, seeing candles in the kitchen leading to the hallway. From there, she saw the candlelight in the livingroom - the only light in the house. I was in there waiting, so when she walked in I got up, gave her a kiss and a hug, and then I went down on a knee. She said later that until right then, she had no real idea what was going on. Then I said, "Annalisa? I love you. Will you marry me?" It seemed like a full minute or three, but she got this huge grin and squeaked out "yes!"

Then we called our families, Dan came downstairs, and some of our great friends on campus - Elaine, Dayna and Brandon - came over with champagne, and we had a little celebration. After we spent time with them, we stayed up late being cutsey and talking.. it was hard to get up for church this morning. She left for home early this afternoon to get to her church's Bible study, and it was hard to see her go, but we're really excited to be this much closer to the rest of our lives together.

Here's a few pictures for you to see. The first one is us just after I asked (Dan had a camera), and the other two are the ring she's wearing now. :)

Love you all! Thanks so much for reading this, and your support through everything.


God bless, y'all!
Monday, September 10th, 2007
10:16 am
I know it has been a long time since we updated this, and I'm sorry about that. I don't know how many of you even check this anymore if anyone; however, I'll post anyway.

Eric and I started fighting about a week ago. Granted, "fighting," from what I can remember of it, consisted of me yelling and him getting frustrated. At any rate, it was neither of us at our best. So, Friday or Saturday, we sat down and had a talk about it (on the phone). It seems like our entire relationship is a process of learning to communicate with each other.

My family seems to understand me, why I do what I do, and all that sort of stuff. Eric has known me just over 3 years; I can't expect him to know me just as well as they do after having known me 22 years. Basically, I wasn't being fair to him, and I didn't know how to tell him about me (because I'd never had to tell anyone before). It was like trying to be a psychologist and figure out why I do things I've been doing for years: what makes me angry, what I want out of our relationship, how we can limit our arguements, how I express anger, and how I express repentance.

It's funny how after all these years, I still have stuff to learn about me.

As always, keep us in your prayers. Eric is back in school at Albion, and today marks my first whole week back at OCC; so we're back to both of us balancing school work and our relationship (and his job and my externship). It can get sort of lonely, and I'm glad that we have all of you to help support us.

Love to all of you.
Sunday, May 20th, 2007
10:44 pm
When marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have in-laws
(Which isn't completely accurate, but we'll let it slide.)

So, yesterday, I was Eric's guest at the wedding of his cousin Brian. This was, without a doubt, my first exposure to the entire family. But when Eric and his mom were quizzing me later, I had everyone pretty much figured out.

But the wedding was good (despite having injured feet for it). It was a nice ceremony, and there was a nice message/homily/whatever you want to call it. "You can't truly say you love someone else until you can say that you love yourself." The wedding reception was fancier than I'd ever want mine to be, but it was nice all the same. The waitress wouldn't give me wine because I didn't have my I.D. on me, but when someone figures out how to put a pocket in a dress like that, please let me know; needless to say, Eric shared his with me until we could allocate a glass for myself.

I'm not sure what else to say here. I could tell you that Eric bought me flowers about a week and a half ago (a dozen yellow roses) and now they're sitting here slowly dying, but they still smell amazing whenever I come upstairs. And they make me happy because they're one of many ways in which he tells me that he loves me.
Monday, April 16th, 2007
12:15 pm
"Hello. God here. May I speak with Eric, please?"
Eric and I spent this weekend out in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, visiting the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (hereafter known as "LTSG"). However, I must relate the start of this weekend because on Friday morning, I took my first ever "real" train trip. Cedar Point and the cute railroad at 1-75 exit 161 in Ohio don't really count as "train trips." (Sorry, Aunt Mary, Uncle Dennis, Anut Pat, Uncle Mike, and whatever other relatives I have that might have possibly taken offense at that statement.) I've really warmed up to train travel in some ways; I mean, just this evening, our train wove through some gorgeous mountains, and it was probably very romantic. Unfortunately, it was dark out and we couldn't see them at all. However, I do actually like the fact that I can stay on the ground, have someone else do the driving, and still have the freedom of getting up and moving around. On the negative side, food isn't included (as it is on a plane trip), and it costs an arm and a leg to buy.

Anyway, I digress. This isn't a journal about my train experience; it's a journal about Eric and I and our relationship...

So, if anyone missed it, Eric is planning on becoming a pastor with the ELCA (if anyone on my side of the family needs a reference, yes, that's the same denomination as my mother), and the ELCA hopes that their future pastors would all get educated at one of their 8 schools across the USA. Eric, probably from some part of his love for history (especially war history), has always had a special spot for Gettysburg in his life. So, Eric hopes to go there for seminary. (Elsewhere on his list are "Southern" which is in Columbia, SC, and the school they have out in Iowa which I can't remember the name of.) I got to spend most of the weekend hanging out with the "spouses" (although there were other girlfriends attending that weekend). ("Wartburg," says Eric.)

I learned a lot this weekend. I learned that Eric and I will leave seminary thousands of dollars in debt no matter how much we start with. I learned that it costs less money to wash your laundry at the seminary than it does to wash it at the laundromat in town, but that the laundromat in town is much cheaper when you want to dry your clothes. (Also, all of the living accomodations on campus have clotheslines which are free!) I've found a probable place of employment, and we'll find out at a later date if Eric will be able to work as well somewhere. We were told that the town is quite welcoming to the seminarians and their families and very willing to work with them and help them out as much as possible. Some of what we'll be receiving is just plain charity--there's a "food" pantry run by the seminary, for the seminary, stocked mostly by surrounding churches--, and some of it is excessive kindness--giving us jobs while knowing we'll be there only two years, leaving for a year and then coming back to work for just one year before losing us again. And I just had to decide to accept that fact this weekend.

I spent the weekend mostly doing "spouse" stuff. I got to visit the YWCA that is on campus; I attended a version of the Spouse Alliance (or whatever it's called) meeting. While I did that, Eric sat in a lot of classes and learned a lot of information about the seminary and about topics that he'll have a chance to study at the seminary. I think we spent every second of our scant spare time napping as the train ride took a lot out of us. Sunday, we had to opportunity to visit consortiums (don't know if I spelled that right) where Eric will have to spend some time studying at least one semester. I think he should take the music class at Wesley Theological, but who knows, he could probably take some sort of sacred dance class at the AME seminary. :-P

Hope you're all doing well. Keep us in your prayers as always. Peace. :)
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
9:45 am
This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of spending Easter Sunday with Annalisa and her family. It all started, I suppose, around Thursday evening, when I started to realize that my computer was kaput.

Actually, my computer has little or nothing to do with Easter. It does, however, engender the consequence that Saturday evening, after I drove home from Albion, I was up with Dad for a long time trying to fix it, until he told me to go to bed. So, when I woke up Easter Sunday, I had only gotten about 4 1/2 hours of sleep, but was quite excited upon waking anyway.

After dressing to the nines, I met Annalisa and her family at their house right around 8:10. Shortly thereafter, we left for mass at St Anne's. That was fun; I hadn't been to a mass in a long time. I thought the homily was a little strange and stereotypical, personally, but it is what it is.. not every sermon/homily has to be a masterpiece.

From there we went back to her house, and met Justin and Nivin there, which was nice. I had never met Nivin before, although I had seen some pictures of their wedding. After a while, we opened Easter baskets that had been made for all of us, and that was a lot of fun, too. I haven't had one of those since I was quite a bit younger, and I had never had one like this before.. tons and tons of candy, a mug, a tshirt.. Everyone went through their basket piece by piece, and seeing people's reactions was great. It was obvious Annalisa and her mom put lots of time and thought into these things.

After stuffing Easter eggs, we went to Aunt Virginia's house, where the rest of the family was gathered. I hadn't seen most of those folks for a while; it was good to see them again. It was quite a nice Easter gathering.. dinner, egg hunts, conversation - it felt like home. I suppose maybe that's strange, because I've only really met these folks a few times... but then again, it has been said that one of the ways you know you love someone is how comfortable you are around them, in their environment - if that's the way to measure our relationship, it's definitely meant to be. :) The traditions were great - going to Mass, the easter baskets, dinner and egg hunts.. I come from a family who used to have, at least, quite a few traditions. They've changed over the years, as the family changed, and so it was wonderful to participate in them again. I'm glad Annalisa kept the details secret from me.. that way it was all a good surprise.

After dinner and the egg hunt, we went home. Annalisa and I went upstairs to watch a movie, and I went back home around 10:30. It was simply a wonderful day. My thanks to y'all who read this who welcomed me in for your Easter.

We're still working on communication skills... I was told last night that "it's a lifelong learning process," and I'm coming to believe that's true. We're getting better about it, but could definitely use your prayers for that, specifically. She and I are learning a lot of this as we go, sometimes the hard way. But that's what life is about, I suppose - learning and trying together. :)

Annalisa and I are going to Gettysburg, PA this weekend to visit the Lutheran seminary there. So far it's the one I'm most interested in attending after finishing my undergrad degree, and so we believe (and have been told) that it's a necessity to see it as a couple, for myriad reasons. We're taking the train this Thursday night out of Toledo, so look for another update soon about how it went.

God bless, y'all.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
1:47 am
We've heard for the longest time that lots of our friends have thought we'd end up together. If you thought so, what made you think that? Some of you have only known us for a short time.. but still have thought the same thing. I'm curious as to why. What made us appear that way?

Also, I'm curious, for those of you in relationships - What has been one of your difficulties in communication? Nearly everything I've read about relationships has said that communication is key.. and yet is a problem, now and again, for a majority of couples. If you've had difficulties, how did you resolve them?

(Just want to point out, it's not that Annalisa and I are having any significant problems.. I'm just wondering how to avoid them at all.) :)

God bless, y'all.
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
1:59 am
How "we" came to be
Annalisa: So, Eric told me that I needed to post this, but in all reality, we tell this story much better together.
I was just about to start my sophomore year at Albion when ResLife (Residential Life, in charge of housing on campus) contacted me to let me know that I would have a different roommate than I had originally planned on having. When I moved in with Lynn in August, I found myself on a hall with a lot of Christians who all happened to be friends. My roommate, Lynn, was dating a guy on the hall named Ron--they're now married--and Ron's roommate happened to be Eric.

Eric: My freshman year at Albion, I was blessed to become part of a great group of upperclassmen, who became close friends of mine in time. Several of us made the decision to live together the next year - my sophomore year. When the time came to choose housing options, we chose Twin, the newer building on campus, with suites surrounding a common area in a square. Ron and I were near the stairs, while four of the girls chose a suite in a corner, and another pair of girls chose another room partway down the hall. It so happened that Lynn S had a roommate situation - she had transferred during the summer - and so, coming in to the year, she didn't know who this Annalisa girl was. Our group knew what the rumor mill said about her, but any of that proved false pretty quickly. On move-in day, she needed help with her computer connection. I was resting my eyes, laying on the table in the common area, and someone pointed her in my direction for the help she needed. That was our introduction - I fixed her computer.

Annalisa: In those early days, it seemed that Eric and I got to be the tag-alongs to whatever Lynn and Ron wanted to do. If the four of us went to the park to do homework, Lynn and Ron would eventually wander off to do homework, and Eric and I--the extremely studious types we are--quickly started talking rather than continuing to focus. When I encouraged Lynn to start eating breakfast in the morning, Ron and Eric quickly joined us, and for almost every breakfast for an entire year, the four of us ate together. On Sunday mornings, most of our friends attended a Baptist church, and although I attended there once, I wasn't a fan. Eric attended an ELCA--of which my mother is a member--church in Jackson, and he invited me to check it out; we attended there off and on for a semester. For all of September, Eric and I were pretty much inseparable. Certain friends of ours asked if they could categorize us as "dating." And in reality, that's what we were going to be. Eric had planned to ask my father for permission to date me. Then, the night before my father was supposed to come to campus (under the ruse that he and my mother and I were going to watch a play), Eric said that he was not going to talk to my father and that he didn't think that we could date each other; that night we had been to a barn dance with Campus Crusade for Christ, and not long before, Eric had asked me if I would go to it with him. Now, I'm one of those people who likes to make sure that people accomplish their goals, and so, I told him that I wouldn't go with him to the dance because he had wanted to ask my father before dating me. (And, in my opinion, asking someone to a dance is a "date.")

Eric: I don't recall exactly what it was I had going through my head that night, but somehow it ended up that I wanted to "break off" whatever it was Annalisa and I had going. I talked to a couple close friends of mine who knew what was going on with her and I, and they supported what I told them I wanted to do. When the group of us got back to Albion that evening, I told Annalisa that I wasn't going to talk to her father.
In a way, I regret that decision. In another way, she's right when she tells me it's good that we took the time we did as friends, before dating. Had I talked to her father that night, and had we started dating that October, we would have only known each other for a month and a half. Whereas now, we've known each other just about two and a half years - and have remained fast friends through... most of it.

Annalisa: Yeah, Eric and I fought for two and a half years--usually fighting one month and being friends the next--over only one topic: the girls that Eric was interested in. And then, this past December, I finally understood why we fought about that; I realized that for two and a half years, I had been interested in Eric and didn't want him dating these other girls. And finally, I had to admit to myself that I either had to let him go or admit that I liked him too.

Eric: This past December, talking to Annalisa online one night as we did fairly often, she mentioned she had a friend who was looking for a good Christian guy. As far as I knew, Annalisa threw out my name by coincidence. She told me that this friend thought I sounded like a good "catch" or some such, so I more or less jokingly told her to give this friend my screen name. She IMed me, and we seemed to hit it off pretty well. I visited her a time or two, and once when I was almost there, I called Annalisa to tell her I had made it safely. I couldn't understand it, but she started crying on the phone. Later I started thinking about it, and thought "Well, there's only a few reasons she would do that immediately after hearing that I was going to visit a girl. The only one that makes much sense is if she's interested in me." 'Course, the actual thought process wasn't quite that linear, but I had it pretty much figured out by the time I left to go home. Annalisa and I were scheduled to hang out a few days later, and she said on the phone that we "probably shouldn't." I said, "well, unless you tell me not to come, I'll be there."

Annalisa: Whenever Eric and I would hang out, other girls would call him on his phone. Now, he claims that no one ever calls him, so I think it would be odd to say that when two girls call you every day. Apparently they only called on days he was hanging out with me though. Anyway, the night before Eric came to visit me, he and I had been talking on-line (as we often do), and he asked me what my favorite flower was. (He already knew what it was, but he has a bad memory sometimes.) I told him again, and I made the comment that he didn't want to bring it unless he wanted to be in big trouble; apparently that appealed to him, and he showed up at my house the next day with a yellow rose.

Eric: What Annalisa means by "trouble" is that not only her being interested in dating me, but me knowing that this was the case.
Also, she forgot to mention, she told me at some point a while back that she thinks I look cuter when I wear my glasses than my contacts. So, when I showed up at her house, I made sure I had my glasses on, a yellow rose in the car, and my best smile on.

Annalisa: And then he got stuck in my driveway. And since I don't drive stick shifts, it was just going to have to stay wherever Eric could get it to. Anyway, it was an enjoyable day. Towards the end of it, we had a lengthy conversation about how we each really felt about each other, and where we should go from "here" in our relationship, and by the end of the day, we had decided that we were going to date, but we weren't going to start right away. I wanted to work up a friend base in my area before we started dating. To make a long story short(er), a week later when I visited Albion, Eric and I started "officially" dating, on January 26th.

Eric: I loved the look on her face when I showed up at her door with that rose.. It might be the ultimate cheesy statement, but it was like the sun rising and bursting on a beautiful mountain range when she smiled that way. I asked her why yellow roses are better than red ones.. her answer? "Because everyone else thinks red roses are so great, but they're not. They're what everyone gets and they don't take any thought. Yellow roses are like the sun and a smile all put together and they're much more unique." She smiled the same way just the other day, when I went to the Albion florist and got her another one.
We've decided that we're quite serious about this whole thing. We've only been dating just over a month, but we're looking at our future together, as a couple, somewhat more so than as individuals. We've decided to take a visit together to the seminary at Gettysburg, to see what we can see, and for her to learn what my life/our lives will be like for the four years as I go through that whole process. We're trying to be careful as we talk about the future - after all, we're both not quite 22, I haven't graduated college yet.. There are so many reasons to be careful about what we discuss. At the same time, we would like to ask you for prayers for all of this. Also, if you recall, this blog is for you folks to tell us what you think, offer advice, that sort of thing.. anything you feel like telling us, please do. It's very comforting for the both of us to know that all y'all, our family and friends, are behind us in this.
Friday, February 16th, 2007
12:13 am

Spent some time on this, this afternoon...

Isn't she cute?
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
11:36 pm
Celebrating Valentine's Day 100 Miles Apart
So, our first holiday as a couple...and to be honest, it's pretty exciting to not be celebrating "Singles Awareness Day" anymore, but it was tough to not be together as well. It's not like we didn't do anything for the holiday, but with my sign language class taking up whatever time he wasn't in class and my massage class taking up the evening, it wasn't as if we had any option of being closer.
Yesterday, after class, I checked my voicemail to find that I had a serenade from my fraternity sisters (Sigma Alpha Iota) singing, "Fly Me to the Moon" which Eric had arranged for them to do. Then, this morning, Eric serenaded me with "The Valentine's Day Song." I had put together a present for Eric of some of his favorites, and I had a friend deliver it to his door this morning. We exchanged e-cards and phone calls during the course of the day as well.
So, for 100 miles apart, I felt like it was an enjoyable Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 11th, 2007
11:32 pm
So this is apparently the first post in this new thing.. It's for the two of us, but more than that it's for the rest of y'all - our friends, family, and random strangers who like to stalk people online. If you're one of the third category, please don't comment on anything.. that would just be creepy.

Annalisa and I have.. quite the complicated relationship, which goes back to 2004, our sophomore year of college when we were placed by coincidence (God working anonymously?) across the hall from each other. My friends and I had planned to live together the previous year, but through a series of fortunate events, she ended up with one of the girls, and so became part of our little close group. There's somewhat more to be explained, but that's for another time, because she tells the story so much better than I - but the gist is, we've been more or less great friends for all this past nearly 3 years, until recently. Recently we started talking about beginning a dating relationship, and it became "official" on January 26th.

We both believe that the point of a dating relationship is to find out whether the two of you may be right for each other for marriage. We believe that God has a plan for our lives, both as individuals and as a couple, that He has led us thus far into our relationship, and that if we continue to seek him, He will continue to guide us.

So, any of you (except for you stalkers out there) are welcome to read what we post here, comment on whatever you find laughable, cute, horrifying, or otherwise interesting, and we most definitely encourage and ask you to pray for us on anything and everything you read here.. we've both learned through experience that any relationship survives by the strength of both God and their friends and family, as well as the two people knowing how to rely on each other as well as their respective friends and family. Therefore, whoever you are, we very much appreciate your prayers and support, as well as any advice you feel comfortable giving to a couple of young adults who're trying to figure out this "relationship" thing, while trying to survive school and life at the same time.

God bless, y'all.
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