As I walked out of Andrew's house with tears streaming down my face, my heart shattered. But as I said before, I also had a sense of immeasurable peace. I hadn't felt my Heavenly Father's love so strong for me before and it truly felt like He was giving me a hug to reassure me, or letting me cry on His shoulder like any loving father would do. That night I slept over at my BFF's house cuz I din't want to be alone and we had our other friends come over for a bit too. We ate ice cream, I cried, it was a great girls night for me to get all emotional about everything and have such great friends to support me ;)
Over the next year, I gotta be honest with you, I wasn't very social.
*Disclaimer again: I have always kinda been a homebody until senior year but then it was just with my small group of friends and by this time 2 of them were married and one engaged, so it was hard to get together anymore*
I actually only had one date during the entire two years Andrew was gone. And that happened at my other friend's wedding.
I really didn't want to go alone,and my buddy (we'll call him J) said he'd come with me as my date so I wouldn't feel so lonely cuz all my girlfriends had dates. I was SOOO beyond glad he did! First it wouldn't have been any fun to be all alone at a table, AND he came to my resuce when I needed a friend. This girl (let's call her B to make things easier) I knew from high school came over to our table to say hey and we were all chatting for a bit. Then the other couples went to get food, leaving me and J to talk with B.
Out of the blue B says "So you were dating Andrew Mills right?"
Me: "Yeah, he's in the MTC right now but he leaves for Argentina on Monday!"
B "So what are you going to do when he either writes you off or comes home and doesn't want you anymore?"
Me: *stunned silence*
J: "Well I come home 9 months later and then I'll snatch her up!" (with a smile)
B then left the table.
I was so grateful he was there just to rescue me from hecklers. Although he did actually mean that statement at the time, which made it nicer too ;)
At his year mark, Andrew sent me a tape that was meant for only me to listen to! We had exchanged tapes throughout the year but always with other people talking on it too, so this was something special. He talked about his companion and all the cool people he'd met and at the very end of the tape he said "I love you". It was really fast, so more like "iloveyou" *click* hahahahaha But it made me so happy! We had made an agreement before he left to not be all "loving", for lack of better word, in our letters to each other so that made the tape extremely precious to me ;)
Stay tuned for part 4!
Here you will find love, magic, bookworm favorites, Disney tips, and a family on their journey to Happy Ever After!