As summer drew near, I was placed on the same summer missions project that Andy was going to attend. It was then that I realized I really liked him and that would be a major challenge. He also realized I liked him. So, our first week on the project, he sat me down and said, “I think you like me more than I like you.” Um…. Ouch!
At the end of the summer, God nailed Andy with his feelings for me. The first was when we all went hiking one day. My friend Molly and I stayed at the top after the group started down. When we climbed down, we accidently climbed down the wrong side of the mountain! This put us in Vermont (we started in New Hampshire). It was a looong climb down and we were very lost. We didn’t make it down until dark. This was pre-cell phones, so no one knew where we were. We took a very expensive taxi ride back to the New Hampshire side of the mountain and Andy was there waiting anxiously. He barely even acknowledged Molly and quickly swept me into his car to take me home.
The second moment for Andy was when he asked me to go to Boston with him for the day. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a date (it turned out to be!) He tells the story that on our way, he remembered when a pastor we like had shared how to find your mate. He said, “Run as hard and fast towards God as you can and then look to your left and see who is running with you.” Andy says he literally looked over and realized how I was right there spiritually running towards God, too. He later shared that with me as we walked on the beach and he asked to date me. It was a sweet God moment and we enjoyed taking the next step together!