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But really, WHAT??
Seventeen months?
I promise I don't just act shocked every single month, I really really really cannot believe how quickly time is flying.
Seventeen months seems like so much bigger than Sixteen
...but so much smaller than Eighteen.
Elder Moore has seven months left until he returns home.
Woah.
Remember that one time we started out at 24 months?
Oh, yeah... I cried like a child.
This journey is a crazy one, that's for sure. 
I can feel soo close to this sweet boy even when he is so far.
He appears in my dreams exactly when I miss him more than anything. 
One letter can change my entire mood for the rest of the week.
One phone call can remind me that he is real, and our love is in fact true
One picture can carry me through, gosh he is sooo cute. 
His strength and faith reminds me that I am in fact waiting for the man of my dreams
Oh, and we haven't even seen each other in SEVENTEEN months.
If that ain't love, please try to tell me what is :)

The pictures this month are slightly comical.
It's summer, so I felt the need to incorporate sunglasses and brights.
This is what I came up with, and well... I'm satisfied haha. 






Alrighty, Story Time!!
Soo remember how we left off here??

Well... "things" seemed to quickly escalate from here on out... minus one factor.
Soo my teeth are truly one of a kind. By the time I was a freshman I had about 5 baby teeth left. Craziness I know. So as everyone is beginning to get their braces off, I'm just getting mine on. Yes, my freshman almost sophomore year of high school, I got braces. And, I was nottt happy about it. For two reasons: 1) I just really didn't wanna go through that metal mouth stage but more importantly 2) I was clearly trying to win Hunter over and that was NOT going to help my cause. So, the day came and I got my braces on. I also had 5 missing baby teeth, and an expander. It was like, really cool obviously. When I got to school the next morning Hunter came running up to me to see. I covered my mouth with my hand when my friend whispered "don't let him see." Well cool. thanks for the confidence boost. After the begging rapidly progressed I uncovered my mouth, and gave him a huge brace faced smile, then ran away to my class with my friend. I was so embarrassed but there was no way I was going to wait for a reaction. When the bell rang for school to begin, my phone vibrated. It was a text from him. "I don't know what you were worried about, you look cute bestie." Kay, seriously? How sweet is that? Even if he was lying, that was exactly what I needed to hear from him and he took the time to say it :) The next time I saw him it took me a minute to warm up and be myself around him again. He continued to crack jokes in hopes that I would let out a giggle that he still to this day claims to be "the cutest ever." He brought up something I had said in relation to football earlier in the year to get a conversation started but failed miserably because I had no idea what I was talking about. So I couldn't help it, I giggled like a little girl and he reached over and hugged me soo tight. What a sweet lovebug :) So at this point in time I was still aware of said other girl, but also hadn't heard much of anything about her in quite some time. I mean that seemed like a good sign right? Right. So I continued to do my thing, and slowly but surely was winning him over even against his will. There would be so many nights I would be texting Hunter and he would say "hold on, I'm gonna read my Book of Mormon for a little, I'll text you when I'm done." So after this began  happening quite often I finally asked about it. He told me all about it and let me know that he could give me my very first copy. I was so excited. I was so nervous to ask about it all those times, but it was so easy. He let me know how much happiness it brings him and that he wanted me to experience that same happiness. One day after school I went over to his house. Before I left he gave me my very own copy with his amazing testimony written on the front cover. I treasured it and began reading right away. Him and his brother started to talk more and more about his brother's mission because it was nearing closer with every day that passed. They both invited me to his farewell at church which I was beyond stoked to go to. I spent the night at my best friend's house the night before so that I could just go with her in the morning. I walked in and immediately spotted Hunter... he winked and smiled the most loving smile. I sat down and remember feeling at home. When his brother spoke I felt something I had never felt before. I felt so happy and so at peace. After church I went back to my friend's house and watched a movie. In the middle of the movie Hunter texted me. He said "Aleigh Joy, you sure did look beautiful today." He still tells me today that he thought I looked beautiful that day. Pure, innocent, and beautiful. It melts my heart every time. I remember going to school that next Monday and feeling closer to him than ever before. Our smiles at each other were more loving, more focused on just each other. Our hugs were longer and definitely tighter. Even though I already knew I really really liked this one, I found myself falling harder for him quicker than I thought possible. He recognized that the feeling was mutual. And at this point, it scared him and I both when we realized it was happening.

Alrighty, this is really when it starts getting juicy.
Can you hardly wait until next month?? haha :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy 


5 comments

  1. I feel like this is a cliffhanger in your story, lol. Can't wait to see what happens next month! And you're pictures are so adorable!! :)

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    1. You are such a sweetheart! Thank you soo much :) Oh yes, most definitely a cliffhanger haha.

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  3. I just LOVE your story!!! Hunter is a really lucky guy, he gain one of the most precious hearts on earth, an one of Heavenly Father's princess. Thanks for sharing so much joy! Even though I'm not even in the US, I feel like friendship between all of us and some day we will meet each other as we did before coming to earth!

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    1. Oh you are such a sweetheart! Thank you so very much! :) You are quite an amazing woman :)

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