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21!!!
Twenty one months?
Twenty one months!
I swear we just hit the year mark...
It's ridiculous how much faster the second year flies by than the first.

Only three lonely months left and then I will never have to write a single letter again!
(well, to him at least.)
Although, there is something so romantic about letters.
It's old fashioned, and it helps you dig a little bit deeper.
We have grown together more than we thought possible through letters alone. 
Communicating through emails and letters for the past 21 months has not been easy. 
I promise you that.
But, I will treasure those letters for the remainder of my life.
Each time I come home to a new letter, my heart skips a few beats.
The love we share, will never get old.

I can't begin to explain how grateful I am that Hunter is out serving the Lord.
Every single night before I lay my head down, I thank my Father in Heaven for this time that we are spending apart.
I thank him for how much we are learning and growing separately and together, for the amazing people he has been able to teach, for the blessings we have received, and most importantly for the love we share. 
We can only grow deeper in love from here, and I know that we will.
A love like this only comes along once, and I'm determined to make it last.

Although I can hardly stand the anticipation of being reunited, I'm not going to let that get in the way of finishing strong.
These past few letters I have written, I have had to try so hard not to ramble on about all my plans for the future.
I know that he needs to stay focused on the work he has been set apart to do.

Oh Elder Moore, I love you with every ounce of my being.
Thank you for being my one and only.








I can't believe how close I'm getting to finishing up the story of us!
Although, we all know it is nowhere near finished.
In fact, it's only just beginning!
Need to catch up?
No worries, last time I left off right here

As for this post... I think I'll pick up pretty close to where I left off.
So, since the whole bus incident occurred I was pretty darn positive I had found the one I would love for the rest of my life. But, I felt crazy. I was a sophomore in high school. And, according to the world, there is no way you can fall in love at that age. HA! Wrong my friends, very very wrong. I had fallen for him and my world began to revolve almost completely around him. Conflicted would be an understatement though being that at that point in time we were hardly even aloud to look at each other. Now how on earth was that supposed to work itself out? I loved him though, and something just kept telling me to keep moving forward. You can all probably guess what happened from there... We got closer again and it didn't take much time at all to pick up right where we had left off. It had seemed as if we never skipped a beat and even though we knew we were just digging ourselves in a deeper hole, we just couldn't keep away from each other. Can you imagine the confliction going on in our hearts and minds? I remember several high school kids coming up to me asking why Hunter wouldn't just ask me to be his "girlfriend" already. To them it made no sense. But to me, it made all the sense in the world. We had a plan. A plan that we couldn't explain to anyone else without them thinking we were crazy. We had the right intentions, and the world viewed us as crazy. We knew we just needed to endure high school and stay "secret lovers" until he left for his mission. I let him know very early on that I had planned to be right here waiting for him when he returned and from there he would take me to the temple so that we could be sealed together for time and all eternity. After that we would live in Utah where we would start a little family. He would work to support us and I would raise the minis. After that, we would live out our fairy tale wherever the Lord would take us. It all seemed so perfect and so... within reach. But, we were also two crazy high schoolers that didn't think much about reality. But hey... we would deal with that when it came our way right? So basketball season came and went and soon enough it was spring break. At this point in time we were back at it. And that of course made things even more confusing to those that couldn't figure out why we weren't just gonna "make it official." Hunter's family had plans to go on a cruise. He was extremely excited, I was less than thrilled that he would be gone all of spring break without cell phone reception. Spring break came and went and I found myself right back at school searching for Hunter in the normal spot that we would meet up. This time, he was nowhere to be found. "He's probably just running late" I thought. Luckily our classrooms were right next to each other and we were bound to see each other once the period ended. Of course I couldn't stop thinking about seeing him the entire time. I walked out expecting to see him waiting there like he always had done but to my dismay he wasn't there. I began walking to class and noticed he was a little bit ahead of me. I sped up to catch up to him. As we were walking together he was quieter, more subdued, different. Talk about a rocky teenage love right? So I later found out that on the cruise there was this Lds girl that seemed to take a liking to him. Hmm lovely. You could say that I felt like my heart had broken into a million different pieces, but mainly I was just annoyed. I tried my hardest to stay away, but my heart had other plans. Apparently his did too. His parents (being the good parents they are) recommended that he keep his options open while he was still young and in high school. He was following their council but just couldn't seem to keep me away. Ahhh thank goodness ha. So prom was around the corner and earlier in the year we had talked about going. But, I needed an official invitation. Hunter is a football player. Being sentimental was never really one of his best skills. So, one morning during break I caught him sneaking around me and over to the grass out of the corner of my eye. He bends down and picks a weed. He will try and tell you it was a flower, but I will forever beg to differ and say it was a weed ha. He comes up next me with the "flower" (weed) in his hand and says, "Aleigh will you go to prom with me??" My reaction: "You're kidding right?" Hunter: "uhm, no." (smirks) Aleigh: "Okay, yes I'll go to prom with you Hunter." Hunter: "You better keep that flower (weed) forever!!" As upset as I was by the way he decided to ask me, I couldn't help bust smile and just laugh at how "Hunter" that was. And of course, from there we only fell Moore in love. Are you noticing a trend yet?? With every curve, bump, whatever you wanna call it... we came out stronger together. That prom was a prom I'll never forget. It was on the U.S.S Midway in downtown San Diego. He held my hand the entire way there. We walked around laughing and making memories, we slow danced, and got our picture taken for the school newspaper. However, prom is dirty. Ha. We weren't down for "that" kind of dancing so we left a little early. We had a few other people to take home so we decided to walk around the harbor as we waited for the dance to end. We were laughing and smiling and holding hands and just being two teenagers that were desperately in love. We found a little empty pier and walked to the end of it judging all of the private yachts and deciding which one would be ours when we grew up. When we got to the end of the pier he grabbed my hand with his and put the other on my waist. I put mine on his shoulder and soon enough we were dancing to no music under the stars in our prom clothes. It felt effortless as he spun me around. We were staring into each others eyes and my heart started to beat faster than I could control. We were leaning in closer and closer and just as I could feel his warm breath next to my face we both jumped a little as we heard music playing. A party boat was passing by and we just laughed the night away. We walked back to the car where we found the others waiting for us, he opened my door and once again held my hand the entire way home. I kept looking over at him with the biggest grin on my face. Seeing him in a tux only made me think even more about seeing him on our wedding day. When the night came to a close you can only imagine how hard it was to say goodbye. There were now only a few weeks left of the school year. Summer was coming so quickly and even though I was so excited I was half dreading the fact that we wouldn't have an excuse to see each other everyday anymore. We were growing deeper and deeper in love. Then, one night we got in an argument. I truly can't even remember what it was about. Clearly it wasn't that important. Although we attempted to resolve it, the resentment carried over into the next day. It was the second to last day of school when things just kinda blew up... under the stairs. Ha. Although I can laugh about it now, at the time I was crushed! We had our first real fight, and we were both too stubborn to do anything to resolve it. We didn't talk for days. And those days turned into weeks. My heart was aching but I wasn't going to give in. One of my girl friends became interested in him. And apparently, he tried to be interested in her. I was more than crushed but it also sparked something inside of me that I had never known before. I took matters into my own hands and tried my hardest to like another guy. We went to the beach together and I tried so hard to want to be there, but I just couldn't get my sweet Hunter out of my mind. So, we settled our little argument how any teenager would. We Tp'ed each other's houses. And pretty darn good too hahaha. That of course got us texting again. And, because of that we were forced to talk things out. He came over to my house after practice one night with a group of his friends. When they left I walked with him out to his car. He hugged me as if nothing had ever changed and it felt more right than it ever had. So can you guess what happens next?? Yep, we ended up falling deeper in love forgetting what we were even mad about in the first place. I know that the whole "soul mate" thing has such a bad rep, but I mean... come on. I'm pretty darn sure we are meant to be. And each one of these little tests has proven that to me time and time again. 
Well that wraps up that time frame. 
I promise this next year was much less difficult haha.
Truly though, I am so glad we had so many things thrown our way to test our love.
We have overcome each of them and because of that I know he is the one :)

Well until next time my friends!
And thankfully, there aren't too many more "next times"

All my love,
Aleigh Joy






1 comment

  1. Such a cute pumpkin! And cute dress! I'm glad to hear the second year goes faster than the first! You're so close, girl!!

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