S: Our Story : Alyssa & Sam
BC: I Love You Sam, Lyss | Looking Forward to Making More Memories Together.
FC: Our Story: Alyssa & Sam
1: Both Sam & Alyssa participated in college athletics - He was on the Men's Basketball team at Mount Union, and Alyssa was a cheerleader for Capital University. When Mount Union played at Capital, they caught each other's eye. They started talking through the internet, then began talking on the phone. On May 31, 2008, Sam had a basketball game against AND1 at the South Field House in Youngstown, Ohio. This is not only the first day they met, but the start to their journey together. | Where it all began...
2: That next weekend, Sam came to Lima to visit.... | They started making plans to see each other whenever they could
3: Summer '08, they spent a lot of time relaxing and spending time with Anthony.
4: Alyssa went on a cruise through Europe and was gone for ten days. They realized during that time that they had strong feelings for each other. The day after Alyssa got home, her & Sam left for vacation with her family to Norris Lake, Tennessee.
5: On July 15, 2008, they decided to start their relationship
6: To celebrate Sam's 22nd birthday, a group of friends got together and went on a bar crawl at Geneva on the Lake.
7: Family is important to both Sam & Alyssa. With the long distance relationship they have, it is hard to spend a lot of time with family. They take every opportunity they can to spend time with the people they love.
9: They both gained another family.
10: One of their favorite places to go...
11: March 6, 2009 They said "I Love You." | They went out for a few hours in Columbus to meet Sam's friends, who were in town. They were getting home late, and knew they had to be up early to work the Arnold Classic Cheerleading Nationals. They were so tired. Lights were off, Alyssa's eyes were closed. Then she heard, "Alyssa." she said "yeah?" ....After a long silence, he said, "I Love You." And of course, she replied, I Love You too!"
12: Mount Union | Capital
13: Sam's last away game was at Capital. Both families traveled to Columbus, Ohio to watch. | Capital & Mount Union, once rivals, now rooting on each other.
14: There were many trips to Columbus...
15: & many weekends spending time with friends
16: Back to Norris Lake 2009
17: "Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart" John 11: 25-26
18: Christmas '09 Lima, Ohio | Christmas '08 Lima, Ohio | They found ways to spend the holidays together. | Christmas '09 Canfield, Ohio | New Years '09 Alliance, Ohio
19: New Years '10 Columbus, Ohio | Thanksgiving '09 Lima, Ohio | Halloween ''10 Columbus, Ohio | LOVE
20: "Its Always Better When We're Together"
21: Their communication made them best friends, their trust made their relationship work, & their feelings made their love grow.
22: Alyssa & Sam both graduated college. Alyssa accepted a position at OSU Medical Center in 2009, and Sam accepted a basketball coaching position with the University of Mount Union in 2010.
23: "Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone, in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing they they see it, even if they dont see it nearly enough"