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S: A Year Apart

BC: This is Only the Beginning...

FC: Andrew & Jaime Chapter 1.5 A Year Apart

1: Andrew & Jaime Chapter 1.5 A Year Apart

2: Table of Contents The Move.............................................................................................. pg. 1 The Official Word..................................................................................... pg. 7 The Handgun......................................................................................... pg. 10 The Cake.............................................................................................. pg. 13 The Computer........................................................................................ pg. 18 The Labor Day Weekend.......................................................................... pg. 22 The Second Cake.................................................................................... pg. 24 The Skype Session................................................................................... pg. 26 The Band Picnic.................................................................................... pg. 28 The Second, Third, & Fourth Skype Sessions................................................... pg. 30 The Fall Orchestra Concert........................................................................ pg. 33 The Band Pictures.................................................................................. pg. 35 The Band Children's Concert...................................................................... pg. 37 The Fall Break...................................................................................... pg. 39 The Recital Posters................................................................................. pg. 41 The Halloween Costume............................................................................ pg. 47 The Recital........................................................................................... pg. 49 The Percussion Ensemble Reunion Concert...................................................... pg. 53 The Funeral.......................................................................................... pg. 56 The Second Fall Orchestra Concert............................................................... pg. 58 The Fall Band Concert............................................................................ pg. 60 The Third Cake..................................................................................... pg. 62

3: (Continued) The Thanksgiving Break............................................................................ pg. 64 The Snow............................................................................................. pg. 67 The Christmas Break............................................................................... pg. 88 The Conducting Course............................................................................. pg. 99 The Second Snow.................................................................................. pg. 101 The Special Text................................................................................... pg. 105 The Concerto Competition......................................................................... pg. 107 The Handgun, Continued......................................................................... pg. 109 The Jammin' in Your Jammies Concert......................................................... pg. 112 The Third Snow.................................................................................... pg. 114 The President's Day Weekend.................................................................... pg. 116 The Band Practice................................................................................ pg. 120 The Winter Band Concert........................................................................ pg. 122 The Fourth Snow.................................................................................. pg. 124 The Illness......................................................................................... pg. 127 The Winter Orchestra Concert.................................................................... pg. 129 The Spring Break................................................................................. pg. 131 The Second Band Practice....................................................................... pg. 133 The Second Set of Special Texts................................................................. pg. 135 The Spring Band Concert........................................................................ pg. 139 The Campus Pictures.............................................................................. pg. 141 The Band Banquet................................................................................ pg. 143

4: (Continued) The Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert....................................................... pg. 147 The Spring Orchestra Concert.................................................................... pg. 149 The Third Special Text........................................................................... pg. 151 The Orchestra Banquet............................................................................ pg. 153 The Lunch Outing.................................................................................. pg. 156 The Festival of Faith Concert.................................................................... pg. 158 The Fishing Trip................................................................................... pg. 162 The Dinner at Nanoo & Bigdaddy's............................................................ pg. 170 The Kissing......................................................................................... pg. 172

5: The Move | 1

6: After a long & emotionally difficult car trip from Memphis to Wheaton, Andrew, Jaime & her Dad arrived at the McDonell's house Saturday evening, August 15th, 2009. | 2

7: Andrew Baby don't cry, I love you. I’ll be just a phone call away until you get back or I come see you I am yours. Always am. And will be. You will be fine trust me. And I will come see you as much as possible. You'll see. And soon enough we will be together. Permanently. :-D Ditto. Now stop crying and smile for me pretty lady. | Jaime I love you, too. I’m gonna miss you so much. :( I know. Just. I miss you when i don't get to see you for one day and who knows how long this will be I know. :) It's just hard I want that | 3 | Text Conversation August 15, 2009 9:04 am

8: After church, they went back to the McDonell's & ate lunch. | 2 | After lunch, Jaime changed shirts. The pair had a little time until they had to move Jaime into the apartment. | 4

9: The next morning was awful. | After getting ready & eating breakfast, Daddy & Andrew took Jaime to school & headed on their way back to Memphis. And so, the year of separation began. | 5

10: The band cabinet was set to take a trip to a local water park where they would make some important decisions about the coming year, as well as have fun. Jaime had been one of the primary planners of this trip, being in charge of the budget for the group. However, because she worked for Debbie in the Admissions Office, she also had obligations on campus for freshmen orientation. So, Jaime met with the band cabinet briefly before they left, & then stayed on campus to help with orientation. All the while, she was suffering from extreme separation anxiety. | 6

11: The Official Word | 7

12: Andrew I asked your dad. :-) Yeah. He says that his answer will come later. But he did say that he thinks he knows already the answer. Mmhm. :-) love you. I love you too. So damn much. Your mom and dad might talk to you about my marriage to you :-) | Jaime :D yeah? Mkay. I'll have to get u to tell me more l8r I love you too. Sooo much | Text Conversation August 18, 2009 12:16 pm | 8 | ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Text Conversation August 19, 2009 1:26 pm | I love you baby. :-). I told my parents. Feel free to spread the word :-) They are happy for me :-) :-). I love you. | ! :D I'm so happy! I love you, too. So very very much. What'd they say? :) That's good. :) I love you too!

13: 9 | After some discussion with Jaime's parents (regarding school plans and finances, etc.), it was official: As of Saturday, August 22, 2009. . . they were engaged!!!

14: The Handgun | 10

15: Happy Text from Andrew Aww I love you too baby with all that I am. ;-). I hope you have a wonderful day. Aug 20, 2009 9:46 am | 11 | Happy Text from Andrew Woke up cause of dog. Wanted to tell you how much you mean to me before bed. I love you like a fat kid loves cake. :-) Aug 22, 2009 1:57 am | Happy Text from Andrew I miss you my love. Good night sleep tight. Sweet dreams. Aug 25, 2009 12:32 am | Happy Text from Andrew Right now I am on break getting food. Miss you tons. Need you more. Love you most. Aug 26, 2009 12:20 pm | The next several days were difficult, yet uneventful. It was small texts like these, from Andrew, that helped Jaime to get through this time. Not long after, however, Andrew made a purchase that made him very happy...

16: FN Five-seveN | 12

17: The Cake | 13

18: Andrew I love you with all my heart. All my soul. I want you and only you. :-D Oh I will greedily have you. :-) Yeah? I love you too. Can't wait till we are married. I swear I'll be the best husband I can be. :-) :-) You are what I want. I just need you to be you. Miss you too. So damn much. Imma hug you to death lol. Lol. Yes indeed. | Jaime :D ditto. I love you with all that I am. I'm yours alone forever, if you'll have me :D Heehee, yeaya I know you will be. And I'll try to be the best wife I can be. I'll do everything I can to keep you happy and safe and growing Ditto I miss you Yes, please! I don't like being so far away from you | Text Conversation August 29, 2009 7:48 am | 14

19: I know baby. I don't like it at all either. But just two semesters and we will be married and we will be right next to each other all day all the time :-D. Smile. You have me. Because you are not busy? At least soon I will have my PC and you can watch me while we talk. :-) Mmmhmm. I think that it will help a lot for both of us. It will be alright you will see my love. For me too. I just don't show it too well. But trust me I miss you so much. I miss everything about you. Your smell. Your touch. Your kiss. Your smile. Your just proved Andrew wrong walk. Your hair. My curly fries. Your eyes. Snuggling with you. Watching movies with you. Cooking with you. Everything. | Weekends are harder I guess Think that will help? Hope so. I hope you're right I know. Just been a really long hard two weeks. For me anyway Yeah? | 15 | Continued

20: Yeah! I swear. While I miss you baby. Trust me. I am also the happiest man the world has ever known. I have you in my life. Have your hand in marriage. And I have your love. I AM happy. Very happy. Yeah? Just keep loving me and we will be fine. :-) Good. | I don't want you to have to feel that. I want you to be happy. It makes me feel less alone to know it's hard for you, too. But I'd take that from you on myself if I could..if that makes any sense at all Good. That's what i want. I love you so much. I can't even begin to say how much Mmhmm. Absolutely. I love you more than anything. I'd do anything and give anything for you. Definitely. I'm never gonna stop. Ever | Continued | 16

21: The following day, Andrew texted Jaime this picture of a cake he had decorated. For Jaime, it was the small things that brightened the dark days. | 17

22: The Computer | 18

23: On September 1st, Andrew sent pictures of his new computer to Jaime. Although their intentions were to Skype often, a lack of web cam for Andrew meant that phone conversations remained the primary mode of communication. | 19

24: Regardless, Andrew was really happy with his new computer. | 20

25: Text Conversation September 1, 2009 12:47 am Andrew: Sorry baby didn't feel it. I hope you are awake enough to read this. I love you so much baby. I can't wait til I am married to you and that we are together. I love you with all of my being. Not a second goes by that I do not think of you. I keep you in my prayers and in my heart. Always. I love you. Jaime: Ok. So that made me so happy my eyes started to tear a little. All I can really say is a complete, resounding ditto. You're so amazing. So wonderful. I don't deserve you, but I wouldn't let u go for anything in the world. I love you too, so incredibly much. Can't even begin to tell you how much. | Happy Text from Andrew Can't sleep till I have told you that I love you and that I will see you very very soon. Sep 3, 2009 2:10 am | 21

26: The Labor Day Weekend | 22

27: When Jaime's roommates first arrived in Wheaton, she asked them if Andrew could sleep on the couch if he came for Labor Day. Sarah, Heather, & Elizabeth said it would be okay. At the same time, Jaime asked Sarah & Elizabeth to be bridesmaids at their wedding. Andrew had to work the Thursday before Labor Day, but had no Friday classes, & Jaime only had one class at 8 am. So, after Andrew got off work Thursday, he drove straight to Wheaton, a 10 hour drive, stopping | only for one 20-30 minute nap. He arrived at around 6 am & promptly crashed on the couch. Jaime left to go to her class, but on the way back, received a phone call from Sarah. She had been having second thoughts about Andrew staying with them, & rather than let Jaime know sooner, she chose to call at that | time & request that he not stay with them. It was too late to find anywhere else, despite several attempts. The rest of the trip gave Andrew & Jaime a great appreciation for homeless living, as the pair slept in Andrew's car one night and wandered campus another. But they were able to stay in the apartment one night, because all 3 roommates spent the night elsewhere. Jaime & Sarah's friendship was never the same, & Andrew & Sarah never got along. | 23

28: The Second Cake | 24

29: 27 | Andrew sent more pictures of his work on September 13th. | Happy Text from Andrew ...I see you as mine. My mirrored soul. My better half. All that I want and more. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. The good and the bad. But hopefully amazing. :-) September 10, 2009 12:28 pm | 25

30: The Skype Session | 26

31: Especially during the first semester, Andrew & Jaime would sometimes Skype at night, so that Andrew could at least see Jaime. | Often, Andrew's roommate made this difficult, but here are some pictures from one night, September 15th, when the pair did get to talk. | 27

32: The Band Picnic | 28

33: 27 | The band cabinet decided to have a picnic for the band members as a fall get together on September 16th. Things like this were a good distraction for Jaime, although she didn't usually look forward to them. Regardless, the above picture was taken at the picnic. In it are Dr. Yontz and the members of the band cabinet: (from bottom left and snaking up) TJ Mac, Eric Rubio, AJ Althoff, Stephanie Althoff, Christiana Wismer, Vanessa Maycumber, Ethan Riley and Jaime Moore. | Happy Text from Andrew Nanoo made nanner puddin :-)....Something about was missing though....You. You were missing. I miss you. *nudge* September 18, 2009 7:10 pm | 29

34: The Second, Third, & Fourth Skype Sessions | 30

35: Happy Text from Andrew just saying. I have the biggest grin on my face right now. I just got your letter you sent me. I love it. I love you. Yeahya!....I read it with big grin. Your handwriting is better than mine. September 21, 2009 2:30 pm | Here are just a few pictures from a Skype session on September 22nd... | 31 | Happy Text from Andrew Just thought I'd say you are the most wonderful woman I have ever met. I am lucky to have you. September 22, 2009 8:32 pm

36: ...and another from a session on September 28th and October 14th. | Happy Text from Andrew Good morning baby. I am sitting waiting for class to start Just wanted to tell you that I love you. Miss. Need you. Can't wait to be with you. Sep 24, 2009 8:04 am | Happy Text from Andrew Hey baby. Off work now. Thought I will tell you I love you and can't wait till we are married! Yeahya! Sep 23, 2009 5:08 pm | Happy Text from Andrew In Response to the Question: If you could do anything in the world right now, what would you do?: I would teleport to your side and kiss you passionately. Sep 27, 2009 8:51 pm | 32

37: The Fall Orchestra Concert | 33

38: 34 | On October 3rd, the Orchestra presented their fall concert, Music from Northern Lands. The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave), Op. 26 by Felix Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 by Edward Grieg (featuring Karin Edwards) Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams

39: The Band Pictures | 35

40: On October 7th, the Symphonic Band took their group pictures. Due to the lighting, these pictures were not used very often. Also, Jaime was sick this day, though that wasn't a factor in the lack of use of these pictures. A few days prior, she had blacked-out twice trying to get from class in Pierce to Debbie's office in McAlister, where she rushed to the bathroom to throw-up. Debbie later emphasized how green Jaime looked that day. At this point, Jaime was better, but still very weak. | As Pictured from Left to Right, Back to Front: Colin Grandlienard, Austin Clapp, Janelle Pasch, Taylor Anthony Elise Azkoul, Jaime Moore, Holli Whittman | As Pictured from Left to Right, Back to Front: Dr. Yontz Ethan Riley, Jaime Moore Stephanie Althoff, Eric Rubio, TJ Mack AJ Althoff, Britta Finck Katie Johnson, Christiana Wismer, Vanessa Maycumber | 36

41: The Band Children's Concert | 37

42: 38 | On October 8th, the Symphonic Band gave the Children's Concert. In Flight by Samuel Hazo Sunrise Song by Roland Barrett (featuring William Buckholz) Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland (featuring Tony Payne) Casey at the Bat by Randol Bass (featuring Nathaniel Olson) Armed Forces Salute by Robert Lowden (featuring Ben Alle) American Faces by David Holsinger

43: The Fall Break | 39

44: From October 16th through the 20th, Jaime was able to be with Andrew in Memphis for Fall Break. It was a much needed break. The only pictures taken during this time are these that Jaime took on the bus ride back to Wheaton. | 4 | 40

45: The Recital Posters | 41

46: On October 24th, during a practice session, Jaime took a few pictures as potential ideas for her upcoming Junior Recital. | 42 | These pictures triggered an idea. She could make one poster that resembled each piece on her recital!

47: 10 | 43 | The next day, Jaime took several sets of pictures, so that she'd have many good options for her posters.

48: She even did something out of character, taking several pictures of herself as potential options. | 44

49: 45 | Lots of pictures were taken that day...

50: Later that night, Jaime sent this picture to Andrew to show him just how much she loves him. The pictures below were chosen for the posters, each representing one piece, other than the picture of Jaime, which was chosen for those who may not have known her by name, but would know her face. | 46 | Ghanaia by Matthias Schmitt | Prelude No. 3 (Solo for | Timpani, From West African Rhythms) | by Christopher Deane | Woodwork by Jan Bach | Cold Pressed by David Hollinden

51: The Halloween Costume | 47

52: 48 | On October 21st, for Halloween, Andrew dressed up as Shaggy for work at Baskin Robbins.

53: The Recital | 49

54: 50 | On November 3rd, Jaime presented her Junior Recital in Edmund Chapel. Andrew, Jaime's parents, Lindsey & Taylor all came down for the performance.

55: 51

56: The morning after, Andrew & Jaime's family headed out to catch the MegaBus to return to Memphis. | 52

57: The Percussion Ensemble Reunion Concert | 53

58: Instead of a normal percussion ensemble concert that fall, Dr. Kastner had planned a reunion concert. That concert was held on November 7th. | However, while in a break during dress rehearsal for this concert, Jaime called Andrew, at which time he apologized for the death of her grandmother. Jaime's parents had intended to wait and tell Jaime later that night, after rehearsals. The funeral was set to be held not long after this concert. | 54

59: 55 | A Concert of Celebration & Thanksgiving Stands by Amy Putman Woodwork by Jan Bach Double Music by John Cage & Lou Harrison Ceremonial by Paul Creston Adagio by Samuel Barber, arranged by Kathleen Kastner Bonham by Christopher Rouse Now, Thank We All Our God by Kathleen Kastner

60: The Funeral | 56

61: Jaime's grandmother's funeral was held on November 13th. Jaime took a train into Memphis for the funeral, and left to return to Wheaton the same night. The trip home was bitter-sweet. It was good to see Andrew, even if only for one day. But, even though Jaime was not close to her grandmother, her death saddened Jaime. Additionally, leaving Andrew so quickly was very difficult. Finally, the rushed nature of the trip was physically draining. Thankfully, Jaime's mom got her a sleeper car on the train ride back. This did help with the physical exhaustion from the trip. | 57

62: The Second Fall Orchestra Concert | 58

63: Orchestra performed their concert Music of the Great Outdoors on November 14th. An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland The Oceanides, Op. 73 by Jean Sibelius Der Freischutz (Overture) by Carl Maria von Weber Symphony No. 6 in F Major, "Pastorale" by Ludwig van Beethoven | 59

64: The Fall Band Concert | 60

65: On November 21st, the band put on it's fall concert. The names of many of these pieces have been lost with time. However, some may be recognized as having also been played at the Children's Concert a month prior. | 61

66: The Third Cake | 62

67: On November 23rd, Andrew sent Jaime two more pictures of one of his cakes., helping to brighten her day. | Thanksgiving Break was soon approaching, and the couple could hardly wait! | 63

68: The Thanksgiving Break | 64

69: Jaime arrived back in Memphis on November 25th. That day, she went shopping for wedding dresses*!! | 65 | *Look in Chapter 2:1, on page 2, for pictures of that trip. | On the 26th, Andrew & Jaime took these photos.

70: Text Conversation November 28, 2009 9:43 pm | Andrew I love you forever times . :-) took me a while to find that symbol. Yep. My stomach is all sorts of messed up. Just saying. "jacked" up. Not dinner. I don't digest that fast. Haha. Won't make 10:05 time. Have to see later. Might be here a little while. PapaJohns? Maybe. Maybe just the pizza in general. Maybe it was soup. Yeah. Dunno. Maybe the soup and something else. I love you so much. Just saying. Never forget it. | Jaime Mmhmm. Ditto; multiplying daily! :) you just find it online somewhere and paste it in? Made me smile. Aw. I'm sorry. From dinner? Want me to get you anything? I like your picture. That's fine about the time. Do you know what could have messed you up? The peppers? Or just the pizza in general? Soup from yesterday? :( soup doesn't usually do this to you. Wonder why it would have if it is that. Same goes for you. My man. My love. I need you always. | 66

71: The Snow | 67

72: Andrew I love you. So much. Miss you already. I know I don't like it either. Home? glad you are home safe and sound. I miss you. Home is with me? I like that. | Text Conversation November 29, 2009 9:54 am | Jaime I love and miss you too. Don't like leavin you. At my apt. Debbie picked me up since I missed the 8:40 and all. Not home. At my apartment. I miss you, too. Yes. Always. | 68 | (Later, at 10:40 am) | _____________________________________________________________________________ Text Conversation December 1, 2009 9:42 am | Just woke up. Wanted to tell you that I love you. Miss you so damn much. | In New Testament. I love and miss you too. More than anything. So much more.

73: Andrew I just called you twice.. Guess you are sleeping. I hope that you sleep well. I wanted to tell you that I love you and that I miss you so much. I saw the email.s The day plan looks good. Thank you. I love you. Good night baby. I love you! Love! You! *this much* I'm showing you. Look harder! | Text Conversation December 2, 2009 12:56 am | Jaime :( :( :( I'm so sorry baby. My phone was layin on my chest so I should have woken up. :( I really want to talk to you. Miss you... :( Hope you sleep well anyway. I love you. I miss you. I'm sorry again.:(. Call me in the morning? Hopefully you're in class now. I'm sorry I missed you last night. Feel bad. I love you with all my heart. I miss you terribly. Please call me when you can. I love you, too! Miss you so much. I'm looking as hard as I can... | 69 | (Later, at 2:30 am) (Later at 8:03 am) (Later at 2:07 pm)

74: Text Conversation December 3, 2009 1:02 am | Andrew What do you mean? This? Q? Oh. Yeah. Me too. I want that to be over also. So much. Can't wait to have you always near me. Sleep well. I love you. Claps hands and white boy dances*. I lyrv you. | Jaime Baby...I want this to be over... That's all; sleep well. Q This long distance part. Accident :D claps hands and white girl dances. Yeahya! I larv you, too. | (Later, at 7:05 pm) | The snow season was just beginning in Wheaton on December 3rd. | 70

75: Text Conversation December 4, 2009 11:29 am | Andrew I love you too. So much. More than anyone including myself. You are my world. Just saying. Yeah. I miss you too. Miss kissing you. Lots and tons. And always. Want you near. | Jaime I love you! Mmhmm. Ditto. Very much ditto. *white girl dances* :D :D Sitting backstage waiting for my next piece. There's this couple in front of me flirting and holdin hands and whatnot. It makes me miss you more. Just sayin. Ditto. Mis that so much. Miss everything so much. Don't ever want to be separated from you like this again. Incomplete. | (Later, at 7:54 pm) | A little bit more snow came to Wheaton on December 4th. | 71

76: Andrew Good morning baby. You didn't wake me. Did I answer? I have no recollection of that. What I say? Lol. Was I out of it? You there? Baby is something wrong? Aww I'm sorry. I didn't mean any of it. I'm sick and didn't know what I was saying. Why you think that? What did I say? What do you mean? | Text Conversation December 5, 2009 10:14 am | Jaime Good morning. Sorry I woke you up. I did at 7:30. You did. I'm sorry. At auditions. You sounded a little annoyed. Asked if I would let you go back to sleep basically. It's ok. I understood. I think we shouldn't keep trying to do that tho...Feelin any better? Just in general when I wake you up it doesn't turn out well for me, sort of. That's unclear I know... Sounds worse than I mean it to. | 72 | (Later at 10:31 am) (Later at 11:09 am)

77: Oh baby. I'm sorry. I didn't realize. I swear to God I didn't know. I am unaware of it all. I didn't even know. I miss you and home sick too. Where you are is home. I know baby. I know. I am sorry. I will try to be better. I didn't realize. You should tell me more stuff more often. I need to know those things. No it's mine. I'll never do anything to hurt you. I love you. More than anyone can express. I love you. Larv lerv lurv lirv lyrv lorv you. Just saying. | Continued | This how it goes from my perspective: you ask me to call you early. I'm hesitant but eventually agree. I get excited to talk to you cuz I miss you desperately. I call. Wake you up. You're groggy and ask to go back to sleep. I end up sad and lonely and homesick. Prob shouldn't do that anymore. I know you didn't. I don't generally offer information like that. I had to make myself tell you that just then. I wanna go home so much. No. It's my fault for not telling you. Something I need to work on. I know you wouldn't. But it's not your fault if you don't know that it's hurting me. I love you too darling. So very much. | 73 | (Later at 12:00 pm)

78: Haha. Me. Your soon to be last name? The Lewis's When can I call you baby. This much* is how much I love you. Yeah? Mmmhmm white girl jiggy. I like that. | Continued | Mmhmm. Ditto. More than I could ever say. More than anyone in the whole world. You mean so much to me. Can't live without you. Wouldn't even want to try. So a couple days ago I typed a list of the auditioning students names, home towns and instruments. One was from St. Louis, only I spelled it like your last name. Wonder what I was thinking about... Probably not til like 5 :( I like that-the Lewis's. Audition days are full days after busy weeks. Always Yea? I can imagine it. White girl jiggle. Mmhmm. I love you too. Dis much times forever. | 74 | (Later at 1:20 pm) (Later at 1:41 pm) (Later at 11:56 pm)

79: Text Conversation December 7, 2009 1:56 pm | Andrew I love you *this much* Yeahya! | Jaime ! I love you, too; more than anyone ever. Times infinity to the bajillionmillionth power multipled by 73828279284...and growing minutely. Just Saying White girl jiggle. | 75 | The snow was increasing Wheaton. The above pictures are from December 7th.

80: 76 | The snow continued to fall through December 8th (above), and December 9th (below). Jaime also continued to send Andrew pictures of the snow.

81: Andrew Yeah? Lol. Gay dude I love you though. Just saying. It's not at all. Just saying. Lurv you dis much. Haha. Have classes with her? Good stuff :-) | Text Conversation December 11, 2009 1:03 pm | Jaime You're sexy. Mmhmm. Very. Extremely. Definitely. PS. That guy who drew hearts and arrows that I mentioned in a letter once is now drawing flowers in his notebook... It amuses me. Seems like it. I'm way not paying attention. You can ignore me if you like. Anyways, instead of working before chapel, Debbie took me to Kohl's and bought me some clothes. Aaaaaand I just got really tired. Go figure. I'm glad. Cuz I love you too and it would kind o f suck if that were one sided. Just sayin. Mmhmm. Times forever. I'm dozing in this class. Glad Elizabeth is takin notes. And that I'm in the back row. This one. I like having classes with her. She brings me food. :) I like it. That and we split the work--she studies for half of the final and I study for half, then we trade notes. And we make jokes and cut up and stuff, quietly. It's nice. I called the last three wedding places and left messages cuz no one answered. | 77 | (Later at 3:18 pm)

82: Yeah? I'm sorry baby. Why inapplicable? :-( The big ball room place might be a little too costly if that is the first choice. Haha. I know tons of those jokes. Tons. Yeahya! Ink tag? It's magnetic. I'm sure you can get if off. Freeze it. | Continued | It's ok. Just letting you know what's up. Woodland Hills just called back and we're set there--got some info. They're gonna show us two spaces. One is probably inapplicable, but whatevs. It'd be a back-up space. And it'd be too expensive probably. But the other space might work. So, Taylor Anthony is sitting here telling me racist/sexist jokes... This is why I like my percussiony boys. Except Taylor hasn't quite hit that status. But the point remains. It's not first choice. It's one of two or three backups. I know I like that about you. Love your sense of humor. Oh. And I just found out that Holli has one of the sweaters that Debbie just bought me. That I don't like. Said sweater also still has the ink tag on it.. They failed. Looks like a security tag beeper thing. But it's filled with ink, so if you try to force it off it'll break and get permanent ink everywhere. It's nasty. We had them at Sears. | 78

83: Lol. Yeahya. Sitting over at Craig's wiating for time to go to your folks'. No it's fine. I miss you. No it's fine. I lerv you. Just saying. Mmmhmm. Mmmhmm my woman. My beautiful, sexy, seductive woman. I swear. Yeahyah!!!!! | Continued | Not magnetic. I don't think. Like a pin. The back clamps down on it. I can just take it back and get them to take it off. No biggie. There' also no room in the freezer. A certain two people like to keep at least 20 bags of frozen broccoli in there at all times. I'd have to bring it home and do it then. So stupid. Whatever. Just 5 days and some change until pure and utter joy. :D Anyways. Watcha doin my darling? Oh. I'm sorry. I'll let you be then. I miss you too. So damn much. Always. Savannah Woods called back--will send info and we're set to visit and she gave a list of days they still have open. If you want me to let you hang with Craig I can. I understand. Just sayin. I larv you. Always. Yeaya! My man. My handsome, sexy man. :D :D :D Yeah? :D Yeaya. You're the love of my life. Just sayin. | 79

84: :-) That's true. Still would have found you. Meant to be together. Honey. We might have a snag. If I do 18 hours next semester. And 18 in the summer. I am still lacking 1 hour. I would have to take some sort of online course in Wheaton in the fall. Max allowed hours is 20.5. WTF. I don't have anymore labs or things to do to fill in that hour. I'm not sure. I'll have to talk to adviser. I think so. | Continued (Later at 10:16 pm) _____________________________________________________________________________ Text Conversation December 13, 2009 9:14 pm | Mmhmm. You're so amazing Absolutely incredibly wonderful. Baby, just sayin: if you had been done with school two years ago, I seriously doubt you would have still been working at Baskin Robbins for us to have met... I like that. I love that. Meant to be together. Would that be okay? I mean...you were talkin about takin online courses while you were here anyway. Would you just wanna go lighter over the summer and finish online here? Or would that work? Or what are you thinking of doing? Ok...do you think it'll all work out ok?... | 80

85: Lemme look at it all first. Ok. After recalculations. I'm looking at 80 hours after this semester. 98 after next. And if I can get 18 in the summer. I am looking at 116. Making me lack 4 hours. Hmm. If I can't do 18 in the summer. I will just have to divide summer with fall and online courses for fall. Still marrying you. Just saying. See that's a big problem. Often courses change from semester to semester. I was looking at a few courses. One that would require me to sit in a class is French. Need 2 more semesters of that. One taking next semester. I am sure I can find a summer of that. I sent my adviser an email a few mins ago. I'll have to wait and see. If I can find a way to take 20 hours both semesters it will cover it. So. Here's hoping. Yea. Asking her for advice. Shit has me stressed out now. | Continued | 20.5 sounds random to me. I guess that's because we don't have half credit courses... .................if we have to put off the honeymoon...or even the wedding...that's ok. Your school is important. I'm just saying. Ok. Ok...how are you thinking if of doing that? You don't have to answer that right away. I know. Just sounds like when has become a whole lot more uncertain. Do you know how many ofthe courses you need are offered online? Or do they have that up yet... So there's no way to really know... Okay... That's good. Asking for their advice? | 81

86: I will have to see what adviser says. I love you. I need to tell your folks what's up. Yeah. Is true. Why scared? | Continued | What are you planning to take while we're up here? Or are you still thinking of doing that? I can tell. I'm sorry baby. Ok. Whatever happens, it'll be ok. I love you, too, Andrew. Ok. Prob true. Yeah. I'm a little scared. To be honest....................... All this all of a sudden. I think I originally assumed that you'd only need a class or two over the summer, then it was a full semester now possibly more. And we don't really know how it's gonna work out. And if we do have to put it off that could mean another semester or so with you there and me here. And I have a really over active imagination. And, it's stupid, but then there's people and all their questions and judgments. And my head's just kinda all over the place right now. And I'm scared. | 82

87: It''s going to be fine. I promise. At the most I will just take some random fucking class online at Wheaton to maintain student status. Then finish when you are done. Hmmm. New news. There are two summer semesters. Roomie says max that people can take in summer is like 9 or 12. However. That means 18-24 extra hours. If I took 18 next semester. And 24 over all of summer. That should just about cover it. No break really. It's like 1 week after May till like late June early July. Then July till August. For sure. No. But good guess. Just being a student. At least 3 hours. US government. fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. I need a new job. Summer course are 864 a piece. Financial aid won't cover summer classes. | Continued | ... ? So is the limit 20.5 for each? 24 would be good. Is there a break between the two semesters? So, if that works, prob no honeymoon... Whatever. Do you know for sure how many credits you have to be taking to not have to pay your loans? Who are your loans with? As in Stafford? For Stafford and Perkins you have to be at least half time. | 83

88: Eureka. Is there a college I can transfer to in Wheaton. I'll just be a student up there. How expensive? Gross. Where is DuPage? Hmmm ok. Need based grants? I won't be able to do that. I sent DuPage an email inquiring about them. | Continued | If that's the case though...ok I think there's like a six month period where you don't have to be taking courses as long as you stay enrolled, so you could take the summer off and then do online courses for a semester and one off and then finish when we're back. Or two semesters online and finish if need be... You could. There's College of DuPage. You could do Wheaton but it's super expensive and I don't know that you'd really like it. Um... 35000+. It wouldn't be as expensive as mine cuz I have music course fees, so that's a rough guess. I can look it up though. 37640 with room and board. Around 30000 without I think. Yep. I get most of mine covered with need based grants, and you prob could too. DuPage is literally next door to the apartments we looked at. Yeah. Pell grant. Then I get a Wheaton grant which is twenty grand or so and several merit grants and then loans cover the rest. So nothing out of pocket. But I think it's rare for someone to get that. | 84

89: Well they have lots of Cjus classes. I sent an email asking if I could continue with my degree there. I'm not gonna get an Illinois dl. Pshhh I'd have to find that out too. Hopefully all. You can look it up :-) Per semester? Hmm UofM is 5k a year. :-( Well. We are looking at 3978 for 18 hours. 221. | Continued | Mkay. So. If we do that, would you just take the summer off? Does DuPage have what you need? If you went there and we were able to move into their district 30 days prior to the start of your first semester they would consider us in-district residents and charge less. But we'd have to get IL driver's licenses and a library card or something like that. It may not work but it may... Wonder how much of your stuff would transfer. Lol. That's fine. It's just a little cheaper and I don't know that it would really work. Plus it may not be an issue depending on how much fin aid they offer. I wonder if they have married housing. I am. I haven't found anything on housing yet though, so they may not have it at all. No housing. Tuition's about 21500. The apartments we looked at would be super convenient for you though. Year. Including living expenses. So less really. And that's also for international students actually... Yeah... That doesn't exist up here I don't think How much per credit hour is it at Memphis? | 85

90: Continued | Per hour? Yeah, but are my courses available online. Hmm Yeah I need more UD classes. Yeah. Upper divion. 2240 I am just looking at options. I do not wanna spend time apart like that. Soooo | It's 370 for in class and 116 for online. 6660 for 18 all in class. 2088 all online. Yeah per hour. Umm...There are Cjus courses online. So possibly. Some. They may be too low tho. Regardless, you could get finaid here whereas you can't over the summer. UD? What does that stand for? Okay. 2000 is the highest. There's some chance you could take a class or two online. And we can see how much fin aid you get and if that's an option. Bud do you really want to transfer? Yeah. Me neither. I think this is a viable option--take the summer off, we get married and have a honeymoon and both work, move here. Both finish in a year. Go to wherever you want to do law school or whatever...It's a good option at least. | 86

91: Andrew Mhmm. Seeing you soon makes me smile. | Jaime G'mornin sugar. :D. Mmhmm! One day and some change. | 87 | The pair continued to debate their options over Christmas Break. Andrew had begun to lean against law school, in general, although this didn't help with the decision. Jaime's mom suggested that Jaime consider transferring to Memphis, instead of moving Andrew to Wheaton. _____________________________________________________________________________ Text Conversation December 15, 2009 7:33 am

92: The Christmas Break | 88

93: Jaime was home for Christmas Break from December 16th through January 10th. On December 24th, Jaime's Granddaddy came over for Christmas Eve. Andrew was working at Baskin Robbins at the time, so he wasn't there for the gift opening. Regardless, after Jaime opened their present from Granddaddy, Lucy and Patience played with the bag. | 89

94: Lucy & Sam checking out a box. | Andrew played guitar while Jaime's parents got their coffee before reading the Bible. | Looking at the presents left on the piano. It looks like Jaime's head is attached to Andrew's body... | Andrew & Jaime unwrapping presents. | Sam & sneaky Lucy. | Lucy in wrapping paper. | Taylor unwrapping his first present. | Reaching for the next presents. | Sharing a laugh. | 90

95: Enjoying the morning. | 91

96: Christmas at Nanoo & Bigdaddy's | 92

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98: Christmas with Melinda! | 94

99: On January 1st, Jaime & Andrew went to Texas de Brazil for dinner. | 95

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101: 97 | They spent January 2nd with family at | Nanoo & Bigdaddy's for the New Year.

102: On January 10th, Jaime headed back to Wheaton for the Spring semester. This day was also the start of the engagement ring story.* Although this was a difficult time for the couple, they were glad to have made it halfway through their year apart. | *See Chapter 2:1, starting on page 34. | 98

103: The Conducting Course | 99

104: 100 | During the course of the Spring Semester, Jaime took a required conducting course. As part of the course, the teacher, Dr. Sommerville, recorded certain assignments for each student. This disc holds those recordings made of Jaime's conducting. (She did not feel that she was very good at conducting, but Jaime, secretly, enjoyed it greatly.)

105: The Second Snow | 101

106: On January 11th, Jaime sent several pictures of the snow in Wheaton to Andrew. It was the most snow she had experienced in her time at Wheaton. | 102

107: The snow drifts were especially impressive to Jaime. She took these two pictures to emphasize how massive the drifts were, compared to both a car, and a handicap parking sign. | 103

108: The next day, as the snow started to melt, Jaime took this picture for two reasons. Firstly, she loved the geese, and seeing them huddle in the patch of grass. Secondly, she was, and often had been over the past 2 1/2 years, amazed the grass stayed green through out the winter in Wheaton. | 104

109: The Special Text | 105

110: On January 19th, Andrew sent Jaime this photo from work at Baskin Robbins. It made Jaime happy. | 106

111: The Concerto Competition | 107

112: 108 | The Concerto Competition Finals were held on January 22nd. The names of these pieces are not remembered, but the honored performers are. The ensemble featured Jordan Newhouse, Michelle Skinner, Micah Clark, Nick Cherone, Kate Medic, & Izzy Hance in a piece composed by Jon Overholt. Next, Matt Peterson performed a piano concerto. This was followed by a flute concerto performed by Bethany Atwell. The third performance was a violin concerto featuring Eric Welander. Nathaniel Olsen's solo concluded the concert. Matt Peterson was the Concerto Competition winner for the 2009-2010 school year.

113: The Handgun, Continued | 109

114: Jaime had gotten Andrew the shoulder holster for Christmas, but it didn't fit. Finally, the replacement had come in. | That same day, February 7th, Andrew took his Carry Permit course. RangeUSA wouldn't let him shoot his Five-SeveN, so he borrowed Craig's Springfield XD Sub-Compact. | When he was through with the course, Andrew sent Jaime this picture of his target. | While at Craig's, Andrew couldn't resist the gas mask. | 110

115: The next day, February 8th, Andrew sent some more pictures of his handgun to Jaime. This time in his new thigh rig. | 111

116: The Jammin' in Your Jammies Concert | 112

117: A few pictures were taken at the Jammin' in Your Jammies concert that the Symphonic Band put on that year. There weren't many pictures of the percussion section, but they did end up in the background of some pictures. | 113

118: The Third Snow | 114

119: On February 10th, | on her way to practice | Jaime took these pictures of the snow & | two excavators to send to Andrew. | 115

120: The President's Day Weekend | 116

121: 2010 was Wheaton College's 150th anniversary. To celebrate, the school had decided to put on a huge gala. In addition to a special dinner & a dance, a concert was part of the festivities. The orchestra played a big part in this concert. This fact upset many members of the orchestra for several reasons. Two main reasons were that as performers, orchestra members would miss much of the day's festivities. Secondly, and this was the reason Jaime was not too thrilled, some orchestra members had wanted to go home for the 3-day weekend, as the event was held on President's Day. Regardless, here are a few pictures from the event. | 117

122: Holli, ever encouraging to Jaime, no matter what. This night was no different. | 118

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124: The Band Practice | 120

125: On February 18th, Jaime caught this picture of Holli napping during band rehearsal. :) | 121

126: The Winter Band Concert | 122

127: 123 | The band's Winter Concert fell on February 20th. Solas Ane by Samuel Hazo Resting in the Peace of His Hands by John Gibson Circus Overture by William Schuman & D. Owen Canzona by Peter Menin Concerto for Flute, Third Movement by Jaque Ibert & H. Bowlin (featuring Jennie Brown) Handel in the Strand by Percy Grainger & R. Goldman Windsprints by Richard L. Saucedo

128: The Fourth Snow | 124

129: More snow fell in Wheaton on February 22nd. | 125

130: Naturally, Jaime sent Andrew pictures from both the 22nd & the 23rd. | 126

131: The Illness | 127

132: There were several times throughout this year that Jaime became sick. This instance, on February 24th, she was diagnosed with both a sinus infection & Mono at the same time. These illnesses influenced the pair's decision | for Jaime to transfer instead of Andrew. Also, Debbie, without knowing about Jaime's Mom's suggestion, | recommended the same. This indicated to Jaime that they needed to more seriously consider her transferring to UofM, as it was likely what God wanted them to do. Spring Break provided an opportune time to discuss the idea. | 128

133: The Winter Orchestra Concert | 129

134: 130 | The Winter Orchestra Concert was held on February 26th. The names of the performed pieces can be found in history.

135: The Spring Break | 131

136: Jaime arrived in Memphis for Spring Break on March 6th and stayed through the 12th. While the pair has no pictures from the break, a few important events did happen at this time. Firstly, Andrew gave Jaime her engagement ring upon her arrival.* Secondly, it was at this time that Andrew & Jaime decided that God wanted her to transfer to Wheaton for her final year of undergrad. On March 8th, she began to inquire at UofM about the transfer process, and upon returning to Wheaton, Jaime announced their decision to Debbie, Dr. Kastner, & Drs. Yontz & Sommerville. | *See Chapter 2:1, pg. 34 for The Ring Story, or, more specifically, pg. 38 for March 6th. | 132

137: The Second Band Practice | 133

138: On March 17th, during band practice, Colin stole Jaime's phone and took these two pictures. | It is important to note that March 17th was both Pink & Black Day, as well as St. Patrick's Day. Jaime's outfit followed suite. | 134

139: The Second Set of Special Texts | 135

140: Andrew & Jaime, when together, often played the "nudge" game. In this game, Andrew would nudge Jaime, usually with his head against her head. It was then up to Jaime to nudge him back, often not an easy task. When apart, Andrew would sometimes send Jaime a "digital nudge". This was one such nudge, sent on March 23rd. | 136

141: Andrew Love you baby How are you? :( missing you. I tried calling you after work. :( Need you. What you doing baby? Killing time for what? Generally you kill time until something. I wanna call you after this. Is that ok? It's ok. You are right. I handle being away from you better than you handle it. :( I'm sorry. I should be more attentive to your needs. | Jaime Love you, too. Here. You? I know. There was a guest percussionist here giving a recital and a master class; I was at that. Need you, too. Killing time. What do you mean? There is nothing. Yes. I'm sorry if it came off as an accusation when I said you were the one who always wants to get off the phone last night. I didn't mean it to be an accusation. | Text Conversation March 26, 2010 8:08 pm | 137

142: On March 28th, Andrew sent Jaime this picture of a rose he made for work. It made her smile. | 138

143: The Spring Band Concert | 139

144: 140 | The Spring Band Concert was held on April 10th. The names of the pieces' composers & arrangers have been forgotten, but the titles are as follows: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dimitri Shostakovitch Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar Fortress of the Rose Give Us This Day Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

145: The Campus Pictures | 141

146: On April 14th, at Andrew's request, | Jaime sent pictures from around campus. | Jaime was supposed to be in chapel at the time, but due to lack of sleep, she often | went to her dorm to nap instead. This is where she was headed as she took the pictures. | 142

147: The Band Banquet | 143

148: The band banquet for that school year fell on April 18th. Jaime didn't have a dress she wanted to wear, so she borrowed one from Holli. | It turned out to be quite a bit shorter than she realized, so she spent much of the banquet sitting. Nevertheless, she really liked the color of the dress. | 144

149: 145 | Jaime with Bethany Atwell | Sitting at the table with Debbie, TJ & Laura Lane. | Colin, as a senior, giving gifts to the percussion section.

150: 146 | '09-'10 Cabinet & '10-'11 Cabinets (Eventually) As Pictured, Left to Right & Back to Front: Eric Rubio, AJ Althoff, TJ Mack, Stephanie Althoff, Jesse Hildreth, Britta Fink, Jaime Moore, Christiana Wismer Lydia Love, Kara Franklin, Vanessa Maycumber, Ethan Riley, Katie Johnson, Hannah Lopez

151: The Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert | 147

152: 148 | The Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert was held April 19th. The titles of these pieces have slipped away.

153: The Spring Orchestra Concert | 149

154: 150 | The Spring Orchestra Concert was on April 24th. Overtur to "Die Zauberflote" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler (featuring Gerard Sundberg) Shadows of the Infinite by Geof Knorr Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich

155: The Third Special Text | 151

156: On April 25th, Jaime returned one of Andrew's digital nudges with this image. | 152

157: The Orchestra Banquet | 153

158: On May 2nd, Jaime attended the orchestra banquet. | '09-'10 Orchestra Cabinet As Pictured, Left to Right: Micah Clark, Jaime Moore, Eric Welander, Izzy Hance, Betsy Welander, Jamie Brown, Elisabeth Graham, Laura Lane | 154

159: Izzy Hance & Jaime | 155 | Betsy Finck & Ben Alle | Amy Osterman & Nate Kreuger | Katherine Ludington & John Baur | Debbie & Jaime | Katie Richardson & Cayden Milton

160: The Lunch Outing | 156

161: 157 | Near the end of the school year, Debbie took Jaime out to lunch at Red Lobster. They had a great time and some very interesting conversations, to say the least.

162: The Festival of Faith Concert | 158

163: On May 6th, Jaime's parents & brother in one car, and Andrew following behind, left for Memphis to pick-up Jaime. Along the way, both cars were pulled over for speeding. They spent the night at an unknown hotel in an unknown city in Illinois. On May 7th, they arrived in Wheaton. ! | 159

164: That same day was the Festival of Faith concert. Jaime's last concert as a student in Wheaton Conservatory. It was a bitter-sweet day, as it marked the end of separation between Andrew & Jaime, but also the end of Jaime's time with at Wheaton. It was the end of a chapter in Jaime's life, & the beginning of a chapter for Andrew & Jaime. | 160

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166: The Fishing Trip | 162

167: On May 12th, Andrew & Jaime went fishing on Herb Parson's Lake. It was Jaime's first fishing trip. They rented a small Jon Boat for the trip. | 163 | were leaving, the keys were locked in the car. But, a firefighter pulled up and helped get them. It was proof that God exists. | As a side story, before heading to the lake, the pair stopped by Walmart for supplies. As they

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173: As the day grew dark, | the pair headed back to shore. | The pair had a great day together, | and caught Bream for dinner. | 169

174: The Dinner at Nanoo & Bigdaddy's | 170

175: It was good for Andrew & Jaime to back together again. And, it was good for Jaime to be back near her family. | On May 16th, these pictures were taken of the couple at Nanoo & Bigdaddy's. Jaime had missed their weekly dinners. | 171

176: The Kissing | 172

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