Now onto the part of our story where we officially move from friendship to more.
The rest of high school passed with Luke and I hanging out on occasion when our friends from our missions trip team would get together. We traveled on the same team together again the summer after our Junior year of high school to Lithuania and Latvia. That summer things were completely platonic, and I enjoyed teasing Luke and our friend Joe about the girls they had crushes on. Luke, Joe, our friend Mike, and I all applied to go to Grove City College, and even though three of us were placed on the waiting list, we all ended up going to Grove City.
flying home from Lithuania- probably one of the first pictures of just the two of us
Luke and my roommate ended up not pursuing a relationship and Luke and I didn't see as much of each other after that. But the summer after freshman year, I hung out with him and Joe quite a bit. Luke and I drove back up to Grove City together for the beginning of our sophomore year and spent a lot of time hanging out with each other, as well as with his roommate, Justin. The three of us went to Canada for the day, hung out during intervis, and wandered around campus together. A lot of times I would spend an afternoon talking to Luke on the phone, and we ate lunch together after our Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes.
Niagra Falls, Canada
We somehow managed to get the words out that we liked each other, and spent some time walking around campus talking relationship, friendship, and more. It was the start of us, and it was definitely exciting moving beyond the "just friends" stage. The DTR (determine the relationship) talk had finally happened after months of spending more and more time together.
one of our first dates- the Crimson: a dinner and dance
in December on campus at Grove City