|This is YWAM Richardson's Springs base. So beautiful! That's the huge hotel we played ping pong in front of.|
A week after Ruslan’s arrival, we took an outreach trip to my hometown Cedarville. We drove in a 15 passenger van and I got to sit next to Ruslan (well intentionally planned that) and got to talk to him a lot more. . So on our drive I noticed Ruslan was acting a little annoyed with me? Finally at a rest stop I asked him if I had done anything to offend him, and it was at that point that he explained the misunderstanding about “being in a relationship.” I was so shocked, I was relieved to get that cleared up and we were on friendship ground again, “phew (I think? - At least for now anyway).”
|That's Ruslan in the big coat and maroonish shirt third from the left. This is the house behind us where the Lord spoke to Mom|
As Ruslan and I got closer, I was becoming more intrigued with this very kind, very smart, and muscular (hehe yes I noticed right away) Russian guy. I started to get a little nervous because I didn't want to be distracted, and I needed to focus on God, I didn't know if this was "the one" or not. Plus for some strange reason I knew He was serious about his interest in me (asking to be in a relationship after 1 week of knowing me!?), this wasn't like a junior high crush or something, this was a young Man who knew what he wanted and was a much more mature guy than most guys I had liked in the past. I also didn't understand how he could be so quickly interested in me beyond friendship (did he know something I didn’t??). He came to me a few days after we returned from Cedarville, we were back at the Richardson's Springs YWAM base. He had missed the first 3 weeks of our training school so he also missed the orientation. Meaning, he was not aware of the rule; “no guy/girl relationships allowed” beyond friendship, until finished with the school.
|Ruslan back then, cutie.|
|Nikki, Jeni, and I, some great girls from the school as well|