"We would spend our common day off exploring different neighbourhoods in Tokyo, but our favourite was Shimokitazawa. We studied Japanese together in a run-down center ran by old ladies in Azabu-Juban, giggling every time the sensei wanted us to practise a dialogue because she had to manually rewind the cassette tape and it usually took a few tries to get it right. We started a short-lived cafe journal and tried to visit as many different ones as we could. She forced me to drink my coffee black and taught me how to make drip and french-press coffee. We both love museums and saw every single exhibition at Mori Art museum in Roppongi Hills. We spent an inordinate amount of time in Zara. We haunted the English-language bookstore in Takadanobaba where I lived. We were 24 going on 14, exchanging a dozen or more e-mails every day filled with textspeak and emoticons.”
“It felt like a huge weight lifted off my chest, because for once I didn’t have to pretend about anything. My faith was no longer a “shameful secret” I carried around with me. And that’s just one of the many things I love about Andrew- I can be open about my innermost thoughts and know that he would never judge me, because he’s just not that kind of person.”
“I know how to play good Christian. I even used to teach Bible Study myself. But I hadn’t touched the Bible in years and wanted to remain low-key, for fear of being found out. Most of the women in the group were surprisingly shy, except for this one girl who was very vocal. I couldn’t help staring at her. Whatever it was that she had, I used to have… and I wanted it again. “
“You know the girls who grow up dreaming of their fairy tale weddings?
I am not one of them. I have never pictured the dress I would wear, the kind of flowers I wanted as centerpieces or the music or wedding venue. All I knew was that I wanted to marry Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys, but God sent me Andrew instead! “
Read about my confessions as a reluctant bride here.
"Days turned into weeks turned into months and before we knew what we were getting ourselves into, we agreed to be exclusive until we could see each other face-to-face again. It was a big leap of faith, and I found myself booking tickets to see him in New York in March, four months after our second date."
“When we were young, my mother often played for us their wedding tape- right from when my dad went to pick her up from my grandparents’ through the entire tea ceremony to the dinner reception. The video must have been three to four hours long, but I would watch it again and again, from beginning to end.”