Brooklyn started dating Yanni the day she received her call to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints six months later. At first we were shocked she had to wait six months to leave on her mission, but then it all made sense.
Yanni and Brooklyn fell for each other hard and fast. They dated, spent all their extra time together and Yanni began the discussions. A month before Brooklyn finally left, Yanni joined the church. When she returned 18 months later, he decided to turn in his mission papers.
Yanni was called to the Ogden Utah mission. Brooklyn stayed in Washington and graduated with her AA at SPSCC. It was a hard and long two years of waiting. In his last two transfers, she transferred to USU. Just an hour away from her love. But she still wasn’t allowed to see or talk to him. When grandpa was in the rehab hospital in Ogden, our aunt ran into Yanni at Wendy’s next door. He got permission to see grandpa and say goodbye, even though we didn’t know it would be goodbye at the time. That’s the closest he got to our family.
Yanni returned just before Thanksgiving. Brooklyn was on the flight a few hours after his from Utah to Washington. She planned to see him later that night after he was released. God had a different plan. With flight delays and broken planes, the two flights got merged together. (Never have I seen two flights hours apart be merged together.) Their reunion happened over Cafe Rio in the airport food court with my husband and brother alongside them. They had a three hour delay and then two hours on the plane together.
They’re finally engaged. Four years of long distance dating and lots of letters!
So happy for my little sister, @BrooklynFalter!
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