Nov. 15th


Hey baby, sorry it’s taken so long to write. Came back after our Halloween weekend and jumped into mid-terms and finishing papers. Uuggghhh!! Halloween was a blast! I can’t believe I let you talk me into dressing up like Raggedy Ann and Andy, how cheesey.  The guys are still razzing me about our couple costume. When you get the pictures processed, please send me a copy.

I love you, sweetheart.  You are the only girl in the world I would go out in public dressed like a boy doll for (makes your heart warm, doesn’t it).

The next few weeks are going to get a little crazy, forgive me now because I really need to dig in until Thanksgiving and study. MUST DO WELL! Promise I’m not ignoring you, just need to focus.

Tell me all the news from your end. How is Jen and all of her adventures?

Love you,


October 8th

Dearest Dan,

I miss you like crazy! My morning class was cancelled so I didn’t have a class until one. I ran home yesterday afternoon and spent the night to do some time with mom. She was glad to see me. We went out to dinner and caught up on the family news. She asked about you. Of course, she still doesn’t believe we will make it through school. The lack of support is overwhelming…J Overall, our time together was fine, it’s just a little uncomfortable because I never know when she’s going to turn on me.

I’m back on campus and working toward getting as much class work done as possible. This advanced character acting class is a killer. Sounds a little soft compared to your business management and operations classes. Go ahead and laugh, I know what you are thinking…J Jen wants to meet for dinner so I want to get a few things done before going.

Auditions for the spring play at the campus playhouse are next week. I’m going to read for a part, but also talk to them about stage manager. I love the theatre, but not sure I’m the right fit for the musical they are doing – Grease. The most singing I’ve done of “Summer Nights” involved a hairbrush and mirror. So, the best we can hope for is a chorus part and stage manager.

Take care, sweetie. I love you and miss you like crazy.




P.S. – there’s a big Halloween party on campus on the 30th, think you can make it?

Sept. 30th

Dear Mag,

Great, all I need is you to have a roommate who is heartbroken. Promise me you won’t start getting all weird about us while you listen to HER cheating boyfriend. I AM NOT THAT GUY. You and I are working toward being together forever, right? Yes, being at different schools is hard. Just keep praying and letting me know if you have questions or reservations. I love you and am in this for the duration!

Classes are getting more intense. But at least finance seems to come easily. I’m thinking banking as an industry. What do you think? In the spring they will be recruiting on campus. My counselor suggested I plan to do a few interviews. With another year to go, he wants me to have the experience of a corporate interview.

Our work group is planning an all-day session in the library on Saturday to finish an econ project. Last weekend only half of us showed up. There are two guys in our group who tend to go out on Friday nights and either blow us off or show up hung over. We will get it done, but working in a group is hard; and I worry ‘cause I want the A.

Babe, got to run. I love you and miss you. I will call when I can.

Love you,


September 20th

Dearest Dan,

That is so funny ‘cause Jen talked about Mark all the way home. Maybe opposites attract???  I know you’re thinking, “Don’t get involved…”

My roommate came back heartbroken. Evidently she caught him cheating. He didn’t know she was coming home for the holiday. He didn’t answer his phone so she went over there walked in to find he and some chick cuddled on the couch. She said it got ugly from there and after yelling and throwing a few things at him she walked out. He didn’t try to call her, so she’s upset. I tried to be as sympathetic as possible, but the guy’s a LOSER.

So here we are with a holiday past and now I need to focus in on class work. It took me a couple of days after getting back to settle into the semester work. I spent some time making my list and time out the project deadlines to be sure I get everything done.

I love you and miss you so much. Sometimes it’s hard to study because thoughts of you invade. Sounds kinda cheesy, but it’s true. It feels like the three weeks until I see you are so far away. Please call me when you can. I know we have to be careful about the long distance charges, but hearing your voice always helps.

Take care of yourself. Love you,



Sept. 16th

Dear Maggie,

Dad was thrilled to have all of us land at his cabin. As much as he likes living alone, he said it was fun for the weekend to have all the noise and activity around. I didn’t remember that Labor Day was the time that they learned of mom’s illness. He remembers all those key dates and he misses her.

Hope Jen had fun. Mark thought she was a scream! She is so opposite of him and his scientific mind. He’s still trying to try and figure out how she thinks. All the way home Mark talked about her and Steve just shook his head and told him to give up; he would never understand a woman’s mind, much less one like Jen’s.

Listen, have to close and run to class. I love you.


September 10th

Dear Dan,

Oh my, I feel like I got a full dose of time with you last weekend! The lake was a blast and I completely enjoyed meeting your roommates, Mark and Steve. You have my approval to live with them (I know you three were worried). Let them know that next time we will be ready to cream them in spades! Jen said to tell you all she had fun and thanks for the invite.

Tell your dad thanks for letting us “drop in” on him and his cabin.  Not sure his holiday was all that relaxing with the five of us there. Hopefully we didn’t scare all the fish awayJ. He has done some amazing work on the cabin, it is much more comfortable than the last time we were there.

Mom, of course wasn’t pleased with me for not coming home and going to grandmother’s with her. I’ll have to run home for a night next weekend; started my job at the mall so I’ll work part of the weekend.

Thank you for all of your encouragement about school and finishing. I will start getting my resume together and feelers out on jobs. It’d be great to walk out of graduation and into a job. As much as I would love to find something there, I’m going to look in both places to give me more options.

Off to do laundry and read a few hundred pages. I love you sweetie. You are never far from my heart or thoughts.



August 30th

Dear Mag,

Sorry it took me a while to write. I know you love letters; hopefully our phone calls help. I settled into my classes this week. It’s not going to be easy, but nothing seemed completely foreign. An MBA is going to be just a deeper dive from the undergraduate work I did in business.

Mark and Steve are going to be fine for rooming. Their work-loads are as much or more than mine. I’m glad we got the three bedroom apartment, between school and work and Mark has labs too we are going to be on crazy schedules. Haven’t figured out which one of us will be the tidy one; ask me again in a month when we’ve had a chance to really get settled.

Mag, I do love you so much. Thank you for being supportive of this school thing. I know we will be better off with all of our education taken care of. Our future will have a stronger start if we are out of college and start careers.

Have you gotten settled at school? Tell me all about it. I’m looking forward to Labor day weekend and our time together. Is Jen coming to the lake?

Take care. Love,


August 15th

Dear Dan,

You left only hours ago, but it feels like days. I know grad school is only two years, but at this moment in my heart it might as well be an eternity. I know you are only 100 miles away, but not having you across town it feels like you are a world away. I miss you, sweetie, can you tellJ.

Mom and I got into it tonight. I have got to learn to not get sucked into her drunken moments of fury.  She said some pretty mean things about you and our long distance relationship. I just have to steer clear for another week before I head for school. I am so ready to be done with college.

Enough whining, tell me your news. How are the roommates? Will they be as focused as you on their studies? Either of them gamers? Of the three of you, who’s going to be the Felix? Cause I know it’s not going to be you…J.

I’m headed out with Jen tonight. She’s trying to convince me that yoga is the answer to all my stress. Do I seem over stressed to you?

I love you and am counting the days until I can give the kisses on this page in person.