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I remember the first time I saw her. It was 8 a.m. on January 6, 1987 in Dr. Koivisto’s Gospels class at Multnomah University (although back then it was called Multnomah School of the Bible). I was just starting my 2nd semester of my junior year in a small Christian college in Portland, OR. The start of 2nd semester was always a time the young men looked forward to because it meant the possibility of a few new female students transferring in and broadening the field, if you know what I mean.

I saw her right when she walked in. I can see it like it happened yesterday. She was wearing a long black wool coat and had a coffee in her hand. She had beautiful blond hair and perfect skin.

She took my breath away.

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