Two weeks ago, I said “I do” to the man of my dreams. It was not easy and it took all the faith I had in my soul to weather through some of the rough patches.
When I was about 12 years old, I dreamed of someone to marry. I had lists and hopes and dreams. I would network with people, take classes, read books, sign up for dating sites the older I became, you name it! However, despite all of my efforts, love was not meant for me or so I thought. There are all of these pie in the sky ideals that I had when looking for love. I wanted romance, adventure, fast cars, rock and roll, quiet times, and a good friend to be my life partner.
When I met Walter, I was not looking for love. NOPE. I was seeing someone else and got so burned over the past few years that I was almost done with this game. Until I got a friend request on Facebook from this guy in Brazil. It took me a month to actually respond, but when I did, our story began. Living 5,000 miles apart is no easy challenge, especially when we needed a visa to even travel to each other’s countries.
Walter tried to get his visitor visa first, but was denied. I took the chance to travel to see him in Brazil when the visa was waived as part of the Olympics. What an adventure we had with times that will last us a lifetime. I cannot even begin to express the grace of God that has come into our lives and now we are married!
In two years of dedication, communication, trials, love, and faith, we can look at each other and know that this is the one who will be there till our last breathe. That is pretty powerful considering I was losing my faith in love, coincidentally so was he. The Lord has ways of turning any situation around to make an amazing story. The hardest part is knowing when you need to stick it out or when to walk away.
So often I would hold onto something until it turned to ash. I was finally realizing that I needed to let things happen naturally and to give God the control (it is always in HIS hands anyway). Little by little, things fell into place faster than either of us could imagine.
The wedding was such a blessing and more than we dreamed. We had a small budget and his family was not able to make it in time due to their visas. The community we were in pulled together to make the day magical. I am so passionate for this man and I know we will have many more adventures to come.