With our anniversary coming up this weekend I thought it would be sweet to share our story. I originally wrote our story to share on our wedding website for family and friends to read leading up to the special day. I had so much fun reading what I wrote over a year ago about Moisés and myself. Although not much about our relationship has changed, we’ve been through a lot of together this past year. I didn’t realize I could love Moisés more than I did when I wrote this, but I do. He has been an incredible husband, leader and support. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us this next year!
I cannot tell both sides of our story. I can only speak for myself, but here’s what I know to be true for both Moisés and myself: neither one of us were looking for someone to date. I thought I was moving overseas alone, and he thought it would be years before he dated anyone else. I guess the Lord had a different plan.
It was the spring 2016 semester the first time I saw Moisés. We were at Chi Alpha when I noticed his big bright smile. “Who’s that?” I asked a friend quietly. “Oh, that’s Moisés!” “He’s cute,” I smiled. Nothing came of it of course. Our friend groups were different, so our paths never crossed. Summer came and I didn’t really think of him again.
October 1, 2016 was the first day of Breakaway, a Chi Alpha conference I went to every year in college. An informational video about Breakaway was played starring Moisés. I smiled as soon as I saw him on screen. I hadn’t thought of him since that first time I saw him. I grinned and laughed throughout the whole video because he was so funny. When it was over the MC had him stand up because it was Moisés’ birthday and we were going to sing to him. Moisés smiled that amazing smile and waved at the crowd. I smiled and shook my head. He was so confident and funny. “He’s single ladies,” the MC said when we were done singing. I felt my heart leap. “I’ll take him!” I thought to myself.
Although my brother claims I didn’t like Moisés at the time (“revisionist history” he calls it), my mom says she remembers me coming home grinning and telling her all about the cute boy who danced and we sang happy birthday to. Once again, we didn’t ever come across each other and I didn’t give him much thought after that until August 2017.
Moisés and I both joined a ministry for young adults fresh out of college. We didn’t really say much to each other until November. Apparently, friendsgiving dinner is when I caught his eye. From there, slowly but surely, I began to notice more of his small efforts and attempts to talk to me or be near me. I had always liked the idea of Moisés, but I was finally getting to see who he actually is.
By the time Moisés asked me to hang out for the first time in April of 2018 I had been praying about him for a month. To me, a relationship with Moisés (or anyone for that matter) at the time didn’t seem logical. I mean I was moving overseas for a whole year after all! Was it really wise to start a relationship before moving halfway across the world for a year? Although to me it never made any sense, every time I prayed about Moisés a peace would wash over me and I knew God was in control. I just needed to listen and be obedient.
I am so grateful I trusted the Lord with Moisés and he trusted the Lord with me. We probably wouldn’t be getting married if we hadn’t. It wasn’t always easy living in the unknown, fearing the risk of heartbreak, and learning how to communicate, but it’s been so worth it! Because along with all those things came outdoor movie nights, star gazing, dancing in the rain, exploring museums, long talks, evening walks, game nights and being with friends.
The unknown isn’t so unknown anymore. We both see the Lord putting everything into place and it’s such a beautiful thing to see we can’t help but praise Him.
I have never loved another person the way I love Moisés. He’s my favorite human, one of my best friends, my safe place, and my husband to be. I love him with all my heart and I can’t wait to do life with him for the rest of my life!
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