Thursday, February 14, 2008
Valentine's Day Lovefest!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Andrea is doing something really cute today, she decided to host what she calls "Valentine's Day Lovefest" and she is asking us to share our love stories, you know the cute way we met our significant others, the amazing "oh my goodness that is so sweet" stories that we will one day tell our children.
So here's mine, I've told it a couple times....well maybe just once or twice but still....I never get tired of sharing my love with everyone because it was just meant to be and you will understand why and just HOW amazing the Lord is.
Back in 1997, I had just started delving into the Internet and all the possibilities of being able to chat and interact with people from all over the world. I still remember the Mirc and Pirch chats, I would go into one and just sit and watch everybody else.....until one day, I decided to take a leap of faith and jump right in.
One of the first people to talk to me was none other than my hubby. Yes you see where this is going right??? So 11 years ago, I had just started using the internet and becoming familiar with chat rooms. After lurking around for a few months, I decided to join MIRC Webchat. It was August 12, 1997. After chatting for a few minutes with some people, I get a private message. It was Curt. My chat handle was Koala, so his first question was "are you from australia?". LOL
I told him that I was not, that I was in South Africa, and we started chatting, we hit it off and during the next year we talked on the phone, wrote letters, emails, sent packages and photographs. Now that may sound like your usual internet love match, BUT there was an obstacle. I was christian and Curt was a Pagan third degree priest.
I told him that I was not comfortable with that and that nothing could ever happen between us while he was involved in the Wiccan/Paganism Religion. I didn't give him an ultimatum, that wouldn't be my place to do so, but I was also not about to immerse myself into that belief. And so it started. A whole year of questions, endless questions about the bible and why MY way was the best? Why MY God was the right one? I felt overwhelmed, I loved him but I honestly did not know how to answer some of the questions, so before we talked everyday, I prayed to God to give me the right words to reach Curt. He obliged!!!!
I knew the right scriptures to quote, I knew the right things to say and I didn't give up. It took time and patience, but he is now a devoted Christian like I am. One of the best examples of the power of God working in our relationship, was when Curt was deployed to Bahrain.
He called me in the afternoon, and I was talking to him on the fax machine phone, which was plugged in to the power outlet. We talked for about an hour, and when I got off the phone, my grandmother walked up to me.
Grandma: "What were you doing on the phone?"
Me: "Talking to Curt"
Grandma: "Really? Are you sure? How long have you been talking to him?"
Me: "Oh I don't know, maybe an hour? Why?"
Grandma: "Well I don't know how to tell you this but we have had a power outtage for the past hour, there's no way you could have talked to him on that phone"
I was stunned, I picked up the receiver and brought it to my ear, SILENCE!!!! The phone/fax machine was indeed dead. Wow, to this day it gives me goosebumps to remember that. How amazing?
So exactly one year to the day we met, on August 12, 1998, Curt flew to South Africa and we got married. One month later, I packed my bags, already pregnant with Jasmine, and moved to the States. I left my family, my house, my friends, everything behind. It was the scariest thing on earth for me, I was and still am, extremely close to my family, and leaving everything I knew behind was terrifying. BUT I did it, I held my head up high, I moved to where my husband was stationed and 2 kids and 2 dogs down the road, we are still happily married :)
I thank God everyday, for my life and my family!!!
I wouldn't change a single thing about our life. I love him now as much as I did the first day we lay eyes on each other, he's my best friend and he's everything I've always wanted in a man. I truly believe that God brought us together and has kept us together through all the ups and downs of our life, learning to be a married couple, having children, having miscarriages, the death of family members....everything. Being in the military there's the endless moving and deployments, separations and sacrifices but we've made it because we love each other.
In August we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary and I am ready for another 10, 20, 30 or how many ever the Lord may bless us with.