In February, following our engagement, JB and I started working on our love story to post on our Knot wedding website. Call me a romantic, but I am so excited to share a brief overview of our love story today, along with his version and my version
His Story ::
It was April 2013 and I was on one of my many trips I had planned for the year serving with some short term missionaries including Mr. David R. We had fun just sharing life and sharing the Good News and for some reason he (Mr. R) mentioned his daughter might be coming to Peru for a short time in a few months. He suggested I should get in touch with someone named Meredith R. I wondered to myself what is this guy planning? So I did… I found a Meredith R on Facebook expecting her to be the right one and sent her a message! To my surprise a few days later she replied. And so we met technologically, online! For a while we emailed and Facebooked lots back and forth. And I felt such a connection with someone 3,000 miles away. I started praying and asking God if there was gonna be a chance to meet this strange someone or if He would let us come together and if He would work things out to be together, it would be chevere “cool.”
Some time after we starting talking, she mentioned she was coming to Peru and yep, I got excited to finally meet this strange someone but I have a different perspective on dating online and long distance relationships just from past experiences, so I was not giving more hope to meet her. It was July and I was enjoying my travels. By this time I was just enjoying my time in Mexico… actually I had the chance to not come back to Peru. But I thought God has a plan and He made me come back to Lima, Peru. I took my return flight back to Lima and then the next morning I was supposed to pick up this group and guide them to the high country. And in the group was Meredith R… now I had just woken up from a 12- hour trip back from Mexico and I was exhausted and I hardly remember meeting her except she said “hi” and I replied “hey” with a burger in my hand that Mr. R had for me! And I was busy trying to help the team leader with some paperwork. What a way to meet your someone special! But after that, everything went along the right path that I believe the Lord led us on.
Her Story ::
Padre (my dad) had just returned from a mission trip to Peru and I was so excited to hear all about it. He told us stories of the trip and kept mentioning this “JB” guy who was an interpreter. Padre said JB was fun, crazy, a good guy, and tall! I was curious about who this “JB” guy was, but didn’t think about it too much. Shortly thereafter, I got a Facebook message from an extremely handsome Peruvian named Anibal, who turned out to be JB! We started talking online in between his trips/when he had Internet, and while I was really interested in him and we shared a lot of the same passions, I was sure he had a girlfriend he wasn’t telling me about!
Fast forward to August 1st when our mission team is in Lima about to head up to the high country. I knew Anibal was going to be one of our interpreters and I was really excited to meet him finally! I remember it was not at all like I had imagined it would be, and Anibal definitely had a hamburger in his hand when we met in person! Throughout the week with the group and our interpreters, Anibal and I didn’t talk that much, but when we did, he always had me laughing or wishing we had more time to talk. At the end of the week the group left, and I stayed in the mountains for another month. I didn’t want anyone to leave me, but I especially didn’t want Anibal to leave! After he left, I couldn’t stop thinking about him, so I was constantly praying for him. When we both admitted that we were interested in getting to know each other more, it felt so right. We weren’t embarassed to share our feelings because I think we both knew how the other person felt. At one point, we had a chance to sit and talk about life and the future, and we knew that God had led us to each other and to that moment where we decided to pursue a relationship.
We officially started dating in September, after having communicated with each other since April, and having met just the previous month. A lot of people were shocked we “jumped in” to something that serious that quickly… but when you’ve spent so long pursuing God’s will and what He wants for your life, and He brings someone along who so perfectly complements you and makes you a better person… you know it’s right! Our relationship has been characterized by prayer and trusting in God since the beginning, and we know He’s going to continue to lead us in the future. Long-distance has been extremely tough at times, but overall it’s been a blessing that we have continued to grow in our faith and grow closer to each other!
We are so happy & thankful for how God brought us together!