|Our Wedding Day ... 8 years ago - September 18, 2004|
When I first met my husband, Noli, I felt nothing! In fact, I didn't even gave him a second thought. I was obsessed with finding my "ideal" man and he certainly didn't fit my criteria... (at least, not at that time!).
I was 24 and never had a relationship (no-boyfriend-since-birth, as they say!). I knew that part of why I never really got into a serious relationship in the past was the fact that I was too idealistic. I was extremely difficult to please. I wanted the "perfect relationship" with the "ideal" one.
Until came this point in my life when I told myself that I have to stop living in my fantasy world. Instead, let go and let love take its natural course. I decided to make the most of each day as it comes until true love will finally come knocking at my heart. I learned to trust that if it's meant for me, it will eventually find me.
So I focused myself in my mission-work. I became a fulltime Missionary for my Catholic organization serving the youth and got invloved in various community programs and events. I felt so fulfilled as a person, helping others, reaching out, and making a difference.
Devoting my life to serving others made me complete as a person. But still in my heart, I knew that someday I will meet my one true love who will fill up my life even more.
Indeed this moment came as a surprise. It was thru the missions that I met a man who was also passionate about serving God and others. It wasn't love at first sight. Though deep inside I somehow had this strange feeling that there was something more about this person.
I began praying for him. I was a firm believer in St. Joseph. I was told long ago that if I wanted a committed and loving husband I should pray to him, for St. Joseph was the epitome of an ideal husband. So I did.
We got to know each other better thru missionwork, traveling to different mission areas, and together, shared the same passion and conviction.
Our friendship grew. I began to clearly see the kind of man that he is - he was not what I have always hoped for - because he was far more than that. He may not be who I wanted... but he was definitely the inspiration I needed to be the best person I can be.
Eventually, I fell in love. Noli became my first ... and last boyfriend.
After 3 years, he asked me to be his wife. He proposed on his birthday! How could I ever say no ... ofcourse, I wasn't planning to. I will never forget what he said to me that day - that to have me as his future wife was the best gift he could ever receive.
We got married a year later in Santuario De San Jose (St. Joseph's Church), in honor of my devotion to him.
|Our Wedding Invite - Front Cover|
A few days from now, we will be celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary. Ours may not be a perfectly written love story, but every chapter of our life together is always a new beginning. We may be two imperfect individuals, but everytime we are together is a perfect moment.
In the midst of trying times, I would find myself wondering why did I ever marry this man. But it's simply amazing how I can fall in love over and over again with the same person.
No doubt about it... I married my one true love!