Well, it’s February and we all know Valentines day is TOMORROW! I love LOVE and I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of my own story with you all! It’s always fun to remember and savor the memories Joe and I have created together. Let’s jump right in. Joe and I met in Colorado Springs the summer of 2009 at a conference that Melissa and I were promoting Waweza Movement at – Joe was at a booth next to us. WE MET. Before we left to head back to Ohio, Joseph asked for my email and I thought it had to do with wanting to know more about the non-profit and didn’t think anything of it. He started emailing me several weeks later, and we emailed back and forth for several months. Around that time Joe was moving from Colorado to Maine and he told me Ohio was about half way in between, so I invited him to stay with my family for a couple days on his long trip. Before Joe left for Maine, after his visit, he told me he was very “intrigued by me.” I didn’t really know or care what that meant and politely told him I wasn’t interested. However, he started to call me and text me more often and I caught myself looking forward to it! We began talking more and more. Joseph decided to come back to Ohio for Christmas 2009, and WE STARTED DATING. I can remember our first date so well… I remember feeling so giddy, and we listened to Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are” on the way downtown to eat.
After that night I started to fall for Joe, and I fell hard and fast. He’s gentle and kind, funny and compassionate, he’s hardworking and handsome, he’s wise and so teachable, I could go on and on. We dated long distance while Joe traveled for work and lived in Maine, Colorado, & California. I was finishing up nursing school and would fly out as often as I could to be with him where he was. In March of 2011, Joe surprised me and flew me out to Colorado. One morning on the trip he woke me up very early and drove us up into the mountains. He had a picnic all packed and flowers for me. We sat down, tucked away in this amazing outlook over the Rocky Mountains and Joe asked me to be his wife. I obviously said yes, and squealed like every newly engaged girl!!!! After he proposed he had this huge box full of gifts for me — bridal magazines and books, my favorite candies, sweet little gifts, and notes he had written to me – SWOON!! AND JUST LIKE THAT, WE’RE ENGAGED!
Joe moved to Cincinnati shortly after we were engaged and we began planning our wedding. We got married on November 11, 2011. My wedding was everything I had dreamed about forever. We got married at a country club that resembled a large southern mansion. All of our closest friends and family were there and it was honestly bliss. WE WERE MARRIED!!! We honeymooned for a week on the beach in Mexico… more bliss!
In 2014, Joe and I decided to quit our jobs and move to Kenya for 5 months to be with our kids at the orphanage we run through Waweza Movement. We saved for about a year and were gone for just about 7 months. After we left Kenya we traveled Europe for about two months before returning to the states.
I could write for a long time about how much I love Joe and how thankful I am for him, because I do love him so much and am so thankful for him. But it comes down to this: the Lord has been kind and gracious to me, faithful in all things – but most of all he’s given me Joe, and for that I could never be more appreciative. Joe is my greatest adventure and my biggest joy. He points me towards Jesus everyday and loves me relentlessly in my darkest, ugliest moments. So, to all you who have found your great love, be continually thankful. And to all you who are still waiting on your great love, continue to wait – one day you’ll look back and realize you would have waited even longer if it meant getting to be with your love!