We met in 2005. In Kenya. Two strangers in a foreign land.
|October 2005, USIU campus, Kenya|
The connection was instantaneous, loyalty unwavering from the start.
|January 2006, on top of the KICC building, Nairobi, Kenya.|
We lived together, listened and helped each other, made a home out of bare concrete walls.
|November 2006, Guu Sita apartments, Kenya|
We fought, we made up; we lied, we repented; we regretted, we embraced; we turned an otherwise rough time in both our lives into a meaningful journey together.
|July 2007, Fort Jesus, Mombasa, Kenya|
So of course, we got married. It was a long and stressful 11 months of separation, full of endless immigration forms and static-y phonecalls, but on December 26th, 2008, we knew it was all worth it.
|December 26, 2008, San Bernardino County Hall of Records, CA|
And so, the last few years have been all about integrating our lives...
|Christmas 2009, with my Ma|
|New Year's Eve 2009, Redlands CA|
|September, 2010, Oak Glen, CA|
|October 2010, Highland, CA|
We entered 2011 with a resolve to better ourselves as individuals, grow stronger as a couple, support and care for each other in spite of challenges and setbacks.
|May 2011, Ford Park, Redlands CA|
The year, for us, culminated on December 17th, 2011, when for the first time we had the opportunity to stand before both our families and friends and renew our promise to each other.
I become more confident every day that I made the right choice - my husband is a perfect partner for me in so many ways. I respect him for who he is and who he wants to be, love him for what he is and what he is not, and am confident that he loves me equally.
So now that we've reached this point of peace and confidence in our lives, it's time to take the logical next step.
It's about to get REAL up in here... beginning July 2012.