God truly answers our prayers! I had been on Catholic match since I was 18 years old. From the time I was ready to get married I knew that I wanted to meet someone with the same moral values as me.
Living in a small town in Northern California prevented me from meeting a lot of guys that were my age and Catholic. After hearing of my friends success with catholicmatch I decided to give it a try. . .that was four years ago. Those four years passed and I had been on and off Catholicmatch. I dated a few men and started relationships, as well, but nothing seemed to be the perfect fit for me.
Just last year on April 14 my life changed forever. I hadn't been active on CM for a while and decided to close my account due to the fact that I was moving to Italy in May 2007. I planned on being in Europe for many months and didn't find CM to be something I wanted to pursue any longer. That night I went onto the site to close it for good but God had other plans. My sister insisted that I check out Mike's profile. After a lot of convincing I checked out his profile and to be honest. . .didn't think much of it. I had my mind made up; I was closing my account. Somehow (kind of a blur) we ended up chatting on CM for hours that night with my sister right next to me the whole time. Mike and I just clicked; we just seemed to "fit". He asked me for my number and called me the next day. We spoke almost every night until May 15 when I moved to Italy.
It was my dream to be in Italy and when I got there I found myself thinking of Mike. I was almost mad, thinking, "I'm supposed to be here enjoying myself, experiencing life in another country and I'm worried about a guy in America that I've never met, God. . .what is happening?" A few months went by and Mike and I continued to email and talk on the phone as much as we could without going into debt for it. I was staying with the family that I worked for. I was a nanny for the family and the children were going on a trip so I had a three week vacation. Mike and I wanted to meet so badly so we decided that I would spend my three weeks vacation in Southern California with Mike. On August 1, 2007 I made my way back to California. It was the longest flight that I had ever endured. I was so nervous. I had met many guys from CM but never had this feeling. I wanted it to be so perfect! I got off the plane and when I saw Mike standing there I just knew that this time it would be different. He hugged me and kissed me right away and it was so magical. It was the best three weeks of my life. Going to mass, meeting my family in Northern California, dinner and movies, hiking. . .it was so natural to be with him. Three weeks went by and before we knew it, it was time for me to pack up my things and head back to Europe. The night before I was supposed to get on the plane Mike and I went to the park and had a picnic together. We were so sad because we knew that we wouldn't see each other for another 4 or 5 months. Something just didn't settled right inside of me and I felt God trying to tell me something that night. God got through to me that night and you might say that I didn't exactly make it to Italy the next day.
Eight months have passed since that day and I have never been happier. Mike and I are now engaged (he purposed on a Gondola in Newport beach, got on his knee and everything) and planning our wedding for August 9, 2008. We are so thankful to Catholicmatch and to God for bringing us together.
My love story has taught me that you can't try to be in control of your life. God is in control and all he wants is our love and our trust. Hang in there and be patient everyone! God has a special person waiting for you. Maybe tomorrow, maybe four years from now. In the meantime, be content in your life and serve God and when you least expect it (maybe when you're about to delete your CM account) God will reveal your spouse to you. Stay Pure, don’t give your heart away to anyone besides your spouse. If I had only known the pain that my past would cause me now that I have found my spouse I would have thought twice before giving pieces of my heart away. God will reward your purity!
You are all in my prayers! Good Luck and God Bless you!
***UPDATE*** Mike and I were happily married on August 9, 2008. What a wonderful wedding it was. We had a great time dancing the night away and watching all our family and friends smile and laugh. So far married life is incredible and I know that it will continue to be. I catch myself looking over at Michael and saying a little prayer of thanks to God for giving me such a wonderful man in my life.
Currently I am a nanny full time and loving it. I get the nights off and the weekends off with Mike so that we can spend time together. I'll be attending CSU Fullerton in the spring. I was heading in different directions with my career but God pulled me a different way and I've decided to go for Marriage and Family Therapy. The sacrament of marriage is the most beautiful thing and I want to open a Christian practice to lend a helping hand to those fellow couples in need of a little extra boost to insure their lasting happiness together in marriage. Please keep me in your prayers!
I hope you all are doing well. I feel such a connection with this site and everyone on it (probably do to the fact that I've been on here for so long) If you are married, never let the sun go down upon your anger and always give eachother 100% of your love and affection. If you are engaged, Congrats!. . .marriage is wonderful, make sure to thank God for this special someone in your life and always remember to stay true and focused on God and eachother (the wedding planning can be stressful, dont let it get to you, everything turns out perfect in the end) If you're new to this site or have been searching for a while. . .dont give up. God made you and He thinks about you everyday. He knows exactly who you'll end up with and when. So, as hard as it is to be patient. . .hang in there. It will be worth the wait!!!
***SECOND UPDATE*** Michael and I are EXPECTING! Our baby is due on January 1, 2010! Thank you Jesus!***