God’s Plan Was Better Than What Glenn & Ilda Had In Mind


“We make plans and God comes up with better ones,” Ilda told CatholicMatch, as she looked back on the journey that led her to Glenn. In September of 2011, 42-year-old Ilda had a plan—part of that plan was to remove her profile from CatholicMatch and give up on this whole idea of online dating. Then Glenn sent her an emotigram.

At the time, Ilda didn’t have a full membership, but she was able to send a return emotigram—albeit reluctantly, given her inclinations toward cancelling. But that reluctant emotigram was all the extra encouragement 47-year-old Glenn needed.

He wrote her a message and tried to initiate a chat. “Something in my heart kept telling me this one was different,” Ilda recalled. “Finally, I decided to make a subscription to be able to read his messages.”

The path Ilda trod to find Glenn was marked by Faith.

Glenn and Ilda found they shared common moral values and they eventually moved their communications to Skype, so they could communicate by video. With Ilda living in her native Portugal and Glenn working in Germany, the distance was an issue, but not a decisive one. After two weeks of communication, Glenn flew to Portugal so he could meet Ilda personally.

After that first face-to-face meeting was over, the couple used their frequent Skype sessions to deepen their relationship. They even ate dinner together through video, including saying grace together and giving gratitude to God for all they had.

Glenn’s next visit was at Christmas. “I don’t have any family and Glenn, working abroad, was living alone too,” Ilda told CatholicMatch. “So that Christmas time was very special.”

They shared Christmas dinner and went to Midnight Mass, and it turned out they would have something more to celebrate together—after Mass, as they stepped out in front of the church, Glenn proposed marriage and Ilda accepted.

“God was literally taking us both by the hand bringing us together,” Ilda said. “Our relationship went for six months before we got married, which can be seen as a short period of time. But it’s not about the quantity, but rather the quality of time that went into every single day of those six months.

There were certainly challenges that had to be met in the period between their engagement and the wedding. Living in different countries presented them both with a considerable amount of paperwork and they would end up having two different ceremonies—one in Glenn’s native Seattle and the other in Ilda’s home parish in Portugal. Their five-day honeymoon was spent moving her belongings to Germany, where they now reside.

Glenn & Ilda are now united under God and are expecting their first child.

Glenn & Ilda put their faith in God from the start and were rewarded not just with finding each other, but with the expectation of their first baby.  As a couple, and soon as a family, they are one by God.

“Our wedding bands have that exact inscription,” Ilda said. “He made us ONE. Our strength as a couple throughout life comes and resides on HIM.” They both encourage all CatholicMatch members to let God’s grace overshadow their journey and to follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads.



  1. Liliana-830392 November 18, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful story!!..keep continue with Faith.GOD definitely has plans for us..we need to trust on him and have patience.

  2. Chiara-418581 November 17, 2012 Reply

    The plans of God are beautiful, keep continue to have faith…Thank you

  3. Janice-905360 November 16, 2012 Reply

    That was beautiful! Isn’t it interesting how many times when we are ready to close a door, God lovingly steps in and opens up a whole new life for us. All God ever asks of us is to trust Him and to keep our hearts open. Thanks Ilda and Glenn for sharing your story. Blessings!

  4. Oksana-918816 November 16, 2012 Reply

    This is really an amazing love story! Ilda is really a brave and successful Woman! God Bless Them!

  5. Melissa-155765 November 16, 2012 Reply

    Indeed, no distance is ever too far if we conform our will to God’s Will and follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads us. Cheers to a happy married life and the wonderful years ahead! God bless.. 🙂

  6. Daniel-634934 November 15, 2012 Reply

    With God NOTHING is impossible.

  7. Mari-611004 November 14, 2012 Reply

    Unique & beautiful story! … So excited for the bundle of joy too! Thanks for sharing your story and may God bless both of you more and more.

  8. Linda-666928 November 14, 2012 Reply

    THANK GOD GLEN was patient, and went to the country of his lover, the thought of living in another country that is not YOURS usually something that a person is ACOSTUMBRADA.SOLO God knows the perfect plan.


  9. Veronica-56352 November 14, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful story! Just when we think we have it all figured out, God has other plans! God’s blessings to you both and the upcoming birth of your first child. God is good! Veronica

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