I Was So Nervous To Meet Him That I Hid In The Airport Bathroom!

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If there’s one thing that seems to define the relationship between Chris and Sandra from the beginning, it is their faith-centered patience.

Chris, a Florida native, first came across Sandra’s CatholicMatch profile in September 2013. “She was living in Juarez, Mexico, so I viewed it as just someone nice to talk to as I was going through an annulment, which I clearly stated in my profile. Distance was also an issue,” Chris said.

It seemed too difficult at first

Chris Daly 4“At first I thought he was so far from where I used to lived, but somehow God had other plans for us,” Sandra said.

For a time, they even fell out of touch after Chris changed the parameters of his CatholicMatch searches and Sandra’s profile no longer showed up.

But she had started to fall for him: “Once we started talking, the way he loves and honor God made me fall completely in love with him,” she recalled.

A month after losing touch, she reached out—catching Chris off guard. He said he was still going through the annulment process. She was willing to wait.

During that wait they both sensed they were meant for each. Both Chris and Sandra say it was the fact that they put God first that attracted each to the other.

“I was attracted to her relationship with God. She put God first. I was very impressed when she told me she prayed the rosary every day. At this point in my life I wanted a woman—if God allowed—to help me get to heaven. Someone that actually viewed marriage as a sacrament. Someone I could learn from,” Chris said.

They started informally ‘dating.’

Staying in touch via Netflix

“I came up with the idea of a Netflix date. We both had Netflix. We would sync up the same movie at the same time and we would watch it and text back and forth to each making comments about the movie,” Chris said.

Their first movie was an Italian film, “Life Is Beautiful.”

“We agreed in so many aspects of how life should be seen according to the word of God that we realized we were meant to be together,” Sandra said, in describing their experience of watching the film together.

After about five such Netflix ‘dates’ the two decided to meet in person. They planned for March 2014 during Holy Week. Sandra would fly from her home to meet Chris, his two children, and his mother at the airport.

“I still tease her about the first time I went to the airport,” Chris said.

I was so nervous that I wouldn’t leave the bathroom!

Sandra was apparently so anxious that she lingered in an airport restroom for half an hour.

“I was texting her asking her to please come out of the restroom,” Chris recalled.

Sandra eventually did come out and during the week they went on a pilgrimage to St. Augustine and attended Mass—what Chris considers their first true ‘date’ in person. But he says he knew they could not really purposefully date for marriage. “We both knew that if the annulment was not approved that we could only remain friends. But we did talk about a life together if the annulment was approved,” Chris said.

It would be yet another year before they had their answer.

God brought them together

In April 2015, Chris’ annulment was finally approved and the two became formally engaged.

The couple decided to get married closer to her home city, in El Paso, Texas in October 9 2015. Now they are going through the immigration process, which Chris describes as “very slow.”

It has been a long journey in many ways for them but Sandra is certain God has been with them the whole way, leading them to each other.

“I believe with all my heart that God brought us together, we faced many obstacles in our relationship and He cleared everything for us. It has been difficult to me to get used to a new place, a new home, a new everything. I left my job and family in Mexico to build a new life in Christ with the love of my life. God gave us the greatest blessing when He united us,” she said.



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8 Comments

  1. Amber-1401564 March 18, 2017 Reply

    I love their love story! It is very inspiring and teaches us to really trust God’s timing. 🙂

  2. Alex-1341644 March 11, 2017 Reply

    Beautiful story! I’m wishing the both of you all the happiness in the world. It must have been hard to maintain a long-distance relationship. I would like to share one thing that came across my mind while reading the article. I’ve been using CM since August 2016 but unfortunately without happy ending so far. To be honest, I also tried another dating apps but eventually I deleted my accounts. All these men I met online were very straightforward about what they were looking for on the app. It’s better than pulling the wool over my eyes I guess… The other thing is, I noticed that many men are hmm “afraid” once they find out I’m a foreigner (international student)… It seems like they think I want to get married to get a Green Card or something… It’s very upsetting because I’m looking for a serious relationship and if the Right One lives in New Zeland, I’d move there in a heartbeat. It’s kind of obvious. Plus if the papers were the case, I would be married four times by now… Being an immigrant in this country is challenging and I think many of those who were born here have no clue what we have to deal with every single day…

  3. Alanna-1410179 March 10, 2017 Reply

    I pray God to put a good husband in my path and make my situation inspiring for others. God’s time is perfect.
    All the couples that God has united through Catholic Match are inpiring and motivate to move forward.
    Congrats to all of them!!

  4. Patricia-1387567 March 10, 2017 Reply

    This is what inspires me in looking for someone who values the sacrament of marriage. Amen to them both.

  5. Zabulani-1392174 March 10, 2017 Reply

    This is truly inspiring

  6. Raquel-612789 March 9, 2017 Reply

    Felicidades!!

  7. Dell-1389799 March 8, 2017 Reply

    God does answers prayers. Bless you both on your new life together. Dell.

  8. Sylvia-1338989 March 8, 2017 Reply

    Congratulation!

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