I've shared my love story on this blog before, but I can't seem to find it (shucks!). So, since there is a linky party going on among the group of mummy blogger friends I got to know in Facebook (We call ourselves the Singapore Mom Bloggers aka SMB!), I decided to rewrite it again! =D
For friends who's known Isaiah and me like forever, bear with me as I tell our story again for the 10909090909th time. I cannot promise this will be the last though. And go ahead & have a good laugh at our photos - Permission granted. (And pray hubby doesn't strangle me for putting up these photos of him)
Isaiah and I first met in our former church many, many years ago. I was about 12 or 13, and he was four years older than me. My first impression of him, "Wah, how can anyone be this tall?" Till this day, it is still a mystery how communication is the key to our successful relationship when we are 30 centimetres apart. =P (The distance is greatly reduced with the use of platform shoes by yours truly.)
Us and our stylo big spectacles. I'm the one in purple ASICS tee and he's the one behind me in brown polo. I think this is 1991??
Now I was very young, and having a relationship did not cross my mind, quite frankly. I was very mature as a kid, but still, to me, Isaiah was just a great leader with charisma and a very charming brother who's caring and always looking out for the younger ones in church. Everything was simple. Then, I started attending weekly prayer meetings, and that's when our friendship started to blossom. I still remember very vividly making my way to my church at Mount Sophia Road once a week (Wed or Thur night I think!) in my Tanjong Katong Girls' School uniform. Haha! I was really fervent as a young Christian! It was one of the happiest days of my life - Going to church twice a week, and meeting the Lord (+ charming man). LOL!
1st ever overseas trip with our friends. I'm the 2nd one from the left and he's the middle guy. Yes, still in our big stylo specs. 1992! LOL
It was clear to the both of us that we had feelings for each other and wanted to be a couple. But of course, age was a big factor. I was only 15 and he was 19. It got so worrying for my mum that she went to speak to the Pastor and Isaiah's mum, who was in the same church as us. Eventually, we did start going out together in spite of my mum's objections. She was worried for me and my studies, naturally, but agreed anyway, knowing what a stubborn daughter she has. On hindsight, I would love to make her less worried and perhaps not jump into a relationship so soon. But of course, young people are rash and obstinate! If I go back in time, I am sure I would have made the same decision. =P
Went for mission trip together to Myanmar. The big specs are gone.
We first held hands and sealed our relationship on Fraser's Hill, one of the overseas trips we went together with our friends. We had a long talk under the stars one night and everything felt very natural, as if it was meant to be so right from the start. I was certain in my heart that I was going to marry this man. I was only 15 - what was I thinking??!
Anyway, the first few years of our relationship was very simple. We only met during the weekends in church as we both had school during the weekdays. I guess that was one assuring thing for my mum, seeing that we did not let the relationship affect our studies in any way. I continued to do well in school, got into University and then started working. We only really spent more time in courtship during the University days where we had more time to go out together. Most of our time was still spent in church though, and we were very happy serving in church together and being with common friends.
On Fraser's Hill. Our 3rd time there I think, and the only time we went as a couple with our friends.
Finally, after 10 years of courtship, we got married in 2003. And now, 10 years into our marriage, we have two pretty daughters, and we are more in love now than ever before. We have our fair shares of quarrels and arguments, but the basic principle is that we will try to settle the unhappiness as soon as possible before the day ends. Many people have asked me how we managed to sustain the relationship for so long - I frankly don't know. I guess we are both faithful and loyal people, and we believe in loving for the long haul. Of course, one very important ingredient in our relationship is that we both believe in the same God, serve in the same church and believe in the same vision. That absolutely held our marriage tightly together. In our hearts, I know I will always be his first priority, and he, mine.
In another 3 weeks' time, we'll be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. How time flies! I've known and loved this man for 20 years?! I find it hard to believe it myself sometimes.
Finally, ending off this post with my wedding montage! And the main reason is because I am too lazy to go dig out my wedding album to show you my wedding photos. =P