Noelle: Alex and I grew up in different cultures. The rules of dating weren’t the same. For me, I wasn’t allowed to date until college, so I didn’t. I always grew up being taught that you date to marry. I was not thinking about relationships turning into marriage in high school. My dad has always told me that he only wants to meet one guy and that I only introduce to him the man I believe I will be with forever. With that being said, this past weekend I introduced my dad to Alex. It took me so long to make that happen because I had to make sure I knew Alex was the one first.
Alex: I was quite nervous to meet Noelle’s dad for the first time. I knew it was a big deal for not only me (obviously), but also for Noelle. She was probably more nervous for me to meet her dad more than I was, to tell y’all the truth. However, I knew that I needed to show Noelle that I wasn’t afraid to take our relationship even further by meeting her dad as well as getting to know her mom and brother.
Noelle: Coming into the relationship, my guard was so high. Since then, I’ve let my guard come down and I was finally ready for my dad to meet Alex. I knew he would approve of him because he’s so great. Alex had already met my mom, brother, grandma, and cousins a while back. They all loved him right off the bat (same). I held off on him meeting my dad because one, it’s a very serious situation that I wasn’t ready for, and two, because my dad has a busy schedule so it was difficult to plan. However, I was so set on my dad meeting Alex because I knew he was the one. I was eager to show my dad who was treating me better than anyone ever has. For me, being in a relationship and spreading that kind of news to my family is huge. It literally means that I have found the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. I owe all of this process to God. With every worry, struggle, and feeling, God has been the one to keep me going. He has given me the peace and sureness that I am in this relationship with Alex for the right reasons. I will continue to cherish the relationship I hold with God because it helps me hold onto my relationship with Alex. Despite the worry and distance, at the end of the day I always feel happy and blessed with the relationship I am in.
Our advice is that if you ever have worry or doubt your relationship, ask God for guidance. He will give you the strength you need to handle any obstacle that comes your way.
“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV