Our Individual Lives.

But what about our individual lives?

   
Alex: Since Noelle and I are apart for most of the time, we have a lot of time to work toward our goals as well as work on ourselves. Currently, I am gearing up for my last year in school. I graduate next spring and hopefully will start my career in environmental sciences. On the side, I’m busy building a photography portfolio and Christian lifestyle brand. I am also a part of a Catholic young adult group that started within my home church here in San Antonio.

   
Noelle: One of my favorite characteristics about Alex is his ambition. He is great at putting focus into the things that he loves. It’s easy for me to support his ideas and dreams because he works hard to make opportunities for himself instead of waiting for opportunities to come to him. Currently, I’m spending my days studying for my summer school classes, applying for optometry school, and preparing to take the OAT (Optometry Admissions Test). I relieve the stress that comes from all of that by going on long runs or doing yoga.

   
Alex: Noelle’s support is one of the biggest reasons why I am able to push toward my goals. She encourages me every day to be better than I was the day before. I’m so proud of what Noelle has accomplished thus far. We joke about how busy she always is, but it’s actually inspiring because she never wants to settle for complacency. Throughout our relationship, we are able to push each other to be best individual, which in turn helps us be the best people for our relationship.

    
Noelle: I like to say I’m Alex’s number one fan. I can take on anyone who would argue that! We both have busy schedules, so being able to provide each other with a constant support system helps us get through it all. Not only do we push each other to be a better individual, we push each other to turn to God when we lose motivation.

   
Alex: Our number one advice when asked about how we are able to do a long distance relationship for so long is communication. No matter how busy Noelle and I get, we always make time for each other whether it be a 5-minute phone call or a FaceTime before we go to bed. It’s also important to us that we keep God at the center of our lives. Putting Him before all else, we are assured that our relationship will work no matter what obstacle comes in our way. He makes the distance bearable and any other obstacle non-existent. We are truly grateful to Him for our entire relationship.

     
“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father,who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:11-12 NIV

Alex Meets My Dad.

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

Noelle’s Path

Alex and I focus on growing our individual relationship with God and then combine our strengths to hold our relationship high. 

I have had major fall-outs with my faith in the past. However, I’ve also had moments in my life where I felt like I was the best Christian I’ve ever been. I grew up going to church, with my older brother, almost every Sunday. If I missed a Sunday my grandpa would ask why and I would feel the need to have a pretty important excuse. My grandpa, on my dad’s side, is a priest so he has taught me a lot of what I know about my faith. Contrary to popular belief, when I was younger I learned almost nothing in Sunday school. It wasn’t until I was about 16 when I turned church from a routine into a place of worship. When I started to be able to drive and make my own decision of going to church for myself and not just because my brother was going, I started to understand the traditions more. But then, I had a pretty big fall out. I moved to San Antonio for college and did not prioritize my relationship with God, at all. I rarely (almost never) went to the church in San Antonio, I barely prayed, and it clearly showed by my actions. It wasn’t until my second semester of college when I realized how downhill my grades went in the first semester. That is when I started to look up worship songs online while I studied. I thought “if I’m not going to church I might as well watch it or listen to it.” I came across Hillsong Worship and started listening to sermons online. I had been so far away from God at that point I was desperate for anything to bring me back. I would pray hours at a time at night just for God to forgive me for all of the nights I missed. I knew I had to move back to Houston because I needed to be closer to church and back on track with my life. I moved back to Houston that summer and can’t even remember missing a Sunday of church. I was so beyond motivated to learn and practice my religion. I started fasting for the first time, I started reading the Bible more, and I would attend church once or twice a week. Personally, I just felt happier and at peace with the direction I was moving in. Once I prioritized my relationship with God above all things, God was so quick to bless me with an acceptance letter to the University of Houston, a job in the optometry field, and such a selfless man like Alex. I don’t regret going to UTSA because I was able to realize the one thing I need most in my life which is a strong, self-driven relationship with God. And with that, He blessed me with things I will thank Him for until the day I die. My relationship is only growing from here and now that I know I’m on the right path, there’s no turning around. 

A little bit of advice I have is to ALWAYS prioritize your relationship with God. He will let everything else fall into place when He knows you are ready for it. Trust the process. Just because you feel yourself drifting away from what’s important, doesn’t mean you have to let it go. The power of prayer can turn anything and everything around. You just have to be patient and trust in the Lord.

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Our (last) first date.

Alex: So, I had a couple of friends going to this concert in Houston and they invited me for the ride. I was so down because it was for one of my favorite Christian bands, Hillsong United. If you have never been to one of their concerts I STRONGLY encourage you to go! It is such an emotional experience and you can literally feel the power of the Holy Spirit throughout the entire arena. Anyways, I made the bold move of asking Noelle if she wanted to go with me. Mind you, we had only been talking for about a month, but I felt this strong urge to ask her out. Fortunately, she said yes. All I had to do next was buy our tickets, which was a bit nerve racking in itself because this was very last minute and good tickets were hard to come by.

Noelle: Actuallllly, he asked me out only 2 weeks after we started texting, not even “talking.” I was shocked that he was already asking me on a date but like I said in the last post, something was telling me to just go for it. After he bought the tickets he kept joking about how we would have to hold the spot lights at the top of the Toyota center because of how high the seats were. However, that wasn’t the case at all, our seats were amazing! Alex planned to drive to Houston to pick me up then head over to the Toyota Center and boy was I nervous. I had an outfit change like 10 times and usually it takes me 2 minutes to get ready. I was finally prepped and ready to hang out with this guy for the first time ever.

Alex: On my drive (from SA to Houston) to pick up Noelle, I was so nervous. Strangely though, I knew it was going to be great. I prayed throughout a good portion of that drive to ensure that this was all God’s plan and that it would work out. Finally, I picked up Noelle and we went to the concert. I remember traffic was especially bad that day (Houston’s traffic is awful already) because of a Pitbull concert happening too. The traffic and the trying to impress Noelle shot up my anxiety levels. I wanted it to be perfect! We got to the concert and we somehow got extremely lucky because we got amazing parking next to the venue. I lowkey planned it all along (at least that what I made it seem). Then, we got into the arena and on to our seats. Honestly, I scored some pretty sweet tickets on the lower deck with a perfect view of the stage. An experience like Hillsong is meant to experience up close.

Noelle: The experience of the concert itself was just so uplifting and empowering. Alex and I stood up the entire time with our hands in the air singing out to our Lord to guide, protect, and hear us. I don’t know about you, but when I see a man who isn’t afraid to cry out to the Lord for guidance then I see someone who I can potentially create a strong relationship with. Every worry and doubt I had left my mind. I felt so unbelievably comfortable standing next to Alex. He was just as tall and handsome as I remembered. The attraction only grew when I saw his love for Jesus. Once the concert ended, we left the arena pretty quickly and as soon as we stepped foot outside I started to panic a little bit because I realized I left my wallet inside the Toyota Center. Suppppper smooth move to leave a great first impression on a first date am I right? A security guard lets us back in and we go to our seats to find NO wallet. At this point I just had my head down and was rethinking all life choices as we walked to the car. Wallet-less. However, by the grace of God (literally) someone had turned my wallet in to the security guard and they shouted at me to come back and get it.

Alex: I absolutely adored every single second of the concert with Noelle. She didn’t know much of the songs, but to see her there next to me, arms stretched to the sky, I just new I had to do everything to create a relationship with this amazing person. That genuine love for God was what I fell in love with and still in love with. Later, that whole situation with her wallet was hilarious to me. I knew we weren’t going to find it at our seats, but I also knew that someone would be kind enough to turn it in. It really speaks to how the first date was meant to go that everything was going to work out for the best. I took her home that night and I remember that I just didn’t want to leave her. I didn’t want the night to end. It was a perfect night, to say the least. I knew as soon as I left that this was only the beginning to a beautiful relationship.

Noelle: Alex was a complete gentleman that night. He brought me back to my apartment, walked me upstairs and hugged me goodbye. I remember praying to God that night and thanking Him for answering my prayers so quickly. I wasn’t expecting a relationship at that time of my life, but God knew I could handle it. God brought someone so gentle and genuine into my life that is willing to grow a relationship through Him. It was an amazing (last) first date and I’m so thankful that I got to share the moment and grow closer to God with Alex. He left back for San Antonio the next day and I was already missing him so I immediately tried to figure out when I could see him next.

“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.” Romans‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Where it all started.

How did we meet?

Noelle: Alex and I met on move in day at UTSA in 2014. My prom date actually introduced me to Alex minutes after I had settled into my dorm. He seemed shy and we didn’t really have much conversation that day. From then, we would exchange hi/bye when walking past each other on campus. He was actually in my biology class Spring semester, but I didn’t notice that until the very last day of class (I went to that class 5 times total, sorry mom). By that point I had already applied as a transfer student at the University of Houston and moved back home a week later.

Alex: Like Noelle said, we met on our very first day of college, move-in day. I remember my first impression of her was, ‘Wow, she’s really short.’ I think I saw her a total of 4 times the rest of the school year. We were friends, but rarely talked to each other because I was in another relationship at the time and she was busy doing her own thing. It wasn’t until the following summer of 2016 where we became reacquainted with each other after my infamous Instagram post.

Noelle: Because I was busy and knew Alex was in another relationship, I had zero thoughts or intentions of pursuing more than a friendship with him. If you asked me in the summer of 2016 if I was ready to be in a relationship I would’ve said absolutely not. I wasn’t looking for one because I didn’t believe I had the time to give attention to someone else. I barely ever texted him back (oops). It wasn’t until July 2nd when my interest sparked. He posted a picture and had a fully shaven face (my fav), hair fixed, eyes closed, and to top it off he had such a sweet smile. Let’s just say I texted him back that day.

Alex: Honestly, when I posted that picture I was feeling myself. It was a great picture (shoutout to my dad for that candid pic). That day I happened to be getting ready for my uncle’s wedding, I was the best man so I had to look dapper. Then, Noelle texted me back that day and I felt as if all the stars had aligned. I knew it was an absolute sign from God that this is what I need in my life. I was still hesitant to really delve into a relationship with Noelle, however, because she was always really busy and it would be long distance. We still texted each other nearly every day after that day, but I patiently pursued her. Along the way, I prayed to God asking Him about Noelle and if this is what was meant to be. I didn’t get the answer to those questions until later that month.

Noelle: Without God, this relationship wouldn’t be possible. Every day I used to pray for God to bless me with someone who would center our relationship around Him. Thankfully, I feel like God heard and answered my prayers that summer with Alex. Like Alex said, we started to text nearly every day after that just getting to know each other more. Then, Alex asked me to join him at a Hillsong United concert in Houston on July 23rd. For those of you who don’t know, Hillsong United is Christian worship band that Alex and I both love listening to! When he asked me to the concert I thought about it for the shortest time because I had something in my heart and mind telling me, “Noelle, you have to go.” We went to the concert, which we will explain in the next post, and I still thank God every day for that night. I’ll never forget it.

Alex: You cannot paint a better first date. We’ll tell you all about it next post!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Our story.

Hello!

First, we are going to formally introduce ourselves. Then, we will each tell y’all a little about ourselves and how we came to (by random chance) find each other.

Hi, I’m Noelle! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas (shout out Beyoncé) and am fortunately still living here! I’m 20 years young with many life goals, but let me tell you how I got here…and no this is not the birds and the bees talk. I was born on November 11th (shout out to all the Valentine’s babies) and 80 days later my parents baptized me a Coptic Orthodox Christian. I grew up unbelievably quiet, to the point where my parent’s worried. Now they just wish I was as quiet as I was back then. I had the best childhood, which I spent with my older brother (if you’re reading this you’re welcome Demitri). My parental units signed me up for almost every sport possible, which is why I am so competitive, and placed me in a private school until middle school which is why I am so smart (jk, currently struggling). I stuck with soccer all throughout high school and now play every intramural sport in college. I’m more focused on getting a workout in than studying which I’m currently working on (kind of). I’m a pre-optometry student, studying to take the Optometry Admissions Test this summer. Afterwards, I’ll apply to schools across the U.S by September. Without God, my family, and this young fella named Alex Ramirez I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am today.

Hello! I’m Alex! Officially, my name is Edward Alexander Ramirez, but everyone calls me Alex (which I prefer because Edward is a bit too serious for my taste). I was born on April 12, 1996 in San Antonio, TX, where I still live. I was baptized Roman Catholic, which I still practice to this day. I would consider my family a huge part of my life because without them I would not be the man I am today. They’ve taught me so much of what I know. I’m graduating soon with my Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science, so I’m sort of a science buff. However, I am a huge sports fan and my favorite teams are the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Red Sox. With God, my family, my friends, and Noelle in my life, I would not be the person I am today.

Noelle and I’s relationship is unique yet amazing relationship and we are excited to tell y’all about it! We hope to inspire and encourage y’all to live a spiritual life rooted in the Love of Jesus.

1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us.”

 

About Us (First Post)

We are a couple from Texas that does long distance (Houston and San Antonio). We are able to make the distance bearable by centering our relationship on God. With this blog, we will share our perspectives on our own lives as well as how we’re able to make our relationship work. Together we’re Freak the Mighty. As together, we are able to tackle most problems. Follow us on this amazing journey!