Being in a relationship is not just about feelings. That’s what I have learned from books. Emotions keep changing with life. I believe that in order for a relationship to last, there should be love and commitment. I have been married to my husband for seven years now, going to eight. And I always pray to God to take care of our relationship. It is a life long commitment and we intend to stay together for the rest of our lives. We all know that there can be trials along the way, and journeys are not perfect. When we got married I received a simple frame with a prayer on it. I put it up in our living room beside our wedding photo. It says “Lord help us to remember when we first met and the strong love that grew between us… Dear Lord we put our marriage into your hands. Amen. ” So I try to remember how it all began and I can’t help but say “maybe there is really such a thing as meant to be?”. My husband and I knew each other all our lives. We were neighbors in our hometown back in the Philippines. He lived just a few blocks from mine. You can actually see their house from our place. We went to the same school in Elementary. We were classmates from fourth grade to sixth. In addition, both our families were active in the parish church. He served as an altar boy and I was a member in one organization. We were friends, young people hanging out in church. High school came and he moved to all boys school. I moved to all girls’. We still saw each other in church. Young love, he started to send me love letters and sent me signals that he liked me. I had a crush on him too but nothing serious. He told me he loved me but I did not believe him. After what I said he became cold and aloof. So the love letters stopped and the affection as well. College came and we both went to different Universities. Sometimes we would still see each other in church, only we were busier this time in school. He studied Physical Therapy and I went with Psychology. I ended up getting my Master’s degree too. We both got into relationships. He met a girl and would sometimes bring her to church. I believed we were also introduced to each other. I was cool with it. Then he moved to the United States while I lived in Manila. We sometimes see each other online and stay in touch. Likewise, I had my first boyfriend. He was a medicine student (eventually became a medical doctor). He went to the same church with me and my husband. So we were all “friends.” I was with the “doctor” for seven years and it just did not end well. Growing up, changes, one day you will just realize that it’s not what you want. I was not aware that the same thing also happened with my husband. He was engaged with his girlfriend and they were about to get married. Wedding did not push through since a third party was involved (his ex girlfriend’s side). In 2006, our paths just crossed again. We were both available and things just happened quickly. It’s like everything fell into place. The Universe conspired to help us find each other again! We fell in love and the next year tied the knot! This was quite an adventure (to be written next time). It was not all bed of roses. There were great challenges too especially with the distance between us. When our paths crossed, we were living in our own perfect worlds. Then I had to make the hardest decision of my life, leaving family, friends and my blooming career. In the end, love conquered all… Now we are together with our two beautiful children. As long as there is faith in each other, commitment to take care of the marriage and choose to save it on top everything or anyone, I am sure, we will make it another day, another year, and hopefully as long as we live!