Eduardo & Nicole

Our Story

Summer of 2005: I was practicing my Spanish online and meeting hundreds of people from Mexico, Ecuador, and the US. Some were crazy, some were hilarious, many I blocked, and some I felt I had known for years before. Almost a full year passed and all of the sudden "bonovox80@hotmail.com wants to add you" appeared on my MSN messenger. It was May 21, 2006, and neither of us had any idea as to what would happen after the first "que onda" was written.

Verano de 2005: Yo, Nicole, estaba practicando mi español en internet y conociendo cientos de personas de Mexico, Ecuador, y los Estados Unidos. Unos eran locos, unos bien chistosos, unos tuve que bloquear, y otros yo sentia como si los hubiera conocido años antes. Casi pasó todo un año y de repente me apareció "bonovox80@hotmail.com quiere agregarte como amigo" en mi MSN messenger. Fue el 21 de Mayo, 2006, y ninguno de nosotros sabiamos que Dios nos tuvo planeado despues de ese primer saludo de "que onda".

The First Conversation

May 21. 2006
The First Conversation

It was four days before my 18th birthday, and I was constantly in front of my computer screen with 5-10 conversation boxes opened up on my desktop. I was normally overwelmed by the half dozen conversations I had to keep up, I was having fun practicing my Spanish, and it was just any other day. Like I had already gotten used to, I had a few "friend requests" in the top left corner of my desktop. I usually clicked "add" without even reading the email address, because I never knew who the people were, I just knew they most likely spoke Spanish and had randomly found my email like everyone else. On this particular day, one of the email addressed was written "bonovox80@hotmail.com" - it had no significance to me, and I clicked "add" without thinking about it. A little while later, "Eduardo" greeted me.

He simply said "Que onda" which is a common greeting in Spanish meaning "what's up". We began to talk, he had no idea who I was and I had no idea who he was so we talked about what we liked to do, if we were working or studying, normal questions were asked when you first meet someone online. Where are you from, how old are you, are you Christian or Catholic.. (I got that one a lot) etc. The part that confused us both was that he asks me if I added him. I said "no, you added me- it showed up on my screen" and he went and said "no, I didn't add you, maybe my brother did." And, to this day, we don't know how our emails appeared on eachothers computers. He found out his brother didn't do it, and I never added anyone, so we just left it at "God probably did it" and didn't complain.

I think I fell in love after that first conversation. I told him I was into mission work in Mexico, that I was Christian and liked enchiladas. He told me he had been doing mission work for the past 5 years in Mexico, that he was Baptist and liked good music. I had just gotten back from a mini "retreat" with some girls at my church and I talked a lot about that, he used more words from the bible than his own words and he said he would pray for me that evening. We thought it was funny that we had only been talking for a few hours and he was already praying for me, and he found it crazy that he was actually making friends with someone online - since the only people he talked to online were from his church and his family.

We were amazed at how much we had in common: our faith, our goals, our hopes and dreams for the future. And he was the first guy I met online that referred to his looks as "better-looking than Brad Pitt" instead of "soy un feo" (I'm ugly), which almost every other guy I met online said. He was also the first guy that sent me a picture of him that I didn't find very attractive. All the other guys were your average-looking Mexican 20 some year old, and their pictures were usually average quality and they weren't really smiling or frowning. In Eduardo's picture, he was with his dad, he was smiling big, and the camera really didn't do his looks justice. Of course, after that picture I asked for more, and I started to see how gorgeous he really was, and I couldn't stop laughing about the Brad Pitt comment.

Four days later he sent me an email with a virtual card in it. It was a "thanks for being my friend" or "I'm glad we have this friendship" card and I thought it was special. We couldn't stop emailing eachother or talking about "how special" the friendship seemed to become. Pretty soon he wrote "te quiero" at the bottom of one of the emails, which, in Spanish, is a way of saying "I love you" to friends. He was the first guy to call me randomly one day and we just hit it off from then.

La Primera Conversacion

21 Mayo 2006
La Primera Conversacion

Solo faltaban cuatro dias para mi cumpleaños de 18 años, y muy seguido estaba sentada con mi computadora con 5 hasta 10 cajas de conversaciones abiertas en la pantalla. Como siempre, me encontré algo ocupada con tantas conversaciones que tenia que aguantar. Me divertia practicando mi Español, y era como cualquier dia. Como ya me habia acostumbrado a ver, me apareció un "invitacion de un nuevo amigo" en la esquina izquiera de mi pantalla. Por lo regular solo daba "agregar" sin leer la dirreccion de correo electronico, porque usualmente ni conocia la persona, solo que sabia que podria ser alguien que vio que estoy practicando el español y encontró mi correo electronico. En este dia particular, uno de las invitaciones decia "bonovox80@hotmail.com" - no tenia nada especial que ver, y di clic en "agregar" sin pensarlo. Pasó un ratito y "Eduardo" me saludó.

Me saludó diciendo "que onda". Nos pusimos a platicar, él me dijo que no tenia idea de quien era yo, y yo tampoco tenia idea de quien era él. Asi que platicamos de nuestros gustos, a que nos dedicabamos, preguntas normales que te hace al conocer una persona en internet. De donde eres, cuantos años tienes, eres Cristiana o Catolica...(me preguntaban eso seguido) etc. La parte que nos confusó mucho fue de que me preguntó si le agregue yo. Le dije "no - fuiste tu que me agregaste a mi---apareció en mi pantalla" y él me dijo "no, no te agregue, ha de ver que mi hermano lo hizo." Y, aun hasta este mismo dia, no sabemos como nuestros correos electronicos aparecion en nuestras computadoras. El supo que no lo hizo su hermano, y yo nunca agregue a nadie, asi que lo dejamos con "puede ser que Dios lo hizo" y no nos quejamos.

Creo que me enamoré despues de esa primera conversacion, le dije que me gustaba hacer viajes misioneros en Mexico, que yo era una Cristiana y que me gustaban enchiladas. El me dijo que habia hecho viajes misioneros por los ultimos 5 años en Mexico, que era un Bautista y que le gustaba buena musica. En esa misma semana yo habia regresado de un viaje con unas muchachas de la iglesia, y le conté de eso, y él decia mas palabras de la biblia que decir sus propias palabras y me dijo que orara por mi esa misma noche. Nos dio un poco de risa que solo nos habiamos conocido por unas horas y hasta estaba orando por mi, y él vio chistoso que se estaba haciendo una amiga de alguien en el internet - que solo platicaba con gente en messenger de su iglesia, o escuela, o su familia.

Nos fascinó cuanto teniamos en comun: nuestra fe, nuestras metas, nuestras anhelos y sueños para el futuro. Y él fue el primer hombre que conoci en internet que se refirió a si mismo como "mas guapo que Brad Pitt" en vez de "soy un feo", lo que decia cada otra persona que conoci en internet. Fue el primer hombre que me dio una foto de él que no me gustaba mucho. Los demas se veian como cualquier cuate mexicano de 20-algo años, y sus fotos eran normales sin sonrisa ni con una cara enojada. En la foto de Eduardo, estaba abrazando a su papá, con una sonrisa grande, y la camara expresó el guapisimo que es mi Eduardin. Pero claro que despues de que me dio esa foto yo pedi mas, y empecé a ver que hermoso era, y no dejaba de reir por lo que me dijo que Brad Pitt.

Cuatro dias despues él me mandó un correo con una carta virtual adentro. Era una carta de "Gracias por ser mi amiga" o "Me alegra tener esta amistad" y la vi como muy especial. No dejabamos de escribirnos por internet hablando de "que especial" se estaba haciendo la amistad. Y en unas semanas me escribió "te quiero" en uno de los correos. Fue el primer hombre que me llamó de sorpresa un dia y de alli pues "todo se hizo historia" (asi se dice en ingles, asi como---de alli nacio algo increible).

First Visit

Halloween night
First Visit

During that summer of 2006 we confessed our undying love to eachother (or something like that) and talked about how we would love to meet face-to-face. We had already met eachother through webcam and telephone and the only thing left was to meet "en persona" (in person). In August I was planning on going to do some mission work with a few girls down in Mexico. Eduardo and I found it to be the perfect time to meet, even though he'd have to drive about 14 hours to see me. We were extemely excited and counting down the days. In a nutshell, the trip was canceled, my heart was broken, and the group and I ended up going down to San Diego to feed the homeless - which ended up being an amazing trip.

Eduardo and I talked about meeting in September, in October, in Novemeber. I knew I couldn't go down there, so the only option was for him to come up here, and since he lived in Northern Mexico (Hermosillo, Sonora) it wouldn't be that long of a trip (compared to if he lived in Mexico city which is much more south than Hermosillo). He wanted to make his visit a surprise, but I think he couldn't hold it in and he told me, in October, that the trip would be just a few weeks away. He never told me the exact date, but of course I figured it out and Halloween night was the most amazing, nervous, exciting night of my life.

It was around 11:00pm and I was waiting for Eduardo's call saying "I'm lost in Seattle, I can't find your house..." and a few friends came over to say hello. I told them quickly about Eduardo's first visit and tried to get them out of there so I could wait alone for his arrival. They left, I was shaking with my cell phone in my hand, and soon enough - it rang.

"Nicole I'm on your street where is your house?" he said in Spanish. I ran upstairs to the front door and looked out. I couldn't stop smiling or shaking and my heart was going 300 miles per hour as I waited to see a rental car drive by. It was pretty dark, and most of the trick or treaters were all asleep by then, but as I completely forget it was Halloween and all I could think about was seeing Eduardo for the first time- I saw a car drive by. I screamed on the phone "WAIT WAIT I THINK I SEE YOU!" "IS THAT YOU?" "DID YOU JUST DRIVE BY?!" I was going crazy, I couldn't believe it was finally happening. The car stopped. The reverse lights went on. I panicked. The next 3 minutes are too full to write them down. I was giggling like crazy and getting extremely nervous, I was about to hide inside my house. The car got closer, it pulled up to my driveway and I hung up. I stood there, about 10 feet from his car. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it.

I just stood there silently (this is all happening in about 20 seconds but it seems like an hour) the car stopped, the lights turned off, the door opened, my heart stopped. Eduardo got out of the car. His hair looked different, I thought, he seems shorter than he told me, I said to myself. I had a huge grin on my mouth, his was even bigger, he walked towards me, I couldn't move. He opened his arms and I opened mine, and we hugged the most amazing hug I could ever imagine. We kept hugging, pulling apart, staring at eachother, smiling, laughing. We were like little kids, we couldn't even talk, we couldn't do anything but hug eachother and feel what we had wanted to feel since the day we met online. We had waited 5 months for this. It was the most amazing moment of our lives.

*(picture is the first picture we took together, that night. it's one of our worst pictures, and neither of us like it, but it's the one we treasure the most.)

Primer Visita

La Noche de Halloween
Primer Visita

Durante ese verano de 2006 nos confesamos el amor profundo que nos teniamos (o algo asi) y hablamos de como queriamos conocernos cara-a-cara. Ya nos habiamos conocido por la camara web y telefono y la unica cosa que nos faltaba era conocernos en persona. En Agosto yo tenia planeado ir a hacer un viaje misionero con unas muchachas en Mexico. Eduardo y yo decidimos que seria la oportunidad perfecta para conocernos, aunque él tendria que manejar unas 14 horas para verme. Estabamos bien emocionados y contando los dias que faltaban. En vez de escribir mucho, el viajito fue cancelado, se rompió mi corazon, y en fin el grupo y yo bajamos a San Diego para dar de comer a la gente que vivia en la calle - lo que se hizo un viaje bien bonito.

Eduardo y yo hablabamos de reunirnos en Septiembre, en Octubre, en Noviembre... Yo sabia que no pude bajar a Mexico, asi que la unica opcion era que él subiera a verme, porque vivia en la parte norte de Mexico (Hermosillo, Sonora) y no seria tan largo el viaje (en comparacion de un viaje de la cuidad de Mexico hasta aca, lo que queda mas al sur). El queria que la visita fuera una sorpresa, pero ya no pudo aguantar y me contó, en Octubre, que solo faltaban unas semanas para vernos. Nunca me dijo la fecha exacta, pero claro que la supe y la noche de Halloween (Oct 31) fue la mas maravillosa, nerviosa, y emocionada noche de mi vida.

Eran las 11:00 de la noche y yo estaba esperando la llamada de Eduardo diciendo "Estoy perdido en Seattle, no encuentro tu casa...." y unas amigas vinieron a mi casa a saludarme. Les dije rapido de la primera visita de Eduardo y intenté correrlos (en una manera linda) para que yo pudiera estar sola para su llegada. Se fueron ellas, y yo temblaba con mi celular en mi mano, y derepente - sonó.

"Nicole estoy en tu calle, donde esta tu casa?" me dijo Eduardo. Yo subí rapido las escaleras para la puerta y la abri. No dejaba de sonreir ni de temblar y mi corazón iba 1000 kilometros por hora mientras esperaba ver pasar el carro que rentó. Estaba algo oscuro afuera, y la mayoria de los niños con sus disfrases ya se habian ido a sus casa a dormir, pero mientras se me olvidó completamente el dia de Halloween y solo podia pensar en ver Eduardo por la primera vez - pasó su carro. Grité como una niña en el telefono "ESPERA ESPERA CREO QUE TE VI! ERES TU? ACABAS DE PASAR?!" me volví loca, no podia creer que por fin iba a verlo. El carro se paró. La luces reversas brillaron. Me soprendió. Los proximos 3 minutos estan demasiados llenos para escribirlos. Yo reia como loco, me puse demasiada nerviosa, a punto de esconderme en mi casa. Me acercó el carro, se estacionó y yo colgue. Me quedé alli parada, como 10 pies de su carro. No podia creelo. No podia creelo. No podia creerlo.

Solo me quedé alli parada y callada (todo esto pasando en como 20 segundos pero se me hizo una hora) el carró se apagó, las luces se apagaron, la puerta abrió, mi corazón se paró. Eduardo bajó del carro. Se veia diferente su pelo, pensaba, parecia mas bajo que me decia, pensé. Yo tenia una sonrisa bien grande en mi boca, la suya aun mas grande, me acercó, no podia moverme. Abrió sus brazos y abri los mios, y nos dimos el abrazo mas maravilloso que podia imaginar. Nos quedamos abrazandonos, nos alejamos, para ver nuestras caras, sonriendonos, riendonose. Eramos como niños, ni pudimos hablar, no pudimos hacer nada solo abrazarnos y sentir lo que queriamos sentir desde el dia que nos saludamos en internet. Habiamos esperado 5 meses para esto. El momento mas increible de nuestras vidas.

*(la foto es la primera foto que nos tomamos juntos, esa noche. Es una de las peores fotos que tenemos, y ninguno de nosotros nos gusta, pero es la que mas recuerdos nos da.)

The Proposal

Stanley Park, Canada
The Proposal

Eduardo has never been to Canada, and since I live about 4 hours from the Canadian border, he asked if we could go sometime. We both love to drive and go on mini-trips (which will become large trips once we get married) where we can enjoy ourselves during the day and make it home before the day ends. In January 2007, I flew down to San Diego to study at San Diego Christian College. Eduardo and I talked about seeing eachother again maybe in April. The last time we had seen eachother was in December and even though only a month had passed, we wanted to see eachother again as soon as possible.

Spring Break was coming up and somewhere in January or February we decided he could come up to San Diego and we could fly together to Seattle for Spring Break. I counted down the days for March 9th, which was the last day of school before the break, and soon enough it came. As I counted down, Eduardo wouldn't stop telling me about a "very special surprise" he had for me. As I guessed what it was, I just said about of weird things 'cause I didn't want to spoil the fact that it was most likely an engagement ring. The friday that Spring Break started, my roommate did the honor of driving me and a friend from our hall to the airport, where I was to search for Eduardo. When we arrived I was, once again, very excited and somewhat nervous. I carried my laptop bag, my suitcase, and a painting I did for him, into the airport where I searched for him. I think it took me a half hour to find him. I tried to call him and couldn't get a hold on him, and he called me but the phone seemed to be dying 'cause I could never hear his voice. I finally went outside and searched for him out there, and I finally found him. It was super.

We stayed in the airport all night, we could never fall asleep so we just walked around, and early the next morning we got on a plane to Seattle. That Monday we were driving late at night and all the sudden Eduardo pulled into a parking lot. I was nervous and worried that Eduardo was going to propose right then and there, in the parking lot of Rite-Aid. Thankfully, he didn't. He just stopped to say "Te Amo tanto" (I love you so much) and I rested my head on his shoulder and took in the happiness of that night. He began to write on my jeans with his finger, he wrote "tomorrow" (in English) and then he wrong "anillo" (ring). I pretended I couldn't understand the "ring" part 'cause I didn't want to ruin the surprise. I said "a giraffe just told me something!" and he said "what'd it tell you?" and I said "tomorrow..." and he laughed and then he said "what else?" and I said "I don't know, the giraffe left.." and we just laughed and drove to his hotel to drop him off and I drove home.

Tuesday we decided to go to Canada. We woke up fairly early and I went to pick him up at the hotel Rodeo Inn. We were excited and I was nervous about when he was going to propose (it was kind of obvious). We drove there and got there pretty quickly, and then, after searching for somewhere to park, we finally began our journey in Vancouver, Canada. It was freezing, in rained a bunch of times, and we were starving and couldn't find anywhere to eat. When we finally ate, we went outside deciding what to do next. I was really cold, so as I faced him and he looked around for somewhere to go, I put my hands in his coat pocket. As I did so, I felt a box, a ring-sized box, in one of his coat pockets. I quickly pulled my hand out and we went on our way. I said nothing.

We were given a map of downtown Vancouver and saw a park called Stanley Park that was recommended to visit. So we drove there, in the pouring rain, and decided to get out. It was freezing, it rained most of the time, but the park was relaxing anyway. As we walked around and took pictures, we found a huge lake that seemed to surround downtown Vancouver. The water mirrored all of the buildings in the city and it was gorgeous. Some people were jogging on the lake's borders and Eduardo and I took some pictures and walked around. I was getting more and more nervous as the afternoon hit us.

The view was beautiful, the rain stopped, and the sun came out. He turned me around and began to talk, and talk, and talk. He talked about everything beautiful he felt, and how special our relationship was, and he couldn't stop hesitating, laughing, and looking away. Then, all of the sudden, a large bird swooped down to touch the lake and flew back upwards. Eduardo and I watched it and then he told me "the bird gave me something" and he laughed, it was obvious he was really nervous, but it was really funny. I said "what'd he give you?" and he said "ummm... good news, he gave me good news, I love you." I said "awww" and we kissed. Then the bird came back, and we watched it swoop down, touch the lake, and fly back up again. He said again, "he gave me something" and I laughed and said "what?" and he said nothing, pulled out the box, and asked me to be his esposa (wife). It was beautiful. I said "si si si si siiii!!" and he put the ring on my finger.

I'm in love.

Proponer Matrimonio

Stanley Park, Canada
Proponer Matrimonio

Eduardo nunca habia ido a Canadá, y por vivir solo unas 4 horas de la frontera de Canadá, me pidió que fueramos un dia. A los dos nos encanta manejar y hacer viajitos (los cuales se harán viajotes cuando nos casemos) donde podemos disfrutarnos durante el dia y llegar a casa antes de que acabe el dia. En Enero 2007, yo volé a San Diego a estudiar en San Diego Christian College y Eduardo y yo hablabamos sobre reunirnos otra vez quizas en Abril. La ultima vez que nos habiamos visto fue en Diciembre y aunque solo habia pasado un mes, ya nos anhelabamos vernos otra vez lo mas pronto posible.

La semana de vacaciones de la primavera nos acercaba y algun dia en Enero o Febrero decidimos que él podria subir a San Diego y podriamos volar a Seattle para vacaciones. Yo contaba los dias para el 9 de Marzo, lo cual fue el ultimo dia de clases antes de irnos de vacas, y bien pronto nos llegó. Mientras contaba, Eduardo no dejaba de contarme de "una sorpresa muy especial" que me tenia. Yo adivinaba lo que era, solo diciendo cosas chistosas porque no quise romper la sorpresa de que me imaginaba que era un anillo de compromiso. Ese viernes cuando empezaron las vacaciones, mi compañera del cuatro me hizo el favor de llevarme de la escuela hasta el aeropuerto, donde yo tenia que buscar a Eduardo. Cuando llegamos yo estaba, otra vez, muy emocionada y algo nerviosa. Cargaba mi mochila de laptop, mi equipaje, y una pintura que hice para él, mientras lo buscaba en el aeropuerto. Creo que me tardé media hora en encontrarlo. Lo marcaba pero no podia comunicarme con él, y él me marcó pero se nos hace que el telefono estaba roto porque nunca escuché su voz. Decidi salir y buscarlo afuera y por fin lo encontre. Fue super lindo.

Nos quedamos en el aeropuerto toda la noche, nunca pudimos dormirnos y por eso solo caminabamos, y esa mañana subimos un avion a Seattle. Ese lunes estabamos manejando en la noche y derepente Eduardo se estacionó cerca de una tienda. Me puse nerviosa y preocupada que Eduardo iba a proponer el matrimonio alli mismo, pero lo no hizo. Solo se detuvo el carro para decirme "Te amo tanto" y baje mi cabeza en su hombro para descansar tantito para contemplar la felicidad de esa noche. Se puso a escribir en mi pantalon de mezclilla con su dedo, escribio "mañana" (en ingles) y despues escribio "anillo". Le dije que no entendi la parte del anillo porque no quise romper la sorpresa. Le dije "una jirafa me dijo algo!" y me dijo "que te dijo?" y le dije "me dijo... mañana..." y se rió y dijo "y que mas?" y le dije "no sé, la jirafa se fue..." y los dos reimos y fuimos a dejarlos en su hotel y yo fui a la casa.

El martes decidimos irnos a Canadá. Nos paramos algo temprano y fui a recogerlo en el Rodeo Inn. Estabamos emocionados y yo estaba nerviosa de cuando iba a proponer el matrimonio (era un poco obvio). Manejamos hasta alla y llegamos algo rapido, y despues de buscar donde estacionarnos, empezamos nuestra aventura en Vancouver, Canadá. Hacia demasiado frio, caia mucha lluvia y los dos teniamos hambre y no encontrabamos donde comer. Cuando por fin encontramos comida, salimos a pensar lo que hacer despues. Yo tenia mucho frio, y lo acerque y mientras él buscaba algun lado para irnos, yo meti mis manos en su chamarra. Al hacer asi, senti una caja, una caja de tamaño de anillo. Con prisa quité mis manos de su chamarra y nos fuimos de ese lugar. No dije nada.

Nos dieron un mapa de la cuidad de Vancouver y vimos que habia un parque llamado Stanley Park y nos recomendó visitarlo. Asi que fuimos alli, en la lluvia fuerte, y decidimos bajar del carro. Hacia muchisimo frio, caia lluvia casi todo el rato que estabamos alli, pero era tranquilo y nos gustó. Caminabamos y tomamos fotos, y encontramos un lago gigante que parecia estar todo alrededor de la cuidad. El agua se hizo como espejo y se veia todos los edificios alli y era una hermosura. Unas personsas estaban corriendo al lado del lago y Eduardo y yo tomamos unas fotos y seguimos caminando. Yo estaba mas y mas nerviosa cuando nos tocó la tarde.

La vista era hermosa, la lluvia se fue, y salió el sol. Eduardo me volteó a ver y se puso a hablar, y hablar, y hablar. Me decia de todo lo que sentia, y que especial era nuestra relación, y repetia unas palabras, se reia tantito, y volteaba a ver el lago. Y derepente bajó un pajaro grande, tocó el agua del lago y volvió a subir. Eduardo y yo lo quedamos viendo y él me dijo "el pajaro me dio algo" y se rió, era claro que estaba muy nervioso, pero me dio mucha risa. Le pregunté "que te dio?" y me dijo "mmmm... buenas noticias..., me dio buenas noticias, te amo." dije "awww" y nos besamos. Volvió a bajar el pajaro, tocó el lago y subió. Eduardo dijo una vez mas, "me dio algo" y yo reí y le dije "que?" y no dijo nada, quitó la cajita del anillo de su chamarra, y me pidió que fuera su esposa. Era hermoso el momento. Le dije "si si si si siiiiiiiiii!" y puso el anillo en mi dedo.

Estoy enamorada.