Peter & Candice

Our Story

We hope you would be blessed as you read our testimony.

How GOD moved on our behalf

Peter's side of the story

In life, things often seem to make perfect sense at the end, rather than at the start or while you are going through situations. This has really been the story between Candice & I, so far.

Growing up in Dubai, where diverse culture exists, I’ve had friends from all parts of India, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Somalia, South Africa, Philippines (ehem ehem) and various other places. Understanding their history, culture and habits, has always fascinated me. But having been brought up in a South Indian family, I have been instilled with an instruction of getting a wife “only” from my own community. If you’re an India, and you’re reading this, you would know what I mean ;-).

In 2005, I had the privilege to spend what was supposed to be a 20-minute drive, to drop a friend whom I didn’t really know much about, that “unknown” friend was Candice. That drive ended up being a 2 hour conversation that had changed my opinion of the person. But prior to that, I first had a “somewhat bitter” encounter with Candice in year 2002, I saw someone unapproachable, extremely straight forward and who always voiced out her “unsolicited” opinions. I’ve allowed this pre-judged impression to remain between us for a long time, that’s why she had remained unknown to me. No gain, no loss.

But because he’s plans are greater than ours, GOD had caused that 2 hour drive to just break the ice between us. After that drive we became really good friends and great ministry partners. As time went on, the more I realized that there was more to Candice than what met the eye. I saw someone who was hard-working, had valuable ethics and more importantly someone who loved God & had a heart with utmost integrity.

When things started to get deeper between us, that’s when I started to pray. I felt GOD slowly created feelings in me, towards Candice. Of course that did not really flow that easy, as what I’ve mentioned from the start, I was instructed by my folks to get a wife from my own community “ONLY”!!! It took a long time to convince my parents about how great Candice is. It took a lot of dramas and a lot of buck of tears. It took a lot of fasting and prayers. It took so much kneeling and crying out. But the great thing is, once we decided to surrender everything to God’s will, letting go of everything that we want, to the point of letting go of the relationship, things started to change dramatically. My parents became open to the thought of me marrying Candice, it even reached to a point where they were even the ones pushing us to get married to each other as soon as possible. We didn’t have to struggle so much anymore. It seemed as though plans were taking into effect; and these were not our own plans – truly the plans of God. Things have shaped up to become what it has indeed been a testimony to God’s word “My (God’s) ways are not your ways; my thoughts are not your thoughts”.

Coming from different cultures & backgrounds, little did we think or imagine six years back, that we would be where we are today. God really has His way of doing things. As Candice & I move to our next season of life together, we know new challenges would be there, but we are confident that God’s grace and His love in us, will spur us on.

The Proposal - I'd still say YES a thousand times...

Candice's side of story
The Proposal - I'd still say YES a thousand times...

This was a blog I wrote in my multiply site on 26th September 2008 @ 4.00 in the morning... When I came home that night I couldn't stop smiling at the thought that I'm actually engaged... I never thought I would be that surprise... Peter didn't plan to propose that night, good thing is, he was sensitive with the leading of the Holy Spirit... Indeed, everything is beautiful in GOD's time...

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Ever since Peter and I got back from our separate trips in India; GOD has taken things in another level in our relationship... We've started planning for marriage, he's proposed an early date for the wedding from our original plan and our parents have really gotten so much involved, that they've agreed to have two weddings, 1 in India and 1 in Canada...

But wait, with all these things happening so fast, it got Peter thinking... something's missing... Oh it's the ring!!!

Peter and I have been friends for a very long time... he's actually proposed to me soooooo many times before since the beginning of the year, but today was different, 25th September 2008 marks the day when he proposed while carrying a ring...

After the Thursday celebration, we got ditched by our friends, so we just planned to go to Al Bustan Rotana to play tennis, but I felt lazy and just want to have a quiet moment with Petes. So we then decided to just to go the beach after dinner. We went to our favorite "quiet moment" spot, the beach beside Hilton Jumeirah and Oasis Beach Hotel near The Walk.

While talking, Peter just asked me to sit straight and look at him in the eye. After a dramatic introduction, with tears falling from his eyes, he finally popped the question.

Candice Ava Valdez, will you marry me? I screamed and was not able to say anything else...

He asked again, Ma, will you marry me? I bowed my head and started to cry... and laughed at the same time (mixed emotions)...

He asked again, Is that a yes or a no??? I replied, of course!!!

For the last time he asked, Of course yes or no? This is already the 100th time you asked me about marriage... and I'd still say YES a thousand times...

He said, he planned to propose another time, either on Saturday while on a long drive to Fujeirah or while on our flight to Malaysia after 2 weeks. But he was just carrying the ring with him and he felt that the moment was just right... It's our favorite spot in the beach, the atmosphere was just great and we felt GOD's presence was with us... I was wearing just my gym clothes, no make-ups on, no accessories, walked bare feet on the sand... But I felt like the most beautiful person when he proposed, got the perfect ring that I've always wanted (he's really a good listener an an observer), with an engraved sentence "You are worth twice as much - Bee"... but most of all, I'm marrying the best person from the LORD. What more can I ask for???

Peter Joshua Isaac,
I'd still say YES a thousand times...