Our story is almost 5 years old now. We met in
The Irish Part
Evidently, the luck of the Irish was with us on the 23rd of Oct 2004 when we saw each other at the door of the Kinlay House Youth Hostel room number 116. Was it love at first sight? I would say there was definitely something in the air.
Galway-our first and only picture together, taken by Lili
I dreamed of finding the love of my life one day but that meeting was so unexpected! I never ever imagined I could fall in love with an American during his vacation in
Meeting Jaime made me happier and I already considered him a very good friend of mine. The complement he paid me when there was time to say goodbye was like the best thing I had ever heard. ‘I would like to meet someone like you in the States’ he said. His words were so valuable to me that I thought: ‘Well, if HE says that, I don’t care about other people judging my looks.’
a very romantic e-mail attachment
When each of us came back home, the distance between
Our next meeting was in March 2005. Imagine going to the airport to pick up your boyfriend whom you only seen once! Well, we could not stop kissing. My host family acted on behalf of my parents preparing dinner so they were able to get to know the person who will take me on a rental car tour around
In September 2005 Jaime visited
Kraśnik- my home
Then, back in
It was on that trip, on
The Polish Part
I returned to
We didn’t see each other for seven months until late April 2007 when after visiting my home and traveled again. Jaime officially asked me to marry him! It feels wonderful for a girl to hear those very words. At that point of my life I wasn’t wearing makeup for quite a long time. This is how being in love makes you feel more beautiful and confident.
Over the summer I was visiting my host family in
That time we also had an official dinner at my home and Jaime asked my dad for my hand: ‘Czy mogę poślubić Anię?’ He practiced his Polish, especially that very sentence hard.
When he visited me in March the following year I wanted to show him even more of
I remember our airports meetings. Seeing each other after several months was a blessing but the time to say good buy always hurt. We decided it was enough of pain and traveling across the ocean. We decided to apply for a fiancée visa for me. Due to my bad luck with the embassy we found it the best way plus we already knew we wanted to marry each other. Jaime started the process in May 2008.
Approval on visa application
I was graduating that year and I was under a lot of pressure. The visa process was very demanding and took a lot of time, effort and money (it was absolutely worth it). Whoever went through this process knows how much work it is to undergo all the requirements. During my interview I remember being asked what it was about my boyfriend that I loved him so much. That day was our success. Our journey took another step. I was so over the moon that we were finally allowed to be together!!! I found the first phone booth and called Jaime to share my happiness. He was 8 hours ahead, waiting for my call in the middle of the night. We talked for one hour on the street in front of the embassy on Piękna in
The American Part
We were obliged to get married within 90 days so the easiest was to tie a knot in the local court. There were 9 of us present there on March 20th 2009 (one day after Jaime’s birthday): the newly weds, Jaime’s parents: Karen& Jim, Laurie & Tim, Mona & Howard and Charles. We were married by a judge in fancy cowboy boots and the ceremony wasn’t long. Even though none of my family was able to be there, we had a beautiful day and a lovely reception.
I am happily married to Jaime who supports me in my challenges in
Thinking of what I do not have I thought that I do have something wonderful to share which is my romantic story. I hope it can help some couples to believe that a long distance relationship can work. True love can conquer it all- the distance, the language barrier, etc. Another thing is that many people worry that appearance has a significant impact on relationships. Look, I have a birthmark right on my face and I am loved by someone I love. So let’s believe in the power of love. Love is the most important thing.