We swiped right... into love! With 1,065 miles between us, we spent countless hours getting to know one another over Skype. We truly believe long distance allowed us to build a healthy foundation, in Christ, which focused on communication and prayer. An exciting moment for us was when we both got the "okay" from the Lord to make plans on seeing each other.
Evan: I will never forget the first time a saw a picture of Bri online, she was gorgeous! I instantly prayed I would get a chance to speak with her and at the very least become her friend. Before I knew it we were talking for hours and hitting it off! She soon convinced me to have her come up for a visit after talking for only a month! (B: It was the only time that would work for me within the next year! lol) What a blessing it was. I couldn’t wait, I planned what I hoped would be the best trip possible and it really was. Butchart Gardens, Horne Lake Caves, cutting down trees and disc golf. Little did I know where we would be a year from then... We have been on many adventures since then, but the biggest one was just getting to know each other from a distance. Certainly not easy. But look at us now.
Briana: When I got off the plane, I was so excited to give Evan a hugggeeee hug. We knew each other so well after just a few months and now and I was so ready to spend time together. He took me on the most beautiful first date to Butchart Gardens. Even though we agreed we were "just friends" at the time, I knew this wouldn't be the last time I'd take a trip to Canada :) Little did I know that he'd bring me to the same spot almost a year later and ask me to be his wife!
EVAN: Through our ups and downs, God has grown us and stretched us in many different ways helping truly see the other for who they are and who God is calling them to be. Bri always helps me see another side to the story, she is always willing to help or listen. She has such talent at making people feel heard and noticed and I pray that over time I will learn those same skills from her. She amazes me with her creativity and skill she has at everything she does. I am thankful we are both competitive because it has led to some fun rivalries along the way. Although I am nervous for the first time she whoops me at disc golf, I know I won’t hear the end of it.
BRIANA: Evan continually pursued me... even through that awkward phase when I told him I didn't want to be with him! How thankful I am for his consistency, loyalty, and persistence. I couldn't imagine life without my sweet Evan! Evan doesn't need to speak for his character... his actions do all the work. He continually shows the love of Christ to me and all those around him. He encourages and gently guides me into deeper truths of the Word of God. On a lighter note, after traveling the entire West Coast and literally ALL of Vancouver Island with Evan... we've seen quite the sleep deprivation, no showers, and hangry moments. We say we should have our own show with how outrageously weird and silly we are together. I wouldn't want to experience the ups and downs of life with anyone else. In just one year, I have grown deeper in understanding who I am in Christ because of Evan's prayers for me and with me. I love that our relationship is life-giving and prayer-focused. I wouldn't want it any other way.
BRIANA: We last minute planned to go visit Butchart Gardens and got into the car about 30 minutes later off on our way. So, I was SHOCKED when he reminisced of our time together and then asked me to be his wife! When I called my family, they already knew since Evan had asked their permission. So sweet! I know this journey we have been called to will not be easy. Many sacrifices have even been made to get where we are now. Real love is much more about unselfish, dedicated devotion than it is about romance. Praise the Lord our foundation is in Christ... and He will be our hope in times of miscommunications, misunderstandings, hurt, selfishness, sickness, and financial struggles. Praise the Lord for what's to come... I can't wait to marry my best friend!
EVAN: With each of us having a different outlook on life, it helps us get a broader picture of the direction God is leading us. Through our desire to follow Christ and His commandments we have realized the trying journey ahead. With a desire to reach lost and unreached people of the world, we are eager to see where Jesus takes us in the next few years. We have learned so much about each other and it’s barely the beginning, I can only imagine what we will know about each other in 50 years.