Guest entry: See what Yoli has to say!

The six months before seeing Josh were very hard, especially the first 3 months after I returned to Bolivia.

Although Josh did a great job at keeping in touch through email (in fact, he did better than me), I missed spending time with him, listening to him. When I was in St. Louis, we usually met in the evenings, so I had the chance to ask him how his day was. He would tell me about what was going on in his job, and although I did not understand 100% of it, I was glad to hear him. The best part was seeing the way he said things, his face, his expressions. By email, I did not have that. I tried imagining how his voice would sound, if he was sad or happy, but it was not the same.

And I had fears… I was afraid he would forget me. I was afraid because I know he likes being busy, and because he is a friendly guy and has a good social life. I was afraid he would get enough to fill the emptiness of my presence with other things. Here, my memory of him was vivid. I had tons of pictures of him I took with my camera. I would look at them almost every day. I also had a basket where I put prayer requests, and I had some about him. I was always thinking about him, asking God to help us until we would meet again.

But now, he is here. I held him tight when I first saw him at the airport, because I didn’t want to lose him. And he has been here four weeks so far. During this time I have had the chance to learn new things about him and we both have had new experiences. I like it when I wake up and I know I am going to have breakfast with him. He taught me how to make cinnamon toast, and I like it. Also, he has tried different Bolivian breakfasts and he has survived. In the mornings we either work or visit a place. Then we have lunch time, where we cook soup from a bag or have leftovers. In the afternoons we always work in my oasis-office. It is a time when I try not to disturb him because he is so immersed in his work. Then in the evenings, we either cook, or eat out, or visit a friend.

Also, we are learning how to manage disagreements. My mom thinks we disagree on silly things… like I thought Terminator 1 was better than Terminator 2, when Josh thinks the second movie was a masterpiece… O well, maybe I shouldn’t even mention that incident so we won’t raise the topic again. But I like it when it happens because I am reminded that we come from different homes and different cultures. And it is good we experience this and learn now when we are single.

It has been four days since he asked me to marry him. In addition to that joy, now I am going to have him for one more week than I thought. I feel like the most blessed woman of the world. There is just a hint of sadness… it is saying goodbye. I know I will miss him again, and I know the first months will be the hardests. But now he has given me a bigger hope, and our joy will be bigger next time we meet because we will become husband and wife. So here we are, ready to see what God has for our lives.

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8 Responses to Guest entry: See what Yoli has to say!

  1. Justin Renaud says:

    Yoli,
    It is truly wonderful to see someone appreciating Josh the way you do. You two will be wonderful together…just a word of advice from his always wise (and married) brother: If your biggest problem is which movie is better of the Terminators, you guys are doing something very right!! Becca and I give you our love,
    Justin and Becca

  2. steve says:

    Come on now, I gotta agree with Josh on this one. Terminator 2 is superior to its predecessor. Here’s a good discussion for you, compare and contrast Judge Dread and Demolition Man. I’ve actually had this convo multiple times with friends. Oye.

  3. Justin Renaud says:

    Demolition Man!!!!!!!!! Snipes was born to have blond hair…..minus that whole genetics thing (DETAILS)

  4. Anita Renaud says:

    Yoli, a mom prays all of her son’s life about the woman her son will one day marry. My prayer has continually been for a godly woman that would love Josh with all of her heart and be strong in his weakness. It thrills my soul that God has brought me a daughter as loving and faithful as you. I want your parents to know that we will take care of you here as one of our very own. Joe and I look forward to the day that we can meet the parents who raised such a special young woman and welcome them into our family. Love to all your family-anita

  5. Michelle says:

    How gentlemanly of Josh to give you a chance to make a post Yoli. I’m very happy for you.
    Oh, and Terminator 2 rocks!
    Michelle

  6. la elo says:

    tiruri Yoli!!!!!!!!
    Neta que espero alg�n d�a llegar a recibir el cari�o que t� est�s recibiendo de tu familia rubia y pol�tica hehehe 😉
    Creo que eres de los primeros y pocos ejemplos en mi vida que me motivan y me dan mayor fe acerca del matrimonio cuando Dios es el centro.De alguna forma me has ayudado a comprender lo que tantas veces se me ha dicho sobre el matrimonio teocentrico (no, no es una groseria, significa Dios en el centro jajajajaja).
    Gracias por el testimonio que me has dado aunque t� tal vez ni en cuenta. Ustedes dos me han bendecido con su simple vida :-)
    te quiere mucho
    la elo

  7. Dora Garc�a says:

    Yoly,
    You can’t imagine how happy I am for you. Congratulations for your engagement my friend. You really deserved a man to love you in the way that Josh does. Blessings,
    Dora

  8. Carol says:

    Yoli,
    How delightful to see your entry on the site! I certainly hope one day you and Josh can make it to San Antonio, Texas and meet three of Josh’s aunts and his two grandmas. Maybe the north texan Renaud can drive down to South Texas and join in the celebration. May God continue to bless your lives.
    Aunt Carol