Debora and Ben first met at the Association Free Lutheran Bible School in 2009. They were both first year students and in the same class. It was not love at first sight amazingly! In fact, the whole first year together they really did not have anything to do with each other. They had different friends and social circles and did not come into contact very often. However everything changed the second year. It all began in the fall when Debora asked Ben to fix her computer. He did and she promised to buy him a Caribou coffee. However months went by before she ever bought him coffee! During those months though our friendship began to grow. Finally, only a few weeks before school was out, Ben asked her for the date she owed him. They went to Caribou and had a wonderful time! In fact, that same week Ben asked Debora to a second date, this time at his favorite coffee shop the Urban Bean. Again they had a wonderful time.
However their relationship was still only a friendship! Neither of them imagined anything more or even wanted anything more. Sadly graduation came and went and Ben left for Alaska, and Debora went home to Brazil. They saw each other one last time that summer in Colorado, and the goodbye was difficult. Then only a month later Ben returned to the US and asked Debora to skype. They did, and they talked for hours! Ben moved to California and continued to make time for Debora. Finally in November of 2011, Ben admitted his feelings for Debora, and she reciprocated! Ben made four trips to Brazil during their early relationship. Then in August of 2012 Ben proposed! She immediately said yes! They began researching and planning for immigration and a life in the US. And after months of waiting and agonizing, only one year later in August of 2013, Debora received her Visa! Ben made his seventh trip to Brazil in September when he escorted his Bride-to-be to the US where they await their Wedding on November 24th, 2013!