One year ago today, I paid $24.95 (plus GST) to match.com. Ten minutes after paying to upgrade my service, I sent my first email to Reiko. Three days and three emails later we started chatting on MSN. Since then, my world has changed in more ways than I can count.
In the last year, I've been able to visit Japan twice and learn more about this amazing world. I've travelled to other parts of this province with Reiko and seen some of the places that she enjoyed while studying in Canada. I've even been accepted into her family as the newest member, and we've been planning our wedding along the way.
A year ago, I never could have predicted that any of this would happen. So much has occurred so quickly that sometimes Reiko and I have wondered if things were moving too fast, while other times the world dragged on ... the distance between us seemingly growing wider by the second. Yet throughout all my mistakes, and all the challenges we've faced, Reiko and I are still together, and stronger than ever.
An old Chinese proverb states: "When one door closes, another is opened for you."
At the start of 2006, I thought that the year would be spent in lonely isolation. I can't thank the Lord enough for bringing Reiko-chan into my life.