They met face-to-face for the first time on Valentine's Day, 2008, when Brandon braved a Minnesota winter and a Greyhound bus to see the woman who had stolen his heart. (No worries; they met in a very public place! Safety first!)
Brandon and Tanya married later that year. At 19 and 20, a lot of people didn't believe that they had what it would take to make love last; but here they are, four years later, and going strong.
They have endured the indescribably painful trial of losing their first child to miscarriage, not long after they married. They had not yet had much time to just be newlyweds, and enjoy and study each other, when they were faced with heartbreaking reality. Their fledgling marriage was shaken to its core. They were unable to cope. For a while it seemed their story was over before it had even begun.
Brandon and Tanya made the decision to fight for their love. They sought counseling from their church family. They began to work through some problems. They made a little progress.
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complete with a brand-new blessing!
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"Always put God first. The rest will fall together."
They have since been blessed again with a healthy baby boy! I wish them many, many more years of happiness and love. This is only the beginning!
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