Despite the seemingly endless barrage of news stories concerning “Church Leaders Gone Wild” (and that shameless, God-forsaken monstrosity of a reality show called “Preachers of LA”), many of us still believe in God.
Not only that, many of us go to churches that make sense and have Pastors who don’t make us ashamed.
Yes, despite the bad rap many individuals receive for going to or actively participating in church, many people still attend and enjoy a vibrant expression of their faith.
And you know what? Many people still DO meet their spouses at church!
In this week’s profile of “Ordinary People . . . Extraordinary Love,” we’d like you to meet Ian and Evoni Hochstrasser.
They met – you guessed it – at church!
The Hochstrasser’s took a few minutes to respond to our questions, and share their beautiful story – and family – with us.
Where do you live?
We currently live in Idaho but are both from Oregon and hope to return there!
How long have you been together?
We’ve been together for over 6 1/2 years; married over 5 ½.
When did you know he/she was “The One?”
We knew we were in love when we had some time apart (not broken up; Evoni was away visiting family) and we realized just how much we missed each other and didn’t want to be apart again.
Do you have any children?
We have two children (4 years & 4 months-both girls).
Where did you meet?
We met at a church activity (game night).
What do you like best about your mate?
Evoni: What I like best about my husband is he lets me be me and doesn’t try to change who I am (I’m kinda quirky) but tries to uplift me. He reminds me constantly how much he loves me and how beautiful I am to him (inside and out)!
Ian: What I like best about my wife is she the perfect combination of smart, funny and beautiful.
What advice would you give to others who want to date interracially?
Just love each other and ignore the naysayers (and yes there are still naysayers). Also, never stop laughing together–find the funny in every situation! (Ian and Evoni had the same advice).
An additional question, if you don’t mind: What made your husband approach you as a potential date, and how did he go about it? Was he shy and you let him know you were interested – or was he bold?
Evoni: Initially, we were just instant friends – we enjoyed a lot of the same things and found ourselves spending all our extra time with one another. One night he kissed me (pretty bold for him considering how shy he is!) and the rest is history.
Before the kiss he had said things about how much I meant to him. We had gotten really close fast-he was my best friend.
So, how do you find a wife or a husband at church – even when people say you can’t?
Ian and Evoni already told you: “Ignore the naysayers!”
Till next time, Keep Swirling.
Join in the Fray: Do you believe church is a good place to meet a mate? Why or why not?
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