HOW THEY MET
Jaime and Abe meant while Jaime was studying abroad in Fremantle, Australia! Abe was in the works of obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University that Jaime was studying abroad at, but he also happened to be the organizer of the events for the international and study abroad students.
"I originally attended these events for the free pizza, then Abe and I met and became friends with our commonalities in humor, music, NBA, running, and coffee."
When Jaime’s three month abroad program came to an end, she thought that the tearful departure they were sharing meant goodbye, but it really meant “see you soon” as they spoke almost every day for a year and a half.
Continuing to keep in touch, Abe flew to Portland, OR to visit Jaime.
"When we saw each other at the airport, for the first time since I left Australia, our hearts felt aligned. We both felt emotional, excited, and daunted at the idea of a serious long-distance relationship, but we mutually felt guided to conquer life together."
Although they knew it would come with its challenges, they decided to give a long distance relationship a go. They continued to visit each other every 6 months for about 2 years! When they decided that they couldn’t be apart any longer, they pursued the ‘90-Day Fiancé’ Visa so that Abe could officially move to the United States.
“Once approved, Abe (and his dog!) left his dear family and treasured mates, packed up his life's belongings in 2 suitcases, and moved to Portland, Oregon so we could finally be together. We legally got married in 2017 through our visa process, but didn't consider ourselves married until our wedding.”