About Us

The following is a very true, well-documented story of love, heartache, world travel, going up against Homeland Security and a few miracles that showed me anything is possible if you take a leap of faith and let fate do its thing...


After two glorious weeks of celebrating my thirtieth birthday in Europe with a girlfriend from Vöcklabruck, Austria, I hoped a train solo to Vienna, where my flight was scheduled to depart two days later. I'd planned to wander around the historic city and take it easy during my last 48 hours in Europe. Little did I know, Fate had other plans for me. My future Husband was due to arrive on the same train four hours later...

12pm

I exited the Wien Westbahnhof train station in Vienna to the sound of sirens. I overheard a couple talking about how this was the third time the sirens had gone off today. "The rivalry between Turkey and Croatia must be getting out of hand."

Thankfully, an English speaking cab driver approached me and asked if I needed a ride. 

I happily accepted the offer, then reached into my back pocket for the piece of paper I wrote the hotel info down on. It was gone. 

Semi-freaking out, I looked up at the cabbie and said, "Oh, No!  The piece of paper I wrote the hotel information down on is gone. I had it in my back pocket."  

He shook his head, "Probably got picked. With the 2008 European Football Championship game going on, the city is drawing opportunist from all over. Which hotel are you staying at?" 




"The Hotel Kummer." 

"I know exactly where it is. Mariahilferstrasse."

"What's with the sirens?" 

"The fans are drunk and out of control near the stadium. The rivalries are turning into dangerous riots.  I wouldn't recommend going out at night by yourself."

 2pm

After getting settled in at the hotel, I walked down to the stadium to check out the scene. After a few hours of sightseeing, I retreated to the hotel's restaurant for dinner.

7pm

Since I was dining alone I opted for a seat at the bar.  I ordered a glass of red wine and a grilled chicken salad.

7:30 pm

As I took my last bite of dinner, out of the corner of my eye I see a guy walk up to the bar. I didn't pay much attention to him until I heard him answer the bartender, in a very desperate tone, "I'll have two fingers of your best scotch, my good man.”  

I couldn't help but laugh. The poor guy was clearly in need of a drink! 

The guy turned this head towards me and said, “Ha, someone speaks English!”

I laughed again. "I sure do, I'm American."

"Bloody Hell." He stuck out his hand, looked me in the eye and said, Good to meet you. I'm Australian."

When our eyes and hands met, A HUGE rush of fiery energy shot through my body.

I lost my breath.

(He later told me the same thing happened to him!)

It truly was, Love At First Sight.

Long story short, we ended up talking and laughing until the bartender threw us out.

12 pm

We slowly slid off our bar stools, clearly neither wanting the night to end. To my delight, my new friend asked if I would like to take a midnight stroll through, Vienna. 

Of course, I said, "Yes!" 

Sure, I knew he could be a psycho serial killer picking up lonely Americans.

I didn’t care.

I was in stupid-mad-love with this man.

We stepped out onto the street, he took my hand in his, and off we went.

We walked the streets, hand-in-hand. Window shopping, sight-seeing and regularly stopping at park benches to sit and talk. 

Taken by a street vendor the night we met.


4 am

We made our way back to the hotel.  He walked me to my room and  we said our goodbyes. He said he hoped to see me again, kissed me on the cheek and went to his room.

As I watched him walk back to his room, smitten,  I told myself I could NEVER see him again. 

I'm American.

He's Australian.

We are from opposite ends of the planet.

Nothing about that had any promise of a future.

I've had my heart broken once or twice before; no way was I going to sign up for that again!

I could barely sleep, so I spent the wee hours of the morning telling myself he was too good to be true and was probably a psycho serial killer after all.

I woke up mid-morning to the phone ringing. Since he was the only person I knew in Vienna, that would call my hotel room. I ignored the call.  I snuck out of the hotel for lunch, walked around the packed streets and retreated to my room for a nap.

10am

When I woke up, I found a note slipped under the door from Mr. Wonderful. It said how much he enjoyed my company, and really hoped to see me again.
I took a shower, left the hotel and willed myself to ignore him.

1pm.

Ugh. I couldn’t hold out anymore. I went back to the hotel and called his room.

We met in the lobby 20 minutes later. He took me on a short tour of the area around our hotel and then invited me to dinner with him and his grandfather. I declined but, agreed to a drink afterward.

Long story longer….

8 pm

We met for the drink and ended up walking the streets again hand in hand.  At one point we stopped and sat on a bench where he pulled out a set of teardrop earrings. He said he purchased them for me earlier in the day when shopping with his grandfather.  I was speechless.  He was way too good to be true!

9 am. June 20, 2008

The next morning he came to my room to help me down with my luggage. In the lobby, he told me he ordered a car service to take me to the airport because he wanted to "make sure I made it safely to the airport."

LORD HAVE MERCY!

As I pulled away from the curb, I looked back at him standing there looking as sad on the outside as I felt on the inside. I burst into tears. Why was I leaving my true Prince Charming on the side of the road in Vienna? This was a once in a lifetime meeting, and I was leaving! 

Needless to say, I cried the whole 10-hour flight home. 

Once back in the States, there was already an email from FTD telling me how much he enjoyed meeting me, and let him know when I had made it home safely…. I cried some more. 

We emailed and Skyped the entire month of July incessantly. By the end of the month, he (finally) asked me to come to Australia. 

ASAP.

He was running a business and could not leave. I was changing jobs, so the timing was perfect for me.


August 13, 2008. I flew to Australia. For what I thought would be two-weeks...

I snuggled up to my Aussie high atop Mt. Baw Baw, where it snowed regularly. Yes, snowed. But that's only the beginning. Our water was from a well. Propane takes warmed it for showers. Electricity came from a diesel powered generator. We ran it only when needed since diesel deliveries were expensive and few and far between. Internet was dial-up. Food was cooked on a pot belly stove. 

Say hello to my mountain man!



Happily, I became his mountain woman...

I fed wild birds every morning! 



On December 4, 2008, WE flew back to the states together. (So much for 2 weeks!) 

We spent the holidays in the States meeting my family and friends. Of course, they loved him and gave me their seal of approval. Not that I doubted it.

2009- mid-2010 Australia and the US

We spent the next eighteen months stretching Visas out to the max. Never separating, always traveling together.  We were sick in love!  

May 2010, Melbourne, Australia

My mother called me in Australia to let me know we needed to come home quickly, my grandmother was very sick.  We went to get his Visa from the US consulate and were told, "NO!" 

Not only was it a 'no' to the Visa, but it was also a, "No more Visas for five years." He was no longer going to be considered a tourist. He had spent too much time in the States over the last two years and was officially a flight risk. Our only option was to move our wedding plans up to ASAP.





USCIS told us that I had to fly back to the States alone to file the I-129F Fiancé Visa paperwork to get FTD back into the states. I still had to fly back to my ailing grandmother, so I booked the next flight out. Leaving FTD in the Melbourne airport, not sure when I would see him again, was devastating.

I flew back to the States and filed the paperwork immediately. 

I also submitted every letter possible to expedite the process, called my congressman and anyone else I thought could help. I spent nearly four months in agony, scared, unsure and most of all annoyed. It did not matter how much I loved FTD, both the U.S. government and the Australian government dictated whether or not we could be together. I hated it.

We were Aliens in love. 

Thankfully, it didn't take a year for the Visa to come through. We were back together on September 1, 2010. Not wanting to waste any more time, we married on October 10, 2010 (10-10-10)



We settled into married life with ease. Dropped anchor in the States, slowed down and started a family.  

Today, we are a crazy lot. There's never a dull moment...



Ten years of marriage and a beautiful son later, life is pretty damn good.
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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm Australian and married my Scottish husband on 10.10.10 in Sydney. Our son was born 12th Feb 2012 so 12.2.12.

First Time Mom (April) said...

That's awesome! Congratulations. It's an amazing story and process when you marry another nationality, or in my case according to the US Government an "Alien." I really believe all of us who go through the Visa wringer will be married forever, because if you can survive the scrutiny of the Visa Agents your marriage can survive anything!

AussieMummy said...

That story is amazing and so beautiful xxx

Jessika said...

I am officially stealing your love story to make a screen play- amazing story- got me misty eyed over here :)

Audra said...

Amazing story!! And our babies are only a day apart, my youngest daughter was bore February 3rd 2012!

First Time Mom (April) said...

Thank you Audra! It was an amazing ride to say the least. Congratulations and all the best to you and your lil' lady!

Things That Happen Everyday said...

I LOVE your story!!! I met my husband overseas 12 years. After going back and forth (me, since he couldn't get a visa) he finally came to American in 2004. I can totally sympathize with you how hard it is to leave someone you love so much all the way across the ocean. I can't tell you how many flights I spent crying. Gland it all worked out for you at the end.

On another note I've recently started my own blog about my life in general. If you have a moment please stop by and let me know what you think.

Thanks and good luck with your family
thingsthathappeneveryday.blogspot.com

--- said...

This is such a wonderful story, so very happy for you. I understand dealing with distance, my husband is in the Navy, we've spent a lot of time apart. It never gets any easier.

Bianca said...

Hey,

Just want to say - Love the blog!

Sarah Cadman said...

What an amazing love story! Congratulations! <3

Robin Wilson said...

I am very new to your blog but after reading a few of your posts and absolutely loving your writing "style", "vocabulary" and such I had to tell you how much I enjoy it! I have no doubt that I will be following as long as you and your hubby are blogging!

April FirstTimeMom said...

It is very rare I hear people say they like my "Vocabulary." Apparently I say shit too much. Thank you for your kind words and support! ; )

Anonymous said...

how sweet!

Molley Mills said...

we were married on 9.10.99... or 9th october in case you are date confused :P

Anonymous said...

Gee whiz I have finally found another blog that I will like- I think. Your love story is wonderful. I was married for the first and last time 10/10/1963 so I am prety old. I found you via Lottie Niven's blog. I liked what you had written in your comment. I know that you have good taste since you and your husband both like Lottie. She is a dear blogging friend of mine and I think the world of her and Pete. I am old enough to be Lottie's mom but we have much in common. Anyhoo, I will tell her about finding you via her blog. From the looks of your blog it appears that you have a good sense of humor and I like that very much.

~yvonne

CARL said...

Awesome story! Always fun to hear how people met. My wife and I are both glad we found your blog and you can consider us new followers! We are also first-time parents and learning as we go along.

Your boy Oliver is super cute. We recently started selling kids beanies at www.SlouchHeadwear.com! They are 100% handmade by my wife. Check them out when you get a minute. They would be super cute on your son. Also, you can save 10% by using the discount code THANKS10 up until Thanksgiving Day!

Nice to meet you and we look forward to your future posts!

Carl

Camille Griffiths said...

Aw, such a sweet love story!!

Animal Healthcare Products said...

that's an amazing story sometimes its so weird how things happen in our lives but what can we say things happen for a reason eh ? :)

April FirstTimeMom said...

Things most certainly do happen for a reason. I remind my self of that when I want to shove FTD in the dog house! He is my one and only...

April FirstTimeMom said...

HI Yvonne! Lottie is the greatest! Absolute greatest! Thank you for your kind words. I'll have to check out your blog. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

I love this story! I'm having a very similar "Alien" issue right now with my husband, and it's a whole adventure. I'm pregnant right now (4 days to go) and read your "Pregnancy: 10 Things To Really Expect When You're Expecting..." and I found it BRILLIANT! I spent the last two months of my pregnancy alone in the US waiting for my husband to be able to come.. not easy. Looking forward to read more of your posts!

Quirky Chrissy said...

I've read this story several times and it makes me smile every. single. time. :)

Diana said...

Hi! I just found your blog and your love story is so sweet! My hubby is German and I'm American but lucky for me he already had a green card when we met. I've had a lot of friends with international hubbies and it's SO hard. I'm so glad everything worked out well for you! Also, I have a six month old baby girl and I just creeped a bunch of your old milestone posts from your son- it was so nice to hear from another momma going through the same thing (even though you went through it a little while ago, but still!) I love your writing style and can't wait to read more! Xxx

Anonymous said...

OMG! I was working and when I got to : "Long story longer…. " I had to clock out!!! I laughed and my eyes got watery! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE love your Alien Love Story! CONGRATS to you and your beautiful FAMILY!

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