If I had to live every pain, sorrow, anguish and heartache that I have ever experienced and walk through the depths of despair in this life as a requirement to meet my dear beloved wife, I would have gladly done so with rejoicing in my heart!
Many times in my life I have wondered why am I going through these heartaches and struggles. My dreams and desires for my life have oftentimes been dashed upon the jagged rocks of the emotional cliffs I have been thrown over. I have found myself in the depths of my sorrow crying out why me to my God as the heartaches nearly crushed my spirit and will to live. I at times have felt the despair of a life that went completely contrary to the plans I had made for me. I had always lived a clean life, free from the vices of men, I am a devoted husband and father. I had always helped and served my fellowman, I gave to the poor and needy. I did everything I was taught to do yet my life was not where I had imagined it being. I lived the “leave it to beaver” life with a polar opposite result.
Each day I would arise and go forth, working to build a better life for myself and my children. I would shake off daily the self doubts and frustrations that would haunt me as a result of unbearable heartache and sadness. As I did so I became stronger and prepared for the gift and blessing from my Father in Heaven that I had so pleaded with him for over the countless years. Doors were opened that would allow this opportunity to take place.
Then one day nearly 3 years ago it all changed. As I continued to press forward, believing that there were better things in my life than what I had heretofore experienced, I met my dear Karla. Prayers were answered and blessings granted as the most amazing women entered my life.
Never in my life had I imagined, nor believed that a noble women of such grace and beauty existed. I still to this day vividly recall the first time our eyes met, across that meeting where she had come to meet with me for the first time as a potential business consultant for her shelter. When our eyes met that first time, my soul exploded with the knowledge and joy that this woman was to play a significant role in my life. Immediately all the pain of my past vanished, it was replaced with a certain knowledge that which I had earnestly prayed for was beginning to unfold around me.
I recall that time of wonder and excitement as the true realization of the blessings I had sought were at my doorstep. My prayers had been answered. Karla had been brought into my life through a very unique set of circumstances that led both of us to a point where we could meet. I don’t question the miracle that I had been given at that time, for to do so would invalidate all the pain that I had experienced and the prayers that I had pleaded to have answered.
My Dear Beloved Karla is the sweetest most compassionate, loving and accepting individual that I have ever known, which says so much if you have ever met my mother! Karla’s love for people is deeply evident by the long hours of service that she gives to those individuals seeking shelter, her family, neighbors, and friends. Karla is the first person to be there when needed and the last one to leave. There are many times, where due to the demands on this amazing woman that we don’t see each other until late at night as we are tiredly climbing into bed. As she collapses into the pillows from exhaustion, I wrap my arms around her and thank my God that he led this remarkable woman to me. There is never a day that goes by where I do not give thanks for this blessing.
Karla’s service to the rape recovery center, the domestic violence shelter, Centro De La Familia, the statewide coalition against domestic violence, her service as a board member for her daughters charter school, the community outreach centers she has created, and too many more to mention are unfathomable that one woman can accomplish all that she has. The lives that she has impacted and helped will affect generations to come. It is no wonder that she has been recognized as a top 30 women to watch in addition to the humanitarian of the year award she recently received. I have been blessed beyond measure with a woman of remarkable ability, grace strength and beauty.
I gladly accept every challenge in life that I have been given, without them they would never have led us to the same spot, where years of prayers could finally be answered. My angel, my soul mate, my confidant, my best friend, Thank you for loving me and letting me be a part of your life. I will love you through the eternities. The miracles that brought us together will keep us as we continue our miraculous journey together!