Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

A Decade After Sending A Shoebox Full Of Gifts, He Received A Life-Altering Facebook Message.

Some Photographic Proof

Some Photographic Proof

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When Tyrel was packing the shoebox, he put in something special: a picture of himself, with his name written on the back. It was unbelievable, but Joana kept the photo! He asked her to describe it. “A cute cowboy with a wooden background,” she answered. Tyrel immediately knew that she was for real. It was an awesome story, but one that was just beginning to unfold.

An Unlikely Friendship

An Unlikely Friendship

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For the next three weeks, Tyrel and Joana kept in touch by chatting on Facebook. They soon realized that they had many things in common, like their love of Christian music. Over the span of a year and a half, the two became pretty good friends. By the time Tyrel graduated high school, he had made enough money to book a plane ticket to Manila.

Long Distance Relationship

Long Distance Relationship

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Even though he had never traveled before, Tyrel knew he had to see where their relationship could go. Tyrel stayed with Joana and her family for a month. During that time, the two of them realized they were in love. The time came when Tyrel had to go back home, but he promise he would be back. When that time came, Tyrel returned with a very important question.

Asking For Permission

Asking For Permission

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Tyrel was learning Tagalog, and when he returned for the third time, he had learned enough to ask Joana's father for her hand in marriage. He agreed to it, but her mother wasn't so sure. She wanted the couple to move more slowly. So, Tyrel asked her father to join him in the U.S. to meet his family, hoping it would reassure them. It did.

A Wedding For All

A Wedding For All

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Five months after proposing to Joana, the two were married in October of 2014, on Tyrel's parents' ranch. Joana's dress was a $5 thrift store find and Tyrel wore a barong, a traditional Filipino garment. It was a perfect wedding in the country, but it was made even more perfect by what the couple requested of the guests.

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