Truthfully, it's hard to describe the very beginning because we aren't really sure when we first officially met. Before we became friends and started dating, we both knew of each other from two different groups at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We both were very involved in our Christian campus ministry called Cru. And we both majored in civil and environmental engineering, so we took similar classes. During the spring semester of 2021, we happened to be assigned to the same group for homework assignments in one of our classes. Little did Faith know that this wasn't a coincidence and that Jonathan had requested to be in the same group.
When the fall semester came around, we saw one another more often and talked during Cru events. Since we shared another class that semester, we spent more time together working on homework and walking together after class, where we became friends over time. On a walk after class during the beginning of October 2021, Jonathan asked Faith out on a date, to which she said yes. The next Saturday, we went apple-picking at Curtis Orchard and got dinner at Himalayan Chimney (one of our favorite restaurants now). During our first date, we both were surprised at how much we enjoyed the time we spent together and getting to know one another. After our second date of baking apple crisp together, we officially started dating.
... and that's where it all began!