Recently, a member of the Christian High faculty has tied the knot! Our beloved science teacher, Mr. Gallardo, married the love of his life, Ashley, on July 23rd, and the couple is enjoying their first year of marriage. The Genesis staff had the opportunity to interview Mr. G about his wife and the new life they are building together.
Q: What is your favorite part about being married?
A: Well I am a huge dork and so is my wife. She’s not nerdy, but she is pretty silly. Every weekend our weirdness is in sync. The weirdness magically blends and we have some pretty good laughs. She is so adorkable! Its great to finally live with someone to do life with, ministry, someone you can trust, support, struggle and just be real with.
Q: How has marriage impacted or changed you and your life?
A: Well, we are starting something new together. I’ve been independent most of my life. I moved out when I was 18 and I’ve worked, supported myself and lived by myself for some years now. The biggest impact is adjusting to being with someone and not only sharing a space, but sharing everything else. I’ve definitely learned how not to be selfish with my time and I’ve learned how to be patient. Well, I’m still learning. It’s no longer an I, but a we. I have to be more aware of how I spend my time and make sure I’m not selfish with it. Time takes a new meaning in marriage. Different cultures, different styles of living, different schedules. It’s hard, but there is no one else I would like to share this challenge with than with my wife, Ashley. It takes work to make sure that God is the cornerstone, our foundation to a marriage. Hard work and patience. Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Q: How did you meet your wife?
A: Well it was during a chapel service down at Point Loma Nazarene University. I was an usher at the last door of the church and I asked if I can move to the first entrance to switch things up that day. Ashley, my wife, was sitting down, I just saw the back of her head, didn’t even speak to her or even see her face the first time. But I went home that day and told my roommate that I found my future wife. I called my mom and told her the same thing. Every chapel after that I sat next to her during the service and just kept talking to her. I tried being polite during the sermon but I would only see her once a week in chapel. I had to convince her to go out on a date with me. My first encounter with her didn’t go so well, but that is a story for another time.
Q: When did you know you wanted to marry her and why?
A: I can’t pinpoint it to one day. It’s hard to explain but I just knew that she was the one. I personally call it a God moment. Her side of the story on how she ended up there is a bit crazy too. We both feel that God brought us together. Through a lot of prayer I guess I received a confirmation of that feeling.
Q: How long did you two date?
A: I proposed to her a few days before our one year anniversary of dating. So not that long! Early in our relationship we had spoken about marriage and talked about potential future plans. We both took dating as a serious thing and not something that you do for fun. For the both of us it was about finding the person you were going to spend the rest of your life with. It was nice that we both seemed to share the same values.
Q: How did you propose to your wife?
A: I was studying very late one day, I think it was around 3-4am. And as I was studying, a light bulb just went on and I thought about how much I loved her and how badly I wanted to marry her. So, I called her at that time, woke her up and told her that I was on my way to pick her up. We went to a place in Coronado where we had a special moment on our first date. We listened to music, looked at the city lights and bay, talked, and then talked…closely and I slipped the ring into her finger and asked if she was willing to spend the rest of her life with me. Luckily she said yes! Whoever says that nothing good happens past 2 am, is clearly wrong.
Q: What is your favorite quality about your wife?
A: I’ve never met anyone with a personality that is so gentle, kind, patient and compassionate. I was drawn in from the beginning. She just gives me this warm, calm feeling every time I’m with her. I love her bravery and willingness to do things with me. She was raised in a calm, sheltered home and even though she has anxiety and has to push herself to try new things, she always goes for it! She’s gotten to try some crazy foods with me! Y por supuesto, es una chulada! Translation: She’s very very very cute. I couldn’t stick to one, sorry.
By: Maddie Fossler