Back to the start of it all: Eben and Genevieve met back when they were 18 doing a Canada World Youth exchange between Northern Quebec and Burkina Faso. Although fraternizing was not supposed to happen during the exchange at the end of the program the two dated for a brief period before heading home to their respective provinces. It took them seven years of “living life” separately, sporadically emailing each other, before they reconnected.
After a three-day reconnection in 2007 it was obvious that their love was still strong. Eben followed up by surprising Genevieve while she was working in Japan and their relationship grew from there. They dated a full year, four seasons to be exact, and were engaged on 10/10/08 (because that was an easy date for Eben to remember). They had a brief two-month engagement, just enough time to plan a wedding, and were wed on December 13, 2008.
For their honeymoon they spent two months backpacking Central America, with a quick stop over in Vegas to finish it off and soon became pregnant with their first daughter a month later. They waited for the birth of their daughter before returning to Labiris, a 33ft boat that Eben had bought and sailed there with his buddy Jordan.The boat had been moored there, waiting for someone to return to it, for three years. They took to the boat immediately but realized that if cruising would be their lifestyle, and they wanted to expand their family, they would need something a bit larger than a 33ft boat. And their journey on Necesse began.