From Flagstaff to Australia… A Lumberjack Love Story

Crossing countries, oceans and continents — these Lumberjacks prove that connections made on campus can withstand anything 💙💛

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The happy family: Ben, Katrina and Aspen

How Their Story Began

Meet Katrina

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In 2017, her last semester of her senior year, Katrina Hume, a biomedical science major had just returned from studying abroad in the Netherlands, with one thing on her mind — graduation.

With the finish line in site, she assumed she would be getting ready for graduation and life in the real world.

Little did she know she would soon meet someone who would change the course of her life forever — and for the better ❤

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Ben Gleeson came to Flagstaff in 2017 to study at NAU for his spring semester. He was a physics major from Newcastle, Australia and was excited to have the opportunity to meet new people and explore the town.

Katrina loves country music so she liked to visit popular two-stepping spots in town to listen to music and learn some new moves. On a cold night in January, Katrina was with her friends when she heard foreign accents coming from a group of students in line behind her.

Katrina: I turned around in line, because who doesn’t love an accent? I introduced myself and well… the rest is history!

Ben of course, was one of those foreigners. He had heard about two-stepping and was eager to see it for himself. He and his friends had made their way to the line when a girl whipped around and asked to guess where each of he and his friends are from.

Ben: I was just so impressed that she nailed where me and my friends were from

After exchanging phone numbers and chatting for awhile, the two began to grow very fond of each other but the end of the semester was approaching, leaving a mystery as to what was to come for the two.

Katrina: I knew he was the one for me. I remember, it was on the 5th of May that it really hit me how much I loved Ben. He was different. He’s so caring, thoughtful, and really checks all the boxes.

Going the distance

Ben and Katrina knew what they had was special and decided to continue their relationship when it was time for Ben to head back to Australia after the semester ended.

They took turns visiting each other until Ben finished up his degree in Australia and moved back to Flagstaff to be with Katrina.

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Ben: I knew as soon as Katrina agreed to making long distance work that I was going to marry this girl. Her making that big commitment meant so much.

Whether they are shredding together on the mountain or enjoying a date night at their favorite Flagstaff restaurant, Aloha BBQ, their love is undeniable.

The Next Chapter —

Then in October of 2018 this happened…

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