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Talk about a leap of faith. After a 20-year absence from the church and a lot of praying, in August 2008 I decided to return to my roots in Catholicism. Additionally, after being on and off other dating sites, I figured it only made sense to give Catholic Match a try.

Within the first few days, I had several communications, including one from a gentleman named Paul. When began corresponding every day and about a month later we met. We live in different cities within the same state. Even though we had talked on the phone a few times I was a little anxious (what if he didn't like me or the date was a flop…).

Paul is 49 and I am 51, both of us with grown children. Paul was adamant about only dating Catholic women and I decided I was only interested in someone of the same faith. We have similar interests: football, basketball, family, faith, music, etc. He makes me laugh all the time and we talk for hours on end.

Arranging our first date was a little bit of a challenge as Paul works 2 days and 3 nights (including weekends), as well as attending college part-time, is a grandfather of two and spends time with his aging parents on a regular basis. My job is 8-5 Monday-Friday with weekends off.
We figured with patience and God's help we could make a long distance relationship work. Paul grew up in Wichita, Kansas and I in Lawrence, Kansas. It was always his desire to move away (within 3-hour drive) and his dream to complete a degree at KU. It looks as though his dream will soon be coming true.

On New Year's Eve 2008, at the stroke of midnight, Paul got on bended knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said YES.

We truly are blessed and feel that God had his hand in getting us together. Keep on believing and you too may meet that special person; the one person you don't want to live without.

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