I (Amy)live on an island in the middle of one of the Great Lakes, and dating, or even dating prospects, was not something that was really feasible. So, being the techie that I am, I reached out to the web. Other dating sites didn't really offer me what I was looking for– a practicing Catholic who held the same values and virtues as I do.
Chad first contacted me via an emoticon, and I thought to myself, what the heck? I have nothing to lose. We started messaging each other through CM. That lead to using the chat feature, and we would schedule times to be online and chat. Eventually we "broke out of" CM and used outside email addresses and IM.
It seemed all along that we had similar past experiences and present (in our 30s, looking for a partner, etc.). Since the beginning, our relationship felt natural. Around Thanksgiving time, Chad asked me if I would like to meet him sometime (in person). Of course, I felt comfortable with him, and I wanted to see where it would lead. The hard part was that we are about 200 miles apart, and approaching the time of the year when travel would become difficult for me. We decided to meet at a neutral, halfway point, and spent an amazing weekend together.
That freezing weekend in Akron, Ohio, was nothing short of awesome. It only made things more concrete between us. Since January (as I write this, it is September), we have spent many a weekend together, with Chad making many sacrifices for time (it is a 3.5 hour drive, plus a 30-minute ferry ride), especially during the summer, when I worked at a pizza place weekend nights. Chad would get off the boat on a Friday night and come to work with me in a HOT kitchen, often until 2am. When it got to the point in the relationship when we were talking every day, Chad got a cell phone of the same provider so that we would have free calls to each other, and perhaps what gets me through the days when we can't talk: free TXTing!
The night we said we loved each other was magical. Thank you, Catholic Match! Through your help and the Lord's intervention, we are a very blessed couple.