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Meagan wasn’t a natural for online dating. Shy by nature, a site like Catholic Match wasn’t something she would have reached out to on her own accord. But ironically, it was her grandmother who nudged her to use the Internet to reach out and find the someone she was meant to spend a lifetime with. Ryan was on the other end of the social spectrum. Naturally gregarious, he was originally from Illinois. When he decided to leave there to get a fresh start on life, his going away party was attended by 500 people. It would take time for him to reach Meagan, but patience is exactly what he showed.

“I sent her a message, but didn’t get a response back”, he recalled. Later he would learn that Meagan was not a full member and therefore unable to respond. She wasn’t just ignoring him, as he first thought. Finally they connected. They spent 2-3 weeks just using e-mail correspondence and eventually, Ryan was able to talk her into a phone conversation. From there things began to move.

“We talked on the phone every night for two months”, he said. “And it was about a month and a half before they met face-to-face. But the weekend where they were finally able to come together was special and remains one of Ryan’s fun memories of the courtship.

Meagan is in Ohio where she’s getting her masters degree. Ryan lives in the northern part of Mississippi, in a town that’s close to Memphis. It was a ten-hour drive for him to get to her, but it was worth the drive. “It was kind of cute, he said, referring to a visit to her friend’s house where there was a little party. She introduced me to her friends and added ‘he’s mine.’ That weekend we made everything official. I have never had anyone put so much hard work, time, and thought into the week I was going to be there. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Today they are planning their wedding and when I spoke to Ryan he was in the process of getting his home fixed up for her arrival, as she prepares to relocate. Like many people, Ryan found his soulmate when he really didn’t feel the need for one. “I was content to be single the rest of my life”, he said. It was seeing those around him who had families that made him continue to be open the prospect of marriage and children. And if that was to be his chosen path, he had no desire to wait around. “I don’t want to be in a wheelchair watching my kids grow up” he said jokingly, though it underscored a serious intent. And living in the Bible Belt, with its heavy Baptist population made going online a virtual necessity.

For someone who left his original home to make a fresh start, Meagan is more than Ryan could have ever hoped for. “She is a blessing from God and an Angel sent to me.”

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35 Comments

  1. Grace-39317 October 1, 2009

    Congratulations to the two of you! May you both be blessed as you start a new family ;p

  2. Patricia-451336 October 1, 2009

    Congratulations on your upcomming life together. I know that the two of you will have a beautiful life together. I am a true believer in "opposites attract". My deceased husband and I were like that.
    Shalom & God Bless

  3. Theresa-463937 October 4, 2009

    Congratulations to both of you. Rayan you made it. Yes, it is a worth drive.

  4. Lyzza-490858 October 6, 2009

    congratulation! both of you!

  5. Becky-484328 October 8, 2009

    CONGRATULATION!!!!!

  6. Stephanie-404903 November 5, 2009

    Congratulations to both of you! God bless!

  7. Sharon-444203 November 6, 2009

    My heartfelt congratulations to both of you. Wishing you both happiness in your new life together as husband and wife…

  8. Ros-470595 November 9, 2009

    Congratulation to the both of you. With God, nothing is impossible

  9. Luz-448945 November 15, 2009

    I am happy for you both. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Benjamin-436484 November 16, 2009

    Is marriage the end?

  11. Windi-480009 November 22, 2009

    I pray that God will bless you with a happy and fulfilling marriage. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your heart-warming story. It gives us hope!

  12. JenniferLouise-6345 November 22, 2009

    Thanks for sharing your story! May God bless you always!!!

  13. Laurel-458886 December 1, 2009

    I am so happy for you both. What a pleasure to read a happy beginning for a couple.

  14. Christine-498051 December 2, 2009

    Congratulations!!! Your story is great, Best Wishes for happiness always. Love each other,
    Christine

  15. Luis-512007 December 4, 2009

    way to go keep the love alive god bless.

  16. Brian-194758 December 19, 2009

    That's beautiful, congratulations to you both!

  17. Carla-521641 December 22, 2009

    You two look very happy together!!! C-o-n-g-r-a-t-u-l-a-t-i-o-n-s !!!

  18. Mariano-518694 December 27, 2009

    True love…..

  19. Carol-184883 January 1, 2010

    You make a cute couple. Nothing like a happy ending.

  20. Diane-481644 January 3, 2010

    That story is awesome and you two look great together. I hope you have a marriage that lasts a lifetime, with lots of great moments.

  21. Dee-492067 January 4, 2010

    Cute… Congrats!

  22. Amy-406690 January 4, 2010

    Awwwwww! So sweet! Congrats guys! And God bless!

  23. Marlene-411550 January 8, 2010

    nothing can stand in the way of the power of Gods work, not even miles. It goes with out saying your life and home be blessed for years to come.

  24. Kristina-494047 January 14, 2010

    Love the story, Congrats and may God bless u both :)

  25. Jeanne-445476 January 16, 2010

    Congratulation! God bless U, Meagan & Ryan! Wish I experience the same happiness

  26. Eddie-534624 January 19, 2010

    Congratulations to you both ! May God bless y'all in every way possible. I hope and pray that my experience from Catholic Match will have beautiful results, too !

  27. Isabel-462329 January 27, 2010

    Is a lovely story.Congratulations!

  28. Letticia-404063 February 4, 2010

    You guys are a 'match made in heaven', definitely. Continue to cherish each other and love one another. Blessings.

  29. Diane-537364 February 7, 2010

    What a truly beautiful and romantic story of love….it gives others seeking it a sense of hope…God Bless you both!

  30. Lisa-357780 February 9, 2010

    May God Bless you both and your Holy Sacrament of Marriage…May Peace Be With You.

  31. Barbara-505962 February 13, 2010

    Wonderful to hear how Ryan didn't assume and was patient….nice virtue!! And to know someone is willing to travel…small world in some ways!! Blessings to you both!! Keep close to Our Lord and His wonderful Mother!!

  32. Regina-546423 February 22, 2010

    it is a lovely story. Wish you both all the best.

  33. Jean-549686 February 25, 2010

    Praise the Lord ! Congrats !!!

  34. Susan-762801 September 13, 2012

    God bless you. Darling story – inspiring.

  35. KatherineJoy-953998 January 10, 2014

    That’s very inspiring though! Congratulations to the two of you. Your story is so cute..

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