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I met Patrick online Feb 21, 2010. Actually Feb 20th he sent me a
smile and that’s really what began things. When I received his
smile, I really thought nothing of it since he lived so far away from
me. I live in California and he lives in Georgia–actually that’s where
he’s stationed. Ironically, I had given up all hope of finding someone
online and three days prior to him contacting me I nearly deleted my
profile entirely. I stuck around because I liked the forums. I have to
add that I had been a member of CM off and on for some four years.
Patrick joined the site three days before contacting me and did it out
of curiosity. Initially he joined as a free member but in order to chat
with me he purchased a month long membership.

Anyways, the day after he
sent me a smile he invited me to chat. As I mentioned before I didn’t
think anything of it because of our distance, however I thought he was
attractive and figured, “what the heck, I’ve got nothing else to do.”
That was the best decision I’ve ever made. We instantly hit it off and
we chatted for hours. Regardless of the three-hour time difference he
stayed on to chat with me. After our first chat he asked for my phone
number so that he could keep in contact with me while he was out in the
field doing training because he knew that he’d be away from the
internet and he didn’t want to lose contact with me.¬† (He’s in the
Army) I gave him my number and no more than a few minutes after logging
out of the Internet I received a text message from him wishing me a
good night. At that moment I knew this guy was not joking around.

Thus
began our correspondance. Less than a month after our first chat he
flew out to California to meet me and the moment I saw him at the airport I
knew that this was it. We clicked and it felt as if we had known each
other for years. His first visit was short because he was only allowed
to be out in California for a weekend. After our first visit we did what we
could to see each other as often as possible. He did most of the
traveling. Remarkably enough, everything fell into place.

Three months
after we offically began dating I went with my father to visit
Patrick in Georgia. His folks were in town as well, however he
and I managed to get away for a few hours in order to spend some time
together. I suggested that we go to a perpetual adoration chapel. It
took us an hour to find the church that had adoration but eventually we
made it there and spent some time in prayer. As we were leaving he led
me over to an area out side of the church got down on one knee and
proposed! To say that I was caught off guard would be an
understatement. My dad and his folks knew that he’d be asking me that
day I had no clue. It was a moment that I will never forget and one
that I’ve waited for my whole life. Patrick has been everything that
I’ve prayed for and then some. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have
this man in my life and it’s even better to know that he feels exactly
the same way about me. Thanks CatholicMatch!! I haven’t booked the
church yet but we’re planning on getting married October 1st 2011, a
few months after he returns from his tour in Iraq.

If I could make one
tiny request that would be for everyone to please pray for him since he
will be deploying to Iraq and will remain there for a year. If there’s
one bit of advice that I can give it would be to be patient and not to
limit yourself to your state. Love sees no distance and if two people
truly love eachother and truly want to be with eachother than distance
will not hinder them from being together. The picture that I’m
providing was taken a few hours after he proposed.

Read Patrick & Evelina’s original relationship story

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54 Comments

  1. Kaila-344280 August 2, 2010

    Awww! Congratulations to both of you =)

  2. Maria-257382 August 2, 2010

    Congratulations to both of you and many Blessings.

  3. Christie-316393 August 3, 2010

    Congrats and many blessing your new life together! God bless Patrick and keep him safe!

  4. Beata-318316 August 3, 2010

    Dear Ewelina and Patrick! Congratulations and God's Blessings! May God keep Patrick safe and return him back to you just in time to put on the wedding tux! St. Joseph always comes through, your story is the proof. I am so happy for you. Big Polish bear hug and lots of prayers from Beata

  5. Joy-447534 August 3, 2010

    Congratulations! God will always keep you both safe…all the best!

  6. Stacey-497164 August 4, 2010

    That is so amazing. It has brought tears to my eyes. I was just on the verge of canceling my subscription. Mine reasons I thought were valid, but now i think this story has changed my mind. I will work on patients and understand, we'll see what happens. Thank you for sharing and I will keep you both in my prayers.

  7. Christina-339748 August 4, 2010

    Congrats Eve! I'm so happy for you.

  8. Savannah-523906 August 5, 2010

    Like Stacey, I thought of cancelling my subscription too but I had second thoughts after reading your story. Love Knows No Distance. I wish both of you a happy life together!

  9. Kevin-592535 August 7, 2010

    God Bless you both. What a wonderful story. My Cloister Nun friends tell me that "patience gains all things". Be sure to tell Patrick Thank you for serving our Country.

  10. Susan-430226 August 7, 2010

    thanks for sharing your inspiring story…will remember your advice to be patient and not to limit myself for the distance…Congrats for both of you!!

  11. Dusia-326063 August 8, 2010

    Wish you all the best. You are in my prayer.May God bless you!

  12. Gianna-569105 August 9, 2010

    We should never question God's power and desire to bring two people together to experience Heaven on earth—no matter the distance! I pray that the two of you will help one another work out your salvation together! Congrats!!

  13. TheresaZimela-497266 August 12, 2010

    Wish you too all the best. Your sharing this experience is inspiring. I will be sirty in two years time ,but your advice to us will make be cherish hope. God bless you.

  14. Patricia-455058 August 17, 2010

    Your story is an inspiration and proof of how God wants the very best for all of us. I will keep Patrick … and you in my prayers. Much happiness to you both! Patricia

  15. Editha-471963 August 19, 2010

    your story is very inspiring…maybe I'll wait before cancelling my registration..who knows?? I will offer a special prayer for both of you.

  16. Cindy-423730 August 20, 2010

    I pray to God that He will protect Patrick by all means. Thank you for sharing your story.

  17. LuciaAnn-372384 August 25, 2010

    So beautiful, and I pray for Patrick's safety and for your strength, God Bless you both

  18. Marilou-529899 August 27, 2010

    lovely! i'll pray for patrick's safe return!

  19. Dave-104327 August 27, 2010

    Lovely scenario when you are 30 but it doesn't work when you're 60 and have grand children !

    • Bonnie-305136 September 8, 2010

      To Dave’s comment, you never no unless you are willing to try!

    • Diane-481644 October 31, 2010

      Here’s another one for Dave. Be positive. There are ladies out there in their 50′s an 60′s who are in the same boat as you and waiting to meet you. Keep praying!!

  20. Michael-126695 September 2, 2010

    Congrats! What a heart warming story!

  21. Mary-350333 September 6, 2010

    Congratulations Patrick and Evenlina! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! Love is such a wonderful thing…. I am very happy for both of you :)

  22. Jim-516057 September 6, 2010

    Ewelina and Patrick-congrats to both of you for sharing your story . I will pray for patrick to come back safe-thank him for serving our country. Blessings to the both of you Jim

  23. Paul-99681 September 6, 2010

    I have never known it any other way then long distance and over the years I have treaded lots of air and fully understanding this,I knew it was never personal when women would like me but still consider me a low priority and I hope that someday that I’ll meet someone that has nothing better to do and it will give them a chance to know me and also that they may see that while having to have to always drive so far may make me seem desperate .
    The other side to is that I had to make the choice to come to see them because I can only travel one direction at a time what is truly a complement but well hidden and only realized by those who seek it.
    Paul!

  24. Bonnie-305136 September 8, 2010

    Great story. Gives me hope! Will pray for him and for your marriage

  25. Maa-624803 September 9, 2010

    wow! i wish you both good luck in your relationship! As long as you will be keeping God in the center of your relatioship for sure it will last forever!
    Goodluck once again ang congrats! :)

  26. Marie-548810 September 10, 2010

    Your story was very impressive and beautiful. I will pray that he returns home from Iraq safely. I do want to wish you both the best of Luck and Happiness.

  27. Marlene-413286 September 10, 2010

    Ill pray to both of you and hope he return soon.and god bless you both.

  28. MaryJo-595143 September 10, 2010

    wow

  29. Diane-481644 September 11, 2010

    That is an amazing story. You just never know what God has in store. Things usually work out better then we can ever imagine. Good luck and I will pray for both of you.

    Respectfully,

    Diane

  30. Robert-364588 September 14, 2010

    VUNDERBAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!

  31. Elaine-607083 September 21, 2010

    Congratulation to happy couples Evelina’s and Patrick

  32. Marian-477145 September 22, 2010

    wow! what a nice story,, wishing you wonderful life together

    • Ces-624140 September 22, 2010

      Wow…this is so inspiring!! Congratulations and Best Wishes!!! Yes, I will pray for you and Patrick – for his safety. God bless :-)

  33. Sarah-628464 September 23, 2010

    Congratulations! This was a very touching story. Right now I am in TX, and yes, thinking only about men in the area since TX is such a big state. I wish you all the best and will keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  34. Sue-342873 September 24, 2010

    God bless you both. It was mean to be! May God keep Patrick safe in Iraq and come home to a loving lasting relationship. Congratulations!

  35. Meg-630687 September 25, 2010

    Congrats! Wish you all the best. God bless :)

  36. James-631942 September 28, 2010

    Congrats

  37. Julia-592990 September 28, 2010

    congratulations to both of you and many blessings too. And may God protect Patrick during his service in Iraq and keep him safe. Amen.

  38. Myriam-344031 October 5, 2010

    Great story! You give me hope.
    Congratulations!

  39. Cathy-573029 October 7, 2010

    wow, that’s awesome, I truly like your story.
    congratulation. I will pray for Patrick too.

  40. Glynne-385398 October 8, 2010

    Congratulations Eve and Patrick. I will keep you both in my prayers

  41. Bethany-421984 October 8, 2010

    Wow Best wishes to both of you! I was amaze with your story..Hope and pray I could find the one too and share my own story someday. Rest assured that your CM family will pray for Patrick safety, as well as your marriage.

  42. Rita-634091 October 9, 2010

    Congratulations, God moves in mysterious ways.

  43. MaryEllen-207916 October 12, 2010

    God Bless You Both… May God watch over Patrick and all our service men and women serving their country….

  44. Vilma-614971 October 13, 2010

    wow,,, wish u both eternal happiness and a blessed life together. What an inspiring love story, thank you for sharing and the encouragement. God bless…

    • Adam-388259 October 19, 2010

      I like it how you both spent time in Eucharistic Adoration before the proposal. I’d say that you two are off to a good start! :) Blessings and prayers!

  45. Rebecca-603551 October 24, 2010

    I almost have the same sitiation as you are! Congratulations Guys! will definitely praying for both of U.

  46. Katie-443543 November 5, 2010

    awesome story! I will pray for you both! thank you both and your families for his service to our country!

  47. Carlos-167015 November 14, 2010

    what about different countries? This site seems to be limited only to the United States. What if the other person lives in Switzerland or Germany for example? Would that make a difference?

  48. Martha A. November 25, 2010

    Dios los bendiga mucho!

  49. Rachel-621580 December 14, 2010

    Thank You! My parents are trying to make me stop communicating with a man I met on CM, because he lives in Pennsylvania…which is only a 4 hour drive away. They are convinced that long distance relationships can never work out. I definitely had an instant connection with him, and I believe we fell in love almost before we met. We have kept in contact, even though both my parents and his parents think we should not talk, email, text, or have any type of communication. We truly believe that somehow God will make it happen, just as it has happened for you :)
    You are definitely in my prayers
    Thanks for the encouragement!
    God Bless,
    Rachel

    • Eve-112836 December 27, 2010

      I’m sorry that both of your parents are so against your relationship. Trust me when I say that it’s good to have at least one set of parents on your side otherwise you’re relationship will suffer. I would talk to them and see why they are so against it. If their objection is simply due to location then I would continue persuing this relationship and letting it run it’s course naturally. For me 4 hours is nothing. Good luck with everything.

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