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As a United States Marine, 23-year-old Robert is ready to go anywhere in the world in the service of his country. When it came time to look for his spouse on CatholicMatch, he was a little more restricted. A native of Nebraska, he vowed never to leave the Cornhusker State—“especially for a girl.”

Maggie, 22, was in Illinois and had joined the site a week prior to Robert. She was interested in finding any old high school friends, but she decided to run a broad-based search looking for possible romantic connections. Especially attracted to men who have joined the military, Robert’s profile photo in his Marine Corps blues instantly drew her to him.

She viewed his profile, but did not initiate contact, believing that to be the proper province of the male. In fact, her own profile stated that clearly, as Robert found out when he return viewed her. Now as committed as Robert is to Nebraska, he loves a challenge even more and he saw Maggie’s words as just that. He reached out and made the first connection.

After a month of relying on the CatholicMatch chat feature, Maggie finally offered Robert her phone number. He got up the nerve to call and the conversation went long into the night. So much so that it created a problem for Robert. He kept dropping hints to Maggie about the next morning—“It’s going to be an early morning for me…Tomorrow we are gonna run 6 miles.” It was a mandatory Marine workout, but with the phone conversation going well he didn’t want to be the one to cut it off. Finally be 3 AM there was no choice, as he admitted to her that he had to be up in a couple hours. “She finally got the hint,” Robert chuckled to CatholicMatch.

The morning workout may have been tough, but it was an amazing conversation though it was eight months before they could meet face-to-face, the couple kept getting to know each other via the telephone and electronic communication. After their meeting, they traveled regularly between Illinois, Nebraska and Arizona, where Robert is presently stationed. “We’ve had a difficult time because of the distance,” Robert candidly admitted. “But it has made us stronger.”

The self-described trials and tribulations over these past 2 ½ years have helped prepare them for what they expect to be an amazing life together after they are married next year. Robert graciously credited CatholicMatch, but it’s the reverse that’s true. CatholicMatch credits him and his future Marine wife for their selfless service to the United States and wishes them all the best in the future. .

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10 Comments

  1. Alex-285308 July 14, 2011

    Let me new the first fellow Cornhusker to congratulate you both! Thank for your service and dedication to our faith!

    Many blessings!

  2. Mari-611004 July 14, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your story Maggie & Robert! I just really enjoy reading every story that I can find here in CM. Each story has its own uniqueness, originality and beauty- but has one common ingredient…LOVE. As the song goes,”Love moves in mysterious ways.”

    You both take care & God bless

  3. Jen-3409 July 14, 2011

    LDRs are one of the most beautiful & most meaningful of all relationships. What with the time and cost. It also takes a lot of PATIENT ENDURANCE before you meet face-to-face and a lot of dedication and passion to keep the relationship burning. I admire couples who despite the distance made it through!

    • Nancy-640021 July 14, 2011

      I agree 100% with Jen…

      LDRs are one of the most beautiful & most meaningful of all relationships. What with the time and cost. It also takes a lot of PATIENT ENDURANCE before you meet face-to-face and a lot of dedication and passion to keep the relationship burning. I admire couples who despite the distance made it through!

  4. Nancy-640021 July 14, 2011

    What a heartwarming story about sacrifice not only for love of his country, but love of his spouse to be. I was also in a CM LDR and we were 3,000 miles apart and while it posed no problem for me, it did for him since he has a regimented schedule. Late night talks made it physically taxing for him and it made me all the more appreciative of the time that he gave me. Sadly, we are not in a relationship anymore but if he picked up the phone and wanted to start all over again, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

  5. Diana-737319 July 16, 2011

    Beautiful story :)

  6. Jim-397948 July 18, 2011

    Semper Fidelis!!!! Semper Fi!!!!!

  7. Gerry-316766 July 20, 2011

    It is hard not to wish both of these young people well- and people do not often talk about the sacrifices that love involves. What a reward is going to await you both! Thanks for sharing your story Robert and Maggie!

  8. Brian-719176 July 22, 2011

    Way to go. Thank you sir for your service to our country. Thank you also for a great story. I wish you two the best.

  9. Nicholas-605683 July 30, 2011

    Semper Fi – way to go, Marine!

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