Lindsey had thrown in the towel on online dating. She had been a member of CatholicMatch for four years, and through participation in the forums, had made friends who were important to her. But the search for Mr. Right seemed to be going nowhere fast, and she decided it was time to move on, figuring God wanted her focused somewhere else right now.
The 26-year-old from Louisiana had no problem finding other outlets for her time. She was already extremely busy, working as a service worker to an autistic patient who was very special to her — the patient was her sister. In addition she was taking other medical certification classes to grow in her profession — a good example of someone who, while she wished the right person would come along, didn’t allow life to pass her by as she waited for him to show up.
Andrew had gone through more than his fair share of suffering. The 34-year-old self-employed technician from Texas had found his special someone — 11 years earlier. But she passed away in 2009, and after a year of grieving, Andrew decided it was time to move on with his life, and he signed up for CatholicMatch.
Lindsey still had a profile on the site, even though she wasn’t a full member and Andrew contacted her. She checked out his profile and was a little skeptical — not because she didn’t like what she saw, but it almost seemed as though this guy were too good to be true.
After re-activating her membership, they began exchanging messages and she still couldn’t shake the feeling. Even his willingness to drive four hours to meet her for a date made her wonder about his intentions.
Fortunately, Lindsey gave him the chance to reach out and a face-to-face meeting was just what was needed to make the truth plain. In her own words, Lindsey was “swept off her feet by the man I hoped I prayed for.”
The date itself was dinner and a comedy show, but what Lindsey saw firsthand was that not only did Andrew say all the right things; he really said them from his heart. His gentlemanly respect won her heart and she knew right then she wanted to be with him much more.
Andrew is fortunate enough to work for him, so when he returned he made plans for a six-week stay, allowing them plenty of room to get to know each other. Lindsey went and stayed full-time at her sister’s house, while opening her home to Andrew’s. The visit gave the couple a chance to celebrate Christmas together.
On the day after Christmas, they went out shopping and at a jewelry store, he invited her to pick out the ring she wanted. The subject of marriage had already been broached frequently, so she wasn’t caught off guard by ring-shopping. She was caught off guard when, after picking one out, he proposed right away in the parking lot!
They will be married a week from next Saturday and Lindsey sees it as proof that if you pray and believe, dreams really do come true.