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“Let’s be friends.” They’re words that are often dreaded in the dating world, and indeed, they are sometimes used as a way to cushion a blow. But sometimes those same words lead to something much more. That’s what happened with Joe and Jessica.

Jessica was discouraged—at least when it came to her prospects for finding a match on any online dating site, and that discouragement did not exclude CatholicMatch. She was ready to cancel her membership in January 2012. Then Joe arrived.

Jessica was at the point of canceling her membership when Joe washed up on her shores.

Jessica was at the point of canceling her membership when Joe washed up on her shores.

Joe lived just ten minutes away in the northern part of Illinois, and he reached out to her. A week of messaging went on, and then Joe asked her to join him for dinner and a movie. “He was such a gentleman and gave my compliments,” the 38-year-old Jessica recalled. “I felt beautiful!”

The couple wasn’t sure where the relationship was going and they considered themselves “just friends.” What Jessica was convinced of was that 34-year-old Joe was a man God had placed in her life and she was prepared to follow the path and see where it led.

After spending time together as friends, Joe & Jessica found themselves falling in love.

After spending time together as friends, Joe & Jessica found themselves falling in love.

Where it led was a friendship that included traveling together. “Then it grew to love,” Jessica said. The couple began to date and their love—founded on friendship—only grew.

After nine months of dating, Jessica noticed one day that Joe seemed to be acting a little odd. In retrospect it would make perfect sense, but at the time it left her completely unprepared for what Joe had up his sleeve. “Little did I know he was going to ask me to marry him,” Jessica told CatholicMatch. “I was in complete shock and I said ‘yes’!”

Jessica may have been shocked in the moment, but the proposal was something that both she and Joe were well-prepared. Not everyone “starts as friends,” but everyone, somewhere along the line, becomes best friends. That’s what Jessica and Joe found in each other, even before they found love. They will be married next month.

Joe & Jessica are now walking a shared path to a bright future.

Joe & Jessica are now walking a shared path to a bright future.

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6 Comments

  1. Lisa-1017628 October 19, 2013

    I love reading these stories. I’m guilty of being a hopeless romantic. :) Good luck and God bless you on your journey through life as man and wife! :)

  2. Freddie-306889 October 19, 2013

    I REALLY enjoyed hearing about Jessica and Joe!

  3. Steve-911159 October 19, 2013

    I’m quite happy for them. May the good Lord bless and always sustain their union in the right part and right into His kingdom. Amen.

  4. Alma-953915 October 20, 2013

    This is such a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Rheba A. October 23, 2013

    This is an outlier outcome. An exception rather than the rule. I’m happy it worked out for this couple but in general, when someone mentions friends, it’s a divine sign to cut them out of your life and start praying for the real thing.

  6. Luara-1021251 October 29, 2013

    Another heart warming story! I believe that love rooted in friendship is a very strong foundation of lasting relationship. May your love binds you together in faith forever!

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