"You had me at hello" is a line renowned in popular culture from its use in the movie Jerry Maguire and as the title of a Kenny Chesney song. In the world of online dating it doesn't work quite that literally, but it comes close to describing the initial online encounters of John and Cynthia.
Cynthia found John online and the impact was immediate. "This man had my attention from the first time I viewed his profile," she said. "I was so drawn to him. I always tried to let God lead me in my life, but not until then did I realize the impact of how truly letting go and letting God lead can change your life."
There were still doubts though. Cynthia, 57-years-old and living in Louisiana wondered how she was going to meet a man from Colorado. When John saw Cynthia had viewed his profile, he took the initiative to write her a note and that at least got the ball rolling.
The online correspondence that followed was deep and it allowed them to truly get to know what was at the heart of the other. John and Cynthia shared the same old-fashioned values. "John is devoted to God and family. He has integrity, good morals and values, and is conservative and hard working," Cynthia said of the 68-year-old retired mechanical engineer.
By the time they met in person, Cynthia was already in love with John's heart, and the feeling was mutual. The distance factor that seemed so overwhelming at the beginning was overcome with a strong foundation of rich correspondence, followed by the phone conversations that continue to this day.
John and Cynthia are discerning the future, meeting each other's families and will spend Christmas together as they wait to see what God has in mind as their next step. Both continue to work hard--he has a lifelong passion for cattle and ranching, and she has one full-time job in a call center and another part-time job in apparel. Both are examples of a strong work ethic, one part of the values they share with each other.
They are both examples of what taking risks can do. "I must say, I was not a believer in internet dating," Cynthia admitted. "I was a believer in finding a mate the old-fashioned way, but my search for an honest, Christian, loving man with family values was not met with a lot of success. It was only after repeatedly looking at the CatholicMatch ad on the parish bulletin that she gave in. It worked, and while John is the man who won her heart, she added that she has met other examples of "the nicest men."
Sometimes it's just about timing. "I believed that God had been working on me and he was working on someone for me," Cynthia said. "One day when He felt the time was right and we were ready, he would have our paths cross." And when that time came, she knew it at hello.