Danielle & Dirk Went 2,000 Miles To Each Other


Hesitation was Danielle’s first reaction when her sister told her about CatholicMatch back in 2006 and suggested she join the site. “I had the ‘I don’t want to pay meet someone’ mentality,” she recalled. But she decided to take her chances and the rewards weren’t long in coming.

Dirk, 34-years-old and from Green Bay sent her an emotigram and she reciprocated. That led to some messages back and forth, but with Danielle living in Florida this wasn’t one of the neat messages-phone-calls-date-happily ever after sequences that other success stories have enjoyed.

“I think we both knew deep down inside, with him living in Green Bay and me in North Florida there was no way it was going to work,” she told CatholicMatch. The dialogue that had been opened between the two in January 2007 quietly died two months later.

From the snow of Green Bay to the sunshine of Florida, Danielle and Dirk went the distance for each other.

Both Danielle and Dirk continued to pursue other options in their dating lives, seeing people locally but neither finding what they were looking for. In October they reconnected when Dirk again reached out and sent a message. “He sparked my interest once again,” Danielle said. “I think God was telling us to at least try and make a 2,000 mile relationship work. So we did.”

The end of the month saw Dirk get on a plane for a weekend in the Sunshine State. Danielle felt overcome by tension, filled with butterflies and in her determination to be the first to spot him, she even hid by an airport information booth. Once all that passed and they met in person for the first time, they enjoyed a nice first date that involved doubling with another couple to go to Universal Studios.

Dirk continued to go the extra mile (or extra 2K miles as the case may be) through the balance of the year, making more visits to Florida. It was January of 2008 that Danielle made the return trip north, braving the cold of the Green Bay area.

“I fell in love with his family right away,” she said freely. He was from a family with six siblings who all welcomed Danielle with open arms. “I real didn’t know what to think of Dirk until this point. But after seeing him with all his 20-odd nieces and nephews, I knew this was the man for me.”

Six months later Dirk came to Florida on a mission, and at Danielle’s parents’ house, overlooking the ocean, he proposed. “It was April Fool’s and I actually thought he was joking,” she recalled. In her emotions she doesn’t even recall if she actually uttered the words “Yes.” Whether she did or not, her reaction was all the “Yes” Dirk needed.

Danielle & Dirk hope the family they have already been blessed with continues to grow.

It was All Saints Day 2008 that the couple wed at Chicago’s beautiful St. John Cantius Church, where the Latin is preserved in the liturgy, both in the Tridentine and the Novus Ordo.

The key moments of Danielle and Dirk’s relationship had hit in spans of six months—from the time of the first date to the marriage proposal, from the proposal to the wedding. And the string continued when Danielle found out she was pregnant six months after the wedding.

Today they have two children, they split their time between Wisconsin and Florida and are hopeful for more children to be on the way.



  1. Maggie-897252 April 20, 2013 Reply

    Love this story. It makes me think if guy really likes you, he will come to you. Hemm….makes think guys who are not interested in long distence relationship.

  2. Meesch-691047 September 11, 2012 Reply

    You totally beat Vanessa Carlton’s “thousand miles” This story warms my heart and is so beautiful! Glory be to God!

  3. Thomas L. June 26, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the refreshing news about Catholics marrying Catholics; I’m optimistic that now I can expect many babies in the future and they’re all will be raised as devout and informed Catholics. Hooray and Best Wishes!!!

  4. Tina-787451 June 26, 2012 Reply

    having patence is z important tings dear ………….. me too Justin I always love to hear God’s voice ….Million blessings. Wish one day will b my turn to tell my stories

  5. Justin-777038 June 6, 2012 Reply

    Such an amazing story, I was a member of St John Cantius while I lived in Chicago! I think the hardes thing for me, is that with me being a Traditionalist Catholic, there aren many women on here who are the same, and if they are, it is just like this story, they are thousands of miles away, and for me I dont think I could do it! Im very happy that some couples like these two can. Everyone pray for me, obviously God has a very special one designed for me, if he is making me wait soo patiently!

  6. Esther-532964 June 4, 2012 Reply

    I enjoyed reading your wonderful story! Many blessing to you and your family. It can happen, I just have to keep the faith.

  7. Pauline-860097 June 2, 2012 Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing … what a lovely story! … it reminds me of the importance of always remembering God’s promises … for example … Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) ” For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Best wishes of health and happiness to you and your sweet children! – p.

  8. Rose-837865 June 1, 2012 Reply

    What a great Love Story much happiness to you’s.

  9. Becky-794168 June 1, 2012 Reply


    • Mercy-794463 June 2, 2012 Reply

      Loved the story very much… Incredible!

      • Meesch-691047 September 11, 2012 Reply

        LOVE IT! This story should win an emmy for best romantic comedy (the 2000 miles part is the funny part)

  10. Christabel-55724 May 31, 2012 Reply

    Such a wonderful story. I pray that God continues to shower His blessings on this couple and their family as well.

  11. Bakhita-828929 May 30, 2012 Reply

    What a wonderful Story! May God continue to bless the family…

  12. Isabel-862506 May 30, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful love story come true.♥

  13. Marita-847688 May 30, 2012 Reply

    What a beautiful story!

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