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Joining e Harmony, which matches couples based on a detailed personality questionnaire, says Anna, "was my backup in case I didn't meet anyone the 'regular' way." It took six months of being matched with other e Harmony members before she met Sam.
"His profile struck a chord—he was very spiritual, for one thing, which was important to me." Those other matches had interested her, but fizzled once they got past initial communication. Six months later, Anna and Sam were engaged; they got married in April 2010.
"And if you're serious, use a serious site, like e Harmony," says Tonya. " Crissy & Mark Baldwin, Boonton, New Jersey The first time Crissy, 32, talked to her husband, Mark, she knew this was the man she'd marry.
"He was hysterically funny, and I loved his voice," says Crissy, who's currently expecting the couple's fourth child (she has a son from a previous relationship, and Mark, a widower, has two sons).
When you’re online dating, you’ll probably go on a few bad dates along the way.
Meanwhile, Frank, 41, a lifelong bachelor, had been online for a year on different match-up sites.
Their main impression was that they couldn't believe the other actually existed, that it was like a dream they'd soon wake up from.
"It's actually hard to realize that, yes, there really is someone out there who is so good for me—so smart, so funny. We're just so stinkin' happy." They married 18 months later, and are now expecting their first child together. You might think that it's impossible to find a perfect match, but they're out there.
Time was, if you met your mate online, you developed a cover story: If anyone asked, you'd say you met in a bar or at kayaking lessons. Whether it's the fact that many of us already conduct so much of our personal and business lives online, or the proliferation of online dating sites touting their successful matches, it's perfectly acceptable to say, with pride, that you met the love of your life with your fingers on a keyboard, not wrapped around a cocktail at a singles event.
Here, five women who found their mate (or were found) online, and went from email to walking down the aisle: Anna & Sam Abma, Wycoff, New Jersey A divorced mother, Anna, 46, looked into the future and saw a time when her kids wouldn't need her around quite as much—and she'd end up alone.
It seemed like another way to meet people, like going to a bar." In her first three months, she met one man who seemed, by his profile, to be ideal: artistic, smart, with a career that dovetailed with Keren's (she's an interior designer), and with similar likes and dislikes. Within a couple of months, they were traveling to Atlanta to meet Peter's family.