Real online dating stories

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.

"I was much more emotionally needy than I would have been otherwise," admits Crissy.

But in a way, she says, her father's illness made her approach to the relationship more stripped down.

Not so with Sam—whom she agreed to make a date with after six weeks of emails and hour-long phone calls. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, this is a real man, not just an email! Lesson learned: Keep expectations low; it can take a while to find a match.

Even with a system like e Harmony, whose detailed matching process saved her from "kissing a lot of frogs," you still have to feel that chemistry.

But even though their early email matchup went smoothly, and they began dating quickly, their brand-new relationship was tested when Crissy's dad became very ill.But after a while, her initial approach of putting up a profile and waiting for guys to find her seemed too passive, and she began doing some searching of her own. I thought, OK, he knows his way around a kitchen, and at the very least maybe we can see some bands together." She got in touch and, lo and behold, it turned out that Ryan had seen her profile some time back but decided not to contact her."He said I looked corporate and businessy in the picture because I was wearing a suit. I just had on a blazer and jeans" (which goes to show that a photo can be deceiving)."And if you're serious, use a serious site, like e Harmony," says Tonya. " 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).

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