I never would have guessed that I would meet my soul mate, best friend, and future husband online. But that’s exactly what happened!
Online dating is a little weird. I basically set myself up on blind date after blind date … and most of them didn’t go that well! Here's a tip for online daters: I found out that it’s really important to meet in person as soon as possible to discover if you have a connection. Talking online gives you a VERY limited view of a person, and often isn’t all that accurate. So, it soon became normal for me to suggest meeting up shortly after striking up conversations with men—in a public place, of course!
I had some really strange dates in the years before I met Dave. One was with a guy who had named his car and talked about it like it was a person. Another was apparently so intimidated by me that it was impossible to carry on a conversation! And then there was the guy who tried (unsuccessfully) to get me to pay the bill for our dinner, including his meal. (What?!!!!)
Needless to say, I was a little cynical about online dating after these experiences, but I felt it was important to keep putting myself out there.
Then, one day, Dave and I started chatting online. After a couple of weeks, I suggested we meet up. I didn’t know much about Dave, but I knew he was really into sports—especially hockey! With that as a starting point, I didn’t think we’d have that much in common, but I was (very happily) wrong!
During just our first hour of in-person conversation, we discovered shared a common passion to make a difference in the world … and to live out our faith in God in really practical ways. I remember that we talked quite a bit about my recent trip to India and my experiences there. Dave was the best listener and such a great conversationalist. And I instantly loved his deep voice and blue eyes. I knew I wanted to spend more time with him!
I remember a fleeting thought crossing my mind: Wouldn’t it be crazy if this was my love story? If I would someday be telling this story—even to future generations? But I had no idea that I had actually just met the man I would marry! Read the next chapter in our love story here.