On April 4, 2006 I received an email from Peter aka Poohbear offering to be my penpal. He lived in Australia. I lived in Michigan. I'm always up for making new friends and never dreamt this could be more.
After a few months of getting to know one another via email and IM and audio recordings sent via email we progressed to telephone and webcam. We developed deep feelings for each other, but were unsure we could go any farther due to the distance between us. But the feelings were growing and we decided not to let that stop us. Where there is a will, there is a way!
So we continued our courtship with the understanding that if we reached reached a certain period of time we would make plans to undertake the great effort and expense necessary to meet in person. As time went on there became no doubt that we are destined for each other. We've been "online" dating now for over two years. We spend more time together via webcam than most married couples spend together in person.
I have just returned from spending two weeks with him in Australia. I am very excited to report that we are now engaged and plan to be married in December 2009. Yes, that is a long time away, but this love is for a lifetime. It is sooooooooo worth waiting for.