How I Met Joe

Carnival

Today’s Carnival question is “How did you meet your spouse/partner?”

Joe and I met on the internet back when it was new (to us, at least) and exciting, back when we struggled to sign online with our 14K modems on 486 computers. After realizing I couldn’t actually meet celebrities like the AOL brochure promised, I began scouting for a boyfriend to replace the current loser I was with (a guy who, at the time, was in a group home and is now in prison…) so I put a message out in a chat room, “16F wants to talk to a guy who isn’t a pervert.” Joe (liar) sent me an instant message.

We hit it off right away: I was charmed by terms of endearment like “hon” and his respectful nature, impressed with his musical abilities and intelligence, and struck by how happy he seemed in his picture. Of course I also thought he was totally hot!

Half a country separated us since I lived in California and Joe lived in Wisconsin but this fact only slightly dampened our enthusiasm. Despite initial talks of dating other people, we quickly decided we were exclusive and spent hours every night talking/soaking each other up (we kept this up for two years, rarely missing a night). His parents accompanied him on a trip to meet me in person a mere three months after we first spoke on the internet and, from there, we began flying back-and-forth every three months. I have no idea why our parents supported our relationship against their better judgment but I am glad they did. We’ve been together now for over ten years. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life with anyone else. Even after all of this time, and the wild changes we’ve gone through as we’ve grown up together, I still feel that Joe is the best partner for me!

Here’s a photo taken at the airport during Joe’s first visit:

And here is our happy family today:

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Comments

  1. Cute!

    I’ll post my story in my LJ…then I can post a pic of our happy family for you :o)

  2. Cute!

    I’ll post my story in my LJ…then I can post a pic of our happy family for you :o)

  3. You guys look so happy, in both pictures. What a beautiful family! I used to think it odd when people fell in love over the internet, but now it seems so natural – especially in light of stories like yours – that I can’t remember why it ever seemed odd in the first place.

  4. You guys look so happy, in both pictures. What a beautiful family! I used to think it odd when people fell in love over the internet, but now it seems so natural – especially in light of stories like yours – that I can’t remember why it ever seemed odd in the first place.

  5. I’m so excited for you that it worked out so well (and amazed that your parents were so supportive.) I think you might be the only couple I “know” for whom that worked out. I still think of myself as old school when it comes to the internet and I guess it’s because before I read this story I didn’t know any success stories — just a lot of bad experiences.

    Love sure is something, isn’t it? When you just know and nothing else really matters. It always makes me happy to know that other people have love. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’m so excited for you that it worked out so well (and amazed that your parents were so supportive.) I think you might be the only couple I “know” for whom that worked out. I still think of myself as old school when it comes to the internet and I guess it’s because before I read this story I didn’t know any success stories — just a lot of bad experiences.

    Love sure is something, isn’t it? When you just know and nothing else really matters. It always makes me happy to know that other people have love. Thanks for sharing!

  7. My BIL and SIL also met online (dating website), as did my mom and her boyfriend. I have friends who did the same thing, so it’s pretty common these days, I think. With the way we did it, though, we got to know each other really well since we talked for hours every single night for years before getting married – a lot of other people these days just find each other online and go on a “blind” date, which is a little different than becoming friends first.

  8. My BIL and SIL also met online (dating website), as did my mom and her boyfriend. I have friends who did the same thing, so it’s pretty common these days, I think. With the way we did it, though, we got to know each other really well since we talked for hours every single night for years before getting married – a lot of other people these days just find each other online and go on a “blind” date, which is a little different than becoming friends first.

  9. That’s really an amazing story… and wherever you live…it’s flipping GORGEOUS!

  10. That’s really an amazing story… and wherever you live…it’s flipping GORGEOUS!

  11. You have such a beautiful family! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know a bunch of couples who met online and are now happily married several years later. I’ve never done it myself since the last time I went on a date with someone other than DH was 1995 (yikes!) but if I were single today I’m sure I would. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You have such a beautiful family! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know a bunch of couples who met online and are now happily married several years later. I’ve never done it myself since the last time I went on a date with someone other than DH was 1995 (yikes!) but if I were single today I’m sure I would. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Re: Oh, The Joys

    We live in the northwestern corner of California, and believe it or not, we actually had that photograph taken uphill from my โ€œofficeโ€ in Redwood National Park; Bald Hills Road climbs into the oak woodlands and prairies above the forested canyons, and this year brought a once-in-a-lifetime intensity to the lupine bloom. Our fire crew has never seen anything like it.

  14. Re: Oh, The Joys

    We live in the northwestern corner of California, and believe it or not, we actually had that photograph taken uphill from my โ€œofficeโ€ in Redwood National Park; Bald Hills Road climbs into the oak woodlands and prairies above the forested canyons, and this year brought a once-in-a-lifetime intensity to the lupine bloom. Our fire crew has never seen anything like it.

  15. Wow, what a story… Pretty cool and amazing that the parents supported it, for sure. Those are some fantastic photos!

    Remind me to tell you about my cross-country boyfriend. ;p

  16. Wow, what a story… Pretty cool and amazing that the parents supported it, for sure. Those are some fantastic photos!

    Remind me to tell you about my cross-country boyfriend. ;p

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