Cyber Love Story of the Week – Tara and Ryan
Tara joined the online dating site Yahoo! Personals in early 2001. She was doing a year of graduate study in North Dakota when she met Ryan who was in law school in Houston.
Tara knew she was moving back to her home town of Houston to finish her graduate studies. She wanted to make some new friends and meet someone, so she posted an online dating ad in anticipation of her move back home.
Ryan saw her profile and answered her ad on February 8, 2001. The two started emailing back and forth and had the occasional all night chat session getting to know one another, where they learned that they attended the same undergraduate university.
The two finally met in person two months later, when Tara flew home for the Easter holidays. A month later she moved back to Houston and they started dating exclusively from that point on.
Two years later, on March 15, 2003, they became engaged and were married 8 months later. Two years later, their daughter was born. Tara believes that meeting online and communicating in writing for 2 months prepared them both for their marriage. As Ryan is an Officer in the Army, he was deployed to Iraq for 14 months. Shortly after that he left to attend several Army schools. Basically he was gone from his family for almost 2 years. Being able to communicate together through writing helped them keep their relationship alive and healthy.
After their online dating success story, Tara’s mother and brother both ventured into the cyberdating waters, where they met their spouses online as well.
Congratulations to Tara and Ryan, as well as to their family members, who show us that Internet dating can be successful, in both love and war, regardless of the distance.
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