Location: Laggan, NSW
Engaged: 4th April 2012
Aime: “Esther and I met via a simple message, some must have’s and can't stands, followed by 155 eHarmony questions. We were so surprised at the similarity of our answers that we ventured into eHarmony email and progressed to personal emails and phone calls. The 3,000 kilometres between us didn’t seem a deterrent at all. When we finally met in person, or as I like to say, in ‘3D’, it quickly became obvious that our honesty in all of our conversations was going to stand us in good stead in our endeavours to develop not just a friendship, but a loving relationship.
Friends who had been successful in finding a partner on eHarmony and who, incidentally, are responsible for my signing up, told us that if a relationship was going to blossom, then we both would get that special feeling. It is quite impossible to describe the feeling but when we met (in 3D) we knew we felt it. I would also recommend to anyone who might be tempted to be less than upfront with their religious beliefs, to accept that the development of a loving relationship such as ours is only possible through the guiding hand of our creator.
When we met in person it was originally going to be for three days, the intensity of our relationship required Esther to change her travel plans and we ended up sharing ten days together in three locations. Every one of these moments is now etched into our minds as they were so beautiful.
Esther needs to work for another couple of years so I will be relocating to Mount Isa to help her with personal and professional chores and (I hope) make her life less stressful and less lonely. I know that her presence beside me will make my life less lonely too.
You might think that we have rushed into our decision. Not once did it occur to either of us that we were rushing into it. At 68 I don't have the luxury of courting for a couple of years. The maturity we both developed with our first marriage, which ended in the sad departures of our respective spouses, has enabled us to identify that marriage is what we want and that being together is the way we wish to live the remainder of our wonderful life.
I will travel to Mount Isa twice before our wedding, we will also have a holiday together in Adelaide, a place Esther has never visited. At the moment we remain 3000km apart but it feels as though she is right next door.”
Esther: “Six months ago, I would not have thought it possible to meet a partner who met my strict criteria but I have met a wonderful man. To me those men would be happily married, uninterested in internet dating, not wanting a 59 year old partner who lived in such a remote area of Australia. eHarmony proved me wrong and I will be forever grateful for this. We were both amazed at the accuracy of the matching.”
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