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"I was much more emotionally needy than I would have been otherwise," admits Crissy.
But in a way, she says, her father's illness made her approach to the relationship more stripped down.
'" says Tonya, who had been married before (and has a 12-year-old daughter).
Meanwhile, Frank, 41, a lifelong bachelor, had been online for a year on different match-up sites.
"It's actually hard to realize that, yes, there really is someone out there who is so good for me—so smart, so funny. We're just so stinkin' happy." They married 18 months later, and are now expecting their first child together. You might think that it's impossible to find a perfect match, but they're out there.
The two went to a live show to see a band they both liked perform, and the rest was history: Rebecca moved in with Ryan three months later, and they got married in October 2007.
Lesson learned: Though most online daters spend a lot of time corresponding by email before meeting, Rebecca disagrees: "You run the risk, intentionally or not, of creating these online personas that aren't really you. "He seemed so eloquent and sweet—just a nice, Jewish boy." The pair met for their first date in a bookstore.
Tonya & Frank Ferrari, Lake Stephens, Washington Tonya, 34, was a classic online-dating skeptic, but when her parents pleaded with her to try—and offered to pay for six months on e Harmony.com, she relented—though she bargained it down to three months.
"I thought, 'What the heck, it's not like I'm going to meet the love of my life!