Monday, April 28, 2014

Memories from ~April 2005

Louis Dean and I 'matched' on eHarmony on April 16, 2005.

What a difference April of that year made in how I lived the rest of my life!

While we began our 'communication' on the 16th - we did not meet in person until April 30th.

By then we had emailed and telephoned back and forth.
We even did some instant messaging on the computer - a new thing to both of us.
Hard to believe that's obsolete already!

On Saturday April 30, 2005 we meet at the Fort Worth Zoo for our first date.
My mother took the picture of us together in her living room.
She said she just KNEW we would be a good match when I sat down right next to him!
At that point in my life I was no longer a 'hugger!' I didn't even hug my own brother!
The fact that I felt so comfortable and safe with Louis Dean was a very good sign.

That day seems so long ago......and yet again - it seems like yesterday!
Louis Dean was talking marriage on our very first date!

This is a picture of the first time he came over to see me......and meet my house!!
Meeting my house was about as important as meeting my family!!
Wasn't he cute??

We have had fun together ever since.
So many hours of laughing and doing and being.....
There have been difficulties along the way but never between us.
He had a scary time with a heart attack and then another near one a year or two later.

I did a blog post 'You Have a Match on! on our 5th wedding anniverary
and then another - Thank you, eHarmony!
on our 7th wedding anniversary.

I love being married to Louis Dean! He is without a doubt the nicest, kindest man I have ever met in my life.
We wake up together every morning and go to sleep together every night.

While the shadows of our years are growing shorter we still treasure every minute, hour, day, week and year that the Lord has given to us.

Looking back I am still amazed I married so quickly - but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Thank you, eHarmony!!
We were a perfect match!
AND we still ARE!!


  1. What a great story! You are such a cute couple. Tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of the day hubby and I got together too - married 9 years this coming September. His 2nd Marriage, my first. We were meant to be just as you and Louis Dean are! Congrats

  2. Linda, this is such a beautiful love story! Thank you so much for sharing this. You both look great, and your mother did a fine job taking the photo! I keep hearing so much about eharmony via their TV ads, but I never heard from any of its users (at least nobody I know either from blogging or on a face to face basis) with their success stories. Thank you so much for sharing your success and happy story. I am very happy for you both.

  3. Gosh you'd be great on tv! What wonderful photos! You truly are two peas in a pod.

  4. love, love, love this story! true love.. so sweet pam in Burleson :)

  5. Well you know I'm happy about the whole thing. You know God just took the reins and guided you two. Because like you said it was fast and if LD had it his way the wedding would have been sooner. You are both a good fit. And just look at what a wonderful Grand dad he is and Dad as well! I am definitely a fan of LD, he has a great spirit and wonderful sense of humor! The best time we had together was driving back to Dallas after the quads were born. I learned so much more about him and he has NO problem caring on a conversation. That was the shortest 5 hours I have ever driven. What a fun time. Linda and LD are wonderful to our family. Thank you eHarmony:)

  6. You and LD are a match made in heaven! He has been a blessing to our family and, together, you are both a blessing to all of those around you. Love you and happy anniversary!

  7. I loved reading this, Linda. What gifts you and LD are to one another and to your families! Happy Anniversary!

  8. What a wonderful story! I have another blogging friend who met her husband on a online dating website too. They have been very happy for many years. I love the pictures of the two of you, especially 6 & 7, you are both beautiful!

  9. April is a good month for you!

  10. so happy you found each other, love all the pics... my friend has met and dated 4 men from eharmony, none worked more than a few weeks.. she is 58 now, maybe she should try again....

  11. I love this story. Thank you for sharing it with us. It would make a beautiful commercial for e-Harmony. My oldest son and his wife met on e-Harmony, too.

  12. Didn't know the story but love it!! Happy Anniversary

  13. I also met my husband on line more than 12 years ago, when it was still considered a bit risky to do so. I thank God every day for that man! I am so glad you found happiness in each other. So nice to hear the positive stories!

  14. Such a lovely story Linda. I see you two are so happy and I am happy for you. Congrats on your wedding anniversary. I know people were so skeptical, when you tell them about online dating. I too, met my husband online and we happily celebrated our 15 years of marriage. Blessings

  15. Linda, I think you and L.D. are a perfect MATCH! CONGRATULATIONS and have a wonderful anniversary!

  16. What a great story! It's good to hear success stories about those online dating sites. Your's is DEFINITELY one of those!

  17. I . Love . This . Story. You two are perfect for one another!

  18. Congratulations to you both. You two are fabulous together! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  19. A happy anniversary to you. What a great story! I've only known one other couple who met like this and matched up so perfectly. So happy you found one another. Blessings to you.