Meeting and Marrying My Husband-An Online Romance

It was March 17, 2006, that I touched down in the English countryside at Gatwick Airport near London for the first time.

I pulled my coat closed as I walked down the ramp from the plane to the airport terminal as I became keenly aware of the vast contrast in temperature. Just ten hours earlier, I had left the warmth of a Texas springtime afternoon followed by the drowsy cozy comfort of the American Airlines plane that flew me across the vast Atlantic Ocean. The time difference made it necessary to sleep on the trip. I may have left on a warm Texas afternoon, but it would already be a cold dreary morning the next day when I arrived in England.


For a moment I began to wonder, "would he be there to pick me up? Would things be as wonderful as I imagined?" It had been over ten hours since we last spoke to each other. Would he get cold feet?

We had been chatting online, first on Yahoo Messenger for months, and then on the phone and Skype for months more. We had so many things in common, yet had such vast differences in our backgrounds. It was a good mix, though. It meant that things were never dull and we never lacked for something to talk about.

My well-meaning friends and family were concerned. They wondered how I could hop on a plane and travel half way around the world, land in a foreign country and meet a man who I had only talked to and never met before. I hadn't even flown out of state before and had never had a passport before this. I had flown only twice before but within the confines of Texas. Worse yet, what if he was an axe murderer? That seemed to be a common concern, for some reason.

Looking back, I guess it really only added to the excitement for me. There is a fine line between being insane and incredibly brave sometimes. I felt confident that I was making the right decision and started looking for signs to tell me where to go. Afterall, I still had luggage to retrieve.

Now able to turn on my cell phone, I called him.

"I'm here, my plane has landed and Elvis is now in the building".

He chuckled at my reference to Elvis because he sometimes called me that because of the sometimes sexy slur of southern slang I sometimes slipped into when overly excited about something.

He replied, "Guess what? I'm here too!"

Whew, what a relief. I now knew we were at least in the same building and could eventually find each other. I soon learned that not only did he make it on time to pick me up, but he had actually been there for hours just to make sure he wasn't delayed and leave me thinking he was a no show.

Now, I just needed to grab my luggage and maneuver my way out of this maze amongst a myriad of travelers from all over the world. As I rounded the corner where the departing passengers first meet their awaiting friends and family, my eyes scanned the faces hoping to spot him. *gasp* There he was. He looked almost as excited as I was.

Our eyes locked as I casually walked towards him and he gave me the biggest smile and hug. It was so nice to finally meet in person. He offered to take my luggage as we tried to find the correct floor and exit to get us to the parking garage where he left our rental car that we had booked for this extended weekend trip. That's all I could commit to at this point in our relationship. I figured I could always come back again if things worked out as well as hoped.

We had our first kiss on the elevator at the airport.

For three days, he chauffeured me all over the English countryside. He wanted to show me the England he loves, not the tourist spots you read about in all the brochures. We zigzagged all over England and Southern Wales. I found him to be an excellent tour guide and every bit as much fun as I thought he'd be to be around. We have lots of memories of those three days. Some of them I have written about in other hubs. The links are provided below.

On my final day in England, we decided it would be easier for me to take the hotel shuttle to the airport instead of paying the hefty parking fee for the rental car to be parked. This would also allow him to get back on the road home to return the car.

As I boarded the shuttle it was evident to me that everyone else, but me, was on a business trip. I was the only one who sat there teary-eyed who had someone standing outside the shuttle waving goodbye. It somehow made me feel special, but yet that much more alone.

Would we see each other again? What if he didn't like me as much as I like him? What if he insisted that I would have to be the one to relocate to England if were going to be together? He knew I had a teenage daughter and needed to remain in Texas. Would he like her? Would she like him?

Boarding the plane to come home was difficult. How could I leave all the enchantment and go back home? How could I resume life as if nothing changed? That's just it, I couldn't. I knew without a doubt that I had to go back to England and I had to bring my daughter. I wanted her to see all the wonderful things I had seen. Within a week of returning home I had booked a flight for us to stay a week in May.

The Magnificent Queen Mary 2
The Magnificent Queen Mary 2

Fast Forward 2012

We just celebrated the 5 year anniversary of him immigrating from England to Texas.

He came across ‘the big pond' in elegant style aboard the Queen Mary 2 ( Cunard Cruise Line). That's the way travel should be!

We married in May 2007.

So, even though our love story began online many months before, St. Patrick's Day 2006 will always be a magical day for me. Afterall, who could ever forget being driven around the beautiful English countryside (on the wrong side of the car, mind you), with snow flurries in the air, seeing castles, and talking to my prince with the smoothest of English accents. *sigh*

Does it get any better than that?

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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Wow!! What a beautiful story!! I knew you were married to an englishman, but I didn't know it was so recently! That first kiss is the best, isn't it? All us girls always remember the first!

You have such a beautiful story. I'm so glad you shared it with us!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Laughing Mom! It's just an odd situation when you feel like you've known someone forever, but have never physically met or touched. It was awkward but comfortable at the same time, if that makes sense.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Remember any music on that drive?


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Well....GT.....we did a lot of talking and l believe the GPS worked through the radio on that car, so we didn't play any music. Funny thing about music and us. I love all of the stuff he points out to me that he likes. But he hates every single song I have ever played for him. I think he does it on purpose.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

hope you didn't play him this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO3Iulye-8E


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL......it's a great song! But, no, I know better than to play him that one! He would get along great with DJFunktual. DJ's top 100 worst songs are my husband's top 100 worsts. I loved most of them. *sigh*


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

England can be such a romantic countr,y! I LOVE your love story and am so glad it has a happy beginning (I won't say ending because you have the rest of your lives ahead of you). If you can't remember the music you listened to on the trip,, can you remember any of the food/pubs you went to? I remember being pleasantly surprised by the cuisine in the UK. I had been expecting bland mush. Not at all -- Sunday roast, Indian food -- delish!

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. MM


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I can't remember any music. We did a lot of talking. We didn't actually go to any pubs either. We did eat at some great places, though. The scenery was simply magical to me. I saw things I had only scene on picture puzzles, encyclopedias and fairy tales. Thanks for stopping by MM!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Awwww KCC ... I'm a sucker for a good love story! Plus, English and Texas accents make quite a pair! :-)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, Elena. We are quite a pair!


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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Thats a great love story. Lucky you. Thanks for sharing with us


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you, jayb23! Glad you enjoyed it!


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caymanhost 7 years ago from Cayman Islands

That is quite a coincidence. After you left me a welcome message I headed over to see what you were all about and I find this story. It almost parallels my own, although in reverse, as I met my wife online, with country music acting as a kind of conduit, and we followed a similar path.

I'm in the middle of writing a hub about it, so drop in when it's done because it's always nice to know you're not the only crazy pair in the world :-)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Oh how cool! I wish country music was our conduit! I love it and he hates it! I found you at GT's goodbye hub. GT's a good friend of mine. I can't wait to read your story of how you and your wife met!


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Whoa! (being Texan , you must know the expression.) What a great romantic fairy tale-- but he best part is that it is true. May you live happily ever after.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL..Thanks Rochelle.....yup....my true love story. Thanks for your well wishes!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Awww, KCC, what a beautiful story! I'm so glad for you that it had such a happy ending, too.

Does your hubby like Texas?


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Shirley! It's been quite an adjustment for him, but he loves it here. He came from so much wet and cold to so much dry and heat. But he loves the sunny days.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I don't blame him for preferring Texas to the U.K. Haven't been there myself, but have relatives from there and I don't really care to visit. I get enough cold and damp here in Canada.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I bet! I hate the cold and damp. I've been to Canada once. I went across the border at Detroit into Windsor.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Not far from where I lived, a couple of hours away. I know you get snow in Texas, I saw a pic a few months ago from a friend there. He said that it does get really hot in the summer.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

We had snow the weekend my husband arrived in Texas...it was early April Easter Sunday. Freaky snow. We gone some years without any accumulations of snow...just a day or two of flurries. But, heat, we have plenty of. We've had numerous 100+ days this year already and it's not even the hot part of summer yet.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh, I am sooooo suited to that type of weather. The hot, not the cold. That's why I love Arizona so much. Well, that's one of the reasons.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I've always heard the heat is different in Arizona than here. I'm anxious to find out someday! I haven't ventured west....yet.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You should go, you'll love it!


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Wonderful story...and it's written so well. Thanks for sharing :)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Shirley: I'm working on earning a trip to Las Vegas in 2010 through a work educational program. I hope to see a lot then!

Univited Writer: Thank you so much! It's much easier to write and get into a flow when it's something you know...(hey,that rhymes!)

Thanks for stopping by!


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vshining 7 years ago from Ellenwood GA

WOW!!!! This was beautiful....thanks so much for sharing


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you so much, vshining! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


Suzy 7 years ago

This is a lovely story KCC, i too have been talking to someone online, but it is still early days... Hope you and your new husband are happy for many years to come.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Suzy! Don't rush things, get to know them. Good luck to you!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

-sigh- I have always wanted to move to Europe and to marry an Englishman or an Irishman...(hawt) I agree, those wonderful British and Scottish accents are ftw! Thank you for sharing your beautiful love story.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks AIDY. I'm very lucky in that regard, he does have a dreamy accent. Many people comment on it when we go out. Glad you enjoyed our story.


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travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

What a lovely romantic story KCC. You write about it so well with compassion and humor. Your story has left me with a lovely warm glow inside. Nice!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awwww...thank you so much travelespresso. I think it's a story worth telling because online relationships seem to get a lot of bad publicity. They're not all bad.


BattleOfEvermore 5 years ago

I'm glad I read this... I'm in the middle of a very similar situation myself. I have been talking on Skype every day with a guy for about 6 months, and he's flying from Sweden to see me next year. Everything is booked. I also have those concerned family members, and maybe I am crazy, but I get happier and more excited every day. He makes fun of my Southern accent too, so I know how you feel! :) I hope my story turns out as well as yours did, and may the two of you have a happy life together.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Congrats, BattleOfEvermore! Sweden, wow! Listen to your heart. EVEN IF.....that's a big, EVEN IF....things were to go awry and not be picture perfect, enjoy the ride! Enjoy the adventure! It's worth it. I wish you all the best! I hope to read your love story on here some day soon. *wink*


BattleOfEvermore 5 years ago

Thanks KCC! Yes, Sweden. You should hear me attempt to speak Swedish. It's entertaining, to say the least. :)

I read your other blog about being married to an Englishman. I thought it was very funny about the snakes, skunks, spiders, and armadillos. I can just imagine a British guy being exposed to those for the first time. Too funny! Being from Alabama, I can't imagine life without them... and of course alligators.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

He saw his first racoon yesterday. Unfortunately, it was dead, but it was just up the road from us. Close enough for him to realize that we have them around here. He almost cried I think.

You can keep your alligators! Although, my husband went fishing probably 50 miles from here and they had posted a sign about watching for the alligators. He was a bit freaked out about it. He didn't think we had them around here. I can say I've never seen one in Texas, but we evidently do have them.


Stacey 4 years ago

Wow...I must say I needed tissues after reading this. I too met my boyfriend online. It was St Patrick's Day 2012 when we started talking and then just never stopped. We have had 24 hour conversations on the phone, skype, and other video chatting. I have met my true soul mate and twin flame. I have just secured a ticket to Australia in 48 days from today. What was going to be a short vacation has turned into one that will proceed until April. I too have had friends and family doubt my decision. All I can say is that I have been married twice before and took four years to find myself and really figure out what I was going to look for in a man. I wasn't even looking when we started to talk. I was feeding my curiosity about talking to people overseas and using a translator link to do it. He too wasn't looking for a relationship. We sort of fell into each other's laps. Your story has given me even more hope than I already had because it reaffirms that there is more than one way to find that true love you know in your heart is out there. And above all, the fact that you and I are from Texas as well as finding someone we love who is clearly on a different side of the world is awesome. I love this man with all my heart...yes I have had the same questions...but I trust everything will work out for the best. Thank you for posting your story!

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