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Match.com--A Success Story

Updated on August 26, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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How it all began...

Back in the Summer of 2003, I had been in numerous failed relationships and was so ready to get into a serious, committed relationship that actually could lead to something more.

I had tried Internet dating once before, but it was a bust. This time out though I decided would be different. Since I knew what I didn't want in a potential mate now after all my past failed situations, I figured that I could narrow it down on what I actually was looking for that special someone. I really was ready to find happily ever!

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What I did different this time out...

First and foremost, I posted in my profile exactly what I was looking for and of course my picture. Some of these things I was looking for in that special person were as follows in the next 2 paragraphs.

I knew I wanted someone educated and that had a decent job and future. Also, I was intent on this person coming from a strong, family oriented background. I also was wanting this person to have a good sense of humor and be outgoing, but not too outgoing that he did not know his boundaries at first.

I will be honest I definitely was very picky too about the way the guy I would date looked too. Be honest, you need to be attracted to the person you are dating and I knew this and would not settle for less. I happen to always be more attracted to tall, fair skinned guys. The paler the better I once joked, but this was just my taste and can't help what I like if this makes sense. Also, I am not gorgeous, but I am and still even after having 2 kids now am in shape and not completely unfortunate and felt that I deserved to be with someone who was at least my equal. I truly hope to not sound rude or conceited here, because believe me I truly am not either of those things, but I learned if I wasn't somewhat picky from the past situations then I wasn't going to end up with someone that not only could keep my interest verbally, but also physically.

All these things I have mentioned I posted specifically in my profile and did not pull any punches about what I was specifically looking for in a potential mate.


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My first responses...

At first, I got quite a few responses, but I wondered do people actually read what others write. Because of course I got messages from others who did not meet most of what I was asking for on the other end in my profile. To be honest, I did not respond to these people. Not to sound rude again, but if they couldn't bother reading my profile and just looked at my picture than that is their own fault.

I did get two responses that did stand out. I spoke to both of these guys online through e-mail and instant message first. One of the guys, I did finally meet up with. We met once and all he was after was sex. I pretty much met him for an hour, got in my car and went to a party for the 4th of July and never looked back. The other guy seemed like a stand up guy and talked to me through e-mail and the phone once. When we spoke on the phone, he was a bit shy and hesitant. I am a very outgoing person and usually can talk to anyone, but I was having trouble staying the course in our conversation. I didn't rule him out though, because he truly did seem like a decent person. We continued to e-mail even after that conversation, but that was pretty much it, because soon I came to the realization that he just wasn't the one.

A Profile that changed it all...

With the responses I was getting and the two previous guys I had mentioned, I decided to search the profiles myself. Well, I came across one that stood out to me. His username was Cunningham77. From the get go, I was intrigued. I loved the show Happy Days as a kid and Richie Cunningham, was the all American nice guy. Well, I decided to send Cunnigham77 a message. He wrote me back later that day. We started to talk on instant message that night and the next day or so. Then, he phoned me and asked me out on a date for that Saturday night.

Here is a copy of the original e-mail, I sent that he actually has saved after all these years by the way:

To: cunningham77 (cunningham77@talkmatch.com)
From: zepplin3055 (zepplin3055@talkmatch.com)
Subject: Hi there....I just wanted to drop you an e-mail and tell you a little bit about myself. I am a 26 year old NYU education graduate student. I live in Massapequa. I have long blond hair, brown eyes and am 5'2" and weigh 100 lbs. I am looking to meet a nice, smart and honest guy. I read your profile and was hoping to talk to you. Please e-mail me back at zepplin305@aol.com. Hope to hear back from you soon.

Janine

Our First Date...

Saturday night came, Cunnigham77 (Kevin) showed up at my door at 8pm. From the first moment I laid eyes on him, I was hooked. He was physically attractive to me and totally my type (tall and pale). We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean and afterwards since it was summertime went for a walk on the beach. We ended up staying out until 5 am just talking. It was one of the best dates I had ever been on. When he dropped me off home, he promised to call me and he did just that later that evening.

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Dating and Beyond...

Kevin and I continued to date. In the beginning, we would try to go on one date during the week and one on the weekend. After a few months, we saw each other everyday and even if one of us was sick would try to see each other even just for an hour or so. Kevin was such a gentleman through and through. I was just amazed that I actually found someone so wonderful and so right for me and online nonetheless. I remember my dad joking with him and saying, "I don't know where she found you, but don't ever leave!" But I have to admit my dad was right about the never leaving part and so glad that Kevin stuck around.

After 9 months of dating on April 3, 2004, Kevin proposed to me and of course I said yes. We were both in graduate school at the time for education, so we ended up having a long engagement. We actually didn't get married until July 8, 2006. We will be married 6 years and now have 2 little girls too, who are 3 years old and 19 months old.

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He really was the one, the only, my everything...

In the end, I am so happy that I tried online dating even if I had some previous mishaps with it, because I truly believe Kevin and I are a Match.com success story. After knowing each other almost 10 years, being married for 6 years and having 2 beautiful perfect little girls together, I would definitely say that subscribing to Match.com in the summer of 2003 was one of the best things I ever did and just so thankful to have gotten my better half out of it. And in the end I truly did find my happily ever!!

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I think I am going to cry this is such a good romantic story! I am so happy for all of you! I will be sharing with hub following, twitter, facebook, pin it, and google+.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      What a fantastic story, I'm really, really happy for you. I used to be sceptical of online dating. But I've also recently met the love of my love in a similar way. Thank you very much for sharing. Great Hub.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank u so much Angela and JKenny for your kind words. I am so happy that you both liked my hub. I really still can't believe somedays how I met my husband and what a wonderful life we have together. Some days I wonder if I will wake up and it will all just be a dream. I am just do grateful for everything I do have. Nothing is perfect, but even still I am blessed. Angela thank you so much for sharing my story for me. JKenny, I am also so happy to hear you too have met the love of your life online too.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What a sweet fairy-tale story and a fabulous ending! I have a friend who met her husband online and they are so much in love and celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Teaches12345, thank you so much for your comment. Happy to hear about your friend and how they met online and ate happily married too.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This is a very beautiful story. I'm sure that you know that 1 out of 5 relationships on match lead to marriage and yours is an example. Anything is possible if you believe. voted up and sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you lovedoctor926. I had heard that statistic a while back believe it or not. I am very happy to be a part of that statistic by the way. I truly appreciate you sharing and voting up my hub.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Your welcome:) this is a really sweet story.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Lovedoctor926, again thank you so much. I truly do appreciate all your kind words and everything you have done with sharing. Can't thank you enough!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Janine Huldie,

      I am so happy to read your story and I am very happy for you. I never thought much about dating online until I researched Niche Online dating and wrote a hub about it. Then I realized this was very popular for everyone who was looking for that special someone.

      Your family photo is beautiful and I wish you all the happiness in the world.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Hi Bobbi Purvis,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I am going to read your Hub momentarily while my girls are sleeping. Back when I did try Match.com and met my now husband it wasn't as out in the open as now, but I have to tell you as much as I was a skeptic in the beginning, I am truly glad I did try it, because even though Kevin and I are the same age and literally grew up 5 minutes from each other going to neighboring school districts, as well as frequenting a lot of the same places, we never actually met or laid eyes on each other until Match.com. So I for one totally believe this was meant to be.

      Your friend also,

      Janine

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine, this is awesome! I was browsing your profile and this title jumped out at me like a jack-in-the-box! A very enjoyable read and awesome turn of events! I loved the story and how it turned out for you! Great hub, VG&S(votes galore and sharing!)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, thank you again so much for all your kind words and support. I am glad you read my Hub and enjoyed it

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are very welcome Janine, anytime! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Again thanks Josh!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      YEA!! Janine! This is just great! I am so happy for you; your pics are absolutely beaut iful and smiles are so real....Success! So glad to hear it and loved your hub. I did Match.com for about 6 months; and went through similar things, I met some very nice, well rounded men but t he spark just wasn't there for me. After that 6 months; I decided to go back to F2F....maybe I didn't try long enough at the time. I can call some of my dates friends....but no lovers. I have heard of marriage via Match...looks like it's true! Yes!! UP Awesome beautiful Useful and Interesting.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Lucky Cats, thanks for your comment. I tried Match.com once about a year or so earlier and wasn't really in the right place or the right time myself at that point, but when I tried it and it worked all I really did different was be so picky believe it or not and not settle. I am not a mean person, but just decided for this to work for me I kind of had to be a bit more tough and only go forward with someone if it was there on both ends if that makes sense. I hope if you try it again that you too can be a success story. I really appreciate your support and warm sentiments here. Thank you again so much!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, what a wonderful success story! You look so cute together and what beautiful girls. I think the key was your honesty and you just happened to find an honest man, as well. I saw your hubs about fertility and children, so I knew this one had to end up well! Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you vespawoolf. I totally agree about the whole honesty being the key here to our success. I am a very honest person by nature sometimes to a fault and so is Kevin. So in the end I did find someone who is just as honest and open as myself.

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      Arren123 4 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful story and ending, thank you for sharing online dating story, wishing you all the best for the future. I loved the Happy days show too :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Arren123. I was so happy to be able to share this. I like being able to write and share a bit about my personal life. It is funny but even in reruns Happy Days is still one of my favorite show and tops for me.

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      DIYweddingplanner 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      What a great story! I know several people who have met their mates online and honestly, I think it's a thinking person's way to find the right mate. So happy for you, what a beautiful family!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      DIYweddingplanner, thank you so much for comments here and do agree with you about it being someone who thinks place to try their hand at finding a mate online.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a wonderful story! Your outcome certainly made it worth taking a risk. Gorgeous photos. Congratulations!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such a wonderful success story! I am so glad you shared this wonderful part of your life with us. It serves as positive inspiration to many who find themselves seeking a good mate with good qualities.

      Thanks again.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Tanmy for your kind words here and I do agree with you that my husband was totally worth the risk!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you shiningirisheyes for your kind comments and was so happy to share this part of my life with everyone and am a big believer in writing about what I know so this was not a stretch for me.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Congratulations Janine, this is a wonderful ending and gives hope to others out there trying the online world. That is a very lovely family picture. Thanks for sharing, voted up, awesome, beautiful.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Efficient Admin for your comments and for stopping by. I do hope my story can give hope to others trying online dating, because there are success stories out there and we just happen to be one of them.

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I am giggling inside because well, it is such a cute story with a happy ending. You look so beautiful together and with the kids too! :) :) :) So glad for you.

      Ripplemaker's Special Announcement: Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Do visit this link to see your nominated hub and read and vote! https://hubpages.com/community/You-Want-Fries-With... Enjoy!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my story. Thank you also for your support and congratulations. Totally appreciate it. I have been on the link you supplied, bookmarked and need to try to find some spare time to read the other stories and categories too now. Thanks again!!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I am so happy for you! This is a great story; it's like a fairy tale. You have a beautiful family.

      I voted this UP, etc.etc, and also voted for this Hub in the contest. Good Luck!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, thank you do much again for your lovely comments, for voting here and for my article, as well as sharing. Cannot say enough how much I truly appreciate it. Thank you again!!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sweet, joyful, hopeful, loving and inspiring... you are a beautiful lady with a beautiful family...how cool is that?!

      Thank you for sharing this story and yourself with us! Voted UP & UABI... and COOL! Hugs, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much again Maria. I honestly find myself humbled by all your kindness here and again it is very much appreciated. Hugs again back at you too, Janine.

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      jagerfoods 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      I met my wife on a little .com place called MySpace. When people ask how we met a get a little nervous telling the story. Reading similar incidents like yours only re-enforces that happiness can be found via the internet.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Jagerfoods, I too back in the day was a little nervous sharing how we met, but it does seem more the norm nowadays and am only too happy to share with others how we did meet to give hope to those still looking and also let others who have met the same (like you and your wife) way know they aren't alone. Thank you for stopping by and commenting too. Totally appreciated!!!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Very nice story! I always love a happy ending!

      Sharing this one to my followers.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beingwell, thank you so much for kind words here and for stopping by. I totally appreciate the share!!!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Congratulations Janine! Your story brings hope and inspiration for those who are still searching or do not believe in on-line dating just yet. Way to go!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Carly. I literally just saw this, because I was busy writing the next chapter in my pregnancy journal series. I really appreciate your kindness here and am so honored right now!!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Congratulations on the HubNuggets Accolade! This is a beautiful story and it's very captivating. I love hearing about how people have met. Wonderful! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Made thank you so much for the congrats on here and so appreciate you stopping by and your kind words too. I too love the story of how people meet their significant others. I remember as a child being captivated by the story of how my grandparents and then parents met too.

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      Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

      I met my hubby on Match.com, too!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Jenna for stopping by and so happy to hear you too were a success story on Match.com!!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      What a sweet story. My brother met his fiancée there, too. Congrats on your Hubnugget award!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Deborah, so happy to hear that your brother met his fiancé on Match.com too. Thank you for your comment and congrats here too.

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      Ann810 4 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Janine, congratulations on meeting a cool guy, hope it continues to go well with you two's relationship. Peace.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank yo so much for your comment and kind words Ann. Very much appreciated.

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      rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

      It's so nice to read about your experience. It sounds like you knew exactly what you wanted and expected to find him! It's beautiful to see your photos with your family. So sweet! Best to you and Kevin.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      RebekahELLE, thank you so much for your beautiful comments on my article. I do agree that by this time in my life I did know what I was and wasn't looking for and was so pleasantly surprised when I met Kevin and he was the one. I very much appreciate your kindness here and thank you again.

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Congratulations! I am very happy for you all. Your story shows that women can take relationship and dating matters into their own hands to find what they want. Good on you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Claudia. My grandmother was a true woman's lib advocate and very much before her time and taught me well I suppose. But I honestly felt by this point in my life that I knew what I wanted and was looking for so I always believe that that truly did help me in my search, but I am sure a bit of luck and fate also won out here too. Thanks again for your kind words here and it is very appreciated.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a beautiful story Janine! I love the photos you included along with your words too. Congrats on the HubNuggets inclusion - Woot Woot! You go girl :)

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Congrats- I'm glad you had a happy ending! I also met my boyfriend online. We have been together for almost five years now- I just hope that we eventually get married!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Christy, thanks for the Woot, Woot!! Loved that!! Seriously thank you for your kind words here and for the congrats, it means the world to me.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Jenzie, I hope you too get your happy ending and get married too. Believe me when I think back on it, I am still kind of in shock that it all happened this way and how truly blessed and fortunate I am to have met and married my husband this way. Thank you again for stopping by and for your comments, it is very much appreciated!!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Janine this is really awesome! I keep telling people that Online Dating is no joke and that people can truly find love online. It's difficult and frustrating but there are people out there with similar stories. I am so happy for you!! :) I've tried the online thing too, though it failed the first time. I guess maybe one day if I muster up the energy, I'll go back. This was definitely a motivation to seek love using online avenues. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      CrazedNovelist, thank you so much for the comment. I totally agree with you that online can work and our story is one of many success stories I have heard about. That said I do hope you will try again and thatbyounmeet that special person very soon. Thanks again!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow this is the most awesome hub. I am so glad you found somebody and you married him on my birthday.. How awesome is that?

      I love this hub

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Deborah, we actually chose July 8 for our wedding day, because that was the date that I first wrote my husband on Match.com. But very nice coincedence that it is your birthday and honored to share the day with you :). Seriously, thank you for your kind words about my article and for sharing too!!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This was amazing, your story, your photos everything! voted up and tweeted! nell

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so much Nell for your kind words about my story and photos too. Also very much appreciate votes and tweet too :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I know I've read this before and I could have sworn I commented, but I don't see it. Well here I am again and just like when I read it this time I think it's a beautiful story and earned it's nugget:)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Linda, I could have sworn you did comment before, but thank you so much for reading my hub article again and for your beautiful words and comment. I very much appreciate it Linda :)

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      I loved your story. I would not be surprised to see your story on a Match.com commercial.....thanks for showing us a behind the scenes look at your relationship....six years and still going strong....awesome awesome awesome.

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      Oh Janine what a wonderful story and I am such a sucker for these happy ever after endings.

      You make a lovely couple and your daughters are truly beautiful ; I am so glad I came back onto HubPages and I am even more so now or I wouldn't have read this heart lifting story of yours.

      Enjoy your life together and appreciate each other.

      I was married to an abusive alcoholic for 26 years and found the courage to leave vowing never to have a relationship again ever;however never is a long time and six years ago I met my partner and he is the best thing that has happened to me ;and I vow to never take him for granted .Thanks for sharing this lovely story and I now look forward to reading many more of yours too.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you Bruce for your lovely words here. I am still amazed that we were indeed one of the success stories after all this time. I am truly blessed though and for that I am just grateful!! Thank you again :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Eddy, first off thank you so much for your very kind and detailed comment. Very happy and glad that you are indeed back on Hubpages. Also, I too was in a serious (not married though) relationship with an alcoholic before meeting my wonderful husband and can totally relate to what you were saying about that. And I can totally agree never is a long time and very happy to hear that you met your now partner and you too are in a loving, wonderful relationship. Thank you again for your kindness and for your support too :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is one of the best love stories I have read on HubPages! Nice to know that you met your true Prince Charming and found your happily ever after! Your wedding photo is lovely - you and your husband made a wonderful couple and your little girls are very cute! Wishes both of you a lifetime of eternal happiness and togetherness! Congrats on the much-deserved hubnugget! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome, Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ishwaryaa22, thank you so much for all your kind and considerate words here. I was so very happy to share my story with the hubpages community and thank you again for sharing on here, socially and all the votes too!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      What a lovely story! I always wondered how the matchmaking sites on the internet worked out, and it's nice to know that some true love matches blossom through them. Your story is so well-told and interesting, and I'm a sucker for happy endings! Voted up!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Stephanie, I too was skeptical with how these sites worked especially back during the this time, because it wasn't as popular back then as it is nowadays. But I am ever so thankful that it was a great experience and gave me my wonderful husband and two kids too!! Thank you for your lovely words here and for the votes too!!

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      Veronica Roberts 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      You should write a book from this! Seriously! :)

      I hope that you don't mind, but I'd like to put a link to this hub from my own "success story" hub.

      Your family is beautiful!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Veronica, I would be more than happy for you to use this as a link and will include your success story as a link too. Thank you so much ofr your compliment on this my article, I honestly do appreciate it very much :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Congrats on your success, Janine. I've heard other Match.com horror stories, but perhaps they were not as specific with their search as you were. Beautiful photos and beautiful family...rated up/U/I

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Denise, thank you so much for your kind words here. I know of others too who have had success on Match.com, but others who haven't. I do agree that I think made my situation a success was being so very specific as to what I was truly looking for. Thank you also for voting this one up too!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Janine, this is a beautiful story. And I'm happy you found the love of your life. Your daughters are so cute and its wonderful to see a very happy family. I wish you the best for ever.

      Voted up & beautiful.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Rajan Jolly, thank you so much for your kind words here. I honestly do appreciate it and thank you for your wishes and votes too :)

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your love story with us. I am glad that you were able to find the love of your life, and it is good to know that it is possible to do so online. Voted up.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Millionaire Tips, I was very happy to share this story with all on Hubpages, including you and was very humbled by all the lovely comments I have gotten on my article. I was so very lucky to meet and marry my Kevin, as well as have my 2 beautiful little girls for that I am truly thankful and feel blessed too! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and votes too!!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      I found my hubby on match too...within the first 3 weeks of being on the site. FATE!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sue, glad you too met your husband on Match.com and agree about it being fate. Some things are just meant to be. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      This beautiful modern fairy tale gave me a little tear in my eyes. What a beautiful beginning to a beautiful life. I'm glad you guys found each other. One of the best heartwarming tales I've heard in a while. You both are very blessed. Here's a toast to the wonderful family! up/shared...

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Docmo, I can't thank you enough for your thoughtful and lovely words here on our love story. I honestly feel so blessed that Kevin and I did indeed find each other and made a life and family together too. Thank you also for your toast, votes and share too!!

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      Renee 4 years ago

      Yours is a true Match.com success story. Congratulations and thank you for sharing. One thing that makes me so happy is to read the fact that you did not give up but rather looked up the profiles yourself and sent him a very sweet message. That should be a lesson to us all...again congrats and I can see you have a very happy family. Voted up, shared, pinned and tweeted.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Marie-Renee, thank you for your kind words on my Match.com success story and for your votes, share, pin and tweet. I honestly appreciate your sincere and thoughtful post!

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is a very inspiring story. I've been out with at least 10 guys this year... maybe more like 15... OK, maybe more. It is sad. It is tough out there, but it is good to know you had success approaching someone. In the past, I've found the guys I approach usually don't work out. For now, my friends are calling me an "online dating player" because I am dating 3 guys at once at any given time. I might be added a 4th to my list. One of these days, it is going to work out for me! Thanks for sharing your story!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Jeannie, one of my best friends is also on Match.com and is having a similar experience as you are. I live vicariously through some of exploits :). But seriously glad to share my success story and give others hope that it is isn't impossible to meet someone worthwhile online. Thank you for sharing your experience here and for also sharing mt article. I do appreciate it greatly!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Congrats on this happiness. :) I'm so glad you had a positive Match.com experience. I've only heard a couple not-so-great stories about Match.com, but my sis-in-law met a guy on there earlier this summer and they're totally in love. :D She's middle-aged and he's middle aged, too, which just goes to show that it doesn't matter how old you are, just that you have something in common, plus the attraction. Another friend of mine that I used to teach with is engaged to get married after meeting her guy on Match.com. That is so cool that I'm hearing so many awesome stories. :)

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      That's awesome! Thanks for sharing the success story...

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Wow, Janine! Your story kept me hooked until the end - it is beautiful, and a match made in heaven by the sounds of it. I too, met my husband online (in a chat room of all places!) and I can definitely relate to your story! Loved it - thank you for sharing it with us! Voted up, beautiful - interesting - awesome! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Cclitgirl, I can tell you back when we met there quite a few horror stories shared about Match.com and online dating in general, but I do think now it has become a bit more mainstreamed now. I am so happy though for your sister-in-law that she met someone and fell in love, as well as your friend too. Online dating success stories are out there and do exist and love hearing about these other success stories too. Thank you for sharing them with me :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Anamika, thank you also for stopping by and your lovely comment :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Melanie, thank you for sharing how you met your husband in a chat room online. I honestly love hearing how others met and fell in love too. I think it is the romantic in me! Thank you though for your kind words on our love story, it is so very appreciated. And thank you too for the votes :)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I loved your honest journey with online dating and couldn't wait to find out the outcome. So happy you had success with match.com and that you waited for the right guy to come along. My sister met her husband online and they are very happy.Voting up and sharing!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Congratulations to you, Kevin and your lovely little daughters for the happiness you found by chancing an online "match" and your eventual marriage.

      I believe online dating services are often successful because it's more difficult in our busy, mobile society to meet compatible people. You were wise to write exactly what you were looking for in a mate and to be yourself. Honesty and forthrightness are essential when getting to know a potential mate, whether through an online dating source or meeting in some other manner.

      Lovely romantic story, and thanks for sharing it on HP.

      Jaye

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      Beautiful hub that I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. Very nice to hear about how you and Kevin came together in life. Very happy to see your family photo. Lovely, as I always say on most of your hubs. God Bless you all and wish you many years of happiness with your family.

      Cheers, Rema

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Healthyylife2, thank you for sharing that your sister met her husband indeed online and so glad that they too are so happy. Thank you also for your kind words, votes and share too!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      JayeWisdom, I very much agree in needing to be yourself when searching online for a potential mate and so very true that is an easier and more convenient way to meet others this way, because of the busy hectic schedules held by many nowadays. Thank you for your lovely comment, and share too :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Rema, thank you so much for your kind words on my hub article discussing how I met Kevin. I do so very much appreciate your continued support and kindness too. As always thank you so very much :)

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      This is a sweet love story and you've gotten a beautiful family out of it. Congrats! : )

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Ryem, it is so very much appreciated!!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a wonderful story with a sweet ongoing ending. We know an older couple that met in the same manner. Online dating did not exist when I was dating many decades ago... but if people are honest in describing themselves and what they truly want out of life, it seems to me that this is an avenue worth exploring. You are living proof that it can work! Up votes and sharing! BTW...you have a beautiful family!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Peggy, thank you for sharing about the older couple you know meeting like this too and just so happy to hear that others too have found happiness and success this way too. I understand about this way of meeting being a newer thing, but do agree with you that if the two people are honest and put out there what they are looking for from the beginning then it really is a wonderful way to meet that special someone. Thank you for you comments about my article and family, as well as the votes and share too :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Janine, this happened to my officemate too! she's a filipina and the guy (american) came to Phils to visit her. I think she really loved the guy. they were married here and i guess, it was a success story for both of them too!

      that was lovely story.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Myz, very happy to hear about your officemate how she too found love over the Internet. I mean it when I say I love hearing the success stories of others and thank you for sharing their story here with us :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Hi Janine I just wanted to let you know that I am sharing this one on my facebook page

      http://www.facebook.com/EveryoneHasADream

      I have changed direction with this page and I am now sharing all inspirational reads onto it in any genre.So this one had to be a cert.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I can't say thank you enough to you for your constant kindness and support. Also, truly so kind of you to share this on your own Facebook page :) Hope you too are enjoying your day!!

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      What a heart warming story! I was intrigued by the title of this hub because one of my friends has been with match.com for a while but as yet hasn't met her match! You certainly have so I will send her the link to your hub.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Yvonne, thank you so very much and glad that you enjoyed my true life success story. Also hope your friend finds hers soon too and thank you for sharing this one with her too :)

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      DR 4 years ago from MA

      Thank you for sharing your story Janine.

      I also met my husband on Match but it was a bit of luck. He was in Scotland and I was in USA and neither looking for long distance. We met online 2007, met in person Scotland 2008,wed in Skye 2009 and he moved to USA. We now live in MA and have a place in Maine as well which reminds him of home. We travel a lot and go back to UK as often as possible. We may not have met any other way and he is my soulmate, my best friend and the love of my life. BTW we both had prior bad experiences with online dating but you can meet jerks in real life too. The plus with Match was we really got to know a lot about each other by chatting, emailing etc for months before we met. Best of luck to anyone considering it.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      DavidsRsgirl, I am so happy to hear that you too have found your soul mate in your husband on Match.com. Thanks you so very much fro sharing your story here and again so happy to hear :)

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Great story, I am very happy for you. Match worked for me too. Two years later we are still together and very much in love.

      I did run into a scam artist from Nigeria though. He had a fake profile picture. It didn't take me long to figure this out, but that is something to watch for. Any guy that has a tragic story(wife abondoned him and his daughter or wife was killed in a tragic car accident, etc) and lives temporarily in some far off country, is your first clue. Also they come on very strong and will write a love letter professing undying love for you, even though you never met.

      The scam is too eventually ask for you to wire them money for some reason or another.

      Nothing to be scared of, they are easy to spot.

      They are mostly ligitimate guys on Match, and it's a great way to find your soul mate. I highly recommend it.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Cathy, thank you for sharing your story here and thankfully I never did experience any of the scams on Match that you spoke about, but have sold on Craiglist and had run into scams like that. Just like what you mentioned easy to spot and thankfully I wasn't taken in. So happy though that you too had success from Match.com and just like you would highly recommend the site. Thanks again :)

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I love a good story with a happy ending! Yours was indeed that, but with no ending in site! Your pics of your family are beautiful, priceless treasures!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Audra, thank you so very much and truly just so happy to share my story and pictures here, too :) :)

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I love stories like this! Wow I can't believe it. I met my husband on a blind date my senior year in high school and we have been together ever since, with a two year break to date others during college ha ha. What a great story. Thanks for sharing! Kelley

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much for sharing how you met your husband and glad to share how I met my husband here, too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you for reading and your lovely comment DDE. My pleasure to share!!

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      Alexa B 4 years ago from SC, USA

      What a wonderful love story!! I love it!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so much Alexa!! :) :)

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      mares97 4 years ago

      I have just started dating a guy I met on match.com. I am keeping the faith that "the one" is out there..maybe this is him. If this was how we were meant to meet, I'm learning to be more okay with that as each day passes.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so very much for sharing and hope that this is the man for you, too!!

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      mares97 4 years ago

      Thanks Janine....me too.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh you welcome and keep me posted. I love a good love story!! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome!! A heart warming and passionate real life story. Am so happy you found Mr.Right. Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!! Voted up and away.

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      People do meet in various ways and online dating is one of them. This is a beautiful true story that you have shared.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Vellur and very happy to share our story here for all!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank yo Nyamacha and couldn't agree more with the various ways people to meet. Happy to share and thanks again!!

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      Oh, my, this is such a beautiful happy ever after. I never trust the adverts about Match.com on the TV. I will def. not be so cynical from now on. It can work and you truly look a wonderfully happy family. Gorgeous children by the way..

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Leslie and trust me I was so very cynical and never thought I would get my happily ever after this way. But I did, so you just never know!! :)

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This is really a wonderful story and shows that there is hope with online dating. You are right that many people don't read profiles. I had the experience where I stated what I was looking for and those who responded clearly did not read it. Your method of doing the browsing yourself is definitely the answer. It's great that you found the right one for you. It's obvious from what transpired that Kevin is a very decent person and is also your sole mate. Congratulations!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so very much Glenn for your kind words and am glad that it isn't just me who had the experience that not all actually take the time to read through profiles to see what the other person is indeed looking for and also not looking for. I was truly blessed in finding my husband and seriously so very happy to share that here. I wish you tons of luck and true success on your quest, too!! :)

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      Richard Bivins 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Great story. I've been with my Match catch for over 7 months now but only after I discovered how to write a profile that wasn't exactly like every other profile out there. It's looking like there will be a happily ever after. And to think, I almost gave up.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Yay, Richard and so happy to hear that. I think it is when we think it won't happen that it does. Almost like Murphy's Law. At least that seems to be the way it happened for me and sounds like for you. Congrats and wish you only the best!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I loved your story! It's inspirational. This shows that it can happen and I'm happy for you, really am. I had similar issues, but eventually found the love of my life, but I tried online for a few years. This was when the internet was much younger and we only had chat. Cool hub, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, beautiful, and shared.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much for your kind words here and am so glad you too found the love of your life online, too!!

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      Pro-Hubber 3 years ago from Florida

      wow.. what a wonderful story. thank you for sharing

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much fro reading Pr-Hubber and your kind words, too!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful work, Janine!

      I met my beloved wife of 18 years on a blind date both of us were talked into and both dreaded. But by the time the date was over, I knew she was perfect, and she told me later that she fell in love the same night.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Will, thank you so much and so happy to also hear how you and your wife met. Sounds like it was totally in the stars and meant to be!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Wanted to come back and say this story is awesome. :)

      I love that you two met and had the fairy tale. :D

      I hope you have a great week.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Cyndi. Totally made my day when I just checked into Hubpages today and saw your smiling face back at me. Hope you too are enjoying your week now! :)

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      gloria 3 years ago

      You are refreshingly humble. You are beautiful and found a handsome man and have darling children. Two of my four children found their true loves on match.com. I'm all for this new avenue for people to meet. Have a wonderful life.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Gloria for all your kind words here and just seriously was so happy to share my story with all on Hubpages. Wishing you a wonderful day now, too!

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Love comes from the most unexpected places, as the song draws me to be inspired by your hub.

      Thanks for sharing your love story. :)

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      My pleasure for sharing and so glad you enjoyed!

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I met my wonderful boyfriend on Match and I couldn't be more thankful! I had done online dating before but I told myself I was going to wait awhile to use it again (I had met my ex on Match and I had a bad taste in my mouth from that). Well, I caved and signed up again and wasn't sure what to expect. In all honesty, I typically don't write guys but I couldn't help but message Eric. I'm so glad that I did because he has truly been a dream come true for me :-)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I absolutely loved hearing that the second time out for you was a happy one and successful, too. I am so with you on that I am so very glad and thankful that I did write and contact my now husband, too. Congrats and thank you so much for sharing with me today!

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      Chris@TheMomCafe.com 2 years ago

      Oh Janine!!! What a beautiful story!!! I love that you were "hooked" immediately and you guys stayed on the beach all night talking on the first date!! SO amazingly perfect- you two!!

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Chris for reading my story here today. I can honestly say it was one of the best first dates I ever had and we still remember it fondly after all these years. Hugs to you!

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Stay Blessed, Satisfied and Happy !!

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much!!!

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