Rudi and I got to know each other through a mutual friend, the most difficult part of our relationship was that we lived six hours away from each other. Both of us have been through failed marriages. I was married for 15 years, have two sons that I have been raising on my own the past six years. Rudi has a 13 year old daughter who lives with her mother in Ottawa, he has been on his own for several years.
In the early stages of our friendship we began to email each other, and eventually started to talk to each other on the phone. We would spent hours talking to each other, and discovered how much we have in common. We were drawn to seeing each other face to face. So we arranged for that to happen. We met only briefly the first time.
After our first meeting we realized how much we were attracted to each other, not only physically, but on all levels. We began to see each other at least once a month - getting to know each other better, and slowly introducing him to my boys. We shared New Year's Eve together, how nice that was!! I met his family at his Grandmother's 90th Birthday. He came here for my niece's wedding and met my family. We took my boys on holiday together spending time at the lake. During this difficult time of living so far away from each other, I was surfing the net and found Loving Your Long Distance Relationship !! It was comforting for us to read stories about other couples going through the same the emotions we did.
The anticipation of seeing each other next time, and the hard part of saying good bye and leaving each other at the train station. I would read the stories for Rudi, and would share them over the computer with him. We both got web cams so we could feel closer to each other. YES there is a happy ending !! Eventually, we reached the stage in our relationship where we knew we wanted to be together long term. Rudi and I made the decision that he would move here to be with us. He moved in with my boys and I recently.
Thank you Stephen for having the wisdom to create a site for couples who are Loving their Long Distance Relationships. Many lonely nights (before Rudi moved here with us) I would find reassurance and inspiration in the stories I read