Beth was hoping to find a man who was spiritually mature. The 32-year-old from Kansas City had seen her friends find that special someone on CatholicMatch, so she signed up in the hopes that the same would work for her.
As the adventure-loving artist put herself out there, Ryan was also getting ready to join the site. In his case, the reason was simple—his mother kept after for him to join. “She said that marrying his dad was the best thing that ever happened to her,” Beth told CatholicMatch. “She wanted him to experience love.”
Ryan browsed the site as a free member when he spotted Beth’s profile. He lives in Lawrence, just a 45-minute drive across the Kansas/Missouri border, and when he saw her profile, he became a full member for the express intention of talking to her.
Both Ryan and Beth were ready to get “off-line” and into the real world to meet each other as soon as they connected. They did need to wait a week, due to work commitments. Each has travel responsibilities in their job—ironically, they’re both in the pharmaceutical field, one of many things they would prove to have in common.
“We met for nachos and a walk around Lawrence,” Beth recalled. “We instantly wanted to spend more time together.” The very next day they drove to see one of their favorite bands play an outdoor concert and danced, had fun and Beth found out that Ryan loves a good adventure as much as she does.
Over the past four months, they have continued to share adventures together, living what Beth terms an “outdoorsy” relationship, including kayaking, hiking and fishing on a recent vacation to Oregon.
“He is the most beautiful man I have ever met on every level,” Beth said enthusiastically. “We are so much in love and we both know we cannot wait to be together forever.” They will date for a year before making any engagement announcement, but each feel very confident about where this relationship is eventually going.
“We are both sure God meant for us to stumble upon each other eventually,” Beth said. “We are…humbled, and feel lucky…to have such a very awesome thing in our lives. Finally!”