Shana and Michael:
It all started last July. I was baby sitting my younger cousin Kristian while my aunt was out of town for the weekend. As it was getting late I put Kristian to bed and I began to watch TV... 
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She's From:   Australia
He's From:     USA

I decided one day when I was feeling a little bored, that I would go into and Australian Chat Room. I cannot recall who contacted who or even our "nicknames".


We added each other to our messenger service and from time to time we would chat when our time differences allowed it. We never arranged anything. I liked David and I always enjoyed our chats. I knew at the time he was in a relationship, but I had only ever considered him to be an online "buddy".

One day he logged in, he was extremely upset and needed someone to talk to, so I "listened", as I said I already liked him as a person. His relationship had broken up.







After that we chatted each day and I sent him e-mails just to make sure he was ok. After a few days, I suggested that he come here for a holiday and to have a break. He said he would try to. So I just started thinking about sorting out my spare room. At no stage had either one of us thought there was anything between us, other than friendship.

As the days went by and we chatted, we got to know one another a lot more and found out more about each other. We discovered out beliefs, our interests, our paths to the future were so similar. Our chats continued and then we started phoning each other, these calls were sometimes over 3 hours - we just had so much in common and so much to talk about. One day we talked for 7 hours!!!

As time went by, I thought i may have been developing feelings for David, but there was this inner voice that was saying "this can't be happening, as we haven't met" and yet the feelings were there. I never mentioned this to David. Then one day on messenger, he told me he thought he was falling in love with me. After a few days of digesting this, I told him I felt the same way. It is 3 months today that he told me that and we are now planning how we can be together. Neither of us is financially well off. So we are looking at ways to firstly meet and be together and then work out our long term plan, which is for me to move to the US, while his daughters are young and then eventually move back to Australia.

If anyone has suggestions on how we can raise the funds asap, please let us know. We want to be together so much and it is frustrating that we can't work out the financial situation to achieve this dream.