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:   Canada
He's From:     Australia

On December 11th, 1999, I met the man I now know that I will love forever!

We both had not much luck in love in the past but when we met, we both found what we were looking for.

  Katherine and Andy at their first meeting
  In early September of 1999, Andy was bored and just did a quick search on ICQ for someone with similar interests. He came across my name and decided to message me saying "hello". I usually ignore messages from people I don't know but I just had this feeling to respond and I did. We hit it off right away and a great friendship slowly began to flourish. We would chat endlessly for hours, exchanged pictures, wrote lengthy emails on a regular basis and even wrote poems to each other. Eventually it moved on to the phone and let's just say that our phone bills were enormous!  

He sent me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers for my birthday and talked to me on the phone all night. I was feeling sick that day and had to stay home but it turned out to be a great birthday because of our long talk.






From the very beginning, he made me feel so special.  We both were starting to feel strong feelings for each other. We have so much in common that it's almost hard to believe sometimes. He is the sweetest, most trustworthy, caring, loving and romantic person I have ever known!  The only unfortunate part of our love story is that I live in Canada and he lives in Australia. One day we started talking about meeting each other and within a couple of weeks Andy had bought his plane ticket and was on his way to meet me!! It was the most anxious and exciting time! We couldn't wait to see each other.

At the airport, I realized that I had been standing at the wrong exit. When I finally got to the right exit, there he was with a stuffed koala bear (he's so sweet!) for me and he gave me a huge hug! It was such a relief to finally get to this point! Because I was so positive of how I felt that first day we met, I gave him a silver heart shaped photo album with the words engraved "I love you Andy. Always, Katherine". That first day we spent together was so amazing. Right from the start, we just blended together like we were somehow made for each other. I know that I have found my soulmate.  It was unforgettable to spend Christmas and New Year's together. Before he left, he bought me a beautiful ring to show me just how committed he is to me.  It was 6 weeks of pure bliss!     

Our song is "I Knew I Loved You" by the Australian group, Savage Garden. Before we met, he had heard that song one day on the radio and thought of me right away. That same day, I had heard that song on the radio too and thought of him right away. One of us had brought it up that night so it was clear to us that it was our song from that point on! It's was very special to finally hear it together in real life!! 

Saying goodbye was one of the most difficult things for me. I didn't want to see him go but I knew that there was nothing I could do about that. Several months have passed since then and we feel even stronger about each other. The distance can be really hard sometimes. I miss him with all my heart but we have a connection between us that helps us get through this time. If we can get through this, I believe we'll be able to get through anything else that the future holds in store for us.

Despite the distance, our hearts still belong to each other. In some ways, the distance is good for us because our relationship has reached a greater level of trust and openness. He is my best friend and I trust him more than I have ever imagined I could trust someone. We have vowed to share our thoughts and feelings with each other about everything, and we do this all the time without fail. He knows more about me than anyone has ever known about me in my entire life. We also know that no one is perfect and we accept each other for who we are. I believe that you can only love perfectly when you love someone and their imperfections. All that and our constant communication and complete honesty with each other is what keeps things strong between the two of us. I love him more each day. We constantly write emails to each other, write snail mail, chat, and talk on the phone at least once a week for a few hours.  

We video conference too sometimes which is great because we can both still see each other. Actually, the first thing we both did was buy a web cam after he left! I work full-time for an IT company but Andy will be finishing his Industrial Design degree at Uni at the end of this year. In December 2000 I made plans to vacation in Australia for a few weeks. I will be spending almost 2 weeks in Canberra and one week in Sydney where I'll be meeting his family for the first time (I'll be spending Christmas with them). I am counting down the days! Then, in early 2001, he will be coming here to Toronto, to live with me and work here for 1 year (Working Holiday VISA).  I realize that some people may think this all seems too quick but that has never crossed my mind. We just know that we were perfect for each other from day one. I can't wait to start spending my life with the person I love with all my heart and soul. I always look forward to his voice, his smile, his affection and comfort, and his company.  

He makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world and that is because he is the most special person I have ever known. I never knew that there was such a thing as true love, until I met my baby. Our love could never be faded! I am completely devoted to him. One day I am going to marry my Andy!