A Match Made in Heaven

Jonathan & Ashley

I found love on Match.com, but first let me back up and start from the beginning.

After going through a rough divorce, I decided to start over in my hometown of Nacogdoches and tried to find a new normal in my life in 2013. I got a job working graveyard at a nursing home at the time.

After three months of living in Nacogdoches, out of the blue I remembered my dad mentioning years ago, before I got married the first time, to try eHarmony or another online dating. I thought, “Why not? I’ll give it a shot.”

So I signed up for Match.com and completed my online profile, answered all of the questions and within an hour I saw a picture of a man named Jonathan from Louisiana. I read his profile, and he was younger than me. I had promised myself I wouldn’t date a younger man again, but I didn’t expect this to be a sure thing.

I hit the wink button on the site. A few hours later I received a message from him. At first I was thinking this wouldn’t ever go anywhere because I was skeptical about the whole online dating thing. I was wrong. We started talking, and we really hit it off.

After a few weeks of talking, Jonathan told me he was going to be in Houston to do a craw-fish boil contest with his family. I just happened to be riding with my friend to drop off other friends at the airport in Houston. It was fate.

Jonathan & Ashley on their wedding day.

I wasn’t really keen on meeting him alone, so my friend and I decided to go meet him. It was, I kid you not, love at first sight for me. I knew right then and there that I would be in this for the long haul.

After our second date he asked me to move in with him. He proposed to me on the fourth date, and that was just the beginning of our amazing life together.

Once I moved in and got settled down, we had many adventures together. He took me to Galveston; he showed me all the plantations in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He even pulled over on the side of the road to pick me a piece of cotton because I’d never seen one up close. He would light a fire in our fireplace before he would leave for work so I wasn’t cold when I got up in the mornings. He worked at a car shop and was always making me things and bringing them home. He was always doing little things that made me fall deeper in love with him.

Jonathan and I became husband and wife on Sept. 5, 2015. When I walked down the aisle and saw him standing there smiling and looking at me like I took his breath away, I felt so lucky to have him in my life.

Today, we struggle like every other married couple. We have fights, but we work through them, and at the end of the day we love each other. We are each other’s better halves. Everything I’m not, he is and everything he’s not, I am.

He is my match made in heaven. Well, at least on Match.com.

Jonathan & Ashley and their blended family.