The first time Crissy, 32, talked to her husband, Mark, she knew this was the man she’d marry. “He was hysterically funny, and I loved his voice,” says Crissy, who’s currently expecting the couple’s fourth child (she has a son from a previous relationship, and Mark, a widower, has two sons). The couple met on eHarmony after a friend persuaded her to sign up, believing it was the best way for a busy single mom to meet a mate. But even though their early email matchup went smoothly, and they began dating quickly, their brand-new relationship was tested when Crissy’s dad became very ill. “I was much more emotionally needy than I would have been otherwise,” admits Crissy. But in a way, she says, her father’s illness made her approach to the relationship more stripped down. “I was like, ‘I don’t have time to play games.'” Mark was right there with her through the worst of it. “I met Mark in December 2007, we moved in together in February 2008, and my father died that March,” she says. They got married in November 2009.
Lesson learned: “Be open to the fact that you’ll meet people online whom you may not have given a second glance if you saw in a bar,” says Crissy. And enjoy the fact that you can explore each other’s personalities online before meeting in the flesh.