met christmas eve online, just after Gretchen's 19th birthday. We talked for a long time. Continuing to tlak and chat online everyday. After a week, her dad met me online, and blessed us to date. New year's day, we started talking about how serious each other was. That weekend, I made plans to go see her in the philippines for Valentine's day. We arranged for her to get her passport before I got there. We talked about marriage when I was there, but I had planned the trip to be too short. We continued talking until the day I left to see her. The very first night, I was there we were engaged. We started planning the engagement party, and the next Friday we had the engagement party. As soon as I got back, I filed the paperwork. I had already filled out all of the paperwork before leaving, and had taken everything with me. She only had to sign her portion of the paperwork while we were there. We continue to talk daily. I am so thankful for IM and skype. When I was there, I was so happy. It was wonderful. Now being back home, I miss her more. But we are only apart physically. Gretchen is always with me as I am with her.