We met online in spring of 2008 when I was studying in Paris. I went to meet him in person in June 2008 and have been back to visit him in Morocco 3 times since my first visit (only because I haven't had the money to go more often than that and I'm not quite to the point where it's feasible for me to go there permanently). In any case, we fell in love and started trying to find a way to be together. We started with the DV Lottery Visa application (1. to prove to my very southern and skeptical family that he wasn't with me for a visa, and 2. because it was the less expensive option at the time). Though his number was selected, he was denied the visa. So then we've been saving money and building a case for the K-1 visa since then. Just before my most recent trip (end of Nov. through beginning of Dec. 2011) I hired an immigration attorney. We're just waiting on notarized affidavits from friends and family to come in by mail before filing our I-129... which we'll do before the end of this month! Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel!