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Richard and Yuliya

Together Since October 2009

After an afternoon of kayaking on Lake Zorinsky with my tween children, I stopped by Baby Blue Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Legacy shopping area.  Sitting on the counter at the check out was a postcard for Omaha Love Matchaking.  My 12 year old daughter said “Dad, this is what you need”.  I had been on several unsuccessful dates from Omaha dating websites since my divorce almost two years previously and my perceptive daughter put the postcard in my hand.                          

When I walked in, I was asked to take a seat and wait for Courtney.  While I was waiting a tall, blonde walked past me on the way out.  My meeting with Courtney was all about being honest.  She said that she wouldn’t be judgmental and the more honest I could be the easier her job would be.  I felt bad about telling her exactly what sort of person I was looking for because I thought I might appear picky or even shallow.  Courtney didn’t bat an eye as I gave her my “wish list”.                            

It wasn’t until after a few “dates” that I met Yuliya.  We met for drinks at Roja Bar and Restaurant, not far from where my daughter found the postcard.  Yuliya was the tall blonde from the office.  The date went well and after Omaha Love set up a future date for us, we felt happy to make dates on our own.                        
Today Yuliya and I are engaged!  We have many things in common and my children think she is just wonderful.  Separately, in the past, we have both said, “Thank you Omaha Love!” when referring to the fortune of finding each other.  A New Zealander and a Russian, who would have thought we could ever meet in Omaha, Nebraska?!  There you go… that is my Omaha Love Story. 


 I met with Courtney and she asked me many questions about what sort of man I was looking for.  I told her what I liked and then on my way out I passed a man sitting, waiting for his appointment.  He didn’t really catch my eye but I was in a hurry.  I have always had a fascination with New Zealand and Australia and so I was quite surprised when Ally called me to say that she had a New Zealand guy to go on a date with. I have a busy work schedule and I didn’t have time to make many of the dates that they set up for me but finally I had some time before work and I met Richard at Roja.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the “date” because I really haven’t had much luck meeting nice guys in Omaha.  My son said that he thought I should go.  Richard immediately made me feel comfortable. 

After several dates, our relationship was getting stronger and stronger. Today we enjoy a lot of time together and who knows what the future holds.  We both have many things in common, not the least of which, we both come from different cultures to the one in which we live.  Just the other day, I was texting Richard “Thank you Omaha Love” and truly Alison and Courtney have done a wonderful job for us both in finding not only someone compatible that we can share time with, but also love.


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