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Time was, if you met your mate online, you developed a cover story: If anyone asked, you'd say you met in a bar or at kayaking lessons. Whether it's the fact that many of us already conduct so much of our personal and business lives online, or the proliferation of online dating sites touting their successful matches, it's perfectly acceptable to say, with pride, that you met the love of your life with your fingers on a keyboard, not wrapped around a cocktail at a singles event.Here, five women who found their mate (or were found) online, and went from email to walking down the aisle: Anna & Sam Abma, Wycoff, New Jersey A divorced mother, Anna, 46, looked into the future and saw a time when her kids wouldn't need her around quite as much—and she'd end up alone.

Meanwhile, Frank, 41, a lifelong bachelor, had been online for a year on different match-up sites.

Within a few weeks, Tonya was matched with Frank, and they began exchanging emails, at least one a day for a few weeks.

"By the time we actually met, I felt like I knew him pretty well already—he was so expressive in his messages." Then they met—on a first date that lasted nine hours.

"We both came away from the date thinking the other was so serious," laughs Tonya.

"We talked about everything from religion to children to death." A second date was lighter in tone; the couple went go-karting.

Their main impression was that they couldn't believe the other actually existed, that it was like a dream they'd soon wake up from.

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