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Digital dating: Here's a happy ending

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Kaleb George and Helen Lawrence have marriage plans. (KTEN) Kaleb George and Helen Lawrence have marriage plans. (KTEN)
Helen Lawrence and Kaleb George keep a scrapbook of their first dates. (KTEN) Helen Lawrence and Kaleb George keep a scrapbook of their first dates. (KTEN)
Kaleb George and Helen Lawrence met for the first time in Romania. (Courtesy) Kaleb George and Helen Lawrence met for the first time in Romania. (Courtesy)

DENISON, Texas -- During this week when we celebrate love, we can't help but think about the millions of people online using a seemingly infinite number of dating apps looking for love, hookups, dates, a relationship, marriage.

There have been plenty of bad experiences in the digital dating world, but some good ones, too.

"I think I was on there for maybe all of four months when I got his message," said Helen Lawrence.

Was it chance? Fate? Emotional elbow grease? Perhaps an elixir of them all?

Lawrence hit it off right away with another newbie to online dating, Kaleb George.

"When she wrote back a couple of days later, 'Hmm. This is a person I want to get to know,'" he said.

At the time of their first digital date, Lawrence was in Romania; George was 6,043 miles away in North Texas.

Their online "dates" continued with talks that other Internet suitors might have found too personal.

"After a couple months of talking with her on-line, having video chats and Skype dates, I was at the point where I wanted to meet this woman," George said.

"He surprised me!" Lawrence said. "We hadn't been talking very long, and he's like, 'Umm, actually I'm going to look into tickets to come to Romania.' I'm like, 'Whoa!' I figured when he looks into the prices, he'd back out. Then I got a message, he said, 'So I found my ticket. I'm coming.'"

In their scrapbook, they've kept the airline ticket and pictures of them together in Romania.

Now that she's back in the States, these two people who met online so many miles away are preparing to take the next step.

"We're getting married May 5th," George said. 

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