Thursday, February 28, 2013
DATING SERVICE STRUCK GOLD FOR COUPLE
Jeff Grace, president and CEO of NetEffect, an information technology company, was a busy man whose first marriage had ended eight years before.
“I was kind of frustrated,” he said. “I was 40 years old and really wanted to be happily married and have children.”
But time was running out, so he turned to dating services.
Two years and too many dates went by before he hooked up with It’s Just Lunch, a dating service that matches busy professionals. By the time December 2006 came around, he was still looking for the right woman.
About then, Dina, his future wife, turned to the same service. Her first “date” was with Jeff.
The moment Dina walked in the door, Jeff said his interest was piqued. Then they started talking.
“We hit it off immediately,” he said. “Dina’s very smart, so we connected on that level. She’s got a great sense of humor. Within the first five minutes, we were laughing and having a great time. She went back to It’s Just Lunch and said, ‘Wow. Show me more of those (kind of guys).”
They discovered they had similar interests, such as appreciating the outdoors and hiking.
Dina said she’d stipulated to It’s Just Lunch that she wanted to meet men who were smart and funny, with no kids and who were open-minded and spiritual. Jeff matched up perfectly, so perfectly that they could have spent all afternoon talking. But It’s Just Lunch has rules.
“They (require) a time limit, that your first date last no longer than 30 minutes,” she said. “I was kind of sad at that time limit. I could have talked to him a lot longer than that … our conversation just flowed.”
A couple of weeks later, on New Year’s Day, they had their first real date, taking to the trails of Red Rock Canyon. When Jeff’s nieces and nephews were in town, he watched Dina’s natural interaction with them. By February, they decided to date exclusively.
Dating, for them, was grabbing takeout Thai food and sitting and talking.
They were married in August 2008. Their daughter, Bailey, was born in August 2010. Son Haiden arrived in August 2012. He and Bailey share the same birthday.
Dina said meeting her husband on her first matchup was perfect because he was the cream of the crop.
“He had to kiss a lot of frogs,” Dina said. “I got lucky. I only had to kiss one frog.”
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