The computer dating algorithm wouldn’t give up

You can cite love and heavenly intervention, but you'd better also credit a dating site that wouldn't take "no" for an answer.

"If there’s one thing Cari and Jason O’Dell have learned from their relationship," writes Michelle Kuester in the Sioux City Journal, "it’s that true love is worth the wait."

The pair met online in 2011, when Cari was in her mid-30s and living in Sioux City, Iowa, and Jason was nearing 40 and living an hour away across the state line in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“We actually met and then we lost contact,” recalls Jason.

“It just wasn’t meant to be yet,” adds Cari. The distance made it difficult to keep a relationship going.

"However," writes Kuester, "fate, or perhaps a complicated logarithm, kept suggesting Cari as a match on Jason’s dating profile over the next year."

Every time that Jason signed on, looking for a new love interest, the dating site put Cari on his screen.

Even when he cleared everything, there she was again the next time.

Seeing this as a sign, Jason called her again.

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Cari eventually called Jason back, which led to a visit that changed everything. “She grew on me,” says Jason. “I couldn’t ask for anything better in the world.”

A year later, the couple went to Branson, Missouri, for a romantic getaway.

Cari remembers well what happened next. In her room, "he was there on one knee,” said Cari. “I actually thought he fell."

"Are you OK?" she asked.

He responded that there was only one thing that would make the world and everything in it OK -- if she would marry him.

Love wouldn't give up.

Thanks in part to a stubborn computer dating program.