Some Lenten Matchmaking: SWM seeking love in Chicago

Today I saw a status update from a college friend. Instead of giving up candy or alcohol for Lent, she decided to do some matchmaking for her best guy friend. As a fellow matchmaker, I offered up my blog as a way for her to make her case for why you should date him.

He’s 31, went to a very good college (Go Big Blue!) and is ready for marriage and a family. Ladies, lets me honest, how often do we hear a man say that he’s ready for something serious? Here is why Renee thinks you should date JJ.

Meet my Friend: John (aka JJ)

First of all, I would like to thank Leah for so graciously donating part of her page to man’s (or woman’s) never ending quest for love. Blessings to you!

My friend John (JJ is what I know him as) is really the ideal guy. A hopeless romantic and loyal friend, he is definitely who you would want to hold hands with while wondering through life. He is very thoughtful and caring but can be quite headstrong at times.

But don’t let his argumentative side fool you — he’s a total pushover! He loves a heated debate and sometimes can let his passion get the best of him. That same passion flows through many aspects of his life, therefore any girl that has the opportunity to be with him is one lucky lady! My hope is that he finds a woman that appreciates him as much as he appreciates her.

JJ has had a rough run at love. He’s 31 and hasn’t dated a ton (because he spent some of his dating time being married). He longs to have that forever kind of love in his life and is looking for a partner and true companion. He has a dog (Charlie) and a cat or two, but nothing can compare to the feeling of having that special someone.

I have known JJ for over a decade. We went to undergrad together (no ladies we have never dated, etc) and I consider him to be one of my best friends. We have helped each other through life’s ups and downs and have always been able to turn to each other for advice, guidance, and support.

Shy by nature, but talkative once he gets to know you, JJ is one of my most cherished friends. He deserves the very best that life has to offer; I hope he can share that with you!

If you’re interested in learning more about JJ, please feel free to email me at

Thank you!


This is Leah again – how can you not be intrigued by a guy that has the guts to wear a tiara in his dating photo? Renee said it is one of the only photos of him where he isn’t covering his face, but I think it shows a sense of humor and being comfortable in his own skin. I don’t know JJ now, but we went to college together and I’m sure our paths crossed.

So… if you are looking for a nice Catholic man, ready for love, marriage and kids, in the Chicago-land area – write Renee a note. She’ll take the matchmaking on from here.

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