Donald Skalitzki (San Diego,
and Zhanna Bukina (Arlington, VA)
Married October 16, 2000
Love Story By Zhanna and Don Skalitzki
They both lived in the US when they met. Zhanna joined EI in September
1999. Don became a member in two months after her. He was on the Pacific
Ocean, while she was on the Atlantic. She might as well have lived in
Russia: the distance between them would have been similar.
Natasha Spivack gave Zhanna's email address to Don.So, they emailed
first. That is when they learned about each other's basic values and
life principles. After their first telephone conversation he sent her
flowers! She was ecstatic - flowers are any girl's weakness. For Christmas
he sent her small but thoughtful gifts; he also sent some gifts for
her best friend's new baby (soon-to-be Zhanna's Godson). She was delighted
with his gentle care about her and the people she loved.
Then in January 2000, he came to visit her. She showed him around the
city, which had been her home for almost 5 years. They greatly enjoyed
each other's company. They strolled on the streets and talked... They
drank hot chocolate and caramel apple cider and talked... They held
hands and talked...
He flew to visit her again in February. Then, she went to see him in
March. Again, he was visiting her in May. In June, they met halfway
in Kansas. In July, he came to see her twice! They went on vacation
together. In August, his friend was getting married in Kansas - they
met there again. In September, Zhanna flew to see Don...
In between the visits, they were missing each other more and more. They
emailed and phoned each other every day. She was also sending him letters
in the mail. Meanwhile, her co-workers thought she was dating a florist,
although he was a chemist. Soon, they both felt the time was coming
to change the situation!
On Zhanna's latest visit he surprised her with the most romantic proposal
to marry him! On a sailboat under the stars she said "Yes"!
To celebrate their decision the next day, Don surprised her again -
he book her on a hot-air balloon ride to watch the sunset over the ocean.
They are now making plans for the nearest and long-term future together.
Natasha, we both thank you for establishing Encounters International.
We thank you for being there for people looking to meet that one special
person. We thank you for your sincerity in your desire to help people.
We thank you for the opportunity you gave us and for your guidance and
Don and Zhanna. October, 2000