There are always exceptions to the rule
this is very true.
my personal experince didn't work, we tried and we were together for a long time when he moved, but things never worked out. love, respect, commitment, we had all that...but the daily life, the lunches, the dinners, going to the movies, doing simple things together, all was gone. the daily routine was gone, and that killed us.
But one of my friends is dating a guy who lives in Australia, they are together for quite a long time now and things seem to be fine. And even though i don't see myself dating a guy who lives on the other side of the world, i'd say it is possible, there are many cases to prove it.
Deb, that was a beautifull story.
Good luck to them.