Gill and I actually met in high school but we are not high school sweethearts. We both dated other people until the end of my senior year of high school. He was a junior and I overheard him talking to some of his friends about going for a run after school. I asked if I could join him and he was stunned but agreed for me to go. We went running and I found out that we would have the same summer job. We worked together that summer and ended up dating for 10 months. We broke up because we weren't ready for a serious relationship at that time. I know that it was because God had something better was in store for us in the future. We just had some growing up to do during that time. We dated others for a couple of years and started talking again at the beginning of January 2013. The feelings came back stronger than they ever had before. I know we broke up before because God wanted us to wait until we were more mature and ready to begin our life together. On October 11, 2013 my life was changed forever. I was on my family vacation in Panama City Beach Florida (without Gill because he had to work). My brother in law told me to come out on the balcony to see something and to come quick. I went out on the balcony and it said "marry me?" in the sand. I responded why did you make me come out here for this? Who is that for? I turned around and there my boyfriend was. I had absolutely no idea he was going to be there. I screamed and about jumped over the railing. He got down and I agreed to be his wife. It was the best day of my life thus far. I think we deserve this giveaway because our love story proves that everything happens for a reason. We were so young when we first started dating and broke up for reasons I didn't even know. I now know it was because I wasn't ready to be with my future husband just yet and I had some growing up to do. Thank you for the opportunity!
How Ethan and I met is a little embarrassing. We went to college together and had mutual friends, but never talked, which was strange because it was such a small school. Everyone knew everyone. He thought I was cute and admired me from a distance, and I thought he was cute, but had a boyfriend.
Things with that boyfriend ended and I added Ethan on Facebook because I thought he was cute. One day, I posted a link to my Formspring account, where people could ask anonymous questions, and I got one that said "Don't tell anyone, but I have the biggest crush on you." And I said "You do? Message me on Facebook." I thought it was one of my female friends joking around. I hoped it was Ethan, even though I knew it wasn't likely.
After 3 or 4 days, Ethan finally worked up the courage to message me and tell me that it was him who sent the anonymous message. Thinking that I didn't actually have a chance with him, and that this would be the first and last interaction I would ever have with him, I figured I had nothing to lose and I messaged him back telling him that I always thought that he was cute. We got coffee later that week and a little over a year later, we got engaged.
The engagement story is a little more interesting. Ethan took me to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to participate in a "beluga experience" because beluga whales are my favorite animal. I was so excited to be in the tank with the beluga whales, petting them and doing tricks with them. The whales did this one trick where, if you threw something out into the water, they would retrieve it and bring it back to you. The whale trainers gave Ethan a box and had him throw it into the water, and the whale brought it back to me. The whale trainers told me to open the box, and inside was a note that said "will you marry me?" (Ethan's biggest regret in life is that he did not have the note say "WHALE you marry me?") I was too excited and surprised to speak, so I just nodded an enthusiastic "yes" and hugged him.
We planned the wedding to be this June, but I was beginning graduate school, so we decided to move the wedding up by eight months so that we could get an apartment together and I would not have to commute to school. We have been married for almost 9 months now and they have been great! I love him more everyday!
In 2008, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, I participated in the adopt-a-soldier program through a local radio station like I had done every year since college. This particular year I was given a soldier from Crystal City, MO. His name was Tim Marler. I sent packages and letters and in the world of social media he found me on myspace. We talked and got to know each other through conversations on yahoo messenger and brief phone calls during the months of his deployment. We grew particularly close and dare I say it, started to fall in love. Tim eventually came home and we lived our separate lives until October of 2010 when we decided to finally meet face to face. The anxiety was brutal...but after 2 years we locked eyes for the first time in front of the H&M store at West County Mall and haven't been able to let go of each other since. I knew that very day that I was going to marry this man. We had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen and barely touched our food. I couldn't stop smiling and Tim couldn't stop staring. We were completely enamored and couldn't believe we were sitting across from each other...finally. In May of 2013, the next dreaded deployment orders came. Tim was to leave for Afghanistan in August. We decided that this deployment was going to be different. We did not want to lose each other again and couldn't bare the thought of being apart for so long. Our solution and best decision of our lives was to get married...but we only had 3 months to do it. We planned a trip to Pensacola, FL to visit Tim's sister, Teri in July. I ordered a dress from china online and crafted up the best silk floral bouquet I could find on Pinterest. Tim and I picked out wedding bands and hired a videographer. We told our closest friends our plan and invited them to the secret beach ceremony. At 6:30 pm on July 31st on the shores of Princess Beach, Tim and I made the greatest commitment of our lives; to always come back to each other, no matter how far the world takes us. I wrote my vows on a piece of paper and Tim did the same. We read our promises on film, apart from each other, then bottled them up and threw them out to sea with the faith that those feelings would always return no matter the size of the ocean or the waves that try to break them. We returned home to Missouri and threw a back yard bbq to celebrate our birthdays and to give all of our friends and family a chance to visit with Tim before he left for Afghanistan. We asked the family to get together for pictures in front of the house and at the right moment had a friend hit the button to open the garage. Inside sat my jeep with the words "just married" written on the back to reveal our news of becoming newlyweds! There was a lot of joy, tears, questions, yelling and laughter....a great moment for all of our families. We shared with them our plan to host a reception once Tim arrives home where we would watch our wedding film all together, for the first time, and hear the vows that Tim and I wrote for each other. This way we will all be able to "be with each other" for the most special moments in our lives. Tim will be coming home from Afghanistan in a matter of days...and our reception will be at Chandler Hill Vineyards on October 10th, 2014. I am on top of the world and cannot wait to FINALLY start our lives together the way our souls were meant to exist...in the most pure form of happiness and contentment. This man is the reason I was brought into this world. He has taught me how to love selflessly and what it means to be strong when everything around you is crumbling. Because of him I know what it means to devote your life to a love that most of our population has stopped believing in. He is my motivation, my hero, my everything.
We met through a friend and talked for almost two months before we actually met. We have been officially dating since June 10, 2013 and became engaged on December 23, 2013. We also have been living together since February 14, 2014. He had lost his job on Valentine's Day and had to move in with me so we could be closer and so maybe he could find a job in this area because, he was living in Clarkesdale, MS. I am currently attending school full time (which is a hour commute one way) and going to work full time. We are not able to see each other much do to my 8hr classes mon and Wed and my 10hr classes Tuesday and Thursday and I work from 10:30-7 at night as a CNA in a nursing home and he works days. We are behind on bills and slowly catching up since he was out of work for two months and we are having to pay some extremely high unexpected bills plus the wedding. If we was able to win this amazing gift it would mean so much to us especially right now because since we are having the whole money problem right now we will not be able to have a honeymoon. This gift would defiantly make up for that missed opportunity but do understand there is probably tons more people asking for the same chance.
My husband, Blake and I met in high school; I was a freshman and he was a senior. I never wanted to date Blake, but bless his heart he tried so hard. I would be showered with gifts by him (from sweet gestures like a can of soup when I was sick, presents on holidays, and he even wrote me a sweet little song expressing his feelings for me.) I liked him and loved the attention but I thought a guy is actually this sweet. My friends would gripe at me for not giving him the time of day. Time went on and I figure he got tired of trying to pursue me. Until Valentines day of 2009 he asked me on a date. I agreed. We had a great time and I was finally starting to realize this guy is a great guy. A month later we were making plans to hang out more. On March 13th 2009 I got a phone call from a friend saying Blake had been involved in a bad car accident. He was airlifted to the Med. I was heartbroken I didn't know the condition he was in or if he was even going to survive. Come to find out he was paralyzed from the chest down. I went to visit him in the hospital every chance I got. He ended up being in the med for 30 days and was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta GA once he was stable enough. While there he learned how to walk again!! Praise God! Blake sent through so much and was so brave and string through it all. While in Atlanta Blake asked me to me his girlfriend. How could I say no? He finally came home with only a few minor problems. He went on to date for over a year. He asked me to marry him on November 21st 2010 while picnicking by a river at sunset! We waited until we both graduated college and were married on June 29th 2013. We recently bought our first home and we are blessed beyond measure to be where we are today!
Well, our story kind of started when Anna was in high school. I am a football coach at Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, AR. She apparently had a huge high school crush on me at the time. I had heard about the crush, but didn't really think anything about it at the time because she was still in high school. I remember being flattered by it, but I don't even think we ever spoke to each other when she was in high school. Fast forward 3 or 4 years, she was a senior in college at Arkansas State University. At some point during that time we had become Facebook friends and were following each other on Twitter. ASU was holding a press conference introducing their new football coach at the time, Bryan Harsin. Anna tweeted: "I wish I knew what they were talking about in this press conference!? #dontknowfootballtalk" I responded with this: "you need a translator?" She then tweeted: "haha, willing to learn whenever you're willing to teach!" So, we started private messaging, I got her number, and she came over to "watch football." There's an age difference between us, so I wasn't sure at the time if she was interested in just learning about football or if she was interested in me. The first time she came over, December 17, 2012, I literally taught her about football. I had a dry erase board and covered all the X's and O's and even gave her a little funny football quiz that I had made up. So, after this night, I knew that I wanted to see her again. We set up another night to "watch football", but we ended up just watching a movie and we ended up setting up a real date after that. Within 3 months, I knew that I loved her and thought that she could be the one. But, being a football coach, I wanted to see how she would handle me being so busy during football season. So, that was a test she had to pass first. She was amazing! Anna came to every home and away game. She was so supportive and would leave me sweet notes and care packages after tough losses. After seeing this, I knew that she was the one I was going to marry. The proposal was on Saturday, December 7, 2013. I had given her the story that we had been invited to my sister's work Christmas party and that we were picking my sister and her husband up for the party. During that day, I had went to my sister's house and made a walkway of Christmas lights that formed a huge heart in the middle of her living room. Then, I had spelled "Will U Marry Me?" in Christmas lights on the back wall that you would see right when you walked in. So, that night, we get to my sister's house. I told Anna to wait in the car and I would run in to get them. I go in and take my place in the middle of the heart made of lights. I had my sister and her husband hiding in the corner filming and taking pictures. At that point, I text Anna that my sister was running late and for her to come on in. She walked in and was very surprised to say the least. I told her how much I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her and got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. She said, "YES!" We then went to my parents' house, where her parents were, and celebrated with them. We got married 6 months later on June 21, 2014 and are living happily ever after!
Patrick and I met in the 2nd grade. His mother was my teacher, ever since that day I knew that he was going to be a special person in my life. I had a crush on him all throughout elementary school. After that, we parted ways. I went to an all girls school, he went to an all boys. Coincidentally a neighbor of mine all through high school talked to him almost daily about dating me. I never knew this until we started dating two years ago. We would randomly run into each other on campus in college always shy and quiet but very interested in each other. On June 24, 2012 he asked me out on our first date via Facebook. Very conventional nowadays it would seem? Haha, I almost told him no. Why you ask? Well he told me that my neighbor had been "bugging" him about asking me out all of these years and he finally got up the nerve to do it. So, I decided why not and took a leap of faith. We have been inseparable ever since. I am a behavior therapist in Memphis and he is currently in school to become a Naval Officer in Newport, Rhode Island. When Patrick told me he wanted to join the military I was very excited but nervous. I did not know where this was going to take our relationship and I had only hoped it was just what we always talked about -- marriage. It has been almost 10 weeks since Patrick and I have seen each other, the longest 10 weeks of my entire life. For the first 3 weeks of his training, he was not allowed to talk to his family or me. Those were the hardest. Finally, on May 18th, he got his first phone call. I was at the gym and I froze grabbed my phone and hid in a corner to hear his voice for the first time in so long. I cried my eyes out listening to him, so excited to hear him and for him to tell me how he's been. Then all of a sudden, everything changed. He said to me, "Caroline, I can't imagine my life without you, I can't be here without you. I don't know what I was thinking, imagining I could wait until all of this and my school was over to marry you. I want to marry you when I get home. I love you, I want to be with you forever” Ecstatic I said yes and he later called both of my parents and told them the great news! The next day at school (where his mother and I both work now) was just a blur. I was on cloud nine and could not wait to tell everyone. Finally after weeks of planning we decided that August 30, 2014 was the perfect date for us. We have almost everything planned, and unfortunately he has not been able to be apart of much because he is still in school until July 18th. After that he will graduate and be an Ensign in the United States Navy. He will go on to become a Supply Corp Officer after 6 months of schooling in Newport, Rhode Island. We would love to win this contest because we will be moving back to Newport in late September 2014 with only the clothes on our back. It will be very hard for us, and has been, planning our wedding and how we are going to move so far apart. Luckily, he will be home soon, but we still need some help. Being in the military is a new experience for both of us and something that will be a constant change in every new city we become apart of. We would be forever grateful to have this gift, to start our new life together as a new family to have this immense stress off of us trying to find a house full of furniture in a such a short amount of time. We know that Ashley Furniture produces incredible, quality furniture that will last our ever-changing life for years to come! Please consider us, a brand new military family, as a potential winner of this wonderful gift!
About 3 years about I moved to Jonesboro for a teaching job. I didn't know a single person in town. I decided to join online dating sites to meet people. I eventually joined Christian Mingle spring of 2012. I was only online for a few months when I got a private message from a page with no picture attached. I didn't respond (thinking it was some creeper) but he was persistent. After I looked for him on Facebook, I creeped him ;). He asked me out on a date and when our food came I knew I could marry him because he offered me a bite of his food and let me reach over his plate to get it. That was something my parents have done for year. July 2012- After a month we started dating officially and we told our parents and friends. June 2013-Less than a year later we had plans to visit his family in Hope. I was trying to micromanage the trip by packing everything and had a full blown panic attack and we had a huge fight. I was so heart broken thinking we were not going to make it. The reason... all because I couldn't find his backpack and he wouldn't look for it. When we finally get to Hope I see his backpack in his truck but I was over it by then (sort of). We stayed with his parents and after the retirement party for his mom Chad asked me for a walk. I was thinking he was trying to find a quiet place to makeout or just skip out of cleaning up but instead... he proposed!! Even after the biggest fight and my crazy he still proposed. The ring was IN the backpack, no wonder he wouldn't give it to me. The ring was HUGE! He said that he didn't want anyone to feel sorry for me having to get a small ring because I was a teacher so he went all out. I don't even mind making payments on it because I love it so much. Now, one year later, we are getting married - this weekend! I am so excited to have found a man that can handle my crazy and support my dreams. We will never live a luxurious life on a teacher's salary and with his but we can make due because we have come a long way these two years and I know it can only get better from here. God knew what he was doing putting me in this town with no family or friends because I would have never have met the most perfect man that completes me. I love me some Chad Burke!
We are high school sweethearts from Salisbury, MO. Started dating when I was 15 and He was 17. Dated off and on through college at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He proposed January 2nd 2014 right after a snowstorm. He put up pictures, items, and letters from our past dates on a trail in Salisbury and proposed at the end of it! I ran through the "memory lane" because it was less than 20 degrees! It was completely unexpected. We are excited to get married in almost 80 days!
McKinnley, my fiancé, and I have a rather unusual story. I teach at a small private school, and his sister is one of my students. The first time we met was in the fall of 2013 at a cross country meet, but McKinnley was too nervous to talk to me! In December, he sent me a friend request and then messaged me on Facebook. We talked a little until he finally asked me on a date. It went well, and by January we were dating. McKinnley and I don’t seem to have a lot in common on the surface level; he likes repairing racing lawn mowers and mudding, and I like art festivals and sushi. But we complement each other, and we have the same quirky sense of humor. Right away, we knew that this was a different type of relationship, but we soon had to prove it. McKinnley was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the end of January; we hadn’t even been dating a month yet. When something that life changing happens, you have to make serious decisions. I already knew that I loved him, and this was just another part of our story. McKinnley began his chemo treatments in February, and will finally be finished with them in two more weeks! All of his tests have come back with positive results, which we know are the answers of many prayers. I have never once heard McKinnley complain about being diagnosed with cancer. In fact, if we talk about it, he says, “If it wasn’t me it would be somebody else. I can do this.” That kind of positive response is just one of the many things that make him such a wonderful fiancé.
McKinnley met with my dad on Memorial Day morning to ask permission to marry me. Once he got approval, he didn’t waste any time! After our family cookout the very same day, McKinnley asked me to go for a ride through the mountains near my house. He stopped at my favorite spot and asked me to marry him! I absolutely agreed. We have already had to face cancer, and all of the challenges that go along with it. He is the person that I want to face the rest of life’s challenges with, because together we can get through it. Our wedding date is set for November 21, 2014, and we would love to win this contest to help create a beautiful first home.
Kurt and Megan met when Megan was selling shots at a local restaurant party. Megan is a bartender and a promotional worker. She had just gotten back from a promotional job she worked in Las Vegas, to her hometown of Frankfort, KY and Kurt was just about to leave his hometown of Frankfort, KY to go to Las Vegas to play poker. Kurt is a professional poker player for the World Series of Poker. He liked her and invited her out to Las Vegas for a week later in the summer. Megan had never been asked to so something as crazy as to fly across the country to see someone she had just met, but being that they were both from the same small town and she liked him, she did. They have been together ever since. They plan on getting Married in June of 2015. :) They do animal rescue work, and enjoy their dogs, one of which they found on a poker trip in the trash on the side of the road.
I had known Dalton's parents (my future in-laws!) since high school but had never officially met their incredibly handsome youngest son. What a different story this may have been if I had!
In college, I became friends with Dalton's counsin Josh who once asked me if I wanted to go mudding (muddin'?) in his Jeep. Since I'm always up for new opportunities and I had never been (obviously) I said sure! I showed up in some of the very worst clothes I owned expecting to get disgustingly muddy - I mean... we were going to be driving through the mud afterall. Josh then informed me that his cousin would be joining us. Both boys were dressed in church clothes ready for the activity ahead-- that's when I realized we weren't actually going to get muddy. I could've elaborated to make that story a lot more exciting, but that was it and neither of us thought too much about it.
Well that was day one. I wish I could say our eyes locked and we knew we were perfect for each other, but the best love stories never actually start that way. I did, however, meet a really cute guy whose last name will be mine in just a short time!
Dalton has a really funny way of telling this story, which I'm sure he would love to share with you. Something about me patting his jacket down before we left the hotel or something. Mine skips all of that kind of stuff and goes straight to the cute story.
We were flying to New York to meet with people in our respective fields, but the Sunday we got into the city we had open to simply enjoy ourselves. Dalton said he wanted to go and explore DUMBO (our favorite NYC neighborhood) that evening after dinner - which of course I didn't object to. We were held up on the plane for an hour and a half waiting for mechanical issues to be resolved. I had 3 hours of sleep and my patience was running very thin. But finally we were able to get off of the place and into snowy New York.
The evening began with delicious sushi and then getting on a train to head to DUMBO. The neighborhood was virtually empty with people tucked up in their perfect loft apartments escaping the falling snow. Dalton insisted we walk towards the water beneath the bridge even though it was a thousand degrees below freezing. Zero objections from me, so we continued on.
We arrived at the most perfect location with the Brooklyn Bridge on one side of us and the Manhattan Bridge on the other side. When I turned around Dalton was on his knee in half a foot of snow asking me to marry him!
We were introduced by a friend of Mike's, Bill Naids. Julie didn't really know Bill very well, only because he called on her office as a drug rep for work. Bill had decided that we would be a great match.
Bill came to Julie's office and told her that he had someone she had to meet. She said yes to meeting someone new, but when Bill told her that the new guy's name was Mike Goldstein, she almost called it off. She didn't think she could ever date someone with the same name as her father.
Bill called Mike and told him about Julie. Mike was interested, but a bit shy and took a while to call Julie. When Mike finally called, it took a few weeks to get to the first date because Mike was sick and then away on business. It was worth the wait, because the first date went so well that we went on our second date the next day and have been inseperable for two and half years.
Mike was away on business in North Carolina. Julie knew that a proposal could come at any time, as they had been talking about it for a while. Mike had planned to propose to Julie on Saturday, February 15th, as he wanted the proposal date to be on a unique day. It would not be on Valentine's Day or the 16th, daughter Julie's birthday. During the trip in North Carolina, a powerful winter storm stranded Mike and thousands of other people as airports were shut down throughout the entire Southeast.
While being stranded at the hotel in North Carolina, he had an idea (with the help of his friend Geoff) to stomp a huge proposal in the snow and take a picture of it from his 5th floor window. The original plan was to present her with a slideshow in order to propose with the last slide ending with a sign asking her to marry him. Geoff made a comment about writing in the snow. Mike wanted the writing to be huge, so he got to work outside in the snow while curious coworkers looked from their windows wondering what he was doing.
It looked like Mike might not get out of Raleigh for 3 days possibly putting a kink in his plans, but luckily, his plane was the only flight out on Thursday, the 13th. On the 15th, they were getting ready to go out for their Valentine's Day dinner as the night before was reserved for daughter Julie's sleepover birthday party. Julie was putting makeup on when Mike asked if she wanted her Valentine's Day present. She wanted to finish her makeup, which Mike tried to discourage (for obvious reasons). Mike presented her with the slideshow starting with their first picture together and various pictures over the last couple of years put to music (their song).
She was enjoying the slideshow when the second to last picture showed her name in giant letters in the snow. She looked up at Mike asking when the picture was taken and almost missed the final picture, which said in giant letters "Will You Marry Me". Mike pointed to the picture and she screamed and gave Mike a giant hug and kiss. Tears took the makeup off and she forgot that she said yes saying yes a second time! They got ready for dinner and called the family with the good news!
Oh where to begin. Well I met my beautiful fiancé on July 10, 2008 at a Tacobell drive thru while I worked as production at the Mcdonalds right down the road. After we met, I started going to eat there everyday when she worked. Only 6 days later, we made it official and started dating.
Everything was going well in the relationship until, 2 years after we met, she was kicked out of her step-parents home and had no where to go. She moved in with me and my parents, and we lived there for about a year. After that year, we decided that we need to get our own apartment. So on her birthday, May 9, we moved into a tiny 500 sq.ft. 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment. When we moved in, all we had for the first 3 months was a mattress and box spring, some dishes, outdoor lounge chairs, and a small wooden table for us to eat on. Slowly over the first year there, we started get some used furniture from our family and found some deals on used furniture. Our couch we have cost us $100 and that we still have today.
Over the two years we lived at the apartment, we gathered enough furniture to make our tiny apartment feel like home. In July of 2013, we adopted a beautiful 5 week old baby puppy. His name is Koda and he is a mixed Doberman Lab. Everything was looking up for us, until Dixie's mother tragically passed on January 28, 2014. We took custody over Dixie's 13 year old brother, Justin. Suddenly our little home became way to small to house 3 people and a growing puppy.
On April 28, 2014, Dixie and I were able to purchase a 3 bedroom 2 bath house on about an acre of land. We inherited all of her mother's old furniture and we were able to get some bedding for her brother from yard sales and my family buying him some new clothes. On May 19, I was in a automobile accident that with the vehicle I first met Dixie in. I purchased the vehicle in November of 2007 and I was one payment away from having it paid off, but unfortunately it was totaled. We just bought a bigger Chevy Sonic, but that has cut into our fund for getting new furniture for Justin and us.
My fiancé doesn't know that I'm doing this for her but she deserves everything I'm able to give her. She has been there for me and for Justin in our time of need. This woman is the most loyal, honest, and hardest working person I have ever met. I'm so happy I'm able to call her my bride and the love of my life.
We met on December 1 2011. I started work with cody... He was always to shy to talk to me so i walked to him and said hey do you have any gum and he said no but i have a sucker. So years went by and no ones love was ever so troubling and as strong as ours. He was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension on march 6 2014 he begged me to go on and marry him. We had a date set june 2015 but this kind of helped us along. Me and my mother in law did the whole wedding ourselves.. i let my husband pick the theme which was john deere we also added in the awarness ribbon color which wad lilac and asked everyone at the wedding to wear one... It has been a struggle but we both believe and pray everyday that god gives us strength to get through whatever may await us . But i can honestly say we r happy... We hav become such a close couple after the sickness i am his wife chef nurse and taxi driver but i would never have it any other way. Every morning he wakes up he shows me that the world isnt that bad and he gives me the hope and faith to go on everyday. The med is his on Is veletri and he has a 24/7 iv that pumps into his heart to keep him alive... But he is but soul mate and i hope that when people see us together they can look and say love can hold anything together and always will