6) Buying a House

When we first started dating, Chris and I both
knew that although we loved each other, it would be at least five
years before we would consider getting married. We were both in
school, I wanted to go onto graduate school as well and we thought
it best to be in secure jobs as we began our family. All that would
take some time.

We had been dating nearly six years when Chris
started talking about wanting to buy a house. Although I was supportive,
I refused to buy the house WITH him as we were not married or even
engaged, and honestly I was getting a bit frustrated. He continued
with his search for a house and found one that we both liked. He
put a bid in on it and lost it in multiple offers. A few weeks later
he told me the deal had fallen through and we should go look at
it again so we could discuss if he should submit another offer.

When we reached the door, he asked me to unlock
the lockbox. He gave me several three-letter codes to try, none
of which worked. He finally said, “Try I-L-Y.” I did and as the
lockbox opened, a key to the house and an engagement ring fell out.
I turned around and he asked me to marry him and live in the house…
the house he had purchased several weeks prior that was never “lost
in multiple offers" — the house he had just closed on
for us to live in together as husband and wife!!

Bethany Ames,

St. Paul, MN


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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