7) My Fiance' Brian

My fiance Brian and I have spent many months
apart due to his military commitment in both Operation Enduring
Freedom after September 11th, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I waited
and waited for his homecoming on two separate 6 month deployments.
Thousands of e-mails, cards, and phone calls had seen us through
and bonded us
in an extraordinary way. But it has always been clear that the military influenced
our relationship timeline and our history. After all, we met at military school
(the US Naval Academy) eight years ago. Because of our early beginnings, I
knew what I was getting into. Since then, I became a teacher and Brian continued
flying the P-3 Orion. Even through global crises, our relationship emerged
into the most amazing and rewarding experience I had ever had.

But the military also influenced his move to
Florida four months ago. I was left behind as I finished the school
year in Washington state. Of course I yearned to join him and that
was something we wanted to happen in the near future. We had talked
about getting married, but Brian had said that while he loved me
to the moon and back, he was very busy with his military work and
that I shouldn’t expect any grand proposal or anything. I accepted
that, and was grateful to have my wonderful relationship. Once
again, his military lifestyle was indirectly dictating events in
our relationship.

After 4 years of dating, I knew our relationship
was solid and we’d stay committed, but did not expect my proposal
to unfold the way it

did. I had thought my military, schedule-driven boyfriend was predictable.
Boy, was I wrong!

My friends announced that they were holding a
BBQ at beautiful Deception Pass State Park, at the tip of Whidbey
Island, Washington. "Oh, I wish Brian could be there",
I thought. It was always our favorite place. I even told Brian
what I was doing, and he said he wished he could join me, but he
had to work. When I arrived at Deception Pass, there was no BBQ,
no friends. BRIAN was there!!! I hadn’t seen him in months! My
heart jumped into my chest. He had secretly arranged to lure me
there. Our friends and my mother were both in on it. In fact, they
were watching it all unfold from the bridge above and radioed down
to Brian on walkie-talkie’s that I was on my way and they had seen
my car go by. Everyone had known of his plan for weeks and no one
told me!

The night before, Brian had flown on a red-eye
to Seattle, rented a car,picked up my ring, and driven around all
day getting ready. He had set up a picnic table on the beach and
gotten champagne, dinner, and the biggest bouquet of flowers I
had ever seen. Frank Sinatra was crooning from a stereo. Needless
to say, I was shocked. I was completely surprised. It was nothing
less than magical. The sun began setting. We strolled on the beach
looking for rocks, a favorite past time. We had always gathered
rocks from our travels and would write the date and the place on
the rock. We have a wonderful little rock pile that represents
our adventures. As I walked hand in hand with him, I told Brian
we needed to find just the right rock to commemorate the biggest
surprise I’d ever had. Suddenly he stopped and bent over as he
said, "this one’s perfect". When I looked down, he was
down on one knee, holding out a beautiful solitaire. I gasped and
he said "and this one will last forever." The sun slipped
into the ocean just as he said "Will you marry me?"

Proposal Story By:

Tempe Stahl

Anacortes, WA


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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