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ResizedImage951384632053317-1Scott and I met at work. He was 1st store assistant manager and i was deli supervisor. We have both had our shares of bad relationships. I had finally given up as I thought I would never find a good man. Scott had been married and divorced 3 times. So we started talking and went to lunch together .  He is so much fun to be around, he makes my worries disappear.  After a few times of spending time together we decided to give love another try!

When we first started dating, Scott told me he would probably never get married again (I have never been married so that broke my heart). After about 7 months of being a couple we decided to move into our new home together.  At about 10 months, we were walking through Lowe’s and Scott said, “You know I’ve decided…” and I said, “on what?” and he said, “on getting married again.” I was thinking, “Wow I’ve changed his mind after being hurt so many times.” It made me feel so good that i changed his mind! 

Than he said, “On one condition.” and I was thinking, “Oh no”. Then he said the woman would have to ask him! So 4 days after our 1 year anniversary of being a couple on March 17,2013 St.Patricks Day, I put a rose, rose petals and a note on our bed.  When Scott walked in our room he started reading the note. It said how much he means to me and that I don’t want to live my life without him, he is my dream come true!

He turned and said, “That’s so sweet” and went to give me a hug. I had his ring in my hand and I froze. There was more I wanted to say but all that came out was, “Baby will you marry me?” and he said, ” Are you serious?”  and grabbed the ring. I was scared and shaking but of course he said, “Yes!”

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Tiffanee and I have been together for three years, one of which was long-distance. It’s crazy, but we both grew up in Quincy a block away from each other, and I was friends with her cousin, but we didn’t know of one another. She moved from Quincy when she was in high school, and I left Quincy when I enlisted in the Army. I was visiting my parents in Quincy in 2009 and my friend decided to play matchmaker, calling his cousin in Jacksonville to come over.

We met and liked each other, but I was living in Arizona and went back home. We started talking to each other on the phone but I didn’t visit Illinois again until the next year. Our first date was at Busch Stadium at a Cardinals/Cubs game- naturally, we are fans of rival teams! I still had to go back to Arizona, but we continued talking on the phone and learning about each other. I decided I needed to move back to Illinois, and we ended up at Busch Stadium again right after I moved back- where I finally got to tell her I was in love with her. 

We talked casually about getting married every now and then the past six months or so- really it was her dropping casual “hints” every now and then! Tiffanee had even given me a “hint” of a ring that she had found out shopping one day and loved. I wanted to surprise her with an engagement though, and took her sister ring shopping. We went to the store that I had the “hint” for. Once we got there and were looking at it, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. I didn’t love the ring, and the atmosphere didn’t feel right. Tiffanee’s sister suggested we run over to Denney Jewelers instead, and right when I opened the door there, I felt totally at ease- even though I had a ring to pick out! Cathy helped me find the perfect ring for Tiffanee and I started planning the perfect way to give it to her.

Tiffanee loves holidays and Easter was right around the corner. Her parents and sisters knew of my plans for the day, and actually managed to keep a secret! We went to church and then out for breakfast. When we got home, I told her she had to find Easter eggs I had hidden. The first was in the kitchen, and had a paper in it that said “Let’s”. The second was in the laundry room and had a paper in it that said “go get”.  The third was in the bedroom and had a paper in it that said “married”- and the perfect diamond ring! I have never seen her so surprised- she actually told me after that she was wondering what I wanted to go get before she got to the last egg! We both started crying because we were so happy and called our family with the news- we sure had fun showing the family the ring at our Easter dinner. We’re busy now planning our wedding- all with the girl I didn’t know that lived a block away from me in a different city twenty years ago!


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Engagement Photo 1Christy and I have had a very blessed relationship. For starters, we met in a very special way. We each had a profile on a dating website, and after we swapped contact information, we ended up talking on the phone for seven-and-a-half hours the first night! Neither of us had ever been on the phone for half that long before, so we both knew that we had just found something special.

Another blessing we have is shared interests. Christy and I both love the outdoors. We have always enjoyed walking, hiking, and swimming together. We also love to kayak. There is a beautiful lake near Litchfield, IL where Christy and I get together to kayak. We scheduled a kayak date in early June, and she brought up her two single-seat kayaks. We paddled around Yaeger Lake for a few hours, enjoying the scenery, the wildlife, and the exercise. We even saw a bald eagle perched on a branch by its nest! As far as afternoon kayak trips go, this was almost as good as it gets.

As dates go, it wasn’t my favorite. There was something missing. We were in separate boats going separate directions at separate speeds… there was very little unity. I didn’t tell her about the issue, since it wasn’t very important at the time. However, that day, as we pulled the boats onto the shore, I decided how I was going to propose…

A few months later, Christy and I went to southern Wisconsin together for a short vacation with my family. We stayed in a cottage on a gorgeous little lake. Early Monday morning, Christy and I went kayaking again. This time, we were in a two-seat kayak. We launched the boat into Rock Lake and began paddling.

Right away, we ran into some trouble—the boat was turning a little to one side without our help. We had to talk about the problem and compensate to overcome it. We also had to get used to one another. With some effort and communication, it didn’t take long before we were paddling at the same speed, going in the same direction, and working toward the same goal. There were even times when, stroke for stroke, our paddles were perfectly synchronized. We loved it!

Engagement Photo 2After we had circled the whole lake, we pulled the kayak up onto the shore and walked to breakfast at a local café. When we finished eating, we walked through the park downtown. We quietly strolled along, enjoying the morning air. After a while, I sat down with her on a bench and we began talking about that morning’s kayak trip, and about how much we had both enjoyed it.

Finally, I confessed to her about how I had disliked the kayak date a few months before. I compared the two trips, explaining how odd it felt to be working separate like we had been in Yaeger Lake, but also how wonderful it felt to be working together like we had been in Rock Lake. I told her that the unity we had experienced that morning was like the unity I wanted to have with her for the rest of our lives—through both the easy times and the struggles, we’ll always work together to get through.

I knelt down on one knee and presented the ring. “I love you. Will you marry me?”

She was nodding yes before I said “Wil…” and she shouted, “Of course I will!”

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 319480_506038429410076_1190628031_nWe were talking about our Easter plans and we had decided to stay in Illinois. We spent the past year in Nebraska with his family, and would be traveling back more than once during the Summer.  I wanted to make this Easter really special since I knew that Jarrod would be missing his family.  Little did I know that he was busy planning this to be the most special Easter of all!

He suggested we plan our own little Easter egg hunt the Friday before Easter around the house here where we live.  It’s a tradition in his family and I just figured he wanted to have a little of back home here for the holiday.  I thought it was a really cute idea and we could get really creative.  I also thought what would make the night even more special would be for me to make the first meal I ever made him. No wonder he fell right in love with me right?! 😉

After dinner he was cleaning up and I got my eggs ready to hide.  Now here is something funny!  We BOTH kind of did the same thing!  I put his favorite Easter candy (skittles and starburst jelly beans) in the eggs with little messages to him in them.  I did 6 (of the many) reasons why I love Jarrod.  (Sorry they are pretty-mushy-gushy-lovey-dovey, so you don’t want to read that part.)  He found all my eggs pretty easily and I excused myself while he hid mine.  I’m sure his nerves were going NUTS at this point.

Sarah's Camera 563As I said he did the same thing as me.  But it took me longer to find the eggs that he hid.  I am the worst person to find something hidden.  My Mother can attest to that.  I don’t look for things well.  When I did find them he told me the order in which I had to open them and they had the most amazing messages to me.  I will hold those words in my heart forever.  He is wonderful.  I’m getting emotional right now just thinking about them.  When it came time to open up the last one, he held it in his hand and said some very sweet things to me and before I knew it he was down on one knee!  He said, “Sarah, will you marry me?”  I was so happy and overflowing and I of course said, “YES”.  We will be married May 25, 2012 and I cannot wait to be Mrs. Jarrod Rempel.


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My fiancée and I have been together for about a year now. We are still new but just cannot wait to make the commitment to spend the rest of our lives together. On Dec 6th, we had plans to go Christmas shopping after I got done with clinicals for nursing school. I came home and he had the car on in the drive and I figured I’d hop in and off we would go. He turned his car off and asked if I wanted to get changed real quick. Not thinking anything of it, we go inside and the house is lit with candles and covered in rose petals and flowers. He immediately dropped on one knee and told me how much I meant to him, that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I replied let’s get married very teary eyed. He put the ring on my finger and we kissed while tears rolled down my face. We will marry on Friday May 17th, 2013. We are very excited!

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14620_4447242576528_1509029743_n Growing up down the street from each other, Kim and I never spoke a word let alone made eye contact with each other. For years I would walk my dog in front of her house never suspecting that the girl of my dreams was right in front of me.

It wasn’t until the summer before we left for college that Kim and I were introduced by our mothers . We both were going to attend Augustana College and because it was such a big school (2500 total enrollment) our mothers both felt it necessary  for us to have a friend. Little did they know that after a month and half of mini M&M tube fights and several almost first kisses we would begin dating.

Four years later, we are more to each other than the “friend” our parents had in mind for us. She has become my best friend, the love of my life and I knew it was the perfect time for us to move to the next stage in our lives together.

This past October I talked Kim into travelling up to Augustana for homecoming weekend. As far as she knew, we were just going to see old friends and take pictures around campus. Unfortunately, mother nature wasn’t cooperating with us whatsoever as it was set to rain the entire weekend, which naturally it did. Fortunately for my plan we did get a break in the rain that Saturday morning when I was able to coax her outside for a walk around campus. Not even half way across campus she decided that she wanted to go back inside. Despite her wishes I was able to guide her to the campus chapel where there was a covered walkway lined with beautiful arches. Under the last one in the row I stopped and began to “tie my shoe” 

2It was then that I pulled the ring out and told her, “Kim, you’re the love of my life. We have been through so many wonderful times together and I want to keep making memories with you. Will you marry me?”

To which she immediately replied, “Really?” It took her a few moments until it hit her that this was really happening. It was then that she finally said yes and I was able to slide the ring on her finger.

For us, this Homecoming weekend was more than just a return to campus. It was a return to the roots of our relationship where much of our growth together occurred. Now it’s where we take on the next chapter of our relationship, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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My boyfriend Jason and I have been dating since freshman year of highschool (11 years). On December 15, 2010 we went out for our “date night”. We had dinner, went to the movies, and did some shopping. We were suppose to be headed home, but he kept driving. I asked him where we were going and he said “to another store”.  We ended up in front of our high school. He parked the car, got out and opened my door. He took my hand and led me to the front door of the school. At this point I had no clue what he was thinking!

He got down on one knee and said, “We met right here inside the school so I only thought it would be proper to bring you back here. I saw you for the very first time right here. I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?!”  He pulled out the ring and slipped it on my finger! I was shocked!! I couldnt believe after all the years we have been together it was finally happening! I said YES! And this was one of the most amazing nights of my life!

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My history with my fiance, Caroline, begins back in my senior year of high school in 2006. She grew up having her teeth cleaned by my mother, her dental hygienist. About every six months, Caroline would come in for a check up, and my mom would come home from work and explain, “You really need to meet this girl named Caroline. She is beautiful, sweet, and pretty much perfect for you.”  As any high school boy would do, I would always reply, “Oh mom, leave the girl stuff alone.” However, in the fall of 2005, my mom finally got her wish.
I first met Caroline while attending a college visit day at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. We didn’t talk much, mostly because I was intimidated by her. She was there on an official visit to meet with the basketball and volleyball team, and I was looking to study pre-med. I spend the day mesmerized by her beauty and not knowing what to say to break the ice with this beautiful girl. At the end of the day, we parted ways, and I realized my mom was right: she was perfect, and I knew I wanted to get to know her.
A few months later, I found out that Caroline’s volleyball team was playing at a tournament at my high school. She immediately caught my eye again, bringing back all those feelings I felt at IWU, not because she was dominating and recording kill after kill, but because she was just as I remembered: beautiful.

I finally talked to her that day, and it was so effortless. I  got her number, and we began to talk. We dated for the entirety of my senior year. It was such a great relationship, and we became best of friends. 

When the day came to go to college, we went our separate ways: her to the University of Illinois and me to Illinois Wesleyan. We both became involved in the things that our respective colleges had to offer, and we decided it was too difficult to do distance. However, we remained close friends, and communicated occasionally to check in and see how everything was going. 

In my Junior year of college, I decided to transfer to the University of Illinois to pursue a physical therapy degree (which was what Caroline was studying). I began attending classes there, and had a few with Caroline. It was a slow process, but the more time we spent together, the closer we became. As all the romantic feelings returned, it was only a matter of time before we began dating again. A few days before graduation in 2010, we started dating again, and have been dating ever since. 

I knew from that point that Caroline was the one I wanted to spend my life with. We both went to physical therapy school, her to Duke and me to Belmont University in Nashville, TN. We began a distance relationship, and those feeling only became stronger. 

When Caroline was in college, she volunteered for several summers with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) in Springfield, IL, where she worked at a summer camp for developmentally and physically challenged children. She was nominated volunteer of the year for the entire state of Illinois, and was offered a summer staff position for the next two summers. She loved all the children involved with UCP, and they loved her. 

A month ago, she called me and mentioned she was going to be home from school for a week and was planning on visiting UCP and the kids. As soon as she said that, I knew it would be a perfect way to propose. I emailed the camp coordinator, and she loved the idea. She had to gain final approval from her boss (the president of UCP), and she liked it so much she wanted to have it recorded to play as part of UCP’s annual telethon in Januray. 

Once I had approval, I began to plan all the logistics of the proposal. I had to work around several conflicts, including changes in plans, changes in dates, and the untimely broken foot and surgery I had to undergo from playing in a basketball tournament a few weeks before I planned to do it. Despite this, I planned it all out, and the day finally came. 

She went to visit UCP that day thinking she was going to be interviewed about school, her desire to become a PT, and her time spent at UCP. When she arrived, the camp coordinator took her into the back room and began to interview her. Meanwhile, I was ushered into another room and waited for her to be done. Caroline thought I was in Nashville attending an all-day class, and was completely oblivious to the fact that I was at UCP about to propose to her. While she was in the back room, all the children at the camp (around 16 total) were put in colored T-shirts that, when arranged in the right order, spelled the phrase, “Will you marry me?”  Each kid had a shirt with a different letter, and they were arranged in order and sat quietly in chairs to wait for Caroline to come back into the common room where the children usually played. 

When the interview was over, Caroline entered into the common room thinking she was going to be recorded interacting with the children as part of the interview. When she walked in, the first thing she saw was all the kids she had watched grow up sitting in order with the phrase, “will you marry me”  written on their shirts. When she saw this, I had already snuck in behind her and was kneeling. She turned around, and I had the ring out and asked for her hand in marriage. She said yes, and we spent a few hours celebrating with the kids and Caroline’s former co-workers.

The camera crew that recorded the whole thing turned out to be a News Channel 20 camera crew, and they liked the whole process so much, they decided to play it on the 10 o’clock news. It was a great experience, and my small and intimate proposal become much more grand than I could have ever expected. And most important, I am so excited for my future with Caroline.

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It wasn’t a dream; Although, I had never experienced a more surreal moment in my life. The beautiful man that I had met in a ceramics class just a few years earlier, became my best friend. And now, has given me the greatest gift of my life. Todd, my now fiancé, a painter and musician by trade, invited me to join him in Europe for a week, this past July. When we landed in Paris, little did I know that he had been keeping secrets from me. 

After we freshened up at our hotel, (which was just 500 meters from the Eiffel Tower) Todd and I walked hand in hand towards the tower, and were soon greeted by about 80 thousand other attendees. It was Bastille Day, Frances’ Independence Day. The cool night was complemented by music on loudspeakers. We pressed close to the tower. After just a short time, the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen commenced, in tandem with the cheesiest funk songs on the radio. Just our style. To my utter shock, half way through the display, Todd spoke into my ear, “Ali, you are my best friend and I love you. Will you marry me?”

He bent down on his knee. I said yes, and he placed a 2 karat black diamond ring on my finger. The emerald cut white diamonds down each side were a wonderful tribute to the beaded mil grain white gold. I kissed him and cried. This was the most perfect moment I was ever given.



After the fireworks, we drank Bellini’s and had snails at a cafe that was just a short distance from the tower. We called our families and told them the wonderful news. The waiter wished a congratulations and a happy life; then gifted us a copy of the cafe menu. (In French, of course.)

Then we walked back to our hotel, where Todd opened another bottle of champagne. He had been keeping other secrets from me. Todd’s next surprise was that he had booked a photographer in London to shoot engagement photos for us. The following week, Todd and I posed in front of Westminster Abby and the London Eye. I can’t wait to show my fiancé off to the world. And I can’t wait to be his wife. He is everything I could have ever asked for.

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 SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A503Travis (my fiance) told my son Zander that he had a special story to read to him, so he went upstairs to get the book.  Travis, Zander, and I sat around the coffed table as Travis began reading the story to us.

The story was title, “The Princess and Her Special Baby Lion”  and he started to read:

“The Princess went for a walk one day and found a special baby lion.  From the first time she laid her eyes on the lion she knew the lion belonged with her, so she brought the special baby lion home with her.
One day the baby lion wandered outside of the castle walls and got lost. 

Once the Princess realized the baby lion was gone she knew there was only one person who could help her get her baby back.  She went to find the Knight who could save her lion. She got to the Knight and explained what had happened and begged the Knight to help her find her special baby lion. 

169After some thought, the Knight agreed to help her.  He went all over the Kingdom looking for the baby lion.  He made it into the Troll Village where he knew the baby lion was being held captive.  He had to fight the Troll King and did so successfully. After he saved the baby lion he brought him back to the castle where he belonged with his Princess. 

The Princess thanked the Knight and told him that Her Kingdom would forever be in his debt.  The Knight began to ride away and as he rode away he felt a big hole in his heart.  He realized that something was missing.  He realized that the Princess was the most beautiful and loving thing that he had ever seen and that the baby lion and him had a very special connection.  He immediately turned around and rode back to the castle and said to the Princess…” 

174At this point Travis turned the page and there was a square hole cut in the book and our engagement ring was inside the hole and the page said, “I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART, WILL YOU SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH ME?”

Zander was so excited pointing at the ring saying, “LOOK MOMMY, LOOK!”   Travis and I were both tearing up and of course I said yes.  The best part is that Travis wrote the story himself and designed it to closely resemble our lives. Travis came into our life when Zander was 6 months old, and as he said in the story he filled  a part of our lives that was missing until we had him.  We are all perfect matches for each other in every way.

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