Tara and Rusty - Romantic Couple 2015Rusty and I have known each other almost our entire lives. After I started high school, my mom noticed a name she recognized on a list of fellow band students. She said, “You went to pre-school with a Rusty Petty”I thought ‘what a coincidence’ and asked him a few weeks later if he had gone to Patty Cake Day Care. Rusty confirmed that he had. Soon after that my mom located a picture of me, holding hands with another little boy, but looking up at Rusty as he played the old game Simon.

During Rusty’s senior year and my junior year of high school, we started dating. He traveled to San Francisco with my family and we celebrated as he was crowned co-prom king. Our relationship lasted for about 18 months before Rusty headed off to college. A few months later we went our separate ways but always kept in touch. One summer we even ran into each other unexpectedly at a gas station near St. Louis.

Last year we started hanging out again more regularly and after starting fresh we decided to make it official February 2014. By St. Patrick’s day 2014 we knew we were meant to be together. Late September Rusty told me that he’d told his parents that he was going to ask me to marry him. I got excited but thought he was starting his planning. Less than a week later, we had a wonderful dinner downtown followed by a short walk. During our walk Rusty took both my hands and told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He told me that he had spoken to my two best friends and had gone to talk with my Dad as well. There is no doubt in my mind that he is who I want to spend the rest of my life with. We can’t wait for our adventure to continue!

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Last updated February 5, 2017