On March 27th 2013, Mike and I were talking about him coming to see me. I thought maybe it would be too expensive and kinda be a rushed trip for him since he could only be here for a few days. He kept insisting that he come to see me before I head to EMT school for 7 weeks. Of course I wanted to see him, so I told him to find the flight and tell me where to pick him up at. Mike kept insisting that night, that I call and tell my dad he was coming with me to drop off Lily, my dog. I told him I would call in the morning, but Mike made me call him that night. Sounded kind of strange but I did it anyways.
On Good Friday, March 29, 2013, Mike was putting on his uniform to go to the airport. He felt something hit him in the arm as he was putting on his Jumper top, and found a Challenge Coin that was given to him by one of his close friends that he served with in Afghanistan just minutes before he was killed in a car accident. Mike said when Arvin handed him the coin he said "You were a great Petty Officer and it was an honor to serve with you, God has a plan for all of us. I will see you in the morning, brother!"
Once Mike got the airport he had no idea how he was going to propose to me, he knew he couldn't live without me anymore and wanted to have me in his life for the rest of his. As he was sitting on the plane he placed my beautiful ring on top of his Challenge Coin, and did lots of hard thinking. Finally it came to him that he should place the ring with the Challenge Coin and ask me.
When he got off the plane, I couldn't stand it any more and I just wanted to see him so badly. Finally, there he was coming down the escalator towards me. He was in his Army Battle Dress Uniform that he wore while he was in Afghanistan, and I couldn't help but notice all the weight he had lost, and I was just so in love with him and proud of all he had accomplished. There was nobody in the Airport and we quickly gave each other a kiss and the longest hug ever. I noticed Mike was shaking and I just figured he was going to tell me about his coin, so as he held me close, I just listened. He told me about when he came home 3 years and 6 months ago he had a bitter return and was not happy. He told me about all the controversy he had dealt with, and how it had only started to get better in the last 5 months since we came back into each others lives.
He handed me the coin he had in his hand, and I couldn't help but notice how beautiful it was. He had overcome so much and I was so proud of him. He then told me how he had decided he couldn't stand being away from me any more than he had to, and that he had talked to my dad yesterday.
Then he told me to turn the coin over.........THERE IT WAS! The most beautiful and magnificent engagement ring I had ever laid my eyes on! I think I started to shake I was so excited, he held me even closer and everything just seemed to stop around us.
He took the ring out of the coin package and put it on my finger, and I told him that I wouldn't want to spend my life with anyone else. We got to my car, and I called EVERYONE! Then he posted it on Facebook, and after stopping by to see a few of my Coast Guard friends, we went to Red Robin. We told them our story, and they surprised us, by not only making us a card on the spot, but by paying for our entire meal! It was the best Easter weekend ever. I am so lucky to have Mike in my life again, and I am so excited for our future!!!