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Shawn and Brita

Location: St. Paul, MN
Engaged: August 4th, 2008

My story starts with a 600-mile drive to Sturgis S.D. to visit my parents during the motorcycle rally and a little vacation time for my then girlfriend (Brita) and myself.  My first problem was trying to hide a 15lb rock (unfortunately not the rock on the ring) and the actual ring for a trip across two states. 

Ok now that you’re curious, let’s jump back a few weeks when was racking my brain trying to figure out the perfect proposal for the perfect girl.  I knew that I had to do something romantic and unique for her, when I started thinking about the upcoming vacation and how I used to sit on my grandpa’s lap watching the sun rise up over the black hills of South Dakota.  Remembering how spectacular that was and the impression that it left on me, I then knew when and where to propose.

My next thought was “How were we going to make this a momentous occasion?”  I then got the idea to set the date in stone.  I made a heart shaped mold out of a piece of foam.  As soon as it was perfectly formed, I mixed up some concrete, smoothed the top surface, and wrote, “Brita, will you marry me?  Aug 4, 2008”.  If all went as planned, that would be the date she said “YES”.  This is the stone that I had to hide and haul 600 miles without her seeing it.

The day after we arrived in Sturgis, I took the four-wheeler up the mountain, rock in hand to locate the perfect spot to watch the early morning rays of light gleam over the mountaintops.  I cleared out an area to lay a blanket down and just beside positioned the rock upside down, so it would look like a natural rock that vaguely resembles a heart.

The next morning, my alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. not that I slept that night anyway.  Then came the words “what is your alarm going off for?”  Blaming it on my forgetfulness of turning it off for vacation, I suggested that since we were already awake we should hike up the mountain and watch the sunrise. 

It seemed like an eternity before I finally found the spot where I put the rock so I laid the blanket down.  With Brita in my arms, we sat there watching the sun come up.  As soon as it was light enough to see all of our surrounds, I pointed out the oddly heart shaped rock just a few feet away.  Brita went over to it, pick it up, and said, “This rock is shaped exactly like a heart”.  She stood there gazing at the bottom of it, I couldn’t take it anymore and had to say something like “weird what’s the other side look like?” As she turned it over and read those magic words, I pulled the ring out of my pocket, got down on one knee, and asked the question “Brita, would you be my wife?” 

As the seconds ticked by, actually more like second, it finally sunk in what I was doing and she was finally able to mutter “YES”.  My heart sang with joy, knowing that this is the woman that I’ll be with for the rest of my life.  There will forever be a heart shaped rock with the words “Brita, Will you marry me. Aug 4, 2008” at the exact spot where we got engaged on that beautiful morning in Sturgis S.D.




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