Samantha and Grant

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How We Met

Grant and I always joke that we met during peewee tennis lessons. We have known each other almost our entire lives. We went to the same school from kindergarten through senior year of high school, but Grant always says he fell in love with me during our 5th grade art class. He was carving an orangutan out of a bar of soap… I guess he wooed me with that! What followed was years of friendship during school and spending summers swimming in the pool and playing tennis. In high school, Grant worked up the courage to ask me to be his girlfriend. We dated for over two years but decided to go our separate ways during college. Flash forward to the end of my junior year at Notre Dame and Grant’s senior year at Purdue University, our paths crossed again. Grant had decided to join the Navy after college and we thought it would be fun to get together and catch up. By the time he left for bootcamp, we had decided to give our relationship another try… this time for the long haul. We called it “Part Deux.” We pretty quickly realized that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. After bootcamp and dive school, Grant was stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a Navy Diver. Before I started Physician Assistant school, I flew out to Hawaii for a visit… and that brings us to the proposal story!

how they asked

Because Grant loves the ocean (almost) as much as he loves Sam, he called upon his friends in the sea to assist him in the proposal… One day during Sam’s visit to Hawaii, Grant suggested a kayaking adventure to a sea turtle sanctuary in Kaneohe Bay. After kayaking to the middle of the bay, they were surrounded by countless sea turtles. They snapped a few photos with the GoPro before Grant dove in to take some underwater shots. When Grant surfaced, he was holding a small object in the air. Sam paddled over and Grant placed a small box on the front of the kayak. After the ring was safely on Sam’s finger, Grant let out a sigh of relief that the ring had not become fish food.