Tanya and Drew

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How We Met

Drew and I met about six years ago at a Teen Camp we both worked at. We were both in relationships with someone when we first met, but we hit it off right from the start and became really good friends and worked well together. We would even go out with a group of friends and our significant others at the time, which we both think is pretty funny looking back on it all. About six months after meeting Drew, my then boyfriend and I decided it was working out, so we called it quits. Now I was single again and did not even want to think about getting into a relationship with anyone. A few months later, as a concerned friend, Drew contacted me and asked me how I was doing. We chatted about it for a while and I felt better. Drew was so easy to talk to. A few months after that, Drew asked me out on a date! I was still nervous and unsure about dating again and I didn’t want to go alone, so I asked my friend Britni to go with me. When I think back on that, I realize how silly I was to invite a friend on a first date! I realized that it was very easy to be comfortable with Drew, and I wasn’t nervous around him at all. We finally went on a real first date, just the two of us, and it was wonderful. Drew is and always has been a perfect gentlemen, and each date we went on was great. Our first year of dating was compromised with Drew struggling with his ex-girlfriend, but we got through it, and our relationship became stronger because of it. We became official boyfriend and girlfriend on July 27, 2012.

how they asked

At the end of 2015, Drew and I booked an exciting camping trip to Iceland for June of 2016. A few months after booking the trip, Drew was talking to me about this author who wrote an Icelandic fairy tail/children’s book. I am a special ed. Teacher, and he thought it would be a good story to read to my class. I didn’t really think much about it, but I told him it sounded great. Months passed and one evening he randomly mentioned that he had ordered the Icelandic children’s book that he had previously told me about. He wanted to find the translation for it so that we could maybe read it before our trip to Iceland. I told him that would be nice, again, not thinking much about it. In May, Drew told me that he had booked us a weekend camping trip locally so that we could practice with our Iceland gear since that trip was coming up soon. Drew acted very nonchalant about everything. At one point I even asked him if he still wanted to go on the weekend trip, and he said of course.

The day of: After setting up camp we headed down to the beach where we relaxed and enjoyed the sun. Then we went back to our site, made dinner, and played games. Just another ordinary camping trip. As it started to get dark, Drew decided to get the fire ready while I relaxed with a glass of wine enjoying the outdoors. As he was lighting the fire he casually mentioned the Icelandic children’s book. He said that he had gotten it in the mail and that he almost forgot about it, but that it was in his car. He asked me if I wanted to read it with him and I said sure. He got the book and unwrapped it from its packaging and let me look through it. It was in Icelandic so I could only admire the pictures. I had no idea what the story was about. Finally the fire was blazing, and Drew came and sat down with me so we could read the story together. He read the translation on his phone while I turned the pages of the book.

The fairy tale/book is called “The Frog and the Flower.” It is about a frog that loved the rain. One day the rain suddenly stopped and the frog realized that he was stuck in the mud. Then a flower came along and pulled him from the mud that he was trapped in. Because the flower had saved the frog, the frog wanted to repay her by helping her find rain because she had been without it for so long. The pair went on a long journey to find rain until the flower got tired and frustrated and wanted to give up. The frog consoled her and told her he was there for her. He told her that he thought she was the most amazing thing he had ever met and that he loved her. The flower was delighted, and she told the frog that she loved him too. Then it began to rain. The frog realized that he couldn’t live a week, a day, or even a minute without the flower. Then the frog looked at the flower and said . . .

At this point, Drew told me to turn the page. I did so, but it was just a blank page! When I looked at Drew with a puzzled expression, he had an engagement ring in his hand and he asked me to marry him. And I said yes!

Drew is the one who wrote and illustrated the book. For me.

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