Marley and Rob

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How We Met

Rob and I met on Tinder. I had just moved to Virginia Beach from the D.C. Area and didn’t really know anyone here. He made it feel like home and when we met I felt like we’d known each other for years. He’s my absolute best friend and biggest supporter ever.

How He Asked

My parents have been together for 35 years and married for 31. They started a tradition the first year they started dating of getting a Christmas ornament for each other each year  and the ornament has to have the year on it and has to be related to something that happened in the past year with them. Each Christmas my brother, sister, and I would help my parents decorate the tree and listen to them tell the story of every year they’ve been together through the ornaments. Rob and I started this tradition the first year we started dating and have carried it on ever since. This year I got him a custom Australian Shepherd ornament because we got an Aussie puppy back in March. I thought it was awesome and there was no way he could beat my ornament. I am bad at keeping secrets so I gave it to him as soon as I got it in the first week of December. He loved it but was upset that he hadn’t purchased mine yet. A couple weeks later he texted me and said he found the perfect ornament for me and that he had to give it to me when we both got home from work. I thought there’s no way he beat mine! When I got home from work there were candles lit, Christmas lights on, and my favorite Christmas song, Baby It’s Cold Outside playing on the speakers. Rob hugged me and handed me a box with my ornament in it to open before I could even set my purse down and take my jacket off. I opened the box and there was a big fake diamond ring ornament in it. I was super confused at the ornament because we hadn’t gotten engaged or married that year. I stared at it and then looked over at Rob. He was down on one knee with another box that had a real diamond in it in his hand. He told me how much he loved me and couldn’t wait another day to give me the ring he spent weeks picking out, and asked me to be his wife. I said yes of course!!

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