Army Fairytale

This love story is a story that will be told to in our family generations to come. Thomas and I were meant to be. There is no if's, and's or but's about it. Everything that led up to us meeting was nothing short of just that. It was meant to be. Although where we met was not the most fairytale setting, it couldn't have been anymore perfect. After I got home from work late one night(I was a nanny), I was exhausted. I got a phone call from a friend of mine begging me to come hang out. I finally gave in and said I would come just for a little bit. We went to a local country bar, and it was packed that night. I was only there for a few minutes, and was trying to squeeze through people to get to where my friends were. My butt then bumped into Thomas' butt. I quickly turned around to apologize, and it might sound cliche, but the moment our eyes met my heart dropped. I then apologized to bumping into him, and he said it was okay, turned around and started talking with his friends again. I couldn't stop thinking about him all night. Kept looking towards his direction, and wanting just to talk to him even if it was just a little while. There was something there. I knew it in my heart. How could this be though? I didn't even know the guy. I was always taught by father that the man should always approach you, so I had no clue what to do. I had never approached a guy like this before. So I thought to myself, "What will get his attention? Well, I bumped into him, and that got his attention, maybe I will do that again and see what happens." So, I did just that. Let's just say I bumped into him on purpose a total of two times before he finally got the hint! Once we started talking, he asked me to dance. We danced and talked the rest of the night. I soon found out that he was a Infantry Soldier in the Army, and was on his R&R and would be going back to Iraq in 10 days. Great, I thought. Out of everyone in here, the one guy you have this unbelievable connection with is leaving back to Iraq in 10 days for 6 months. At the end of the night, he asked me for my phone number. Again, I was taught never to give your phone number out like that, and never had, but this time was different. He called me the very next day and said he would love to take me out on a proper date. To make a very long story short, which is impossible, we had 3 incredible dates before I took him to the airport to deploy. Once we got to the airport, they actually let me go back with him and wait with him before the plane came. We sat together, held hands and talked for 2 hours. He asked me to be his girlfriend right before he got on the plane, and I actually said no. I was so scared. I didn't know what was going to happen to him. He said he understood, and that when I realize lightening striked, he will be waiting. Two days later I get a knock at my apartment door, and there are a dozen red roses there. They were from Thomas! I couldn't even believe all the way from Iraq he ordered me flowers! I read the card and it said, "I can not stop thinking of you, and I hope that when I get back we can start where we left off." I ran to my computer and emailed him and told him to call me as soon as he could. He called me the next day and right when I heard his voice I told him, "Just so you know, I am your girlfriend!" Our first 6 months of our relationship we were an ocean apart, and not even an ocean could be big enough to stop what we had. February 15th, 2007 was the Brigade Ball in Nashville, TN. I had no clue what so ever that this night would be a night I would never forget! After dinner and the ceremonies were finished, Thomas told me he was going to get us a drink. A couple minutes later I then hear his voice over the intercom calling my name to come to the dance floor. I was shocked and had no clue what was going on. As I walked towards him had the microphone in his hand, standing in the middle of the dance floor, spotlight on him. As soon as I got to him, he kneeled to one knee and asked me to marry him. All of this being in front of 1500 soldiers and their dates! He had been planning this for MONTHS! He had to get permission from his whole chain of command to even do this, and had to set everything up with the DJ to make it all possible. At the end of the proposal, the DJ started playing our song, and that was the song we also danced our first dance at our wedding on 07-07-07. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect happy ending to this Army Fairytale! But it's not a ending yet. After almost 4 years of being married, it keeps getting better and better! We now have an almost 2 year old daughter who is the joy of our lives. Thomas is now the Station Commander of the Army Recruiting Station in Dubuque, IA. I couldn't be more proud to call myself not only an Army wife, but HIS wife.

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Deke Solomon says ... on Sunday, Apr 15 at 4:45 AM

I assume all of you went to journalism school. So why do so many of you NOT know how to spell "lightning"? Rule #1: "Lightning" is the flash in the sky that you see before you hear thunder. #2: "Lightening" is the white stuff you put in your coffee

Rena says ... on Wednesday, Aug 31 at 9:44 AM

Lauren, I KNOW you guys will win!!!! I voted again!!! :)

kris says ... on Sunday, Aug 28 at 7:54 PM

That makes me so proud of you. I was a mil wife once and my story started like yours sort of but had no ending like yours. I'll pray for you both to have many blessings to come dear.

Elizabeth says ... on Tuesday, Aug 23 at 1:36 PM

Still voting for you guys :) Have a drink for me when you win!!!

Esme says ... on Sunday, Aug 21 at 10:46 AM

An Army Fairytale indeed! Such a sweet story Lauren! Best of luck :)

Narce Reyes says ... on Saturday, Aug 20 at 11:45 PM

Love it!!! Wish camerman could have captured a little more, but love the story. Best of luck Lauren. Hope you get your real honeymoon that both of you so much deserve! (:

Gina says ... on Friday, Aug 19 at 12:40 PM

So sweet! I hope you guys win!

Lauren says ... on Friday, Aug 19 at 10:54 AM

Thank you all so much! It means so much to us! We have never had a true honeymoon, and this would mean the world to us. Thanks again!

Elizabeth says ... on Thursday, Aug 18 at 2:06 PM

Love you guys :) Of course I voted!

Chris and Shannon Sproston says ... on Wednesday, Aug 17 at 5:07 PM

100% Amazing. Not a better one than this one.

Trish says ... on Wednesday, Aug 17 at 9:04 AM

I just cried my eyes out! What a lovely story, it's so beautiful! :-) Love you bestie! ..and of course I voted!

Tanya says ... on Tuesday, Aug 16 at 9:50 PM

Wow, this is perfect! What a way to remember such a special moment! You get my vote!!

Gena says ... on Thursday, Jul 28 at 6:47 PM

Fairytale is right! I will be voting for you two!

Karen S. says ... on Tuesday, Jul 19 at 12:16 PM

Now THAT was a proposal! What an amazing love story you two have!

Neville says ... on Thursday, Jul 7 at 9:45 PM

Great story! I am a Navy Vet, and what a memorable way to "pop the question". I know he must have had to go all the way up his chain to get permission for that one. Good job man!

Janet says ... on Sunday, Jul 3 at 9:47 PM

WOW! Best one yet! How incredible! What an amazing story! Perfect fairytale for sure!

tory says ... on Tuesday, Jun 21 at 10:35 PM

I LOV IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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