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WE’LL BE UNVEILING THE ENTRIES OVER THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE AS WE RECEIVE THEM. HERE’S Janie t’s ENTRY, OF a love story that involves 3 different cities in manitoba, tropical bali in indonesia, and money from 65 countries.
After having been with someone for 3 years, the relationship ended. I was devastated and down in the dumps. My friends tried EVERYTHING to perk me up, but nothing seemed to help. After a few months had gone by, some friends asked if I would be interested in going to Dauphin’s Countryfest for the July long weekend in 2012. My immediate answer was no; I was definitely not in the mood to party after the break-up.
My friends are extremely caring, loving and supportive…and also very sneaky. I received a text message one night from a friend saying “Too bad, you’re coming to Countryfest! Your ticket has been bought; you have a place to sleep and ride there! No excuses!”. I realized they simply would not take no for an answer, so I gave in. I texted my boss at 11pm asking for a few days off and Thursday morning at 6am, we were en route to Dauphin. I thought just MAYBE this is what I needed to get my mind off of everything.
Little did I know, saying “yes” to my friends was the best decision I’d ever made…because it lead me to meeting the love of my life, Kevin. I never thought I would meet my future husband at Countryfest, but I did. It was love at first shot – jello shot that is! From that day on, we were inseparable. I lived in Winnipeg, he lived in Portage la Prairie…so we traveled 1h15 each way, every day to see each other and spend time together. It wasn’t easy waking up at 5:30am all those mornings to make it to work on time. After a short period of time (and a lot of money spent on gas!), Kevin moved in with me.
One of the many things we had in common was our love for travelling so we decided to plan a few trips! My cousins invited us to join them in Mexico in January 2013 – so we did! Just as soon as we got home and unpacked, we were all packed up and ready to go travelling again – this time to Bali, Indonesia! We arrived on Valentine’s Day and we were so excited to see what Bali had to offer! Our first week there was filled with day trips to see breathtaking rice fields, amazing monkey forests, and a beautiful black sand beach. Everything was going great and we were having a wonderful time soaking up the hot sun, trying new foods, experiencing the culture and of course…shopping! We thought “what a perfect week, let’s experience even more of Bali the 2nd week!”.Unfortunately, my stomach had other plans for us…I ended up becoming extremely sick – I was bed ridden for the whole 2nd week of our trip. I went (or should I say Kevin carried me) to the Medical Clinic twice, I was on 5 different kinds of pills/antibiotics, received 2 “who knows what it is but it’ll make you feel better, I promise” injections, and sucked on slices of watermelon for nearly 6 whole days. I just wanted to go back home to Winnipeg. So after 2 weeks, we said buh-bye to Bali and helloooooo Winnipeg! As much as we enjoyed our time in Bali, we were so happy to be back in Canada.
We had talked about engagement early in our relationship, but I had no idea what was about to hit me…just over a month after coming back from Bali, Kevin asked me if I would continue to travel with him. I said “Of course! I love travelling and want to see the world!”. He simply smiled and said “ok, good”. I thought it was odd, but left it at that.I was coming home from work that Wednesday , April 3rd, 2013. I pulled into the drive, opened the door only to have dogs run at me and greet me with jumps and kisses. Put my purse and keys away and walked into the living room like I always do.
Something was different…the blinds were all shut which was odd since I always opened them up before leaving for work in the morning. I headed towards the window and opened the blinds, and when I turned around I noticed Kevin standing there with a HUGE banner taped to the wall. I couldn’t believe my eyes – I was so overwhelmed with emotions I didn’t even know what was happening! I remember him starting his “speech” and the lines that stood out the most to me were: “Not long ago, you said you would travel the world with me. I can’t imagine travelling the world and seeing it all with anyone other than you, for the rest of my days. Janie, will you marry me?”. I burst into tears hysterically and said “yes!! YES YES YES!!!”. I was jumping for joy and was so excited to start announcing our engagement!
When I took a closer look at the banner and asked him what it was, he explained:
“I’ve had this ring for a while. My plan was to propose to you on the Elephant Safari Ride in Bali, but you got so sick that 2nd week I never really got a chance to. Since I wanted to do something unique and special for you, I tried so hard to come up with something that would top proposing to you on an elephant – and I came up with this.”The 20-foot banner which said “Will you marry me?” contained dollar bills (and 1 canadian toonie!) from SIXTY-FIVE different countries around the world! He had taped each bill to create those 4 magical words and vowed to travel to each of those places with me! It was the most unexpected, wonderfully amazing, exciting and unique surprise proposal a girl could ever ask for! J Special thanks to RBC for helping Kevin get all these bills!