Spread the Love: Speechless in Seattle

Gig Harbor City Administrator Rob Karlinsey remembers the night he proposed to his wife, Michelle.

My wife Michelle grew up in the Los Angeles area, and I grew up here in Pierce County. Michelle and I met each other at a summer youth camp when we were 15 years old. We became instant friends and then wrote each other about once per year for the next six years.

After serving a two-year volunteer mission for my church, I started attending the same university that Michelle had already been attending. I looked her up, and we started dating. Later that spring, I asked her to come home to Washington with me to meet my parents.

While she was visiting, I took Michelle out to dinner at the top of the Space Needle. During the dinner, I told her to reach under the table and hold my hand. Later, I asked her to reach under the table again. This time, she felt a velvet box instead of my hand.

She said, "What's this?" and opened the box to find a solitaire diamond ring that I had secretly purchased a week earlier. I was so nervous and excited at the same time that I became mute. Michelle said, "Is there anything you want to ask me?" I nervously responded, "Oh, yes. Uhm, will you marry me?" Michelle said "Yes!" and we were married later that summer.

Names: Rob & Michelle

Years together: 20

Best relationship advice: Dedicate quality one-on-one time every day. Watching TV together doesn't count.

Plans for Valentine's Day: Put the kids to bed and enjoy a cup of cocoa by the fire together.


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Songbird February 10, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Thanks Rob for sharing memories of your beautiful and romantic proposal to your wife! Maybe you can give some romantic tips to my husband for upcoming Valentine's Day. LOL! With 20 years together as a couple, it sounds like your romantic ways are keeping the spark alive in your marriage. Love the 'put the kids to bed and enjoy a cup of cocoa by the fire together' idea. I will have to try that someday.


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