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A VALENTINE’S DAY STORY How I Met My Wife, Katie
Originally, I moved from my hometown in Montana to Portland to pursue physical therapy. By the time I was living in Portland, I had started my student rotation with a local physical therapist, even though I was still in school. Being from Montana, I didn’t know many people in the area, but I ended up becoming friends with a fellowMontana native who eventually introduced me to my wife, Katie. After Katie and I initially met, we remained friends for a while. I was still in school, and she was working as a nurse, so I didn’t feel like it was the right time to take things to the next level. We kept in touch for my last two years of school and were able to get to know each other incredibly well without the pressure of dating. We could comfortably be ourselves in the company of one another. As I was coming out of my last year of physical therapy school, I knew she was the girl I wanted to be with, so I made the first move to propel us from friendship to dating.
“I knew she was the girl I wanted to be with, so I made the first move to propel us from friendship to dating.”
Katie and I were together for a few years before I proposed. Once I decided to go ring shopping, I couldn’t find one I liked, so I had a ring custom made. However, that process took six months, which felt like an eternity. After the ring was finally finished, I planned out a whole proposal, but it didn’t work out how I wanted it to. So one day, we packed up our skis and climbed most of Mount Hood, and I proposed there. I
attend, but so did all of her family’s friends. We said our vows as the sun was setting, and it was truly a beautiful experience. We were able to get a live band for the reception, and we danced, ate, and drank with our families and friends well into the night. After, we honeymooned in Bhutan, where we volunteered with a health education organization. It was nice to get away for a month, but it was much more rewarding to spend our time strengthening an important community organization. Katie, you’re the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day.
had invited our mutual friend on the trip without Katie’s knowing. After she said yes, we skied down the mountain and met our friend in the lodge to celebrate. Katie and I were engaged for a year and a half. She was in grad school when I proposed, and she wanted to finish before we got married. Who would want to plan a wedding between study sessions? After graduation, we planned a beautiful ceremony at Katie’s parents’ ranch. Her family has deep connections to the community, so not only did our families
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