HOLIDAY CONTEST WINNER - Hunting for Sea Turtles
Every Thanksgiving, Micah goes on a week-long hunting trip in
north Louisiana. My parents live in south Florida, so I planned to go there for
the holiday. As Micah packed the car with his hunting gear, I got ready to head
to the airport. It was our first Thanksgiving and we were spending it apart, it
was bittersweet, but that’s the life you live as a hunter‘s spouse.
Thanksgiving Day, Micah went to his grandparents’ house down the
road from the hunting camp. I talked to his family for a bit, sending love
& happy holiday blessings. Micah ended the phone call with, “We are headed
back to the camp, I don’t get much service, but I’ll call when I can.”
The following morning, my mom put a note on the fridge, “Be
ready for 5:30. Going see baby sea turtles born and then dinner.” I heard from
Micah, he was able to watch the LSU vs Arkansas game at a local bar in between
hunts, but he was soon heading back and would lose service again. We are from
Baton Rouge, so we LOVE our Tigers! The game was INTENSE and I could NOT pull
myself from watching it. My mom was pressuring me to get dressed, so we
wouldn’t miss the birth of the turtles. She said, “Her Wildlife and Fisheries
friend had to pull some strings to let us attend the birthing.” So, of course,
I fixed myself up and told a friend to text me play by play.
As were riding down the beach road, my mom is on the phone with
her WL&F friend, she tells Mawmaw and I to look for a candle by the side of
the road to know what beach to go to. We get to the beach and there was a
walkway aligned with tulle, candles, and wooden signs. Immediately I said,
“Aww! Look how sweet this is! They really go all out for these turtles!” (FYI:
Sea turtle birth is a HUGE deal in Florida and it is common to block off the
turtle’s nest, so they are not disturbed by beach goers.) There wasn’t anyone
around, but there was a house on a hill, a little bit above us, so I assumed
everyone was up there waiting for us to arrive. My mom’s WL&F friend called
and told us, we need to walk in the middle and read the signs. Well, I was
completely against this idea because I didn’t want to step on the turtles, but
my mom insisted that is what her friend was saying to do.
So, I began to read them. “Our relationship is so perfect and
you make it that way.” “You are my best friend.” “You are loving, caring, and giving.”
“And just as I carried you that night, I will continue to carry you through
every hardship.” When I got to this sign, I began to question what was going
on. I turned around and my mom and mawmaw were gone! I continued to read the
signs, but at a much quicker pace. Sign after sign until the last two: “You had
to wash away your past in order for us to meet.” “Now you can wash away this
sand to begin our future.” There was a pale of water next to a mound of sand
below the last sign. The discovered sign read: “TURN AROUND.”
To my COMPLETE surprise there was Micah, on his knee with tears
in his eyes and a HUGE smile on his face, asking me to be his wife for the rest
of his life!!
I could not comprehend how he was standing in front of me!! How
did he do all this? When did he get here? He was hunting 20 hours away! I spoke
to his family in Louisiana the day before! I was completely blown away and it
was my purest “blonde” moment.
After the shock of being surprised that he was in Florida, it
sank in! I just had the most amazing, beautiful proposal experience of my
life!! I was ENGAGED to the most perfect person for me! We married 10 months
later and we are enjoying every moment of our new lives together!
Thank you Micah for being amazing!
Posted by Megan
on June 30th 2013