An Alaskan Love Story:

When you are meant to be with your soulmate you can find them even at the ends of the earth.  

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Once upon a time, a girl took a trip out to the island of Little Diomede, an island bordering the International Dateline, and Russia.
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It was a rock island, in the middle of the Bering Sea, where the Bering Land Bridge used to connect Asia to North America.
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She was going to help out in the clinic on the island.
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The village of Little Diomede.IMG_7233

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The rustic, but vital, little clinic.
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There was a boy who lived there. He looked like this.
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And he taught kids like this.unnamed-3

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They met at the school–the big green building on the far left. If you see the boy, you should ask him the story about how they met. He was wearing a Hawaiian shirt, his “island shirt” as he called it. 🙂
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Little Diomede House

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Little Diomede Native Store

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She saw old whaling boats by the clinic, and other amazing things.
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Looking out over to Big Diomede, Russia
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After seeing patients in the clinic, she left.
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It was a beautiful, rugged place, at the ends of the Earth, far away from where she lived. But they kept in touch…
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She learned more about him…IMG_2858

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And eventually they went on a date in Anchorage….
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He was also a pilot, and he took her out flying in a little Cessna 172.
(He cleaned up well ;))
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into the mountains,
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buzzing glaciers,
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turning into the sun.
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She was stoked. 🙂IMG_6287

On flying and love, a beautiful poem by Hafiz
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They had so much they shared together.
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including their love for Alaska. 🙂
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He even played rugby!
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They both loved the Dalai Lama and believed these words. <3
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And these amazing words, by Robin Williams:IMG_2777

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They went on a second date in Nome, Alaska, and it was a blast!
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In the meantime, they wrote letters, skyped, and sent emails back and forth.
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Advice they were givenalways-something-to-be-thankful-for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A poem by Hafiz that they found early on, and both loved:

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Meanwhile, she thought of him, as she walked along the Bering Sea.IMG_7629

And the love she felt for him in her heart kept on growing.
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Advice they were given: 764e932efe7510a48c6ebecab0bca8dd

He sent her these lyrics:tumblr_mlm52dWlbx1qaouvno1_500**************************************************************

Then he came to visit her for a third date.
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It was a shiningly beautiful day with the Arctic sunriset (that’s a made-up word for when the sun barely rises above the horizon and sets again) light glowing.
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And that’s when he got down on one knee, on the freezing Bering Sea icebergs, and asked her to marry him. She said “a million times, yes!”
Oh! by the way, he made the ring!
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They celebrated their engagement with a few drinks with the locals.photo 4

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He was so good to her, and for her birthday, he sent her three packages: mocha ingredients (her favorite), the best sign to start the morning in happiness, and a custom-designed mug, from one of their favorite poems by Hafiz: “Love so God will think, ‘Ahhhh, I got kin in that body! I should start inviting that soul over for coffee and rolls.'” photo 2

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Then they went home for Christmas, to meet their families.
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Her dad took engagement pictures. 🙂
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Since she grew up in the jungle, it seemed like a natural place to take pictures.
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and since he lived in Guatemala for a year, and she did a medical trip there, they both loved calla lilies.
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photo bomb!
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Her dad, the photographer. DSCF5202

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They took part in family traditions together, like acting out the Christmas story:
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And tobogganing with the family!IMG_2818

He was very clever and handy and he knew how to make the kitchen look awesome! (He and his soon-to-be-father-in-law tiled the back splash all the way around the kitchen just in time for Christmas!). image_4

They went to visit his family in Seattle, and bought old records at Pike’s Place Market.P1240656

They found John Prine, Bob Dylan, Van (the man) Morrison. So many greats!
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They both loved Hafiz, the poet, Sufi teacher and wiseman.
the words you speak become the house you live in

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They flew back to Alaska after a wonderful time with their families.
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He gave her flight lessons for her Christmas present!!!! She knew that they were meant to be together for eternity. photo 5

She got to take off and fly in circles and land the plane!
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 her very brave flight instructor.

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They drove to some beautiful places to visit their friends.
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They drove all the way down to Homer, looking for a good spot to get married.photo 4-2
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Along the way, they stopped to enjoy the quiet, peaceful winter by a little mountain stream with birds and big, fluffy snowflakes. image

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The date they picked for the wedding just so happened to be National Slurpee Day, for a marriage of convenience, and live happily ever after. 7-11 day

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 The Beginning.

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They found this amazing definition of Eternity on Urban Dictionary (of all places!), and it rang so true!Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 8.57.37 PMIMG_8858.PNG

 

25 thoughts on “An Alaskan Love Story:

    • Thanks, Dani! YES! It sure does. 🙂 Never would’ve imagined…!!! Awww, thanks and cheers to you~to another adventure-filled trip around the Alaskan sun. 🙂 I enjoyed reading your blog as well! New Zealand is a place we talked about visiting… i would love to hear more about your time there!

  1. Hi Shana! I’m a volunteer producer at KNOM Radio here in Nome and I’ve been working on a Love Story series for a couple months now. I’ve been searching for some good old Alaskan love stories, and came across this post! Fate! If you’d be willing and able, I’d love to talk to you about sharing this beautiful story on our airwaves. (It has me in tears just reading it, so I can’t imagine the warmth it would bring to all of our listeners!) No pressure, but I thought I’d at least offer the opportunity. Let me know!! Look forward to hearing back.

    • Hi Kristin! Oh awesome! I love KNOM. 🙂 So much fate! Yeah, it would be heaps of fun to share this story…it makes me smile. a lot. and tear up some times too. 🙂 And what a fun series~I’d love to hear the others. Feel free to email me at pacificmeri AT gmail.

    • Haha! This comment makes me smile. I love the Electric Fetus! 🙂 But no, not this time–we only had a quick couple of days with the fam in Minneapolis. We did go to Holy Cow Records in Seattle. 🙂
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  2. Hi Shana
    Sitting here in Switzerland. Snow everywhere. Approximately 10 inches. And read your Alaska Love Story. Wow …. just wonderful. Happiness and joy wherever you look. Congratulations. All the best to you both. Enjoy all your togetherness.

    And Little Diomede …. just wonderful. If I make it to Alaska again, this island is part of our itinerary.

    Good Night.
    Patrick

  3. That is a wonderful love story-well told! Congratulations from Tim and I. We really enjoyed meeting you last year and will see you in Nome again this year.

    • Awww thanks, Loreen! It has been such a fun love story. 🙂 Thank you so much! Yeah, I really enjoyed meeting you guys–wow!!! are you going to walk back to Nome again?!?! You guys are my heroes. 🙂
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  4. Hey it’s Sarah ( OB traveler from the hospital). Your post made me smile and tear up (and typically I haatttee anything remotely sappy!) but I just love this! Congrats again and hope to see you at work soon!!

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