When you are meant to be with your soulmate you can find them even at the ends of the earth.
Once upon a time, a girl took a trip out to the island of Little Diomede, an island bordering the International Dateline, and Russia.
It was a rock island, in the middle of the Bering Sea, where the Bering Land Bridge used to connect Asia to North America.
She was going to help out in the clinic on the island.
The village of Little Diomede.
The rustic, but vital, little clinic.
There was a boy who lived there. He looked like this.
And he taught kids like this.
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. 🙂
She saw old whaling boats by the clinic, and other amazing things.
Looking out over to Big Diomede, Russia
After seeing patients in the clinic, she left.
It was a beautiful, rugged place, at the ends of the Earth, far away from where she lived. But they kept in touch…
She learned more about him…
And eventually they went on a date in Anchorage….
He was also a pilot, and he took her out flying in a little Cessna 172.
(He cleaned up well ;))
into the mountains,
turning into the sun.
She was stoked. 🙂
On flying and love, a beautiful poem by Hafiz
They had so much they shared together.
including their love for Alaska. 🙂
He even played rugby!
They both loved the Dalai Lama and believed these words. <3
And these amazing words, by Robin Williams:
They went on a second date in Nome, Alaska, and it was a blast!
In the meantime, they wrote letters, skyped, and sent emails back and forth.
Advice they were given:
A poem by Hafiz that they found early on, and both loved:
Meanwhile, she thought of him, as she walked along the Bering Sea.
And the love she felt for him in her heart kept on growing.
Advice they were given:
He sent her these lyrics:**************************************************************
Then he came to visit her for a third date.
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.
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!
They celebrated their engagement with a few drinks with the locals.
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.'”
Then they went home for Christmas, to meet their families.
Her dad took engagement pictures. 🙂
Since she grew up in the jungle, it seemed like a natural place to take pictures.
and since he lived in Guatemala for a year, and she did a medical trip there, they both loved calla lilies.
Photos in the Japanese gardens at Como Park Conservatory, with a light snow falling.
Her dad, the photographer.
Holy moly, they loved each other!
They took part in family traditions together, like acting out the Christmas story:
And tobogganing with the family!
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!).
They went to visit his family in Seattle, and bought old records at Pike’s Place Market.
They found John Prine, Bob Dylan, Van (the man) Morrison. So many greats!
They both loved Hafiz, the poet, Sufi teacher and wiseman.
They flew back to Alaska after a wonderful time with their families.
He gave her flight lessons for her Christmas present!!!! She knew that they were meant to be together for eternity.
She got to take off and fly in circles and land the plane!
her very brave flight instructor.
They drove to some beautiful places to visit their friends.
They drove all the way down to Homer, looking for a good spot to get married.
Along the way, they stopped to enjoy the quiet, peaceful winter by a little mountain stream with birds and big, fluffy snowflakes.
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.
They found this amazing definition of Eternity on Urban Dictionary (of all places!), and it rang so true!