When A Surprise Visit Turns Into A Fairytale Engagement

June 25th, 2014

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.

I’ve always loved that saying. And thinking back on it now, I can’t believe that life gave me a fairytale.

On June 11th (this is funny looking back at this because, little did I know that in two years I’d be getting married on the same day) I went to Fargo with my sister for a girl’s day filled with back massages, Chinese food, manicures, and arial yoga. That’s a perfect combination for a lovely day!fairytales, Long Distance Relationships, surprise visits, love, Devin Berglund, Johan Joubert, Engagement, Proposal

Later that night we were going to pick up my sister’s friend from college, at the airport. She’d been planning to come out to visit for the summer. At the airport, we waited for her to get off the plane. I was told to look for a small blonde girl, and I swear I hadn’t seen one small blonde girl. She never came. In hindsight, it was also odd, because my sister and parents were acting a little strange. They seemed to be acting too excited for my sister’s friend to be arriving. I continued watching for her, but all of a sudden a guy came up to me. At first I felt like someone was invading my personal bubble, but then when I realized who it was I jumped out of my skin.

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He had told me he was going to visit his parents in Perth, Australia. (At that time he lived in Brisbane, Australia.) So he orchestrated the whole visit with my parents and his. He had to account for the moments he was on the plane, so he even had his mom text me something like “Hello Love, I arrived in Perth. My phone died, so just thought I’d text ya from my mum’s phone to let you know I made it. I’m going to bed now! Love you!”

I didn’t even question it.

He really got me good. They all did.

Not many people can say that their partner gave them a surprise visit. I know that many people dream of it. I’m thankful Johan was able to come for the surprise visit.

I later learned that my parents and sister had strategically planned with Johan for about 2 1/2 months. And I was oblivious.

When he was there in front of me – I was so shocked I couldn’t find words. I was so confused that he was here and not in Perth that I didn’t know how to respond. Johan always laughs now when telling the story, because he said it wasn’t like the scenes in Hollywood movies where the couple runs toward each other. I like to say in my defense though, that both people in the couple probably knew they were going to see each other at the airport.

After the shock passed, I was so happy. I couldn’t believe it. And honestly, I still can’t! It was beautiful.

Here were the tricky elves. They got me good.
Here were the tricky elves. They got me good.

That night on the ride home…

He told me he was taking me on a trip to The Black Hills the next day. I couldn’t believe it… because life was kind of crazy the months before. The next day we packed up the vehicle and headed to The Black Hills.fairytales, Long Distance Relationships, surprise visits, love, Devin Berglund, Johan Joubert, Engagement, Proposal Throughout our time there, it rained a lot. But, we did tons.

We saw Mt. Rushmore like we do every time we go there. Then on June 15th, (Father’s Day to be exact) the sun came out strongly. It was a beautiful day.

Johan took me to Harney Peak and we hiked up the mountain (which is the highest mountain in South Dakota!) It was a seven mile hike all together.

I wore a dress that day, because Johan and I had planned on taking pictures at the top of the mountain. And this is normal for us. We do photoshoots randomly.

Once we got up to the top of Harney Peak, I started feeling the chill of the wind. It was so cold. I was definitely happy we brought a blanket and my jeans. We set up the cameras and shot a few pics. Then he gave me a short video to watch on his iPad. Here is a screen shot:fairytales, Long Distance Relationships, surprise visits, love, Devin Berglund, Johan Joubert, Engagement, Proposal

And if you zoom in…  fairytales, Long Distance Relationships, surprise visits, love, Devin Berglund, Johan Joubert, Engagement, Proposal

At that moment I was flapping my arms inside my mind.

It had me wondering… No… is he? Is he really going to??? Yes? Maybe i shouldn’t get ahead of myself. But, I think he is!!! 

I was sitting down and then Johan came up behind me. “Devin, can you stand up.” I looked up at him in shock. “Sure, I guess.”

I didn’t know how to go about it. I am slightly a nerd when it comes to some things.

Once I was up, Johan knelt on his knee.

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It was just Johan and me on the top of the mountain. We were alone among pine trees, rocks, and flowers high above the land.

Johan looked at me with sparkling eyes full of love and said: Remember when I told you what things I would change if I could be 13 again and if I knew everything I know today, then if there would be different choices I would make? Well, I also kept coming back to one thing…I’d want to make sure I meet you so I can spend the rest of my life with you, Devin Lillian Berglund would you please marry me!”

I nodded my head and swayed my back like a little child. He held out a small wooden maroon box and opened it. A sparkling star shimmered inside.

“Yes, sure!” I smiled. He stood and placed the ring on my finger. It was so gorgeous.

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It was better than my dreams. I hugged Johan tight. Johan had a cute story to go with my ring as well. One side has my birthstone on it and the other side has his – They represent us. The small diamonds on either side represent our separate journeys. When they met in the middle at the biggest diamond is “US TOGETHER”!!! :)

It also looks like a bridge, so I always love to say how we really did bridge the distance. Love it. Love Him!fairytales, Long Distance Relationships, surprise visits, love, Devin Berglund, Johan Joubert, Engagement, Proposal

Here are some other pictures from that special day! Click through the slider below to see them all:

I look forward to many more years and adventures with you Johan! I am so blessed to call you my husband. I love you!

Fairytales, really do happen.

About Devin Berglund

Writer. Dreamer. Wanderer. Enjoyer of Life. She loves crafting stories that change lives. Her first book "The Mason of Hearts" was recently finished. It's the first in a Fantasy Adventure trilogy. She is also working toward agent representation.

16 thoughts on “When A Surprise Visit Turns Into A Fairytale Engagement

  1. Adorable! Congrats Devin! Best wishes to you and Johan’s future together :D I have loved following your love story. The fairy tale is just beginning.

  2. Devin this is my first post this morning I am reading along and smiling at what is a beautiful way to be asked to spend your life with someone. Congrats you look like an adorable couple and I wish you many splendid days together….I believe in fairy tales too.

    1. Awe! I am glad the story had you smiling. It was an exciting story to live. I always love knowing other people believe in happily ever afters too. :) Thank you so much for your lovely, kind words Kath!

  3. Congrats, that is so exciting! You two make a beautiful couple and I hope God blesses you abundantly! I loved reading your story! :)

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