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Krystle Kuchera, a massage therapist in Austin, and Kyle Davis, who serves in Albert Lea's Delta Company of the Minnesota National Guard, plan to get married after Davis returns - Photo provided

Love overseas

Not every love story starts at a massage appointment, but for Krystle Kuchera, a massage therapist in Austin, and Kyle Davis, who serves in Albert Lea's Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry of the Minnesota National Guard and is currently stationed in Kuwait, that's exactly the case

The couple had met in passing but had never talked before taking a fateful motorcycle ride with friends in September 2010 After a little flirting, Davis asked Kuchera if he could come in for a massage appointment some time.

"Of course I said yes So he came in for a massage and asked me as he was still lying face down on my massage table if I wanted to go to dinner," Kuchera said "He told me later that he asked me while he was face down because he was super nervous."

After the appointment, they went for dinner at Taco John's at Kuchera's suggestion and then spent that night and many nights after sitting around and talking until 2:30 in the morning A week went by like that before they officially declared that they were dating.

One short month later, Davis got the news that he would be deployed to Kuwait He asked her if she wanted to end the relationship, but she quickly refused, so they stayed together, and when he deployed in May, Kuchera said she'd wait for him.

A short leave in July gave Kuchera the biggest surprise of her life - a proposal - though it didn't exactly go as planned.

Davis had originally planned to set up one of his military buddies with a massage from Kuchera and suggested she'd put the ring she usually wears on his necklace He'd then switch it out and surprise her with the new ring.

"He said I took the necklace away from him too fast," Kuchera laughed

Since that plan didn't work, he ended up proposing at home Davis slipped the ring on her finger Kuchera asked, "what's this?" and after asking whether it was an engagement ring or promise ring, Davis told her to choose

"I told him "�well you have to ask the question' So he did and I said "�yes,'"� Kuchera said "It was pretty romantic because we're both really jokey people"

Davis will return from Kuwait in May They talk every day on the telephone, once a week over Skype, and use Facebook to keep in touch even if it's just an "I love you" or "I miss you"� message

Kuchera says her relationship with Davis has taught her great patience, communication and trust It's especially taught her that even the smallest details are important

Story by Avery Cropp, Matt Peterson and Trey Mewes
Article source,
http://www.austindailyherald.com/2012/02/13/all-about-love/



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