Kathryn & Nicholas

When I became a flight attendant three years ago, my number one rule was that I was not going to date a pilot because it was so cheesy! Little did I know that I would meet the love of my life a few months later, a pilot named Nick.

Although Nick and I worked for the same airline, we did not work the same flights and we actually had to live in different states, him in Virginia and me in Maryland, because of the bases we worked out of. Although most people would be hesitant to start a relationship off knowing that distance and unpredictable schedules would make things difficult, Nick and I knew that the struggles were worth it. We were inseparable during our time together even if it meant making the five hour drive together and flying back alone the very next morning.

After a year, I took the biggest risk I’ve ever taken in my life and quit my job to be with Nick in Virginia. I had always wanted to be a nurse and my plan was to start nursing school. Nick was very supportive of this decision. However, I did not get a chance to start nursing school in Virginia because Nick was offered his dream job a few months later. Our next step was a move to Pennsylvania.

Today, three years and three re-locations after we met, Nick and I live in Pennsylvania where we have been able to start building our lives together. I just finished my first semester of nursing school and he is loving his job. We have been each other’s biggest supporters and I know that I wouldn’t have been able to pursue my dream to be a nurse without having Nick in my life.

Our engagement occurred on December 1, 2014. I came home from my last clinical of the semester and heard a train horn in the other room. This did not surprise me since Nick had mentioned that he was going to get a toy train for around our Christmas tree. When I came into the living room, Nick was on the ground playing with the train on the other side of the tree. I told him I was going to change out of my scrubs, but he told me to wait a second for the train to come around because there was “precious cargo” on it. I suspected it was a chocolate bar because Nick knows how much I love sweets. However, I had no idea that what was coming around on that train was something that no sweet in the world could compare to. When the train came around and I saw the ring in the box, I was in shock. Nick got on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I was speechless and crying like a baby, but I managed to get a “yes” out at some point. Nick and I will have a long engagement because I still have a year left of nursing school; however, we are excited to take this next step in our life and are in no rush because we want to take in and enjoy every moment we have together for the rest of our lives.

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