When you are in love, you want to give the object of your affection the best possible gift. Most people would drop by a number of shops and stores on the lookout for the perfect present. If you are the crafty type, you might be more interested in making something unique for your loved one. The man in the story wanted to make his girlfriend feel special on their first anniversary. In the end, he decided to do both things at once. He bought part of it but made the rest on his own. This was a very sweet thing to do, but no one expected that it would lead to a shocking revelation two years later… It changed everything for them, but was it for the better?
The Couple In Question
Terry and Anna both hail from Australia. When the pivotal moment of the story happened, they had been seeing each other for a year already. The two of them had been friends for nearly four years before they got together! After some time, they knew that they were with the one for each other. They could not help but feel like the luckiest people on the planet to be with the person of their dreams.
Celebrating A Year Together
Their first anniversary was coming up. As her boyfriend, Terry wanted to give Anna something that she would treasure! In the end, he decided that I would be more special if he made it with his own two hands. He was not the craftiest person in the world, but he had a brilliant idea in mind.
He Made Her A Necklace
He decided that he would make her a necklace. It was not easy. He had to spend a lot of hard work and time to finish it. In the end, he successfully created the main part on his own. Once he was done with this portion of the project, he bought a chain and combined the two pieces together.
Made Of Tasmanian Wood
Terry used Tasmanian wood for the pendant. This high-quality timber is often used to make cabinets, furniture pieces, panels, and various small objects. It is hard and close-grained, so it does not degrade easily. The surface also has a satiny luster and dark color. He knew that it would last a long time.
A Secret Inside
Mind you, he spent a good chunk of time designing it and bringing it to life. The entire time, he hoped that his girlfriend would love it. But it turned out that he had been keeping a secret from her… It was about the necklace in question! The truth would not come out until a few years later.
Their Anniversary Dinner
When the day of the anniversary finally rolled in, he took her to dinner. This was his opportunity to finally hand it over to her. He felt nervous since he did not know if she would like it or not. He put a lot of effort into it, but this did not mean that she would like it. She tended to be picky about fashion.
A Huge Surprise
Once they were done with the meal, he finally showed her the surprise. He showed her the hand-made gift and showed it to Anna! His hands had been trembling slightly as he retrieved it from his coat pocket. What did his girlfriend feel about his gift? Let us just say that Terry did not expect it at all…
Her Reaction Comforted Him
The truth is that Anna did not like the gift – she loved it! She thought that it was a gorgeous necklace, but what made it truly special was that he made it for her. It came as a total surprise to her, but she loved the present. After seeing this, Terry felt very relieved.
She Felt Loved
Anna was touched that he would make something like this for her. After receiving the present, she put it on immediately. She hardly took it off after that day! While she wore it every single day, she eventually found out that it was not what it seemed… For the longest time, she thought it was just a necklace.
He Kept It A Secret
She had no idea that Terry hid a valuable object inside the pendant of the necklace! He did this because it felt like the safest way to ensure that nobody would find it. For some time, the plan looked like it was working. However, the truth eventually came out. Once it did, they had to make an important decision.
A Constant Fear
Terry felt worried that the secret would come out before the right time. He knew that he would get in trouble if she ever found what was inside the necklace. There was a special on his mind. He planned to tell her eventually, but the timing was important. His plan would fail if he did not get it right.
Her Friends Noticed It
His girlfriend adored the necklace so much that she even showed it off to her friends. It made him scared because they might take a good look at it! If she simply kept it around her neck, it should not be a problem. However, the contents of the necklace might come out should people hold it or grab it.
Through Video Calls
Anna made sure to show it to her friends who did not live in Australia. She did this through video calls! Don’t worry, she did not organize the call specifically to parade it around her friends. They simply noticed it because she would always have it around her neck. It did not escape the notice of her pals.
Her Best Friend Was Overseas
One of her good friends lived in Scotland. Sofia was also Australian but immigrated there a few years ago. The two of them missed each other. This is a given when you have to leave your best friend behind! They made sure to call each other once a month at the very least. Yes, she is the woman in this photo.
She Kept Wearing It
Time passed by. Even a couple of months later, Anna would still wear the necklace. He was relieved that she remained unaware of its secret. By then, her friends had mostly seen it. This was a good thing since no one was interested in taking a closer look at it. Hopefully, things will continue as they were.
No Matter Where She Went
In fact, Anna refused to take it off unless she absolutely had to. On top of that, she always wore it in such a way that everyone would see it. She did not remove it even when she went to the pool, the beach, or the gym. This is a clear sign that she valued the gift that Terry lovingly made for her! In this photo, you can see it around her neck during a family event.
Their First Big Trip
As time went on, the two of them decided to take a holiday. Like most people, Terry and Anna wanted to travel but could not do it all the time. This was their first trip together in a long while, so both of them were excited. They wanted to make it special and made sure to plan out the getaway.
Her Fear Of Flying
Anna did not like flying. It was a good thing that they had many options that did not require flights in Australia! She liked to check out local destinations that they could visit without getting on a plane. Terry would have preferred to travel further than that, but he was more concerned about her happiness!
They Took The Bus
In the end, they decided to go on a trip that required a bus ride. For this trip, Terry and Anna chose not to stay in one place like most people do. In an effort to meet halfway, they agreed to go on a road trip across the country. They decided to check out places neither of them had been
The Couple Had A Blast
The trip went very well! Anna and Terry were happy that they could make a lot of new memories together. He was ready to take the next step with her. However, let us not forget that he had yet to tell her about the secret inside the necklace. His time was coming up… It could not stay hidden forever.
Time For Another Trip
The two of them had plenty of fun on the trip. However, Terry could not help but feel guilt and fear over his secret. He knew that he had to tell her soon! It was the only way to keep his sanity safe, but he could decide when to tell her about it. No matter how much he wanted it, he could not force himself to do it.
He Wanted To Go Abroad
A year after that trip, they decided to take another holiday together. Clearly, the couple liked to travel and explore the world as much as possible. It was time for them to hit the road once more. However, Terry wanted to go overseas. By then, they had enough money to afford a trip abroad!
She Agreed To It
At the time, Anna still had a fear of flying. Despite this, she decided it was time for her to concede. The couple looked at different places before they made their decision. They automatically rejected all the places that Terry had visited in the past. He wanted to do see places with Anna for the first time!
They Would Be Reunited At Last
Anna had a condition of her own as well. She wanted to visit some of her friends who lived abroad. It would serve as an incentive for her to face her fear of flying. Her boyfriend did not mind this. In fact, it sounded very reasonable to him. At long last, they finally found something that met the criteria.
Finally Deciding On A Destination
In the end, they agreed to go to Scotland! This would be the first time that Terry would step foot in the United Kingdom. He was excited to visit this new place at long last! Anna, on the other hand, was thrilled because she would finally be reunited with her best pal. It was the perfect destination for them.
He Needed To Tell Her
Terry had something else up his sleeve. He knew that this was the ideal place to finally tell Anna the truth. At long last, he knew that it was time to show her what he had been hiding for years. If he let this opportunity go, it would take far too long before he would get his next chance.
At The Airport
In the past, there were times when he assumed that he could no longer contain the secret. It happened when they first took a flight together. Terry felt scared that the security check might reveal the secret. After all, we know that the airport staff can be very strict about these things.
Going Through Security Check
He started to panic in earnest once they got to the airport. He felt worried that the security would ask to separately scan the necklace! If this happened, it would have been over for him. It was a good thing that this did not happen. They had to leave it with her other items, so his secret was safe… in the meantime.
He Got Lucky
Terry let out a sigh of relief when nothing odd happened at airport security. After that temporary scare, he decided to focus on enjoying the trip with the love of his life. However, things do not always go according to plan… There was no way for him to predict what was going to happen after that!
Waiting For The Right Time
During their Scotland trip, he came up with a plan. It involved extracting the item from the necklace, preferably without her noticing it. Terry waited hours for the right moment to pull it off. He knew that it was now or never. However, the reality did not align with the expectations that he had in mind.
How To Retrieve The Necklace
At the time, it had been nearly two years since he gave her the necklace as a gift. He planned to take the hidden object out of the necklace, but something got in the way. For one thing, Anna almost always had the necklace on. If he wanted his plan to succeed, he needed to find a way to get it off of her.
It Was Now Or Never
Luckily, he found an opening in their itinerary. He thought that he could do it when they went to the caves in northern Scotland. It would still be risky, but there was no other way to get around it. After looked at the pros and cons, he came to the conclusion that it would be worth it.
They Were Both Excited
Before we talk about that, let us tell you more about this specific destination. It was significant for both Anna and Terry had talked about it ever since they made up their minds about Scotland. This was one of the things that they were most excited about! They were thrilled as they headed off to see the caves.
It Would Change Everything
On the way to the caves, Terry felt nervous. He knew that his plan would affect their relationship in a huge way. The entire time, he hoped that it would go well. There was no way to tell for sure, however. He decided to keep his expectations low. This way, he would be ready regardless of the outcome.
He Had An Odd Request
Once they got to the caves, he knew that it was time for the big reveal. All of a sudden, Terry asked Anna to take off the piece of jewelry. She was confused about what was going on, but she did as he asked. But what happened after she gave him the handcrafted necklace?
Breaking It Open
Can you imagine how shocked she must have been to see him take out a pocketknife? Terry broke it apart with the tool and returned it to her. She stared at him as he did this, unable to comprehend why he would do something like that. He knew that he adored it… Was he trying to hurt her?
She Could Not Believe It
Her first reaction was to be furious with him. Anna asked Terry if this was some sick joke that she did not understand. However, the truth finally dawned on her once he handed it to her. Now separated in half, she saw what had been hiding inside the pendant the entire time. She was shocked, to say the least.
There Was An Engagement Ring There
She was surprised to see an engagement ring lodged inside the pendant! When she looked back at Terry, she saw that he was already on one knee. Anna was shocked by this turn of events. She did not see this coming at all! When she finally figured out what was going on, she let out a scream of delight.
How She Responded
Anna could not believe that she had been wearing a necklace with an engagement ring the entire time. She did not hesitate to tell him, “Yes.” To cap it off, the couple shared a sweet kiss. She had been waiting for Terry to pop the question for some time now, but she did not expect that it would happen like this!
The Truth Dawned On Her
Once she got over the shock of it, she realized something else. “Wait… it’s been in there the entire time?! I could have lost it, you idiot!” she told Terry. We are glad that she didn’t. Terry knew that she would treasure it and take good care of it. Luckily for him, he turned out to be right about that.
Sharing The Good News
It was truly an amazing proposal. We doubt that you have ever heard of a story like that! Not long after that, it was time to share the great news with their families. Check out this photo of Anna and her folks. They were glad to hear about the engagement! Her mom and dad had always been fond of Terry.
They Are Still Blissfully Happy
This was a great surprise for Anna, of course. She even went as far as to say that it was the most incredible proposal that anyone could ask for. Thanks to her boyfriend, she felt like the luckiest woman alive. It is clear to us that the two of them were made for each other. In our opinion, it was already impressive enough that he made the necklace himself. The fact that the ring was inside the entire time only made it even more special! The proposal was everything Anna wanted and more!