Amanda and Kelly met at orientation day at Tampa General Hospital. Kelly talked about his 12 pets, and Amanda responded with, “Wow that’s a lot!”
He wrote down his phone number for Amanda and handed it to her, but she wasn’t looking for a relationship at the moment. He countered by telling her it was just a phone number, and they can just chat, and they did just that. They talked and made plans to hang out, but life had gotten in the way, and they ended up falling out of touch.
Fast-forward almost a year later, during a shift change, Kelly was walking by Amanda’s unit, and he caught her eye. She stopped to ask Kelly about how she heard he was moving to Japan and that she was sad they didn’t get to hang out. Kelly was surprised when Amanda told him that she was now ready to test the waters, which led them to their first date at Lowry Park Zoo.
Over the course of their relationship, they have supported each other through getting their degrees and enjoyed each other’s company travelling to Japan, Italy, Bali, and Singapore.
Kelly proposed to Amanda on La Jolla Beach, California, in front of an audience of seals! Amanda didn’t say yes though; she said “of course”…which meant so much to Kelly. “Of course” means “I’ve been waiting for this.”