Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Friday, February 14, 2014
Earlene and Shaw Kreiger

Capt. Shaw Kreiger, USAF and Earlene (Titus) Kreiger, Weatherly

Our love story began in 2007. My now husband, Shaw Kreiger, and I started dating and fell in love. In October of that year Shaw began his USAF career at Officer Training School-Maxwell AFB, Alabama. At the same time I continued studying elementary and special education at Lock Haven University.

Spending long periods of time apart, we decided to start a new tradition. During the Christmas season we would make it a point to go away together.

Friday, February 14, 2014
Amanda Hadesty and Tony Tessitore had the most romantic proposal in our Valentine's Day Contest. This photo was taken at the Garden of the Gods at Red Rocks in Colorado.

"In order for us to move forward I think it's important that we take a step back and look at what got us here."

This was the first line of the submission from Amanda Hadesty in our Valentine's Day contest. It was also the first line of a letter her future husband, Tony Tessitore, wrote to her that launched a scavenger hunt that would take her from their present home in Pittsburgh, across Pennsylvania, and back to where it all began.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"In order for us to move forward I think it's important that we take a step back and look at what got us here."

This was a line from my first letter and the beginning of my scavenger hunt! When I woke up on July 3, 2013 I thought we were leaving to go to the beach, but Tony had other plans. He had planned an all-day scavenger hunt across the state of Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to State College back to Panther Valley

Friday, February 14, 2014
Sara and Frank Karnish

Sara and Frank Karnish,Summit Hill

John Steinbeck wrote, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray," and that was definitely the case for my poor husband Frank's idea for his proposal.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Tim Walsh and Stef Gardiner-Walsh, Coaldale and Winston-Salem, N.C.

I met my husband in college. Our first summer apart, I made him a Build-a-Bear cow, dressed in a denim skirt, with a red shirt that said "I LOVE YOU" and sent it to him. We had a cow theme going based on the fact that AIM "moooo-ed" when we logged on.

Fast forward three and a half years later to a discussion that true love and sacrifice is going to Build-a-Bear as a single man with no children.

Friday, February 14, 2014
Marylouise and Thomas McKillip

Marylouise and Thomas McKillip, Albrightsville

I knew my husband when we were children. I was 10 and he was 13 when we met.

His niece was my best friend. His sister lived up the street and he would come visit often. We would take his nieces and nephews, my siblings and various neighborhood kids to the local playground and watch them, taking a picnic lunch for everyone.

We were great friends for several years, but then grew apart and went our separate ways.

He married and started a family and I dove head first into my job.

Friday, February 14, 2014
Corey Eckhart and Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen and Corey Eckhart, Palmerton

On Dec. 22, 2013 I went to a cookie swap that turned into a birthday party that turned into an engagement party.

The day started as a normal Saturday, he went into work while I spent the day at home making Christmas cookies. I was making the cookies for a party later that night at his Dad's house. His Dad decided since his birthday is right before Christmas, he would have a big cookie swap. Unfortunately, for me I spent the previous night celebrating my friend's 21st birthday, so I wasn't feeling the best.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Kim and Russell Cox, Albrightsville

It was 1995. We were co-workers and friends first. Then one day Russell decided that we already had so much in common, why not date?

We began dating early in 1997. By the beginning of 1998, we had started to discuss marriage. We went together to pick out a ring, but the details of the proposal were top secret. Meanwhile, Russell was carefully planning the proposal.

Friday, February 14, 2014
Richard and Judy Walck

Richard and Judy Walck, Palmerton

Rich and I started going steady in seventh grade and all through high school. On New Year's Eve in 1961 into 1962, Rich asked my dad for my hand in marriage. He said Yes, so the next week we went to Young's Jewelry Store and picked out a few rings. But he said we won't get engaged until he had the ring paid for in full. So I didn't know when than would be.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Kerri Manfredi and Mistie Geiger,


I proposed to my girlfriend at a Halloween Karaoke party at Hydro's bar in Nesquehoning.

I had it all planned with the owners of the bar and also with the DJ. Friends and family were also in on it.

The DJ and I had it planned that when he played two slow songs in a row I would bring my girlfriend up to dance. The first slow song was my clue to get ready and ask her to dance by the second song.