GOODTHUNDER, Minn. - There's an old saying about good things coming to those who wait.
Chelsea Nowak will tell you its true, but it took her eight years and sitting through plenty of weddings to make it hit home.
Nowak and long-time boyfriend Tyler Winger have been dating for the better part of eight years. Recently they've been going to lots of ceremonies, watching friends tie the knot while family and friends asked when it would be their turn.
Tyler's mom Kristi Keller-Smith would call and ask how he was doing, anything new, "wondering if you're engaged yet," she laughs.
Turns out Tyler was just biding his time, and crafting a plan to make popping the question a moment his girl would never forget.
That moment was last Friday. The 24-year-old farmer and carpenter called Chelsea Thursday and told her that he and his brother in law were going flying at 2 p.m. the next day to check out some land he was thinking of buying and also to scope out the fall colors. He did this knowing she couldn't get off work on such short notice, but promised he'd try to get the flight time changed to 5 p.m.
In truth, that was the time he'd set all along.
Friday morning Tyler called Chelsea and told her to meet him at the airport at 5 p.m. Once in the air, they toured the region before ending up over his dad's farm. Tyler told her to look out the window, and when Chelsea did she saw a message reading "Marry me, will you?" plowed into the field.
She was suitably stunned, especially when Tyler, who was at the controls of the plane, tapped her on the shoulder and held out a ring.
Fortunately, she said yes.
The couple is looking at an August wedding, and while no ultimatums have been made, Tyler has to know... he's got a long way to go to top this moment.
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