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Man Gives Girlfriend Timeless Gift, Two Years Later She Finds the Secret Inside!

Terry held the piece of polished wood in his hands for a moment, thumb gracing the secret seam. The gift had been carefully selected and patiently chosen. After all, what Terry was looking at was far more than a simple piece of polished wood. Inside of the gleaming wooden prism was a second gift, a secret one, for the love of Terry’s life, Anna.

The gift itself was not meant to be found right away and so Terry let Anna hold onto it, knowing one day he’d help reveal the gift inside to her. What was inside? What was Anna’s reaction? Let’s dig in!

Let’s Start With an Introduction

There is something to be said for falling in love. It’s a wondrous feeling and when you find it, you hold onto it tightly! For Anna and Terry, the feeling was as instinctual as it was instant. The two had bonded over a shared wanderlust for the world and their affinity for exploration, surprise, and adventure would surely be the fuel for the story that is about to unfold.

But we all know why you are here. You are here to learn about a secret gift, one held close to heart but unrevealed for nearly two full years!

A Secret Gift Begins With a Plan

Terry and Anna had begun dating in 2013 and by the following year, they could tell that the relationship was going to get serious. For Terry, this meant creating a perfect gift to present to Anna on their anniversary. The only question is, what could Terry get the love of his life that would accurately show how he felt?

As a lover of romance and treasure, Terry decided to do something unique. He decided that he was going to make his own gift with a secret inside of it!

3. The Best Gifts Are Made From Scratch

As we all know and agree, the best gifts are often ones that we make from scratch. Not only do we get to imbue the gift with our love and passion, but we also get to present our loved one with something truly unique. Terry turned to his woodworking studio where he had begun to hone his skills.

As a challenge, Terry decided that he would craft a gift-within-a-gift from scratch, by hand, and for Anna. Intimidating, right?

Is There More Than Meets The Eye

Terry didn’t rush into the anniversary project and instead, he spent several days trying to decide what to craft. What could he make that would provide her with something now and in the future? What could he make as a relatively new woodworker that would truly showcase his love and appreciation/

Terry decided that the answer to his question was a pendant. But what kind of pendant? What material? As it turns out, Terry had a few more good ideas up his sleeve.

Working With Tasmanian Huon Pine

In order to craft her the loving gift that she deserved, Terry knew that he would need to work with a special wood. Enter the Huon Pine, known for its growth throughout Western Tasmania. Huon Pines only grow in wet and temperate climates which makes them particularly hard to raise in certain areas of the planet.

The perfect wooden gift would require the perfect material to craft with!

A Special Material for a Timeless Gift

What makes the Huon Pine particularly alluring for crafters is the relatively elastic nature of the material itself. Huon pine timber is known for its unique smell, elastic quality, and propensity to not split during crafting. The Huon Pine takes roughly 500 years to reach full maturity. Thanks to research, we also know that there are Huon pine trees more than 3,000 years old!

The Gift Was Well Received & Cherished

Needless to say, Terry had found the perfect wood for the gift he was giving Anna. After working to carve and treat the pendant, the gift was finally ready and Anna was thrilled! In fact, after hanging the pendant on a piece of white twine, it would become part and parcel of Anna’s outfit for days, weeks, months, and years to come!

Throughout the months to come, Anna wouldn’t realize that something quite precious was hidden within her already prized gift.

Travel Brought Them Together

After Terry presented the gift to Anna, it was easy to see that he had chosen correctly. She had fallen in love with the necklace and had decided to wear it everywhere, including on their big trip! Anna and Terry had bonded early on in their relationship over their love of travel and that shared passion wouldn’t diminish in the years that their relationship progressed.

Now that Anna had received her gift, Terry was ready to plan a special trip. Where would they be going to?

Compiling Their Shared Bucket List

The couple from Australia had been working on their traveling bucket list for quite some time. After a few years together, they had gotten to go on some pretty fun adventures. Along the way, they kept jotting down places that they would one day like to visit if the timing were ever right.

Terry and Anna pored over their bucket list together before finally selecting one destination from the listed options.

A Momentous Trip is Planned

A trip to Scotland was in the cards and Anna and Terry knew just the place, Durness. Durness is located on the coast of Scotland along the Scottish Highlands. Terry had wanted to take Anna to the Smoo Cave along the beach. His goal for this trip was simple, to help Anna unlock the final piece of the puzzle that was their anniversary gift two years prior.

The Smoo Cave complex was the perfect destination for what Terry and Anna were about to experience!

Was the Time Finally Right For The Gift?

By this point in the story, Terry and Anna had been dating for three years. Terry had given Anna her unique present after their one-year anniversary and now it was finally time to unlock the final secret. Terry had chosen to incorporate a hidden gift because the idea of waiting for the time to be right appealed to him. There was something almost poetic about a gift waiting to be given, resting neatly in public view.

Anna Begins to Grow Suspicious

At this point in their journey, Anna was starting to get a little suspicious. After all, you don’t often take romantic trips to Scotland. What was up Terry’s sleeve? Did he have some major plan ready to launch when they arrived? And why did he keep smiling so much about her old necklace, anyway?

These were certainly the thoughts running through Anna’s mind as they made their way to the Smoo Cave.

They Head to the Beach Near Durness

During all of their traveling together, Terry had kept a close eye on the pendant necklace he had given Anna. Fortunately, she had kept it safe and sound throughout the two years they had spent together since the gift had been given. Terry joked, “At one point I thought she was going to trade with a blacksmith at a market.” The blacksmith reportedly made an offer on the necklace but Anna didn’t budge.

Now drawing near the vortex of caves, Terry was very grateful the pendant had not been sold. He was even more grateful about what was to happen next!

And Terry Takes a Knee to Anna’s Shock

When Terry and Anna finally found their destination, Terry knew that the time had come. Before taking a knee, he gestured to the necklace that had hung around her neck for two years. Terry would go on to say, “She stood there dazed for a second, trying to work out what was going on.”

As the gorgeous treasure unveiled itself, the reality began to truly settle upon Anna’s shoulders!

Revealing the Treasure Inside

Perfectly preserved within the wooden box was a stunning ring, bought and paid for two years prior. Terry had the ring specially fitted into the wooden container so that it would stay snug, preventing it from rattling around during their journeys. While Anna was rightfully blown away by the ring, she was also shocked!

Anna would say, “Wait, it’s been in there the whole time? I could have lost it you idiot!” 

She Said YES!

Of course, concern gave way to love and Anna was quick to say YES. Terry said of her final response to the gift, “She was quite a hilarious mix of happy and angry.” The couple would end up getting officially engaged before the Smoo Cave with a handmade gift that they had been sharing together for more than two years.

What do you think? Could you hide away a wedding ring for two years, only to unveil it in such a romantic gesture? If we are being honest, we might have to step up our engagement game!

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Eight Puppies Rescued from Texas Heat Will Soon Be Ready for Adoption

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Eight puppies left in the scorching Texas heat have been rescued and are now safe, thanks to some quick-thinking deputies and animal control officers.

The puppies were abandoned in a carrier on a field in Tarrant County, Texas, where temperatures reached over 100 degrees. The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office shared this on their Facebook page.

A kind person found the puppies without any water and alerted the authorities. Unfortunately, since there were no cameras in the area, it’s unlikely they will find out who left the puppies behind.

Deputies Collin Stephenson and Haley Drew from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control team, rescued the puppies.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control shared an update on Facebook, including photos of the puppies, saying, “The puppies that were rescued from a carrier in 100-degree weather by Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office are doing much better.”

The puppies, about six weeks old, are now at the Chuck & Brenda Silcox Animal Care and Adoption Center. They are believed to be shepherd mixes and have been given names after popular chip brands: Cheetos, Fritos, Ruffles, Lays Potato, Cheese Itz, Doritos, and Pringles.

Deputy Stephenson told Fort Worth Animal Care and Control that he plans to adopt one of the puppies.

The animal shelter is looking for people to foster or adopt the puppies, who should be ready for adoption next week.

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Heat

  1. Provide Plenty of Water: Always make sure your pets have access to fresh, cool water.
  2. Avoid Midday Heat: Walk your pets early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cooler.
  3. Never Leave Pets in Cars: Cars can quickly become dangerously hot, even with windows cracked.
  4. Shade and Shelter: Ensure your pets have a shady place to rest if they’re outside.
  5. Watch for Signs of Overheating: Signs include excessive panting, drooling, and weakness. If you notice these, get your pet to a cool place and offer water.
  6. Limit Exercise: On very hot days, reduce the amount of exercise your pets get.

By following these tips, you can help keep your pets safe and healthy during the hot summer months.

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Diver Makes Stunning Ancient Find Off Florida Coast: ‘Very Rare’

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A diver in Florida recently made an incredible discovery while exploring the waters off the state’s coast.

Kyle Lundberg, who studied marine biology at the University of South Florida, was diving off Manasota Key, about 90 miles south of Tampa, when he stumbled upon an ancient mastodon tusk. He found this remarkable relic back in April while searching for fossils.

The tusk, which hasn’t been dated yet, could be millions of years old. Although he’s only 29 years old, Lundberg has been scuba diving for 12 years and has been hunting for fossils since he was “old enough to walk.”

“My dad would take us out to construction sites all the time to look for fossils as a kid,” Lundberg shared. He mentioned that while finding small pieces and chunks of tusk is common, discovering one as large and well-preserved as this is very rare. Tusks found in Florida are usually very delicate and often crumble apart.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), American mastodons went extinct around 10,500 years ago. Their fossils have been discovered across North America and Central America, from Alaska to Mexico. Despite what some people might think, mastodons are not the same as mammoths, though they are related and share a common ancestor with mammoths and elephants. Mastodons could grow as tall as 10 feet.

The NPS explains that while mastodons have been around since 4 to 3 million years ago, mammoths didn’t arrive in North America until much later, during the Pleistocene ice ages, which spanned from 2.6 million years ago to 11,700 years ago. Mastodons did live alongside mammoths in many areas, but all of these large creatures went extinct by about 10,500 years ago.

Lundberg has some advice for aspiring fossil hunters: remember to get a fossil permit. In Florida, these permits only cost five dollars each. “My best tip is to get out and explore and keep your head down,” he said. “This stuff is out there and all over the state.”

As for what will happen to the ancient mastodon tusk, Lundberg plans to keep it unless experts decide it is important enough to donate. “I plan on keeping it, but I do have to report it at the end of the year to the Florida Museum of Natural History,” he said. “If they deem it scientifically important, I have to donate it, but that is very unlikely.”

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Daring Rescue: Duluth Firefighters Save Dog from Frigid Lake Superior

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In a heart-pounding rescue mission on the shores of Duluth, Minnesota, a brave dog found himself in a perilous situation after leaping into the icy waters of Lake Superior. The daring rescue unfolded amidst eight-foot waves that crashed against the shore, creating a challenging environment for both man and canine.

The intense situation began when the adventurous dog managed to slip out of his leash, enticed by the allure of a chilly swim. Unbeknownst to the canine, Lake Superior’s vast expanse presented a danger he hadn’t anticipated. The situation quickly escalated, prompting the owner to dial emergency services.

To pinpoint the distressed dog’s location, dispatchers utilized cameras on a life bridge, offering a bird’s-eye view of the unfolding drama. The dog, buffeted by the relentless waves, struggled to stay afloat as firefighters donned specialized ice suits to brave the frigid waters.

These ice suits, designed for extreme cold-water rescues, provide a crucial barrier between the icy environment and the rescuers. Comprising layers of insulated materials, these suits not only keep firefighters warm but also offer buoyancy and protection against the harsh elements.

As the brave firefighters plunged into the turbulent waters, the dog faced the dual challenges of the waves and the numbing cold. Despite the difficult conditions, the rescue team, guided by the worried owner who remained on the shore, managed to locate the struggling canine.

The dog, large and frightened, repeatedly disappeared beneath the waves, making the rescue a daunting task. Through effective communication between the owner and the firefighters, the team successfully secured the dog by the collar, preventing him from slipping away.

Once the dog was safely in their grasp, both the firefighters and the canine were brought to safety aboard a waiting boat. The dog, now shivering and scared, received prompt medical attention. After warming up, the resilient pup even leaped happily into his owner’s car, a heartwarming conclusion to a potentially tragic event.

The Duluth Fire Department, often questioned about responding to animal-related emergencies, emphasized the significance of such actions in a Facebook post. They highlighted the deep bond between pets and their families, explaining that in their experience, if emergency responders did not intervene, well-meaning bystanders might take unnecessary risks.

The post also revealed a chilling detail: one of the dog’s owners had considered jumping into the treacherous waters. The fire department strongly discouraged such actions, emphasizing the importance of leaving water rescues to trained professionals equipped with the necessary gear.

“The Duluth Fire Department wants to stress to the public the importance of not putting yourself into a situation you are neither trained nor equipped to handle,” the post warned. “Given the wave and temperature conditions in the canal last night, anyone entering the water without the proper training and equipment would most likely have ended in tragedy.”

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Teenager Sam Sieracki Soars to New Heights, Solving Rubik’s Cube in Free Fall

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Seventeen-year-old Sam Sieracki has etched his name into the Guinness World Records by solving a Rubik’s Cube while skydiving over West Australia. Jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet, Sam achieved the remarkable feat in just 28.25 seconds, breaking the previous record of 30.14 seconds held by Nitin Subramanian of the United States.

In a daring display of skill and concentration, Sam described the intense experience of solving the Rubik’s Cube in free fall. “It’s really intense. It’s very loud because you’ve got all the wind in your face,” Sam explained. “So it’s a lot harder to concentrate than if I’m just on the ground solving it… my record on the ground is a lot faster than in the air – it’s about 6.5 seconds.”

Despite facing challenges in the sky, Sam, who is both a speed-cuber and a skydiving enthusiast, tackled the feat with enthusiasm. It took him five attempts to surpass the previous record, showcasing his determination and resilience.

Sam, who has been attending speed-cubing competitions since 2017, expressed confidence in breaking the record but admitted that the challenge proved to be more demanding than expected. “Having attended speed-cubing competitions since 2017, I was confident about breaking the record, but it ended being far more challenging than expected and took me five attempts to achieve,” Sam remarked.

The teenager’s passion for both speed-cubing and skydiving has been a driving force in his pursuits. “I decided that I want to be a solo skydiver, so waited impatiently to turn 16 … so that I could become a licensed skydiver and go by myself,” Sam shared. “Since then, I’ve gone up to Jurien Bay every school holidays to do a few jumps, and am now up to 80 jumps in my second year of skydiving.”

Acknowledging the support of his loved ones, Sam expressed gratitude to his biggest fans and supporters, his mother and girlfriend, who encouraged him to break the world record. As a self-proclaimed rookie in the skydiving world, Sam doesn’t set grand goals but aims to continue improving his skills with each jump, all while enjoying the thrilling experience.

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Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok

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A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.

The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.

As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.

Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.

Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.

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