A couple months ago I thought I would never get a real hug from my mom again, a couple months ago I was dreading this holiday gathering, a couple months ago I thought I would stop being apart of the family. Today I write this post after a very successful couple of days where Berkley and I laughed, hugged, and loved everyone. I have never felt more a part of my family. Can't wait for the many more celebrations to come! MERRY CHRISTMAS! 🎄❤️
When Tori Monaco and her newly minted fiancé, Berkley Cade, met online and started dating a year ago they immediately knew they had found something special in each other. Monaco, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin from New Braunfels, Texas, told BuzzFeed News she immediately saw a future with Cade soon after they met.
"We are each other's first same-sex relationship, so we were blown away by our ability to connect with each other immediately and find the happiness we had been looking for," she said.
Four months ago, Cade enlisted Monaco's best friend to go ring shopping casually. They found the perfect ring. Cade, who is stationed in the Air Force in Texas, and her mom, Kristy, immediately started thinking of ways she could propose.
She and her mother decided it would be perfect if she proposed while the couple was visiting Cade's family in Washington this month. The idea was to do it during a game of Pictionary. So, imagine Kristy's surprise when Monaco called her to say that SHE had just bought a ring and wanted to propose on their trip to Washington, the exact same time as Cade. Luckily, Kristy was quick on her feet, and she immediately told Monaco she thought it would be a great idea.
"[Kristy] said she was planning a fun game night already, so I could do it then so Berk wouldn't be suspicious," Monaco said. "I said great, I could incorporate it into charades, and she said how about Pictionary!"
That's right — Kristy knew about both planned proposals, and set it up so both women planned to propose to each other in the exact same way. Monaco said her future mother-in-law told her she'd had "sleepless nights" planning it all.
"When in the universe will there ever be two lesbians that want to propose at the same time, the same day, the same place, and the same way? I have to get it right," Kristy said, according to Monaco.
So when the big game night came, both women were ready to propose, having no idea they were getting a surprise as well. It made for an incredibly special moment. WATCH: