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Spring Hill woman helps soldier propose with scarf

Spring Hill, Florida - Michelle Sipe's love for crocheting began 15 years ago under her grandmother's guide. The hobby turned into an online business called Chelle's Craft Corner. This Spring Hill crafter's current project will change a couple's life.

"It's exciting, it's exciting. I've put a lot of love into this, thoughts and prayers," says Michelle.

First Lieutenant Roy Ragsdale and Kayla O'Rourke are 23 years old and live in New York. On Monday, Roy wrote Michelle a long email from Afghanistan asking she crochet a scarf for his girlfriend. Roy found her business while doing a search online.

His request was simple Michelle says, "I made him blue and white scarf in the middle I will put the words, 'Will You Marry Me?'"

Roy is now in New York for two weeks of R&R after spending seven months of a year long deployment to Afghanistan. He's ready to pop the question on New Year's Day weekend from the top of the Empire State Building.

"Going to get down on one knee roll out the scarf and ask her to marry me," says Roy. He adds, "She's amazing. She's my everything, she's the one. She makes me laugh. She's my best friend."

Seven years ago while working at a summer camp, Roy says he crocheted Kayla a similar scarf with the words "Will you go out with me?" Her yes turned into a no but they remained best friends and a year and a half ago began dating.

Kayla still has that scarf Roy gave her seven years ago.

"He seems like a very sweet guy. He definitely loves her very much," says Michelle as she finishes crocheting their scarf.

Touched by his story and his service Michelle is making the scarf for free.

Michelle says, "You don't get a chance every day to repay the soldiers the men and women who are fighting for us this is a chance. I'm honored to do it."


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