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Holiday Heart Melt: Local Woman Happily Surprised By Proposal

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She thought they were going shopping, but he had already been shopping…for a ring! She thought they were going shopping, but he had already been shopping…for a ring!

RICHLAND, WA – She thought they were going shopping, but he had already been shopping…for a ring!

The holiday season is full of surprises, from the presents we open to the wintry weather we get. Sunday one local woman was in for a surprise she will never forget.

"I just asked Michaela Thomas to be my wife," said Joey Hangartner.

She said yes! The whole thing was a surprise. Michaela thought they were just going to Beaver Bark to meet her parents for some shopping, but hiding throughout the store was close to 20 of her closest relatives and friends, all waiting for the big moment.

"I was just like, I don't know why everyone is here. I even asked, what are you guys doing here?" said Michaela Thomas.

"Joey's been a part of our family for 4 years at least. He's a really great guy. Good guy and she's a great gal. It's a good team," explained Linde Thomas, Michaela's mother.

Michaela says she was most proud that Joey kept the whole thing a secret.

"Usually he's not very good at surprises," explained Michaela. But it worked and she had no idea what was happening. "I just can't wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend."

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