Local Newspaper Profiles Forever Love Contest Winner

>> Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Fargo couple is planning a trip to the Caribbean, but won't be paying a thing for it.


Amber Nelson says, "It was difficult. You take one day at a time. You get through it. You don't know how you get through it."

When Amber and Brett Nelson married, their honeymoon never happened. Instead, Brett's job with the National guard took him overseas.

Brett Nelson says, "Time away from home. More time away from the kids."

"I wasn't quite sure how I was going to handle it," says Amber.

Through the years and multiple deployments, Amber was left at home with the kids wondering, worrying and waiting. Music was her escape.

"It just makes you forget and takes you out of reality for a bit," says Amber.

She listened and related to her favorite artist Mariah Carey and got through the separation. But Mariah's music would soon do more.

"I didn't talk to him about it. I'm going to enter and see what happens," says Amber.

Amber entered their love story for a chance to win a trip to the Caribbean. A few weeks later, they found out they were finalists and a voting process would decide the winner.

Amber says, "We were definitely busy getting people to vote."

"A lot of my male friends don't subscribe to the Mariah Carey web site, but they do now," says Brett.

When the voting was done, a phone call saying they won never came. Instead they got a video message from Mariah Carey.

Brett says, "You almost don't believe it."

"I was like in hysteria," says Amber.

The music that got Amber through difficult times, is now giving her a long awaiting honeymoon and happiness

Amber and Brett still have to set a date for their trip, but say they hope to go during the colder months.

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