Carl Brown sent Shanna Carroll a rose for every day he’s been overseas with a “kiss” inside each flower’s petals.

“I haven’t received this many flowers in my whole life,” said Carroll, whose dining room table was covered in more than 13 dozen pink and red roses.

Her fiance, Brown, has been in Afghanistan for 160 days as a civilian contractor. “I thought it was really sweet. I cried. I really didn’t know he was that romantic.”

Carroll wasn’t expecting the extravagant gift she received Tuesday at her home in Killeen. She thanked the delivery man after he handed her a dozen pink roses, but he said, “Don’t go anywhere.”

He came back with a vase of roses in each hand. But, that wasn’t it. She received a total of 60 pink roses and 100 red roses.

“I was completely blown away,” Carroll said.

When she talked to Brown, he asked if she got the “aw factor yet.”

“Yes. I did, babe,” Carroll said she told him. “It brightened my week.”

The past few months have been exciting for Carroll, who got engaged via video chat on Christmas Eve. They plan to get married in October after he returns from his yearlong assignment overseas.

“I’ve never been married. I waited for about 40 years to find him,” Carroll said. “He’s the love of my life, my soul mate.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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Nice but these Edward Cullen types set a high bar for the rest out here.

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