In a heartwarming moment, a man proposed to his girlfriend after finding a missing engagement ring in the ruins of their home following a tornado.
Dakota Hudson and Lauren Patterson lost their home in an EF-4 tornado on Friday night in Powderly, Texas, but more devastatingly, Hudson lost the ring he was going to marry.
After the couple checked with their neighbors after the twister, Hudson realized the ring was missing and had been lost among the tangled pile of rubble.
He told his seven-year-old girlfriend that he had “lost your engagement ring and your wedding ring,” which she said was “fine.”
‘All she needed was me,’ he said KXII.
However, on Tuesday, the Paris Junior College softball team showed up to help clean up and when they heard about the lost diamond, they promised to help the lucky couple find it.
Dakota Hudson and Lauren Patterson lost at their home in an EF-4 tornado on Friday night in Powderly, Texas, but more devastatingly, Hudson lost the ring he was going to propose
On Tuesday, the Paris Junior College softball team showed up to help clean up and when they heard about the lost diamond, they promised to help the happy couple find it – leading to a happy engagement
Hudson wasn’t planning on proposing to his seven-year-old girlfriend that day, but he didn’t know “better time” and decided to go for it.
“Needle in a haystack doesn’t come close to what we were looking for,” he said NBC 5.
“If you tell twenty girls that someone is getting engaged when they find a ring, they will find it,” he told KXII.
Kate Rainey, who eventually found the lost gem, said the moment she found out, she had “basically decided that I was going to find the ring.”
After hours of searching, the sparkler was found and the softball girls screamed with joy.
“I was just digging through the mud in this particular spot, and I kept digging there,” she continued. ‘I don’t know why I felt led to dig there, and I found a small piece of a metal circle, and it wasn’t metal. It was gold. I didn’t believe it. When I found it, I thought, “I really haven’t found it.”‘
Seconds later, Hudson got down on one knee in an impromptu proposal to ask Patterson for her hand, as the girls screamed in shock.
Hudson said he didn’t know a “better time to do it” and felt the time was right.
‘Were safe. Were here. Everyone is fine. It is a miracle that the ring was found. What better time to do it?’ he told NBC 5.
Patterson immediately said yes, saying she ‘couldn’t have asked for a better proposal’
The ring was found seven meters from its original hiding place and was five centimeters underground, the box had been torn apart. Patterson’s wedding ring was also found a meter from the engagement ring
“All glory goes to God. I wouldn’t wait anymore,” he told KXII.
Patterson immediately said yes.
“It was a very surreal moment. I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal,” she told KXII.
The ring was found seven meters from its original hiding place and was five centimeters underground, the box had been torn apart. According to KXII, Patterson’s wedding ring was also found one meter from the engagement ring.
Although the ring was too small for the bride’s finger because the jeweler had given Hudson the wrong size, she proudly wore the silver ring with the diamond-shaped star, which her fiancé had cleaned with a bottle of water.
“I am overwhelmed with sorrow and now there is joy!” she wrote on Facebook.
The softball team (pictured) had vowed to help find the ring after they showed up to help the pair clean up after the tornado
The EF-4 tornado made landfall around 6 p.m. Friday and was about 3/4 mile wide.
It traveled 26 miles on the ground from Brookston, Texas, to southeastern Oklahoma with winds of up to 170 mph.
During the storm, the couple heard their home creek as it was lifted off the ground.
“We felt the house begin to rise around us. We could hear the cracking and breaking,” they told NBC 5.
When they got out of the bathroom, they were devastated to find that most of their house was gone.
“Looking at this destruction, it’s hard to fathom how anyone could survive.”
Many homes in the area also lost roofs and sustained structural damage.