After calamity struck, Dakota Hudson and his girlfriend Lauren Patterson have found a reason to smile.
The week prior, a tornado blasted across Lamar County, destroying the couple’s home, as reported by TV station KXII.
To make matters worse, Hudson had concealed an engagement ring in the residence while he awaited the ideal moment to propose to Patterson. Following the storm, Hudson believed he would never see the ring again.
“Needle in a haystack doesn’t even come close to describing our search,” Hudson told NBC station KXAS.
But Patterson did not care; she was simply relieved they had escaped the tornado. “We just hung on to each other and prayed,” Patterson told FOX 4 News of the terrifying encounter. “The house started to rise. The home could be heard groaning as it lifted off the slab.”
After the storm subsided, Hudson had to inform his girlfriend about the engagement ring. “I told her, ‘I misplaced your engagement ring and your wedding band,’” he claimed to KXII. “She told me it was okay.” “I was all she needed.”
When the Paris Junior College softball team arrived at the debris-filled site where the house formerly stood, they offered to assist the couple with cleanup and the hunt for the engagement ring.
“When you tell 20 girls that someone will get engaged if they find an engagement ring, they will find one,” Hudson told KXII.
Kate Rainey, despite the odds, discovered the jewelry buried two inches deep.
Rainey told the newspaper, “I was simply digging in the muck in one particular location, and I kept digging there.” “I don’t know why, but I felt compelled to dig there, and I discovered a piece of a metal circle that was not metal. It was made of gold.”
She went on: “I didn’t believe it. When I discovered it, I said to myself, “There’s no way I just found it.””
The squad had searched for hours prior to discovering Rainey.
As soon as he regained possession of the ring, Hudson proposed to his girlfriend in front of the softball team.
“After surviving a storm, what else am I waiting for?” Hudson joked, according to FOX 4 News.
“Finally, you got a genuine opportunity to grin,” Patterson told KXII. “It was a very unreal moment. I could not have asked for a more compelling proposal.”
KXAS reports that the couple is residing in a motel and will rebuild their home on the same site.
Patterson stated that the discovery of the ring among the wreckage was “the light at a very dark moment” This has provided us with a reason to breathe a little easier and grin a little.