The man thought the engagement ring he bought for his girlfriend was gone for good until a team of girls helped him find it.
A man from Texas is beyond thankful after finding the engagement that was lost amid the tornado debris. He didn't expect to see it ever again, but destiny was rooting for him. "Needle in a haystack doesn't come close to what we were looking for," Hudson told NBC affiliate KXAS. But Patterson didn't mind, she was just happy they survived the tornado. "We just held onto each other and we prayed," Patterson said of the frightening experience, according to FOX 4 News. "The house began to lift. You could hear the creaking of the house as it pulled up off the slab."
Against all odds, a Lamar County man got his engagement ring back after a tornado dug it two inches underground. The moment he got it back, he "wasn't going to wait anymore" to pop the question. https://t.co/j5omlbruNx— KXII News 12 (@KXIITV) November 10, 2022
After the storm passed, Hudson had to break the news about the ring to his girlfriend. "I told her, I was like, 'I lost your engagement ring and your wedding band,' and she told me it was alright," he recalled to KXII. "All she needed was me."
While the couple was looking for the ring at the place where their house was earlier, a softball tea of girls offered them help. Once the team heard about the missing ring, they got to work. “I basically made my mind up. I was going to find the ring,” outfielder Kate Rainey said. Rainey and her teammates searched for hours until she spotted a little miracle buried in the mud. "I was just kind of digging through the mud in this certain particular spot, and I kept digging there," Rainey told the outlet. "I don't know why — I felt led to dig right there, and I found a little piece of a metal circle, and it was not metal. It was gold." She added: "I didn't believe it. When I found it, I was like, 'there's no way I just found it.'"
‘Miracle In The Mud': Engagement Ring Found in Lamar County Tornado Debris https://t.co/0DEyo6d2JO— NBCDFW Weather (@NBCDFWWeather) November 9, 2022
"When you tell 20 girls someone is going to get engaged if they find a ring, they are going to find it," Hudson told KXII. Despite the odds, softball player Kate Rainey found the jewelry buried two inches underground. After having possession of the ring Hudson took no time to get on one knee with the team of girls cheering him up and celebrating the moment. "Making it through a tornado, what else am I going to wait for," Hudson joked, FOX 4 News reported. "Finally, you had a moment to smile, and it was a real smile," Patterson told KXII. "It was a very surreal moment. I couldn't have asked for a better proposal."
According to KXAS, the couple is staying in a hotel and is planning to rebuild their home on the same property. "This was the light in a very dark moment," Patterson said of finding their ring in the rubble. "And it is still a dark moment, but this has given us reason to breathe and smile a little."
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