One couple truly found love in a hopeless place, despite the ongoing California wildfires raging around them.
The Thomas Fire, which is one of the largest of the southern California wildfires, has swept through more than 200 miles of Ventura County with a burning vengeance and took its hold on Don and Julie Myers's neighborhood this week. After evacuating, the couple received permission to return to their residence after the fire passed to claim their RV and Metropolitan car, according to KEYT, only to find that their home and most of their belongings had been reduced to ash.
The Ventura County couple began sorting through the wreckage, with little hope of finding anything intact and worth keeping. But Don's discovery within the rubble proves love can truly surpass anything, even massive wildfires.
Lo and behold, somehow, Don managed to find his wife's original wedding ring from the remains of their former home. He then proceeded to get down on one knee and propose to his bride for a second time. Nothing makes you truly appreciate your loved ones quite like a natural disaster.
Despite losing their home and possessions, the couple are reportedly doing well and maintaining high spirits, and their love story in the midst of tragedy will go down in the books.
Another similar tale of hope amidst disaster took place this past September during Hurricane Harvey, when a Texas firefighter proved to be a true knight in shining armor and rescued his fiancée's wedding dress. Kyle Parry had spent most of the hurricane rescuing victims, but when he had to evacuate his home because of flooding, he made sure to attempt to salvage his future wife, Stephanie Hoekstra's, gown. Parry gently placed the precious garment in the top corner of his wardrobe in hopes that it would avoid any damage.
When he returned home a few days later, water had risen up to the roof, ruining his possessions. The couple lost the plates, napkins, and more that they had bought in preparation for the wedding. As Parry headed to the wardrobe holding Hoekstra's gown, he expected the worst. But, by some miracle (and his strategic planning), her gown had stayed completely dry, safely stashed inches above the water. Talk about a happy ending!
Love and loss are natural parts of life, but finding love after a major loss (especially caused by a natural disaster) truly goes a long way.