In 1989, Julie Adam Myers’ husband, Don, gave her a wedding ring that held a special place in her heart. It meant a lot to her because he gave it to her when the couple had “nothing.”
Little did she know that 28 years later when the couple and their family were suddenly left with nothing, the wedding ring would give them some much needed hope.
When a wildfire started in Santa Paula, California, Julie Adam Myers didn’t have much time to gather her family’s belongings.
“I really wish I would’ve got the baby blankets and Christmas ornaments, but I’ll survive it,” she told the New York Post.
Myers noticed the wildfire quickly approaching her house and evacuated with very little.
In a post she shared with Love What Matters, Julie wrote that when she noticed the wildfire it was about 10 miles from her house, within two hours it was quickly closing in. She estimated it was about a mile away.
Since the fire was moving quickly she didn’t have time to gather many belongings. She could only hope that the important paperwork and jewelry the family kept in a fireproof safe would be safe from the flames.
When she returned to her home only ashes and rubble remained.
Once the wildfire had passed and the Myers family was allowed to go back home, they realized the awful truth. Their home had been reduced to a pile of burnt rubble.
According to KEYT the couple didn’t expect to find any of their possessions, but that didn’t stop them from looking. They looked through the contents of their safe, but everything that was inside turned into “a glob of thick ash.”
“I was a little overwhelmed with seeing some of the rubble of my life…” Julie wrote.
Don continued looking through the debris and found his wife’s wedding ring.
Julie became overwhelmed and the air quality wasn’t good so she left and left Don to continue searching the rubble.
When she returned he had a surprise for her.
Don got down on one knee and proposed to her for the second time. This time with the wedding ring they both thought they had lost forever.
Don also found her grandmother’s teacup too.
While Julie expressed some sadness in not being able to save some of her family’s priceless possessions, she recognized that one very important thing had been saved—their family.
“There were a lot of sentimental things I left behind, but I took the ones that really mattered the most!” Julie wrote on Facebook.