It all began so innocently, she needed a learner's permit and he needed a driver's license. Their parents were on friendly terms and a chance encounter at the DMV would be the backdrop. Although neither had much to say to the other, their paths had crossed and their story had begun.
Years later, Rachel Midkiff and Kevin Plyler were employed for the same company and the wheels of love, although slow, began to turn. "When Kevin and I first met, I knew he had a love for the Lord which is the most attractive thing about him. After our first couple of dates, I could see he was humble, patient and caring. So while I was instantly attracted to him, it grows more and more each day."
The moment came for Rachel "only 24 days after our first date" where she found herself praying that Kevin would be "the one." Prayers answered! And, a few months into dating, Kevin uttered the words Rachel yearned to hear from him. Their love story was being written!
In an surprising twist, Kevin tells the proposal tale and we feel his own words are priceless. "Friday, April 14, 2017 will forever hold a special place in my heart. I attempted to treat it like another typical weekday, but I knew this particular day was going to be life-changing. I was going to propose marriage to the woman of my dreams."
"The ring had been in my possession for almost two weeks, which was way too long. But on this Good Friday, it would soon find a much more permanent home. Until then, it was to be stored in the locked glovebox of my car while I was working.
"It was an extremely slow-paced day at work, with anticipation building as every hour passed. Finally, at 3:30 p.m., it was time to go pick Rachel up from her house. A couple of our friends had planned a nice picnic at Railroad Park and a movie afterwards. The double date idea was the best way that I could surprise Rachel without her being suspicious of a proposal."
"As we drove away from Rachel's house, my heart was racing and palms were sweating. Rachel, on the other hand, was calm and relaxed as she helped give me directions and guide me towards a parking spot near Railroad Park. This assured me that she was not expecting a proposal. We exited my car and proceeded to walk to the spot where we were meeting our friends. This was a tough part for me. I had to carry the ring (in the box) in a way that Rachel would not see it.
"My only option was to walk with my hands in my pockets, which is pretty typical for me, in order to hide the ring. And that is exactly what I did. We came upon the proposal spot and I could tell from her tears that Rachel was in disbelief, but so incredibly happy. As she opened and began to read the card that I had written for her, I slowly took the ring out of my pocket and began to pray silently. Once she finished reading and looked up at me, I dropped to a knee and asked one of the most important questions of my life: Rachel Elizabeth Midkiff, will you marry me?" And to my delight, with tears streaming down her face, she nodded and said yes!" The beginning!