How We Met
It all started January 15, 2018, at Pecos Ridge Park where our church was getting together to play volleyball. Mel was on staff at another church at this time but was invited by his best man Michael Feher to come play. Mel was off from work this day, so he decided he would tag along. When Mel arrived, he met up with Michael. He then introduced Mel to a bunch of great people. After hitting the ball around a bit and waiting on some more people to show up they finally picked teams and began playing.
As they played, Mel spotted a girl walking from the parking lot towards the volleyball courts. He continued to glance in that direction. As she got closer, he was thinking about two things: 1. “This is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life.” 2. “Please let her becoming this way to play with our group.” As she continued walking, it was clear that she was here to play volleyball with the group and on the inside, Mel was a little too excited about that.
As she put her stuff on the table, she walked up and asked the group what team she should join. Mel was thinking in his head “please let her be on my team!” Most of the people playing said it didn’t matter and told her to just join whichever team she wanted. Verena then walks over to Mel’s side of the court. Mel was very excited by this point and also a little nervous. As Verena walks over to Mel’s side of the court, Verena says hi to everyone. Lastly, Verena walks up to Mel and says, “Hi, I’m Verena. I think I’ve never met you before.” Mel nervously responds with a “Hi, I’m Mel. It’s nice to meet you.”
How They Asked
Fast forward a couple of months, on February 8, 2019, Mel took Verena out to a nice dinner. Following the dinner, Mel had planned with some of their closest friends to meet him at Valley of Fire. The place where they had made their relationship official just seven months prior. Mel blindfolded Verena and drove up to where all their friends had set up the proposal. As they pulled up Mel got out of the vehicle and went and stood up by an arch that had been decorated with flowers and lights. Verena’s blindfold came off, and she was shocked by what she saw. She walked down a runner to where Mel was standing. It was there that Mel told her how much she meant to him and how he wanted to be with her for the rest of their lives. Mel then got down on one knee and asked Verena to marry him and she said, YES!