How We Met
Conner’s best friend in high school had been in a relationship with one of my closest girlfriends for years. They tried to set us up after Conner expressed interest to her. I simply did not acknowledge the idea because I was focusing on my two degrees, two jobs, and my relationship with Christ. A few months later, after seeing on social media that he was volunteering with guy friends to help flood victims in Louisiana, I contacted my friend and said: “I want to serve others with my significant other!” She put us in contact, he messaged me on Facebook – something really lame, “I guess we have to get together.”
Although the message did not adequately portray his excitement, we both were nervous and giddy. He attended my college formal with me, we had a blast two-stepping, laughing, talking all night long. That is the night I knew he was the one. The following weekend he took me on our first official date. The plans were to go to dinner and his brother’s hockey game (where I would meet his entire family). Needless to say, Conner had never had a girlfriend before. Because I was already head over heels, I could not even pick out an outfit – three of my best friends helped me find a cute, yet appropriate to meet the parents, look. From that day on I haven’t gone a day without speaking to him, being encouraged by him, praying with him, and waiting for this day.
How They Asked
On Dec 17, after I competed at Miss Universe as the first Miss USA from Nebraska, two of my sweet friends, who had flown to Bangkok to cheer me on, helped me pack my three weeks worth of belongings and change for a celebration dinner with my family and friends who had traveled across the world. They convinced me to wear an over the top white Sherri Hill cocktail dress (little did I know it was because I would become a fiancé)! We arrived at the Icon Siam mall, took some photos, then I was escorted outside to the River Front Terrance, by family friend Charles W. Herbster, where I instantly caught eyes with my guy, Conner Ryan Combs. He was standing alone in a suit next to a small table. I knew. We sat down and began looking at a scrapbook he had put together with important dates of our relationship and photos throughout (I could not stop wondering how long he was going to make me wait)!
He then asked to wash my feet, resembling the humble sacrificial love of Christ, read me Mark 10:9 out of a bible we both received at Passion Conference in 2017, and then asked me to be his wife. I was so overwhelmed with emotion I could not stop giggling and excitedly said: “uh, yeah!” – this isn’t a surprise at all to those who know me. He opened a crystal red rose ring box and slid a dream ring onto my finger. He went above and beyond to make the ring beautifully meaningful by customizing a cross as the diamond’s basket – to resemble the foundation of our relationship in Christ – he also included 14 diamonds from his Nana’s ring.
After hugs and kisses in celebration, both of our families came out from hiding. We screamed, cried, and took photos. Then many of our closest friends appeared – we hugged, cried more, and took some more photos. Then we shared a toast, prayer, yummy meal and cheesecake (thanks to my best friend Nicolle Parsa for knowing after walking on the Miss Universe stage, all I would want was cheesecake (and a ring)). I simply could not imagine a more picture-perfect proposal. I am grateful for the intimate moments, our families and friends being there to celebrate, and for the breathtaking view.