Nashville Man Proposes In Tornado-Ravaged Home, Makes One Last Happy Memory Before Saying Goodbye

The Nashville-area tornadoes have left people feeling broken, feeling hopeless… and while I have no doubt that Nashville will emerge from this tragedy even stronger than before, the devastation is undeniable.

Lives were lost, homes left in ruins… for some, everything they’ve ever known has been taken from them. However for one Nashville man, he wasn’t going to let it ruin everything that he and his girlfriend had worked to build. After spending countless hours cleaning out what possessions they had left, whatever they could salvage from their battered home, he wanted to make one last happy memory in what was left of it. A memory that would last a lifetime.

As they were saying goodbye to their home, Buster Hughes got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life.

Here’s the heartwarming message from Caitlin, the bride-to-be:

“The last moment in our home… was actually a beautiful one.

I can’t really make out any words right now. This was more than a home to me… I’m still in shock from that night that we almost lost our lives and Buster saved me. As I was breaking down saying our final goodbye to this place that we loved so much, the man I love with all my heart got down on one knee and proposed to me. He said he knew how much this home meant to me and wanted the last moment to be a positive memory. I can’t think of a better soulmate to weather life’s storms with. Buster you have shown me how deep love is and we are so blessed to have one another. I love you.”

And the original message from the groom:

“Just want to give everyone an update: We have removed everything we could out of the apartment with the help of so many generous people. To all the friends, family and all kinds of strangers that pitched in, we certainly couldn’t have done it without you, and we sincerely thank you. There’s too many to tag, but know we will never forget every single person who has lended a helping hand, offered encouraging and kind words, and the people who donated, no matter how big or small that donation was. If any of you ever need anything, we will always be there for you, in the drop of a hat.

On a second note, we also have some positive and very exciting news to share. When something like this happens, you can’t help but have a different perspective on life. And I decided, I didn’t want to wait anymore and I also wanted our last memory in our home to be a positive one. I got down on one knee and asked Caitlin to be my wife, and she said YES!!! Life is too short to be taking things for granted. I know there’s no one else in this world I want to be with and I want to spend the rest of my life keeping her protected, and raising a little family of our own.”

Grab the Kleenex people.

If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, nothing will.

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Just want to give everyone an update: We have removed everything we could out of the apartment with the help of so many generous people. To all the friends, family and all kinds of strangers that pitched in, we certainly couldn’t have done it without you, and we sincerely thank you. There’s too many to tag, but know we will never forget every single person who has lended a helping hand, offered encouraging and kind words, and the people who donated, no matter how big or small that donation was. If any of you ever need anything, we will always be there for you, in the drop of a hat. On a second note, we also have some positive and very exciting news to share. When something like this happens, you can’t help but have a different perspective on life. And I decided, I didn’t want to wait anymore and I also wanted our last memory in our home to be a positive one. I got down on one knee and asked Caitlin to be my wife, and she said YES!!! Life is too short to be taking things for granted. I know there’s no one else in this world I want to be with and I want to spend the rest of my life keeping her protected, and raising a little family of our own. Again, a big THANK YOU to everyone, and I mean everyone. We’ve read every comment, every text, every post, every DM even if we haven’t had the time to respond just yet. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Here’s to new beginnings!

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