It may have been the luck of the Irish or just the luckiest day ever when Derek first met Dana on St. Patrick's Day, 2011. Dana was coaxed to join a couple friends out for some green beer at a new bar in Middleton and the fact that she agreed is a feat in and of itself. The Badgers were playing in the midst of March Madness that night & Dana needed to slip her glasses on to see the TV. That is when Derek took notice! The rest is pretty much history! Dana knew Derek was "the one" when she felt all of his love & support for her throughout that year as she was going to nursing school. He also trusted her taking on and becoming comfortable with the responsibility and role of "mother" to Derek's son, Liam.
PROPOSAL One Sunday afternoon, Dana, Derek & Liam went to meet family & a few friends at Governor Dodge State Park.After some time, Derek said he needed to show Dana something, so with his phone in hand he led her into this big grassy area as Liam was following them. Dana thought that whatever he was going to show her wasn't quite appropriate for a child, so she stopped and said that whatever it was would have to wait. He turned around and started saying beautiful things about Dana, getting married and being a mom.Derek got down on one knee and asked Dana to marry him, which was supposed to be Liam's cue to hand him the ring that he had been hiding behind his back, but of course, what 5 year old doesn't need reminding? After Derek asked Liam if he could help him out, out came a ring! Their family and friends witnessed the whole thing, waiving with cameras and champagne in the background! Cheers!