Johnson, who first met Maynard in church, filled her Charlotte home with flowers and candles when he popped the question on Jan. 4 with five diamond-studded bands. "We're really excited!!" the single mother to 8-year-old daughter Ricki told the magazine. "He proposed to me at home and gave both Ricki and me rings. It was so sweet! Ricki loves him more than she likes me!"
Johnson sought the blessing of Maynard's father and Ricki's grandparents before proposing.
Maynard was previously engaged to racecar driver Ricky Hendrick, with whom she had Ricki. Hendrick died in a plane crash in 2004.
Since then, Maynard has sought love twice on reality TV on The Bachelor, when she was briefly engaged to Brad Womack, and later on her season of The Bachelorette, when she accepted Jef Holm's proposal. They split up a few months later.