During David's recent port visit to San Diego,
he stumbled upon this ring in a jewelry store.
He said that when he first laid eyes on it
he thought of me.
He knows I like things that are a little bit unique,
has some character to it,
is representative of something personal to me
and tells a story.
This ring reminds me of my original wedding ring
which has grown thin
and has lost two accent diamonds over the years.
That ring had one center marquis stone
much like the three in my new ring.
He bought the ring in San Diego
and had it sized and shipped
to a jewelry store here in Washington.
It was important that I go pick it up and try it on
before the window to return it for a full refund closed
in case I didn't like it.
Unfortunately, that window would close
before David would return from deployment,
so he wasn't able to see my face when I saw it.
I think I actually squealed right there
in the jewelry store!
I thought it was so beautiful
and I was so proud of him
for doing such a great job of picking it out!
the three center marquis stones
represent past, present and future
or in my words,
learning from the past,
embracing the present
and anticipating the future.
See, told you I like things with a story!
Here's another fun story:
Since I had not seen the ring
before I went to pick it up
and was only relying on David's description of it,
I decided to use that situation to my advantage.
I picked up a ridiculous fake ring at the Mall
and planned to convince him
that this was the ring I received from the jewelry store.
We had spoken on the phone several times
and I kept telling him how big the ring was
and how I was not used to wearing something so large on my finger.
I was trying to play up the hugeness of the imposter ring
so he'd buy my story.
When we went to pick him up last week,
I flashed my big fancy fake ring at him
and asked him if he liked it.
He wasn't buying it.
I stuck with it though
and asked him if it looked different on my finger
than it did in the store.
Not at all falling for it,
he kept asking where the real ring was.
I think I had him for half a second
when I told him that we needed to go back by the jewelry store
and find out what happened.
For the first time I saw a bit of worry in his eyes
and He said,"Are you serious?!"
I couldn't hold it together any longer
so I just started laughing
and handed him the black velvet ring box
which held the real ring that he had chosen for me.
He slipped it on my finger
as I sat there grinning ear to ear
like a giddy school girl.
he gets to display all these shiny medals,
bars and awards on his uniform
so that everyone can see how awesome he is at his job.
It feels great that he wanted me
to be able to display something shiny and beautiful
on my finger to show the world
how much I am loved.
My mom says
that every man wants to be able to put a big, dazzling ring
on his girl's finger.
I think she's right,
but I also remember feeling very proud
of the tiny little marquis
in my original wedding ring.
That wedding ring was representative
of our tiny little idealistic view of our life together.
Our love was true,
but our life together had just begun
and was untested.
Everything was fresh and new
and could all fit in that little marquis.
But now, after almost 17 years,
we've experienced so much more of our lives together.
That same love has grown deeper.
It's been tested by disappointment,
two year olds,
and has come out bigger, shinier
and more dazzling!
for picking out a ring that is
so perfectly representative of our love story!
I love you,
past, present and future!