Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Sparkly Ring

I knew about the ring.

In fact, I picked it out.

I just didn’t know when I’d get it.

But let me back up.

I found out Tom had been planning a vow renewal for over a year by accident. He was disappointed that I found out, yes, but it also made things easier to plan.

This was why he led me into Zales one day when we were in the mall. I admit I didn’t fully comprehend what was going on and said something stupid like, “Everything is so sparkly in here.”

And then Tom said, “You can pick out a new ring set.”

I felt like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama when she’s led into a room with the lights off, then the lights flick on and she’s in a jewelry store and she’s told she can pick ANY RING SHE WANTS!

Well.

It wasn’t exactly the same. I knew I couldn’t pick ANY RING I WANTED. After all, we weren’t rich. I knew our budget even though Tom didn’t have to say it.

There were so many rings. I went from one display to the next. I tried on various sparklers on my finger, one of which was gigantic (and way out of our budget but I just wanted to try it on JUST TO SEE). It turns out I didn’t care for the humongous rings. Some people might like to be ostentatious; I prefer the quiet, beautiful diamonds.

It’s why I never understand when celebrities or rich people walk around with those enormous rocks on their fingers. It just seems…wrong. It basically says, “My ring represents that I could feed multiple third world countries,” or, “I have a house on my finger!” Plus, wouldn’t the finger get tired? I tried on one ring that made my finger slant downward.

Tom also picked out a new wedding ring for himself. He found it in less than ten minutes. Then again, the man ring section is like a handful of choices. The girl ring section is….well, over half the store. Still, he was patient and told me to find something I loved. It was between two rings and I kept saying, “Which one should I get?” and he’d say, “It’s your choice. Whatever you want.”

You see, our old ring sets were cheap and falling apart. We weren’t purchasing new rings because we just felt like a change. We were purchasing new rings because we didn’t want our old ones to fall apart on our fingers. When we were married we were 19 and broke so we couldn’t afford much.

Now, fast forward almost ten years and we could…well, we couldn’t afford ANYTHING, as I mentioned before, but we had slightly more in the bank.

I stared at the two rings in front of me and tempted to go Eenie Meenie Minnie Mo but I was worried I’d scare the Zales lady.

In the end, I went with the right one.

And then we had to wait forever for them to resize my ring because I have TINY fingers (4 ½) so it took like 5 weeks to get back.

When they finally did come back I thought, “Yay, I get to at least wear my engagement ring!” which was the sparkliest but then Tom said, “Nope, you don’t even get to LOOK at your ring until I say.”

And by 5 weeks, I had forgotten what it really looked like in person.

So a couple weeks went by and I tried not to ask Tom when I’d get the ring back. When we went to Ohio he brought the ring and showed it off to all his family members and they’d all say, “Oh, it’s beautiful!” and I wanted to say, “Is it? Because I can hardly remember! All I can remember is the SPARKLES!”

But then one night Tom surprised me with the ring.

And yes, he got down on one knee.

My husband can be romantic. My husband, who freely burps in front of me and then tries to convince me that when he burps it’s a COMPLIMENT to my cooking got down on one knee and said some ultra sweet words which I’m keeping to myself. There are some things I have to hold in my heart, you see.

Clearly I told Tom yes and he slipped my new ring on my finger. I immediately shifted it from side to side and breathed, “It sparkles…”




It’s perfect.

And next month, we’ll be renewing our vows on our ten year anniversary.

Where?

Well, at the Branson Titanic museum. Tom planned that all by himself. He knows I’ve always had a thing for the Titanic. I can’t explain it. I just DO.

Yes, I’ll have a wedding dress. When I was married almost ten years ago I was seven months pregnant and had to wear a black maternity dress since it was the only thing that would fit me. Plus, I couldn’t afford anything else.

So yeah.

We’re renewing our vows.

Next month.

55 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you and hope you post some pictures after the ceremony!

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  2. Aw, that sounds absolutely sweet as heck. He definitely trumps my man in the romance department!

    (I'm actually wearing a big ruby right now, but it was lab created and didn't cost a bundle. It does kind of make my finger feel funny sometimes, but I love it. It's the only the second piece of jewelry my husband has ever picked out for me and knowing him, it'll be the last, heh.)

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  3. So pretty! Congratulations, that's so exciting! And definitely super romantic. Kudos to Tom!

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  4. Congrats on your anniversary! So sweet of Tom to plan all this :)

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  5. The ring is beautiful. Congrats on the 10 years. Can't wait to see the photos.

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  6. YAYAYAYAY YIPPIE YAYAYAYAY! Thats a beautiful ring!!! :) Congrats to you guys!

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  7. It's gorgeous....congrats! I'm so happy for you both! What a special time and place to do it. Can't wait to see the pictures!

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  8. So I'm guessing you said yes to his question.

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  9. WOW!!! This is all amazing! :o)

    LOVE your ring and so happy for you! Can't wait to hear all about the vow renenwal. :o)

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  10. It's beautiful, what a wonderful story! Can't wait to see the pictures!

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  11. Oh how exciting! Your ring is beautiful.

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  12. I'm so happy and excited for you!! Are you going to have a family part of the ceremony to include the kids? Some people do, and some people don't.

    Yay Zales! I got my ring from there too. Your ring is gorgeous!

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  13. So worth the wait for the ring, it's really beautiful! Congrats to you both. Wonderful story after ten years! You have a good man there- lady! So happy for you. Look forward to seeing photos of you in the wedding dress.

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  14. Love the ring- it's so pretty!

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  15. Oh, this is SO romantic! And the ring is beautiful! Great choice! Happy 10th anniversary, too!

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  16. Congratulations to you and your husband! Beautiful ring! :)

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  17. Congrats on 10 years. The ring looks amazing!

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  18. How very sweet. That's a beautiful ring.

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  19. that's so romantic. and the ring is gorgeous!!!!

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  20. Congratulations, that's awesome!

    Also? This: "It basically says, “My ring represents that I could feed multiple third world countries,” or, “I have a house on my finger!” Plus, wouldn’t the finger get tired? I tried on one ring that made my finger slant downward." made me laugh!

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  21. I may or may not have watery eyes right now...but I'm sure its cuz a piece of dust just flew into them...both...at the same time. yes...thats it. I have dust in my eyes.

    p.s. your ring is sparkly perfection!!

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  22. I have goosebumps...and I'm secretly in my head squeeing because I'm a hopeless romantic and I'm hearing that whole "my heart will go one" and equating it to your everlasting love <---again with the cheesey hopeless romantic

    can't wait to see the pictures! *hint hint*

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  23. Oh, that's just so sweet and wonderful. Love your ring. It's beautiful.

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  24. Congratulations on 10 years together! The ring is very pretty and sparkly!

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  25. That's definitely romantic! I love when the guys you would never picture doing something so sweet, pull out all the stops when it comes to the woman they love. Congrats on renewing your vows...it's even more meaningful now because you guys know pretty much EVERYTHING about each other and you STILL want to be together. :) And, your ring...beautiful!! And ever so sparkly!

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  26. Thanks for following my blog. I came to see who you were. I love this story its so beautiful. Happy 10 year anniversary for next month. It's so sweet that your hubby still makes you feel like a princess at times. Have you got your wedding dress yet?

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  27. Love the ring. Congrats!! I have to confess, I'm jealous. We had our 10th anniversary last month and I didn't get any sparkles!! (I was hoping.)

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  28. It is indeed perfect.

    Congrats on everything.

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  29. I'm getting all goosebumply over here with the Reece Witherspoon analogy! The ring truly is sparkly. Wait till you're in a movie theater, or you have twinkly lights on the christmas tree - it'll reflect every single light beam.

    happy 10 years, in advance. I'm on my 10th year, hope we make it to next October :)

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  30. Its beautiful! I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes in joy for you and Tom! Congrats!

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  31. What a wonderfully sweet post! And a beautiful ring, wow!

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  32. Love that sparkly ring! Have you picked out the dress yet?

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  33. So romantic! The Titanic museum is amazing! You'll love it!

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  34. Oh it does sparkle! And so happy for you- sounds like it will be a wonderful time.

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  35. Oh it's beautiful. So romantic! xxx

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  36. Amber, it's beautiful! And so is the whole story! Congrats on re-marrying the perfect guy for you!

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  37. It is absolutely beautiful! How wonderful that you are renewing your vows in such a special way. I can't wait to see pictures and hope it is a fantastic day for you and Tom!

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  38. Totally awesome-sauce!!!! The ring is lovely, but the real treasure is your husband. Congratulations to you both!!!

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  39. What an absolutely romantic gesture. Men of the world take note. Happy anniversary. The ring is gorgeous.

    LisaDay

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  40. Congratulations! The ring is gorgeous, I agree, rocks are kind of a waste (and don't they get in the way when doing, well, pretty much anything. I'm looking forward to the pictures.

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  41. So jealous about the Titanic museum! I too have a slight obsession with it. I can't wait to hear about you r renewal. I'm sure it will be great.

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  42. How totally sweet! I wish my hubby would do that - I lost the sapphire in my engagement ring last February and I am using a ring I bought myself on overstock.com.

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  43. Beautiful ring! And congrats on renewing your vows WITH a wedding dress.
    Oh and Sweet Home Alabama? One of my most favourite movies EVER.

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  44. This is so incredibly romantic! And yes, your ring is very sparkly!

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  45. how beautiful! I can't wait to hear about your big anniversary renewal! congratulations :-)

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  46. Sounds awesome! The ring is beautiful! Have a great 10-year anniversary, and enjoy the ceremony! (sorry! I'm a little exclamation! crazy today!) :0)

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  47. So beautiful, and I'm so excited that you're getting to do a vow renewal! Happy 10 years!

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  48. Amber, the ring is beautiful and the fact that you are renewing your vows is romantic and fabulous. Congrats!

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  49. Melt my heart!!! So Sweet!!!
    And that ring is gorgeous! :)

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  50. What a great story! The ring is beautiful, and I'm so happy for you finally getting to wear a wedding dress. We want pictures!

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