Jim gave me my cherished diamond engagement ring on July 28, 2001. It was a warm Saturday afternoon when he opened a box and asked me to be his forever. I quickly said yes, slapped that sucker on my ring finger and pulled out years of wedding plans that would challenge Pinterest any day. Later that night I got to drive my parents and Jim an hour out of town for dinner. I don't know how I didn't wreck that car, I spent the majority of the drive staring at the sparkling diamond and all the little spots it was creating throughout the car. In those 13 years I have spent many moments watching the sparkles. I have worked at making sure my ring is clean so it sparkles the best. I have been sad when plump-baby-inside fingers wouldn't allow me to wear them. I have looked at my rings as a symbol of our love and marriage. When Jim and I exchanged those rings that November we were promising to remain true to God and to each other. We chose rings as an unending circle, a symbol of eternity. We wear them as outward expressions of our eternal devotion, much like a believer goes under the water to show their eternal relationship with Christ. So what does it mean when I look down at my ring in the midst of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Does it mean that we've broken our promises to each other? Does it mean there's a rough patch ahead? Does it mean that even though from a distance my ring looks intact it's really not, much like marriages often do? I could look deeper into all of those questions and until my ring is repaired I may. But here's what I do know and what I'm holding onto. God gave me Jim. He seriously threw him in my life at a time when I wasn't looking and gently whispered, "I know he's a yankee, but you've got a gem in this guy; a keeper, a man true to Me and to his word, a man you can trust through everything, a man who will love you like no other." For once I quickly listened to God and snatched that man up before someone else could. He's been all that God promised to me and more. I may have a broken ring but I do not have broken promises, Jim and I are committed to at least another 87 years. I may have a broken ring and there may be a rough patch ahead but I know Jim is going to travel through that patch WITH me and we will get to the other side so much better than we were. I may have a broken ring, but I hope and pray what others see in us is true and real. I pray that our marriage shows the good and the ugly but always shows God working through it all. My ring may be broken and I may be wearing a fun giant sapphire my sweet hubs gave me for Christmas two years ago. And I may miss my diamond so very much, but just as a believer still has Christ years after they've stepped out of the water I still have Jim, our marriage, our family and a God who loves us beyond measure.
I'm the incredibly blessed wife of Jim and mom of one angel in heaven, Harris, and two on earth, Nathan and Brady. I am a stay at home mom most of the time and get paid (a blessing that I don't want to call a job or work) to have a ton of fun working in student ministries at St. Mark's Church. God has blessed our family so abundantly. I am humbled by His love and grace.