My Wedding Ring

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We don’t make a huge deal out of birthdays in my family.  Never had any parties as a kid, just do a cake of our choice with the family.  Until my 40th birthday.  My husband, who was not my husband at the time, threw me a surprise birthday party.

He had it at my mother’s house and had me meet him there for dinner after I got off of work.  It wasn’t unusual for us to have dinner with her, so I didn’t think anything about it.  I figured she’d made me my favorite cake, German chocolate, and we would have dinner.  A nice quiet birthday.

Imagine how surprised I was when I walked in and my whole family and several of my friends were there waiting for me.  I couldn’t believe that all these people had managed to keep the secret and surprise me.  My family especially. We tend not to be great secret keepers.

Then I got presents from everyone.  It was lovely.  I was excited and happy.  My  husband then gave me a small square box and he was on his knee’s in front of me.  Everyone got quiet.  I unwrapped the box and slowly opened it.  My mouth dropped open.  Inside was the most beautiful…fly for fishing that I’d ever seen.

Disappointed.  You bet.  He knew it too.  His joke was funny though.  So funny, I pushed him over.  He laughed and came back up on his knees and handed me another ring box.  I wasn’t so cautious this time, figuring that it was another fly.  He ties them as a hobby.

I was wrong.  Inside this box was a beautiful emerald ring.  It wasn’t an engagement ring, but it was close.  He asked me to marry him about six months later and got married about six weeks after that.

My family and friends gave us our wedding.  One of my friends did the cake, one did the flowers, another the food.  My nephew did the music and another one did the pictures.  I have a very talented bunch for family and friends.  It ended up costing us about $800 including the judge and my dress.  And it was a beautiful wedding.  I got lots of compliments on how fun the wedding was.

As a side, note.  Don’t ever get an emerald in a ring.  They are a soft stone and break very easily.  That’s what happened to mine.  About nine years after we got married the stone broke and fell out.  I was devastated.   We had used the ring I got on my 40th birthday for my wedding ring.  That was 2005.

We were in Estes Park, Colorado which is only about an hour from where we live, not long after than in a cute little jewelry store and I saw this ring that I fell in love with.  It had a huge pink spinel stone, which is a sapphire, and a swirl of opal.  It was gorgeous.  My dear husband bought it for me so I’d have a wedding ring again.  That was in 2007, eleven years after we got married.  It’s still as gorgeous and strong today as it was when he bought it for me.  We go back to Estes Park at least once per year to get it cleaned and checked.  It always looks so beautiful and sparkling after they clean it.  It truly lives up to the name they gave the design.  Verve.

46 thoughts on “My Wedding Ring

  1. Woot, first comment… :0) My hubby LOVES german chocolate cake too! I don’t really have a wedding ring, just a celtic knot band. :0) Great memory to share with us, Cindy! I, personally, love emerald rings and I’ve only lost them, never broken the stone out. I hope you get lots of comments and reads!


  2. So romantic, thanks you for sharing this with us and thanks you for your great giveaway ( i hope international*_*)

    I did get parties for my birthday either but perhaps one day ^^, now i can hope that even if i only get one it will be the best ever

    all the best


  3. Birthday Blog Hop!

    Loved the story! So wonderful to get a surprise party for your 40th! I too had a wonderful surprise party on my 40th, only it wasn’t a surprise, lol! However, on our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband did an excellent job of surprising me! Relatives and friends from afar, room rented, music, cake, and renewal of our vows! Awesome!!

    Thanks for the contest, they are always fun! Tamy 🙂

  4. Very sweet and romantic. 🙂

    Good to know for rings. I’m forever getting mine caught on something. But both the engagement and wedding rings have outlasted any other type of jewelry I’ve ever had.

    jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

  5. What a great story! I actually bent my ring bent my original wedding ring because it was to big on my finger and got it stuck on a lever door handle. My hubby bought me a new on our 10th anniversary!

  6. What a wonderful romantic start!! I love romantice stories! My ring is the diamond from my husband’s uncle tie tack when he served in the state senate back in the 30’s. So cool.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  7. Your husband seems like a very romantic and funny man. It’s great that you had a wonderful surprise party and a couple of beautiful rings.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  8. That is a great story. My DH threw me a surprise 40th birthday party last year. This year he turns 40 so I need to start planning. Thanks for the giveaway!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  9. What a story, so romantic, but I’ll pass on the tip to my daughter because her birthstone is an emrald and she wanted an emrald ring too.
    Seawitch Reviews @

  10. Thanks for sharing the memory!! It was very romantic. The emerald has broke off of several of my grandmothers rings, so I understand. I asked why she still wants them and she says well, I love the stone! Great giveaway!!

  11. I’m with everyone here – love the fly/ring story. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ve already read the first two books of your Centauri series. Great fictional world you’ve created. Book 3 is on my TBR list, so I’d love to win. Thank you for the chance.

  12. Great post! Id be sad too if my ring broke. Ill definitely think twice before getting an emerald. Thanks!

  13. What a great story! And a sneaky husband! I don’t wear my wedding ring, I’ve worn my mothers ever since she passed away and my husband’s ok with that.

  14. Okay that story is priceless! Thanks for sharing that. And thanks for the advice about emeralds. I had been thinking about getting one to replace my Mom’s for Mother’s Day.


  15. I am a May birthday and my wedding anniversary is a mere 3 days before my birthday. So as a wedding day gift my husband got me an emerald ring. It was a simple cut and design and I treasure it still today (13 years later). I don’t wear it often for fear of loosing it or something happening to it. So I wear it on special occasions and it has lasted so far.

  16. What a wonderful story.

    Talking about wedding rings…Mine was stolen at a B&B in the Garden District of New Orleans!

    I love Carrie Ann and I’m glad to wish her a HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday. And how sweet that she and her friends are giving away things on her special day.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  17. I don’t make a big deal about my birthday. It’s never very fun anyway so I’d rather avoid it if possible. LOL

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!


  18. Hey, at least he caught you with that fly, right? LOL I like different rings too, other than the traditional. If I ever get married, I would definitely have to have something other than the traditional types of rings.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  19. Nice story. We never did much either other than the family dinner and cake. I kind of prefer everything low key.

  20. What a great story. Your husband sounds like my dad, I don’t think we ever got the real present first. He always liked to joke around and we all love it.


  21. Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments. I think my DH is a keeper too. And he is romantic, more than I am I think which is a really nice thing.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and holiday weekend.

  22. Woohoo! Happy Birthday Carrie Ann!

    What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way! LOL

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It was very romantic and I just love it.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize!


  23. Happy Birthday Carrie Ann and everyone else celebrating this month. Great birthday and wedding story. I think you can have a beautiful wedding without spending a fortune. My daughter spent about $1500 and had a beautiful wedding. Happy Easter weekend.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  24. Thank you for participating in Carrie Anne’s birthday celebration and sharing this story with us!

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  25. What a great story, Cynthia! Glad his fly worked 😉 And I love how your rings have all been so special and gorgeous!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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