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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.
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