The Ring Saga Continues

The Ring Saga continued:

Now the search for a new wedding band began.  We went to a few jewelry stores, where they all shook their heads sadly at the current state of Russ’ ring.  It was cut in two places to get it off his finger, so it looks rather sad.  Some stores suggested we consider upgrading, but I’m far too sentimental to even consider that.

We agreed that it was crazy to spend much money on a temporary ring, so after wandering through the mall, we  finally ended up at Wal Mart (believe it or not) and for $48 we bought Russ a new ring.  The young man working at the jewelry counter gave us a very strange look when we asked if they had any “cheap wedding bands.”  We were pleasantly surprised to find that with the advent of new metals being used for rings, there were several attractive choices.  Russ’ finger is still too swollen to wear it on his left hand, so for the time being it is on his right hand but he’ll move it when his hand feels better.

We completely embarrassed the kid when I asked him to be our witness and I put the ring on Russ’ finger saying, “Wear this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.”  Then for good measure I added, “With this ring I remain wed for another 26 years…and more.”  Then we kissed.  It was a very romantic Wal Mart moment.  You should have been there.

On the day of our anniversary, we snuck away to a movie at 3:30 in the afternoon and then went to dinner.  It was fabulous being together!  After dinner we walked next door to Big 5 and bought new running shoes for each other.  We’ve been needing to replace our shoes for months and although it wasn’t romantic, we hope it bodes well for a healthy, vibrant year.

Here’s to marriage, laughter, wedding bands, and growing old together!

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P.S. I’ve heard this is a great book; have you read it? What did you think? I have to confess, I bought it as a gift for my dear friend and haven’t gotten a copy of it for myself. I’ve been meaning to…shall I add it to my ever-growing list?

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

11 Comments

  1. Audrey
    June 16, 2010

    Love the Walmart story. I think it is so sweet that you both are sentimental like that. You probably taught that sales kid something about marriage, too. I bet he'll remember that! What a great idea about an afternoon movie then dinner! Why haven't we thought of that? We always have trouble staying awake for the movie after dinner LOL. I'm gonna run this by hubby and see if we can try it out soon! Blessings and prayers for MANY more wonderful years together – you guys are a great example of a Godly marriage!!

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  2. Laura
    June 16, 2010

    I can just see the serious and romantic moment at Wal Mart—you and Russ staring into each others eyes and confidently saying your words and the kid just staring at you like you are crazy!

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  3. laurel
    June 16, 2010

    Oh too funny! Love the Wal-Mart story.

    When I went to Ghana (twice) I didn't want to wear my expensive diamond ring, so I bought a cheap $13 ring at the mall that actually looked very similar to my own. The kids all laughed at mama's $13 BLING.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Giann
    June 16, 2010

    haha…thats funny! Walmart is such a romantic place! haha

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  5. April
    June 16, 2010

    so sweet!! what a great commercial for walmart that would have been!
    haven't read that book but now my curiosity is piqued!

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  6. KT B.
    June 16, 2010

    Very cute story 🙂 Would it be possible to melt his old ring into a new one if you wanted? Just a thought.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      June 17, 2010

      The jeweler is going to repair it, so it won't need to be melted down. We just need to make sure the swelling is completely gone before it is repaired in order to get the size right. I love his old ring, even if it is a plain gold band. It is solid and weighty and just seems right for us; I'm also hopelessly sentimental.

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  7. Jillian
    June 16, 2010

    Great story!

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  8. @mk_q
    June 16, 2010

    Awwww, that's awesome, Mom. I wish I'd been there to see the Walmart moment 🙂

    Mimi

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  9. lauradodson
    June 18, 2010

    hee hee, great!

    This week was our 19th year of marriage and Jeff bought me Chaco sandals, and I bought him Merrell hiking boots. That's my kind of present.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      June 18, 2010

      Laura, Those sound like good presents to me!

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