On Saturday, January 14th my life changed forever. The man that has been my best friend, business advisor and better half, Scott Shirley, asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. And without a breath of hesitation, I said yes! Every day since then it’s felt like Christmas, waking up to the best present I could ask for—a lifetime with my soul mate. Because I openly share so much about my life with my blogging friends and followers each week, it’s only natural that I would also share the excitement of my engagement with you as well.
As I tend to do with every milestone in my life, I reflect deeply upon what this symbolizes. And this one is quite special. The ring on my left hand symbolizes a promise and a vow that I take very seriously. It’s a vow that will witness the passing of decades and the birth of new generations. As it sparkles and shines with barely a week of age, I’m brought back to the memory of my mother’s diamond ring. Her ring has been worn and tarnished by life’s most precious and beautiful moments. It’s a ring that I’ve known ever since I was a child and can’t possibly imagine her without. Close in age to my mother when she first received hers, I imagine what precious moments of my own life will be witnessed by this ring.
This ring will wrap around my father’s arm as he walks me down the aisle this August. It will take my husband’s hand for the first time as we say our vows and turn the key to our first house. This ring will rock babies to sleep and change countless diapers over the years. It will cook, clean, fold and work hard. It will fit perfectly into my husband’s hand as we walk and lay softly on his chest as we fall asleep. It will clap for joy in the happiest of moments and wipe away tears during the saddest. It will witness graduations, marriages and grandchildren. And finally, when this ring outlives my own life, it will be passed on to my children to forever remember the beauty of our love and the life which it created.
It’s difficult to comprehend the amount of memories this ring will record. While its sparkle may never be able to show me my future or my past, it will always be there to serve as a reminder that life is precious and love is truly spectacular.
24 thoughts on “With This Ring”
Oh congratulations to you both. I wish you much happiness.
Congratulations! Your excitement is warranted as the journey of marriage is absolutely amazing.
Congratulations! May you continue to build great memories together…be blessed in all you do.
Congratulations! May you find in each other the strength and courage that it takes to join 2 people and 2 lives together. Many blessings!
Congratulations to both of you! My fiance and I are coming up on a year of being engaged, and the over-the-moon feeling is still there every time I see my ring, too. Best wishes for joy and love to you both.
Congratulations! And so it begins…
May the light keep on shining for you -both of you-
Congrats! Enjoy the journey.
Wonderful, wonderful news! so happy to hear about it! thanks for sharing your views with us 🙂
Congratulations! And what a beautifully written post…
Congratulations and the very best-est wishes for all the exciting “firsts” ahead!
Beautifully put. Congratulations!
It seems such a simple concept, but you made it dazzling! May your eyes, heart, and spirit always shine as sparkly as the ring you wear! And many happy years together!
Congratulations to you! This is such an exciting time! Get ready for quite a whirlwind!
Congratulations to you!!! This was a beautiful post!
Wow! Thank you all for such encouraging words and all the congratulations. We’re so excited! Now we just have to get planning!
I’m a bit late with the congrats! Enjoy the planning, the lead up to the wedding and the event.
My wife and I got married on 1/1/12. Because we are a little older, with all kinds of life experiences, we wanted to do something not a part of tradition. So we made the trek from Brisbane (Australia) and had our ceremony in a snow setting at Snoqualmie Pass, in the Cascade Mountains just out of Seattle. A few friends and family were able to attend and participate in what was the most amazing experience. We’ll have those memories forever — just as you will have your own.
Life is great, isn’t it!
Oh! That sounds absolutely beautiful. I truly believe in doing what reflects you and your relationship. We’re doing an outdoor wedding on a farm. It’s who we are and how we see our most special day 🙂