Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Part of Me is Missing - And A book giveaway!

The picture above is of me and my husband, Peter, on our wedding day. This coming December we'll celebrate 25 years of marriage. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown since we were the young kids in this picture.

You can't see it in this photograph, but I'm wearing my engagement ring, a diamond solitaire on a gold band. With the exception of two months during my second pregnancy, I have never gone without it since my 20th birthday when Peter put it on my finger and asked me to be his forever-bride.

Until this last week.

That's when I had to take my engagement ring in to a jewelry store for repair. The jeweler says it will be two weeks until I get it back!

I can't say that I consciously think about my engagement ring every day, but now that I don't have it, I find myself missing it. I didn't realize how often I spun it on my finger, or how it was always there when I was typing, or how I was careful not to snag it on anything or poke anyone with it because the setting is rather high. With it at the jewelers, I feel as if a part of me is missing. I can't wait to get it back!

Until then, in order to help me pass the time, I'm giving away a copy of North Star Brides, the 3-in-1 collection that tells the stories of the Kennebrae brothers and their arranged marriages. The third in the series is The Engineered Engagement, which has an unorthodox engagement ring as part of the story.

Leave a comment and tell me about either your engagement ring, or a favorite piece of jewelry to be eligible to win.

US residents only. Winner will be announced next Wednesday.

15 comments:

  1. Eeesh!! I'd be lost without mine!!!!!

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    1. It feel so odd...and every time I glance at my hand, it looks WRONG!

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  2. My daughter is in the same boat you are. She was moving a table at work and snagged her ring and her diamond fell out. She fortunately found it and is being repaired but will not get it back for two weeks. My grandmother was married in 1925 and told me her engagement ring would one day be mine (I was her favorite grandchild). When she passed away I found her original engagement ring but the diamond was missing. On our 25th wedding anniversary I got a new diamond ring. My original diamond fit perfectly in my grandmothers ring! It had to be a God thing! My daughter now has it and will hopefully one day pass it on to my granddaughter. On another note, my mother gave me her engagement, and wedding ring and my dad's wedding ring. I told my son when he decides to get engaged and married they are his if he so chooses.

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    1. I'm so glad your daughter was able to find her diamond! And I love family heirloom rings. It's wonderful that you've been able to pass down these treasures in your family.

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  3. I was frantic the day I lost my wedding ring. My husband and I had been shopping at several different stores miles apart. The last store we came out of, we climbed into the car and that is when I noticed my ring was gone. I can't even describe the emotions that swept over me. Panic, frantic, heart wrenching, and crushed. Tears came! My ring, my precious wedding ring! My husband said he'd go back into the store and see if perhaps I lost it there. I believed the ring was forever gone. After several long agonizing minutes my hubby came back to the car looking grim. He got into the car and said, give me your hand. He put my ring back on my finger. What were the chances of my lost ring being found in the last store we shopped in?! He found it on the floor by the cash register. Was that a God moment or what?

    I took the ring up two days later to the jewelry store to have it resized. I had lost 50 pounds and the ring no longer fit properly. We are sure that is why it slipped off of my finger.

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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    1. Wow!! That's wonderful that he was able to find it so quickly! And congratulations to you on losing 50 pounds! What a great reason to get your ring re-sized!

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    2. Thanks Erica! It is a fight to keep the weight off!

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  4. I have had mine off a few times for various reasons and agree that is just feels like a part of my body is missing. Almost like my left hand doesn't work properly without it!

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    1. Yes! That describes it perfectly. I still have my wedding ring on, but without my engagement ring, it just feels...WRONG!

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  5. Well, I think December weddings and December wedding rings are pretty special!!! That, my friend, we share in common - a December wedding. Alas, one year ago after working vigorously cleaning our basement, I discovered my diamond had escaped its prongs and was lost. I searched and searched, but my diamond of 20 years was gone. I'm positive it's still in the basement somewhere, and I still have hopes that some day it will be found. But, in the meantime....my beloved husband graciously purchased another diamond to fit in my original ring/band. And, to my amazement, I have the same tender feelings towards it as I did the one I carried with me for 20 years! So, here's to another 20...and then another...for I discovered that, it matters not the diamond, but the giver. And, he...is worth a million diamonds to me!!!

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    1. That's beautiful, Cristina! And you're so right. It is the giver that makes the ornament a treasure. :)

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  6. I wear two wedding rings, having married the same unfortunate woman twice. She's a saint.

    The first iteration of the second ring was ingested by a dog named Elvis.

    The first ring was faithfully worn - even while we were divorced - and one day I was doing dome metalwork and noticed that the stone was missing (it had a stone from my wife's engagement ring from her first marriage...confused yet?).

    This was not good. It had apparently fallen out of the setting on an outdoor work area that was covered with fine sand (we live in New Mexico) next to a gravel driveway.

    I asked the Man Upstairs to PLEASE help me...and then I saw a rainbow flash on the ground.

    The stone.

    It's back in its setting, I'm a lot more careful, and I don't feed rings to dogs.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-first-love-language.html

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    1. Oh my! I'm so glad you found the diamond...did Elvis suffer any ill effects of ingesting a ring?

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  7. Elvis did quite well with the diamond...he always wore a look of something like pride after that!

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  8. Thanks for your cute post, Erica!!

    I have been divorced for many years and don't wear wedding rings, but I do have keepsake jewelry passed down through the family and also understand that lost feeling when not wearing something you had been accustomed to wearing for years. You get used to looking at the item and don't realize how much a part of you it is until it is gone. The strap broke on a watch belonging to an invalid aunt of mine - she wore the watch every day and would keep looking at her arm, forgetting that she didn't have the watch on, until I was able to get it repaired.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "North Star Brides"!! I would love to read it!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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