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The Story Behind The Ring

2.13.2014
Last Friday my center diamond fell out of my engagement ring. GASP! Luckily I felt it happen and I was able to catch it before it fell and I lost it completely. I know, praise Jesus! It is insured, but I would be distraught having to get a new diamond. It would never be the same...

It's been at the jewelers being repaired for the last week and it has left me feeling naked. I normally don't pay much attention to it (not that I'm not in love with it) but I've become accustomed to having it on my finger. But looking down and not seeing it for the past week (and who knows how much longer) has me thinking of the story behind the ring.

Once upon a time Jon had a Viper. Yes, he was a bachelor. No, this is not what attracted me to him. I'm not one for sports cars. Jon loved the car almost (maybe even more) than he loves cookies and cream milkshakes. If you knew Jon you would know that he is serious about his milkshakes.

When we were just dating Jon tells me he thinks he has to make a grown up decision and sell his car to pay off bills and put himself in a financially stable place. I was shocked, but more impressed that I was dating a guy with such a good head on his shoulders while thinking to myself, "This guy will make great husband material". Notice I said will not would. From the day I met him I knew he was my husband and that's not a fib. But back to my story..

Not long after he put it up for sale he had a buyer. I couldn't believe Jon was actually selling his car. He was quite somber that cold December day, but he kept saying, "I will own a Viper again in the future. I have more important things to spend that money on." I was actually really sad watching the car go. We had enjoyed some good memories in that car. A trip to Atlanta with the top off the whole way, late night cruises around town, Sunday day trips. But I was behind him whatever he needed to do 100%.

Once it was gone, the subject of the Viper was dropped. We went on about our daily lives. Enjoyed the Christmas season with our families, New Years of 2012 came around and we enjoyed a quick trip to Charleston. And then January 20th happened.

I came home to a rose pedal lined walkway into the house with rows of candles on each side. Every few steps I walked there was a picture of me framed with something Jon loved about me written on each one. As I followed the path of candles and pictures, it led me upstairs onto our main floor where I started to hear "Marry Me" by Train. As I rounded the top corner, I was engulfed in rose pedals everywhere I turned. (9,000 to be exact). A banner hung in the window with a picture of Jon and I asking if I would be his wife. And then he rounded the corner, shaking, grinning from ear to ear, with a tiny black box in his hand. Before he could even get down on one knee we were both embracing each other and crying. "Was this moment really happening"? We finally released and he got down on one knee and told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I was sobbing, the really really ugly kind. I was so incredibly happy. He slipped the ring on my finger and I never even looked at it. We hugged again for almost 10 minutes before we seperated and he asked, "Well? Will you be my wife?" I had forgotten to answer him! "Of course!" -que more hugging! Then finally after the moment had calmed down I looked at the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen. The exact cut I had dreamed about as a little girl. It was like he read my mind. (This was before Pinterest boards could tell him exactly which ring I wanted.)

Needless to say, I stared at it for days. It still catches my eye when it glistens in the light. I still get compliments on it by complete strangers and it always puts a smile on Jon's face.

So if you haven't figured it out by now, Jon sold his Viper so he could ask me to be his wife. He dished later that he was happy he got a buyer so quickly because he couldn't wait much longer to ask me. It is still the most selfless act he has ever done and I won't ever forget it. Jon if you are reading this, when I win the lottery I plan on buying you another Viper. Promise, babe!
30 comments on "The Story Behind The Ring"
  1. Gorgeous ring! What a sweet story, what most girls dream of! You've got a good one!

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  2. Well just is just the sweetestt thing I've ever heard!!

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  3. Great story and gorgeous ring! And WOW 9,000 rose petals? So pretty but I bet maybe not as much fun to clean up? And I love that Train song, too!

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  4. WOW!! Now that is quite a proposal story, and you do have a gorgeous ring!

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  5. What an amazing and sweet story!! You picked a winner for sure!

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  6. That is seriously the SWEETEST story, what a sweet sweet man :)

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  7. sweetest thing evaaar! that is probably one of the best stories i've ever heard... errm read.

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  8. Awww that is so sweet!!! Melted my heart!

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  9. I agree with everyone - gorgeous ring and that is about the sweetest story ever!!!

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  10. ahhh so so sweet! what a good man to sell his car for you and to give you an engagement filled with candles and rose petals! wow, girl! and umm...SO glad you caught your diamond falling out. good lord that terrifies me! happy thursday sweet gal! Xx.

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  11. What a sweet post!! That proposal is straight out of the movie & your ring is gorgeous!! Glad you caught your diamond! Happy Thursday friend!!

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  12. Aww what a sweet story. That's when you know you have a keeper :)

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  13. OMG that is so sweet!!! how amazing that he would do that! I could cry! love this story and what a beautiful ring! hope you can get it back soon!

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  14. This is so sweet!! I forgot to answer TJ at first too, haha. Our rings are very similar and I am ALWAYS worried that my center stone will pop out. You're so lucky you were able to see and realize it!!

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  15. That is awesome and a great engagement story!! Jordan picked out my ring himself and it is my dream ring. All I told him was white gold and he did the rest. Last week I was at the vet and a lady said I love your ring and of course I have to brag on him every time! So thankful we found good men in this world!!

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  16. Wow, how sweet is this story?! I love it. You're also so lucky you caught the diamond! Hopefully you get it fixed and back soon. :)

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  17. Love this and yall!!!!!!!!!!
    And holy moly so glad you caught the big diamond! Eeeeek!

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  18. Awww what a gorgeous ring and sweet story :) I am glad my ring is insured, that is a scary story! Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. Oh my goodness, that is such a precious story! I'm so glad you didn't lose your diamond!

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  20. Cue the million "awwwwww's" from me!! Glad you caught the diamond! I would've freaked too!!

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  21. Aw, love this! And look at that ring. Stunning!!
    xo TJ

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  22. What I sweet story! I love the song Marry Me, and your ring is gorgeous!

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  23. I think the fact that he sold the car makes the whole thing even more special. He was willing to give up a possession that he loved for someone he loved more. Pretty awesome!

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  24. that is the sweetest story ever.. I have a pearl engagement ring & the pearl has fallen off twice but it was insured. I freak out more than he does when it falls out.

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  25. Sucha sweet story, Maeg! Your ring is gorgeous!! I'm kinda in love with Jon's old viper, though! I'm a sucker for muscle cars! And vintage trucks... :)

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  26. Ok that ring is absolutely gorgeous!! BUT I think the story is even more so! So special...love it!

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  27. Such a great story & beautiful ring! My husband put a lot of savings and hard work chosing my diamond and engagement ring. A month after we were married we had to send my ring back to Tacori to have a repair made and they LOST my engagement ring. I was and am still so hurt by it, and you're right it will never be the same. So glad you found your diamond!!

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  28. That is such a sweet story :)

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