Mama's ring just got a little more sparkly...
16.5 years ago...we were talking about getting married. But didn't have much for a ring. So we spent time searching for treasures...and found a beautiful trio of stones set in a simple ring at Lucky Loan Pawn shop. Just down the road from a little pop shop jeweler that was willing to entertain my design. The pawn shop shipped the stones down the road to get a new life while Eric worked to have it all paid for before we said "I do". My ring was everything I dreamed of. One of a kind. Substantial. Solid. But with room for change. .
Unfortunately, when Eli was a baby, I lost somewhere between Cali and Washington on one of our many long drives to visit family. It was devastating. It represented so much love and determination. Our desire for making old things new again. Something that has served so well over the years. .
A few years later, Eric was able to do things differently. And we started the process all over again. So many times I heard "oh!!! Go BIG! Do something different!" But I just couldn't. I wanted MY ring. The one Eric and I made together. So he researched diamonds. And knew he wanted it made by Runyans Jewelers. Having spent a few years managing a restaurant downtown Vancouver across the street from this gorgeous family owned historical jewelry shop. And serving the humble and kind owner lunch on occasion. It was a full circle moment to walk in and meet with him to make my ring. The way he had always hoped he could. It turned out PERFECT. Like I had never lost it. .
After all these years, we still talked about having the side stones added to the bands. But we bought property, a project home (that seems to take every last extra) and had more kids 😂
But a few weeks ago, on our 16th wedding anniversary, he took me to breakfast at our old stomping grounds Joe Brown's, walked through the pawn shop, and down past the old jewelry store where my dream and drawings became real all those years ago.
And ended the afternoon at Runyans where I handed my ring over to finally become complete. .
This beautiful ring sits heavy on my finger, telling the story of life, love, struggle, change and redemption ❤️