Friday, June 14, 2013

Focusing on Life :: Green

This week's prompt for Focusing on Life is to find the green in your life. As Sally says, it is the color of balance, learning, growth and harmony. It symbolizes calm, self-respect and well being.

Green has always been my favorite color. For as long as I can remember. And when my husband and I got engaged, I knew that I didn't want to do anything in a traditional way. We ended up eloping, which means no one knew we were engaged. And when we did get married (about 3 months later) we exchanged simple wedding bands. 

Afterwards, my new husband surprised me with my engagement ring which was an emerald. Our marriage has been about building a life together, about finding balance in life and a harmony in our relationship. I can say we really have grown together over the 20 years we've been married. And I cannot image any other path in my life.

The second ring is a beautiful diamond that my husband gave me five years after we were married. Certainly not traditional! He surprised me on the eve of giving birth to our first child. Funny story, but perhaps for another post.

29 comments:

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You eloped!! How exciting. I love that. And how wonderful that you have been married for over 20 years. I hope you have many more years together. After such a long period, I imagine you have not only grown together but have created beautiful memories, as well.

Diana Taylor said...

What a lovely story. I think your emerald ring is beautiful, they are one of my favourite stones.

Mary K. McGraw said...

I love your post this week. I guess because I saw parallels to it in my second marriage, which was to to my soul mate. I had a band of emeralds in my engagement ring and we had two ceremonies: we eloped and then months later we had a church wedding. And we were married for 20 years. Enjoy your time together.

maryharding said...

Touching story. Love the green emerald ring. So beautiful.

Emakaye said...

I think eloping takes great courage. I love it! Thanks for sharing your story and showing us your beautiful rings. I look forward to the diamond/baby story.
~Ema
http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog

BeadedTail said...

I enjoyed your story and hope we get to hear about the other story too! The rings are beautiful. Emeralds are so pretty.

CraftyHope said...

What a sweet tale of two rings. I think it's perfect for this week.

Marlene Cupo said...

Your story was touching to read, and the rings are fantastic, but the guy who gave them to you sounds even better!

Shel said...

Eloped? Romantic if you ask me!! Love the rings,...that green is so beautiful!

Claire said...

What a stunning emerald! I'm not a great diamond fan, but I love coloured stones - my engagement ring's a sapphire :)
Have a wonderful week!

Annette said...

Emeralds are my favorite, probably because it is my birthstone! I enjoyed your sweet story.

Tamara said...

What a beautiful and romantic story of your rings! May you have many many more happy years together.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Your hubby sounds very romantic and is a good listener! I love emeralds with diamonds... sapphires with diamonds the best. Want to hear your story though!

Becky Pancake said...

Cynthia that is such a great story. I also eloped but I never got the wedding after. Your emerald is wonderful. My first pair of grown up earrings had emerald green glass in them and your ring made me think of them.

Patty Woodland said...

How wonderful. Both rings are beautiful!

Mischelle said...

I love your story.. How romantic to elope :)

Magic Love Crow said...

What beautiful memories and what beautiful rings! My mom's favorite color is green too. I have to admit, I love so many colors, it's hard to pick one ;o) Hugs ;o)

Alice said...

How romantic to elope. My birthstone is the amethyst but I prefer the emerald which my husband gave me on our 10th anniversary. Now 20 years later I still wear it every day.

LoriF said...

How lovely! Now you truly have real mementoes of moments special to the two of you...what a wonderful way to do things. Great green post!

Duni said...

Beautiful story! And both rings are gorgeous :)
And now I'm curious about the funny story!

Donna Millard said...

Lovely story, makes my heart sing with joy for you!

Islandgirl said...

I have a green saphire .. we eloped too and told everyone after we got home from skiing for a week!

Beti Horvath said...

What pretty rings! Your emerald is stunning!

Gloria said...

Love your retelling, and a beautiful surprise ring. Marriage really is a path and not a destination. Here's to many more happy years together. ♥

Claudia Aguilar said...

Your story is such a wonderful one! Wow 20 years! Congratulations on that...it sounds like you have a great husband and he is lucky to have you!

Courtney said...

I loved your post! Eloping - very romantic and congratulations on so many years together!

Additionsstyle said...

What beautiful rings and lovely love story!!
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Alicia said...

Love your emerald! and I love the story behind it too (I am coming from the future! LOL)

Splendid Little Stars said...

oooo....I'd love to hear that story!
My dad gave my mom an emerald engagement ring. I have it now.
Green is my favorite color, too. Well, that and blue. It's hard to definitively decide.

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