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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Promise

Let's back up a few weeks before we get into the meat of the story. One morning while Jared was at work, he was sitting in his car snacking on his lunch when he noticed some little eye balls peering at him through the window. it was a raccoon. There were 3 of them. Being the animal mover that he is, he shared his lunch with them. While he was doing so I texted him using a "raccoon voice" and said something along the lines of "excusth me sthir. can you sthare your sthanwhich". It made him laugh. A lot.

For weeks Jared has been planning my birthday gift. I didn't have a clue as to what it couple possibly be. When his best friend went shopping with him and I was even more confused. It was driving me nuts.

For my birthday Jared took me to the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. It is definitely one of our most favorite places to eat. Talk about delicious food! He was kind enough to give me my gift after we ordered appetizers. he said he was toying with the idea of waiting until after dinner but he knew I'd be going crazy.

I opened the bag and found this:
With this note attached:

Then I opened the most beautiful card that brought tears to my eye.

There was something else in the bag so I pulled it out and found this:

Woodstock was covering part of it so I asked "what is this". He told me it was a promise ring. I got very teary eyed but i refused to break down into massive tears in public. Let's face it, crying is not a pretty thing. Noses that run like a fosset, red puffy eyes, running make up. So I did my best to hold it together. I'm sure a couple tears slipped through though.

I took it out of the box but then stopped.

Me: "What finger do I put it on?"
Jared: "I don't know"

We both laughed.

I decided to look it up online. There were all sorts of things on the internet. What it came down to is matter of personal preference. "They" say a promise ring that is intended as a pre-engagement ring should be worn on the left ring finger. I did worry about people taking it the wrong way if they see a ring on my left ring finger.

What I decided was, I don't care what people think. They can assume or ask, judge or not. All that matters is that is is a promise between Jared and I for a future together. I am just hoping people don't make a bigger deal out of it than it really is. It is NOT an engagement. It is a promise and a commitment. Still a huge deal and a big step for us. But let's not blow it out of proportion.

I am a happy happy girl. More than happy. I am blessed and greatly loved.

Here it is;

Perty, right? He did GOOD!


Penny said...

Oh honey, it's beautiful. Jared did VERY good :)

Melissa Renner said...

Love it! Congrats... that's the prettiest promise ring I've ever seen! :) He's definetly a keeper.

Sunny said...

:) It is beautiful Shannon. Happy birthday indeed. ;) You two are a great couple, I am super happy for you.

Jessica said...

It's such a pretty ring and the raccoon story cracked. me. up. I'm so happy for you, sweet friend.

MammaMcC said...

Love it!!! Happy Happy Birthday Indeed