Thursday, February 14, 2013

Farming with Diamonds!

The best things in life are nearest;
breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.
Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are
the sweetest things in life.
                   Robert Louis Stevenson


My mind is racing while thinking back and listening to the question flowing from My Hero’s lips. “Where have you been today?” I was looking down staring at my beautiful wedding rings, the engagement ring now sporting a big (not that big) gaping hole where a diamond used to sit nestled safe and secure. The memories start filling my mind and my heart.

I remember the day I bought those 14K gold rings from a very good friend who was going through a nasty divorce and needed money, she was going to take them to a pawn shop so I thought I could help her out and I would buy them instead. My Hero and I were to get married sometime in the near future and frankly we were flat broke and trying to save for a farm that we could call our own, it seemed like a win, win to me.

After showing my girlfriends and family those perfect little rings and thinking it was the best idea I had ever had I was surprised at their reactions. They were horrified that I would want to start our marriage with such bad luck, used rings from a failed marriage was apparently bad luck. If there is one thing I had learned growing up there is no such thing as bad luck that hard work and time could not fix, we all make our own luck. Since I am a little bit Irish from my Grandma’s side I do have some silly superstitions but this was not one of them and it did not bother me one bit. Naive maybe but this is what I believed. Those rings were slipped on my finger months later and we have never looked back, over thirty three years later they are still there, well almost.

There was that one incident that required me cutting them off my finger with fence pliers while tears streamed down my face. My fingers were turning blue after being jammed between two rails while repairing a fence our cows had trampled down trying to get to the other side one day. It was a choice I had to make so I did it. My Hero made sure that the little diamond and the wedding ring were remounted and I chose a more durable 10K and life continued on.

I continue to run through this present day in my mind as My Hero continues to talk, and I remember that frantic search earlier in the day when I had realized it was missing. I ran to the basement to shake the left hand glove I was wearing while stacking wood and filling the stove in the morning; not there. I shook the left hand rubber glove I was wearing while helping a Mother cow having a little trouble, those gloves giving me a good grip to help pull that little white faced heifer to safety;  not there. I finally shook my warm fuzzy gloves that I had worn feeding Annie the calf that bottle of sweet milk replacer; not there. I then remembered after feeding Annie the gloves were sticky so I had shoved them in my pocket so I searched the pocket and found nothing. I remembered I went to explore the bush and played in the water and picked up random things of interest. I then carried some hay over with my bare hands to feed the new Mom. This is not going to be easy trying to pinpoint where that diamond could possibly have fallen.

I finally let those words float over my lips with the answer I really don’t know, I do know I did the dishes twice today, I bet it is down the drain where else could it possibly be? It was surely in the septic tank now.

My Hero, ever the hero, says to me “You know we can go to a pawn shop and get you another set if you want.” I smile and reply I do not need a diamond ring. I hug this man while thinking of all those years, and all we have been through not to mention the abuse these rings took and knew I did not need a diamond to remind me why I wear these rings.
I have the best diamond a girl could ever find wrapped here in my arms.



 Bad luck; well maybe for that poor little diamond I blame the dishes. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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50 comments:

  1. A love story at it's very best.

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  2. oh that is so sweet. Happy Valentines Day to you both.

    Gill

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  3. You have such a pure, strong love and you give so much joy when you share it.

    Btw, Jess isn't gone for good, just for a visit. =)

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  4. Dear Buttons, thank you for sharing your beautiful love-filled story.
    I admire your womanly wisdom in many ways.
    Enjoy your Valentines Day with your Hero.
    Kindest regards, Susan xx

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  5. :) Perfect story for Valentine's Day! May your day be filled and overflowing with LOVE!
    ps don't give up on the diamond returning home...I cooked mine once, served it at a church social, brought the left-overs home and the next day it fell out of chicken pie!

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  6. Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

    I have had my diamond ring repaired a couple of times. Us active girls are hard on rings. Sorry you lost your diamond, but you have a great outlook on it :-)

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  7. What a Wonderful Story!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    -g-

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  8. I'm so sorry you lost your diamond. Just remember, it's only a symbol...the real diamonds are in the eyes of your one true love.

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  9. Happy Valentine's Day Buttons!!

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  10. What a beautiful post- and you're so right. The best diamonds are not the ones on our fingers, but the ones we can hold in our arms.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  11. Wonderful B. Rings do not make love as we well know or Heros. I too lost the Diamond from my engagement ring my Love had bought for me. He wants to replace it but until we are secure in our finances that is not foremost ever on my list..but his love for me is. Happy Valentine's Day to you both xx

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  12. What a sweet story! For the first 8 years of our marriage I couldn't wear the band, which was the only thing we could afford. Then having baby after baby the band was just too small, until I had it enlarged which was the best thing I ever did.

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  13. Love this story B! I haven't worn my diamond ring for years after I kept losing one little side diamond repeatedly. I just have a simple silver band which is just fine... :)

    Thanks for joining us at the BMB party!

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  14. I am enjoying the Blog Party and vistiting everyone!
    Happy Valentines Day

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  15. Who needs diamonds when you both have hearts of gold!

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  16. The diamonds are not the level of love, but the symbol...

    Love goes on with or without them.

    Jen

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  17. hey, i hopped over from Boost-My-Blog Party! have a great <3 Day!! big hugs. nice to stop by again. ( :

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  18. Such a sweet love story :) He truly is your diamond! Happy Valentine's Day!

    Love the last photo of course :)

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  19. never been much of a diamonds girl myself either- so many other things mark a good relationship!I still hold out hope I will find my engagement ring I lost ( I Think!!) in the garden ast fall. Yikes- big garden.

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  20. This is a beautiful story Buttons. And yes, it is the love in your heart that is so much more precious than a diamond.

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  21. Such great thoughts...our greatest treasures are the relationships we form in life. Thanks for sharing a great story of enduring rich love. :)

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  22. Even though I have diamond rings my diamond in the ruff is my Hubby AKA Papa ! Lovely post . Happy Valentines Day to you both !

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  23. I wore out my original custom made wedding ring, and a year ago at Christmas my husband surprised me with a new ring; a simple band with small diamonds in a row on part of it. Perfect!
    Like your Hero, Ted is more important to me than any ring.
    Happy St. Valentine's Day!

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  24. the true gem stays in your heart. :)

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  25. I had to smile, doing all that heavy farm work, wearing a diamond ring. There's something really cool about that. When I grew up in Sweden, most women of my mom's generation, who were not wealthy, wore two plain gold bands. I brought that tradition with me, so I never have to worry about losing diamonds. I can just imagine how bad you must have felt at first and I love your Hero's reaction. Happy Valentine's Day dear Buttons.

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  26. You and your Hero have the best love story!!

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  27. Your hero IS a diamond!
    Hugs to you, a very happy loving Valentine's Day to you both:)

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  28. Happy Valentine's Day, B.! I don't think I will read a more wonderful story today than this one:)

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  29. Very sweet story, B. It's wonderful that you have one another to share your lives with.
    Came over from BMB- hope you have a love-ly day and I love your attitude!

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  30. love isn't diamonds, as you know so well. I never wanted a diamond, I wanted this farm and, finally, a jeweler offered to take my poor wreck of a thing wedding band and "make it like new". it was showing the years of farm living but now is a pretty round thing again.

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  31. I'm sorry you lost your diamond, but what a sweet, sweet story of love.


    -Marissa
    Visiting from The Valentine's Party

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  32. How lucky you both are......and yet another reason to avoid washing dishes!!
    lol

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  33. What a lovely story! I'm sorry you lost your diamond, but what a wonderful attitude you have, and what a true sense of the really important things in life.

    Visiting from the Boost My Blog Party, and I'm a new follower! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.

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  34. That is a great story, and I glad it did not make you superstitious. : ) Have a wonderful day!

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  35. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I really enjoyed this post, a great love story for Valentine's Day.

    I have followed your blog and look forward to reading more great stories!

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  36. beautiful post buttons! happy valentine's day!

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  37. A lovely piece, Buttons! What happened to you is exactly why I told my no-husband, that I did NOT want ANY diamonds or other stones in my wedding and engagement bands. I knew the stones would not survive my lifestyle. The bands on the other hand, now have 'character'!

    Vic303
    (popping in from BMB, AND Leontien)

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  38. That's beautiful. The rings were most definitely not bad luck for you two! Diamonds are nice, but all the diamonds in the world aren't worth what you already have.

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  39. Such a love story that is... Happy Valentine to you, Buttons!

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  40. I love that your blog brings back memories for me. My mom always tells the story of her grandmother losing her wedding band diamond while gutting chickens. I suspect she was in a panic as well. My mom finally got that ring refitted with a diamond last year. Love was more important to my great grandma then the diamond as well.

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  41. Oh, this just melts my heart. My husband smiled too as I read it to him,we are blessed. Happy Valentine's Day !

    BTW, I came to you from the blog hop, and am happy to know we're already blog friends!

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  42. Sorry you lost your diamond but it sounds like you are blessed in many other ways. Nice to meet your blog via the valentine's day blog hop.

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  43. Lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

    I also lost the very little diamond from the ring my intended bought for me one day after we had been married many years. Where was it? At The soccer field where the kids had practiced? In the house on the floor? Down the drain with the dish water? I never found it. I tucked the empty engagement ring in my jewelry box next the the diamond ring my late mother gave me years before which had to be cut off her finger. I have worn just my simple wedding band ever since. It is more than enough. It is plenty. My Valentine and I have been married 31 years ... :) Pat

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  44. Loved the quote and post. Hope you had a joyous Valentines Day Buttons!

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  45. Oh, I was hoping for a happy ending with you finding the diamond. That happened to me once with my grandmother's two-carat diamond. I had lost it after playing ball in the park with my little boys so many years ago. I had prayed to my grandmother to help me find it and I did, alongside a running creek bed. Maybe you will find it yet! I do love your positive outlook and your hero's offer to go buy you another set. What a good man!

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  46. I'm sorry you lost the diamond in your ring but glad that you have the BEST diamond in your Hero!! I gave up wearing my engagement ring when we moved to our little farm as I was afraid of losing the stone. I now just wear my wedding band.

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  47. You have a great attitude about your ring. I think diamonds mean a lot more to us when we are young. If we've had a long successful marriage, then the man is worth way more than any diamond!

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  48. Visiting from blog party! I was out of town, sorry! Happy everything and thanks for coming by! Pamie G.

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