Monday, September 12, 2011


When my husband asked me to marry him we were in San Francisco on an orchestra tour.

He didn't actually plan to ask me on the trip, but it worked out perfectly.

So, he wasn't prepared with a ring or anything.

When we got back from the trip we went to some places to look at rings.....I saw a few that I liked and pointed them out.

We both discussed how tight money was for my soon-to-be-husband.

I was under the impression that I would have to wait to get a ring until the day we got married.

What a surprise it was when a few days later he came to pick me up for a date carrying a cute little plastic egg filled with candy from his mom (it was almost Easter).

I went to put it in my room and Dave asked me to get him a piece of candy.

There was my ring right in the middle of all the candy!!!

I was so shocked (I don't deal well with surprises at all!) that I brought it to him and handed it to him instead of his candy.

He laughed and put it on my finger.

Great story, but the best thing is my ring.

It was made just for me.

At first we kind of laughed about what the ring stood for- but as time went on my ring came to symbolize some very special things in our family.

If I could get a picture of my ring on here you would see that there are 9 tiny little diamonds (9 children) circling around the large diamond in the center, and there are 2 leaf shape diamonds (Dave and I) at the head of the circle, connecting the circle to the larger diamond (the Savior).

Since we first were married, we have felt that the most important job we have is to center our home around the Savior and His teachings.

If we do this we know that our family circle will be eternal.

Every morning and evening we kneel in a family prayer circle.

It's a sacred moment with my precious family, where we remember our true purpose here in this life and how important it is to keep our circle intact.

So, the answer to the question so many have wanted to ask me (and many have) is yes.........this is our last baby.

Though it makes me sad knowing I won't be having any more feels so right.

Now instead of adding to our circle we can build the one we have even stronger before my older babies start to walk out our door and begin their own circles.

And that day will come much quicker than I am ready to accept!!

good things:
knowing when you're done
eternity with my best friends


Audrey Jacobsen said...

I just love you Ang!!! You are such an example to me... Thank you!

Holly said...

When we were very little, I remember our conversations about children. You started out wanting 26 children, one for every letter of the alphabet. Later on, you told me you would start at whatever letter of the alphabet your parents left off at....which I believe would have been H.

A large family has always been so important to you. You are an amazing mother and so lucky to have so many beautiful faces call you Mom. Good luck with #9......super woman. :)

Heidi said...

Wow, that brings back memories for me of sitting at your wedding breakfast when it was just the 2 of you. We grow up too fast too! It's going to be a little bittersweet closing this chapter of child-bearing in my life after our last is born - but I don't think I'll miss this pregnancy nausea one bit!

Gina Hallam said...

You are so very wise Ang! I love hearing your words of wisdom and insight. What a special gift you have been given and you share so well :) It is a hard thing to realize when you're exepecting your last one. I'm so glad you can enjoy each moment and know that...those life moments pass by so fast with each day. What a blessing your sweet family is to so many people. It is such a blessing to know you and your family and have you as part of our lives :) We love you all so very much and appreciate all of the wonderful lessons we learn from you and your family :)

The Youngs said...

It was so great to have met you and your family Ang. And I cannot believe you didn't tell me that story then. Next time, I wlll have to make sure to look at your ring - that symbolizes the nine children. Are you happy with not sticking to having 26 children? :)