Thursday, April 7, 2011

30 Days of Pictures: Day 7

Day 7: A picture of your most treasured item

My paternal grandfather was one of the biggest influences on my life growing up. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was 15, and he was never able to see the man he helped me become. He wasn't able to meet Michelle or Ingrid, or see me get married. But that didn't mean he couldn't play a role in my wedding.

A wedding ring is often referred to as a "token of love" and I was lucky enough for mine to have a double meaning. My grandmother asked me if I was interested in using my grandfather's wedding ring, Michelle and I thought it would be a special way to honor my grandfather and always remember the impact he had on my life. We then used Grandpa Eide's ring as the middle in a three-ring stack, and engraved his initials on the inside along with the inscription Michelle and I selected.

On November 18, 2000, when Michelle put that ring on my finger, it was indeed a token of love.