The simple gray stone, a piece of granite, represents the first time the daughter held hands with a guy. And when she did so, her parents required that she give that mere piece of granite to the guy. The one rule. And the same goes for each gem that follows. The pink quartz represents the first kiss. The emerald, the first boyfriend. The pearl, the first time she says, "I love you," to a man other than her father. The ruby, the proposal or engagement. And finally ending with the diamond, which represents the time when she says "I do." The tiny sapphires that remain are to remind her just how beautiful and valuable she is in the eyes of God and her parents.
Then, once God brought her and the man she was to marry together, she would give either the entire bracelet to the one man, or whatever gems remained left. This puts a simple, yet powerful perspective to the ideals of dating and courtship. And made the perfect birthday gift for me. Now, come the morrow, I will give the complete bracelet to one, incredible man. Then, when the time comes, we hope to pass it on to our own daughter someday. :]
And that's all the time I have for this morn. Your prayers are muchly appreciated!
Blessings to you, dearies. This is probably the last time for a wee while that you'll hear from me. Once our life in the "new normal" settles down, I plan on posting wedding photos and more of Operation Overland.
Love you all!