Some of you may remember that on my birthday at the beginning of August, my family and I took a trip down to San Antonio to catch a Missions game. On our way down, we stopped in Austin to go swimming in Barton Springs, whereupon I lost my wedding band. While it was a major bummer, we still managed to have a good trip.
Before leaving however, I left my name and number with the staff there and let them know what I had lost.
Well, fast forward to last Friday, and I get a call from the groundskeeper at Barton Springs and...
THEY FOUND IT!!!
Truly a miracle! While I'm not one to put a big emphasis on material things, I am SO glad to get this back! I can't really put into words how important my marriage is to me, but I'm glad to have the symbol of our commitment to and love for one another back in my possession.
Oh, and to reference the title, it was going to be pricey to replace, due to inflation and because we no longer had my sister-in-law's hefty Zales discount. So this saved us about $900 (my wife was insistent that we get same ring as before, which would've been a major strain on the budget), even though the original price was in the $300s.
Well, anyways, I decided to head back down to Austin the next day after getting the call, and since my wife was taking care of our little guy, I took Harper down with me. We had intended to just grab the ring and head back home, but on our way out, she saw the Zilker Zephyr, a little train that runs around Zilker Park.
Now, I don't have a problem saying "No" when I need to. But she was so sweet and excited, and it was so fun, I had to say yes.
She was excited, and then decided to get camera shy.
After getting off the train, we trudged back to the car in the 100 degree heat. Like I said, my wife was still at home with our youngest, and it's about an hour and a half at least to get back from Austin. Time to get home. Well, I ended up calling my wife and asked/told her that we'd be going for a quick swim too, because it just felt gross.
This time I kept the ring in the locked car.
A good call on my part. The water was cold but felt nice and refreshing, and Harper had a blast. Afterwards we stopped by P. Terry's for some good burgers and then bought my wife some nice desserts at Whole Foods before heading home. Harper fell asleep to the sound of the Longhorns beating the crap out of New Mexico State. All in all, a pretty good day.