We love to hear from all of our customers but occasionally a story really stands out and catches our attention. Such a story recently came to our attention when Lisa S. explained to our social media host, Jen, why she was buying her ring. She explained that after years of owning a mined diamond she made a trip to Africa and it changed her viewpoint on a lot of trivial possessions, especially over priced jewelry that people have to suffer to make possible. Her story is truly inspiring and we hope you all enjoy it:
Our lives have changed so much in the last few years. My husband worked for AT&T for 33 years and I stayed home and raised 3 children. Was wonderful to be at home with our children even though we had to sacrifice a lot of "THINGS" to do that. All 3 graduated from college. They all worked as they went to school but never seemed to mind. My daughter and I graduated college at the same time. She was 20 and I was 46 with an RN degree. And that's when I started working after being at home for 25 years.
When my husband retired in 1998 from the phone company and got his contractor incense; he then began building houses. We were so blessed with his business for several years; up until the last 3 years, and needless to say the economy and the housing market bottomed out here as well as all over the nation. He had several big losses. But you know; if you have your health and your family, all is well! And we are blessed.
Then I got an opportunity to go to Tanzania in May; all expenses paid, by an invite from a doctor friend to be his nurse. I just had to be willing to go! Its a hard trip but was I willing? Talking about being blessed! I could not have gone at that time otherwise as the trips are so expensive. When I came back; we knew that we should spend our last good healthy years making as many trips back to Africa, doing what ever we could to try to make a difference. If you did nothing but love on the wonderful people; it would be well worth the trip. Makes one ashamed as to what little it takes for them to be happy and have genuine joy!
So; not only did we sell my rings but also our big house and have moved into a precious loft studio apartment. All we need. We also sold a lot of STUFF! That is the only way that we can afford these expensive trips in the future. We hope to be able to go again next spring or summer? As I told you; I even felt guilty buying the ring set, thinking how many children and families that amount of money would help! But it seemed important to my husband; so I agreed. I felt it could be a great testimony to others when they compliment them; and be an open a door to share the wonderful alternative to mined diamonds, which costs these wonderful people so very much to supply for us over here. Sometimes their very lives! So again we are blessed and we pray that we can now bless others.
Here are a few pictures of Lisa in Africa: