Mary Ann

If you like unique stories of unique people in unique circumstances, you will appreciate MaryAnn.

MaryAnn is a retired woman who lives in Shelbyville, Indiana and contacted With This Ring because she wants to be a radical giver.

Her desire to donate her wedding ring was greater than the obstacles she faced living on a fixed income, finding a reasonable appraisal, and parting with the most visible reminder of her late husband Gerald.

While I was at the gym, I received her call. MaryAnn’s package was in the mail.

We talked about how her longtime husband and love of her life, Gerald, gave her a diamond engagement ring in 1962. They were married for nine wonderful years before a plane crash took his life in 1972. During that time they did not have any children and she shared that that may have actually led her to the decision to give her ring-then children elsewhere could benefit from their deep love.

She had been holding on to that ring as a reminder of their love. Somehow it seemed to keep the marriage alive even though Gerald had been gone a long time.

Though MaryAnn knows that the giving of her ring signifies the end of one era, it is the beginning of a legacy. Children in Ghana now have an inheritance of healthy lives because of the clean water MaryAnn and Gerald have provided.

What will your legacy be?


Water For The Riches

So we’ve established that Hollywood is a little…okay a lot…more concerned with “Bling” than the rest of the world.

We can understand that with great riches comes great power.

Or was it with great power, comes great responsibility?

No matter! In Hollywood, money talks and the poor walk. Literally!!!

It’s okay though because the perfect solution has been found to ease the guilt of all that excessive spending. (How tiring it must be!) Not to worry Hollywood, there is a solution to your problem.

Bling H2O. The perfect water for the perfect person.

Silly me, I thought Jesus was the only perfect person who ever lived.

So are you ready for the buy of the century? Water that not only quenches, but makes you feel important as well?

The mission of Bling H2O is to offer a product with an exquisite face to match their exquisite taste. Bling H2O is strategically positioned to target the “Expanding Super Luxury Consumer Market.” I totally agree! It is expanding!

Bling H2O comes in reusable frosted glass bottles, exquisitely handcrafted with Swarovski Crystal adornment.

But wait! When substitute diamonds won’t do, you can order bottles adorned with real diamonds and rubies for a mere $1,500 per bottle!

OK people- Get a life!

What would Jesus, a lowly carpenter with nothing to call his own, think if he were standing next to one of these “Exquisite people” while they chugged a bottle of water that costs $40-$1500 each?

You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth— each man is but a breath. 

Psalm 39:11

Water for the not so thirsty

I am not one to judge others, and I don’t like to point out any one person in particular. But this story just begs to be told.

I was surfing the web looking for pictures I needed, when I came across one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen in Hollywood.

Most Americans have sadly gotten used to the once worn dresses costing over $100,000 for the walking of the red carpet. We laugh at the stars that insist on having a specific scent flowing in the very air they breathe before they walk along that path.

Comical are the stars that demand a specific dressing room be painted just the perfect shade of yellow before entering it.

Even better is the un-named star who mandated a bath be drawn at a specific time with the perfect bathing liquid…pure melted chocolate.

Yes… I said chocolate.

But now, for the not so final finale, because we know it will in fact get better than this, a producer has created what he thinks is the defining statement of Hollywood for the beautiful people who inhabit it.

Designer water!

Yes, this is the wave of the future for Hollywood and beautiful people everywhere.

Get yours today, for the sale price of $40.00 – $100.00.

Buy a “Paris Pink” case of twelve bottles for $480.00.

And by the way all you beautiful people in Hollywood, go to bed tonight thinking about the fact that over 500 children could drink water for an entire year for the bargain price of your vanity.

If you happen to know of someone who’s in this crowd, maybe we can pitch in and send them to Ghana for a taste of the water there.

I think that would be money well spent!

God intentions

I am having a backyard nightmare. Last week my Mom sent a landscaper over because she was having her yard done and she knows ours needs some work.

Whoever lived here before us covered the concrete with stucco and then painted it. We tiptoe around the stucco because it is peeling off everywhere.

So this landscaper comes over and says, “Oh this stuff comes right off, see?” He began pulling up the loose parts and said that we could do this ourselves for around two hundred dollars. “Just chisel it off and I’ll show you how to make it beautiful,” he said.

Sounds good right?


My husband will tell you he is not handy. Our twelve year old son is the best handyman in the house. This job might be easy for a some, but it’s waaaaaaaay over our heads. So, we got a jackhammer—thinking it would make the job easier. Not! It’s been almost two weeks since we started this simple project.

I’ve recently learned that nothing in life is simple.

Over five hundred dollars later, a whole lot of backaches, dust and mess, the yard looks worse than ever, and we still have no idea how to finish it.

We talked the landscaper into helping us finish the mountains of concrete that used to be a backyard, and do it at cost.

So what is the moral of this story?

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
(Micah 6:8)

Out of our pride we created more debt for ourselves. Out of our humility, we admitted we were foolish and we swallowed our pride and now have to pay the price of being materialistic.

When was the last time you felt compelled to have nice things because you envied someone’s stuff? How did it turn out for you?