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Why You’re My Forever – Another Touching Story

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Last month we had a Video Contest. To enter, we asked people to tell us why their significant other is their “Forever”. We had multiple entries with heartfelt stories; some of which definitely left us teary-eyed. Some folks really poured their hearts out!

Needless to say, there can only be one winner! This fine gentleman missed the deadline but wanted to share with everyone why his special someone is his Forever, regardless of the contest. Kudos to Luc for reminding us that we should be telling people special in our lives how much we love them, regardless of a contest.

Way to go Luc! You won more than a prize in our books ; )

Here’s what Luc wrote on his Forever’s Facebook Wall one morning a few weeks ago:

Thinking we would never get married because it is sooo expensive I’m jumping on a golden opportunity for the last step of our lives to be complete….Why is my fiance my forever well where to begin…

We met in 2005 when I was suppose to go on a date with her best friend and 2 days later BAM On a date with her. It lasted about a month; WHY? Because I’m dumb and I went with my ex again.

In 2009, November 1st,  hungover sitting at my computer desk, I decide to go on Facebook to see what she’s up to these days without thinking she would give me another shot. HELLO! The same night we go watch a movie. Since that day everything we did, we did together; we laughed, fought, cried and made kids of course.

The kid part was quite the rollercoaster ride as some of you may already know…7 or 8 pregnancies, I lost count . The one pregnancy that really tested our relationship, strength, and perseverance was when we gave birth to our little bundle of joy Samuel,  March 19 2011. Twenty-two weeks, so happy the crucial period of 3 months had passed, going for our first ultrasound which turned out to be a definite nightmare!

Samuel was diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome, which affects the chromosomes. We were faced with the decision knowing the odds were slim to go with it or terminate the pregnancy. We sat, talked, cried to finally come to an understanding that we could not let a child suffer in such a way. Knowing multiple open heart surgeries, or even a heart transplant, were on the way starting the day he was born. That’s still a moment in our lives that touches us deeply.

We held our heads high and in February 2012 our perseverance paid off with the birth of our little Sofia, who’s now all grown up at almost 4 years of age. For the next 2 years we had no luck on having another child;  we had 3 miscarriages. At that point we were thinking she couldn’t carry boys. Our little Cédric surprised us all when we went for the ultrasound and she said it was a BOY! We had mixed emotions of being happy and nervous because we wanted our little boy to be 100% healthy. And he was! We finally got a chance to meet our little buddy on June 12th, 2015. That morning I was getting ready for work and she said “you’re coming with me, I think I’m in labour!” (haha). Now we are a wonderful family of four living in Cocagne with a pretty little angel watching over us…and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Speed bumps made us stronger in ways that I couldn’t imagine. They say when you can get used to living together you’re made for each other; but that’s only a tiny test in my opinion. Married would be a tiny detail but would definitely add a milestone to our ups and downs in our 6 years together.

AND THAT’s why you are my forever and I should have won the 5000$ from La Mine d’Or in Moncton. The only problem is that I only found out about the contest the day after the deadline for video entries, but I still thought I would share what I wrote with you.

Have a great day!

Love You XoX

Luc

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See our Video Contest Montage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ey1oJXAA80

Forevermark is bringing back “A Diamond is Forever”

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Ever watch Mad Men? If you did, you definitely know Peggy; the character which poses as the aspiring female workaholic making big strides in a predominantly male industry. She continuously came up with amazing “creative” ads for her clients. Well, let it be known that Peggy’s character is actually based on Frances Gerety. Ms Gerety came up with one of the world’s most famous advertising campaigns: De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever”.

Gerety wrote copy for the De Beers account from 1943 to 1970. She came up with “A Diamond is Forever” in 1947; but the slogan lived on long after her retirement.

Many of us remember the “silhouette” ads, where two people’s silhouettes are shown in a moment where an engagement ring is slipped onto the silhouette’s finger. One of these classic ads is shown below.

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The slogan was shown in every De Beers ad since 1948, and in 1999, two weeks before Ms Gerety passed on, Advertising Age named “A Diamond is Forever” the Slogan of the Century. Now you know where Peggy gets her gusto!

Now De Beers is represented by the Forevermark brand. Forevermark promises the most socially responsible, ethical diamonds on the planet. They promise the absolute best diamond quality from the most equitable sources, every step of the way. They understand that people care about where a diamond is from, where its been, and that it has made someone happy every step of the way; from start to finger.

As a celebration of this acheivement, De Beers has decided to re-introduce “A Diamond is Forever”. And why not!? Everyone wants to see what the next generation of a generations old ad campaign will tell us.

 

Like Chevy re-introducing the Camaro or Dodge bringing back the Charger, De Beers is bringing back a classic in the best of ways. Because like diamonds, good ideas last forever.

With this, we’re also proud to announce that Forevermark will be making it’s way to La Mine d’Or this fall, and everyone’s invited.

Kind regards,

The La Mine d’Or Family

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Popping the Question at 30,000 Feet With the Help of JetBlue Airways

Never underestimate the creativity and resourcefulness of a young man in love — nor the power of a progressive company dedicated to providing the ultimate customer experience.

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It all started when smitten boyfriend Adam wanted to deliver an epic marriage proposal to his girlfriend of five years, Taryn. Adam had produced a cleverly edited four-minute proposal video for Taryn and wanted her to see it during their flight from San Francisco to Long Beach, Calif., where they planned to celebrate his birthday.

Ambitious Adam contacted JetBlue Airways about the prospect of delivering his proposal at 30,000 feet, and the rest of the story is pure magic, as no fewer than eight JetBlue departments collaborated to make this a perfect day for the couple.

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This past Wednesday, exactly 28 minutes into the 90-minute JetBlue Flight 1437, Adam’s video began to play simultaneously on the monitors of each of the plane’s 150 passengers.

In the video, Adam details how he first met Taryn when she was a hostess at a P.F. Chang’s restaurant and he was a server there. Illustrated with a montage of pictures from their five years together, the video recounts how Adam won Taryn’s heart after a shaky start and lists all the qualities he loves about her.

Then these words appear: “You are the girl I think about. You are the girl I dream about. You are the girl I can’t be without.” Then the big question follows: “Will you marry me?”

 

After the video went black, Adam got down on one knee and proposed to the visibly overwhelmed and emotional Taryn. She said, “Yes,” and excitedly slid her new ring onto her finger. The couple embraced and the JetBlue captain made an announcement to the other travelers that Adam and Taryn were officially engaged.

 

But the excitement didn’t end there. The JetBlue in-flight crew continued the celebration by handing out cake pops to all the passengers.

 

When the couple entered the Long Beach terminal, they were applauded by dozens of enthusiastic orange-vested JetBlue staffers. The airline also surprised the couple with festive decorations, a huge custom cake bearing their likenesses and, of course, some champagne.

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In its blog, “Blue Tales,” a JetBlue blogger confirmed that the airline’s staffers are “suckers for a good love story.”

“Blue Tales” reported that eight teams, “including Airports, Inflight, Product Development, Marketing, and our partners at LiveTV came together to create an extra special high-flying moment.”

“It’s wasn’t easy,” the blogger continued, “but we love a good challenge in the name of love. And we’ve got TVs at every seat and we’re not afraid to use them.”

In a thank-you note to the JetBlue, Adam wrote, “You are absolutely awesome! I almost cried in front of everyone… no joke. I am forever grateful to you and the JetBlue team, and a forever loyal die-hard JetBlue customer.”

Adam’s proposal video can be seen at this link… youtu.be/myOH9LXAgrU

 

A truly beautiful story.

 

The La Mine d’Or Family

Music Friday: Tom Jones Belts Out His 1970 Interpretation of the Timeless Love Song, ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you amazing tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. “I (Who Have Nothing)” is a timeless love song that has been covered by dozens of artists, both male and female, for the past 50 years.

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The version we like best is performed here by none other than Sir Thomas John Woodward (better known as Tom Jones), whose powerful interpretation launched the song to #14 on the Billboard charts in 1970.

In “I (Who Have Nothing),” a poor man makes an impassioned plea to win the heart of his love interest. Sadly, all he can do is watch from his window as she goes out wrapped in the arms of a wealthy man — a man who can “give her the world,” including “bright sparkling diamonds.”

Jones, whose soulful voice and great looks melted hearts during the 1960s and 70s, has sold more than 100 million records and charted 36 Top-40 hits, including “It’s Not Unusual,” “What’s New Pussycat” and “Delilah.”

The first artists to release “I (Who Have Nothing)” were Ben E. King and Shirley Bassey, both in 1963. Since then, the song has been reinterpreted by singers as diverse as Petula Clark, Luther Vandross, Liza Minnelli and Neil Diamond.

More recently, a new generation of music lovers were introduced to “I (Who Have Nothing) when it was performed by American Idol Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks.

We invite you to enjoy the riveting performance of Tom Jones at the end of this post. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“I (Who Have Nothing)”
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Performed by Tom Jones.

I, I who have nothing
I, I who have no one
Adore you, and want you so
I’m just a no one,
With nothing to give you but Oh
I Love You

He, He buys you diamonds
Bright, sparkling diamonds
But believe me, dear when I say,
That he can give you the world,
But he’ll never love you the way
I Love You

He can take you anyplace he wants
To fancy clubs and restaurants
But I can only watch you with
My nose pressed up against the window pane
I, I who have nothing
I, I who have no one
Must watch you, go dancing by
Wrapped in the arms of somebody else
When darling it’s I
Who Loves you

I Love You
I Love You
I Love You

Flushed $22,000 Diamond Anniversary Ring Rescued From Mucky Demise by Persistent Wastewater Team

A Virginia woman who accidentally knocked her $22,000 anniversary ring into a flushing toilet is singing the praises of wastewater employees who rescued the diamond keepsake from a mucky demise — four days after it was lost.

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It was about 11:30 on a Friday night when Jenna Wolfe, who was visiting relatives, took off her cherished anniversary ring and placed it on the sink’s countertop while she washed her hands. The ring, which features a 2-carat round center stone flanked by smaller round diamonds, was a 10th anniversary gift from her husband.

According to a report by WAVY-TV, Wolfe used a paper towel to clean up some water that had splashed on the countertop, but the wiping motion accidentally knocked her anniversary ring into the flushing commode. In an instant, the very valuable and sentimental ring was gone.

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She called a professional plumbing service, but when the company was unable to locate the ring, Wolfe feared the worst.

On Monday, she contacted the city’s Public Works Division, which promptly sent out a crew to help. After setting a debris trap down the water line, the wastewater employees told Wolfe to run water into all the drains of the house and to flush every toilet in an effort to move the ring into the trap.

Even though Monday’s efforts failed to locate and capture the ring, the crew members were back on Tuesday to try again. This time, they succeeded.

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In a glowing note to the City of Hampton, Wolfe wrote, “We cannot express enough gratitude to everyone who had a role in recovering this very special ring for us. It’s not only the monetary value of the ring, but also the sentimental value that could not be replaced… Please do anything and everything you can to acknowledge their dedication, honesty and hard work.”

The persistent wastewater team members each received a $25 gift card as part of the city’s program to reward employees who perform above and beyond the call of duty.

Video Game Designer Assists With Angry Birds Marriage Proposal, Plants Big Surprise on Level 3

In the exasperating competition for her fiancé’s attention, Aussie Melissa Swift admitted she was no match for Angry Birds, the wildly popular video game where players use a slingshot to launch wingless birds at pigs.

Angry BirdsNo matter how much she protested, Swift couldn’t get her 30-year-old boyfriend, Ben Levi, to stop playing the game.

“We’d be watching TV and he’d be playing Angry Birds,” the 24-year-old Swift told The Huffington Post. “We’d be out to dinner with friends like civilized people and you’ve got Angry Birds going on under the table.”

The situation looked bleak, as Swift became an “angry bird” herself, defined in the Urban Dictionary as an annoyed girlfriend whose boyfriend is addicted to the Angry Birds game.

The bane of her existence resurfaced last month, when Levi asked his girlfriend to try out the new Angry Birds Friends game on his tablet during a lunch date at a local restaurant. Reluctantly, Swift agreed and started launching birds.

What Swift didn’t know was that her clever boyfriend had contacted Rovio Entertainment, the creator of Angry Birds, and asked if the company’s creative team could prepare a custom level with a special message for his fiancée. To his surprise and delight, the Finland-based company agreed to his request.

Over the next few months, Rovio representatives worked with Levi to create a unique and unforgettable marriage proposal.

Marry Me MelWhen Swift reached Level 3, she was left nearly speechless when the screen showed the headline, “MARRY ME MEL.”

“I think I would have been less surprised had I seen a flying pig,” Swift told The Huffington Post. “I remember looking at it and not really comprehending what it meant. He was down on one knee and it just all fell into place and I just started crying… It was just unbelievable.”

The whole scene was captured by hidden cameras set up by the video game company, which produced the video at the end of this post.

Swift has a new appreciation for Angry Birds, telling The Huffington Post, “It took Angry Birds to finally get him to propose. I love them. Nothing else would motivate him, but Angry Birds did it, so I’m forever grateful.”

Is this couple destined to have an Angry Birds-themed wedding? We wouldn’t bet against it.

See the video of the Angry Birds proposal here: Angry Birds Proposal Video

 

Valentine’s Day Scrooge

I had always been frustrated with my husband’s lack of enthusiasm for Valentine’s Day, meaning a card given halfheartedly was the most I could expect. But since he was a wonderful, loving husband and father and did nice things for me all year, I really couldn’t complain.

However, on Valentine’s Day, as my co-workers received flowers, candy, and romantic cards from their husbands and boyfriends, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for myself.

Sue just got flowers . . . Becky just got a balloon bouquet . . . oooh, and a candy bouquet for Sara!  I decided to take a quick break and go for a walk to blow off a little steam. It was near lunchtime; maybe I’d treat myself to a special Valentine’s Day lunch.

As I walked out the door of my office building, I was approached by a mime. I had seen him “working the street” the past few weeks and got a kick out of his silent antics. Today he seemed to sense my blue mood and walked right up to me.

The mime drew his face into a sad one to match my expression and proceeded to entertain me with a series of scenarios that depicted sadness turned to happiness. At the end of his routine, he magically whipped out a bouquet of brightly-colored paper flower s and handed them to me with a flourish.

As I reached out to take them, he grasped my hand and opened it, palm flat. He took the flowers, gave them a little shake above my hand, and out dropped a ring. Thinking this was a continuation of his entertainment, I picked it up to examine it, and found it to be a curiously real-looking opal surrounded by tiny diamonds. This guy must be getting some great tips!

A hand reached out and touched my arm, and there stood my husband, Richard, smiling with the pleasure of a small child. “Honey,” he said, “that ring is for you. Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you.”

“But, Richard, you don’t believe in Valentine’s Day!” I squeaked as I put the ring on and held it out in the sun light to admire it.

“No, honey, that’s not really true.  I’ve just been saving up for something really special!”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

The La Mine d’Or Family

She Said Yes! Soldier

Don and Mary were High School sweethearts. Everybody knew they were meant to be since the day they met. The twinkle in their eyes, the way they made each other smile, you just knew they had something special. They were part of the graduating class of 1943. Don had already been working throughout his High School years at the local steel factory, and was set for full-time work as soon as graduation passed. Mary, an aspiring nurse, was already set for her nursing studies.

Within a few months, they bought their first house. Everything seemed perfect until the unthinkable happened: Don received a notice that he was being drafted to Normandy. In the months leading to his deployment, Don consoled Mary’s worries about his safe return ensuring her that they would forever remain inseparable.

In June, 1944, Don shipped out. Within four months Mary was ordered to work in the steel factory alongside many women in their community.  Everything was being done to support the war effort. Propaganda was rampant that the troops were doing well; however, Mary refused to believe everything was OK. The only thing keeping her spirits up were the letters she kept receiving from Don. Although sporadic, the letters told stories of bravery from his fellow comrades. Never would he mention those fallen in battle. She tracked his progress on a map she kept in her study. Through the beachheads, to Caen, and across France, the journey kept her heart filled with hope.

All of the sudden, the letters stopped. A month went by with nothing. The Allies had apparently beaten through the frontlines and were claiming victory on several fronts. Day after day, Mary would go to the train station and wait to see the returning injured soldiers in crutches and stretchers. Don would never appear.

Finally, on a Saturday afternoon, a military vehicle pulled up to Mary’s house. Having seen this play through with several widows in the neighbourhood, Mary broke down crying before answering to the three knocks at the door. She wiped away her tears as she opened the door to the presence of two military men standing at the entrance. As she looked both men in the eyes, she fell to her knees with her hands over her face, crying. One of the men was carrying a folded flag. Without saying a word, she put her hand out expecting to receive a flag and her fallen love’s dog tags. The men stood there, without saying a word.

Suddenly, she heard a car door open. The two men began to sing “Day by day I’m falling more in love with you” , a new love song of the time. Stunned, she looked up only to see Don walking towards her, smiling. She looked at the two men singing, and the folded flag had an unravelled corner in which a diamond ring was hanging on the edge. Mary, stunned, wiped her eyes in disbelief. Don held out his hand as he helped her into his arms. As she stood crying on his shoulder he whispered into her ear: “Will you marry me?”.

From all of us at La Mine d’Or, we wish to thank all our Veterans and their families for their sacrifices.

Lest we forget,

The La Mine d’Or Family