The Ring That Would Change Everything

“Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzumishi krimpatul.”

– Gandalf, Book II, Chapter II;

The Council of Elrond 

Translated, this says:

“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

Clearly the aforementioned ring possesses immense power, so much so that it changes the course of history and sends shockwaves through many lives, both fictional and non.

I digress.

Something quite amazing happened yesterday evening, June 28 2016, around 8:30pm.

Through the scrambled and panicked mess strewn about my kitchen, I somehow managed to manufacture a creamy cheddar roux to pour over the chicken, broccoli and pasta dish I was cooking for the very first time.

I had successfully prepared a home cooked meal for Katherine for (she claims 🙄) the first time ever. And just in time for her to return from a long and difficult day; success!

A few days before, she had found a lovely old wooden table that she absolutely adored, and which was conveniently being stored in my living room. Don’t worry people – this is all coming together.

For your viewing pleasure, a table.

As she arrived for dinner, I was finishing setting up this very table on my back deck, overlooking the woods behind my townhome. Decked out with a nice candle, one of her favorite drinks and Pandora channel, and my heroic attempt at a new recipe, it was time for a cute date night.

Isn’t she a peach?

Little did she know… My intention was far more than any ordinary date night.

Hidden slyly behind the very laptop from whence she was enjoying the music she loves, I had hidden the One ring.

No, I do not mean the same ring that was destroyed in Mt. Doom by two very brave hobbits.

I mean the One and only ring of its kind I will ever need to purchase.

What I’m saying, beloved ones, is this; I have asked Katherine Lee Barkow to be my wife, and she said yes. 

I have long counted myself a man living a life of abundant wealth, blessing and love, and last night has only further cemented that. I am honored, blessed and overjoyed for the opportunity to marry this woman and lead her towards Christ for the rest of our lives.

Feast your eyes below.

Much Love & Many Blessings,

Brady J. L. Smith


Can you believe that I’m THIS blessed?

Morganite, 14k Rose Gold, with diamond halo band. It fits her so perfectly.

We could not be more excited.

P.S. – As for my wedding band…


7 thoughts on “The Ring That Would Change Everything

  1. Beautiful. ..all of it! Love you both ever so much, and so happy for you both… oh and can I get the recipe from you, it sounds really good?

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    1. Haha absolutely Pam! It turned out great! Thanks for your kind words – you’re such a sweetheart, and you and Ward have both seen such a blessing and made an incredible impact in both of our lives.


  2. Brady of course I love to read everything you write you are so good at it. Is it as a young man you can teach your old (elderly) grandmother new tricks? Wonderful writing and pictures of your special night with Katherine ! I love you both so much!!!🙏❤️💎

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