Rachel Pedersen, a married mom of two who runs her own media and marketing business, was surprised when she began to get comments from people in her life that she should trade in her wedding ring for something bigger and better.
"You should upgrade your tiny wedding ring so people know how successful you are!" a friend even said, which troubled Pedersen, even though she knew the friend meant no harm.
After all, she loved her "tiny" wedding ring--and the husband who gave it to her--and had never before thought about its size as a reflection of her status.
And as she realized that she'd NEVER trade her ring for the world, she decided to share a powerful message about it on social media. The result? Hundreds of thousands of people have liked, commented, and shared her heart-melting message about true love.
Pedersen--who married her husband shortly after they met at a diner where he worked as a window-washer and she, a struggling single mother, was hanging out--summed up her feelings perfectly.
"I didn't even THINK about a ring until my husband surprised me before the ceremony. He drained his savings to gift me with a small token of his love. I say small, only because it pales in comparison with how big his love is, even now, after years of [marriage](http://www.womansworldmag.com/posts/two-years-after-wedding-paraplegic-husband-gets-emotional-first-dance-with-wife-738570. That, my friends, is success to me."
The post now has 12,000 comments, with people posting pictures of their own meaningful rings and emotional love stories.
"Our story energizes people," the 27-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, told TODAY. "It reminds them what love is about. And to me, that ring is so much more than a diamond."
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