Gretchen Rossi

Gretchen shares her thoughts on Slade's ring shopping and how this episode made her love him even more.

on May 16, 2012

However, I love that Heather said to Slade that I wouldn't care what size ring he got me, because she can just see how much we love each other. That statement just goes to show that, even in the short amount of time that I have gotten to know her, she knows my true heart -- and that's a good friend if you ask me.

I've had the big diamonds, big houses, fancy cars, etc. Of course, I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy that lifestyle, but I have definitely learned that lifestyle isn't ultimately what make me happy. What makes me truly happy is that I have a man who loves and adores me, protects me, builds me up when I am down, is the calm in my storm, and makes me feel like the most important person in the world every second of the day. Our love is the kind of love I have dreamed of having since I was a little girl. It's the kind of love I have prayed for my whole life; a love that fulfilled me emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. God finally answered my prayers when he gave me Slade.

Now, I'm sure all your jaws dropped when Slade asked Gabe at Newport Jewelers if he could get a CZ stone until he could afford the real thing, but the truth is once I thought about it I realized it was very sweet and showed his vulnerability. He wants to get me a beautiful ring, but knows he just can't right now. That is hard on a man's ego no matter what way you slice it. I'm so proud of the fact that he is not just pretending to be someone he is not; it's a very brave thing to admit on national television. Slade is working so hard right now to get out of debt and working multiple jobs to do so. He is one of the hardest working men I have ever known, despite what the other woman think they know about his life and job situation.