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Lauren, A Crocker’s Bride To Be

THE PROPOSAL

Hey guys and gals, it’s Lauren, and I’m here to deliver some pretty big news … I’m ENGAGED!! I’m still very much on cloud nine, and I think I’ve acquired a bunch of new wrinkles because I just can’t get this smile off of my face. Ahhh! You’re probably wondering … how’d he propose?!

It was like a dream …

Early on in the week Matthew told me that he had to help his Dad with a project on Thursday evening so he wouldn’t be around. Okay! Nothing out of the ordinary. So while he went off to do whatever it is he had to do, I made plans with Melissa. On our way to go eat chips and salsa {my fav}, Melissa told me that we had to stop by Bringle Park. Her son was there for a school photo shoot and had forgotten the very important shirt he was supposed to wear {oh, kiddos}.

When we arrived at the park, Melissa got a phone call that she “had to take”. As she chatted she tossed me her sons very important shirt and sent me on my way to go find him. As I’m racing around the park looking for a group of kids all of a sudden I run into this tall handsome man. It was Matthew. Ummm …

Immediately, I felt butterflies. I knew what was about to happen and the only thing that stopped me from bursting into ooey-gooey-love-tears was Matthew’s big smiling face. He walked towards me, got down on one knee and said, “Will you marry me?”.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Forever. Yes. 

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Matthew and Lauren Proposal 2*photo credit: Amanda Magness Photography

CONGRATS, FROM THE GIRLS OF CROCKER’S

“Let me tell you, keeping an engagement ring a secret is no easy task. Especially when the recipient is your friend, your co-worker, and your neighbor! Thank goodness Matthew’s in-store accomplice {ahem, Melissa} kept the proposal plan to herself. I would have exploded if I had to deal with anymore sneakiness! 

The night of the proposal I was out of town and when Lauren called me with the news I literally did a happy dance in my hotel room. I couldn’t be more excited for these two lovebirds, and I’m looking forward to the big celebration. Knowing Lauren, it’s going to be so beautiful. Now what to wear … to a wedding … in Texas … in September. Hmmm.” 

~Makenzie

“I’ve known Lauren my whole life and I’m so happy for her and Matthew! I’m anxious to celebrate their everlasting love and happiness at the #PathtoPonder wedding. It’s going to be a blast, and she’s going to be such a stunning bride. I mean, just look at her! Not to mention, that ring {gasp}. Matthew, you did good. Really, really good! 

While I know Makenzie has doubts about the September weather, I’m sticking to my guns and am planning to wear a flowy sun dress to the celebration. For a little extra personality I’ll add in a couple of Bourbon & Boweties Bracelets from Crocker’s Jewelers.”

~Shelby

“It’s such a good feeling seeing Lauren genuinely happy! The day she mentioned meeting Matthew, her eyes lit up and she couldn’t stop talking about the butterflies in her stomach. Lauren is one of the sweetest people I know and she always goes out of her way to help others {myself included}. That’s why I am so happy that she found Matthew, who always puts her first. The timing for both of them was absolute perfection and their wedding will show that. It will be beautiful, fun, and there will be oh, so much love. 

While Lauren looks radiant in her white dress, I’m planning to wear a simple maxi dress or even a classy romper. Some accessories from Crocker’s Jewelers will be the icing on the cake. I really like what I’m seeing from Jayden Star and Pandora right now, so I am sure I’ll have plenty of options to choose from when the big day nears!” 

~Holley

A Crocker’s Family Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to stop and take a moment to appreciate life’s blessings and all we have to be grateful for. Here at Crocker’s we are thankful for a wonderful team who support one another – on and off the clock. Most of you only know us from behind the sales counter, but we want to give you a look into the personal world of the turkeys we’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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We’re thankful to be surrounded by a strong group of women {and men}. Each with their own unique story …

“I am the mother of a two-year-old little girl name Kyle. Together we’ve joined our extended family for dinner every Sunday for the last three years. I’m also a certified EKG tech but have never worked a job in that field.” ~Heather

“I was a Sunday School teacher for 6 years. I consider myself a dork, mostly because I have an obsession with stationary and recently look a calligraphy class so I could send letters to my friends in pretty handwriting. My theme song for everyday is ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’.” ~Lauren

“I have ran seven half marathons! I like to bake sweets. I was a dancer for 26 years and still find myself choreographing routines anytime I’m somewhere where there’s music.” ~Melissa

“I’m an adrenaline junkie! I recently ran a half marathon, just went sky diving for my 30th birthday, have a concealed handgun license, and am a certified scuba diver. I love being active.” ~Makenzie

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We’re thankful for the opportunity to work at such a wonderful place, with such amazing people … 

“Even on a bad day I know I can come to work and the girls will brighten my day. Even though I’ve only been here a short time, I value the relationships I have with each person already. We spend as much time at work as we do at home and they have become family to me. The opportunity to come to a place and be surrounded by joy and faith makes every day a great one!” ~Heather

“I’m thankful that I am close enough to my coworkers to truly call them family. The last couple of years has been extremely hard on my family and these girls have been there through it all, lifting me up. They’ve been my source of strength. They have prayed for me and my family, hugged me, and dried lots of tears. They even leave treats in secret places for me when I’m stuck in the hospital! I couldn’t’ ask for a better group of ladies to work with.” ~ Lauren

I am thankful for the relationships I have, it’s great to be friends with such a diverse group of women who are in all different stages of life. I’m also grateful to be part of my coworkers lives. Throughout the years I’ve attended many weddings, celebrated the arrival of new babies, and also stood by women as they became grandmothers. I love that I get be a part of these milestones!” ~Melissa

“I’m thankful for the respect we have for each other. I would’ve never dreamed such a large group of women could come together every day and not only all leave in one piece, but also care so much about each other. We are like a one stop friendship shop! There will always be someone there for you to laugh with, cry with, tell you it’s going to be ok, and even dish out the tough love when you’re making a terrible decision!” ~Makenzie

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And we’re thankful for the memories that we’ve made …

“I crack up every time I think about Makenzie running around in a dinosaur hat dancing with her short ‘T-Rex arms’. I am so glad that we have it on video! I also love Lauren’s energy, when she finds something she is passionate about she goes all in and it’s hysterical!” ~Heather

“I love, love, love when we make our Crocker’s videos for social media, or events. Everyone just lets loose and we have a blast, there’s never a dull moment.” ~Lauren

“I love coming to work every day, it’s always something new and exciting. You never know when one of the girls will suddenly break out in song and dance. We love laughing with Kathy when she sings the wrong words, and then you never know when Makenzie will appear with a lime peel as teeth!” ~Melissa

“I love the spontaneity. It was literally my second day when Shawn had me in front of glass case of diamonds doings high kicks like a karate kid on the playground! I knew then I belonged with these girls. Oh, and it never ever gets old putting a bug anywhere near Melissa because the reaction is always hysterical.” ~Makenzie

We hope that you all have just as many people, places, and memories to be thankful for this year. From all of the Girls of Crocker’s, we’re wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.

 

Crocker’s Summer Recap

The days are getting shorter, and the temperatures in Texas are starting to become bearable. It can only mean one thing … fall has arrived. While we’re all excited about the new season, we’re not going to kiss summer goodbye without a quick look back.

The Crocker’s team was on the move over the last couple of months. From Alabama to St. Lucia, and even in Jamaica our staff was living it up. See below for a recap of summer, as we knew it …

shane_shawnShawn & Shane
We took a family vacation to lovely Seaside, FL. We loved all of the cute little towns full of shops and restaurants. The highlight of our trip was definitely watching our babies play on the beach for the first time!
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Shelby
I went to St. Lucia with some of my best friends! The highlights were hanging out on the beach and experiencing a new culture. It was so beautiful everywhere you looked and I feel so fortunate to have been able to go with people I love. I’ll always cherish the memories!
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Melissa
I went to Gulf Shores, Alabama. My favorite part of the trip was laying out on the beach, soaking up the sun, and listening to the waves. Beach trips are so relaxing it was great to see Dewayne’s mother, Linda, and our niece Katie. I swear Katie made me get the frozen ice!
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Makenzie
I visited Nigrel, Jamaica. My favorite things were the amazing Caribbean jerk chicken, exploring the town, and meeting the locals. During an adventure cruise we got to see where parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed and snorkel in the gorgeous clear blue water!
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Kathy
This summer, I went to San Antonio to visit my daughter and granddaughter. We spent a lot of time exploring the town and even fit in a few activities. My favorite part was watching my  granddaughter enjoy the whole experience.
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Lauren
My first trip was to Amelia Island to see my best friend get married. It was so beautiful, and I am so happy that I could be there for her special day! I also went to Vegas this summer, I’d tell you more about it, but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
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Karen 
This summer was full of adventures! My husband and I soaked up the sunshine at Lake Beavers Bend, I had a wonderful lunch date with my grandsons (Trent & Kade), and also joined my friend Judy on a cruise to Cozumel. There were no dull moments!
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Keri
The hardest part about the end of summer is sending the kids back to school! My son attends military school in New Mexico, and my daughter made her way to college this year. I’m so proud of both of them.
Happy fall everyone! We hope you all enjoyed your summer just as much as we did. To hear more about our adventures and to share your own, stop by Crocker’s Jewelers in Texarkana, TX. Hope to see you all soon!

Thankful

Great jobs. Healthy families. Awesome customers. The  list goes on and on …

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re feeling especially grateful over here at Crocker’s Jewelers. While there is so much to be thankful for, read below to see what is top of mind for us this year. We also wanted to give a shout out to our favorite jewelry pieces, because you know … It’s us, and we love bling.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday, from all of the ladies [and gents] at Crocker’s!

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Shawn

I’m thankful for healthy baby boys, husbands that get up with babies in the middle of the night, and co-workers that keep me laughing through the long holiday hours! 

Favorite Piece of Jewelry: Forevermark Diamonds get my vote! They’re so beautiful. If you’re looking for a holiday surprise, you can’t go wrong with a diamond upgrade!

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Lauren

I’ve always been thankful for my family but even more so this year, as we’ve been able to keep laughing and keep each other encouraged through a really tough year battling cancer. [I should also give a shout out to Sonic Diet Coke!]

Favorite Piece of Jewelry: I love the new Gabriel & Co. stackable bands. Every set is as unique as the person wearing them. They look great on their own, or consider adding them to your wedding set! 

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Kandle

I’m thankful for my friends, family and an awesome job! It’s such a blessing to work with such sweet ladies, be surrounded by beautiful jewelry, and have a flexible schedule that still allows me to get my college education. [Which I’m almost done with! Hallelujah!]

Favorite Piece of Jewelry: My current obsesson is Vahan Diamonds. The designs are simple, but elegant. I should also mention that they deliver a ton of shine! 

 
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Melissa
I’m thankful for my healthy family who supports me in all that I do. I’m also appreciative to live in a country that provides us freedom and liberties that so many around the world are hurting for. 

Favorite Piece of Jewelry: I’ve got my eyes on the Simon G Opal Pendant. This piece is so unique and it has so much fire! It picks up color from anything that you wear. 

Fight Like A Girl

Lauren and her momLAUREN & JULIE’S STORY

The last year has definitely been a journey for my family. On July 24th, 2014 my mother got the devastating news that she had Ductal Carcinoma. On August 6th we met with the surgeon and they gave her the choice of a mastectomy or lumpectomy. On August 19th they moved forward with the lumpectomy and were able to remove all of the cancer.

I will never forget the emotions I felt when they took her back for surgery. As we waited for her to come out of surgery we were scared, nervous and worried. Just to name a few. Prayers and strength from God were the only things that we had to get us through those three terrifying hours.

My mother followed with eight weeks of radiation and now takes a pill form of chemo, which she will take everyday for the next ten years.

Cancer.

It’s such a scary word and those six little letters continue to haunt my family.

Shortly after my mom’s recovery we found out that my dad had Stage Four Colon Cancer that had metastasized to his brain, neck and throat. He had to undergo six major surgeries in three months, two months of radiation twice a day, and will remain on chemo indefinitely.

Watching my mother through all of this, there’s not a doubt in my mind … she’s superwoman and a true inspiration! She is a full time nurse to my dad and takes care of him everyday. All the while still recovering herself. I am forever grateful that she is in remission and a 14 month survivor! Take it from me, hug your family tight because you never know when your life can completely change.

~Lauren

Melissa and her momMELISSA & MARYANN’S STORY

Wow … where do I begin.

It’s been such an emotional year. On July 29, 2014 my family heard that one very scary word …

Cancer.

My mom was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma breast cancer. Her life would forever be changed. The next month was filled with tears, questions and lots of research. Then the time would come for surgery, which meant a double mastectomy for her.

August 29, 2014 was one of the hardest days of my life. I kissed my mom goodbye right before her surgery, and tried to remind myself to be strong for her. The walk to the waiting room felt like a long black tunnel and I just wanted out. With tears filling our eyes we knew this was much bigger than us. We had to give it to God. Our faith in God is what would carry us through this journey.

We had lots of prayer warriors that lifted her up in prayer day after day. We are forever grateful for these friends. She had healing complications due to diabetes that would send her back to surgery seven times over an eight month time period. My mom was so tired and ready for the day that she would just “be normal” again. She missed fixing her hair, putting on make up, and even doing housework. These normal day-to-day tasks that many of us take for granted, gave her motivation to keep on fighting.

As determined as she was to get better, her body was just not cooperating. And then there was a light. Finally, after months of bandages, wound vacs, doctor visits, therapy and lots and lots of tears, we can now say she is a 13 month survivor. Woohoo! She is one strong mom and I’m so glad she’s MY mom. To God be the glory!

~Melissa