Last week I came clean about my first real celebration of military spouse life: my secret courthouse marriage. (And a huge thanks to all of you who commented with love and support–it means more than you know.) Next week, Jonathan are I are celebrating another military spouse milestone: our first Valentine’s Day together.
Going from deployment to long distance and back to deployment again while we were dating, we missed a lot of celebrations. Until last year when I moved to Fort Campbell we’d never been together for either of our birthdays, for any graduations or new jobs, or even for particularly good days or particularly bad ones that hadn’t been pre-scheduled based on BWI–>BNA arrival times.
We’ve celebrated Cupid’s favorite Hallmark holiday from afar the past few years with Skype dates, Old Bay, flowers, and Harry Potter, but neither of us are likely to list Valentine’s Day in our top five favorite holidays. That being said, our first one together marks not only the survival of our first PCS, but also the survival of many years of challenges and obstacles that worked hard to taint our love, but we’re both really stubborn so we continued to love each other anyway.
So although we don’t have big plans for the holiday this year (finally being together in a seaside apartment with enough kitchen space to make two kinds of fudge is romantic enough), I’m in good spirits for Valentine’s Day. And I’d like to share that spirit with all of you. Whether you’ve got friends to love close by, someone to love who is continents away, someone to love who is yourself (you are great), or something to love who is covered in fur and climbed on the counter at 4:00am to eat your entire bag of Twizzlers, here’s a little something else to love from my Etsy Shop, Red White ‘N’ Bows.
Today through Saturday you can enter to win one of four lovely Valentine’s Day prizes:
You have until Saturday at midnight to enter–I’d give you longer, but I want to make sure the winners have their prizes in time for the holiday–and remember that you can earn extra entries by Tweeting about the giveaway once a day until then.
If you don’t win (or if you do win but you like your prize so much that you want at least a dozen more), all the items are up for sale on my Etsy shop–just click on the prize images above to be transported to a land of big bows and rampant patriotism. And, speaking of bows, you may notice that the heart headbands being given away are also available as bow headbands. They’re my newest item, and they’re only $6 a pop. I may have worn one every day this week.
To those with loved ones who are deployed this Valentine’s Day, here’s a big I LOVE YOU from me to you. It’s platonic, though. Don’t get any ideas.
Valentine’s Day: love it, leave it, or get drunk with your cat? What’s your favorite way to celebrate or not celebrate the holiday?