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2.14.2014

february sponsors.

the day i get to feature my sponsors each month is one of my favorites. i love introducing these sweet women to you all and learning more about them myself! because it's the month of valentine's, i wanted to see if my sponsors had any good valentine's day stories to tell. check out their answers below!

| what is your favorite valentine's day memory? |


beth | oak + oats
My husband and I are not big Valentine's day people. It was the best when everyone built their own mailboxes out of shoeboxes and sent valentines to everyone in the class - I tried to get my office to participate this year and make it more of an "all ages" tradition, it didn't work. Last year we tried to avoid the crowds and also the chores so we went out to Chick-fil-a. Turns out we walked right into a HUGE Valentines day event! They gave me a rose, took us to a table, served us on real plates, and made the whole night a treat! We were surprised and enjoyed the "sit down" restaurant! 
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christina | sweet lavender bake shoppe
I'm so lame. I tried with all my might to come up with a funny Valentine's Day story. I mean, I really sat and racked my brain trying to search through all the V-Days. Nothing. All I could think of were sappy cheesy ones! Gaw! So that's what you get friends- a sappy Valentine's Day story that isn't even really a story. Hooray Christina! Valentine's Day story teller extraordinaire! Ahem. My favorite memory is probably my first married Valentine's Day. We didn't do anything outside of the norm, but there was just something so calming and lovely about finally celebrating a day about love with someone I was bound to, for life. We had only been married 3 months, so I was deep into the newlywed swooning mode. You know, hearts for eyes, hearts coming out of my ears and head, smiles all the time- think Pepe Le Pew from Looney Tunes. That was me! This will be our 6th married Valentine's Day together and seriously guys, STILL flipping excited. Love that man. 
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amy | taking steps home

years ago my boyfriend (ex boyfriend now ha) sent me a HUGE box. 
we were long distance so little treats every now and then helped pass the time. 
inside he tried to save snow in a little cooler (because i love snow) but it melted and he put a stuffed teddy bear, a rose, and a big folder poster inside. the poster was a calendar HE MADE with pictures to count down until his next visit to me. on each day was a hershey kiss "for each kiss we would miss" i mean how stinking cute is that?! all of that to say, it holds a special place in my memory for how sweet it was! 

allison | allison ramsing
My favorite Valentine's Day memory happens to be from elementary school.  I had amazingly creative teachers all throughout elementary school.  I still remember fondly the year that we made a woven heart shaped pouch out of paper with my classmates so that we would have a place to put the Valentine's that we received.  I clearly had way more fun crafting the large heart shaped pouch with my teacher and classmates than I did receiving the actual Valentine's and candy.  Which isn't a surprise considering I still love crafting with friends.
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samantha | elah tree
I actually can't remember many Valentine's days. Tyler and I don't usually celebrate. Not because we hate it or anything, we just choose not to spend money on it. Growing up though my mom would always get my brother and I a Valentine gift. That would probably be my favorite memory of the holiday; being surprised by a little something from my mom. 
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paige | moments for the journey
As someone that doesn't really think much of Valentine's Day, this was a tough question. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike or hate Valentine's Day, I just don't really make a big deal out of it. My husband feels lucky that he doesn't have to try anything over the top or super romantic on February 14th. As I sat for a while just staring at my computer screen trying to think of my favorite memory, Valentine's Day 2012 came to mind. A couple of years ago I was sitting at home - just me and my sweet golden retriever pup - on Valentine's evening. It was about 8:45 and my sweet husband finally got home from work with some beautiful flowers in hand. Since he had to work on Valentine's Day I wasn't really expecting any type of date, but when he got home he told me to get dressed because he was taking me out. As I got ready to go I keep asking where he was taking me, but to the disappointment of my curiosity he wouldn't tell me where we were going. It turned out that he had made a late night reservation at a steak restaurant called Ruby River. It was a restaurant that I had always wanted to try because the building looked like a huge log cabin with wooden beams and a metal green roof. I was so excited to finally get to try it! The evening was great! We were one of the few couples in the restaurant because most people had eaten earlier and the ambiance was romantic. We spent the evening talking and stuffing ourselves with large buttery baked potatoes and perfectly juicy steaks. That night was special because I didn't expect it, and when I think of that evening I am reminded that I married the perfect man that is thoughtful enough to make Valentine's Day special even when he doesn't have to.
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britney | the quiet place
I don't really have any good Valentines day stories, but every year i always try to focus on God's love for me and how it always fills me up. Which i think is something that we all too often forget, especially around valentines day. We like to focus on what we don't have instead of the many blessings that God has brought into our lives, and the fact that his love is always enough. 
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kenzie | the ashcraft bunch
My favorite thing for Valentines is that we never feel like we have to go out to a fancy dinner and get gifts because it's "love day." My husband usually surprises me with something unique like a love letter, favorite photo or memory and we usually end up renting a movie, snuggling on the couch and eat popcorn. I love just being simple and not getting so caught up in the commercialism. :)

stormy | life's a dance
My favorite Valentine's memory is from last year, 2013. My husband and I had found out we where expecting our first little one just a month prior and decided to tell the world on Valentine's Day! I was about 12 weeks along at that point and while our family and close friends knew it was so exciting FINALLY letting the secret out to everyone else! We'd had some announcement photos taken by our dear friend & photographer and used those to let people know about our upcoming addition! I posted a photo to my personal Facebook in the morning and put together a blog post to share with my bloggy friends {which can be seen here}. It truly was a memorable day & I loved reading every single email I got that day! 

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what are your valentine's day stories? i want to hear them!

11 comments:

Christina Main said...

These were so cute!

Paige Williams said...

I loved getting to read everyone's Valentine's Day stories!

agodfashionedlife said...

So fun to read everyone's memories! Thanks again for having me, Meg!


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Elizabeth Mayberry said...

eep!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

Happy Valentine's day! You're my valentine megs!

Amy said...

i love reading everyones stories! so fun!

Megan McIlvaine said...

me too me too!

Megan McIlvaine said...

awww shucks ;) love you.

Megan McIlvaine said...

i loved it! and of course, you're welcome! :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

me too! hope you had a great day, girl!

Megan McIlvaine said...

i know! i loved hearing everyone's stories :)