SHARE the LOVE (Valentine Giveaway!)

This giveaway has been on my mind since before the last and very recent one. Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart. I will get to the business-end of this post later.  For now you have to endure some sap.

Valentine’s Day 1975 was the date of Husband’s and my first date. Thirty four years ago…is that right? Is that possible? I can tell you exactly what I wore on that date to our school’s Valentine’s Day Dance. I wore a pair of dark washed very high waisted jeans and a color block shirt that was mustard, navy and cream. The shirt had a superfluous hood but I thought it was very cute.  That was our first date (I was 15) and we have never looked back. It was quite the whirlwind romance.  Well, unless you consider the fact that we weren’t old enough to get married. for another 3 years.

I suppose as we approached “middle age” and passed 30 years of marriage we have both wondered what it was.  The connection.  It is not that common for our species to mate for life these days. I think much of it is that when we were together we could just “be”.  I don’t have unreal expectations of him. And he doesnt of me. We hung out at school, had classes together, played chess after school. Oh and were pretty much inseparable during waking hours after that first date.  We didnt fight and bicker.  I didnt flip my hair and stomp off in a tiff accusing him of  “being a guy” or “not treating me right”.  We instantly liked each other the first time we met.  He was smart and unusually mature for his age.  He wrote me poems and drew me pictures and held my hand.  We were both good at math – him better.  We were both good at chess – him better.  He could cook and made us pizzas after school. He didn’t kiss and tell.  He was sincere, honest, worked and unlike so many men (and women) was not constantly looking for “a better deal”.  We complimented each other’s personalities.  We loved each other.  And that was that. And it still is.

And then 21 years later our sixth and youngest, Benjamin, was born.  A surprise indeed as he wasnt due until March 4.  But weighing in at 8# 2oz, he and I were ready!   Awwww…warms the the cockles of my heart to think on these things. So yes, Valentine‘s Day is special to me.

Okay, okay.  Enough  I know.  As I said, I have pondered on what should be the gist of this giveaway.  Something I love…something I believe the winner will love….what do I love???? I love coffee.  I love chocolate.  I love books and magazines. I love aprons. Okay…that’s it!  A bag of my personal favorite Farmhouse Blend (yeah, I blend it myself) Coffee,  a box of homemade fudge ~ I make a mean batch of fudge~ and it will mail well,  a copy of the Valentine’s edition of Porch.  You don’t know Porch??? Well why not? Oh…and yeah, another apron. Ho hum.  Just kidding.  Yes!  Another OOAK NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron. Something red and dotty maybe?


Now get over there and check them out! Just click on the picture.

Okay here’s the deal.  You know the routine.  Leave a comment and consider yourself entered.  I will add your name to the, now approaching legendary status,  Mason Jar.  I will draw a name on Feb 9th and on the 10th the package will go out Priority Mail to the winner. I suppose it goes without saying that the winner must have a US address.  Customs gets CRAZY over perishables and coffee!

Okay now SHARE the LOVE! And post it to your blog – don’t be selfish now, you know your friends would like to play too.  You don’t want to be that kid at school who didn’t give EVERYONE a Valentine.  You know the brat I am talking about.  You remember.  Elementary School, you spent the day before Valentine’s Day making paper bags decorated with hearts and your name, and then that night you carefully signed the back of those cute little Valentine cards and with chubby little fingers you managed to get them in those envelopes that were always just slightly smaller than the card itself.  Then you wrote on the outside of  the envelopes the name of a classmate, being very VERY careful to check off the list the teacher gave you so as not to miss someone.  Your heart raced a bit as you wrote the boys names, wondering if they would think you liked them or LIKED liked them.  Then there was The Brat. Usually a girl for some reason, who would deliberately leave someone out.  Everyone got 29 Valentines except a few, sometimes only one which was even worse, because she didnt think they were worthy.  I always hated that kid.  My stomach churns right now thinking of it.  THE girl in my first grade class was Delores.  I would know her today if I saw her.  Prissy and snarly with an evil laugh even as a 1st grader.  So don’t be that kid!  Share the LOVE!  Here’s you a button to use. Leave me a comment, grab the button, post it and link back to me. Sweet and simple.


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just came across your blog this morning and am in love with it already! i intend to be a daily follower!

hugs and pie,

I’d love to be entered in your drawing!
Paula…neat magazine & story as well!

What a nice giveaway! I love chocolate and aprons. 😉

Fantastic giveaway!! And thanks for turning us on to Porch Magazine, love it!


I love the same things you do. Mmm, coffee, chocolate, a book, and an apron. What fun! Thanks!

Anything that includes chocolate AND aprons is great in my book! Have a beautiful weekend. Blessings… Polly


Oh! All my favs so I hope I win! I keep trying so maybe THIS will be the one I win!

The story of the love affair between you and your husband is such a treasure…that you for sharing. I want to show that to my son….so he reads the part where he didn’t “kiss and tell’ and that he didn’t keep ‘looking’. My son is young and hasn’t started dating yet…but one day he will and I want him to have those words in his head when he does.
Also, I love the ‘brat’ story. I know what you are talking about and I feel the same way! Sort of like NELLIE on Little House on the Prairie!

Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for such a generous giveaway!

Mmm . . . just the kick in the pants I needed today to post to my craft blog. 🙂


Lovely post…my husband and I were also high school sweethearts. We’ll celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in May. He’s still my heart’s desire…


i’d love to be entered!

my husband and i met and fell into “puppy love” when i was 11 and he was 12 years old. we met on halloween. we celebrated out 2nd wedding anniversary and 10 years together the halloween that just passed. Nobody understands how we could possibly know we loved each other that young.

What a sweet story, i would love to enter your giveaway.
pnkcndy at sbcglobal dot net

Susan, What a beautiful love story… inspiring… I am married for life to a wonderful man too…. a gift for sure!

I would love to enter your drawing… what a treat to get a winning package in the mail from you!

Much love,
Victoria in Houston

Susan, I am not entering the contest. Just here to confirm the fact you can make a great batch of fudge, my husband will attest to that!
Let me see or hear from you soon stranger!


Please put my name in the Mason Jar as I am definitely a “red and dotty” kind of girl and love aprons, chocolate and books . . . Thanks Susan as always, love your blog. Now I am going to check out the Porch


Loved reading your love story. As I’ve said before, you and Jerry are truly a special couple! Please put my name in the Mason jar. I love chocolate and ESPECIALLY your wonderful coffee!


BTW…. I linked your giveaway from my blogpost today.

Queen of the Fashionably Outdated

I have heard you tell that story- one morning over coffee you shared the love affair you and Jerry. To know that there is that kind of love and passion is amazing and not found as often as one would like.

I love your coffee and your aprons are exquisite, hhmmmmm I do love fudge…………


What a great Valentine’s memory!! It’s a special day for me also ~ my wedding anniversary. 🙂


I’m not entering (as I’m in Canada), but I definitely know what you’re talking about with the brat story – we always had a few.

Mary M

What a wonderful gift. I just came from WarmPie blog. I’m looking forward to enjoying your blog too! Thank you.

Hi Susan,loved your story. We all have beautiful love stories. Took me until I was 27 to find mine. Was worth the wait! Love to enter, please put me in your Mason Jar:)

michelle rosborough

Thanks for the chance

No wonder you love Valentine’s Day! What great stories!

Darby Lohrding

Great Giveaway!!!! Awesome, for I so love your aprons and I know I am going to love your fudge, coffee and the magazine!!! I enjoyed your story of why Valentines Day is so special to you!! And I totally know Deloris, I’d recgonize her too!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com


Thanks so much for sharing your sweet story with us. Beautiful memories. I would like to be added to your drawing. I have never heard of Porch magazine. I hope you have the most special of days this Valentines.

Susan, I love your Valentine story. My hubby of 48 years and I were also high school sweethearts. He proposed on Valentines, so it is special for us as well. We have 5 children, 19 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren and another on the way. Thanks for bringing back sweet memories. Please add me to the sweet mason jar.
Thanks, Franny


I too love Valentine’s Day. My husband and I got engaged on Feb. 14th. It has been 42 years.
Please put my name in the drawing.


Thirty Five years…I also married my high school sweetheart. Dated him for five years before that. I also love magazines (I thought I was the only one in the world with that love). I love chocolate, aprons and fabric. My first born and and my much loved westie “Emmie” also born then. I too love Valentines Day.
Love your blog…great day for reflection. Thanks


Oh My! For 30+ years I’ve been trying to keep the visions of high waisted jeans buried deep deep deep in the memory banks! Thanks Susan 😉 Got any pics of that to share?

Love the slice of life stories you share.


Love the graphics that you always post! Thanks for always enlightening my day with your thoughts. So very sorry about Napoleon. He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge and with you always in your heart. Beautiful photo of him! I too have married my high school sweetheart; we met in Drivers Ed! Valentines Day is a fun holiday that I love to spend with my kids and my husband. I always plan a special dinner, usually pasta, and we eat in the dining room! The kids look forward to it every year! Have a great weekend!

Sharon M.

Loved the story of you and your hubby. I was sixteen, my husband almost 19. We dated for two years, got married in June of ’73 and just celebrated our 35th this past June! How can time goby so quickly?!?! 🙂


Thanks for your blog. I “tune in” often and feel like I know you and your family! My condolences in the loss of Napolean. I have had my dear friend Gracie for 14 years now and cannot imagine not sharing our home with her.
I thought of you the other day when I found an apron pattern in the bottom of my mother’s sewing drawer. It is Simplicity #4857. The package isn’t all in tact so I can’t see the print date (if there is even one on patterns!) but the price is 35 cents! I think I will go to town and get a yard of material and make one.
Thanks for putting my name in the Mason jar!


I can’t believe I hadn’t found your blog before today! And what luck to find a giveaway going on!! Put my name in please. (DH’s and my story is scarily similar . . . but it’s only been 30 years. lol)

I’m always up for one of your giveaways!

Ellena Oglesby

My favorite things, Chocolate and coffee, and Valentines day, Aprons oh yeah! I have been married to my valentine for 30 years, I feel that folks like us are so blessed to find that mate that you can share so many years with, and still be in love. Love your story
Please put my name in your jar.

Love wins

Rachel A

What a sweet story! I’d love to be entered in your contest. Thanks!

oh you brought back so many memories of making those sacks or boxes for your valentines to go in…please enter me in your wonderful giveaway..I love it all..I am also gladly adding you to my blog for the giveaway..have a great weekend..I love reading your blog…I am also very sorry to hear about the loss of your kitty…just makes me want to cry…we have had our share of losses too..we love our 8 kittys so very much…and treasure our time with them…(they are our children) along with our latest addition..a puppy..

Linda Prutzman

Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway. Thanks, Linda


Lovely story–not sappy at all!! Please enter me in your giveaway–coffee and aprons–YES!!!


Oh what a wonderful giveaway this is! Add my name to the jar! 😀

What a sweet giveaway! Count me in!!!

Laura S.

I love your story-my husband and I had the same sort of bond and friendship, but we didn’t meet until our mid-twenties! Please enter my name in the Mason jar for your fabulous giveaway. Love red polka dots, reading, chocolate…such a great package!

Love your blog…darling name! The birdies are so sweet …and such good photos too. Either you have the touch or they just love posing for you. Awesome anyway. Please enter me in your drawing. I am off to post your button on my blog.

I came across your blog from “And She Can’t Even Cook!”. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. And what a sweet story of the relationship you and your husband have!

I’ld love to be entered in your giveaway and love the button. I will add it to my sidebar.
Keep Stitchen’


What a great giveaway!! Please enter me

Love the story and giveaway and I came via Yarni Gras. I am also having a giveaway (3) so please stop by and leave a comment!


I’d love to be entered. What a lovely story…


Love your story! and your kitchen. I love white too! It just makes everything look clean and fresh!

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