"A soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind." - unknown

"God is our refuge and strength. He will protect us and make us strong" (ps 46:1). For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.


Friday, February 3, 2012

A Military Wife's Valentine - A GIVE AWAY


Have I ever told you I am a little crafty? If you know me personally or have been to my house then you know. I usually just follow someone else's directions and go from there. But when the HomeFront United wanted to have a Valentine's craft I thought about a wreath I had found and done on Pinterest (the most amazing site around!) for Christmas and figured out how to change it up for my needs. 

I am not a Valentine's day person. Never have been. The idea of having one day where you have to prove your love "or else" just rubs me the wrong way. I much rather prefer random flowers, or cards, or "reasons why I love you." I don't think soldiers should have to worry while they are in the field or the sandbox about getting something "special" done on this specific day or else face the wrath of their spouse. I have seen it and I don't like it. C and I both don't really acknowledge Valentine's which may be what makes these days much easier when he is away like this year.

BUT, this wreath I love because as a military spouse you can use it all year because part of our hearts always hold a love for country, a prayer for safety, and a gratitude to all those who ensure it.

SO ... enough rambling.

Here is the finished product but you have to head over to the Homefront United to see the step-by-step how-to! Make sure your leave a comment on their site to let 'em know what you think! : )



Did you scroll all the way down? Good Thing if you did BECAUSE I just decided to do an impromptu  give-away! Yup, someone will get this wreath!

WHO? WHEN?

Well here are the rules.

You MUST, must, must, must be a public follower of the blog! I want to see your shining face on the side column.

To enter: Comment below with how long you have been following and how you found it.
Then have people who YOU introduced the blog to reply to your comment (they also must be public followers). Each one counts as another entry for you. For them to enter they must have a separate comment themselves!

Make sense? Any questions?

The contest starts NOW 2/3/12 and ends at 10 pm MST on 2/6/12.

SO get to following, get to sharing, and get to commenting! : )
Good Luck!

20 comments:

  1. Love it! Loving the new header, too! :)

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  2. I love it. It's beautiful and meaningful. This is my first deployment with the man i love. I added this site months ago before he left to look for some sound advice and comfort since I was having trouble dealing. I read your blogs often. They are comforting and make me feel less alone. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for those who truly love a soldier.

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    1. Stephanie, THANK YOU for your kind words! I hope you are making it through okay! The first one may very well be the hardest. Thank you for reading!

      Are you a public follower? I was trying to find you and couldn't but I may have missed it! I want to be sure you are entered into the contest!

      Safety to your soldier and strength to you.

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  3. So cute! I've been a follower for several months. :)

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  4. OH MY WORD! I absolutely LOVE this wreath! I can't remember how long I've been following your blog, but it's been since I began my own blog about a year ago. I came across your blog through another blogger and became hooked. You have such a beautiful way with words and have become a great encouragement to me. I can't wait to tell people about this giveaway! :)

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    1. Lydia is one of my dearest friends and referred me to this blog! She totally deserves this wreath as she's 1 of my greatest role models of a military wife and as she looves roses ;o) I already love the background...such a cute blog! I can't wait to start following this blog!

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  5. I love the wreath. It is awesome.

    I am so happy to see someone else who thinks the same way about Valentine's Day as we do.

    I also love the Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter buttons you have on here.

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  6. Follower for awhile now :) That wreath is adorable!

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  7. Been following for a couple of months now. Found the blog through facebook after googling 'A Soldier's Promise' which had been circulating facebook via Australian members of defence. My boyfriend has been deployed in Afghanistan for the past 7 months and is due to return in another 2 months. This wreath looks beautiful and would be a constant reminder of the sacrifices we make and why we go through so much.

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    1. I have loved hearing from all the Defence Wives!! You guys are WONDERFUL!

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  8. This is a really beatuiful wreath I love it! I started following a little while ago, more frequently the past twoish months.:)

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    1. Oh and I believe I found it through google.

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  9. Beautiful wreath! Can't remember how exactly I stumbled upon your blog. Maybe clicked over from another military blog? WHO CARES I'm just so happy I found it!!! :D

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    1. Jenn, this brought the BIGGEST smile to my face!!

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  10. I found your blog through a friend who is unrelated to the military. I don't even remember why she found it, but she pasted the link on my wall in a passing thought. so glad she did. I have read your blog for over a year as I journeyed through my first deployment cycle.

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    1. That is so cool to me!! I am so glad you found it, Adrienne, and that you found it early on! I feel like we went through our deployments together a bit. : )

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