A Winner Plus Remembering Young Love

We’re headed into Valentine’s week, and it’s time to announce the winner of the Cool Cash for a Hot Date Giveaway. The lucky winner of $25 cash and some lovey-dovey time with her hunk-a-hunk-of-burnin’ love is Mami2jcn (Mary)!!! Congrats, Mary! I’ve gotta tell you, I love playing Cupid! :)

I hate to leave the rest of you out of all the lovey dovey excitement so let’s have a little fun. Let’s think back—and for some of us it will be wa-a-a-y back :)—and remember our earliest loves. Young love has a way of staying imprinted on our hearts and minds so this shouldn’t be too hard, huh?

So tell me, what was the first gift your first sweetheart ever gave to you? Believe it or not, my first real sweetheart was Don—that’s right, my hubby. We started dating the end of my freshman year of college. Since my birthday is in August, the first gift he gave me was a birthday gift—a pretty teardrop necklace with a little diamond in it. As you can imagine, I was pretty proud of that necklace :)

Okay, your turn. I loved hearing all your stories during the giveaway about your best dates so I know I’m going to love hearing these, too. And by the way, enjoy your memories as you think back to your own young love! :)

Happy Valentine’s week everyone!

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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*Flickr photo by Nicki Varkevisser


  1. I didn’t know about the necklace! Where is it?

  2. Wow! I’m so happy to have won! Thank you so much! I just emailed you.

  3. The necklace is tucked away in a little box. The chain wasn’t the best quality :) Not sure about the rest of it :)

  4. I don’t remember the first gift Gary gave me, but it was way back when I was 15 years old! Wow, that’s…what…15 years ago???? :-)

  5. Well, get a new chain and put that sucker on! :)

  6. the first gift my hub gave me was a purse i had set my eyes on in a store! he surprised me with it the next week! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. My first gift from my Bacon Slayer was a few weeks after we started dating–a pair of high-tech wrist guards for when we did high-speed rollerblading on pot-hole ridden city streets. ;) The first “real” gift was a few months later: a sweet pair of earrings. I still wear them all of the time. The wrist guards? Not so much.

  8. A butterfly necklace from Doug Wallace in 4th grade, just before he moved to Iowa.


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