March 18, 2012

Kevin & Amanda 10 Year Birthday Bash!

Kevin and Amanda 10 Year Birthday Bash

This week is the 10 year anniversary of I can hardly believe it’s been ten years!! I feel so, so incredibly lucky that I’ve been able to share these photos, tutorials, travels, and all of my favorite things with you guys for the past 10 years. I absolutely love sharing this site with you — it is truly a dream come true. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for each and every one of you who stops by, and for all your sweet and encouraging comments over the years. You guys are the best.

Kevin and Amanda 10 Year Birthday Bash Kevin & Amanda, March 22, 2002

Kevin bought me the domain name for the one year anniversary of our first date, March 22, 2002. We were two months and nine days away from being married. I was already “blogging” at the time — even though back then we didn’t really officially have blogs as we know them today! But I still loved taking photos and posting them online, sharing a peek into our lives, what we were up to, and things I loved. Kevin has always had a talent for showing his affection through romantic, thoughtful gifts, and our own domain was so perfectly me. He surprised me that afternoon by asking if I’d ever thought about getting my own domain name for my site. My answer was of course yes!! He asked me what name I’d choose, and without hesitation I answered He sat down at the computer. Let’s pull it up to see if anyone’s taken it yet, he said. As he typed in the letters — — and the page slowly loaded, I could tell there was something already there.

Kevin and Amanda 10 Year Birthday Bash Take a peek at what Kevin & Amanda has looked like over the years.

It was a countdown to our wedding day.


Kevin and Amanda 10 Year Birthday Bash

I am so excited for the week ahead. It’s Birthday Week on Kevin & Amanda!! I can never seem to let a birthday come and go on just one day, so I’m taking the whole week to celebrate. :) In honor of this special milestone, and to thank you guys for being so wonderfully you, I’ve picked a few of my favorite things and a few of my favorite brands to sponsor a week long birthday bash with seven days of fabulous prizes and giveaways. I hope you guys like giveaways!!

Kevin and Amanda 10 Year Birthday Bash

Kicking off Birthday Week is this fun Birthday Party Tin from Harry & David. It wouldn’t be a party without treats, right?? :)

Kevin and Amanda 10 Year Birthday Bash

This fun tin is packed with chewy chocolate chip cookies, cupcake shaped frosted cookies, Moose Munch popcorn, malt balls, rock crystals — so many colorful yummy treats!!

And because you guys know how much I love macarons, you’ll also be receiving this box of 12 french macarons, in chocolate, raspberry and caramel flavors. Yum!!


The Giveaway (Winners Announced!)

Three (3) Kevin & Amanda readers will win a birthday celebration prize from the gracious folks at Harry & David which includes:


Time’s Up!

The winners of the Harry & David 10th Birthday Bash Giveaway are:

#7 Gina Myers
#574 Laci
#706 Emily

Congratulations girls!! I’ve sent ya’ll an email. Enjoy your goodies!! :)


How to Enter

To be entered to win the Harry & David Giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received?

Contest ends tomorrow at 8 am CST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen by and notified by email. Giveaway provided by Harry & David.

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Pinky March 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

Congrats dearies on ur 10th blog anniversary…wow 10 years of blogging is a huge huge task. The Best B’day gift for me till now has been my daughters wishes, this b’day she was so happy so excited and she must wished me a hundred times……the bestest gift 4 me :)


Melinda Shapro March 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

Wow! 10 years! I wish I knew about you way back when :). The best gift I ever got was a video tape of all the home movies when I was a kid.


Kimberli March 18, 2012 at 2:16 am

Congrats on 10 years, that’s great!! I think my best gift was when my hubby surprised me with my Cricut Expression – it re-introduced me to my neglected scrapbooking and now I’m faithfully making pages to capture moments in our boys’ lives! Thanks for the chance to win these yummy goodies!


wendy March 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

Congrats on ten years!! My best gift ever was my dslr… I love it so much :)


Lynda March 18, 2012 at 2:35 am

Congrats on 10 years!!! My favorite gift would be heart shaped necklace from then-bf-now-hubby ;)


Allison March 18, 2012 at 2:47 am

My most memorable gift (recently) is a Hello Kitty aluminum water bottle that my friend got me! My friend is an environment freak and would freak out every time I had to give her a plastic water bottle if she was thirsty when she came over. I use it every day!


Gina Myers March 18, 2012 at 2:48 am

Congratulations on your big milestone!


Kelly March 18, 2012 at 3:02 am

The best gift I ever received is a tie between the white DSLR camera from my dad on my wedding day to match my dress and the diamond penguin necklace my mother in law gave me one christmas.

Happy 10 years!


Linda March 18, 2012 at 3:02 am

The most memorable gift I ever gave was a roll-top desk I got for my first husband for his birthday. He’s been wanting one for a long time. I put it on lay-away at a furniture store in Las Vegas where we lived for 10 years. I scrimped and saved, including loose change, and finally got it paid for. I was so thrilled when I got it paid for and had it delivered. He was really surprised and pleased. The most memorable gift(s) I ever received were my 7 children….8-)


Melissa March 18, 2012 at 3:13 am

My husband likes to plan out food on mothers day, last year he did a avocado tuna tartar like from Cheesecake Factory & it was seriously killer! The man knows how to cook:)
Also congrats!


Kelli March 18, 2012 at 3:18 am

Happy birthday! The most memorable gift I’ve ever been given was horse jumps. It was Christmas when I was in 7th grade and I had a new horse and a ring with no jumps. I remember being so excited driving out to pick them up!


giozi March 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

OHhhh love this gift.
Last February my husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage.
Let’s see … the best gift I received from my husband, speaking on the material, is definitely my goal and my 50mm SLR, little by little I want to keep improving my team. And in the non-material support in my new hobby, photography and blogging.


Bo H. March 18, 2012 at 3:25 am

The most memorable gift I’ve recieved was a trip to Disneyland for my family fro m my parents.


Krystal March 18, 2012 at 3:25 am

I was given my engagement ring which is been my favorite gift ever…well, until I get my wedding ring :) Congrats on ten years!


Chris Bennett March 18, 2012 at 3:27 am

Congratulations on your 10 year milestone……that’s awesone! The best gift I have recently received is a trip to Italy with an awesome group of people later this summer….it is a very needed vacation!!


Mopo March 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

Congratulation on your important day!
Be happy!


Kate March 18, 2012 at 3:34 am

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! May you enjoy 10 more! My most memorable gift was a cruise that my husband got us for Christmas last year.


Jessica March 18, 2012 at 3:42 am

Wow, congratulations! I’d love to enter the giveaway (the tin looks amazing)
The most memorable gift I’ve ever received was the first of many beautiful crystal elephants my granddad bought me. It’s made from jade and is the most precious thing I own :)


Sara M. March 18, 2012 at 3:45 am

Happy Birthday! I just started reading recently, but I wish you many more blogging years to come :-) The most memorable gift I ever received was a star! My best friend “purchased” a star for me and now every time I look at the night sky, I am reminded of our friendship.


Schmidty March 18, 2012 at 3:50 am

Congrats and happy blog birthday!


Mary March 18, 2012 at 3:53 am

Happy 10 year Anniversary! Wishing you many more! I more enjoy giving that recieving…I paid off a cruise for my neice for her birthday


Marie March 18, 2012 at 4:00 am

Happy Birthday! One of the best gifts I ever received was a week long cruise to the Caribbean with my best friend! It was the most awesome vacation ever! :)


Kristin March 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

Congrats on 10 years, wow! The most memorable gift I received was a pair of Ugg slippers that I’d been pining over for MONTHS! Love, love them.


Lorina March 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

the most memorable gift i received was a pair of diamond earrings from my hubby :)


Lori March 18, 2012 at 4:07 am

The most memorable gift I ever got was for the first Christmas we spent together. He took me into the Thomas Kincaid gallery and told me to choose one. He said he wanted to give me something beautiful for Christmas. The painting is still hanging in our living room today!


Tiffany March 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

Aw, congratulations on 10 years and counting! (:
The most memorable gift I ever got was definitely a video montage my friends made me when I was moving to a new country… All our memories, and how much they loved me, really came through in those videos. (:


Gretchen March 18, 2012 at 4:41 am

Congratulations on 10 years. I always enjoy seeing your emails in my inbox and reading of your adventures or recipes. The best gift I ever recieved was the first birthday card my daughter made for me (she was 3 at the time) it was a picture of our family holding hands.


Lorrie Corry March 18, 2012 at 4:45 am

Happy Birthday/anniversary friends! Congrats on a successful online adventure!
from a random follower in Florida.


Betsy B March 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

Congrats. My most memorable gift was a expresso machine. My hubbys one and only gift that I didn’t actually ask for….


Jennifer Dixon March 18, 2012 at 4:50 am

Congrats on your milestone! My most memorable gift was a cookbook that my daughter bought me from a garage sale and surprised me with. It was just so sweet.


Averie @ Averie Cooks March 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

Congrats on 10 years!!

The most memorable gift is being blessed with my daughter. Truly, a gift. I thank God and my lucky stars every day for my child!


Sarah March 18, 2012 at 4:53 am

Congrats on the 10 years!! One year my husband gave me a gift card for the not-yet released latest Harry Potter book, I thought that was pretty cool!


rieke March 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

Congrats with this big BIG anniversary!
Best wishes and a bunch of (digital) tulips all the
way from the Netherlands. :-)


Holly March 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

My most memorable gift I have received was from my daughter and son on Mother’s Day. They did a dance for me that they made up and it was adorable!


theresa March 18, 2012 at 4:57 am

I gave my husband a harley-dsvidson motorcycle one year for fathers day.


Lynna H. March 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

my most memorable gift would be when my dad gave me a stand mixer! even though it wasn’t the famous kitchen aid (b/c they’re expensive & i just started baking like crazy), i love it completely. the reason? i had nonchalantly told my parents that i wanted a stand mixer since it’ll be easier than the hand mixer that i had…and a few weeks later, ta-da! stand mixer! my jaw dropped.

& CONGRATS on the 10 years! i`m so happy for you two! you guys started something awesome here!


Dyan Witt March 18, 2012 at 5:03 am

Best gift ever has been our children!!


Tammy Hassebrock March 18, 2012 at 5:03 am

Congrats on the anniversary, and thank you for all the great info and photos and tutorials (and FONTS) over the years! :) The most memorable gift I’ve received is a Valentine gift from my then boyfriend, now husband. It was our first Valentine’s day together and he bought me diamond earrings. They were tiny tiny little earrings, but beautiful. He said, “I know they’re small but I wanted to be the first to get you diamonds and I promise the next diamond you get will be bigger.” 4 months later we got engaged.


Lillian March 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

Happy 10th Anniversary! Love your awesome site and beautiful photos.

One of the most memorable gifts I gave was luna moth coccoons — we ordered some two winters ago and they hatched last spring. We ended up raising four generations of lunas last summer — and we shared caterpillars and coccoons with many friends. It was pure joy to watch the transformation ourselves, but even better to hear our friends’ stories of seeing the metamorphosis firsthand.


Southern Gal March 18, 2012 at 5:35 am

Ten years!? I always knew you were cutting edge. Great job.
Happy Blog Birthday!


rebecca @ beurrista March 18, 2012 at 5:41 am

Happy Birthday! I’ve enjoyed your blog very, very much.

A gift that was totally unexpected… my MAC. And I never would be blogging if I didn’t have this computer (on my other one, I never had figured out how to upload photos!)


Mindy M March 18, 2012 at 5:41 am

Wow. Ten years of blogging is like 1000 earth years! One of my favorite gifts was from my husband. He started me a Pandora cracelet.


Alison March 18, 2012 at 5:45 am

WOW! 10 wonderful years! Congratulations Kevin and Amanda!!


Meredith Phillips March 18, 2012 at 5:45 am

What a special anniversary! And I love the story behind the website’s origin :) The best gift I received was from my hubby–my engagement ring!


Arden March 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

Congratulations! I enjoy your blog. 10 years is a lot of words, have you counted them up? My most memorable gift was a little puppy from my husband as a wedding present. He was adorable!


Audrey March 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

Woo-hoo! Congrat 0n 10 years…that means I’ve been silently admiring/following your awesome site for 9 years:) You can say I’m a big fan of yours. So, happy for you both!

The best gift I ever got was when my husband who was deployed at that time surprised me with our vows embroidered. Every word was hand stitched.


Deb Wisker March 18, 2012 at 5:54 am

Happy 10th Birthday! 10 great years of blogging! Here’s to another 10, 20 or more! Cheers!


Carole Snyder March 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

My most memorable gift would be my step father’s watch after he passed away, that I will cherish always…….my second would be the dove necklace I received at my confirmation ♥
Carole Snyder


Judy R March 18, 2012 at 6:01 am

Happy 10th Birthday!!!
The most memorable gift I ever received is my first DSLR camera from my husband on our wedding day. Over the years it has given us more memories in pictures of our parents and our children.


Karen Hamaker March 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

It’s my birthday on the 24th!!! Let’s celebrate together!!


Conchy March 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

Wow!! 10 years!! Congratulations!! You guys are great and so inspiring. Thank you for everything you share with us, your readers.

A memorable gift? My 15th wedding anniversary gift, the ring of my dreams. It is and will always remain a symbol of all we’ve been through together and all we have achieved as a couple.



angela March 18, 2012 at 6:07 am

The best gift ever were the births of my children and grandchildren. I have read your blog for a LONG, LONG time. I don’t comment as often as I should…I’ll try to do better at that. How very sweet the way Kevin gave you your domain name!!!


Teresa Millar March 18, 2012 at 6:07 am

The most memorable gift I received in recent memory was when my friend and I celebrated our birthdays by having a girls weekend and we both went to a weekend class in oil painting – something we had never tried! So much fun!


Christina March 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

Congratulations on 10 years of a fantastic blog. I look forward to every delightful post – the recipes and photography are fabulous.

The best gift I have ever given was also the most difficult gift I’ve ever had to ‘deliver’ – I gave birth to our first baby boy on January 19th this year, just in time for my husband’s 30th birthday on January 20th!


Charanne March 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

Congrats on such a huge milestone! One of my most precious and treasured gifts came from my 2 then “little” boys. We were on a family cruise and they bought me a sweet silver bracelet that they had picked out on their own and paid for with their own money! That was 9 years ago & I have only taken that bracelet off one time…. When I had their baby sister last year!


Audra W. March 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

Happy 10th Birthday!
My favorite gift? Christmas 1999~our daughter :-)


Sarah March 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

Congratulations on 10 years! The most memorable gift I’ve ever received would have to be my puppy. As a child, my mom refused to let us have a dog. However, Santa decided to bring us a puppy for Christmas and it was the biggest surprise of all!


Katherine March 18, 2012 at 6:19 am

Happy Birthday, K&A! The best gift I’ve ever received was my Chihuahua Ruby. She was a Christmas gift from my husband in 2003.


Jess March 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

10 years!!! I cant believe it! Congratulations- or should i say happy birthday-or both!! The best gift I’ve ever received is when my husband surprised me with an iPad for my birthday!!!


Sara March 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

My parent’s 1973 VW bug. :) Happy Birthday!


Jane Crawford March 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

Congratulations on ten years. I have loved following your blog through the years. I actually discovered it looking for ideas to scrapbook recipes. I wish you still had time to do that. My most memorable birthday gift was on my 50th birthday (7 years ago in July!) when my girlfriends picked me up in a car decorated with pictures of me and Paula Deen and took me to Savannah (from Palatka, FL) for a wonderful day topped off by lunch at The Lady and Sons. They also arranged for Happy Birthday to be sung to me by an American Idol contestant who was performing at the riverfront. It was a wonderful day and great memories were made.


Farhah March 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

The best gift was a special diary!!!


Maureen March 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

First of all, Happy Birthday! I have to tell you that I found you through Pioneer Woman the other day and was so impressed I signed up for your blog! I really thought the story of Kevin buying the domain name and having the countdown to your wedding was so sweet! It is nice to know there are couples like you out there, we hear so much negative in the news about marriages, nice to hear the positive stuff.

I received a memorable gift from my hubby on our first anniversary. We were dirt poor at the time, having married young (I was 19!) and we had made a deal not to do gifts. When we married I had carried a lace fan with some white daisies on it. My sweet hubby snuck that fan out and got the florist to put pretty silk daisies in for the long dead ones and wrapped it up as a surprise for our anniversary. I was so touched. It probably only cost $10, but the fact that he thought of something so meaningful to me and did it made it priceless!

I gave my Mom a memorable Christmas gift a few years back. I wrote down 52 things that I was grateful to her for, some serious, some silly, etc. . . . And I put them on slips of paper in a pretty glass jar that I wrapped with ribbons. Then, each week she would take one out and read it and have the knowledge of another reason I love and respect her. As an added surprise to me, she kept each slip and scrapbooked it with her response to me. She gave me the book the following year! We both really enjoyed this gift, which again cost almost nothing, but is priceless to us both!

Thanks for letting us share our stories and for the chance to win the Harry and David gift. I hope you have a wonderful “Birthday” week!


Terri A. March 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

Congratulations on 10 years! Wow! My most memorable gift came a few years ago. I was never one to make Christmas wish lists, but I did that year, gave it to my mom and she got me everything on my list (I told her to get me one thing, as most everything was pretty pricey)! It was such a surprise to open that box with all those gifts in.


Laura D March 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

Congratulations on reaching 10 years! I’ve received lots of memoralable gifts over the years, but the first thing I thought of was my engagement ring. My husband bought it with very little help from me and its so me. He took lots of extra thought and time to get me something that I was me and I’d love forever!


Stephanie March 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

My daughter was born on my 30th birthday. Definitely the best present ever!


Leslie Kiley March 18, 2012 at 6:39 am

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!!!!! Time does fly when you are having fun! Thank you for the enjoyment you have given to all of us! The most percious gift I ever recieved was my beautiful daughter! NOTHING ELSE CAN EVEN COME CLOSE!


Marina March 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

A puppy!


Patti March 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

My husband just got me a VERY memorable gift. He has been searching for it the 12 years that we have been married. It is my favorite childhood toy. It was a monkey. She got burned up in a house fire we had when I was 9. I found a similar one, but it was never the same. He found the exact one finally on Amazon. I was so surprised! What a neat gift!!


Billie March 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

When I was around 9 or 10 I asked for a trampoline. This is fifty years ago when trampolines were built on a heavy wooden frame an installed over a hole in the ground. My parents were friends with the sporting goods store owners who told them it was too dangerous. So instead, they got me charcoals and pastels and drawing paper and how to draw books and calligraphy inks and pens and books. It was the first time I had ever asked for something I did not get — however, it was the first step in a lifelong love of all things art and craft related. Best gift ever.


Patti Williams March 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

Congratulations on 10 years! My favorite gifts have always been the ones my son ir daughter made me. Pictures, cards, and a Barbie have made the day special.


Lacy March 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

Best gift cookbook from my grandmother that included all the family recipes I enjoyed while growing up.


Jean Punt March 18, 2012 at 6:49 am

What a great day!
My most memorable birthday was my 30th. My then 12 year old daughter
planned and pulled off a surprise neighborhood tea with 10 invited guests,
decorations, goodies and was I ever proud!


Shawnsae March 18, 2012 at 6:53 am

Happy 10 years!!! My favorite gift is a silver bracelet with my daughter’s names and birthstones on it.


Lorrie March 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

Happy Blogiversary! My favorite gift I received was my engagement ring. That was a great birthday!


Stephanie M. March 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

Congratulations on 10 years! My most memorable gift was a shadowbox that my then boyfriend (husband now) made for me on our first Chrismtas. It pictures and mementos of stuff we had done and it made me cry!


Patty March 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! I think I have been following your blog for 9 years – time flies! I found your blog looking for ideas to scrapbook recipes. My best gift was my wedding ring my husband had made using diamonds from his mother’s wedding ring.


Chrissy Farnan March 18, 2012 at 6:59 am

How exciting 10 years! My memorable gift is my Tiffany engagement ring my husband bought for me.


Tobie Hendricks March 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

My best gift was my daughter Abbie. Five years ago today in Guatemala her birth mother brought her into this world and gave me the best gift ever and bes life ever.


Maarja March 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

On my birthday morning my dear best friend came to my house with a super delicious cake, candles on it. In addition I received unique and flawless earrings, made by herself (she’s a jewellery desginer). The earrings are beautiful and make me feel really special when wearing them.


kiki March 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

probably my engagement ring! yea for weddings!


Brandy March 18, 2012 at 7:04 am

My favorite gift ever was an oil painting done by my 10 year old son. I have it proudly in my office where I spend most of my time. Congratulations on such a wonderful blog!


Trina Hain March 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

Happy Birthday – one of the most memorable gifts I have received was for Mother’s Day it was a shadow box frame with a photo of me with each of my kids. My husband (who doesn’t have an inch of craftyness in him) made it with the kids I loved it and still do. He then apologised and hoped he hadn’t taken anything he shouldn’t have from my scrapbook supplies.


Emily March 18, 2012 at 7:07 am

Hooray 10 years! Wow! I think my most memorable gift would be the Nikon D7000 my hubby gave me for Christmas this year.. I was quite content with the D40 he’d given me before our son was born but he surprised me with a serious upgrade! The best part was the card that went with it where he wrote that although he doesn’t always tell me how talented he thinks I am, he thinks I’m very talented and is so proud of me…. so sappy and sweet!


kate b March 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

Happy 10th anniversary! My most memorable gift was a heart necklace my little by gave me for my birthday-it was the first thing he picked out all by himself for me!


mekei March 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

i made my children harry potter robes. that gift just keeps giving.


Erin N. March 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

Happy Blog Birthday!

The best gifts I ever received were my 4 children…3 boys and my little lady.

Thanks for the chance to win! :)


Darcy March 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

I love the earrings my husband gave me after our daughter was born. I wear them everyday and whenever I see them in the mirror they remind me of how wonderful my family is! Happy bloggiversary!


Jodi March 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

Congrats on 10 years! The best gift I’ve given was for my husband and I’s 25th wedding anniversary we were in Hawaii on the island of Kauai and I surprised him with a private dinner on the beach. It was so beautiful and romantic watching the sunset and reminiscing over the past 25 years.


Marie D. March 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

Congrats! My most memorable gift were heart shaped earrings I received from my boyfriend, who is now my husband…I was the first person he’d ever bought nice jewelery for! I still wear them all the time!


Amy March 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

My Mac Book Pro!


Lori March 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

Happy 10th!!! I’ve received too many memorable gifts over the years that it is hard to pick! I really loved the cruise that my husband gave me for my 32nd bday though…wish I could go back and relive that one!!


Julie C. March 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

The best gift I ever gave was to my 3 grandchildren. My husband and I took them on a trip to the Disney World Theme parks & Universal Studios. Wow, that was quite a week, but it is a very good memory! Congrats on your anniversary, I have really enjoyed your site!


Lisa B March 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

During my first visit to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Musuem in Boston, I fell in love with a painting by John S. Sargent. I felt like I was in the room with the gyspy dancing. I could feel the music being played, it was truly fantastic. It was a very moving experience for me. On my next birthday a good friend of mine had purchased a print and made a replica of the frame from the museum. I still can help but smile when I think of it.


Tracey March 18, 2012 at 7:17 am

Congrats on 10 years!!! How exciting! The most memorable gift would have to be my Christmas gift from my now husband our first Christmas together. He gave me a picture frame and inside was his proposal. He read it to me, it ended with …. he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a complete surprise and so romantic. Plus I will forever know every word of his proposal.


Bernadette March 18, 2012 at 7:20 am

My greatest gifts are my daughter and son for whom we waited a long time.


Ana Burrows March 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

Happy birthday, kevinandamanda! I am sooo happy I found your blog! Congrats!!! As for the best gift of all, I’d have to say our puppy Maggie. We don’t have children yet, so she kind of made us into a little family!!!


Amy March 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

Congrats on 10 years! I would say my engagement ring. A day I will never forget and that changed our lives forever.


amanda wao March 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

The most memorable gift I have ever recieved was when I was 16, my boyfriend at the time had moved away to Louisville, which was about an hr away from where we lived, but we decided to get together for a day just before Christmas. At the end of our day together, he goes in his room and brings out a quite heavy cardboard box. Inside are four handmade stoneware mugs, a variety of loose teas in plastic baggies and a tea ball. I have loved hot tea ever since, and have passed that love on to my four children.
This past week, I was up to Indiana from my now home in Texas for a week to visit my mom, I happened to notice the last of the four mugs, the only remnant of a gift long etched into my memory, hanging from one of my mothers cup hooks in her kitchen. I grabbed it and asked if she minded if I took it home with me. She didn’t and I think I will close this and go fix myself a cup of Chamomile and Chrysanthemum tea to enjoy the rest of my morn.


amanda wao March 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

by the way Congrats on the 10 years, I was just so excited about your writing topic i forgot my manners!

Blog is the New Black March 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

10 years? WOW!


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