Eight years ago today, my husband proposed….a.k.a., I demanded my ring!

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I met my husband November of 2005 and knew instantly that he was my soul mate. At this time, I had 2 children; one from my high-school sweetheart, and 1 from my ex-husband. Neither of them were fathers to their sons, and only called when they wanted something. On February 14th, 2005, my oldest son’s father called me. I knew this couldn’t be good….he wanted to meet me at work while he was on lunch, so we could “Discuss Child Support”.

I knew him, I knew this wasn’t his real motive, but we did have to talk about it anyway. the call came just as I got home that morning, I was still in the car with the man who drove me home from work. I turned my head to face him and said “Where’s my ring?!” at this time we were pretty comfortable with eachother, so I knew he would know that I was joking about it. I told him who was on the phone and that meant that my ex was going to try to ask me out again, and I didn’t want to do that, so I suggested that he buy me one of those $8 rings that they sell at WalMart.

He got this devilish grin on his face and pulled a ring out of his pocket. Didn’t say a word, but for some reason, I knew it wasn’t one of those fake rings, it was real, and he meant business! So, there was no romantic proposal, but it is something that we joke about to this day, that I “demanded a ring” only 4 months into our relationship. He is my soul mate and that was one of the best days of my life. He totally shocked me, and that’s what made it special.

Valentine’s Day is something that I have never really liked. We show affection to eachother throughout the year, and don’t like to be told that we are required to do it on certain days (Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, what-have-you). I gave him my Valentine’s Day rules years ago. No flowers, no rings. I wasn’t specific enough….

One year he handed me my gift and said, “I know you said no flowers and no rings but….” and it was a couple bags of flour and a shrimp ring with cocktail sauce in the middle. I laughed so hard! THIS is why I love that man!

This year he made me chocolate covered bacon hearts. No, they aren’t pretty, but it was special. He knows my cyber obsession with bacon and my real life love for chocolate. When he heard of chocolate covered bacon, he knew what he had to do.


I have received comments about these on my fan page, and I want to address a couple of them.

“I love bacon and i love chocolate but together? Yuck I don’t think so.” You’d be surprised! It was a complete joke before, and yes, I was scared to try it, but it is honestly delicious!

“Looks like a surprise your cat left that didn’t make it to the litter box. But It’s the thought that counts. Nice guy.” Again, I never said they were pretty or anything, but yea, he did put thought into it.

“aww, he’s giving you a “heart” attack……a fruit bouquet is healthier and yummier …..and I, too, thought you were holding animal droppings LOL” healthier? Sure! Yummier? I don’t think so. However, it would have been an easy way out. One that other men might take, but not my husband. And who in their right mind would hold droppings in their bare hand?

“That don’t look like a hear much less appetizing” I think she meant “heart” and I am not sure what she is looking at here…it looks like a heart to me, and yes, it is DELICIOUS!

I never claimed to be the “normal” couple, and it isn’t like I eat chocolate covered bacon on a daily basis, so it really isn’t much of a heath choice, but more of a “My husband actually thought of me, instead of running out at the last minute to grab a heart shaped box full of chocolates” choice.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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