Call Her Happy, indeed (a giveaway!)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on June 24, 2014

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It was May of 1999 and I was visiting Dan in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama for the first time. As we wove through Midtown, I stared out the window, transfixed by all the green — the waxy green leaves of the trees, the muted gray-green of the Spanish moss, the lush green of the grass, and the hungry green of the kudzu. Few things make me feel more at peace than being surrounded by verdant things.

I used to love hiking through the California forest when I was growing up because in the cool shade of the redwoods patches of moss would pop up and ferns would grow wild. Perhaps in heaven I will be surrounded by viridescence. Right there between blue and yellow I feel my shoulders relax and I can breathe deep and easy.

As we drove on I noticed big, yellow-white drops dotting the trees. I asked Dan what they were. He pulled the car over to the side of the road, told me to stay in the car, jumped out, and plucked one of those buttery flowers right off the tree. When he returned he gave me a kiss and held it up to my nose. The scent was sweet and citrusy and filled up the car in an instant.

Ever since then, I’ve thought of the Magnolia as our flower.

Jenna opened an Etsy shop recently (appropriately named Call Her Happy) and filled it with the most creative, charming necklaces I’ve ever seen. She hangs mini embroidery hoops from a chain and with her needle and thread fills them with pictures of bluebonnets, peacocks, Sacred Hearts, bicycles, and the sweetest little foxy faces you’ve ever seen.

I asked her recently whether she might be able to create one for me of a Magnolia nestled into a grassy green. She replied that but of course she could and before I knew it a tiny package was waiting for me in my mailbox. Inside it was my Magnolia and it was just perfect. See…

A Call Her Happy mini embroidery hoop necklace!
I love it. So, so much. Thank you so much, adorable Jenna!

Then Jenna, who’s sweet like this, offered to give one of her beautiful necklaces to one of you! A coupon code for 15% off, too (just enter MOXIEWIFE at checkout).

You know the drill. Rafflecopter away, girlie girls!

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Katherine June 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

My first “token” was a jar of peanut butter that he mailed to me for Christmas. :)
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Kayla June 24, 2014 at 10:18 am

My husband gave me a dainty, infinity symbol ring for my birthday just a few months after we started dating. We had been talking a lot about our future together and I wore it everyday without a doubt an engagement and wedding band would come next!
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Rachel @ Efficient Momma June 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

lol mine was one earring he saw in a bush on his way to my dorm room. My ears weren’t even pierced yet haha
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Kara June 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

“Right there between blue and yellow I feel my shoulders relax and I can breathe deep and easy.” -Just lovely, Hallie. This was just the deep breath I needed this Tuesday morning.

Megan June 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

Id say it was his business card, with his number written on it. Back when we first met. I still have it today, eight years and four kids later!

Andrea June 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

The first token was a red and white stuffed dog. He gave it to me on our first date, which was a blind date on valentine’s day when I was 16. I think it is currently in our son’s room with the rest of the stuffed critters.
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Micaela @ California to Korea June 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

He gave me a sweet little silver pinky ring that I wore for years and years. I’ve still got it in my jewelry box. Maybe I should break it out and put it on a chain… Along with one of these gorgeous necklaces.
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Tori June 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

Well I’ve discovered that years of child-rearing have driven those little things right out of my mind! I’m sure there were some. But one thing that still stands out is he always opened and closed the door for me when we got in the car to go somewhere. I think he would still do it today if we weren’t both wrangling little bodies into car seats.

Jesabes June 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I think it was the movie Love Actually, back when it came out. Neither of us knew what it was about, actually, but it was everywhere that year. The naked scenes came as a surprise!
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Laura June 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

He mailed me a mini-photo album of us while we were in different summer programs across the state, so that I ‘wouldn’t forget him’. Still have it!

Lisa June 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

A periwinkle colored flower he picked off a bush several days before we had our first date. I was able to press it, and keep it in a frame. :)
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Jennifer M June 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

We were in college, so I got a stuffed turtle that I still cuddle with 15 years later.

Violet June 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

A piece of his hair! :P

Laura the Ringmistress June 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Jenna’s necklaces are adorable.

We’re not gift people, but I still have lovely memories of the first time I visited my husband’s home town of New Orleans, back in 1997. The beignets and cafe au lait were delicious.

Leslie June 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

My daughter graduated last year from Spring Hill College in Mobile, and my great-grandmother was born there. I’ve got deep Mobile roots and I love magnolias too!
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Leslie June 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Oh, and for my entry . . . I’d say love letters. Almost every day for the first few months of our courtship. I saved them all and when our house burned down three years ago that was one of the losses that hurt most.
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Mary Sullivan June 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

One of the first things I remember about my now husband is that he helped me assemble a dresser, before we even started dating. I don’t remember the very first gift, but he did give me a string of pearls on our first anniversary of dating, just weeks before we were engaged.
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Lauren June 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm

A “mixtape” on a cd of course. I was moving cross country and it gave it to me to listen to during the drive.
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Laura the Ringmistress June 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Okay, I can use the Rafflecopter thingy now. First token of love from my husband was a handwritten copy if The Lady of Shallott.
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Laura June 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm

the first thing my husband gave me was a pint of beer and a plate of fried calamari. Can that be embroidered on a necklace?
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Iris H - Writer/Photographer June 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm

My first token of love was a single red rose on Valentine’s Day. :) Still have it, in fact, even though I don’t still have the guy. :P It’s all wrinkly and dried out, but it’s still beautiful.

I’m a hopeless romantic.
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Allison Kinyon June 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm

My husband gave me a sweatshirt from the college where we met (I only attended one year). We have matching ones and I always laugh when we wear them together :)

Sarah @ Two Os Plus More June 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

My husband gave me a turquoise earring and bracelet set. I think we’d been dating all of one month, and we were engaged only 2 and 1/2 months later. =)
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Katheryn June 25, 2014 at 12:54 am

Well, I have never married and have never had a serious romantic relationship, but one high school boyfriend (at least 30 years ago) passed to me in class a “Love Is” cartoon that he had cut out of the newspaper. Does that count? :-)

Amy @ Motherhood and Miscellany June 25, 2014 at 7:02 am

My husband gave me a moonstone ring that he saw me admiring in a funky vintage store we visited together.
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Ann-Marie June 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

These are so precious. It jus makes me smile every time I see them.
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Anna June 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm

A lovely angel cameo necklace for Christmas. I hardly wear it these days since the chain is too delicate for yanking on by babies, but I love it!

Genevieve June 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

My now-husband was an intern at a big computer company when we were dating, and at the time they would take their computer junk that didn’t quite work and throw them in bins. The interns could go in pull out parts and rebuild computers, or collect parts to barter for other parts. Since we were in a long distance relationship, my boyfriend built me my first computer so we could talk “face to face” every night.

Martha June 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

A black hills gold ring with the cutest little diamond ever. I thought it was the most amazing thing! I was in H.S., so it was impressive for the time. ;)

Molly June 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Wow! Those are beautiful!

Cat June 25, 2014 at 6:13 pm

He gave me a bear wearing a t-shirt that said “Someone in the Navy Loves Me.” Yep, I still have it!
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Melissa June 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Such pretty necklaces! First token of love…hearing ‘I love you’.

Kara June 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm

He drew me a picture of a red rose and left it inside my locker for me to find (yep, high school sweet hearts!) Wow..thanks for helping me stir up that memory. :)

Ann C. June 26, 2014 at 10:59 pm

My husband made me a scrapbook of our first year of dating. It had concert and sports tickets, photos, and descriptions on every page. It was adorable. I still look at it now. :-)

Mary June 27, 2014 at 9:50 am

First token… he’d given me gifts before, but flowers after we were engaged ‘just because’ felt like a gift of love, instead of just a gift gift.

Anna June 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

first token of love…He had never had a girlfriend before. We were driving home from going out to lunch. He turns to me and says, “I’m not sure how this works since I’ve never done it before. I wanted to ask you to be my girlfriend, and I got this for you.” He handed me a little box. Inside, there was a necklace and earring set. Silver with little red roses. I have been smitten with the man ever since <3

Jenna@CallHerHappy June 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Ok, even though I am not entering the giveaway since, well, I am sponsoring it (ha!), I had to answer the question:

The first token of love Mike gave me was a sleeve of Oreos. We were still just buds, and at a party, I was going on about how I was really craving them. He left for a bit without me knowing, and came back with Oreos in hand. My knight in shining cream filling.
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Margaret June 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

It was quite some time ago, but the first one I remember was this little angel with a birthstone necklace inside that he bought from a drugstore.

Kristina June 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Aw…love hearing about your view of my hometown of Mobile! Sweet story about the Magnolia :)

Sheila Thabet June 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Umm…no current sweetheart and don’t remember any love tokens. I hope I still qualify as an entrant in this giveaway? Pretty please?

Germaine June 29, 2014 at 2:58 am

They’re so pretty! June 29, 2014 at 7:44 am

A super fun scarf for Christmas present! Still have it but it’s lost its form but makes me so happy when I see it :)

Casey Roberts June 29, 2014 at 7:45 am

Super fun scarf! :)

Desiree Ricks June 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Love the necklace.

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