I have a sweet giveaway for you today friends! Amanda from Bows Inspired By Lexi is giving away a gorgeous bow of your choice!
Take it away Amanda...
To most people bows are just a simple accessory. However, to me, I take it to a whole new level! I always dreamed of having a little girl to dress up and accessorize like most girls do. I never thought I would actually be blessed with one.
It all started about five years ago when I met the most handsome man I had ever seen. I knew from the first words out of his mouth we were bound to get married. It's like we were the two missing puzzle pieces that fit just right. Little did we know, we had plenty of obstacles coming our way! He wasn't your average 23 year old going to college, he was a US Marine who was just around the corner from deploying. He was from Westlake and I was from Austin but he was stationed in Twenty Nine Palms, CA which is in the middle of the desert. Two months after meeting we ran off and got married without telling a soul. He was days away from going to Iraq and I wanted nothing less than to be married to my best friend in the event something happened.
Shortly after arriving back to the states, we got immediate orders to move to the east coast where our lives were again about to drastically change. We had a huge wedding ceremony back in Texas for all of our friends and family to be apart of than about 4 months after that we found out we were PREGNANT. We were so excited yet slightly shocked and of course the first thing I could think of was maybe I was going to have that baby girl I always dreamed of. I started looking at the girliest bows and outfits you could find. In the back of my mind I knew it was going to be a boy. 15 weeks later it was confirmed we would indeed be having a baby boy to be named Christian Allen! He was born July 28, 2009 and the most amazing gift we had ever received. He was the cutest most well behaved baby we could have asked for and to this day is so handsome and has quite the 2 year old personality.
Nine months later we were again given orders when my husband made it in to a very elite challenging job in the Marine Corps. This time we had to move to North Carolina where we purchased our first home. His new job kept him away from home a lot, traveling cross country for very high tech military training. A deployment was always creeping up on us. On April 10, 2011 we learned the shocking news that we were expecting again!! As shocking as it was, we were thrilled and were so anxious to find out all of the details about the sex of our baby. I knew in my heart I was having a girl because I had been so sick and my pregnancy was so much different from my first pregnancy. The day we found out we were expecting a baby girl my life forever changed. I went straight to Michael's to stock up on tons of ribbon and accessories to make bows I knew nothing about making! I spend days and days trying to teach myself how to make even plain basic bows. I looked up videos, read books, and even went to the store asking the bow lady for a tutorial but I just couldn't get it down. I finally gave up because I started having complications in my pregnancy and spending outrageous amounts on simple and sassy bows. December 3, 2011 we were blessed with Alexis Lynn.
She was such a little angel. I remember having a suitcase the size of Texas at the hospital because she had so many cute outfits and bows I just couldn't choose a few. Unfortunately her stay was extended in the NICU as she was born with pneumonia. The first 3 days of her life she was unable to wear any clothing as she has lots of cords and tubes attached to her. On day 3, a nurse called me in to her room and let me put nothing but a bow on her. It was a simple pink bow that made her look stunning. She just looked so peaceful.
From that moment I was back on my mission to figure out the art of bow making and finally I got it down! The first few bows were anything but attractive I remember my husband looking at me smiling, doing anything and everything he could to not laugh at how ugly some of these bows were. After about a month, I started getting a little more creative and decided to making bows was going to be my new hobby. It also helped keep my mind off of my husband's deployment. Soon after, I opened up an etsy shop where I now sell all different kinds of affordable bows. Buying bows online can cost a fortune and as a military family I know how tight money can be! I hope you enjoy my bows and am opening to trying new things out as well as making custom orders!
Amanda is giving one lucky winner the bow of their choice!
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