Krista Phillips – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Romantic Comedy author, Krista Phillips shares insight into her real life romance plus a chance to win a copy of her latest release, A Side of Love. Winner’s choice e-book or print. Deadline: June 11th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Krista:

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A Side of Love by Krista Phillips

Most Romantic Thing my hubby every did for me….

So… flowers.

Very typical gift for a woman from her boyfriend/husband, right?

My husband has given me plenty of flowers throughout our almost 17 years of marriage, but, well, he isn’t a HUGE fan of spending a ton of money on them. I (kinda) agree. Nice flowers ARE expensive, but still, I love them. Usually, I end up getting some off the slightly-wilted discount rack or when he had a coupon for 1800-flowers.

But I digress. I’ll take flowers however I can get them and oooh and ahhh over them because I know he gets them to make me smile. It’s the thought that counts.

There was this one time, however, that he changed it up a bit.

It was early-ish in our marriage—we’d been married almost two years at the time, and I had to go to New York for training for a new job I’d just gotten. It was the longest we had been away from each other since being married, and we were both missing each other big time.

Halfway through the training, gifts started pouring in for many of the attendees. Girls got flowers from their boyfriends. Boys got care packages from their girlfriends. The girl I was sharing a hotel room with got this MASSIVE display of roses and a very expensive box of chocolate covered strawberries.

I tried not to be jealous. I wasn’t REALLY. I knew we were poor as church mice, and I never mentioned my lack of gifts to my husband, as I didn’t want him to feel bad.

But then about three days before we were scheduled to leave, I got a package from my man.

Inside was pretty much the sweetest, most amazing gift he has ever given me.

It was a dozen FOLDED roses.

My husband is a man of many unique talents and hobbies, and origami is one of his past times he likes to dabble with. My sweet guy had spent the whole weekend folding very tiny, intricate roses, stems and all, and mailed them to me. He seriously probably spent 20 hours folding those things that weekend.

My roommate, whose boyfriend had probably spent maybe five minutes with a few clicks of the mouse to order hers? Yeah. My hubby trumped that big time. SHE was jealous now.

Over the years, I’ve lost a few of the roses. We now have four kids and have moved several times, so they are not in pristine condition. But I keep them on my dresser as a reminder that love carries no price tag, and that sometimes, the BEST gifts are absolutely priceless.

About Krista: Krista Phillips writes inspirational romantic comedy. She believes a sprinkle of laughter (and a wee bit of chocolate) makes everything a little better! She blogs regularly about life as a wife, mother, follower of Jesus, and mother of a child with a rare congenital heart defect at

Learn more and connect:               Krista’s Facebook                     Krista’s Twitter

About the book – A Side of Love:

How do you pretend to like someone you’re actually in love with?

Beth Jamison has become one with her singleness, living vicariously through the love stories of others. She’s the first to know about them, too, as the owner of one of Sandwich, IL’s premier florist shops.

When the new chef in town turns out to be Garrett Hansen, her brother’s best friend from high school, her own love story is flipped upside down. Could her old feelings be coming back for the guy who never thought of her as more than just a little sister?

But when the town’s matchmakers insert their nose a little too far, Beth jokingly suggests they pull one of Garrett’s pranks he’s so famous for and “pretend” to date to get back at them.

Never did she think he’d agree.

What has she gotten herself into?

Can’t wait for the drawing? Purchase now: A Side of Love

Question for Readers: What’s the most unique gift you’ve ever received?

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12 Responses to “Krista Phillips – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 1”

  • Shelia Hall says:

    it was a rock that my daughter had painted with ladybugs. not very unique but she was 3 when she painted it

  • angela says:

    a cat pillow with a bible verse on the back

  • karen says:

    I have received a handmade card with a handmade bracelet.

  • Patty says:

    I got quite a few flowers early in our relationship, but what I cherish the most are the heartfelt notes my husband includes in each card he get me. Sometimes for no reason=)

  • Karen Hadley says:

    When my daughter was little she overheard me tell someone I would like a bracelet that had X’s and O’s of diamonds on it. For Christmas that year she had made me one with the letters X’s and O’s, I still have. It is so special to me and worth more than a diamond bracelet could every be.

  • Beth C says:

    One time when my daughter was about 5 she had some money she had saved. When we went shopping she wanted to buy something. She told me not to look when we were in a small store because she was going to buy me something. She bought me a spool of thread!! I don’t know how she ever thought of that but it was special!!

  • Pam K. says:

    I loved Krista’s story about the folded roses her husband made for her; very sweet! Probably the most unique gift I’ve received was from my son when he was young. It was a small, multi-colored painted rock with googly eyes and a feather sticking up from it. I think it was a monster. The feather came loose over the years so is no longer attached and it’s missing one eye but it still sits on the window ledge above my kitchen sink. I read Krista’s previous Sandwich books so am looking forward to reading A Side of Love. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • I love all these wonderful gifts! It is the gifts that come from the heart that mean the most, isn’t it!

  • My husband built a hall tree similar to one I found on Pinterest for Mother’s Day. It’s made from a louvered bifold door and a tall table with Queen Ann legs. It has a shelf on the bottom for my purse and shoes and hooks on top for jackets. The table serves as a catch all. I love it.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    My unique gift was from a lady in my Sunday School Class. She makes beautiful hand-made cards and gave each of us in the class a packet of 10.
    You could tell that she put a lot of time and love into each and everyone.

  • KayM says:

    The most unique gift I received has to be the light fixture that my husband gave me for Christmas, the year he was building our house. It was the first and only light fixture that I’ve ever received as a gift.

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Karen Hadley won the drawing. I appreciate Krista for being here and everyone else for stopping by.

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