Monday, January 30, 2012

Our First Wedding Contest

This evening, I entered Dan and I into a contest to win a $4,500 honeymoon to any of the Sandals resorts in the Caribbean of our choice. It's a long shot, I know, but the entry form required a picture and a small essay (no more than 250 words), and I enjoy writing, so I wrote the essay and snuck in a picture of us with Dan in uniform.

The contest was to make a "Bliss List", which is a list of things the couple wants to do together when they are married. This is our official entry. Yes, I realize some of it is worded semi-awkwardly, but that's because I had a REALLY tough time narrowing it down to 250 words. When I finished, I had 302 words, and that was after taking a conscientious effort to not exceed 250. Oops.

Here it is, along with the photograph we entered. The title is "A Military Love" -- hope that attracts people to it.

Dan and Janelle met in 2008, began dating in 2009, got engaged in 2011, and will be married in 2014. Dan is in the Air Force; Janelle is a teacher.

We cannot wait to be able to live together and see each other on a daily basis. The military makes that difficult for us, but once we’re married, we will be able to be a normal couple again after five years.

We cannot wait to travel the world together. We will be able to live in many different states and countries, and we’re ecstatic about that! We also want to travel on our own and enjoy taking in the world as a couple.

Before starting a family, we really want to run a marathon together. Before our wedding, we are running a half marathon, but it has been a major goal for both of us to complete a full marathon, and we will do that once we’re married!

We eventually want to start a family. Our ideal family would consist of two children to go along with the two cats we have now (and the dog we will get after we’re married). We can’t wait to raise them with love and respect.
Once we are more settled in our careers and are able to afford it, we want to buy an airplane so that we can fly our family on vacations and back home to see our families. Being able to do that is what we’re ultimately working toward. 

That is the picture I submitted with our entry. The judges will be voting in early March, and the finalists will have the chance to be voted on by others on Facebook in mid-March. I know it's a long shot, but I enjoyed submitting the entry, and here's to hoping! :)

To view the official entry, go here: ( Our Official Bliss List Entry ). I'm not sure if extra views will help us out at all at this point, but it can't hurt. 


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