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Most Romantic Husband Contest Winners

The results are in! Find out which husbands melted our hearts

By Staff Posted February 27, 2009 from

Most Romantic Husband Contest Winners

Photo: © "Two French girls" courtesy of Rebecca Heidelberger

Thank you to everyone who entered February's Most Romantic Husband Contest! The hundreds of amazing entries we received serve as proof that chivalry and romance aren't really dead—far from it, in fact. And for that reason, this contest has certainly proved the WD judging panel’s biggest challenge. We’ve carefully narrowed down the entries (amidst an embarrassing amount of cooing and choking up) and have come out with a list of 10 romantic stories we think are the greatest testaments to lifelong love. Read about a heartwarming account of caring that transcends Alzheimer's, and watch one husband’s demonstration of undying infatuation in the form of a YouTube memory montage. To all the entrants, the editors wish you many more years of marital bliss!

The Classic Proposal
After eight-and-a-half grueling years of school for my doctorate, my then boyfriend took me on a European retreat as a graduation present. Once in Paris we went to the Eiffel Tower to share some wine and watch the sunset. There, he asked two girls to take our picture, [secretly] explained [to them] what he was doing and asked them to give a count. Standing with his arm around me, the girls counted off, “One, two, three…” and on three he pulled away, dropped down to one knee and said, “Rebecca Marie, I love you. Will you marry me?” providing us with this action shot. -Rebecca Heidelberger

All Cooped Up
The sweetest thing my husband has ever done for me was to renovate a decrepit chicken coop on our property so the kids and I could raise chicks and have our own free-range eggs. My husband is a city boy who would never have hatched a plan for a flock on his own. He would much rather build from scratch than rehabilitate. Yet he spent hours shoveling stone and nailing shingles to use a structure we already had because it was important to me. That act of service is worth much more than a dozen roses! -Sarah Johnson

With Love,
In September, my daughter and I went to my niece’s wedding. We were gone for two weeks—a long separation for [my husband and I]. In the middle of our trip, Edward sent me a link to a YouTube video. He filmed and edited the whole thing himself. This last year I had many medical complications (heart failure, incomplete stroke, three surgeries). Through it all, Edward loved me and took care of me—and he still amazes me with his “inventive” ways of expressing his devotion!!! -Kate Trent

My husband was in a branch of the military and being deployed, leaving me at home with 2-year-old twins. Before leaving, he visited the local florist. He arranged a different floral delivery for every occasion of the year he was to be gone and included handwritten cards with each. Our anniversary bouquet was even made up of our wedding colors from five years prior. What a great surprise those deliveries were, complete with his thoughts written by hand. -Roxie Green

On the Same Page
One day, my husband surprised me with my own library—bookshelves lining an entire room! I excitedly unpacked boxes tucked away for far too long and discovered mice had destroyed all my beautiful art books. I was devastated. The loss was much more than the books; I felt the “old me” had been chewed up—especially after having just moved to a new house for my husband’s job, leaving my family behind. I was heartbroken. Without me knowing, he salvaged enough information from each book to replace every one of them. I knew then—he really gets me. -Nita Villarreal Mentz

A Trail of Hearts
My most romantic memory of Jim…
He is a contractor, and while renovating someone's bathroom, he removed outdated heart-shaped tiles. The next day, all around the house, I found tiny ceramic heart-shaped tiles...on the coffeepot (my first stop in the morning!), my computer monitor, my cell phone, by my steering wheel, by my bedside—it was a sweet nonverbal gesture that made me think of him throughout the day, and made all my mundane daily tasks so special. Now, three years later, I left many of the hearts where he placed them and smile every time I look at them. -Heather Lang

It's the Simple Things
Our bedroom is chilly in the winter months, so while I’m in the bathroom getting ready for bed, my hubby, Tom, lies on my side of our bed to warm up my space. He thought of doing this all on his own and has done it since we married in 2000. What a wonderful guy. I love you, sweetheart. -Rosalind Hawotte

Romance Novel
The sweetest thing my husband has done for me was write a children's story for my retirement, dedicated to my first-grade class. The story included American Indians and alligators, along with the following characters: me as young pioneer girl "Frying Pan Frankie" (who wore her iron skillet dangling from a rope around her waist); handsome "Lefty Leon"; and our dog "Caribou Cory Yellow Bear." He included local Ohio River terrain, allowing the students to discover the setting as our town. At the school year's end, he had a cake baked in my old iron skillet with "Frankie" written on top. -Kay Falls

A Twinkle in Time
Jack and I have been married 62 years; for the last eight he has had Alzheimer’s. He is now in a nursing home. It has taken everything from him—his identity, cognizance, speech and communication. I wasn't sure if he still knew who I was, although I visit faithfully every day. He had not spoken for days, but a couple of weeks ago, he looked at me with recognition in his eyes and said, “I love you. I have always loved you. I will never stop loving you.” It was the sweetest gift he had ever given me. -Mazie Porter

'This Is How Much I Love You'
My husband developed a secret acronym 'TIHMILY' that he uses to remind me of the fact that he loves me and is thinking of me. I find it on my morning tea or taped to my Diet Coke on my desk in my office. After 37 years it is wonderful to know that 'This Is How Much I Love You' still makes me tingle! -Audrey Smith

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Posted by Joanne C.


Although the "winners'" stories truly were good, the stories with the # of words over 100 SHOULD have been eliminated -> ya' learn even in grade school that "cheaters never win" -> well, that rule may be true except to Woman's Day subscribers (boo-hiss). I still firmly believe that the poem I submitted about my husband describes a perfectly romantic, adorable husband. Here goes with it once again:

Years ago we never realized
That early '79 summarized,
Forthcoming years of devotion
In spite of turmoil and commotion.
Kindness he once showed to me
By driving closely to the sea.
I fell in love with him way back then
And though my eyes through age grow dim,
My heart still pounds with much delight
As he creates vast wonders to excite.
No matter that more than 30 years
Have wandered forth with many fears.
He shows me love through thick and thin,
And always will be my bestest friend.

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Posted by Christina Owens

100 Words

I also thought the rule stated 100 words or less. I worked hard to think of a way to sum up my wonderful husband in 100 words or less. Shame on Woman's Day...this doesn't seem fair!

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Posted by Nikki aka cyclonefan

Most Romantic Husband

I loved all of the stories, but my top three are the heart tiles, the video, and the man who warms the bed for his wife. I know they all may seem like simple gestures, but I think those are what truly keeps a marriage working...the simple things that mean alot.

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Posted by sam

too many words

Too many words

Why have a limit of 100 words then allow those who used more words, one almost doubled? All stories could have been better if allowed to explain with more words, any over 100 should have been disqualified, I feel this was unfair to those who had great stories and stayed within the limits. It's hard to eplain a story with only 100 words but if you set a limit you should only give credit to those that stuck to the rules. You made the rules!

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Posted by Paige Holland


Yeah - I thought the rule about 100 words was hard and fast - i trimmed and trimmed to get my letter down to 100, lol!
My letter was on here the other day, now it's gone. Don't know what happened, lol!

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