First... we'll take a little trip down memory lane!
"Will you be my girlfriend?!"
We were walking back from the campus library around 8:30 one night when he suddenly stopped dead in his tracks.
He turned to me and blurted out, “Will you be my girlfriend?” Except, he mumbled it at the speed of light, and I honestly didn’t know what he said. It took my brain several seconds to decode his words.
When his muttering finally registered to me, I responded with an equally awkward, “Yes.”
There you have it; we were officially a couple.
What Were We Thinking?!
That was February 7, 2001, and we have been together ever since!
It is a sweet and funny moment in our love story. But truthfully speaking, we both freaked out a little. I mean, February 7th is a week before Valentine’s Day?!
The dreaded what-do-I-get-him/her feeling hit us hard.
And…I know we are not the only couple to have experienced that anxiety before.
The Quest for the Perfect Gift
Many of you will be on a quest for the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. We at Red Land Cotton want to alleviate any gift-buying stress or dread you may be experiencing. :)
See, in this time of DIY and vintage items, people long for a story. We want to give and buy things with a history…with a tale to tell. Not items from a box store.
That’s where Red Land Cotton comes in; our products have a story…one of love, perseverance, hope, inspiration, and aspirations, and it goes back 3 generations.
A Story of Love, A Gift of Love
We believe our labor of love becomes your gift of love.
For 3 generations the Yeager family has been farming the red dirt of Lawrence and Colbert Counties. Hours upon hours have been spent in the boiling sun of Alabama working our cotton…ensuring it to be the highest quality and one that’s sustainable.
Mark Yeager, our head farmer, and Anna’s Dad and partner in crime at RLC, decided years ago that to grow a great product one or even 5 years was not enough. It’s a shortsighted view so he set out to learn all he could about producing great cotton year after year after year (since 1983, to be exact). He learned about cover crops to keep the soil rich and built his own gin to ensure the quality of cotton leaving his farmlands.
Anna entered the RLC picture when one of Mark’s sisters commented how she would love a set of linens from his cotton grown in the rich soil of north Alabama. Mark approached Anna about creating RLC, and since then, Anna has spent her days designing and figuring the logistics of producing our linens and towels. With her background in design, passion for cotton and love of family, it’s been a labor of love for her.
We ain't going to sugar coat it -- RLC is tough work, but it’s work we love…work that we are passionate about.
Isn’t that true with anything in this life worth having? Tough work brings great rewards. Isn’t that true with loving relationships too?
We hope to be a part of your love story this Valentine’s Day…stories just starting out with the awkward will-you-be-my-girlfriend questions to love stories going 30, 50 and 60 years strong.
Rest assured, any Red Land Cotton product you gift was made with love.
By: Rachel Eubanks, a girl blessed with a small-town Alabama raising. She grew a deep appreciation for farming as she watched her father, an extension agent, work alongside farmers for over 30 years. She now lives outside of Huntsville, AL and loves writing for farm-to-home companies like RLC.