The Surprise Proposal.
Lena and Adrian met several years ago through a mutual friend and instantly clicked. Here were two people who loved going out and enjoying each other’s company in new and exciting settings, whether it was dining in some of New York’s liveliest restaurants like Buddakan and Tao, strolling along the High Line on a bright, sunny Sunday, or planning vacations that took them to such varied locations as Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Cancun and LA.
No Arm Wrestling Necessary.
You’ve got to give it up it to the professional arm wrestler who realizes that a nifty surprise with a light touch can win a woman’s hand more gracefully than an expected show of force. Lisa says that her love story with Daniel began "the moment this beautiful man from Ohio walked into the restaurant I was working in and ordered a sweet tea and a seafood platter.
Home run For the Heart.
They weren’t exactly high school sweethearts though they grew up in the same town and went to school together. In fact, Rachael and Jason were members of the same baseball team! “Our Dad’s, who were plant workers, coached us. Our moms worked in the school cafeteria. We practically lived at Amelia Little League Park in Beaumont, Texas.
Eat. Pray. Love
It all began in 2014 with an Instagram post of an empty plate at a Thanksgiving Day table. Every year Cassi, a Pre-K teacher in Maryland, lays out an empty place setting for all the brave men and women serving overseas who can’t be home for the holidays.
Lost Engagement Ring
Losing an engagement ring is every woman in love's nightmare. Sadly, for Ciara, it became her reality. "I went running one night and when I got home I look down and realized I had lost my rings," she said, "Me and my husband, who recently proposed after returning home from a nine month deployment in Afghanistan, looked everywhere. I have never prayed over a material object as I did during these two days, because the ring was more than that. It had come from my soulmate. I was heart broken and devastated."
A Silicon Valley Love Story
For decades Carrie has been an innovator and pioneer in technology. Tony was a powerful and dedicated man in the fray of Silicon Valley’s tech scene. They often traveled in similar social circles, often at the same event, but perhaps too involved in the furthering of their own careers to have met.
A Family Affair
Jon & Natalie their romance didn’t start with a bang or a flash. It began with friendly smiles and a whisper of possibility.
“When Jon and I first met it took him weeks to even say “Hi” to me but once he finally did, we hit it off immediately,” said Jon. Jon knew Natalie extremely well but wasn’t sure about her taste in engagement rings. Jon is a perfectionist in the best way possible. He is also very close with his family and included them in his plans.
Her All-Embracing Heart
My mom is the most loving woman I have ever met. She is a NICU nurse in Portland Oregon. If you are unsure what this is, this is the locked unit where babies (ranging anywhere from 20 weeks to birth) go when they need critical care and would not survive without.
Although this floor has many sad moments, she focuses on the good and has been a NICU nurse for nearly 30 years now.
The Greatest Gift
The year is 1995 and I am lonely. I’m not completely alone, though. I’m surrounded by caregivers. And there are other babies who are also lonely. The year is 1995 and I am waiting. I’m not completely sure who I am waiting for, though. I’m surrounded by caregivers. And there are other babies who are also waiting. My mother always wanted children of her own, but tried for years with no luck. One evening, as she was watching the nightly news, something happened. Blurred images race across the screen. My mother and father’s hearts are torn as they See children crying. See two or three crammed to a crib. See diapers that have gone unchanged. See the utter despair China is going through. See children’s hair buzzed right down to the scalp. See pain, grief, misery, and lack of love. The only thing that is left unseen is each precious child’s Future.
My father sits silently as quiet yet powerful tears begin to swell in his eyes. As their hands lay entwined tears form trails down my mother’s cheeks. A mother crying for the children of millions of mothers who too have shed many tears. A mother crying for a child to call her own. A mother crying for the silent Mothers of China unable to weep for their lost children.
An Unexpected Passion
When I think about the true American love story I immediately think of a romantic tale of two people falling in love (let’s just say by fate, for excitement) and living happily ever after. After all, that’s what most hope for in life - to fall in love, to love, and to be loved. But love comes in many shape and forms; sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s not... And as I grew as an individual I learned more about this. Sometimes it’s comes in the form of a smile, a huge, or it’s something that’s verbally said. Sometimes nothing is said at all. Sometimes it’s a love for someone - other times it’s a love for something. My story is about a love for something and by someone very dear to me, my mother. I am proud to be my mother’s daughter and proud to be part of her love story.
It isn’t a story about how she met my father, or fell in love with my now stepfather, or a story of her love for her two daughters, or her 10-month old granddaughter; though these would all be great stories to tell. It’s a story of true passion, real obstacles, overwhelming braveness, and the love and admiration I have for my mother because of all she has overcome and accomplished in her life.