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Think your "fairytale come true" is an incredible story? Then we want you to share it with us.
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Ashley's Story: My name is Ashley and I'm a 23 year old young adult living with Cerebral Palsy. My first love Kevin and I crossed paths and met at Warren Woods Middle School on Valentines Day in 2003. Before we officially met, I would notice him in between classes. I'd see a very eye appealing young man with blonde spiky hair and baby blue eyes strolling the halls of our junior high school as he relied on the use of a power wheelchair for mobility and I'd wonder to myself just who he was. One day at lunch I noticed there was an open spot next to the cute blonde who caught my eye. He first introduced himself as Kevin and told me that he had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I introduced myself as Ashley and said that I have Cerebral Palsy and use both a walker and a regular wheelchair. Being as young as I was at the time I had no idea what Muscular Dystrophy was or what the prognosis meant. So as a result I didn't really worry myself about it. Halfway through our first conversation Kevin states that his arms have become quite tired due to his physical disability and that he'd require assistance in finishing his lunchtime meal. After that Kevin politely asks me to finish up feeding him. At first I was apprehensive to the task as I was afraid of hurting him. It took some convincing but eventually I gave in knowing that that's what made him happy... and the rest is history!
My Story: I was widowed one month to the day after my 35th birthday. I was left to raise four sons alone with the youngest being just four years old. It was my boys and I, and I knew we would be okay. Six months after becoming a widow, I met the man I'd later marry and spend the rest if my life with on "accident", I call it an accident because the idea of a relationship was the furthest thing from my mind at the time. We met at a local hangout. I only went out of obligation to a friend. I didn't dress up, wear makeup or style my hair, I went out in my most natural form. We fell madly in love and married a year later. We just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary before Christmas, and we're just as happy as we were in the beginning.
Jackie's Story: Hi. My name is Jackie and my finances' name is Jon. We are getting married April 26. Jon and I met in the summer of 2003. I had just graduated high school, and Jonathan was attending Grand Valley and living in Grand Rapids. We knew there was a chemistry and certainly a spark, however, youth and distance kept us apart. Four years later Jon moved back to Milford and I was moving to the UP to go to Lake Superior State for college. It would be another four and a half years until we were both in the same geographical area. We remained friends, dated not seriously on and off throughout our time apart. I was set to move back to Novi to start work December of 2011. When I had my date set to move home, I told Jon. Jon had a surprise date for me set for December 29, 2011. I love the Wizard of Oz and Jon purchased two front row tickets to Wicked. That was our first "grown up date" and we've been a couple ever since. We are best friends and have certainly gone through good and bad times. The greatest feeling in the world is knowing that regardless of what we face or what challenges or blessings we have coming in our future, we have each other to go through it with. We can not wait until we get married at the end of April, to take the next step of our journey. "Cheers to New Beginnings!"
Allison's Story: Our love story began almost sixteen years ago. My name is Allison Newland. I met Earl Henrick (Fred) while we were stationed at Fort Hood Texas. We were both MP's in the army and we both had orders to be sent to Bosnia, following the ethnic cleansing of the country. We were engaged shortly before deployment. However, I came back early due to injury and Earl stayed in Bosnia for the rest of his deployment. This distance grew us apart and we even moved on to marry other people. After ten years of no communication we started talking again on Facebook. It's been a long journey! We've been back together for almost four years now, and our love has made it through some tough times. We have a two year old son together, as well. I thought I'd share our story as I think it proves if the love is true it will always be there... and eventually come back.
Greg's Story: My husband Greg and I have been together for almost
four years. We got married in August of 2013. He is my best friend, soul mate, and my rock. I never knew how much I could love someone until I met him. We have definitely had our fair share of arguments and disagreements, but we have only grown stronger from them. I just thought I'd share how amazing he truly is, and that he makes me the luckiest girl in the world!
John & Kia's Story: John and Kia met in the halls of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. After being friends in high school they went on their separate ways to college and began to run into each other in various parts of the city. Kia moved to Chicago to go to law school and John began teaching in Detroit Public Schools. Upon Kia's first trip home for Christmas vacation is when the sparks really began to fly. Who does she spot driving down Eight Mile Road? John! They pulled over to chat at a nearby McDonalds and the rest is history. After two years of dating, nearly twelve years of marriage, through the loss of our parents, passing the bar exam, moving, new jobs and beautiful twin daughters later... Kia and John are still inseparable.
Andrew & Carolyn's Story: My husband and I will be married twenty four years on February 23rd. Our birthdays are the 22nd and 24th. Deciding together on the day in-between our birthdays to get married guided our twenty five years together to go so well. We collaborate on so much. We honor one another's views and discuss things even when we don't agree. We share a love of the outdoors, travel, and the Tigers, Red Wings, and even the Lions; family is most important to us. We have two sons, one of whom was born on Valentine's Day. Our other son is also such a gift and though we have had struggles after he was diagnosed with autism, he is doing well and helped make our marriage and love for each other even stronger. Our love and life together is one we can proudly say will be an example for our sons as they move forward in their lives, because that also is a measure of how successful we have been at conveying what true love means.
Keri's Story: I am in my fairytale. I would have never imagined the kind of relationship that Jammie and I have developed. After years of difficult relationships and marriages we have found the best in each other. We attended junior high together and after moving away freshmen year, many years later and thanks to Facebook, we have found everything we could ever hope for; each other. I thank God every day for him. He is the love of my life.
Lisa's Story: While we have worked in the same county and for the same school districts, Lisa and I had never met. Three years ago, a chance meeting at the Special Olympics Michigan Winter Games would bring the two of us together. Both of our programs enroll special education student athletes in the Michigan Games. Lisa happened to be a chaperon for her group, and I of course was there to coach the snowboard team. It may have been a cold week in February, but the warmth in our hearts brought us together and we started a beautiful relationship shortly after. We are now engaged to be married. Lisa is the love of my life.
Mindy's Story: I am married to my true love Ryan, who is also the first boy I ever kissed. Ryan and I grew up together (from Kindergarten until the day we graduated) and were boyfriend and girlfriend in 4th grade and again in 7th grade. Although we dated other people, we remained best friends through high school. After graduation, I moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan. When I came home one weekend during my sophomore year, I ran into him at a local hangout. I pinched his butt as I walked by and we have literally been together every since! That was 16 years ago this month. We now have two kids and live in the town we grew up in (Petersburg). As a matter of fact we are getting ready to break ground on our dream home next month and will be building the house all on our own. Life is good.
Angela's Story: I met my husband five years ago on the Internet. Looking back, I don't think I could have imagined this life. We got married New Year's Eve (2011) and recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. I am so thankful every day for my husband. We have built an amazing life together and I look forward to spending an eternity with him.
Ean's Story: Ean and I always vacationed with our families up North, two rentals away from each other. Summer after summer we would see each other until finally the summer of 2009 he finally decided to make his move. I was out late on the dock fishing one night when he came rowing by in his kayak. We talked all night under the stars and realized that we also lived rather close; I was from Flat Rock and he was from Livonia. When I got home we added each other on Facebook and messaged back and forth before exchanging phone numbers. We texted non-stop from then on, and months later went on our first date. On September 9, 2009 we became boyfriend and girlfriend and have been inseparable
ever sense. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing man in my life, and I love him more than anything in this world!
Chris & Keri's Story: My husband, Chris, is the love of my life. We have been married almost 13 years but have known each other much longer. We were friends in high school, remained friends after high school and reconnected after he spent four years with the US Navy. In 1997 we started dating which is when I truly realized how genuine and compassionate a man he is. I have a son from a previous relationship and Chris treats him like his own; he has been there for us since day one. We've since we moved in together, had a daughter of our own, married and bought a house. Chris keeps me grounded. He is a caring father and husband. We found out he had Leukemia two days after Christmas 2011. Chris has battled the disease with many rounds of chemotherapy and received a bone marrow transplant in April of 2012. Needless to say our love, faith and finances have been tested, but I know now more than ever our love was meant to be.
Andrea's Story: After quite a few years of unsuccessful relationships I decided I was going to focus on work and school, that I didn't need a man in my life. To my mother and best friend this was unacceptable. They got together and signed me up on Match.com. It was the last week of my six month subscription when I received a "wink" from Jacob, who happened to be on his last week of a one month trial. We spoke online for four months before we finally met. We found out that we actually met in person two years previous and remembered one another. We were engaged, married and had our son Rowin in a time span of three years, which is short in the grand scheme of things, but we are best friends and I have to thank my mother and friend for that.
The Buddy Bunch Story: I met my husband on a blind date through a mutual friend of ours. He had been divorced for four years and myself for almost ten. The furthest thing from my mind was dating. As a single mother, raising my children was my main priority. I had three children from my previous marriage and he had two. Our first date was Valentines Day 1983, we were engaged in July that same year, and married December 18, 1983. His name is Bert, but was known as "Bud" since his youth, so after we married our new family name became the "buddy bunch". That is holding truth to this day; our five children have given us eleven grandchildren. We have been happily married for 21 years.