We are Under Lucky Stars, we make beautiful star maps showing the alignment of the stars in a place and time chosen by you.
Everyone has that special moment in their life that is worth making into a star map.
We asked you to tell us about yours.
Here are some of our favorites stories.
By Christie W
On October 1st, 2017 at 9pm, my boyfriend Justin told me he loved me for the very first time. I responded with “Took you long enough.” We were surrounded by friends and family, and enjoying the third night of the country music festival that I practically forced him to attend with me. My sister even snappped a picture right before he said it.
Less than an hour later a gunman opened fire down on us. We were separated and apart for over an hour. As I hid, I thought back over that moment prior, when he told me that he had felt it for so long but wanted the perfect time. I was scared, thinking maybe that was the only time I would hear it from him. 58 people died that night, including a good friend of mine. We were blessed to reunite physically unharmed.
On the drive home the next morning there were no words. Until he turned to me and said: “Can we talk about how I told you I loved you, and you responded with telling me it took you long enough?” It’s the only smile I remember having and it’s the only words we spoke the entire 4.5-hour drive home.
We still tell the story. It was a defining moment for our relationship even outside of the mass shooting. We say I love you constantly and I mean it with every ounce of me, even if it took him long enough to finally admit it.
Published on March 17, 2019, 5:58 am
By Megan O'N
So this was the weird night when I met my husband.
I had just finished a 14-hour shift at a bakery, was going through a fairly nasty divorce (married far too young), and just wanted to grab a drink at the bar next door before going home to sleep and start it all over.
A friend of mine was worried about me drinking alone so he bullied me into stopping by his party instead. I'd never travelled to his place from work so I had to do some sleuthing on which bus to grab. I had never taken the route before, and after that night I never would again. Racing for the bus, I noticed a group of men in costume. This was odd but it's Chicago and I've seen weirder things; the weird part is that they looked like cartoon characters and Fred Durst. I kind of just nod but I can't place what the name of the characters are so I start mulling it over.
I grab a seat across from them as they're chatting and laughing with one another when it suddenly hits me. I lock eyes with this cute guy with a huge red beard and practically scream "Are you fucking Planeteers?!" before I realize my lips are even moving, which gets a huge burst of applause because I was right.
Turns out they're heading to a 90's party and I've managed to strike up a fairly nerdy conversation with a bearded Wheeler about cartoon themes. I didn't know it at the time, but he was being dragged to the party to get over a recent breakup, and this helped him pluck up the courage to ask for my number. I was so amused and bewildered by this insane ride that I happily gave it to him.
I got to my stop, said goodbye, told my friend's entire party about random Planeteers, and I woke up to "hey... Not sure if you remember me but I was dressed as Wheeler" the next morning.
A few months of friendship, and a finalized divorce later, we were together. We had each planned on avoiding relationships for a while but life had other plans, I guess.
Published on March 16, 2019, 7:26 am
By Robert D
At about 1am I was woken up by my wife then 26 weeks pregnant with our first child.
She had been having trouble sleeping for the past few nights but this time she said we needed to go to the ER because something was not right. After going to the maternity ward of the hospital and what felt like hours and hours of tests the doctor came into the room and said that my wife was suffering from something called HELLP Syndrome and both her liver and kidneys were shutting down. The only cure to this is for an emergency delivery 3 months early. We were rushed to another hospital across town because the one we were at did not take babies that small.
At around 10am on January 11th Conrad Danger Duncan was brought into this world via emergency C-section. Weighing in at a whopping 2lbs 2oz and a lanky 13 inches. After fighting in the NICU for 85 days, he was finally able to come home where he has blossomed into and very smart, very strong, tender-hearted little boy.
Published on March 15, 2019, 5:12 am
By Robert N
Mellisa and I started out as roommates 20 years ago... Well, that is, she was dating and staying with one of my roommates. For 3 years.. long complicated story. My friend she was dating proved to be someone of an immoral character I no longer wanted to associate with. Mellisa and I still remained best friends... she would come to me with horrific dating stories and set me up with one of her coworkers or friends that would end up being even more horrifying then hers!
She was there when my son was born in 2003... I was there when her daughter was born in 2004.
In 2008 we had a discussion about how she had had a huge crush on me ... and I reciprocated that I had had a huge crush on her... she was mad at me... she said "I threw myself at you and you showed no interest". My explication was it was shortly after her ex and he was my friend so man law prohibits chasing after said friends ex... doesn't everyone know this? Well no is the answer apparently. She said he's no longer a friend and we should try it out... I told her yes.. but wanted her to know from jump..I would under no circumstances...ever ... and I mean never get married again...with the stipulations we will always remain best friends.
Flash forward one year. I have a health scare that... I thought was going to be terminal and it changed my perspective on life...I didn't want to die alone and I couldn't think of anyone better to spend my life with then my best friend. Soooo I planned a trip to Vegas... having asked her dad's permission to marry his daughter beforehand.
We landed in Vegas...She asked what did I want to do?.. I said "we can go get married." She wasn't happy... she said "I know you think you're funny but I want to spend the rest of my life as your wife more than anything... so your joke is not funny to me." We woke up the next day...and she asks... "so what do you want to do today?"... My response is ... you guessed it, "we can go get married!" She says "I asked you not to do that... it hurts my heart when you joke like that please don't do it again!"
Flash forward to mid day the next day... "What is this place?... Where are we going?" I reply "Well we can go get married"...She lost it!! Words that would make a sailor blush! ... Hates me... She doesn't understand how I can be so mean..!! I get on one knee and say... "this is the building we have to get our marriage license. We have an appointment at 3pm to get fitted for rings.. You need a dress and we have an appointment at 7pm to get married... If you would do me the honor of being your husband." A lot of those watching on the live streaming said under their breath we would never make it.
Flash forward 11 years... making it through miscarriages...her cancer...my cancer.. surgeries... hysterectomies.. so giving up on her dream to have a child together. Me losing my job on returning from Vegas her losing her job 6 months later... ex's interference... law battles for protective custody of our children...deaths in the family.. we never had an easy year.
20 Feb 2020 was our 11 year anniversary...
On 27 Feb 2020 she was killed.... stopping to help another on the side of the road. My best friend is gone forever and I wanted a reminder of the happiest day of our lives and the day she almost killed me.
That's our story... I want you all to know true love still exists in the shit world.
Thank you for listening to our story. Now go home... hug and kiss your loved ones because time is fleeting.
Live like we did...
LOVE IS LOVE
It's not a thing ...till its a thing.
Do something kind this week.
Don't say anything you will regret tomorrow.
There is no such thing as too many I LOVE YOU's....
and marry your best friend.
I wish you to live your best lives.
Published on March 18, 2020, 10:23 am
By Jorja P
On the 2nd of February unfortunately my dad had a motorcycle accident and was unavailable to survive the injuries but on the 3rd of February at 12:34 his heart, lungs and other organs were donated to families all around the country to give them a new chance at life.
Published on June 21, 2019, 7:29 am
By Jeremy D
On January 9th, 1999, my mother gave birth after several hours of induced labor. I was over a week late and born with a full head of hair. From the very beginning, my grandmother was there to love and care for me.
We lived in my mother's childhood home with my grandparents. My grandmother worked double duty as my on-call baby sitter. She kept a pocket calendar for over thirty years, making several entries about our days together whether it was at home or out at the park. I always felt truly loved and adored by my grandmother - she was in every regard my second mom.
That strong connection continued to grow and develop over the years. She trusted me with many things and was certain that whatever she did for me and my family would not go unappreciated. She took us on our first trip to Walt Disney World which sparked a joy in me to the point that I now work for The Walt Disney Company; she took me to my first Broadway show which opened my eyes to musical theater - I now work at The Lion King on Broadway; and she was always one to give my sister and I money when we would leave the house just to spoil us a bit. All the good things she brought us would come full circle in her time of need.
After more than 8 months away from home, I had finally returned in the summer of 2018 from my travels across the country and across the world. My grandmother had been diagnosed with pneumonia and we thought nothing of it - within a month the diagnosis had been changed to stage four lung cancer. Immediately we began treatment. Shortly into her treatment, fluid was found around her heart and she had to undergo open heart surgery - my once strong grandmother, who would regularly walk my dog for miles, could now barely stand, let alone speak.
We watched her suffer as she began to realize that everything we were doing to fight this cancer was too little, too late; something we never felt was true until January 8th, 2019 when we made the call to 911.
My grandmother's eyes were the clearest they've ever been; she was happy to have reached the end of her journey, but we were terrified to think of a life without her. I spent the day gathering as much family as I could at the hospital - we managed to get close to all of our immediate family, which is over 40 people, including family friends and my dog.
After everyone had come and went, it was just my mom, dad, grandpa, his sister and myself in the room with her. We took our turns staying yet another final goodbye, but it wasn't until my grandfather sat with her that she was ready to go. At 8:49 AM I was born, and halfway to that at 4:25 AM on my 20th birthday, I lost my grandmother to the stars.
In just a short five months my grandmother went from being healthy as a horse to my guardian angel, which she will be forever. I long for the day's I will be able to see my dancing queen again, but until then we will forever honor her memory by spreading the love that she so graciously gave to those around her - she is remembered by all for her generosity and love.
Published on June 13, 2019, 6:56 pm
By Amanda LeBouef
I ordered my Star Map for my mother for Mother’s Day, since my previous order blew me away, and once again I was not disappointed and the gift left her and I both in tears.
My mom didn’t give me life by carrying me or giving birth to me, no she gave me life by taking in a 10 day old infant born to an addict. She then adopted me and by being so selfless and loving she GAVE me the chance to have a life!
This woman has been my rock and even during her battle with cancer, when I thought I was being strong for her, I was wrong she was the strong one, holding me and the family together.
I was only able to get a picture of the moment I gave her the map, attempting to avoid close contact because I am a nurse and could possibly transfer COVID infection to her, but the picture says it all. Many tears were shed by her and I when she saw it and realized exactly what it was, but the tears were of happiness. The map is of a heart with the title of “Legally yours day 02/19/1991”, the day that the adoption was finalized after many years of battling for it.
Under the heart has the lines:
“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I am living my mommy you’ll be”
from the children’s book written by Robert Munsch. She read this book to me, I read it to my children and have realized through the years just how true those lines are.
Published on May 17, 2020, 12:41 pm
By Ronald M
That night was amazing, it was myself and this incredible girl I met of all places at work. We worked at the same Wal-Mart I was 19 and she was 18, at the time I was a mechanic working in the shop and she was a cashier. We started off with a few slow dates I had taken her to lunch a few times to a little Mexican resteraunt and finally asked her to dinner at the towns best place to eat.
It was cold and snowing, the town always had ice sculpture competitions so the streets were lined with a bunch of really cool things, especially this dragon that was in front of the restaurant we were going to. The entire town had this glow that you could only witness in a postcard around the holidays.
We had a great conversation filled with laughs and over all being goofy, she had ordered the loaded nachos and another dish I can never remember, I had a half rack of ribs with fries that we had split, the entire night went so well we had lost all track of time, but in all honesty it was myself that had gotten lost...in her smile her laugh this genuine sparkle that was always in her eye when she looked at me (which by the way are these magnificent blue not the typical they had a gray to them with a dark black ring that enclosed the color and simply made them pop).
We ate and finally when we realised what time it was and we were (besides staff) the only people left in the place. We began the short walk through town, arms laced together kind of slowly stumbling around laughing and having a great time, we finally came up to our cars, I had an old hot rod 59 Edsel and she had an old Dodge farm truck. She started it up and turned every thing on to start de-frosting the windshield, while she was doing that I could feel the proverbial butterflies filling my stomach and I couldn't help but drag her in for a gigantic hug that lifted her slightly off of her feet, when she came back down we looked at each other for a moment before I finally leaned in and had the best kiss I've ever had from the most incredible woman I've ever met.
7.5 years later, a daughter and a marriage proposal....we split....it wasn't her fault there was no cheating or anything like that, it was me and I made the most foolish mistake of my life by leaving out of fear we weren't going to make it, a mistake that I can only hope she sees that I tried my hardest to rectify and still try to now, I got this for her so she can see I will never forget that night or how even now when I get to see you how much I truly do love you and cannot wait for the day we are home together.
Breanna if this reaches you know you and Cali are truly my world and I hope one day we can re-kindle the love we had before all of this happened to us, I'm proud of you Brie and everything you do for Cali and when you can for me.. Remember this Mi Brie...we got this.
I love you
Published on March 17, 2020, 2:12 pm
By Agnes C.
My boyfriend and I met a year and a half ago through a group on Facebook. He had interest in applying for Cambridge's IELTS test and I, as an English teacher, wanted to help him and some other people who were studying for it. So I created a WhatsApp group, where we shared information about ourselves, our hometowns, among other things, while practicing English.
Ever since day one we felt such closeness that we had never felt before with anyone else so, in a matter of days, we were inseparable, texting each other 24/7 and when we couldn't, that was all we could think about. There was one detail though, he lived in Egypt and I, in Brazil. We spent the whole year of 2018 trying to get together, but due to visa complications, vacation denial, and so many other things we could only get together in December.
And that was when it happened, in December 6th of 2018 we met for the first time in Dubai, UAE. After many smiles and tears over the phone, after dealing with time difference (6h), after overcoming problems that wouldn't have happened if we were closer, love won and we finally got together.
It was absolutely magical, unbelievable at first sight. When I saw him (holding a beautiful bouquet) at the airport, I sprinted towards him and he took me in his arms saying "I can't believe it". I couldn't believe it either, after all that time, I was trying to convince myself that he was real and that the reality was right there in front of me, holding me, looking me in the eye, with a huge smile.
That was absolutely the best night of my life, that's why I wanted to perpetuate that special moment on the stars, on the poster from Under Lucky Stars. It was absolutely the best gift I could give him, an eternal memory of the moment we, at last, came face to face with each other, making that night - the first of our forever - everlasting.
Published on November 27, 2019, 2:04 pm
By Kacey A
Ramón (my fiancé) and I met in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on June 8th, 2018 at 7:45pm.
I had just moved to Puerto Vallarta to complete a TEFL certification. 6 days after arriving, I was walking on the beach with some friends. One of my friends and one of Ramón's friends started talking. Ramón and I were standing there, awkwardly waiting for our friends to finish their conversation, and started talking. It was difficult because he barely spoke English and my Spanish was terrible! BUT we made it work! 3 hours and a Puerto Vallarta sunset later, Ramón asked for my phone number and I went home. That night I told a friend, "I am going to marry him."
Ramón was just visiting Puerto Vallarta for the weekend for a doctor conference. He lived in León (central Mexico) and went back at the end of the weekend. We tried to get together again, but I was busy zip lining and riding quads through the jungle! We kept in touch via WhatsApp, texting and video chatting every day.
A month later, I was doing some traveling around Mexico with my good friend. Her parents had moved from Seattle to San Miguel, Mexico and we were planning to go spend some time with them before heading off to visit some other places. Coincidentally, the closest airport to San Miguel is León. Ramón convinced me to come visit for a weekend, as it was "on the way." Clever, eh?
We spent the weekend together exploring León and the surrounding cities! It was absolutely magical, but sadly, our fun vacation was cut short because I got sick with the flu. Luckily, he is a doctor and spent the remaining time we had together nursing me back to health.
I continued with my travels and visited a few more cities in Mexico. At the end of my travels (about 2 weeks later), Ramón invited me back to León for a few days before I headed to Mexico City, where a job and apartment were waiting for me.
However, I never made it to Mexico City....
I never realise how absolutely crazy our story is until someone asks me how Ramón and I met. I guess sometimes the universe has a way of working out...and for us to meet, a country, language and culture apart, all the stars in the sky had to align perfectly.
We are now engaged and eloping here in Mexico VERY soon!
Published on June 21, 2019, 4:42 pm