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 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 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
By Tyler R
I was a freshman in college and had a crush on this beautiful girl in one of my classes...
Every day I tried to spark up some sort of conversation in hopes that she would be interested in going on a date. Unfortunately, she never really seemed interested in chatting for longer than a minute or so. I couldn't tell if she was simply just shy or completely unimpressed. But I remained persistent, and to be honest, I wasn't really sure why. I was the kind of guy who would laugh at people who said they "fell in love at first sight." What a bunch of bologna, right? But then I felt something; something I couldn't explain. Every time I walked into that classroom I got butterflies, because I knew that I would get to see her again. I knew that for those couple of minutes when we were engaged in whatever silly discussion, I'd go back to feeling like I'm on cloud nine regardless of what was going on in my life.
About half-way through the semester, my dreams began to come to fruition. We would take water breaks together and talk about things like sports, hobbies, and our families. Then one night, I mustered up the courage to ask her on a date. I stood in front of the mirror in the college bathroom, checked my hair and teeth, gave myself a pep talk, and went for it. But as I walked back into class, I saw her yawning and nearly falling asleep at her desk. I sat down and asked her why she was so tired. She told me all about the crazy things going on in her life and how she just needed to focus on passing this physics class so that she can stay on track to graduate in a couple of years. Jokingly, I said: "we should just go get you an energy drink or something!" To my surprise, she had never had an energy drink before and thought that might be a good idea. So we hopped into my car and drove to the closest gas station. They say time flies when you're having fun; well before we knew it, we had spent an hour or so in the car talking about everything sentimental and deep in our lives: our passions, our dreams, our future. We joked that our hopes of making it back to class in time were long gone and decided to get to know each other a little bit more. We found a back-country road, put the convertible top down, and spent the rest of the evening gazing at the magnificent star scape above us as we continued to learn more and more about how we were destined to be together. Through laughter and tears, and with our caffeine and dopamine levels off the charts, we both found ourselves realizing what love at first sight really means.
I thought she was just giving me the cold shoulder, but it turns out, she was just as nervous as I was. And now, I'm married to that girl with a beautiful three year old boy and plans for number two right around the corner. We are forever grateful to have a visualized cosmic star map from that night, printed on an incredible work of art, for everyone to see.
Thank you Under Lucky Stars, because of you, we get to relive the most amazing moment of our lives. Every. Single. Day.
Published on June 21, 2019, 4:29 pm
By Makarius T
When we thought there was no more hope and happiness, we found each other...
Each one with your own tragedy: she very sad with her mom with a terminal disease and me, weak after the end of a long relationship. Fortunately she found me on facebook, gave me attention and made me smile.
She told me about her mom and I decided to show them the sky with a telescope, just trying to make a little difference in their lives.
So I proposed and it happened in November 2017. On that night I fell in love as soon I saw her! But only on July 11th 2018 we started our special relationship.
I remember that night: I made a surprise appearance with roses, chocolates and funny words about dating. Then I asked her to be my girlfriend. She told me to wait for the answer while she had a shower.
Needless to say, I was nervous as never before (even being a guy with experience).
While I waited I saw the sky with the wonderful milky way and I thought: 'Wow! The stars' path brought me to her' and I decided to show her after one year.
That's the time now!
Published on June 21, 2019, 4:20 pm
By Maritza L
December 17th 2016 was the night my best friend asked me to be his girlfriend.
We both lived in Harlingen Tx at the time. Now my boyfriend is stationed in California and is a US Navy Sailor, while I’m still here in Harlingen finishing school.
So I got him this star chat for an anniversary gift and titled it “I love you always, forever no matter the distance”, to show no matter how hard it gets, it’ll all be worth it.
He has it hanging in his room and he’s in love with it.
Published on June 19, 2019, 7:55 am
By Jerika J
My baby boy came 3 weeks early.
I never thought I would even have a baby but I wanted to be a mother so bad. That was the moment he was born and took his first breath.
My life has been forever changed in the best way. He's 6.5 months now and absolutely my best friend!
Published on June 17, 2019, 10:39 am