Maria Weber of Lyons, IL

From the time I was a little girl until I was in high school, I dreamed about becoming a wife and mother. As I think about writing my life story and how I would commemorate it with little charms, representing special times of my life, I thought that I would like to remember my dream that has come true! I’d like my bracelet to tell the story of my love for my husband, Bill. Every time I look at it, I would be reminded of the special way we were brought together 35 years ago. I call it a miracle! He has brought so much happiness into my life and we have been through so many experiences together and our love for one another continues to grow. I want our five children and everyone close to me to see this bracelet and know that I love my husband very much. My story begins right after I graduated from high school in June of 1969. I went to the United Service Organization, in Chicago, Illinois, with my girlfriend, who volunteered there. The USO provided a place for servicemen to visit. It was a place where they could relax, have some refreshments, play cards, make phone calls or dance to music from a live band. It was my first time there and it was a date I will never forget (A Date To Remember #6301). The music was playing and I was immediately asked to dance with a fellow in the Army. A tall, handsome sailor, named Bill, from Ohio, (Sailor Hat #0201) tapped him on the shoulder and asked if he could dance with me for the next dance. When he held me and I looked into his blue eyes, I knew within seconds that he was special and I wanted to get to know him more. We exchanged our addresses that evening and we wrote to each other for a few months. I was surprised when my parents gave me a suitcase (Suitcase #0895) for my birthday in August and they said I could visit him in California where the submarine he served on was in dry dock. I looked forward to spending time with him and made plane reservations (Plane, DC8-707 #0632). This was such an exciting time, knowing my parents were trusting me with this relationship, too. I was invited to spend an afternoon aboard the submarine and was treated like a princess (Submarine #2342). We became best friends (Best Friends #6596) in that short time and when we parted, we wrote many more letters to each other. With each letter, (Love Letter #4031), we grew more in love with one another and one day toward the end of that year, he sent me an engagement ring through the mail! (Ring Box #3887) Of course, with my parent’s blessing, I accepted. We were married on May 22, 1971 and our honeymoon was spent crossing the states to the naval base in California so he could continue serving our country. In December, he was invited to sing a cappella in front of all the servicemen at a special party and he sang, “Maria” from West Side Story, to me. It was so romantic! He’s a gifted singer (Microphone #6233). I chose the charm that says, “I Am Yours And You Are Mine” (I Am Yours And You Are Mine #4072) because we are committed to each other. I still look into his blue eyes and remember the beginning of our relationship and I am still so encouraged to love and honor him all the days of my life. Our children are grown. We have two grandchildren and one expected in June. I’m so grateful for the main characters in the story of my life!

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