Your Stories

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.

Oswego, IL, USA on the 15th of May, 2018, at 7:00pm

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A story by Hannah J at Oswego, IL, USA on the 15th of May, 2018, at 7:00pm

It all began May 15th. I was laying under the stars wishing for a better life, wishing for something good to come. I told myself out loud that if it doesn’t get better and I don’t find a meaning to life, it was over.

I was kicked out of my house 5 days later due to no fault of my own, with just the clothes on my back, a backpack and my dog. I jumped from house to house, lived on the streets for a week. I had some friends here and they were my only family because everyone else that was my own blood had left and had no desire to talk to me.
July 15th rolled along and I had 5 letters written, I met this gorgeous girl that same day. She had a fairly big interest in me, as I had in her and that day she told me: “For me to trust you, because everyone else has hurt me so much, you’ll have to earn it”. I told myself, I was going to change this girl's life. She had a boyfriend at the time, and most of her sadness then was produced by him. We liked each other. Everyone around us knew we did, but ourselves.

She broke up with her boyfriend and 2 weeks later we started dating. I showed her what true adventures are, and how life can be even better if you choose the right people. I am alive because of her, I have been through the ugliest thing I could ever imagine and I got the best thing out of it - My girlfriend.
I live with her now, and I am going to college which I thought would never happen. I don’t flinch as often when people walk up to me, I am more sociable than I was months ago, my appetite is back, and I can finally sleep. And it’s all because she healed me, she took me by the hand from under the ground and pushed me up to the sky. She is everything I have, and everything I need. Her family has taken me in and have been there for me since the beginning.

And May 15th as I stared into the night sky, I told myself I wouldn’t be walking on this earth without a purpose. And she is My Purpose.

Published on March 17, 2019, 5:50 am

36060 Romano d'Ezzelino, Province of Vicenza, Italy on the 6th of December, 2015, at 5:30am

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A story by Tiziana P at 36060 Romano d'Ezzelino, Province of Vicenza, Italy on the 6th of December, 2015, at 5:30am

We had met at a friend's wedding, and instantly hit it off. We became friends despite his interest in me, but I wasn't looking for a love story, so we tiptoed around each other for more than 2 years.

Then, almost suddenly, I realized I was looking at him differently. He sensed as much, but let me set the pace of this change in our relationship. On the 5th, I was at my best friend's party, and invited him. We gravitated towards each other for the whole time, and as the party wrapped up we got to his car and stayed there talking for hours under the stars. It was at that time, after inching closer and closer, that I was hit by the weight if the possible change: 2+ years of friendship, both part of the same group of friends, what if it doesn't work out? What if I'm not ready yet? What if I/he/both screw up?

At 5:30am of the 6th of December, I took a leap of faith and kissed him. That changed everything.

Now, after more than 3 years, we live together. We are still going strong and more in love with each other each day! We both remember that night as our beginning, and remember the stars we were looking at out of the windshield. Those certainly were our lucky stars, and I wanted them hung in our bedroom, to look upon us for years to come! Best anniversary gift ever!

Published on March 15, 2019, 11:32 pm

Dunottar Mains Cottages, Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK on the 25th of December, 2005, at 11:00am

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A story by Paul at Dunottar Mains Cottages, Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK on the 25th of December, 2005, at 11:00am

It was Christmas day and wanted to do something different and went for a drive to Dunnottar Castle!

It was unbelievably cold so was there for about 20/25 min tops! We were just about to leave as was with my girlfriend and her mum n dad when asked her dad for his daughters hand in marriage and was quite funny as her mum said yes!!! I got down on one knee to propose and you could here all the camera's clicking as all the tourists stopped to see what was happening!

Luckily for me she said yes and we will be celebrating our 10 year married this year with 2 amazing boys added to the family too!

Published on March 15, 2019, 8:41 pm

Topeka, KS, USA on the 17th of January, 2019, at 11:27am

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A story by Marisa H at Topeka, KS, USA on the 17th of January, 2019, at 11:27am

I got this map for my older sister, she’s always had a fascination with the stars and what they mean.

I got her a map to the stars on January 17th 2019 at 11:27 a.m, the moment she gave birth to her first child Ezra. I couldn’t be there when she opened the package but I had her boyfriend record it for me and seeing the smile on her face was so beautiful. The poster now hangs above Ezra’s crib to always remind them of the moment their lives changed for the best.

Published on March 15, 2019, 8:37 pm

White Man's Dam, Knowsley, Prescot L34, UK on the 19th of May, 2018, at 3:36pm

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A story by Thomas M at White Man's Dam, Knowsley, Prescot L34, UK on the 19th of May, 2018, at 3:36pm

It was my first date with my partner. We went kayaking, I was sat the front, and he was sat behind me. We had stopped for a few minutes, he called my name, I turned around and said “is this our first date?” I cracked a smile and said “yeah I guess”.

We have now been together for a year and happily live together.

Published on March 15, 2019, 8:36 pm

New York, NY, USA on the 10th of August, 2018, at 9:30pm

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A story by Zackary C at New York, NY, USA on the 10th of August, 2018, at 9:30pm

On August 10th, 2018 at 9:30 pm, me and my boyfriend said, "I love you" to each other for the first time.

Now our relationship isn't just an average one. I am from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and he is from Queens, New York. My family and I went up to NYC for a little family vacation for a weekend and while I was there, I went on Tinder. I didn't really expect to find anything, I guess I was just looking for different people that I would have never seen in my small town in Pa. While I was there, I matched with 32 people and he was one of them.

We started talking that night and well, we never stopped. We have now been in a long distance relationship for almost 9 months and we plan out our schedule to see each other once a month since we are both busy college students. It is the most difficult thing I have done, love in a long distance relationship where we are restricted to FaceTime calls, text messages, and SnapChat.

However, it is the best thing I have ever done, and we have never been happier loving one another. We would do anything for the other and we talk about our future together all the time. We are the odd couple out, but we are a success story. He is the most beautiful thing I have ever laid my eyes one, and the purest thing I have ever held. He is my everything. He is the keeper of my heart. He's the love that makes my heartbeat. He is whom I love unconditionally. He is the love of my life.

Published on March 11, 2019, 3:12 pm

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA on the 30th of November, 2013, at 7:00am

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A story by Clyde B at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA on the 30th of November, 2013, at 7:00am

I wrote the below description the day after the actual event back in 2013. Christie and I, after that event have gone through a long process in life and have been married now for a little over 2 years. This event was the magical day that started it all off. Enjoy!

Where to start with this bad boy? I had one of the best times of my life this weekend. It was amazing. Steve A and Walter organized a group and all the logistics. Brought Steves sweet RV to drive down in, hang out, sleep, camp, eat warm meals, warm showers, and heaters from the 17F outside. Had some mechanical issues on the way down with 2 blown out tires. This kind of sucked because it took Steve out of the run the next day. The guy with the most invested didn't even get to go. That sucks but he's a rockstar, super level headed, funny and smart. So he was able to organize a fix on our wheels while we ran. Plus get 23+ miles of running in between.

Anyways, I didn't sleep very good at all the night before. Even though Walter and I got the big nice bed in the back of the RV. I was super restless with a thousand things going through my mind. So I was glad when 4 am finally rolled around and we woke to get ready for our 5am leave time.

I decided that even though it was 17F out that, I'd still leave in shorts. Thinking that a) I hate running in anything else, and b) I'd warm up fast as we dropped into the canyon. This turned out to be a great choice. It wasn't really that cold at the start and I quickly warmed up.

We had snow/packed ice for only like a half mile or so then the trail was golden. In the darkness of the morning, the group made it's way down. Headlamps bouncing up and down the trail. Steve ran with us at the start and we had a group of about 5 pretty close for the first couple miles. But when Steve decided to turn around, our little group for the day turned into Walter, Chirsite and I. I had no time goal. No need to hammer it. So we just kept a nice, consistent pace. We kept Christie up front the set the pace and this turned out to be perfect. As she did an outstanding job but also kept Walter and I from getting too frisky when we "felt good". The pace basically never changed. We just worked our way through the canyon like little ants. By the time there was light enough to see we were around 8 miles into the run and temps were amazing. We all dropped a layer or two and were now rolling down the trail in short sleeves and shorts. This section all the way to Phantom Ranch is the best running section of the entire trip. So we made good time but never got overworked. I read a report earlier in the week that said: "Once you get to the river- you haven't even started". I tried to apply that today in every aspect of our run. Do as little as possible before then and get "up" for the uphills. The ascent up South Kiabab is sweet and sour. You have to do it this way to complete the "loop", imho. But it's steep, windswept, and not very pretty in comparison to the rest of the canyon. And it just doesn't break up like the other stuff. You kind of have to eat the whole thing at once rather than chipping it off from point to point. But we finally made it to the top of the south rim in 4:29. Not too bad really. When I ran it myself a couple of years ago I really ran pretty strong and only did it in 3:45- and then I didn't start in the dark.

Once on top, we had to catch the shuttles over to where the Bright Angel trail drops in. This transaction isn't that painful and we were soon over at the lodge. I grabbed a king size snickers bar there and had a couple of drinks from Walters coke. Both are highly recommended if your thinking of doing this run. I felt strong, happy and thankful to be at this point and ready to tackle the rest. It was super foggy on the south side. Cold foggy that stuck to the trees and bushes. This was the hardest part of the south side. I was just cold. Shivering and wet from my sweat. We needed to get moving so I could just warm up a little. We started our trip back across all feeling pretty strong... and that was good. But that wasn't the case for others in our group. As we dropped into the canyon we passed everyone else as they made their way up. First was Steven Abraham Lincoln Hopper Pope. I was pumped to see him. Because of logistics he hadn't come with me in the RV but had come over with Ben and John from here in STG that morning. Sucks we couldn't have run it together but I'm pumped he got to do it. He looked good as we wished each other well and headed on. But after that, each person in the group didn't have the same spring in their step that one might need to finish such a task. But with each person in our group, we wished them well. Gave them food and other supplies and then crossed our fingers that they'd all make it back across safe.

Again making our way back down Bright Angel I was electrified at what I was doing. The beauty around me and for the energy in our little group. I knew then we'd make it and never worried about that again. There are a lot more hikers on this trail so we made our way past them, deer and a couple of mule trains all the way to the river. I'd forgotten how far up the river you have to run to get to the bridge. This is a cool spot... it's just cool. I love being down by the river looking up out of the crazy deep canyon. We took some photos on the bridge and made our way to Phantom for the final pit stop before world war 3 and our painful "pull" up out of this mutha.

I got one more king size snickers at Phantom and refilled the bladder in my pack. Walked around a little. Enjoyed the moment there with this little running team. It was a special moment just to stop and reflect on the morning's work. I was ready...

As we left Phantom and hit the "good" running trail. I had the hardest time. Maybe the time spent idle at Phantom wasn't that good? I really started to get a little mental for a mile or two. Never sore, tired or sick of it. But more delusional. But I kept running, following Christie's "old faithful" like march we entered our final leg. It was through these miles that my snickers and caffeine kicked in and for the rest of the day I was again alive. Felt fantastic. Could have grabbed a couple more gears and hammered it out of there. But Walter started to really struggle. I'd given him a 5-hr-energy that turned his stomach to crap and he didn't look good. I didn't feel it wise to press on without anyone in our little group so we'd run a little then wait or go back to check on him. I really thought at one point that it was going to get super ugly. But it didn't. He rallied the best he could. We got him in some compression shocks, took his pack and made our way to the ranger station.

I decided early in the day that if we could run most of the day then once we got to the ranger station on the way back we could relax and do more of a power hike the rest of the way out. This took some pressure off. Because you didn't feel like you had to kill it anymore. If everything got bad... hey, we could at least walk. Soon after that Steve again comes bouncing down the trail. Singing with headphones on (The guy is a gem. Honestly, one of the coolest people I've ever met). He came with more supplies. We fixed Walter up with some homemade thigh compression sleeves and kept moving. Christie and I left Walt with Steve and we kept our even pace up. I thought the whole day this part of the trip would just suck. I thought I'd be trashed, cold and dark. But we felt good, we were having fun and it wasn't dark yet. In fact, we didn't even use the headlamps on the way back. That was awesome! It was beautiful as we started to crest the rim and looked back on the heavy fog sitting on the canyon below. Honestly, a heavenly image. Both Christie and I were tired but we both were super excited to have just finished such a great day.

She's a machine. The whole day. Just kept it together and pressed on up the trail. Walter and I would have struggled without her. And in true Christie-fashion, she wanted to hit 50 miles for the day. I wasn't super thrilled about the idea but I'd never ran 50 before and we only needed like 4.6 more. So she and I went out and back on the road a couple of times- around the parking lot and finally hit her 50.

We were done and it felt amazing. What else was amazing? Getting in a warm RV taking a hot shower and cooking a hot dinner right there in the RV next to the trailhead. While we waited for the rest of the group to come in. Walter and Stever weren't too far behind Christie and I coming out of the canyon. Then a couple of hours later, Steven Hooper and John B, came in. We loaded them up with food/ drinks and warmed them in the RV before they drove Ben's car back to STG. Ben decided to only do r2r and had his wife come pick him up. Right around 10pm Steve was getting dressed up to go out looking for the other 3 in our group who were still out on the trail. When we saw two headlamps and another silhouette with them. They made it! Everyone was in!

I was so pumped and relieved that no one was still out there. In all 8 people with us did the full r2r2r. That's a great day. Each person leaving better off than when they entered.

Published on March 25, 2019, 7:02 am

Ponce, Puerto Rico on the 26th of April, 2014, at 2:56pm

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A story by Nelson C at Ponce, Puerto Rico on the 26th of April, 2014, at 2:56pm

I married the love of my life.

Published on March 25, 2019, 6:38 am

Elizabethtown, KY, USA on the 23rd of September, 2001, at 5:00pm

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When I saw your ad for the star chart, I knew I had to get it and gift it to my wife.

See, I actually met my wife in a dream September 16th, 2000 and then physically met her 9-23-2001.
An explanation is warranted. I awoke from a powerful dream about 11:30 at night on September 16th, 2000. The dream was simple, short and sweet. There was an image of a woman and she was standing in front of me. That was the total of the dream but upon awakening, the first thought in my head was I had just seen the woman I would marry. At the time, I was a single father with a 5-year-old son and zero interest in being married again.

The dream was so powerful that I wrote about it in a journal that sat beside my bed. The dream crossed my mind many times over the next year but was beginning to fade when magic occurred. At the time, I was a retired KY State Police Sergeant and had started a horse training/boarding facility. A friend called and asked me to over night board a horse for a lady who was traveling through KY and needed a place to board so she could get some rest. I told him I do not over night board horses and couldn't help him. He continued to guilt me and I continued to decline. Eventually, he said, "hang on a minute," and he put her on the phone. He knew all along that I would not tell her no. Eventually, he led her out to the farm.

From the moment we met, we both knew the meeting was destined. She moved in about a year later and we were married in front of the barn where we met on horseback 9-23-2005.

Yes, this star chart was the perfect gift at the perfect time.
Richard D. Rowland, Author, Unspoken Messages

Published on March 25, 2019, 6:37 am

Stephen C Foster State Park, 17515 GA-177, Fargo, GA 31631, USA on the 6th of October, 2018, at 10:30pm

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The reason I got this was because the girl I have a crush on are both in an astronomy club at the university we attend, and every semester they go camping so we are away from city lights. It was our first semester there and they were going camping and she was really excited to go because:
a) she had never been camping before, and
b) she had never seen many stars in the sky before. While I, on the other hand, being a guy from rural Iowa had seen a lot of stars all the time. So me being the guy willing to do anything for a girl I like agreed to go with her.

The first night was cloudy so we couldn't see much. Besides the stars, we were there to just have a good time and one of the things the campground offered was canoeing. We spent about an hour on the river and had a blast. Later that night after playing more games and stuff at around 9:30 or 10pm we realized the stars we starting to come out. After waiting some more we could see quite a few and walked to a parking lot to see more. Once we got there we just sat on the ground and looked at the stars for a while.

The reason I got this, however, was so she could remember the great time we had and how beautiful the stars were that night.

Published on March 25, 2019, 6:30 am