Star Valentine’s Day Contest: Love Stories in Fort Bend County
CHANCE MEETING TURNS INTO LOVE
Karen Morrison & Daniel Ehler
I met my boyfriend in Cub Scouts. My son was only 5 years old at the time. He is 14 years old now. And when I saw him sitting there, I started talking to him about the Cub Scouts. My son had just joined, and I needed more information. We were like best friends. I’m happy he is in my life. He makes me feel like a princess, and he loves my son.
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BIG APPLE PROPOSAL
Roy & Kara Torres
My Name is Roy E Torres and My wife her name is Kara Torres. Well, first of all she loves the movie “Serendipity,” which is placed in New York. There is this scene where they finally meet each other at a outdoor ice skating ring while it was snowing. That was my wife’s favorite scene and she has always wanted to take a train trip some where. So why not? I bought us a train trip to New York. Once we got there, I waited a few days and I took her to the famous serendipity restaurant that was in the movie as well after that I took her to that same ice skating ring and that is were I proposed to my wife. Since then we have been married going on two years and have a beautiful baby girl who is three months. The End.
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WORTH THE WAIT
Diana & Doug Manning
My memorable and first Valentines date. Doug said he had a surprise for me and he would pick me up at 5 p.m. He lived in Houston and drove to Rosenberg where I lived at the time. I was so excited and was really looking forward to this date. He arrived 15 minutes early and I was ready. He gave me flowers and took my picture before our departure. We were enjoying the time on the road and I asked how much farther until we get there? He said not long. We drove some more and then, he abruptly stopped and almost hit a cone in the road. He quickly turned left. I was startled but, OK. He said here we are. We were at the new Aquarium restaurant in Kemah. It was amazing with the huge aquariums inside and two floor levels. We registered when we entered. It was very, very busy. We were told the wait time was about an hour. We waited and waited. The excitement turned into tiredness. We were there over an hour and had not been called. We checked with the register and were told it was longer than what they thought. Finally, after four Long hours we were seated. We enjoyed our meal but learned not to go to a new restaurant on a holiday again. It was a big surprise after all. I still have our picture there.
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Marion & Frank Jensen
My boyfriend was on leave from the Navy and called me to meet him at a subway station. After we hooked up and sat down, he said “let’s go buy an engagement ring”. I said, “Is that a proposal?” “yes, I love you”. And here we are 62 years later with five children and eight grandchildren.
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LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP BECOMES LONG-TERM MARRIAGE
Kokila and Rashmikant Shah
Almost 53 years ago, I met the most stunning lady in the world, whom I call my life partner. Innocence and beauty meant everything to me. It was April 1965 when our eyes met the first time. Our meeting was arranged through mutual family friends. Shockingly it was a love at first sight. I said “yes..yes” without even formal dating process to get to know her better. I had made up my mind that she was going to be my queen. I hope she felt the same way about me.
We got married on May 21, 1964 and lived together with my joint family until June 1965. I left for the USA to further my education. Leaving her behind for two long years was not easy. She sacrificed graciously for our better future. We nurtured our romance through letters 8,000 miles apart.
After graduation and earning a decent job, she joined me in a small West Texas town. I can not express my joy upon seeing her after 912.5 days.
She was the same innocent lady with broad smile and a million ambitions.
I would not be complete without her urging to be the best. She helped me to be a better husband(I was already a good husband) and a loving father of the three successful sons and four brilliant grandchildren.
She taught me by her example that love means sacrifice and service to others; without expecting anything in return.
For us, each day is a Valentine’s Day. We cherish every moment in making others happy. We want to give back to community and our adopted country, the USA.
We are blessed that we are the citizens of the greatest country on the planet. It is not just the wealth, it is the value system, generosity, and willingness to reach out to needy and distressed in the world. We are a land of Almighty, filled with love for humanity.
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THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD…
Amanda & Leonard McCalla
I wanted to share our story of love.
My husband (Leonard McCalla) and I have been married for over 20 years now. I met him in 1988 in San Diego while he was enlisted in the Navy. We meet thru mutual friends. After a few months of getting of know each other, we became more than friends. In 1990, he received orders to relocate to Florida. He left and I went to see him once while he lived there and then after that I did not hear from him or talk to him. Three years pass by, a mutual friend calls me to say that she runs into him while she was in Chicago. She gave me his phone number, and I called him .We talked for a long time. By this time he is out of the Navy. He made plans to come visit me in San Diego and spent a few days with me.
It was as if we never lost touch. He went back home and came back a month later to visit and he asked me to marry him. Soon after, he moved to San Diego. Sometime later, he had a motorcycle accident in 1994 which almost took his leg. He had several surgeries and lots of therapies. His motivation was to walk down the aisle to me. After a year of therapy, we married exactly a year after his motorcycle accident, May 27, 1995, he kept his promise and walked down the aisle to me. We have been happily married since and going strong!
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Lesa & Malcolm Reitz
My most memorable Valentine’s was 2014.
My husband prepared our favorite dinner then we shared wine in front of the fire in the fireplace on our sofa.
He gave me a gift box that had a set of silver heart earrings in it plus a Valentine’s card that read “prepare for romance at the beach the third weekend in June.
In June 2014, for our (Silver) 25th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with a weekend trip to South Padre Island.
He took me on a sunset horseback ride on the beach and gave me a silver heart pendant/necklace to go with the Valentine’s earrings.
So very special and priceless.
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AN ARTFUL RELATIONSHIP
Diana & Ron Gordon
Ron Gordon and I will celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. I chose this date thinking it would be hard for him to forget, being that it is the day before Valentine’s Day! Ron has a history of forgetfulness, particularly my name!! I was married for 28 years to my high school sweetheart, Craig Whitley, who passed away in 2004 from cancer. Ron was married for 24 years and divorced. I have worked at The Design Firm in Stafford for 18 years. Ron is a professional artist and has known my employers for many years.
Over the years I would see Ron when he came in and we might exchange brief conversation, but he never remembered my name. I attended a show of his in 2005 thinking something might click, but the timing wasn’t right.
It was just a few months after my husband passed and Ron was still recovering from his divorce. Then in the fall of 2006 we both were present at a wedding. My daughter attended with me. Ron came up to me and commented, “Your daughter is
beautiful, but what was your name again”? I was livid, thinking what is wrong with this man that he can never remember my name? I was to learn later that he has that problem in general! I knew he was coming to The Design Firm to bring in some paintings and had a plan.
A promotional poster of his wound up in my office so I printed out “BOB” and pasted it over “RON” on the poster. I confided to my employer, Kara Wuellner, that I was interested and she said, “Oh no, Ron is too bohemian for you!”.
A co-worker emailed Ron and told him that I was interested and to NOT forget my name when he came in. So, he came prepared to make an impression. Being 6-foot-5 with shocking white hair, he strode in sporting his Gordon clan scarf on the afternoon of Dec. 5, and this time he remembered my name. I gave him back the poster with his “edited” name. Although I think he was somewhat embarrassed, he certainly got where I was coming from! We went out for coffee and he invited me to a Christmas party the next week.
We started dating on a regular basis…it wasn’t too long before we became exclusive. With the help of one of his daughters, Ron had a ring of his late mother’s resized and proposed to me on my birthday, Nov. 18, 2008.
We were going to set our wedding date for Dec. 5, 2009, but that date was not available at my church, so we settled on Feb. 13, 2010.
We were married at Christ United Methodist Church. My employers Kara and Eric Wuellner graciously held our beautiful reception at The Design Firm.
We are blessed in so many ways, but particularly in having a second chance at love. I hope this hasn’t been too long, but it’s such a fun story to tell.
Thankfully, Ron has a good nature too!
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YOUNG LOVE ENDURES
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Koster
My husband and I met in the fifth grade. We started “going steady” in the eighth grade. You might not think this is a love story, but it is. We have three children and three grandchildren and all the love and heartaches that includes. We have been through a serious life threatening disease and a death of a grandchild. All of these issues have brought us closer! I believe God gave me a soul mate early in life to love and help me through the hard times and someone to enjoy all the good times with. We have been on this journey for 54 years, and still looking forward to every day, Valentine’s Day included!
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LOVE STARTED WITH A NEWSPAPER AD
John & Sheryl Clennan
I had just purchased my first home and had a garage apartment next door. My mother suggested I advertise in the Jewish newspaper for a renter.
John had just graduated from law school, and he didn’t want to live in an apartment complex. He and he friend came knocking on my front door in July 1980, and he took the place right away.
John and I are opposites in many ways. He’s quiet, and I’m a real talker. He grew up watching and participating in sports. I grew up with ballet, piano, opera and classical music. I’m Jewish, and he’s Catholic, but it doesn’t matter because we found one another and opposites attract.
My dad died in February 2010, and then my mom came to live with us.
She was 85.5 years old and had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and Dementia. My wonderful husband tended to her every need without complaint and treated her as his very own mother.
Among other things, he built an elevator in our home, so my mother didn’t have to climb 14 steps up and down.
John took my mother out to restaurants, temple, church, bazaars and parties.
John took her traveling to Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans and Little Rock.
It would have been too difficult to go by plane with her, so we drove everywhere for her to be more comfortable.
John loved my mom as if she were his own mother. That is why John is my special Valentine 35 years later.