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Couple Marries 10 Years After Interracial Marriage Becomes Legal — Now They’re Goals

When Mike and Jeralyn Wirtz wed more than four decades ago in Virginia, interracial marriage had only been legal for 10 years. Fast forward to today, and their love story is inspiring a new generation thanks to the couple’s active participation in social media.

After His Wife Is Left in a Vegetative State, Husband Devotes His Life to Taking Care of Her
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After His Wife Is Left in a Vegetative State, Husband Devotes His Life to Taking Care of Her

When David César swore to love his wife "in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part" on their wedding day, he never imagined how severely those vows would be tested.Not long after they were married, his wife suffered a catastrophic medical crisis, leaving her trapped in a vegetative state. David never left her side.Now, six years later, David is still by her side and giving us all a masterclass in the meaning of TRUE LOVE.An Ordinary Day Takes a Devastating TurnIn 2018, David and his wife, Bruna de Sousa, who live in Brazil, were watching television when she complained she wasn't feeling well. Seconds later she began convulsing and her heart stopped. She was in cardiac arrest. “In a matter of 3 minutes, she lost all vital signs. We ran to the hospital, after 25 minutes they managed to revive her, but she was without oxygen for a long time,” David shared.It had devastating effects. Doctors diagnosed Bruna with "coma vigil." She suffered severe brain damage. While her nervous system still functioned, she was no longer aware of her surroundings.In mere moments, Bruna had gone from being lively and vivacious to being trapped in her own body with no cognitive function. She was only 24 years old.Bruna spent the next year and a half in the hospital, bedridden, tracheotomized, and feeding through a tube. Unable to talk, walk, or interact with her loved ones, she was completely dependent on others for all of her basic needs.David refused to walk away. "I made a promise in front of God and in sickness and in health I vowed to be with her."David CésarIn June 2019, nearly two years after that devastating night, David brought Bruna home.Husband Becomes His Wife's Full-Time CaregiverDavid didn't just stick around, he DEVOTED HIS LIFE to Bruna.He dedicated himself to looking after her 24/7, becoming her full-time caregiver. Unable to care for his wife and work simultaneously, he lost his job.When his mother or mother-in-law were able to spend the night with Bruna, he picked up shifts as a driver.With her complex medical needs and his income falling drastically short, David struggled to make ends meet. He turned to the kindness of strangers for help, launching a successful fundraiser. The crowdfunding was used to pay for medicines, special food, diapers, personal hygiene materials, and medical equipment. It also went towards renovating and adapting Bruna's room.Additionally, two lawyers volunteered to help secure financial assistance.Even though Bruna's prognosis is bleak and the chance for recovery is devastatingly slim, David refuses to give up hope. He's scoured the world over to find a miracle. After consulting with neuroscientists in Canada he's currently pursuing a potential treatment. True Love PrevailsBruna's catastrophic brain injury robbed her of the life she knew. But it didn't just rob her, it robbed David too. Once dreaming of their future together and starting a family, he was now living a nightmare.This isn't the life he thought they'd share and he continues to grieve the woman he lost but he leans on his faith to help him navigate this new normal."There is a greater divine purpose that makes me endure," he shared on an Instagram post.The reality is, love is easy when things are good. But when the shadows descend and you're lost in the darkness, that's where true love is found. In the face of truly unimaginable circumstances, David has held fast to the vows he swore to honor. And he still does, six years later. His devotion really is a testament to the enduring power of love. "In practice, love makes us see beyond the storm and act during [it]." David CésarMore from Goalcast:They’ve Been Divorced for 27 Years, but When His Ex-wife Got Sick, He Was the First to Step UpMan Takes Care of the Bills for 4 Decades – After He Passes Away, His Wife Makes an Incredible Discovery“Tough Guy” Dad Loses It After Dropping His Son off at School — His Wife Immediately Started Recording

Random Pilot Replies to a Strangers Plea Online to Help Her Dog - Then They Fell in Love
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Random Pilot Replies to a Strangers Plea Online to Help Her Dog - Then They Fell in Love

Anyone who has flown with pets knows how daunting it can be. Add in the challenge of a physical disability and a 15-year-old dog with a heart murmur and epilepsy and it feels impossible.When Adri Pendleton wanted to move back to the United States from Europe after a breakup, she knew her senior dog, Nelly, likely wouldn't survive in the plane's cargo hold. Bringing her in the cabin was also a no-fly zone, as the Border Collie was too big. Out of options and against nearly impossible odds, Adri decided to post a plea on TikTok for help.In an incredible twist of fate, not only did she find help, but she also found love.A Girl's Best FriendAdri was a teenager when she adopted Nelly. The two instantly bonded and became best friends. When Adri was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that can cause debilitating pain and fatigue, Nelly was there. When Adri hit rock bottom "during a dark period" in her life, Nelly was there, giving her the "only reason to keep living."And when Adri fell in love with a European man and moved halfway across the globe to be with him...Nelly was there. For six years, Adri and Nelly made their home in the Netherlands. Adri and her boyfriend got another dog, Loki. Life was good. But eventually, Adri and her boyfriend decided they wanted different things out of life and broke up.It was time to move back home to California, but first, Adri and her dogs had to get there. TikTok Plea Goes ViralAdri, who has 33,000 followers on her TikTok account, @collieloki, turned to social media for help.She posted a plea, asking for help to get her dogs overseas. Initially, she was trying to raise funds for a private flight (which comes with a hefty price tag of $9,000) so Nelly could be with her in the cabin. The post went viral with over 80,000 views. Turns out, she only really needed one.Miraculously, a pilot who works for a company that flies private jets (and who loves dogs, obviously) saw the video and reached out.After a lot of finagling with schedules Niklas was able to secure a spot on board a cargo flight from Italy to New Jersey with a stopover in Iceland. He even came along for the ride as a passenger. As for the cost of this not-so-little venture? Absolutely free. (But as any dog owner will tell you, PRICELESS).Adri used the funds she had raised on social media to buy a plane ticket for Loki on a commercial flight and help her mom, a NICU nurse, take the time off work to pick her and Nelly up in New Jersey and drive them to California. Two months and a whole lot of air miles later, Nelly and Adri were home.But their story doesn't end there...A Connecting Flight Leads to a Love ConnectionAfter messaging each other multiple times over the two months it took to organize the flight, Adri and Niklas became friends. "For a couple of months before the flight, we had just been chatting a lot," Adri shared in a follow-up TikTok. "I've always been a little bit of an aviation nerd. My little brother just got his pilot's license a couple of weeks ago, so a little bit of plane nerdiness runs in the family. And he and I were just friends.""We did not think of each other as anything more than that. Then we met in person."Adri Pendleton via TikTokImmediately sparks flew. Two days after their flight, Adri invited Niklas to come to California so they could go on a date. He did. Now, four months later, the couple are in love. But they're not the only ones. Adri's family loves him too. But most importantly, he's dog-approved.Sadly, Nelly passed away a few weeks ago. "For a couple of months after we arrived in the US, she was doing really well," Adri shared. "Then it seemed like she just kind of understood, 'Okay, all of the stress is gone. Things are good. I can leave.' So, yeah, she passed away recently."But thanks to Nelly, Adri didn't have to face her grief alone. Niklas was right by her side. And he continues to be there, in a love story right out of a Hallmark movie. What began as an incredible act of kindness turned into a life-changing connection. It just goes to show, you never know where kindness may lead. More from Goalcast:Novice Pilot Doesn’t Notice the Wheel Falling off the Plane During Takeoff — Heroic Pilot on the Ground Takes Notice and Saves Her LifeViolent Passenger Attacks Flight Attendant – Heroic Pilot Steps In With Choice WordsA Fan’s Dying Wish Was to See the Latest Unreleased ‘Dune’ Film – So the Director Sent Him His Laptop

Man Takes Care of the Bills for 4 Decades - After He Passes Away, His Wife Makes an Incredible Discovery
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Man Takes Care of the Bills for 4 Decades - After He Passes Away, His Wife Makes an Incredible Discovery

*Featured image contains photos by Mikhail NilovAs one incredible final act of love, one husband made certain that his wife was taken care of long after he was gone. And if this isn't the epitome of true love, I don't know what is.Husband's Legacy of LoveIn most marriages, household responsibilities tend to get divvied up between both partners. It's not uncommon for one person to take the lead in managing household bills and expenses.For forty-one years, X (formerly Twitter) user @AriThinks' father exclusively took care of all the household bills. In fact, he took such good care of them that his wife never had to pay a bill. Now, even in death, he's still doing it. In a tweet that's gone viral with over 5.2 MILLION views (because who doesn't want a love like this??) @AriThinks shares that her father passed away a few days ago.After he died, the family made an incredible discovery. Her father had paid off all the bills six months in advance so her mother could rest easy and take the time to grieve in peace. "My Dad passed a few days ago and my Mom doesn’t even know who he makes payments to because she’s never paid a bill," she wrote. "So we call and find out that like all the bills were paid up 6 months in advance." Not only did he pay the bills six months in advance, but he also put credits on the utilities, including gas, water, and electricity, that will last her FOR YEARS. Reaction to the Viral TweetIn addition to being viewed millions of times, thousands of people came forward to offer their condolences and to praise @AriThinks' father for his selflessness and unwavering devotion to his family."He loves her. Even death couldn’t take that away. May his sweet soul rest in perfect peace."@Lewa_Forbes via X"Accept my condolences but your father is truly an amazing man, RIP to him. Not all heroes wears capes... Salute," wrote @Nueladedoyinfi1."Wow, that peace to give her. Sorry for your loss. Condolences to you & your family," said @highlyher."So sorry for your loss. R.I.P. What an amazing thoughtful gift your father gave all of you! Oh my goodness to think that far ahead knowing all would need his foresight," Karen Williams commented.True Love Lasts ForeverThe commenters are right. It's not just the fact that the bills are paid that makes the gesture so heartwarming. It's the fact that this man had the foresight to ensure that his wife wouldn't have to shoulder the responsibility alone. Losing someone we love is one of the most painful and difficult things we have to endure in life. Sometimes it's all we can do to just keep breathing, never mind having to look after the day-to-day duties. By securing these essentials for his wife, he has provided her with a sense of security and stability during a time that feels anything but.His actions reflect a level of care, dedication, and consideration that goes beyond mere financial responsibility; it is love...in its purest form.He loved her so much in life that he wanted to make sure she was still okay in his death.Grand gestures of love are great but it's in the everyday, looking out for each other kind of ways, where true love is really found. It's in the small things people do for each other, just to make life easier. It's in sharing responsibilities so one person doesn't have to carry the burden alone. Even though he's gone, this husband's love for his wife lives on in his small gestures of kindness and care. And that? Is the kind of love that lasts forever.More from Goalcast:Woman Is Diagnosed With Dementia – So Her Husband of 55 Years Makes a VowShocked Mom Finds Dozens of Notes In Her Daughter’s Drawers – Realizes Her Husband Has Given ThemWoman Wakes Up to Husband’s Dirty Dishes in the Sink – Instead of Cleaning Up, He Left Her a Note With 3 Words

They Were Sent to the Principals Office for Kissing on the School Bus - 77 Years Later, a Phone Call Changes Everything
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They Were Sent to the Principals Office for Kissing on the School Bus - 77 Years Later, a Phone Call Changes Everything

Bill Hassinger and Joanne Blakkan met on the school bus 77 years ago. It was 1947 and they were both students at North Muskegon High School in West Michigan. Joanne was a junior and Bill was a freshman.They became high school sweethearts, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Not then anyway. Fast forward seven decades and the two have found their way back. To each other. High School RomanceBill and Joanne started off as friends. Every day, she would save him a seat on the bus. Despite their two-year age difference, they started dating and fell in love."[We] became more and more attracted to each other and then the next year was serious. In those days, you called it 'going steady,"' Joanne told Fox News.They were smitten. "One time we got called to the principal's office for kissing on the school bus."Joanne BlakkanJoanne graduated in 1949. She went off to college at Michigan State and Bill stayed behind, still in high school. She visited sometimes on weekends. But time and distance can be a cruel mistress and the couple drifted apart. They both found new loves, married, and each had three children. They Lived a Lifetime ApartBill married a classmate at 19, just six months before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He spent the next two years in Salzburg, Austria before returning home to enjoy a 32-year career with the Michigan State Police. He was married to his wife for 68 years — until her death in 2021.Meanwhile, Joanne was busy with her own career and family. After her husband died of a heart attack in 1989 at the age of 57, she was content to be on her own. For 73 years, Bill and Joanne never set eyes on each other. “We went our separate ways,” Joanne, now 92, said. “I had lived alone all this time and I certainly wasn’t looking for love or a man. I was content. But he was always in the back of my mind. I loved that young boy.”And then in 2022, fate stepped in. Part of the planning committee for her 73rd high school reunion, Joanne was searching for her former classmates online when she thought of Bill. Curious, she decided to look him up. With the help of her daughter, Linda, she found him living 80 miles away. Seven Decades Later, They're ReunitedJoanne wrote him a letter. Within moments of receiving it, Bill was on the phone. Not long after they met for lunch. It was as if time had faded away. Within hours, the flame of first love was rekindled. It didn't matter that neither one was looking for love, love found them anyway. “We just went back to the same feelings for each other,” Bill said. “We're just as much and more in love today than when we were teenagers.”Now, the two spend as much time as their 80-mile commute allows, walking, talking, and playing cards. “We are having a ball,” Joanne said.And their families couldn't be more excited for them. “Neither one of them were looking for this,” Linda said. “My father died and she never dated after that. I don't think she would've dated anyone besides Bill. Both sides of the family are thrilled.”And in a sweet homage to teenage love, Joanne is once again wearing the green gem bracelet Bill gave her as a birthday gift, so many years ago. The couple are still trying to figure out what the future looks like as far as living arrangements. What they do know, is that they want to spend the time they have left together. Life’s Not Over Because You’re AgingIf there's anything we can take away from this nonagenarian romance, it's that we're never too old for love. And true love? Will always find a way, even if it takes 70 years. As for anyone questioning whether or not they should get into a relationship later in life? Bill and Joanne have one piece of advice. Don't wait."If you feel the love for each other, then just spend time together because life is short, and we realize that now, at our age, we don't know how much time we have together, but we're just making the most of every day," Joanne said. "Just go for it."More from Goalcast:Woman Goes With High School Sweetheart on a Date – Finds Out He’d Been Working on a Secret for MonthsHigh School Sweethearts Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary – Little Did They Know, They Would Be In “Tears” After Their DateHigh School Sweethearts Break Up After Graduation – 63 Years Later, One Phone Call Leads to Their Marriage

Interracial Couple Defies Racism and Weds 46 Years Ago - Today, Theyre Still Not Letting Anything Stop Them
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Interracial Couple Defies Racism and Weds 46 Years Ago - Today, Theyre Still Not Letting Anything Stop Them

Jeri and Mike Wirtz are used to defying the odds.An interracial couple in the 1970s, prejudice and racism were far from a thing of the past despite the ground-breaking legalization of mixed marriages in 1967. It was truly them against the world. And now? It's them against cancer. And if love's got anything to do with it, cancer doesn't stand a chance. Interracial Couple Doesn’t Let Anything Stand in the Way of LoveThe year was 1976 when Jeri and Mike first laid eyes on each other by the pool at their apartment complex. Both in their mid-20s, Jeri was working as a model and fashion designer and Mike was with AT&T. It took Mike a week to summon up the courage to ask her out on a date, but then they fell hard and fast. "We knew that prejudice and interracial...you know, people were against it a lot. But that was something we were not going to let stop us," Jeri told Good Morning America.A year later, the couple wed at a small wedding chapel in Artesia, Cerritos in Southern California. Three years later they welcomed their daughter, Nicole and in 1985, their son Ryan was born. Now, 3 grandchildren and 46 years later, Mike and Jeri say a lot has changed in the world regarding acceptance and integration. "I just look around and I'm just amazed because it's totally, totally integrated with every race you could imagine," Mike said about his grandchildren's school in an interview with Good Morning America. And while the world may have changed over the years, one thing has remained steadfastly the same — they're still each other's "ONE." Even though it hasn't always been easy, nearly five decades later, they're still going strong. "We maintained our marriage because we both took our vows seriously and made a commitment to each other."Mike Wirtz via Newsweek"It's important to respect one another and not to try and change your partner, because at the end of the day, you fell in love with who they are. That's what makes them so special and unique."Becoming Instagram and TikTok FamousAt the age of 72, the couple decided to become content creators after their son posted a quick 10-second "teenage dirtbag" photo montage of his parents on TikTok. The video went viral with nearly 2 million people instantly falling in love with the duo.In just a few months, their social media has taken off. And one quick look at their reels and it's so easy to see why. Because true love? The kind that stirs the soul and is the stuff of Hollywood movies? Isn't dead.Thirty-eight million people have fallen in love with their love story.But it's not just their enviable love that has everyone in their feelings or the fact that they are living proof that even in the face of racism and discrimination, love always wins. It's also their infectious positivity, joy, and hope, even while battling cancer. Love Always WinsIn 2017, Jeri was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer. Three years later, Mike also heard the dreaded words, "It's prostate cancer."After undergoing treatment, Mike is now cancer-free. And even though there is no cure for Jeri, she's choosing to live her life to the fullest. "I have fought through chemo and radiation and I refuse to give up," she wrote on one of her Instagram reels. She believes that anything is possible. And when you watch her unbridled joy and zest for life she makes you believe that anything is possible too. Jeri and Mike hope that by sharing their story, the good and the bad, they can inspire others struggling with their own life challenges. "I think so many people resonated with our story because we are real people, just living our lives despite whatever obstacles life throws our way. I hope we can inspire people to never give up and keep going," Mike said.So What Is Their Secret to Long and Lasting Love?As for how they’ve made it work all these years, they both say trust and respect have a lot to do with it. (Also, the fact that they both literally never seem to age doesn't hurt, probably)."First and foremost, you need to be friends who genuinely like each other. You can't mold each other into something you're not," Jeri advises."It's about accepting your partner for who they are, quirks and all, while they do the same for you," she continues. "And at the core of it all, it's about cultivating love, mutual respect, and unwavering trust in each other."Clearly, they've figured it out because it's definitely working for them. Jeri and Mike met at a time when interracial relationships were still being viewed through a lens of prejudice and discrimination. Despite societal pressures and negative attitudes, they chose each other. And regardless of what life throws at them, they're still choosing each other. As much as things change, so many things remain the same. As we continue to witness profound global divisions, their story of the power of love, strength, and resilience is more important than ever. More from Goalcast:Woman Finally Marries “True Love” 43 Years After Her Mother Forced Her to End Interracial RelationshipDad Of Interracial Family Admits To Confronting His Own Racial Bias – Learns Powerful LessonBlack Couple Helped Chinese-American Family When No One Else Would — Now, They Are Paying It Back in a Big Way

Woman Goes Through Her Camera Roll - Cant Believe Her Eyes When She Sees This in the Background of a Photo
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Woman Goes Through Her Camera Roll - Cant Believe Her Eyes When She Sees This in the Background of a Photo

Instagram went wild when wellness influencer, Jenn Chia (@soimjenn) posted a startling video that reveals her current husband lurking in the background of a selfie she snapped. Which wouldn't be a red flag at all — if it weren't for the fact that they weren't together at the time.In fact, they wouldn't even meet for another 2 years. The "coincidence" had fans going off with all kinds of crazy theories...but Chia had her own.She Was Going through Her Camera Roll and Couldn’t Believe Her EyesJenn Chia, 31, revealed the plot twist of a lifetime, when she created a mashup video made up of several images, taken over 10 years. Needless to say, the video tells a pretty crazy story — and it's making us question everything we know when it comes to fate."I'm still shaking looking at this." Jenn Chia, InstagramOn Oct. 10th, 2012, Chia's friend snapped a pic of her posing at what appears to be a crowded food court. Chia's head is titled while she smiles wide for the camera. She's blissfully unaware of how this seemingly simple moment she captured on camera, would blow her mind over a decade later.In her Instagram video, Chia zooms in on a stranger hovering over her shoulder. The man has a two-strapped backpack on his shoulders and seems to be looking off in the distance. But even in profile, this then-stranger is unmistakable. His name is Jon Liddell — and he's Jenn Chia's future husband.Watch Jenn Chia's Video: After the photo of Chia snapped in October of 2012, Chia's video cuts to a photo taken of the couple, two years later in 2014.The lovebirds are cozied up on a ferris wheel and Liddell poses with a stuffed animal he presumably won for Chia at a carnival. By the looks of it, it's a pretty swoon-worthy date! But Chia saves the best for last.She shares an intimate black and white photograph, taken on their wedding day. She captioned the pic simply, "Married 9 years later."Jenn Chia, InstagramIt should go without saying, with an incredible twist of fate like theirs, that the comment section blew up with all kinds of responses! Fans Were Calling It “The Invisible String Theory”Chia's post racked up over 45,000 shares and hundreds of comments!People from all over the world were putting in their two cents — and it's priceless. Everything from the heartfelt to the hilarious.Jenn Chia, Instagram [comments]But perhaps the favorite theory was "The Invisible String Theory."If you don't know what the invisible string theory is — don't worry. It may sound complicated but it's a pretty simple concept.What’s the Invisible String Theory?In East Asia, there exists a Chinese folklore legend known as The Red Thread of Fate. According to this myth, two individuals destined to be soulmates are said to be connected by an unseen red cord. This cord ensures that, despite the challenges of time, distance, or obstacles, they will inevitably reunite with each other.Sounds crazy? It may just be — but when you hear a story like Chia and Liddells' it's hard not think that maybe there's something to it?Even though The Invisible String Theory is an ancient legend, it was recently re-popularized on TikTok and we have none other than Taylor Swift to thank for that!They Gave Taylor Swift a Little Shout OutThe massive pop star is known to leave all kinds of obscure "easter eggs" for her fans — and her album Folklore is no exception. In her song Invisible String, Swift sings about how timing is everything and how we're all connected — and it set off an awesome TikTok trend.TikTokers were inspired by this song to share their own love stories — before they even knew their love stories!Including Jenn Chia are her husband, Jon Liddell. After their video went viral, they did a sweet musical tribute to how we're all connected. The song they chose to sing was — you guessed it — T-Swizzle's Invisible String. “The Right Person Will Find You at the Right Time”Perhaps the best part of their rollercoaster love story is how the married couple were able to reflect on how the timing is always right, even if we don't know it yet.Instead of wishing she'd have turned around all those years ago and spare herself two years of dating heartache — Jenn Chia sees it differently."We met at the right time. If it was before, I don’t think the relationship would have lasted. I was a narcissistic monster, unaware and naive. Took me a year of travelling and being single to reflect and realize my own mistakes. That’s when we met."Jenn Chia, InstagramHer husband, Liddell doubled down on the same sentiment.Jenn Chia, Instagram [comments]When it comes to love, we can rush around trying to meet our soulmate or even worse — think they may not even be out there at all.But if Jenn Chia's love story reminds of us anything, it's an anecdote for the famous words: "What is meant to be yours, will always find its way to you."More from Goalcast:

Woman Is Diagnosed With Dementia - So Her Husband of 55 Years Makes a Vow
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Woman Is Diagnosed With Dementia - So Her Husband of 55 Years Makes a Vow

Just in case you think true love is dead, think again. In a real-life story straight out of The Notebook, one husband is making sure that his wife (who suffers from dementia) is living her best life. Each and every day. And if this doesn't make the most skeptical among us believe in the power of love, nothing will. All in the Name of LoveIt's been 55 years since Jim and Maureen of Sydney, Australia said "I Do." Their love story began on Queenscliff Beach, the site of their first date decades ago.It's a beach they still frequent multiple times a week.“Our first date was to go to Queenscliff Beach, that’s the first time I held Maureen’s hand,” Jim told the Manly Observer. "And every day when I come to the beach, we walk down to Queenscliff and I remind her that this is where we first held hands." "But she doesn’t understand,” he added, tears in his eyes.Sadly, four years ago, Maureen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. In 2021, during a stint in the hospital, doctors told Jim that his wife had very little time left. Despite the fact that Maureen no longer remembered much of their life together, Jim decided then and there to make it his mission to make every day they had left count.He's held onto that promise. For three years...and counting. Husband’s Sweet Gesture for Wife With Dementia“My philosophy is each day, I want to give Maureen the best day she can have. That statement stems from when she came out of the hospital, and each day could have been her last," Jim said.Part of that includes taking Maureen for a lunch date and a stroll along their favorite beach at least three days a week. It was during their walks that Jim noticed something heartbreaking. Maureen would attempt to engage passersby, often reaching out to try to touch their hands. Almost always, she was ignored. Jim knew, after speaking to a friend whose father had dementia, that this kind of physical connection was a way for Maureen to communicate with folks around her. “He was telling me that, right at the end, the last days with his dad, they [communicate] by signals of squeezing hands and so on, so taking in a whole lot more than they realised,” Jim explained.Jim wanted to prove to his wife that while she may not remember who she is, she isn't forgotten. He enlisted the help of a local design and print studio, CRE8withJAZ.He had a t-shirt custom-made with the words, "My beautiful wife has dementia. Please say "Hello" to her," emblazoned across it.It worked.Spreading a Message About People With DementiaOnce Jim started wearing the shirt on their dates, people began to take notice of Maureen. In fact, the results were overwhelming.“What surprised me initially was that so many people were foreign tourists from all over the world," he said. And just by taking a moment or two to acknowledge the couple has made a real impact in their lives. “I’d really like to thank all the people that have stopped by and had a chat to Maureen, they really brighten her day, which brightens mine."Jim hopes sharing his story will spread an important message about people with Alzheimer's and dementia."[They] are living people and should be treated that way."He added that being a caregiver has given him a whole new perspective on the importance of seeing and validating the people around us. “I’m no expert, but as I walk along Manly Beach, I’ve been doing it for four years, I noticed a lot of people with some sort of handicap or were walking with a carer that looked lonely. I’ll go up to them and say hello, to have a chat to them and I think more people should do that and just notice the people around them.”The Love of a LifetimeIt's obvious that when Jim vowed to love, honor, and cherish Maureen through sickness and in health five decades ago, he meant it. As difficult and heartbreaking as it is to watch the person we've spent a lifetime loving slowly slip away, it is heartening to know that love still finds its way. And their grandson, Noah, confirms it. In a comment on social media, he wrote:"That’s my beautiful grandparents! I have never seen someone Iove another person as much as these two love each other and I hope I can take care of someone the way my Poppy does one day."It's stories like these that fuel the hopeless romantic in us. But they also remind us of just how precious love is.The reality is that none of us know how much time we have with the ones we love. And while we may not be able to control time or what life throws at us, we can do our best to make the most of every single minute. More from Goalcast:Dad With Dementia Has a Heartwarming Realization Right Before Daughter’s Wedding81-Year-Old With Dementia Gets Lost – Then One Viral Photo Shows Her Family What Actually Happened in the Forest82-Year-Old With Dementia Disappears Into the Freezing Cold – One Sanitation Worker Doesn’t Hesitate to Carry Her Into His Truck

Man Snaps a Photo of His Wife While Shes Napping - This Brings Him Proposals From Strangers Looking for Love
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Man Snaps a Photo of His Wife While Shes Napping - This Brings Him Proposals From Strangers Looking for Love

Bobby Wesson is one husband who is setting an example for other couples, when it comes to the importance of celebrating your partner — when they least expect it!He Snapped a Photo While She Was SleepingOne Alabama couple is going viral for all the right reasons! When Bobby Wesson saw his wife Rayena cuddling their sleeping newborn he couldn't help but snap a picture of the sweet moment.But that isn't all he did."This is my wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work."Bobby Wesson, FacebookWesson was completely overcome with love for his family and gratitude for his wife, so he decided to do something about it.His Simple Post on Facebook Went ViralIn that very moment, watching his wife sleeping soundly with their little one, Wesson felt inspired to write a sweet tribute on Facebook celebrating his wife for all she does...and the moment went viral.The post racked up over 900,000 likes and snagged over 200,000 shares.Viewers from around the globe could not get enough of how beautiful one husband's words were, when it came to honoring his wife for all that she does.Read Bobby Wesson's Letter:"This is my wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work.The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously - her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee.She will sit on the couch with her legs crossed under her and try to drink it while happily playing with the toddler that's crawling all over her.She will occasionally stare off blankly as we talk; silently steeling herself for the coming shift. She thinks I don't notice.She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks - professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families - it doesn't matter who you are or what happened to you.She will take care of you.She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears, and fire from her aching feet and leave them outside.Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can't wait to talk about it.Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry -- but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero."The “Care” Never Stops — His Wife Is Trauma NurseBobby Wesson/FacebookRayena Wesson works around the clock — literally. When she's not nursing her little one? She's nursing a revolving door of trauma patients at the hospital she works at in Alabama.Yes, Rayena Wesson is a trauma nurse — and one of the many first responders who risked their own health to attend to others during the Covid-19 pandemic.It's pretty clear why her husband had so many beautiful words to share about his wife, and maybe it's a reminder that maybe more men should take a page out of Wesson's book?He Received Hundreds of Messages Asking Him OutBobby Wesson/FacebookIronically, Wesson's post celebrating his wife attracted the attention of hundreds of single women looking for those qualities in a man.Naturally, he wasn't interested because of the aforementioned quality of being a devoted husband.The couple — who've been married since 2013 — didn't miss out on the opportunity to post a hilarious mass-reply to all the single ladies out there looking for love.Wesson, opens up the video telling fans if you've messaged him or are thinking of messaging him — don't!He continues to say he would never "betray" his wife before looking off camera and whispering "is that good?"He then pans to reveal his wife jokingly holding him "hostage" at knife point.A few thirsty women aside though, Wesson shared his wife was overwhelmed with the response the couple received after their post went viral.Sharing Their Story Inspired Others to Share Their OwnThe Wesson's weren't looking for any special attention when Bobby Wesson shared his post. "Those of you that know my wife know that she flinches at the word 'hero,'" Wesson shared in the aftermath of their viral moment.However, the Wessons received more than congratulatory pats on the back; they received so many messages from strangers sharing their similar stories."Rayena and I have been humbled by all of the stories that nurses, medical professionals, patients and people from all over the world have shared with us."He continued, "She doesn't miss an opportunity to downplay her role and tell people that she is a small part of a very large team - but she is a large part of my very small team and I'm proud of her."Be a “Large Part” of Your Own “Small Team”The Wesson's viral moment is a reminder of how meaningful it is, when a husband acknowledges his wife for the "little things"...because they add up.We may not all be trauma nurses fighting on the front lines — but we don't have to be. Even in our own family units we all have the power to make big change. Whether it's covering when a babysitter drops out last minute or just doing an extra load of dishes when nobody's looking — it all adds up!More from Goalcast:

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When you’ve found your perfect match, there are certain things that just feel right. Although you don’t have to have everything in common, odds are the two of you have probably bonded over certain things that speak to your personalities. For Brandon Dinetz and Jen Lettman, two attorneys in Florida, the law is what brought them together. Little did they know just how much it would factor into their happily ever after, though. A Special Case For these two, what started as a working relationship easily transformed into something more. Before this couple knew it, they were bonding and connecting over their work. They’d often help each other, especially when it came to crafting their opening statements. So one day, when Dinetz asked Lettman to come to court and critique his arguments, she didn’t think twice. She had no idea that he was about to put a plan five months in the making into action. When she entered the courtroom, she thought she was going to hear statements for a DUI case. There was a real judge, a defense attorney, and a few other people there to make it feel like an actual case. Then the judge said to bring in the jury. A Gigantic Surprise As the jury filed in, Lettman grew confused. She recognized Dinetz’s father, then her own sister. She began tearing up when she realized there were 17 of her and her boyfriend’s loved ones in the box, grinning at her. “I heard noises behind me of her starting to freak out,” Dinetz recalled to The Guardian. “She started to cry; it was a laugh-cry, and then it was all crying. Then she saw all of her friends and colleagues and she knew exactly what was happening at that point. Her reaction was priceless.” Of course, instead of delivering an opening statement, Dinetz was proposing. In a video, he popped the question, to which Lettman immediately said yes. The judge then “sentenced” them to life as everyone cheered. “The courtroom idea was the first thing I thought of doing [for a proposal],” Dinetz added. “It’s not weird for me to say: ‘Hey, come watch part of my trial and check out what I’m doing in court.’ The fact that we both met in this job and we both are attorneys, I thought there was some symbolism behind that. It was more meaningful that we could incorporate our careers into it.” A Viral Reaction If a proposal should be personalized, thoughtful, and meaningful, this one is as perfect as it comes. Not only did planning take five months, but Dinetz ordered a special ring, coordinated a ton of friends and family, and asked a real judge and a real criminal defense attorney to come out to sell it. So naturally the video capturing the special moment went viral. “The next thing I know is we’re getting texts from friends and family that all of these different sites had it and we were like: ‘Well, this is pretty cool,’” Dinetz continued. Still, he didn’t take the video to gain online stardom. He did it because he wanted to marry the love of his life and show her how much she meant to him. “It’s cool that it’s getting attention, but to me, the proposal itself is what’s most important… I am going to be married to Jen. That’s really what matters to me.” The Power of Love If this story shows us one thing it’s that love is powerful. Not only did love inspire this man to get creative with an amazing proposal, but the video was shared far and wide, inspiring others in the process. It also reminds us that everyone’s love story is unique, and just because it might not look like it does in the movies or on TV doesn’t mean that it’s any less special. True love is finding someone who understands and appreciates the quirks that make you who you are. Not only will they embrace them, but they may one day plan a proposal around them. That proposal doesn't have to be grand or expensive or huge, either. If it's something that's special between you and your loved one, then that makes it the most special of all. More from Goalcast: Man Mocked For Modest Proposal To Girlfriend At KFC Restaurant Ends Up Having The Last Laugh Boyfriend Shocks Woman On Flight With A Surprise Proposal Man Shows Up Behind a Woman While She Is Taking a Photo During Vacation – And Did Something That Shocked Her