Love conquers all - 3 inspiring stories of true love

1.        The couple that survived

   Ben Bostic was waiting for a plane, when he noticed a tall, brunette, curly-haired woman waiting for that same flight. He thought she was incredibly beautiful. Ben was secretly wishing she'd sit next to him on the plane, but that wasn't meant to be. The beautiful woman, 31-year-old Laura Zych, took a seat somewhere else. Had this been any other flight, they probably never would've even talked to each other, and gone their separate ways.

  But this time, things went different. Little over a minute into the flight, the plane flew into a flock of geese. Both engines stopped functioning. The plane started descending, and it was clear they weren't going to make it to their destination. Luckily, they had an incredible skilled pilot, Chesley Sullenberg, who managed to steer the falling plane onto the Hudson River, and land it onto the water. The passengers and crew climbed out onto the wings, and boats were sent to rescue them. Everyone survived.

  Six months after the plane's landing, the TV show 60 minutes organized a reunion of the people on board, followed by a party at a survivor's house. Both Ben and Laura attended. A fellow passenger Laura knew introduced them to each other. This time, Ben was not shy of making his feelings known and told Laura he had noticed her on the plane. Laura invited Ben to stay at his house after the party. Even though he had to go to work at 8 am, they stayed up and talked all night. They became a couple soon after.

  Ben and Laura's relationship is strengthened by the bond of having survived the near-crash of the plane. Neither of them takes the time they spend together for granted, and they are looking forward to their future together.

2.         Brought  back together by destiny...After 60 years apart

  3 days after Russian couple Boris and Anna Koslov got married in 1946, they had to say goodbye. Boris had to go back to his unit in the Red Army. Anna stayed and patiently waited for him to come back to her, like he had several times before.

  Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. Anna's father's political beliefs put him into opposition with the government at the time. Some time ago, he had been sent into exile by the government. And now, the time had come for the rest of her family and her to go as well. Anna threatened to commit suicide rather than go, as she couldn't bear the idea of living without Boris by her side. But she was forced to go, leaving behind no contact information.

  When Boris came home, he found no trace of Anna, no matter how hard he tried to look for her. Nobody knew where she was.

  Anna had been sent to live in a village far from the one she was from. Her mother convinced her that Boris hadn't contacted her because he had married someone else. She told Anna to move on and marry another man she had already picked out for her. Anna was devastated, and tried to commit suicide, but eventually her mother got her to believe that it was indeed her destiny to forget about Boris and remarry. So she did.

  Boris, not knowing where Anna was, was devastated, but eventually found the strength to move on with his life. He also married again. But he never forgot Anna. When he wrote his first book, he dedicated it to her.

  60 years passed. Both of their new spouses died.

  In 2007, Anna, now a widow, decided to go back to her original home village to visit the house she and Boris lived in after their wedding. She had never forgotten about that magical time with the love of her life.

  Miraculously, Boris had also arrived at the town on the same day that she did, to visit his parents' grave. Stepping out of his car, he spotted a familiar face across the road - Anna's. At first, he couldn't believe it was possible for it to be her. He approached her and they recognized each other. All the feelings that were once there between them came back. They fell in love with each other all over again. The time had done nothing to destroy the bond they had. Anna and Boris got married again, becoming a happy couple that never fights and values each other above anything.

3.          The love that remains through any tragedy

  22-year-old Lance-Corporal Martyn Compton met schoolteacher Michelle Clifford, 25, at a pub in 2006. They were instantly attracted to each other, and became a couple soon after. In June that same year, Martyn proposed to Michelle, and she accepted. But their bliss proved to be shortlived - 2 weeks after their engagement, he had to leave to Afganistan with his military unit. Michelle never left his mind, and he sent her flowers regurarly.

  In August, Martyn was driving the troops through a seemingly abandoned village, when enemy soldiers unexpectedly started firing at them. As soon as they had started to escape, a grenade was thrown at the car. It exploded, setting Martyn's upper body on fire. He jumped out of the car, breaking his arm, and pulled off the armour with one hand. He rolled around in the sand and managed to put out the flames. He was looking for cover when a soldier shot him in the leg. He thought he was going to die there and then, and all he could think of was Michelle, wishing he had married her.

  His collegues rescued him and took him back into their base, from where he was airlifted into the hospital in Britain. He was in a disasterous condition. His heart stopped 3 times on the way to the hospital, but he survived, but fell into a coma. 70% of his body had been severely scarred by the fire. His eyelids had fused
inside out and he no longer had ears, nose or hair.

  Martyn stayed unconscious for 3 months. Michelle sat by his bedside nearly every day. She played him his favourite songs and told him stories about their friends and family. The doctors told her he may never wake up, and if he did, it was unlikely he'd ever walk again. Yet, he woke up. The first thing he did, was sit up and ask Michelle how she was doing. He always put her first.

  For a year, Michelle stood by Martyn as he gradually recovered, feeding him, washing him, brushing his teeth. She saw him go through 15 operations to repair the damage to his body. Despite all of that, Michelle set a date for their wedding, and they both were determined to keep it. The thought of finally walking down the aisle with Michelle kept Martyn going.

 With Michelle's support, Martyn eventually managed to beat the odds and walk again, despite what the doctorssaid. And then, two years after their engagement, they got married, the same day that Michelle planned.

  It seemed that things had finally took a turn for the better for them. And then, Michelle discovered she was pregnant with twins. They were beyond happy, they had always wanted children. In July 2009, Michelle went into labor prematurely. The babies were very weak and they both died on the same day. Again, they found themselves going through an unimaginable tragedy.

  But they were brave, and pulled through together. Michelle got pregnant again, this time with one baby. And on November 16, 2010, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Archie. Enduring one hardship after another, they managed to make their dream of starting a family come true, thanks to their undestroyable love for each other.

 Martyn and Michelle have written a book describing their ordeal from their own points of view, titled "Home From War".

Photo by flickr user lrargerich


nothingprofound said...

Three very different anecdotes of inspired love. Martyn's and Michelle's story brought me to tears-so moving. I would love to see a movie based on their story.

Anonymous said...

These stories are great, thank you for sharing them with us, and show us that Love can everything really.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

What beautiful stories of love......Thanks for sharing!

Balqis DBJ said...

The stories are simply awesome! Love is so magical. :)

The Reason You Come said...

These stories are so precious, telling us that love does, indeed, conquer all. Sometimes, it's hard to keep believing in love in this crazy world, but these stories show us that love can triumph. I'm married to a man I love very much, though we fight. This is why the statement about Anna and Boris never fighting because they value each other above everything else puts things in perspective.

Btw, I submitted a comment earlier but deleted it after seeing some typo. Also, I like your blog and will follow you! :)

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Great stories! Thanks for sharing. I followed you from AW.

Jill Wellington said...

LOVE all these stories. SO inspiring!

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