Open Hearts by Jane Seymour

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A person with an Open Heart can see and connect with the beauty of the world. I hope you will draw inspiration from the stories that have been shared by others, like you, who recognize and value the importance of living life with an Open Heart. To share how living with an Open Heart allowed you to overcome adversity and create something positive, or upload your written story.

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  • Life Rolls On

    "Open Hearts Family..." Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Family

    Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Family
  • Life Rolls On

    "Open Hearts Community: KeepAnOpenHeart.com..." Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Community: KeepAnOpenHeart.com

    Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Community: KeepAnOpenHeart.com
  • Life Rolls On

    "Open Hearts Foundation..." Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Foundation

    Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Foundation
  • Life Rolls On

    "Open Hearts Philosophy..." Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Philosophy

    Jane,
    New York, NY

    Open Hearts Philosophy
  • "The Fleishman's Story..." Barbara and Don,
    Coral Springs, FL

    The Fleishman's Story

    Barbara and Don,
    Coral Springs, FL

    The Fleishman's Story
  • "Drea's Dream..." Susan,
    Charlestown, RI

    Drea's Dream

    Susan,
    Charlestown, RI

    Drea's Dream

Written Stories

  • Look the Part of Having Confidence

    Look the Part of Having Confidence Audrey,
    Birmingham, MI

    If you look at every bad situation as another bad mark on your life, then people would not be able to better their lives or accomplish their dreams. I had no reason to accomplish anything due to some of my early choices; pregnant, dropped out of high school and married at 15. By 18, I was divorced but back in high school. I can count a handful of people who opened their hearts and helped me rise above the ashes, but to this day, I claim that it is my choices to produce and radiate my confidence that made the difference in my life. With every loss there is a lesson and I have known this secret since I was in my early 20s. With wisdom comes confidence but more importantly; wanting to help others to succeed, you must look the part of having confidence and have an open heart. Today I am a college graduate, happily married to the love of my life and have a wonderful loving family.

    Audrey,
    Birmingham, MI

    Look the Part of Having Confidence
  • Hope

    Hope Sandy,
    New Philadelphia, OH

    In 1999 I met the most wonderful man in the world. After losing my parents, mom in 1997 and dad in 1999, I felt very blessed to have found another love. Through years of trials and tribulations, we were married in 2005. Later that year, my step-son came to live with us along with my son. In 2006 my husband started to change dramatically and asked for a separation. Three months later, he was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 46. He had no health insurance at the time, but because of my love for him, I was able to give that to him BEFORE his diagnosis. The next several months were filled with heartache and love. My husband went through chemotherapy and radiation along with surgery. My step-son committed suicide months later. Even though my husband and I are still separated, I feel my love for him has been the greatest gift that I have experienced. I have found that true love is giving and unselfish and even though my heart aches every day to have him back in my life, I know that I gave him the greatest gift of all.

    Sandy,
    New Philadelphia, OH

    Hope
  • Keep an Open heart and hang in there!

    Keep an Open heart and hang in there! Wendy,
    Heerhugowaard, CA

    I will always have an open heart. I was raised that way. But I lost it for a while. Life was smiling at me at 21 (2001) until I had an accident in which I almost died. After complications and a coma, doctors told me I couldn’t walk and talk properly. My world was shattered. Thinking my life was over I shut myself down completely and was angry at the whole world. In the hospital I met another patient, a young man. He tried to cheer me up and he succeeded in doing so. The young man was discharged from the hospital and he bought me a stuffed animal and told me: hang in there I know you can. Three days later the nurse told me that the young man who gave me the stuffed animal past a way in his sleep at his home. I couldn’t believe it I was devastated. I made myself a promise to hang in there and open my heart again. Knowing I still had a long way to go. I learned to walk and talk, started drawing, learning all kinds of new stuff and helping others along the way. (Still do) In time you heal, you lose and gain things in live, but when a Stranger with an open heart makes a difference in giving up or moving on, you won’t forget. -Wendy- ( Netherlands)

    Wendy,
    Heerhugowaard, CA

    Keep an Open heart and hang in there!
  • Emileigh's Heart

    Emileigh's Heart dianna,
    metamora, OH

    Emileigh was born with a broken heart on May 30, 2005. She also has Down Syndrome. She had open heart surgery when she was just 3 months old. She made it through the surgery with flying colors. Today she is almost 7yrs old and teaching us to keep our hearts open to others with disabilities and how to be patient. We have learned to take each day as it comes. We literally get to stop and smell the "roses" every day. Not just the roses though, she has taught us to look at the beauty in everything. She inspires us to accept others, no matter how different. She is our OPEN HEART.

    dianna,
    metamora, OH

    Emileigh's Heart
  • Love doesn't cost a thing.

    Love doesn't cost a thing. Gerard,
    Pikesville, MD

    I met Tanzania Tompkins while crashing her birthday party. Since then I have been laid off and in a terrible financial situation. It was hard on me personally being an attorney from a very good law school, and struggling to pay even a cell phone bill. Four years later we are getting married (5/5/12). She has been a beacon for me keeping me mentally tough and helping me through the roughest part of my life. Tanzania is my heart's beat, she is the pause I have between breaths. I love her with all my heart, and at a time when I lost faith in everything, she opened her heart to me and in return I have opened my heart to her.

    Gerard,
    Pikesville, MD

    Love doesn't cost a thing.
  • Jeffreys Story

    Jeffreys Story Amanda,
    Hooksett, NH

    After years of neglect and abuse Jeffrey was taken away from his mother and father at 4 years old. His mother is my sister who lived out of state. I received a phone call from the state. And after a long talk we both took in my nephew. He didn't know me nor my fiance. It was a big responsiblitly however at 24 I knew I had to open my heart and arms to a child who did not know me. We had to struggle to be a instant parent to him. Teach things like his name and other daily living tasks. During this difficult time my fiance also endured a severe motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life. I have learned that through out this life, things will come our way. Things we may not expect like Jeffrey or an accident. However, if your heart is open to new opertunity to make a diffrence in one persons life then the blessings will flow. Granted this past year has not been easy dealing with hospital visits, and raising someone elses child with behavioral disorders. However it is love that has gotten us through these difficult times. And if a child can bring a smile to your face then it is worth the struggle.

    Amanda,
    Hooksett, NH

    Jeffreys Story
  • Us (Tu y Yo)

    Us (Tu y Yo) Maria,
    Stockton, CA

    I'm a single parent of two. After my divorce, I thought I'd never meet anyone again. But even though I love talking and spending time with my children, I still felt lonely. Against all odds and my beliefs, I decided to go on a dating site. I registered with eHarmony. Within two weeks I was matched with someone, whom I never thought would change my life. We communicated for about a month via email before we decided to meet in person. Once I met him, I knew he was the one. I felt like I had known him for ever! He made me feel so comfortable and he felt the same way too. A month after that, he "officially" asked me to be his girlfriend. 1 1/2 yrs after being matched on eHarmony, he proposed! We are currently engaged and looking forward to getting married hopefully this year. We would like to get married June 23, 2012. I believe this happened because I kept an open heart, even though I had had a bad experience in my previous marriage. Today, I am going to David's Bridal to pick up my wedding gown. I am so happy and glad I kept an open heart!! Maria

    Maria,
    Stockton, CA

    Us (Tu y Yo)
  • Happy Tears

    Happy Tears Donna,
    Surfside Beach, SC

    My daughter, Taylor, suffers from chronic kidney stones which brings her to her knees. Last Christmas my happy tears began. There are two sides to our story. Taylor's illness has opened our hearts to each other in ways someone else may never understand and her musical talent makes a Mom so proud to know her daughter has a purpose in life. She chose your open heart pendant so that I can always have her by my heart. I know that my daughter loves me and appreciates the things I have done for her and I appreciate the wonderful person that she has become. I love my daughter because she is mine but I like her so much because of who she is. I have never removed the pendant from my heart and I never will.

    Donna,
    Surfside Beach, SC

    Happy Tears
  • In sickness or health...

    In sickness or health... Mary Lynn,
    Kingsley, PA

    When I became engaged to my husband, all of my family and friends said my life would be hard because he is a type I diabetic with complications. That did not matter to me then, nor does it matter to me now even though he has progressively gotten worse during our 6 year marriage to the point where he is now on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant. He was, and is, my true love. Keepin an open heart helped me to know this.

    Mary Lynn,
    Kingsley, PA

    In sickness or health...
  • Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace Paula,
    Venice, FL

    Jamesey, our 3 yr old son, is the grounding principal of my life here on Earth- In my twenties, i had anorexia and could barely care for myself, much less imagine a family of my own- Through faith and love, i was healed and am well,enjoying the true blessing of a child of God. Jamesey leads the pure way, everyday...I found my Poetry Ministry to be fulfilling in this world, and by simply, 'giving' my art to others, my mission is fulfilled through creating daily messages of hope through Christ.

    Paula,
    Venice, FL

    Amazing Grace
  • Love and  Open Heart Do Conquer All

    Love and Open Heart Do Conquer All Genevieve,
    Berkeley Springs, WV

    My story starts out rather sad, but has a happy ending. I grew up with my grandparents until their death. I was thirteen. I then moved with my mother and stepfather. I was so severely sexually abused, that Doctors said children wouldn't be possible for me. After college my sweetheart finally persuaded me to marry him. Even if I could not give him children. I had to open my heart to just trust a man we dated 8 years before I married him and were friends 5 before I would agree to "date". I did keep an open heart, I could hear my grandmother encouraging me to not close myself off. I have been married 16 years now and have 2 beautiful girls that I gave birth to. I lost 3 babies, so I often say I have two children here and 3 waiting for me in heaven, where I am sure my Grandmother is watching over them, as well as me and my girls. I was diagnosed with MS 14 years ago, but still dance everyday. An open heart has helped to keep my body healthy, I am in wonderful shape for the years I have had my diagnosis. As a dancer, losing control of my body is hard, but again, I won't give up or close my heart to the love of the daunce, as my ballet teacher pronounced it. I hope to teach my girls to have an open heart, just as my grandmother taught me. Thank you, Genevieve

    Genevieve,
    Berkeley Springs, WV

    Love and Open Heart Do Conquer All
  • My heart-My Spirit

    My heart-My Spirit Sharon,
    FortAtkinson, WI

    Dear Jane When I read the meaning of your open heart it truely touched my my heart. It got me to thinking on how I relized of how I allowed my broken spirit and heart were so closed and protected due to so much past abuse from my mother, two exhusbands, including two rapes and abution at the age of 5 and sexual abuse from a brother and two uncles. I consider myself a very strong survivor and now married to a great man, thanks to alot of great therapy and support. I beleive your symbol of the open heart can be an inspiration to alot of other women who will beleive they also have conquered tuff times and can move on and live with an open heart like I am learning. Thank you for caring about women. Sincerely Yours Sharon

    Sharon,
    FortAtkinson, WI

    My heart-My Spirit
  • I had given up hope of ever being happy again.....

    I had given up hope of ever being happy again..... Maria,
    Massapequa, NY

    My husband of 13 years left me with two children 6 and 9. They cried for hours the day he left. I read Jane's words a long time ago and have kept them in my heart. I keep a little booklet from Kay jewelers about the open heart collection behind my bed. I cannot afford to buy the jewelery right now but I kept my heart open that one day I would fall in love again. Six years after he left I am marrying a wonderful man I met a few years back. Many think I am crazy taking a chance again. But I always kept Jane's advice in my heart. The front of my wedding invitation states "If your heart is open, it can never stay broken"

    Maria,
    Massapequa, NY

    I had given up hope of ever being happy again.....
  • Open Heart Gives Open Mind

    Open Heart Gives Open Mind Tammy,
    Harpers Ferry, WV

    Stress in the office. As I sit in my office I can hear the others talking, some good and some bad. I wrap my hand around my open heart necklace (which was given as a gift from my husband) and I ask God to give me strength to have an open heart and open mind so that I do not get caught up in this mess of backstabbing over hearsay words. I say to myself over and over “Open Heart, Open Mind”. I typed these words and have them on my laptop so as I sit there working I can repeat them for they are in sight. And as I sit with the others, whether it’s 2 or 3 of us or all 12 of us as a group I will put my hand over my necklace during this time for strength.I find that wearing my opening heart ring (which I wear everyday) or any of my open heart necklaces I have gathered my strength and hope for a better work place. Over the past 6 months I feel more positive and hopeful and I can honestly say I am living with an “open heart” that keeps me “opened minded”, so that I am not as quick to judge others by what others say. And now when my coworkers ask me what’s wrong with you, is everything alright? And I can honestly say “I have an open heart and it’s a blessing”. And praying this will continue throughout the office.

    Tammy,
    Harpers Ferry, WV

    Open Heart Gives Open Mind
  • FORGIVNESS

    FORGIVNESS Linda,
    New Castle, PA

    My story involves my sister. My mother had been living with her until one day my mom called and wanted to come live with me because she had said my sister was being mean to her. She stayed here a week and went back because I got a job. I felt terrible but there was nothing I could do. My mother has since passed on and now my sister is not doing well. Having an open heart has made me forgive and feel sympathetic for her and now we are becoming closer. When you don't forgive it only stresses you out and makes a heavy heart. Open your heart, give all the love you can and you will always have an angel on your shoulder. Love is always possible if you let God take of the problems you have.

    Linda,
    New Castle, PA

    FORGIVNESS
  • Room for One More

    Room for One More Diane,
    Mount Laurel, NJ

    I volunteer for a Dog Rescue Group. I counsel people who have lost their beloved pets to illness and disease. Many people must face the decision to put their companion to sleep when life gets unbearable for their pet. One of our volunteers in Maine had to make that call for her third dog in less than one year's time. She was very upset and was feeling hopeless and depressed. Her dogs were her family and now they were all gone. It was too painful for her to think about adopting again. I felt her pain having gone through it myself when I lost my first dog, Lady, unexpectedly. I love this line of jewelry and decided the best advice I could give her was from Jane Seymour. I actually sent her one of the charms on a chain to wear around her neck. She was totally surprised and it did help her keep her heart open and she eventually did find a dog to adopt and share her love. I also gave my sister-in-law the Angel Open Heart pendant after her dog, Freckles died suddenly. I told her Freckles was her Angel in Heaven and her necklace was something she could hold on to when her grief and pain overwhelmed her. She hasn't taken it off since I gave it to her in August. So I do feel Jane Seymour's words of hope have helped my family and friends make room for one more in their hearts.

    Diane,
    Mount Laurel, NJ

    Room for One More
  • Persevere

    Persevere Alisa,
    Huntsville, AL

    The loss of my job one week before Christmas, 2008, caused undue stress on my family. I remained unemployed for eight months, living off unemployment compensation and going through my entire savings. With no retirement fund to fall back on, I became depressed by mounting expenses. After relentless pursuit of a job, I finally landed one with the City government as a shuttle driver. I have now come to realize that my economic difficulties pale in comparison to those residing in public housing. The people who ride the public transit system have been in their situation for a lifetime. I hope that my newfound attitude will bring joy to those I serve as a public transit driver. I make it a priority to greet every rider with a smile and a "good morning" as they board my bus. I have found pleasant conversation with some of these passengers, and hope that they have departed my bus with a smile on their faces. I think just doing simple things for these unfortunate people, helps lift up their spirits. I hope to continue my new found career in public transportation, with an emphasis on handicapped riders.

    Alisa,
    Huntsville, AL

    Persevere
  • Lifes Most Precious Love

    Lifes Most Precious Love Mary,
    Central City, PA

    The love from a mother to her unborn child. My brave beautiful daughter expecting her first chid was given the worst news that her unborn son was suffering with spina bifida. With love and prayers she made the decision to do all she can to give her son the best chance of life and have risky surgery in utero. Staying on bedrest and away from home for the next 5 months giving her son Jaidyn a real fighting chance of life. Keeping her heart open and able to accept what God would set forth for her and her son. Jaidyn is now 7 months old and going through more strugles in his life and with the love and strenght of his mother and our family. Lying in critical care at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. Hold his mothers (my daugher) hand my grandson is feeling the strenght of love and feeling the prayers from all. Just open your heart and let love show you the way to have the strenght to deal with all lifes situations. Your open heart lets more then love in it gives you the strenght to get through each day one day at a time. I wear my open heart necklace finding myslef rubbing my fingers over it saying prayers for the healing and strenght for my grandson and daughter. With all that my daughter Merissa ahas gone through love from our family helps her go foward daily. The love of a Mother.

    Mary,
    Central City, PA

    Lifes Most Precious Love
  • Blessed by a Stranger

    Blessed by a Stranger terry,
    brownwood, TX

    Many years after returning from service in the Gulf War, I was diagnosed with PTSD. It came a little late, as i lost my Family, and Home, and found myself living on the streets. My first night, I wound up at a shelter/ halfway house, and the first person i spoke with, was a "crack head" coming off a 2 week binge. He shook my hand, and looked me in the eyes, and said you don't belong here bud, go home before you wind up like me. He shared his story, as we ate beans,and rice, 2 slices of bread, and an apple. I layed in bed that night, and many nights since, thinking to myself, just when you think you've hit rock bottom, you look down, and your standing on someone's shoulders. what a wake-up call! That's been 6 years ago, Now I'm back with my Family, and alot of healing has taken place. So whenever times get a little rough, and I'm tempted to have a pity party, I remember a stranger, perhaps an angel of unawares, and I make the point of looking beyond myself. to reach out to a stranger, and try to be a Blessing.

    terry,
    brownwood, TX

    Blessed by a Stranger
  • Open heart to let mom go

    Open heart to let mom go Gail,
    Jones, OK

    This past year has been a very difficult year at best. My mom had suffered from a kidney disease for the past 12 years esculating to the worst one this year. My mom and dad both keep an open heart in hopes that she would be healed. Dad bought mom one of your most beautiful necklaces. Her necklace helped her to keep her spirits up and to know that she was beautiful even in the midst of such illness. Mom was placed on hospice care this year. It was at this time, that I too had to keep my heart open knowing it was time to let mom go home to live in heaven. After mom passed away May 1st, my dad gave me the "open heart" necklace he had given to mom. I wear it almost everyday as a reminder to keep my heart open to God so that I may see my mom again some day in heaven. Between now and then, I would love to be able to get the matching ear rings :) Will just take a while to save up for them. I love this line of jewelry and what it means to own a piece!!!! Words can never thank you enough for designing this!!!! Love you, Gail Guilliams

    Gail,
    Jones, OK

    Open heart to let mom go
  • My Life and Open Heart

    My Life and Open Heart Brittani,
    Clawson, MI

    My childhood was far from happy. My father was abusive to my mother on a daily basis. Soon that abuse transferred to me. I felt that as long as he wasn't hurting my mother it was okay. Once she realized what I was going through she moved out and filed for divorce. I thought everything was my fault and considered suicide, but a teacher realized what I was going through and put me in counseling. My family started to heal, and my mother met a man who became my father. Through all of this she raised me to always have an open heart, and be the very best person I could. I love to help people in anyway that I can, and I'm proud to say I've been married for 11 years and have three beautiful children, who are also raised with open hearts. Many people have told me how loving, and affectionate, and well behaved they are. I believe that my mother who raised me to not close my heart, and see the good in people is my hero and savior. She is my best friend, and I can only hope to be as strong as she is.

    Brittani,
    Clawson, MI

    My Life and Open Heart
  • Jillian's Hope

    Jillian's Hope Lisa,
    Colorado Springs, CO

    In December of 2008 I lost my only child Jillian to a rare form of Pediatric Bone Cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. Jillian had seen Jane Seymore's Open Hearts Collection some months earlier, and she fell in love with the pieces. As a surprise to my daughter I bought a necklace for Jillian to surprise her with it at Christmas, unfortunately I lost her on the 22nd, so I was never able to give her the necklace. My daughter loved the meaning behind the creation of Ms. Seymore's collection, because she knew it was created in memory of her mother. My daughter and I had that strong bond, and even though she's no longer with me, I feel her right by my side always. In my daughters memory I started my own Foundation called " The Jillian's Hope Foundation ", all the money we raise goes to Pediatric Cancer Research. This collection is all about Hope, and the unbreakable bonds of Love, and that is what my beautiful Jillian was about. I now wear the necklace I bought for her in her loving memory...

    Lisa,
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Jillian's Hope
  • Our coworker Andrew

    Our coworker Andrew Jody and 5ravis,
    Aptos, CA

    2 years ago our coworker came to work very sullen. He was a quiet man who kept to himself and didn't seem to have an open heart. We could see he had a gentle side when he worked with our clients with developmental disabilities. He confinded us that he had been single for a long time and his heart was broken. We got him an open heart necklace and wrote him a letter about keeping an open heart. Placing his head in his hands he started crying softly. After that day we noticed an improvement in his mood. He began to smile and interact with his coworkers. A month later he fell in love with another coworker who works at the day program. It's never to late to have an open heart. Thanks Jane.

    Jody and 5ravis,
    Aptos, CA

    Our coworker Andrew
  • Just Smile

    Just Smile Lyndsey,
    Kent, WA

    I am a high school Physical Education teacher and see many different types of students' every day. In one of my classes I have 3 special need students with 36 other regular education students. After the first week of school I knew that this was going to be a difficult class and challenging to meet the needs of all students. There were many days during the first few weeks of school that I became frustrated and overwhelmed with my classes. I questioned how I was going to meet the needs of these students who needed extra instruction and discipline. As the weeks past, the 3 students with special needs began to understand the classroom dynamics and rules, while the regular education students began to help and encourage them during classroom activities. I have begun to enjoy this class and realized that these special needs students are in my class for many reasons; to learn how to live a healthy, active life and incorporate fitness into their lifestyle outside of school. I don't know what goes on in these students' lives outside of my classroom, but my gym may be the only happy place for them. Every day there is at least one student that comes into class frustrated and off task. When I keep my heart open and can get a student to smile, I know I have done my job for the day.

    Lyndsey,
    Kent, WA

    Just Smile
  • Dedication To My Angel On Christmas

    Dedication To My Angel On Christmas Zeina,
    Byblos, AL

    I’m writing to honor an angel who’s no longer with us, my late aunt,she passed away 9 years ago. The first six years after her departure I couldn’t help but feel betrayed from life, I missed her more than anything and was too scared to admit it. Each time her kids had a school recital or any occasion I’d feel guilty for being there. All that changed when I began writing my way through grief as I poured out all my emotions in writing, I soon realized how lucky I am to have had someone like her in my life. My late aunt influenced me through my childhood and teen years; she showed me that dreams come true if I worked hard. All I had to do was believe! All the times,during her kids’ special occasions, the moments I felt I couldn’t go on turned out that their smiles, giggles and stories was what kept me moving forward. Their innocent open hearts kept me alive! Despite everything, I’m learning to face my life with an open heart so that never ending love, forgiveness and gratefulness can find their way inside. Instead of counting days, months and years of my aunt's departure I’ll count the amazing sixteen years she has colored my life with,she has sent angels down my path in the hardest times. My promise to her from my open heart this Christmas is to pass everything she taught me to her children...Always keep Smiling and walking forward!

    Zeina,
    Byblos, AL

    Dedication To My Angel On Christmas
  • My mom and my Sister

    My mom and my Sister Suzanne,
    Menasha, WI

    June/25/09 We lost our mom. She had just turned 75. My grandson and I had gone for a visit. She passed while we were there. I am having a hard time dealing w/it. Then my sister stepped in. She has been my rock. She as well is having a hard time grieveing. We are meeting in her home town to celebrate our mom. mom was a hard woman to love,yet when she loved she loved full heartedly. She would do anything for you. What i have learned from her,is how to share all she taught me w/my grandson Alex. We spend alot of time together.Her baking,cooking,sewing,how to celebrate the holiday's,and how to love him is special.He and my mom had a very special relationship. We were 500mis.from each other, they would spend hours just talking on the phone.Losing her has taught me to love to he fullest and be generous. Those are qualities I want to instill in Alex. I Miss You Mom! Love You Always,Suzanne Watch over Alexander and keep him safe

    Suzanne,
    Menasha, WI

    My mom and my Sister
  • Open Heart = Open Mind

    Open Heart = Open Mind Tracy,
    Lakewood, OH

    It's not easy keeping an open heart. It really isn't. Keeping an open heart means that you are willing to take the risks involved with loving. There are times that loving means loss and hurt. However, by not loving, you miss out on so much more. By not taking that chance, the heart stays empty. Personally, I would risk it all over having an empty heart!

    Tracy,
    Lakewood, OH

    Open Heart = Open Mind
  • Love and an Open Heart Do Conquer All

    Love and an Open Heart Do Conquer All Genevieve,
    berkeley springs, WV

    My story starts out rather sad, but has a happy ending. I grew up with my grandparents until their death. I was thirteen. I then moved with my mother and stepfather. I was so severely sexually abused, that Doctors said children wouldn't be possible for me. After college my sweetheart finally persuaded me to marry him. Even if I could not give him children. I had to open my heart to just trust a man we dated 8 years before I married him and were friends 5 before I would agree to "date". I did keep an open heart, I could hear my grandmother encouraging me to not close myself off. I have been married 16 years now and have 2 beautiful girls that I gave birth to. I lost 3 babies, so I often say I have two children here and 3 waiting for me in heaven, where I am sure my Grandmother is watching over them, as well as me and my girls. I was diagnosed with MS 14 years ago, but still dance everyday. An open heart has helped to keep my body healthy, I am in wonderful shape for the years I have had my diagnosis. As a dancer, losing control of my body is hard, but again, I won't give up or close my heart to the love of the daunce, as my ballet teacher pronounced it. I hope to teach my girls to have an open heart, just as my grandmother taught me. Thank you, Genevieve

    Genevieve,
    berkeley springs, WV

    Love and an Open Heart Do Conquer All
  • Always Be There!

    Always Be There! Dana,
    Ormond Beach, FL

    My sister has the most open heart in the world.She has always done for others before herself and I have learned alot from her.I go out of my way to help my neighbors and friends however I can.I will even help a stranger in times of need.That is a hard thing to find in this world anymore but I am a firm believer in Karma. You need to keep a open heart and mind and heart in these times and it will always come back to you in a positive way. Even in my times of sadness or troubles I know I can always count on those that I have befriended in the past.

    Dana,
    Ormond Beach, FL

    Always Be There!
  • Fighting Fibroids

    Fighting Fibroids Kristie,
    Tallahassee, FL

    After finding out I had fibroid tumors that have caused me to experience Iron Deficiency Anemia living with half the amount of blood I need. The recommended surgery will cost 20-30,000 in which I have no health insurance to cover. I entered as a contestant into the American Image National Pageant to promote the awareness and education of fibroid tumors that are prevalent in 80% of women. Each year 1.6 million women are diagnosed with fibroid tumors yet not many discuss this debilitating health condition openly. I realized at the point of feeling completely out of control I had only two positions to take. I could either be powerful or powerless. I won the crown on September 11, 2010 and I continue to stand my ground and fight fibroids every day of every hour. www.bpowerful.wordpress.com

    Kristie,
    Tallahassee, FL

    Fighting Fibroids
  • Miracles Do Come True

    Miracles Do Come True Janis,
    Evanston, IL

    My husband and I genuinely desired to be parents. We discovered, however that we had a fertility issue. After fourteen years of fertility treatments, we decided to adopt a child, but to no avail. Still, I kept hope alive. On Thanksgiving at our church, people share openly what they are grateful for. I took a leap of faith and thanked God for the child that was soon coming to us and then surrendered the outcome to God. My husband, whispered, "Do you know something that I don't know"? One month later, on Christmas, we received a phone call, out of the blue, from a cousin of my husbands offering to have a child for us. We didn't even know that she knew we were in this process. We were overjoyed! Melanie conceived within a couple of months and our beautiful daughter, Justine was born. When we called Melanie, our angel. She replied, "No I'm not, I'm just a person who is able to do this for you and it will bring me great happiness to see the joy on your faces when your baby is born." In the hospital the following day after Justine's birth, Melanie, shared with us, that she was inspired to offer to give birth to a child for us on Thanksgiving Day while in her church 800 miles away from ours, on the same Thanksgiving, which we sent our prayer out into the universe. I believe in angels and miracles do come true!

    Janis,
    Evanston, IL

    Miracles Do Come True
  • Mother by default

    Mother by default Jackie,
    Enhaut, PA

    At 33 with lingering health issues I made the decision to remain single without children and work on my career. A little while later my mother and I were awarded "temporary" custody of my beautiful niece due to her parents overwhelming problems. This was not the path that I had chosen for myself but we took on the challenge and trials that came with it. I had always wondered how an adopted parent would feel towards a child as myself I could not understand how they could love someone undconditionally because they weren't truly "theirs". Through the years I have felt a building of love and trust between my niece and myself and helping her overcome fears of being left or feeling different because her household is different than that of her friends and just trying to remind her that our house isn't just different, "its's special". We have had to overcome many obstacles through the past several years as both my mother and I work full time and are also pseudo full time parents to this now 7 year old little girl. But the one thing I know now is that had I not opened my heart up to love, I would never have been able to answer my own question of "how do you love something that didn't come from you"? I know that answer now, unconditionally and with every breath I take, she means everything to me and I could never imagine a day without her.

    Jackie,
    Enhaut, PA

    Mother by default
  • BEING A MOTHER

    BEING A MOTHER JACKIE,
    MYRTLE CREEK, OR

    MY OPEN HEART LESSON BEGAN WITH THE BIRTH OF MY SON 23YRS AGO, HE WAS BORN WITH HEART PROBLEMS, BECAUSE OF THE LACK OR OXYGEN, HE AS LEARNING DISABLITIES. LEARNING TO OPEN MY HEART AND GIVE AND GIVE HAS BEEN A LIFE EXPERIENCE. I HAD ONE CHILD BEFORE HIM, SHE WAS FINE. BEING A MOTHER OF A DISABLIED SON IS REWARDING, I HOPE MY STORY WILL BRIGHTEN OTHER MOTHERS OF DISABLITED CHILDREN. NEVER GIVE UP, OPEN YOUR HEART IT WILL WORK OUT, THEY WILL BECOME YOUR BEST FRIEND YOUR LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.

    JACKIE,
    MYRTLE CREEK, OR

    BEING A MOTHER
  • A Heart through Adversity.

    A Heart through Adversity. Samantha,
    Andersonville, TN

    I used to be cold hearted and dark, but something happened that I thought would never happen to me. I was diagnosed with Schizohrenia and anic Disorder. That happened when I was 16. I am 19 now and though I am just about to take my driving test after getting the go ahead, and I am already considered disabed...my heart has never been more open. My dream is to help others in anyway possilbe. I was given two other gifts besides an open heart, creativity and a thing with paying with voices. Sometime, this year I am teaming up witha friend of mine and we are going to do a puppet ministry to teach young kids how to treat others, and hopefully open their hearts as well. I still have a life long battle ahead of me, but my heart will remain open, now more than ever before.

    Samantha,
    Andersonville, TN

    A Heart through Adversity.
  • finally free

    finally free Margaret,
    mesa, AZ

    I was in an abusive relationship for years. I finally escaped with my 2 year old, only to have my trust betrayed again by someone claiming to be my friend. I was treated like I was stupid, and a lower life form who should worship her for "saving" me. I scraped up the money to buy an open hearts ring. While I was working hard to regain my independence and self esteem, it was my reminder to not lose myself in the process. I am a kind, loving, giving person. I will be careful not to get taken advantage of again. But my ring (and now necklace) are a reminder to myself and a symbol that my heart will always be open. Because being a good mother and a good person is the most important thing in the world to me. I may have lost almost everything material. But that can never be taken from me.

    Margaret,
    mesa, AZ

    finally free
  • The Fleishmans' Story

    The Fleishmans' Story Barbara and Don,
    Coral Springs, FL

    My husband was diagnosed with leukemia May 2008 and lost his job Sept 2008. Needless to say, we decided on no holiday gifts last year. But my husband surprised me with the 1/4 ct open heart since he wasn't sure how many more holidays he would be here. I love it and promised to pass it on to my daughter when the time comes. Today, my husband is doing well on his chemo medicines. We went back to Kay Jewelers in Coral Springs, Florida and decided to buy another 1/4 ct heart and make earrings out of them. Since I wanted my heart in yellow gold, we bought another yellow gold heart and the store put lever backs on them for me - they are just beautiful!! The store told me I am the first person to create earrings from the yellow gold hearts so I am the proud owner of a one of a kind Jane Seymour item that I created myself. Since these forever hearts have such a special meaning for my husband and me, they will always stay in our family - but now I am thinking of giving one to each grandson for their future wives (about 20 years from now) and they can each have a pendant! I just wanted to share this sad but also happy experience with you.

    Barbara and Don,
    Coral Springs, FL

    The Fleishmans' Story
  • Just Breathe

    Just Breathe Abbie,
    Marshall, MN

    My life would never be the same. January 11, 2006 was when my world ended. I arrived at my daughter's daycare at 5:40 to pick her up. She was 7 months, 29 days. Natalie wasn't there. She was losing a battle for her life in the hospital emergency room. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Inconclusive. No answers. Only questions. Natalie became an angel that day. Without her mom and dad to hold her hand and comfort her. Without knowing what it was like to start school, lose her first tooth, play basketball with a brother, play princesses with a sister, or fall in love like her parents. My open heart came to me much sooner than I anticipated. Only 8 months after losing our baby, I fell in love with another baby. Elijah was perfect, healthy, and happy. Less than two years later, my heart opened again and we fell in love with another little girl. Lilly, my independent, creative and loving little girl. Elijah has the curiosity Natalie had when discovering new things. Lilly has an infectious giggle and mischievous twinkle in her eye that was so evident even before Natalie could crawl. My heart is open. My heart is damaged, but my heart is complete with my angel, Natalie, and my two amazing living children - Elijah and Natalie.

    Abbie,
    Marshall, MN

    Just Breathe
  • Another chance at love.

    Another chance at love. Gail,
    Davenport, IA

    I met my now husband on eHarmony after a divorce of being married over 28 years. I never thought I would find someone to love and that would love me at my age. He too had been married along time and had been divorced for over 6 years. He was just about to give up and go it alone. We married exactly 1 year to the day after meeting face to face. I finally found someone that loves the same things I do. Motorcycles, tattoos, and exploring new bands in the area. He gave me this necklace the first year we were married and said "it's true" "if you leave your heart open, love will find it's way in".

    Gail,
    Davenport, IA

    Another chance at love.
  • The case of the Stubborn  Guardian Angel

    The case of the Stubborn Guardian Angel Carol,
    Barberton, OH

    I live in a nursing home. One day, I was down in the dumps and feeling very sorry for myself. I don't receive very many visitors, and my family rarely comes to visit, so I was surprised when I heard a tap on the door. At first, I thought the young woman had gotten the wrong room when I called out "come in". One of the staff members had come in to introduce herself. She started to talk, and ask questions. At first, I thought she was being a "noisy" social worker, and I tried to discourage her, hoping she would cut her visit short and leave, never to return. Kaye turned out to be as stubborn as I am, and, thank God, she kept coming back. She has since become my very good friend, my guardian angel, and my soul mate. All because she cared enough to have an open heart!

    Carol,
    Barberton, OH

    The case of the Stubborn Guardian Angel
  • Love in the mailbox

    Love in the mailbox Kim,
    Phoenix, AZ

    Alone and in a new city I moved into an apartment. I was given a mailbox key that belonged to my new neighbor in error. I opened the box and saw the name Champion inside. I took the key back to the manager and got the correct key and they mentioned that my new neighbor was a really nice guy who was out of town at his high school reunion. I said I would be happy to meet him someday and commented what a great name that would be to have. I was so alone with no family or friends and prayed that I could meet someone nice to be with, I did not pursue meeting anyone, just knew if I kept an open heart, he would find me. I was eventually introduced to my neighbor, we celebrated 25 years of marriage last April. When folks ask where I met such a great man and got such a cool name, I tell them I kept an open heart and just kept checking the mailbox.

    Kim,
    Phoenix, AZ

    Love in the mailbox
  • Love and Faith

    Love and Faith Vikki,
    Springfield, OH

    My husband of 36 yrs. was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Four months later for Valentines Day he bought me a personalized open heart necklace. My daughter, daughter in law and mother a pendant also. I vowed to wear it always. My husband took treatment and endured five brain surgeries just to be with his family. Seven months later my Mother was diagnosed with stage 4 Liver cancer. She promised him she would fight as hard as he was. Four months later he lost his fight. Mike died with his children, grandchildren, my mother and myself with him. He never lost hope. That was four months ago. My mother is still fighting and holding her own at this time. Why this family has to endure so much I do not know. I know that there is one thing that cannot be taken from us is the love we have for each other and to keep faith. Mike saw his son, daughter, heard his three grandchildren playing, and my mother. I was able to tell him seconds before his death that I loved him and he acknowledged that. Most people never get that chance. Cancer seems to be as common almost as a cold. I'm glad there is all the awareness of breast cancer but the world should remember there are other cancers there also. Support all cancer awareness. Keep the faith. Take every moment to show your love. My open heart will remain around my neck always.

    Vikki,
    Springfield, OH

    Love and Faith
  • Bringing my husband back to life

    Bringing my husband back to life Helen,
    Holly Hill, FL

    Last Christmas my husband gave me a beautiful Open Hearts Necklace. It was truly beautiful. On Jan. 10, he was rushed to the hospital and had to undergo several different surgeries. Every time I went to see him, I wore the necklace because it was his last gift to me and I felt closer to him with it on, even though he was unconscious a lot of the time. When he woke up and saw me wearing the necklace, I truly believed it brought us closer together. He died 3 times since January but the doctors brought him back and I was always there praying and waiting for him to wake up and see me there with the "Open Heart" necklace on. Thank you for being there for us. He is better now and regaining his strength after battling cancer. Helen Doherty

    Helen,
    Holly Hill, FL

    Bringing my husband back to life
  • Love renewed through humility

    Love renewed through humility Rebecca,
    Greeneville, TN

    I have dealt with pain and heartache in my life time and time again. Life has dealt me some pretty rough hands, but nothing compared to the hurt I felt when I realized there was no longer any hope for my marriage. I married a man I thought was my "Prince Charming" only to find out he had a sinister side. I tried for a long time to make it work but realized I could do nothing more and had to let go. It was a very dark time in my life. I became callous to love and thought I would never feel true love again until God placed a job in my lap. I became a Case Manager for adults with Developmental Disabilities. My clients are the epitome of love. The smallest of things brighten their day and the love they radiate can be felt without saying a word. It was through them that I learned that life and love live on, no matter what circumstances are thrown your way. Some of my clients have been through situations that would make anyone cry, but through it all, they have managed to still find joy in the simple things. Seeing their happiness is a very humbling experience. They have turned my life around. I'm still waiting on my "Prince Charming", but I've come to realize that love, true love, comes just when you need it most and I'm blessed enough to have 60+ clients remind me of this every day!

    Rebecca,
    Greeneville, TN

    Love renewed through humility
  • My Losses

    My Losses Dawn,
    Byfield, MA

    I lost my 2 best friends in 2007 my mother and dog all within 3 days of each other and I was devastated didn't want to go on until I found Teddy Bear on petfinders and knew it was meant to be he is a rescue dog and he needed me or well maybe I needed him more. We have been together ever since and I cannot imagine my life without him. I opened up my heart to him and we celebrate our birthdays together mine being on Valentines Day and his being 6 days later.

    Dawn,
    Byfield, MA

    My Losses
  • My last few years...

    My last few years... Lawanna,
    Citronelle, AL

    The last few years of my life have been difficult. I had been married to the love of my life fir 14 yrs when we got a divorce. Then my 2 kids and I moved back home to help my Dad take care of my Mom who had dementia. Then we found out my Dad had stage 4 lung cancer in November 2002. We lost him February 15th, 2003. I took care of my Mom until she passed February 1, 2006. It all seemed like a whirlwind. And then I woke up to realize I was no longer anyones babygirl. It's a hard thing sometimes to face that you have lost such an important part of your life. I discovered what a true broken heart felt like. I really wondered if I would ever get past that feeling...and then one day I saw the Open Hearts commercial I knew I had to have it because it offered hope and courage and was so beautiful. So later that I day I started my collection and take great pride in sharing it with friends and clients who need to know that life can be better. And now both of my kids have graduated high school and life is better. And I smile everytime I remember that commercial!

    Lawanna,
    Citronelle, AL

    My last few years...
  • I Lost My Heart But Then Gave It To Hannah

    I Lost My Heart But Then Gave It To Hannah silvana,
    new york, NY

    Last July 4th my family was coming home from a wonderful picnic in Connecticut when a drunk driver hit our car. My husband and I escaped relatively unscathed, but our precious daughter, our only child, Scarlett, suffered fatal injuries. I felt guilt, impossible sadness and hate for the man who hit us. I was praying in the hospital chapel and sobbing because my heart was broken beyond repair. A woman came in and offered me comfort, a hug and a tissue. I could barely accept her help, as I felt no one could possibly understand. She encouraged me to be strong and I left the chapel. The next day we had to make the impossible decision to turn off Scarlett's life support. Again I went to the chapel, and again the woman appeared. She saw my pain and comforted me again. When I asked how she could be so positive, she told me that her daughter was gravely ill with heart illness and the only thing that kept her gong was to pray for a heart donor. Hannah, her daughter, was a perfect soul to take my Scarlett's heart! At once I realized that she was an angel who could live on with my heart, Scarlett.

    silvana,
    new york, NY

    I Lost My Heart But Then Gave It To Hannah
  • This is the story of a girl...

    This is the story of a girl... kayleigh,
    Fort Sam Houston, TX

    My name is kayleigh. I am 23 years old. I am the proud mother to three beautiful little boys. I am also the proud wife to a soldier in the U.S. Army. Recently my husband deployed on his second tour to Iraq. Within 30 days of being there he was medivacted to Germany then here to the states where he had heart surgery. My kids and I were in Ga with family during his deployment. I dropped everything and rushed out here a.s.a.p. Our lives took a drastic change. We left the privacy of our own home to come live in a house shared by many other families. Through out this experience I have learned to love and appreciate life and the kindness of others. I am thankful for the opportunity we were given here to be a family again. I will admit it is trying at times but so worth it. I have learned to have an open heart not only to the possibilities in life but also towards people. I am now open to kind gestures and I hope to some how impact peoples lives as profoundly as the people here have influenced mine.

    kayleigh,
    Fort Sam Houston, TX

    This is the story of a girl...
  • Being A Parent

    Being A Parent Peggy,
    Seaford, NY

    One day I was faced with a horrible reality, My son was abused, going threw this with him at the time being married to his Step Dad, cause his Dad died when he was 1 1/2. And raising 2 daughters. I had found no hope in my heart. Why us, why me. It seems to make us stronger? Well now divorced 7 yrs and remarried a Wonderful man in which who bought me the Open Heart, just shows me there is hope in my heart cause I had never closed it. When I thought it was the end,just hoping for the day for someone that Really Loves me to come around no matter what the past was. My husband also has a grim past and has made it threw. He always reminds me. Peggy if it wasn't for you I don't know where I would be today. Now we share 7 children between us, married now for 2 yrs in Aug. and happiness has come back into our Hearts. Your symbol of your Heart being Open is placed on my chest everyday as a reminder. It can be, if you keep your heart open. My life has turned around for myself and my husband and children. I will cherish that moment when he gave me the Open Heart collection, necklace and earrings. What more can I say. But I love you for showing us, you can do it, no matter what, Just Keep Your Heart Open.Thank you,P

    Peggy,
    Seaford, NY

    Being A Parent
  • Living with Asperger's

    Living with Asperger's Michele,
    Bristol, IL

    My son was diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder when he was in Second Grade. This disorder is similar to Autism, and I was very worried and upset. Although I was unsure what the future would hold, I was told by a nurse to grieve for the child that I thought I had and to embrace the child I had now. This simple statement opened my heart and changed my life. I decided to overcome this obstacle and see the positive in my son. Last year, I began working with other middle school students with disabilities and choose to focus on their strengths. I love my job and hope to make a difference for all children with disabilities. My son in now prospering in a special education program in Seventh Grade, and I couldn't be prouder of his progress. His diagnosis was a life changing experience which caused me to not only open my mind by also my heart.

    Michele,
    Bristol, IL

    Living with Asperger's
  • MY DIAGNOSIS OF MS

    MY DIAGNOSIS OF MS STACEY,
    SPRING HILL, FL

    I AM 36 YEARS OLD AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS BACK IN MAY. AT FIRST THEY THOUGHT I HAD A BRAIN TUMOR, UNTIL WE DID FURTHER TESTING. IT ALL BEGAN WHEN I LOST T HE USE OF MY HAND ON SUPERBOWL NIGHT. I HAD ALWAYS SAID THAT I LOVED THE COMMERCIAL WITH THE OPEN HEART, I HAVE A FRIEND AT WORK THAT PAINTED IT FOR ME AND MY DAUGHTERS OF 12 AND 10 YEARS OF AGE ASKED MY HUSBAND, THEIR FATHER IF THEY COULD GO BUY A NECKLACE FOR ME. THEY WANTED TO CHEER ME UP. WHEN THEY CAME WALKING INTO MY WORK AND HANDED ME A GIFT BAG W/ A JEWELRY CASE IN IT, I IMMEDIATELY STARTED CRYING. MY DAUGHTERS TOLD ME WITH AN OPEN HEART, EVERYTHING WILL BE OK. I ALSO WORK WITH MY MOTHER, WHO IMMEDIATELY LOST IT ONCE SHE HEARD THEM SAY THAT. I NOW HAVE MY PAINTING AND MY NECKLACE TO REMIND ME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALL AROUND ME, I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH ANYTHING. I TRUELY LOVE THIS NECKLACE AND WHAT IT SYMBOLIZES. IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME, AND MY FAMILY. IT HELPED ME THROUGH A VERY HARD TIME AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE AROUND MY NECK FOR EVERYONE TO SEE HOW MUCH MY FAMILY MEANS TO ME. WHEN THEY ASK ABOUT IT, I TELL THEM THE SAME EXACT STORY I JUST TOLD YOU. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR DESIGN WITH ALL OF US.

    STACEY,
    SPRING HILL, FL

    MY DIAGNOSIS OF MS
  • 2 Mothers 1 Son

    2 Mothers 1 Son Amanda,
    reading, PA

    My now husband, Joe, was adopted by a true angel, Michelle. She is a saint. Last year, I took a big chance and found his birth family. There is so much love from both families. My husband and I wanted his birth mother Gina and his adopted mother, Michelle to share something more than just a son. That's when I found the open hearts collection. Both of these wonderful women kept their hearts open. Michelle kept her heart open and adopted Joe and Gina kept her heart open, waiting for her son to return to her. Michelle and Gina now both share a piece of jewelry from the open hearts collection and now they both share a wonderful son. I'm truly blessed to have Joe as my husband and to have two wonderful mother-in-laws.

    Amanda,
    reading, PA

    2 Mothers 1 Son
  • Love  after Death..

    Love after Death.. Victoria,
    Newville, PA

    My late Husband was my heart. I fell in love with his best friend as we "lived" with the loss, he asked me to marry him, and I did, he gave me one of your "hearts" on 2/14/09 We love Kay's but this is one gift I love the most. We know "David" would be very happy that 2 people whom loved him so much now share his heart and our hearts, 3 hearts that beat as one. My husband Joel and I both love David so very much. Joel has helpped Davids big brother as well. He has made it clear that Bill is family, and his wife Linda. We visit the "family" all the time. Joel has "guy-time" with Bill once a week. We all go to church together. So you could say that Joel has opened a lot of hearts and filled them with a lot of love. I can say a open heart is able to find love again. And you can never love too many people in your life. The open heart is one that can keep filling with all the love it can hold. Never ever close your heart, You may miss the best thing in life.....love. Thanks Vikki.

    Victoria,
    Newville, PA

    Love after Death..
  • The Luckiest Puppy

    The Luckiest Puppy JEN,
    INDIANA, PA

    A few years ago, my family and I found a pit bull puppy who was homeless. We decided to tak him to the vet, where we discovered that he was severely ill--likely the reason for his abandonment. We paid for his medical treatment and were going to put him up for adoption. But, when we saw how the local animal shelter was struggling for survival (dirty conditions, no supplies, overcroweded with animals, etc) we opted to keep the dog. He is now three years old and is named Benji. Even though he walks with a limp (the vet thinks he may have been hit by a car or abused previosuly) he is healthy and happy at the moment. We love him beyond words. We also volunteer at the local shelter now, since we want to help all of the other animals find homes too. We walk dogs there once a week, collect supplies for the animals, and donate all of our extra cash to them. They really need our help, and should not be victims of human abuse. These animals are lucky to be alive, and we are lucky to be able to work with them, love them, and share our lives with them.

    JEN,
    INDIANA, PA

    The Luckiest Puppy
  • Grannie's Gifts

    Grannie's Gifts Pamela,
    Hammond, LA

    My mom passed away October 12, 2009 after a long battle of illnesses. Although we knew it was coming it did not make it any easier. After her death I found comfort in giving back to others like my mom always did during her life. She loved to quilt and had many finished and unfinished projects. After we each family member received a quilt I decided to call some of my moms friends to come and select one for themselves. They were all moved by being able to have a part of my moms legacy. We also had an estate sale and donated all the proceeds to 3 different children's hospitals in her memory. This was another rewarding experience for me. So for Christmas I purchased 4 Open Heart pendants so that myself, my daughter, my daughter-in-law and my son's girlfriend would each have one to wear to spread the word of living with an open heart. Thanks for inspiring me to carry on the same tradition you and your Mother inspired.

    Pamela,
    Hammond, LA

    Grannie's Gifts
  • For My Angel Baby, Nathan

    For My Angel Baby, Nathan Tamara,
    Baltimore, MD

    My Open Heart story begins with the loss of my second child, Nathan. At just a little over 8 months, he was suddenly stillborn. Being the purest of pure angels, having never taken a breath of air or touched his feet to the earth, he flew to be with God. After burying my son, I heard a lot of things, one of them being “You can always try again”. Because of what happened, I was and am still terrified to try to have another baby. I don’t think I could go through losing another child, but I also want my other son, Gavin, to have a little brother or sister. Today is February 12, 2012. Today, Nathan would be 3 months old if he had lived. Valentine’s Day is 2 days from now, but my husband gave my Valentine’s Day gift to me a little early. I opened the box and inside was an Open Hearts Angel necklace. He told me he gave it to me early because of the significance of today and that it was meant to be a way for us to always remember Nathan and to celebrate his life, however short it may have been. We talked for a long time about Nathan today and our desire to try again. He convinced me to give it one more try, to keep my heart open for the possibility that we may still be able to have another baby one day.

    Tamara,
    Baltimore, MD

    For My Angel Baby, Nathan
  • God's Little Blessing

    God's Little Blessing Janet,
    Schaumburg, IL

    I am a First time Grandma to be, My Daughter Laura has tried for 8 years to have a baby. Her first try with Invitro she lost a set of twins, she was 6 weeks pregnant,but still was a loss to my Daughter, Laura . Now after the second try with invitro we are awaiting God's little Blessing, a baby boy, small in size to come to our Family with open arms. Laura's Birthday is today and we have chosen your open heart necklace within our price range to give to her to know the 2 hearts represent all our hearts, Hers and Grayson's first and her Mom and Dad second. Thank you for your inspiration to us all a Mother's Love is eternal, a Gift indeed from God Himself. God Bless you Jane and your Open Hearts of Love to all. Sincerely Grandparents to be and Parents Eternally, Ken and Jan Belzer

    Janet,
    Schaumburg, IL

    God's Little Blessing
  • Ashlyn

    Ashlyn Carly,
    Port Charlotte, FL

    When I first saw your necklace, I didn't think of open heart as in opening my heart for love. I thought of a way to show support for my daughter who had open heart surgery at just under six weeks old. Ashlyn was born with heart defects that required open heart surgery to repair. This was a very scary time for us, we had no idea what to expect or what the outcome was going to be, but we had to go on for our little girl. Today, Ashlyn just passed her one year surgery anniversary. She is doing great, you would never be able to tell what she has been through unless you see her scar. Ashlyn has a special heart and I hope for great things for her and that one day she will be able to use this terrifying experience as a positive experience.

    Carly,
    Port Charlotte, FL

    Ashlyn
  • "Mother and Daughter Find Love Again"

    "Mother and Daughter Find Love Again" Sherri,
    Advance, NC

    Mom and I lived thousands of miles apart for over thirty years. In that time, not only did we have distance because of miles between us, but we had distance in our relationship as well. It wasn't until my family and I moved back to the east coast that my mom and I started forming a stronger and closer bond with each other. Since I could now get to her in an eight hour car ride, we had the opportunity to see each other a little more often. I was thrilled to be able to have her come and stay with us to celebrate her 90th birthday. Being closer to one another, she started to see me with "new eyes." Mom started telling me, "Sherri, you have really grown-up" and "I am so proud of you." Hearing these things meant so much to me. It took so many years to finally form a good bond between us. Our relationship went from talking to each other once a week to talking daily. On February 3, 2010 it will be one year since my mom has passed away and I miss her more than words could ever say. I feel blessed now when people say, "Sherri, you are so much like your mom." It is not until one gets older that one realizes how important it is to have an "Open Heart" and learn to love and accept those who are important to our lives.

    Sherri,
    Advance, NC

    "Mother and Daughter Find Love Again"
  • open heart

    open heart nicola,
    north wales, england, AL

    my name is nicola and i am 31 years old, when i was three i was burnt with a hot kettle and it took me years to get over it has i have been in and out of hospital, but what i really wanted to say was in time with a open heart i manged to get on with my life, and to find love with my partner and we have been together for 7years and married for 4 years. i never thought when i grow up i would ever find anyone who would love me for me and not see the freak that i thought i as for so long. so i just want people to now out there all over the world that life can be hard but with a open heart u can have happiness in your life for years to come. thank u for reading this and if it doesnt come on hear its fine but at least for me to write this its help me and thanks to jane seymour for starting this site has its help me alot. n davison

    nicola,
    north wales, england, AL

    open heart
  • my boys my heart

    my boys my heart mellissa,
    tamworth nsw australia, CO

    my two little boys open my heart every day. they are so special as they have a rare chromosome deletion that causes autism, sesures,hypermobility,global developmental delay and digestion issues just to name a few of their problems. yet every single day they smile and make progress. as their mum i have many sleepless nights of worry about everything from medical bills, therapy sessions,the next day at pre-school and allergies to if they will make it through the next illness that strikes but then none of that matters because they show me love,courage,strength and hope every time i see their beautiful smiles. i would gladly give my life for them. its said that God only gives us what he knows we can handle. well as hard as it is im glad he gave me my two little angels. they have touched my heart and opened it with love

    mellissa,
    tamworth nsw australia, CO

    my boys my heart
  • My daughter is my little butterfly!

    My daughter is my little butterfly! Tayler,
    Macon, GA

    My family has been going through the ultimate fight for life. My daughter was diagnosed in april of this year with cancer. Lexi has shown me how to stay strong even through the worst of it all. Lexi is a typical three year old she is amazing. Lexi has already been through six rounds of chemo and the big tumor has been removed. We still have four little tumors to get but we will, faith is on our side. I call lexi my little butterfly and when i saw janes beautiful jewlery at kays I wanted to cry it brought so much warmth to my heart.

    Tayler,
    Macon, GA

    My daughter is my little butterfly!
  • Family

    Family Megan,
    San Antonio, TX

    Since I was a little girl, I have had a rough life. I grew up in a violent house hold. I myself was not hit. However my parents hit eachother. They were always drinking. I am the youngest out of my siblings. So I adventually got placed in foster care. I was sent to a few homes. I finally got placed in a wonderful loving home. They were so great and they adopted me. Since then I have grown into a wonderful woman. I have a loving husband now and a beautiful daughter. Living with an open heart has allowed me to be the person I am today! I have learned that just because I had a rough childhood that it shouldn't effect my life overall! I have to thank my parents (the adopted ones) who showed me that I can be whatever I want in life! I can do so much with my life!People who live with an open heart have so many possiblities in life!

    Megan,
    San Antonio, TX

    Family
  • Loretta's story

    Loretta's story Loretta,
    Waverly, OH

    I was diagnosed with two life threatening diseases and only given about five years to live. When I first heard those words I wasn't scared to die but I was devestated to know I wouldn't see my grandkids grow up. That was almost 15 years ago and I'm still able to do whatever my grandkids want to do. Instead of me giving up and dying like the prognosis was, I opened my heart and gave as much love as I could and now I'm leaving a great legacy for my grandkids to live by. I never gave up love and now I'm loved by many for not giving up. Having an open heart can overcome the most difficult of times. Never give up and always keep an open heart.

    Loretta,
    Waverly, OH

    Loretta's story
  • Love and  Open Heart Do Conquer All

    Love and Open Heart Do Conquer All Genevieve,
    Berkeley Springs, WV

    My story starts out rather sad, but has a happy ending. I grew up with my grandparents until their death. I was thirteen. I then moved with my mother and stepfather. I was so severely sexually abused, that Doctors said children wouldn't be possible for me. After college my sweetheart finally persuaded me to marry him. Even if I could not give him children. I had to open my heart to just trust a man we dated 8 years before I married him and were friends 5 before I would agree to "date". I did keep an open heart, I could hear my grandmother encouraging me to not close myself off. I have been married 16 years now and have 2 beautiful girls that I gave birth to. I lost 3 babies, so I often say I have two children here and 3 waiting for me in heaven, where I am sure my Grandmother is watching over them, as well as me and my girls. I was diagnosed with MS 14 years ago, but still dance everyday. An open heart has helped to keep my body healthy, I am in wonderful shape for the years I have had my diagnosis. As a dancer, losing control of my body is hard, but again, I won't give up or close my heart to the love of the daunce, as my ballet teacher pronounced it. I hope to teach my girls to have an open heart, just as my grandmother taught me. Thank you, Genevieve

    Genevieve,
    Berkeley Springs, WV

    Love and Open Heart Do Conquer All
  • Living With An Open Heart

    Living With An Open Heart Heather,
    Mission Viejo, CA

    My story of how I came to live with an open heart would be considered by most to be sad and tragic however, I refuse to let these descriptions define my life or who I am. The daughter of a single mother of three, I was a victim of sexual abuse during high school. The perpetrator of such despicable acts was my mother’s boyfriend. Having told her in the beginning of what was occurring and being dismissed as a liar I began to harbor resentment and anger towards my mother that would live within me for many years after. By my late twenties I had a love/hate relationship with my mother and I realized that the hate and anger was eating away at me. It was this anger and resentment more than anything, even the abuse itself, that left me restless with no peace. I realized that in order to truly have peace about my childhood that I had to forgive and open up my heart, not for them, but for me. The decision to forgive was not easy and it doesn’t mean I have in anyway forgotten, but opening up my heart and showing love and grace has healed me in a way that nothing else could. We’re called to love others and I believe that love can do all manner of things, if we allow it to. Oddly enough I thank God every day for my life, I had/have it better than so many others in the world.

    Heather,
    Mission Viejo, CA

    Living With An Open Heart
  • Better Days

    Better Days Tiffany,
    Omaha, NE

    It all started back in 2005 with being a single parent to a wonderful 3yr old boy and just giving birth to a perfect angel,the problem I was two steps away from being homeless,having no job and no income to speak of. The only strength in me,was my son. Having not to be selfesh,my angel went for adoption knowing he would have a better life. I knew for him I wanted to change my path and go back to school in wich I did only proving to negative people that I could live my dream in the nursing field. To this day I am thankful in keeping my heart open,my faith strong,and loved ones close to me. After my father passed away two months in my schooling it was very hard to concentrate in all I was trying to accomplish. But staying true to my future and promise to myself I kept going on,knowing my dad was keeping his eyes on me and my son the whole time in Heaven. I am so thankful for the inner drive and strength that I had to push myself in all that I have accomplished in these past 5yrs. My advice to those in lost hopes and never seeing thier dreams coming true,keep your heart open. Please never give up on yourself or your loved ones.

    Tiffany,
    Omaha, NE

    Better Days
  • Resentful Heart turned into an Open Heart

    Resentful Heart turned into an Open Heart Jennifer,
    Noblesville, IN

    After supporting my family all by myself for 4 years, sometimes with 3 jobs, while my husband struggled to find a job. My heart became resentful. And it was not his fault. He surprised me with an Open Heart a few years ago, where he also announced a significant change to our financial status. He was going to have an income. What I learned through this experience was that my heart remained open, even though resentful, and love warmed it once again! Do not ever give up on true love, no matter the circumstance!

    Jennifer,
    Noblesville, IN

    Resentful Heart turned into an Open Heart
  • Carmen's Open Heart Story

    Carmen's Open Heart Story Carmen,
    Boca Raton, FL

    This is my open heart story, a story to show how your positive outlook on life helped me. Twenty three years ago my first pregnancy ended sadly with a stillbirth. My husband and I were crushed and devastated. I didn't know how I would find the strength to go on. It was about a year later that I bought your book "The Guide To Romantic Living" and I must say your positive energy and view of life helped me tremendously. I went on to have two beautiful children, a daughter who is now 21 and a son who is 18. They are the joy of our lives, you inspired me twenty three years ago and continue to inspire me today. I paint and I love to wear my open heart necklaces every day. I thank you Jane with all my open heart for helping me find strength when I needed it most and for continuing to make such a positive difference. You may recall this story as I had an opportunity to speak with you recently at your art exhibit in West Palm Beach Florida. I could see how you were genuinely touched by my story. That response allowed me to feel connected with you and showed me that my belief in your message of hope was well placed. Thank you for making a positive difference for me.

    Carmen,
    Boca Raton, FL

    Carmen's Open Heart Story
  • Finding Love

    Finding Love Ciara,
    OKC, OK

    I was a single mom for so long and only after having an open heart did I find not only the one for me but for my son as well. He gave me a chance to love again even after being hurt so many times. He also showed my son how a fathers love is suppose to be. Having a open heart brought more than love to my family, in July it brought me another baby boy. I am so blessed for the love in my life and the people that have taught me how to love as well. Only through having an open heart have I learned what its like to love and to be loved.

    Ciara,
    OKC, OK

    Finding Love
  • Blessing

    Blessing Sarah,
    Arvada, CO

    Many understand the adversity of losing a job. After being laid off, just 6 months after my college graduation, I felt depressed. Faith in God and support from my family and friends was tremendous in helping me sustain hope. During this time, I kept my heart open to other employment opportunities and open to a wonderful man coming into my life. I was happy, but some days experienced waves of incompleteness. After some time, I completed an internship and then was hired at my current job. 11 months later, I met my boyfriend, while at work. I never stopped looking for a man, but he did come when I least expected it. He is a gift from God to me. I hinted, and this past Christmas, he gave me an open heart pendant necklace. I am so blessed!

    Sarah,
    Arvada, CO

    Blessing
  • Love sent from heaven

    Love sent from heaven Luz,
    Brooklyn, NY

    I was married at the age of 20 to a man for 5 yrs. He has mentally, physically and emotionally abused me. I stayed because I thought I could not get better. Went threw a depression for about 2 yrs. Fell in love for about a year and this gentlemen married me for about 2 months when he cheated and we shortly got divorced. I refused to open my heart again. Until now that I actually opened my heart I found the love of my life who has changed my world completely. This person loved me for who I am and my 17 yr old daughter. Here I thought that keeping my heart closed was the best but once I loved myself enough to open up my heart again I found someone. We have been together for 2 yrs and recently got married on July 24, 2011 when they legalized gay marriage. I am the happiest woman in the world. I finally found a love that was sent from heaven all from just loving myself enough to open my heart for the third time. They say a third is a charm and that is correct.

    Luz,
    Brooklyn, NY

    Love sent from heaven
  • The most remorsevelle heart

    The most remorsevelle heart Robert,
    Winston salem, NC

    For six years I had a woman that gave me the best of herself, I gave her the worst of me. There are plenty of excuses I could give, I could tell you of the lies she told me, but that doesn't excuse my behavior. My wife told me that she wasn't going with me to the hardest school my job has, I knew that I had closed off my heart to her for a long time. The past few months I have been able to truly open my heart to her. It might be way to late for me and my wife, all I can tell people is to truly open your heart to your partner, before it's to late. I pray to God that my wife see's the change in me and hears my open heart, so that one day we can grow old together. I ask everyone to truly open thier hearts and show the love that is there.

    Robert,
    Winston salem, NC

    The most remorsevelle heart
  • True Love at Last

    True Love at Last Patty,
    Glendora, CA

    I married my 1st husband when I was very young, he was very absusive both pyhsically and emotionally. The only good thing that came out it was two beatiful children. I finally found the courage and strength to leave after he hurt on of the babies, leaving was hard I was a single mother with now support. I pulled up my boot straps and got back to work, found a place to live and really worked to give my children a safe place to belong to. 3 years later, I met the man of my dreams, it truly was love at frist sight, we dated and shortly after we got married...12 years leter this Feb 14, 2010 we are still going strong. Keith gave my the diamond open heart necklace for Christmas 2009, and with a love letter saying "how he feels so blessed that I opend my heart to love again" I wear the neacklace everyday, it is a reminder to to about how "blessed, I am that he opned his heart" to all three of us....I thank you for creating such a beautiful necklace....I will forever have an "open Heart" xoxo

    Patty,
    Glendora, CA

    True Love at Last
  • Lost love

    Lost love Michelle,
    Bass Harbor, ME

    I was in a very abusive relationship for a few years. It took everything I had mentally to get out. I had two little girls and struggled to raise them alone. The following year I found a guy who made me so happy. He loved me more me and loved my two little girls like they were his own. I knew deep inside me that I had found my soulmate. We were so happy for 5 years and on Oct. 15th, 1997 he was killed by a drunk driver. My whole world turned upside down in an instant. I could have closed my heart, but I knew He would never want me to. I instead focused all my energy on doing things to keep him close to my heart and his memory alive. He was like a big kid and loved the holidays so on halloween i got a big group of kids together to decorate pumpkins. For Christmas I started aSecret Santa Program in his memory. I live each day showing those I love how much I do in many ways because through all of this I have learned life is a precious gift. You have to make the most of it, and truly can only do that with an open heart.

    Michelle,
    Bass Harbor, ME

    Lost love
  • Love and Forgiveness Heals Broken Hearts

    Love and Forgiveness Heals Broken Hearts Sarah,
    Westminster, MD

    Two of the most important principals in my life are love and forgiveness. Many people, like me, have experienced hurt, pain, disappointment, and betrayal at the hands of people close to them in their lives. This can leave a person with long term scars, bitterness, anger, and the inability to have an open heart to give and receive love. I grew up in a dysfunctional and an emotionally bankrupt home. My parents divorced, and I felt very unloved and lonely and had no contact with my father and the rest of my family. Because of this and because we were poor, I was an outcast and was teased a lot in school. However, through God, I learned how to forgive and have an open heart, and the friends and family in my life have multiplied many times over. I was able to go to college, work at a successful corporation, and I got married and have a 2 year old son and a baby girl on the way! Now I and many people in my life are also reaping the benefits because I have had an open heart. I am a singer and a songwriter, and my songs speak messages of love, hope, and perseverance. I perform them in churches and events and share my message to thousands of people through my music and blogging on the internet. I believe through God, there is more love for me to give to the people in my life and in the world!

    Sarah,
    Westminster, MD

    Love and Forgiveness Heals Broken Hearts
  • Bump in the road

    Bump in the road Katie,
    Hampshire, IL

    7 years ago I was told that I have MS. People treated me like it was the end of the world for me, but I in return just sat there saying just another bump in the road is all it is. But part of me thought that I would never get the chance too have a family of my own, who would want a broke woman. I picked myself up and just loved the people around me enjoying every moment. Till the day I joined a group and met a wonderful man within moments we knew we were each others missing partner, less than a year later we married. I felt that my heart would burst from my chest with all the good things happening. Opening up my heart too more family new people and friends just was everything I could ever want. Now we are married 4 years and have a handsome little boy in our lives that shows us all how too keep that love coming. That everyday is a new day with new things to see and explore. I with all of this realized that a person can over come anything with love and family. Opening your heart to a world of possibilities is an amazing thing. Opening you heart up too your family means even more. From my family too everyones keep those hearts open and positive thoughts flowing. Sincerely, Katie Parks of Hampshire Il.

    Katie,
    Hampshire, IL

    Bump in the road
  • A Great Reunion

    A Great Reunion judy,
    Goldsboro, NC

    I gave up my son 41 years ago. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. I prayed to God that one day God would reunite us or that I would know he had been adopted with a good family and had been given a great life. I am married with two children. My daughter knew about the son I had given up and even helped me search for him. My son on the other hand did not know he had a brother. I celebrated the childs birthday every year and continued praying. One day I received a phone call at work , the day after mother's day in 2011. I thought it was a customer and asked him how I could assit him. He ask me my name and gave me the date he was born, He than ask me if that date had a meaning for me. I was in shock and excited and told him yes. He than told me he was the son I gave up 40 years ago. To his and my amazement he found me on mother's day 2011. Since than we have met and have a great and loving relationship. My family and friends welcomed him and his family with love and open arms. It has been the greatest mother's gift I could have ever received. God does answer prayers even 40 years later. Open your hearts for you do not know whats around the corner for you. Love conquers all.

    judy,
    Goldsboro, NC

    A Great Reunion
  • eaven is a Real Place

    eaven is a Real Place Mary,
    Lewisville, TX

    On December 4 at 3:30AM I died. I remember being lifted and wrapped around and felt the warmest carress and knew instantly it was an Angel. We arrived in this place with white light all around, no tunnel, and I felt many around me and the overwhelming feeling of love, unmeasureable love, I knew " and immediately I woke up in a fetal position in the bottom of my bathtub, being a police officer, I was aware of the body fluids that had filled the tup more than 1/2. My daughter called 911 and after 5 days of testing, they found I had a rare heart defect that only one in a million has been known to have and survive...that was me. My Dad told the doctors, "Mary Helen has always been one in a million" Heart surgery was performed and I am extremely healthy. Heaven is a real place, not a state of mind, it is filled with many who give their love and above all, my angel and My Lord and Saviour are there. I understand now, that life on earth is not about what you have, or who you have, it is ALL about how we treat eachother. Love all you come in contact with, love them for who they are, not for how they look, or how they act, just love them...life is short, and you can't waste a moment in regret of how you treated others...Live, Love, and LOVE.

    Mary,
    Lewisville, TX

    eaven is a Real Place
  • Climbing Back Up

    Climbing Back Up Charlotte,
    Englewood, FL

    My name is Charlotte Crowley, an aspiring stage actress who strives to be the best she can possibly be. I've been performing since a young age and have a strong passion for it. But like everybody, I have had my share of small struggles. Being diagnosed with Aspergers Sydndrome at a young age, I was misunderstood by some of my peers; I had trouble making good friends, and there was a rocky time in my theatre department several years ago which really brought me down when my mentor and teacher of almost ten years had to depart. When that happened, things changed; friends in the troupe were turning on each other, people were leaving; it felt like the troupe was crumbling. I myself, felt like leaving because I thought I couldn't take it anymore, but I didn't, because I stayed positive, strong, and kept my heart open. Everything turned out wonderfully after that event; I finished high school two years ago with a bang, incredible friendships that will last forever, and thanks to Jane and her message, I have put that all behind me. I think that if anyone has had a rough period in their life, they should always keep their hearts and minds open, because something good will always come out of it.

    Charlotte,
    Englewood, FL

    Climbing Back Up
  • My Heat Opened

    My Heat Opened Emily,
    Wise, VA

    My story began over three years ago when I felt like my whole life was stripped away from me. My parents separated and divorced in the midst of my high school graduation. I felt lost and broken. I was scared to love anyone because I didn't want to hurt like my parents hurt. No one should ever go through the pain of a divorce even if you're just the child of it. But, I went through it and learned so much more in the end. The Open Heart gave me hope to not give up on love. I got the open heart tattooed on my foot, and whenever I look down it reminds me to have an open heart for whatever life may throw at me. It reminds me to appreciate and not for granted the people in my life. More importantly, it reminds me that some day I'll find my prince. Although my past experiences are sketched in my memory and left a scar because of the Open Heart I have been able to deal with it and move on to become a far better person with an open heart.

    Emily,
    Wise, VA

    My Heat Opened
  • making christmas miracles

    making christmas miracles Marcetta,
    Live Oak, FL

    I was never raised with a lot of money and still do not have a lot. I am in that middle class and I do work to put myself through college. Two years ago, christmas was rough I was dealing with the guy that I had dated during the summer, his cancer had gotten worse. I really did not want to celebrate. I was browsing internet when I found a article from a parent saying she was telling her children there was no such thing as Santa because she and her husband could not get them gifts. I rallied my girlscout troop and local businesses to help. I managed to get a full dinner, and 13 gifts for everyone in the family. My dad even delivered them as Santa clause just as he had done when we were little. This house was so old looking almost rundown, there was very little lights no tree. The one child we found out needed a surgery and dad lost his job so the insurance went too. I realized that sometimes your problems are not near as bad as others. This is a tradition I do continue every year, I do not get paid and a lot of it comes out of my pocket. I did loose that old boyfriend/friend to leukemia but his message of helping others still lives. Yes I do have a new boyfriend that we head up giving a family a magical christmas, it is so worth it.:)

    Marcetta,
    Live Oak, FL

    making christmas miracles
  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye Aaralyn,
    Mount Vernon, OH

    This is a tribute to my husband, my Marine. Jim was a 22 year veteran, and in 2006, he was diagnosed with fast progressive Alzheimers. For a moment, my life stopped, and then I made the promise to Jim and myself that I would continue my unconditional love and never, ever give up. Sadly, I had to admit him in Assisted Living in 2007, but I never waivered on my promise. I saw him twice everyday and continued our weekly date nights. As time passed, and he declined it became more difficult, but my love and will never gave up. This journey , although hearbreaking, taught me just how precious life is and never to take anyone or anything for granted. I told my husband daily how much I loved him and we sang the Marine Corp Hymn everyday, even when he couldn't remember. I have always been a caring person, but I believe enduring this pain has only opened my heart even more. I cry, laugh, hurt, and love more than ever before. Sadly, my husband's journey ended on the morning of December 14, 2009. Needless to say, I am heartbroken however, I have many wonderful memories to treasure, and my promise to him and myself is to ALWAYS live with an Open Heart! I lost my soulmate and best friend, but I will never lose those memories and deep love we shared. I believe he is a Marine in Heaven now. Thank You!

    Aaralyn,
    Mount Vernon, OH

    The Long Goodbye
  • Always a MOTHER, always a Open Heart

    Always a MOTHER, always a Open Heart Debra,
    Princeton, WI

    I have four wonderful daughters, three that were born to me, and one step-daughter. She lost her mom, at the age of three, from cancer. Growing up my daughters and our family faced many heartbreaks. My husband became disabled at the age of 33 from a work injury. He has had 18 surgeries. My sister died a tragic death and then her youngest son died in the Iraq War. At times, I felt like giving up. Then I would look at my daughters, they loved me and depended on me to be strong. When you open your heart, love heals the hurt. As children they learned from my examples. I did not want them to give up and close their hearts. So, now my daughters are young women, graduated from college, living on their own. They struggle because of our current economy. I wish I could do more for them. It saddens me that I cannot shelter them from the worries of the world. Yet, I know that I have shown them by opening their hearts, love does find it's way.

    Debra,
    Princeton, WI

    Always a MOTHER, always a Open Heart
  • My Heart Is Open Now

    My Heart Is Open Now Beth,
    Jacksonville, FL

    When I became deaf in 2004, it was very hard for me emotionally more than anything. My husband of course is always there for support but it took me awhile to come out of my shell so to speak because it is such a big adjustment. I have always loved hearts and hearts remind me of angel wings. Since becoming deaf I am so much more able to adjust and realize that life is so important and so precious no matter what you can or cannot do. I was determined to not let my deafness define me. With the Open Hearts collection, not only are they beautiful but they also remind me that in order to let love in...you have to love yourself as well, and by doing that love always finds you! In essence that is what angels are all about too!

    Beth,
    Jacksonville, FL

    My Heart Is Open Now
  • A Life Well Lived

    A Life Well Lived Pamela,
    Newport News, VA

    I was extremely shy as a young girl. In my teenage years and early twenties I came out of my shell only to have my some not so nice people disappoint me. I became disillusioned and standoffish of others. The world was sort of passing me by and I felt more like a spectator than a participant in life. Slowly, I began opening up my heart and taking more chances with people again. Little by little, I started accepting invitations to go out with co-workers and acquaintances. These baby steps developed into lasting friendships. I now have a great circle of friends and have built relationships that have strengthened my self confidence. By opening up my heart, I have had opportunities to go places and do things I wouldn't have done in the past. I am living a much more fulfilled life and can see the beauty in everything and everyone. I take chances and welcome challenges because I know that those I love and who love me will catch me if I stumble or fall. Because I have opened up my heart, I am more optimistic and grateful. I enjoy taking the opportunity to help others and hope that I can bring smiles to their faces. I missed out by closing myself off in the past. I realize that only an open heart can bring peace and satisfaction. For me, an open heart equals a life well lived.

    Pamela,
    Newport News, VA

    A Life Well Lived
  • Finding Love

    Finding Love Carrie,
    Callao, VA

    I was seven years old at the time my dad's sister died of a brain anorism. She was thirty-two years old and left a little boy behind along with her husband. My faimly and I were heart broken expecsically me because I loved her dearly. With her death it taught me to love life everyday and to enjoy it the best that I can. From that day on I have been doing the best I can, and loving the gift of life. To me its amazing how a person death can change your outlook of life. It has given me to have a chance of a open heart to everything life has to offer, becuase you will never know when your life may end.

    Carrie,
    Callao, VA

    Finding Love
  • My Daughter, My Open Heart

    My Daughter, My Open Heart Pamela,
    Round Rock, TX

    I gave my daughter an open heart necklace on her birthday because she has taught me what an open heart means. My daughter, Kristen, was diagnosed with brain cancer over four years ago. She has tirelessly fought this disease and is always the one to cheer me up on "down days." On the days I just think I can not make it out of bed, I hear my daughter's voice, "Life is good, and I celebrate each day that I have." She inspires me to be better than I am, better than I thought I could ever be. She never complains about her illness, and personally, I have no idea what it would be like to have a headache 24/7 365 days a year. She is the first to work most mornings and is the first to volunteer to help out her co-workers when they fall behind in deadlines. She gives 110% every day to her friends, her job, and her family. My daughter has taught me that to have an open heart means taking the good with the bad because ALL of these experiences make us stronger and better human beings. She reminds me daily that I am blessed to be her mother and blessed to be alive. She tells me often that Life is good! Life is great, and I am the better for knowing this wonderful woman who is my daughter, my hero!

    Pamela,
    Round Rock, TX

    My Daughter, My Open Heart
  • Loss and an Open Heart

    Loss and an Open Heart Judith,
    Novato, CA

    Losing my daughter is the most terrifying event I have faced. I have lost both parents and my husband but losing my daughter shook me like nothing has. I was afraid that I would never be able to love again or be open to people. What her death taught me is to live with an open heart and good things will happen. I have met and reunited with people I never expected. My daughter's friends, other people who have lost children have all come into my life for the better. I am very distraught from losing her but her little girl, my granddaughter, has opened my heart and filled it with joy. She is 2 and the light of my life. She reminds me of my daughter so much that it sometimes hurts but she also makes me feel so loved. Her name is Angela Grace and she is my little angel. By keeping my heart open I have been blessed with all of this love. It would have been very easy to close my heart to others and stay by myself. I didn't do that and have been given the gift of friendship and love. This open heart jewelry reminds me of what I am doing and to keep at it. While horrendous events can make us want to give up, keeping an open heart can change our lives.

    Judith,
    Novato, CA

    Loss and an Open Heart
  • That is That

    That is That Cheryl,
    Vicksburg, MS

    My mother, Bernice Haun, just celebrated her 86th birthday. All of my life she has been a care giver. With three children, this stay at home mom kept the house immaculate, despite the many hardships she and my father faced. Each of her children had major health crises. First, my brother almost died when he was scalded by a percolator of hot coffee spilling on him. Then, while playing baseball, I was hit in the eye by a fly ball and almost went blind in that eye. Two years later, my younger sister who was 3 contracted all three kinds of polio and almost died. In fact, keeping her alive and well became a major focus of our lives. My mom had to dress her and take care of all Judy's private needs and continues to do so for the last 55 years. As if that was not enough, my father a little over 10 years ago began having a series of strokes, which left him dependent upon my mom for getting him bathed, dressed and moved out of his bed so he could sit in the living room and watch television and be a part of the family. The hospital staff wanted to send him to a nursing home but she would have none of that. Towards the end of his life, she got very little sleep at night, but the visiting nurses were awed at how well kept he was. She loved him and that was that. She loves us and that is that. We love her and well, that is that.

    Cheryl,
    Vicksburg, MS

    That is That
  • Life Of Abundance

    Life Of Abundance Ronni,
    Buffalo, NY

    Although my home life was cruel, I have never lost my belief in the power of positive thoughts and kind feelings. I "do unto others" as a life belief. Recently, I was reunited with a sister that went missing 18 years ago. My husband and I used our savings to buy her a house near us so I can take care of her. Giving joy means gaining joy. I try hard to return pain with kindness and, in turn, I receive it daily from others. Life is good if you let it be!

    Ronni,
    Buffalo, NY

    Life Of Abundance
  • Open Heart Day

    Open Heart Day Tonya,
    Naugatuck, CT

    Hi,my mom passed away during the pregnancy of my second child. My son new my mom,but my daughter never knew her. Ever since my daughter could talk she would always mention seeing hearts everywhere. Heart shapes in her bread,a heart shaped rock,a heart shaped shadow etc. I didnt pay much attention at first....but throughout the years I began to realize.... My mom was letting me know she knew my daughter had arrived and was her guardian angel. So instead of being sad on the anniversary my mom passed(Nov 17 1998).We have a celebration of hearts much like valentines day instead. We also reach out to other motherless moms(support groups),friends,and volunteer(shelters). My closed sad heart has found a way to open up again:)!

    Tonya,
    Naugatuck, CT

    Open Heart Day
  • A Second Chance of Life

    A Second Chance of Life Jane,
    Methuen, MA

    Hi my name is Jane im 48 years old. I have a loving husband and two daughters. It begain in July 2009 as I awake with extreme numbness on the left side of my upper body. I was rushed to the hospital to discover my heart was broken I was having a heart attack. The Dr discovered I had several artery's that were clogged, I was sent for a catherization and things were going well, until the dr came and gave me the news I had numberous clogged artieries and was being sent to another hospital for the procedure. Things did'nt go smooth during this time an artery had burst and I was sent to emergent cardiac surgery, and had 4x bypass, the drs'could not close my chest, because my heart was very swollen, I was put into a coma for 15 days and the dr's told my family that I would have a 50/50 chance of surviving and if I did survive I could be brain dead. My family was devistated. Not knowing what was happenening and hearing about everything that happened to me and my family has just been unbeleivable. I am a fighter and will continue to be as long as my heart is beating and open with all the love and support I've have. Its been a little over a year now I realize I have heart diseases, but my love and my open heart allowed me to overcome adversity and remain a stronger woman.

    Jane,
    Methuen, MA

    A Second Chance of Life
  • Two Broken Hearts Mended by Love

    Two Broken Hearts Mended by Love Angela,
    Conway, SC

    Many sad years and an ugly divorce left me searching for something instead of giving up. I was not alone in thinking that. His heart was broken from his wife's death so young and so sudden. He joined match.com February 14, 2012....I joined 2 days later. By February 20, 2012 we had our first cup of coffee together and have rarely been apart. We both have similar faith backgrounds, our children are the same ages, and we love the same hobbies. Neither of us have dated anyone since our prior relationships had ended. I had no family or friends close by and was truly alone. His family and friends have opened their heart to me and we all honor his late wife's memory. Both of us have hearts with scares and that's ok. Just this past Saturday we picked out an engagement ring that will be a symbol of our commitment to love each other. From a broken heart to one that is open to let in another and their love, life has begun again.

    Angela,
    Conway, SC

    Two Broken Hearts Mended by Love
  • Our Precious Angel

    Our Precious Angel Elaine,
    Hilton, NY

    Just over eleven years ago, we were anxiously awaiting our first grandchild. Due in late April, something went amiss, and she arrived in early January. Only 11 inches long and weighing just 1 pound, 5 ounces, she was perfect in every other way. We watched helplessly but hopefully as she fought courageously for eight days. But God saw fit to take her back to heaven, where we know we'll see her again one day. Her short time with us opened our hearts to all children. Losing a child has a special way of making children even more priceless to a person. Our seven other grandchildren mean so much to us, and we pray for them constantly. We can't help but open our hearts to children who are in need. Recently I was able to buy an Open Hearts Angel necklace. It's especially precious to me, as whenever I look at it, I think of our sweet little Korryn Elizabeth. She may not be seated at our family dinner table, but her presence is near and dear to me, as she's represented by my beautiful necklace...right next to my heart!

    Elaine,
    Hilton, NY

    Our Precious Angel
  • Open hearts receive more than they give

    Open hearts receive more than they give Linda,
    Canton, OH

    Adversity has not been unfamiliar. I've had cancer, a rare illness, polio and now post polio syndrome. It has, however, given me a unique perspective on life. I have always found that when I open my heart to give to others, be it monetary, listening, offering rides to those less fortunate, or a gift of my time in SIGN choir, I receive more than I could ever hope to give.

    Linda,
    Canton, OH

    Open hearts receive more than they give
  • Not Alone

    Not Alone Jamie,
    Mims, FL

    At 19 I found myself pregnant and lonely. I had plenty of family who loved and supported me, but no one to hold me at night. What man would want me anyways? Who would want to raise another man's child? My heart began to quickly close to the possibility of being loved by a real man. But 6 months into my pregnancy, in walked Matthew! He treated me with respect and honored me as a young woman and mother to be. He didn't shun me or turn the other way when I walked into a room. He look at me with nothing but pure love. I was suprised at how quickly I opened up my heart to this young man. But when I did, what a magical experience. To be loved and adored this way was overwhelming. But I embraced every minute of it!! I'm proud and honored to say that Matthew and I have been married for 8 1/2 years and have three beautiful children. Not only did my open heart benefit me, but my precious daughter who has the most wonderful daddy! If it weren't for Matt's open heart towards Bailey and I, I wouldn't have had an open heart to love and let a man love me! I am truly blessed to have Matthew in my life and share a lifetime with him! As a family we have chosen to have openhearts to love and be loved! What a great gift to give to our three children!

    Jamie,
    Mims, FL

    Not Alone
  • LIFE'S CHALLENGES

    LIFE'S CHALLENGES diana,
    marion, OH

    THERE ARE MANY FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS FACING SO MANY DIFFERENT PROBLEMS TODAY. I KNOW HOW SOME OF THESE INDIVIDUALS FEEL, BECAUSE I HAVE FACED MY OWN OPPORTUNITIES TO REALLY PUT MY TRUST IN GOD. SOMETIMES I SEE PEOPLE BE CRITICAL OF SOMEONE WHO IS DOWN AND OUT. HOW CAN THEY KNOW WHAT THAT PERSON HAS GONE THROUGH AND THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE DAY TO DAY. I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE THAT ONE WHO HAS LOST A JOB TO A COMPANY THAT HAS GONE OUT OF BUSINESS. LET ME TELL YOU THAT IS A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR A SINGLE PARENT WHO CANNOT GIVE THEIR FAMILY THE THINGS THEY SOMETIMES NEED. IT CAN BREAK YOUR HEART. BUT KNOWING WHAT OTHERS ARE GOING THROUGH CAN OPEN DOORS TO HELP THEM. ONE RULE IN LIFE THAT I HAVE LEARNED IS LIFE IS NOT ALL ABOUT GIVE ME, GIVE ME, GIVE ME - BUT RATHER GIVE, GIVE, GIVE. IT IS IN THE GIVING THAT YOU CAN TRULY BE BLESSED! I BELIEVE WE ARE ALL SUPPOSED TO GIVE UNTO OTHERS, WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN. THE GREAT THING IS WHEN YOU GIVE, YOU GET BACK WAY MORE THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY GIVE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO DO LITTLE THINGS SUCH AS PAY FOR SOMEONE'S GROCERIES, OR GAS WHEN THEY HAVE NOT ENOUGH. IT IS PARTICULARLY A BLESSING WHEN YOU CAN DO SO ANONOMOUSLY. I BELIEVE GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR DOING SO. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY WHEN YOUR HEART IS TRULY OPEN!

    diana,
    marion, OH

    LIFE'S CHALLENGES
  • A Divine Heart

    A Divine Heart Josephine,
    Clarksville, TN

    Three years ago, I left a loveless marriage with three children, hope, determination and a divine heart. At that time, my children were ages 15, 11, and 7 months old. I did not have a job nor a place to live with my children. I went through a long periods of depression not knowing what will happen to me or my children. I have lost a lot of materialistic things but I always kept a divine heart. My divine heart kept me searching for love, peace and happiness. It kept me moving into a positive direction and it kept my faith strong and determined to find that light at the end of the tunnel. Two years later, I'm living a blessed life with a great job and a beautiful place to live. My heart ache during that time but it was always open. I discovered by keeping my heart open was truly inspirational and it's something that I will pass on to my children.

    Josephine,
    Clarksville, TN

    A Divine Heart
  • A Gaurdain Angel

    A Gaurdain Angel Amanda,
    Mechanicsville, VA

    I recently bought an open heart necklace to give to my best friends mother due to his recent passing seven months ago. It came so sudden and such a shock to all to loose such a great young man. He was known as Mr. Personality and always there to lend a helping hand. Now he is our gaurdian angel watching up from above. I hope this gives her hope and more power to help her with each and every day knowing to keep and open heart and that angles are like messangers they always giving us signs to keep our head up and letting us know they are still around. He is greatly missed and now that the holidays our appraoching, it makes it harder to cope. From here on out we will always know that we have someone specail watching down and she will have her open heart displayed to share the memory of her her son always and forever. We love you Brandon rest in peace my friend <3

    Amanda,
    Mechanicsville, VA

    A Gaurdain Angel
  • Paula's Hope

    Paula's Hope Paula,
    West Jordan, UT

    I was diagnosed in 1986 with Chron's Disease. I was a new mother and not to long after being diagnosed I was then going through a divorce. I had taken every medication that was available at that time and none of the medications worked. After 1 year and 5 months after being diagnosed, my Doctor had given me a month to live and at that time my son was only 18 months old. I needed this surgery in order to be able to be around to raise my son. I have been Chron's free for 20 years. But during this time I have been in contact with people who I found out were diagnosed with Chron's and I have been fortunate enough to be able to counsel with them and encourage them through learning and dealing with the disease. I have been able to provide information to Doctors about ostomy covers for patients who have ostomy's, after doing internet research. I feel that by doing a little research and talking to others and encouraging them is so rewarding. I have recently been diagnosed that my Chron's has returned, but I am maintaining a positive attitude so that I may continue to encourage others. I am so thankful that I was able to raise my son, who is now 23 years old and I have been married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband for the last 19 years.

    Paula,
    West Jordan, UT

    Paula's Hope
  • Love yourself!

    Love yourself! Shari,
    Rochester, MN

    My life had been marked by disappointments in relationships and in myself. Part of my difficulties stemmed from poor self esteem and confidence all my life, mainly as a teenager. I would look in the mirror and dislike the person I saw. This carries over to all we do, and all those we have relationships with. I always tried to give, give, give, but some would just take advantage of me. It was difficult for me to feel truly loved. Many individuals listen to Jane's story, see her design, and think of their own loved ones. I think of her "open hearts" as a reminder for me to love myself and count my blessings. People presume that a loved one gave the bracelet to me as a gift. However, I bought it for myself as a symbol to touch when I fall back into my old ways and am feeling low. It gives me a little boost of confidence! I try to share this philosophy when others, especially teens, share similar struggles. It is time to let the past go, and start taking charge of our own happiness!

    Shari,
    Rochester, MN

    Love yourself!
  • unsure, but positive

    unsure, but positive Michelle,
    Rineyville, KY

    An open heart means having an open mind - being open to anyone, despite first impressions. When we first meet someone we automatically make judgements. I believe looking past those judgements and adjusting my attitude to treat everyone with respect is having an open heart. Through this alone, I've made some remarkable life-long friends who have remained with me through thick and thin. This only encourages me further to teach through my own actions this idea to my children and the children I teach in school. I feel blessed that I have been given this opportunity.

    Michelle,
    Rineyville, KY

    unsure, but positive
  • From Broken Hearts to Blessed

    From Broken Hearts to Blessed Elizabeth,
    Richlands, NC

    When I tired to have a second child I became pregnant twice but lost both before the first trimester's end. At this time I was thirty-six and not wanting to continue the pain of losing more my husband and I decided to have my tubes tied. As a career teacher I am always assigned a mentee who is a beginning teacher. Thankfully I entered this extra duty with an open heart. My twenty-two year old first year teacher had a childhood of disappointment when her mother chose an affair over her daughter and gave her to her dad to raise. It was mother-daughter love immediately. I "adopted" her and she became a member of our family. We had both suffered loss but by leaving our hearts open to other possibilities that God had in store for us, I got the second child I had wanted and she got the mother she had been without for almost ten years. For three years we have been a typical mother and daughter sharing laughs, tears, and a few fights along the way. Last summer on the day she was married I was honored to stay by her side until she was walked down the aisle. When she returned from their honeymoon they took up residence 2.7 miles from my house. In her house is a framed picture of us on her wedding day with a poem I wrote her for that day reminding her we are blessed to have each other.

    Elizabeth,
    Richlands, NC

    From Broken Hearts to Blessed
  • My Son

    My Son John,
    Taylor Mill, KY

    I don't think I've always had an open heart. My son was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 1/2 years old. He is moderately severe on the spectrum with only limited words. I never knew I could love somebody so unconditionally. He never says he loves me, I never get hugs or kisses, or a father's day present for that matter. All I know is that I would do anything for Luke. So, I guess my point is that having an open heart was something that I learned from my son, my greatest teacher.

    John,
    Taylor Mill, KY

    My Son
  • Love after a loss....

    Love after a loss.... Laurie,
    Puyallup, WA

    November 2009 I lost my husband of 19 years unexpectedly. He was only 55 years old and I had never thought that he would be taken from me so young. I was sad, depressed and slowing killing myself through obesity. Fortunately the love of a couple dear friends kept me going and brought me to my senses. I started taking care of myself, eating healthy and lost over 200 lbs. I wanted to live to see my grandson grow up. I didn't ever think though that I would ever love like that again. But with an open heart, I met a wonderful man that has brought the sunshine and smiles back into my life. We have both been through a lot in life and share many common interests. I love him with all my heart. He has shown me a part of myself that I didn't realize I had lost. He has quickly become not only the man I love but my best friend as well. Today I received a gift he got for me.....a beautiful 'Open Heart Necklace' that I had admired for quite some time. It means so very much to me because to me it symbolizes the fact that without an open heart from my friends I would not have survived and Richard

    Laurie,
    Puyallup, WA

    Love after a loss....
  • Keeping promises

    Keeping promises Karen,
    Charleroi, PA

    My sister died May 18,2000. I promised my sister that I would be there for her children and grandchildren if they should ever need me. A couple of years later I received a call from my sister's daughter. She asked if I would take care of her three children. Even though my niece broke contact with us I decided to reach out in love to her and I also realized that I had an opportunity to keep my promise to my sister. So my husband and I drove from Pennsylvania to Georgia to pick up the kids. We kept them for several months while my niece and her husband worked some things out. I grew to love those children and never regretted keeping them. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of them. You get such a blessing if only you remember to open your heart to those in need. The picture is of me and me and my niece's 3 children.

    Karen,
    Charleroi, PA

    Keeping promises
  • The Power of an Open Heart

    The Power of an Open Heart Susan,
    Biddeford, ME

    When I first saw Jane Seymour on dancing with stars and her interview about her mom something clicked. I lived my life day by day in turmoil and array. The advise her mom gave to her was so emotional to me as I had lost my mom who was my best friend. Listening to words of wisdom like that I began to see and open my heart. Soon, I had overcome all my fears and things began to look up for me. I received a good job and promotion and I began too see that things started coming easy into my life. If it weren't for that revelation I probably would have stayed on the destructive path I was on....

    Susan,
    Biddeford, ME

    The Power of an Open Heart
  • open heart

    open heart teresa,
    Sevierville, TN

    I recently lost my home and everything that I had worked for in 25 yrs. My husband and I just celebrated out 25th anniversary we could not afford the necklace so my husband promissed me it next yr. This yr we would both live with open hearts as our life can only get better we hoped. Well I now lost my job after 13 yrs and now are hoping and praying for love to help us struggle through each day. We may have to put off the necklace but the saying and insiration will stay with us. No one can take that from us!

    teresa,
    Sevierville, TN

    open heart
  • Life's Purpose

    Life's Purpose Kelli,
    Lincoln, NE

    Throughout my life, I have been through a lot of difficult experiences, which have left me very guarded and closed to experiencing the love of others. I have always been a giving person, but I learned something new about giving. When I first met Katie, there was an unexplainable "connection." A year later, we crossed paths again, and quickly became good friends. As time passed, we both began to share things with one another, more than we had shared with anyone. I grew to trust her with everything inside me, as she listened, held me, and took care of me, as I did for her. Through this, I learned to open myself up more, and I gave everything inside of me to help her make changes in her life. Everyday, I gave her positive and encouraging words to help her to see what a beautiful and amazing person she was, as she believed, after many years of difficult experiences, that she did not deserve anything better and that she was not worthy of truly being loved. Several months later, she had the strength and took great steps to make the changes she needed to do what was best for her. And, although things became strained between us, I now believe that people can love and be loved; and, although we may not always understand it, every experience serves a purpose: for me it was to learn to allow love and for her to learn she truly deserves good in life.

    Kelli,
    Lincoln, NE

    Life's Purpose
  • You are not Alone

    You are not Alone Noree,
    Rockford, IL

    In July 2009, I became an army wife. After a blessed nine months together with my husband, I was left to experience my first deployment. You know those people who say life is 10% circumstance and 90% attitude? Well, I am one such person. But military life is full of problematic circumstances. I understand why there are so many strained and failed marriages in the military. The life-style is rough. Deployment is difficult. However, each day I wake up with a choice. Do I close my heart off to the world and try to shelter myself from the pain? Or do I keep on living life with an open heart and embrace each new day as a gift from God? I've chosen to keep an open heart. I've chosen to not only survive this deployment, but thrive through it. During the past few months I have been traveling around the US visiting friends and family, and surrounding myself with their love and support. I believe family and fr iends are so important when we are going through difficult times, and mine have truly helped me keep an open heart, despite my difficult circumstances. Additionally, during the last six months of my husband's deployment, I have chosen to participate with an international humanitarian aid ministry. There are so many people experiencing difficult circumstances around the world, but I believe that by keeping an open heart and by reaching out to others, we truly we will be blessed in return.

    Noree,
    Rockford, IL

    You are not Alone
  • Open my heart to life

    Open my heart to life Andrea,
    82178 Puchheim, Germany, CA

    My life hasn't been easy from the start. My mother was diagnosed breast cancer while being pregnant with my sister and me (we are identical twins). She fought hard but passed by when I was about 16 months old, she was only 34 years old. I don't know how much I realized about all this when I was a little child, but I closed up my heart. I never really trusted anybody and I always had and still have this deep sadness in me that overlaid my life like a thick and dense fog. Beeing a teenager, I dreamed most of the time alone instead of living and having fun with friends. I loved to watch "Dr. Quinn", because somehow I knew there has to be some kind of strength in me, too. I totally collapsed when I was 20 years old, caught in a deep depression. I went into a psychiatric clinic and stayed there for 8 months. For the first time I cried because of my mother's death. I started to open up my heart to life. I remember walking through leaves in the fall realizing that I can only bring happiness to my life when I open my heart to it. I'm now happily married and I have two gorgeous children who make it very easy for me to open my heart and see the joy of life and to feel love. I also work as a babywearing consultant (which means I show parents how to use a wrap or a baby carrier). I love it, because I want them to know how precious it is to be able to share this time with their babies. The "Open hearts" philosophy is exactly what I need when I'm struggling again to find a way to other people. It inspires me very much and you, Jane, are a great inspiration to me. Your happiness is noticeable in all your paintings and in your jewelry and, above all, in your contented smile. Thank you very much!

    Andrea,
    82178 Puchheim, Germany, CA

    Open my heart to life
  • Becoming A Loving Person

    Becoming A Loving Person Julie,
    Huntsville, AL

    My name is Julie. I live with grandparents, and we are blessings to one another everyday. I came from a broken home with bad parents. My mom abused me, and my dad was dropped from my life when he became an alcoholic. Despite all the abuse, neglect, and hurt that I was dealt to have in my life. I was still considered a good-natured little girl, and found God and was baptized when I was 12. I have two guardian angels, my Aunt Mary and her daughter Lucy. Without them, I would not have been the person they helped me to be. They showed me that the family and friends still plentifully loved me. Now, to this very day, I have a wonderful loving boyfriend named Kevin. He is the love of my life. I live with an open loving heart today because of my aunt, Lucy, and Kevin, and God through whom I can do and overcome anything.

    Julie,
    Huntsville, AL

    Becoming A Loving Person
  • Unconditional State of Love

    Unconditional State of Love Anna,
    Millbrook, AL

    This has been a very long year,in and out of a child custody battle for our 2 year old grandchild,Amelie.Her mother, is our eldest daughter with a history of chemical dependence and bipolar issues. My husband and I received custody over both natural parents. We love our daughter and are trying our best to help her through this difficult time in her life. through many financial difficulties and constant emotional relapses, it is our choice to be there for her, not to be enablers, but loving her uconditionally through it all.

    Anna,
    Millbrook, AL

    Unconditional State of Love
  • A Boy's Joy

    A Boy's Joy Jennifer,
    cheyenne, WY

    My story starts as a single mother of twin boys. The greatest day of my life was also one filled with anxiety as my boys were born at 29 weeks. Angelo my youngest got to go home after two months and my oldest Leo was in the hospital for five months. Through the years Angelo grew and started doing all the things a child should and we realized Leo was not close to where he should be. My precious Leo had many struggles through out his life. Many hospital stays. He had chronic lung disease and stayed on oxygen, he also had a feeding tube, and as he got older a wheelchair. Seeing how much my little boy had to go through and how happy he was made me realize that we all go through difficulties but we should make the most of our lives and share joy with others. Leo pasted away February 10th, 2011 at the age of five years old. His life's struggles is over shadowed by the joy he spread to every person he came into contact with. My heart may ache, yet remembering a boy who went through so much in a short life, keeps my heart open to the joys that come my way.

    Jennifer,
    cheyenne, WY

    A Boy's Joy
  • Finding a Hidden Treasure

    Finding a Hidden Treasure Michael,
    Savannah, GA

    I lost my sight in August of 1999. I thought life and love was over for me. I did not know what would become of my life especially after losing my sight at the age of 42. In March of 2000 I met a wonderful young lady. We began to communicate and in November of 2000 we were married. I must say that Marcia is a hidden treasure. I have never seen her with my physical eyes but through the spirit I know that she is beautiful. Many did not think we would make it six months but we have been married now for 11 years. Marcia is a wonderful woman and I am so glad that God sent her my way. She certainly has an open heart that is truly a heart of gold. She is my hidden treasure and I treasure every moment that we have been together as husband and wife. We have had many challenges but through them all it has made us stronger and an inspiration to others who know our story. Again it is a joy to share my story because in it is the story of an open heart named Marcia.

    Michael,
    Savannah, GA

    Finding a Hidden Treasure
  • Healing My Heart

    Healing My Heart MaryHelen,
    Mesquite, TX

    My father and I had a difficult relationship when I was growing up. My mother always told me he loved me but I never felt it. We talked through my mother until she died. For the next five years we saw each other sporadically. When my father became ill, as the oldest daughter, I arranged care for him, and began spending more time at his house when he needed help. During the next four months, we became closer than we ever had been, and when he died, I missed him terribly. I am so very grateful that I kept my heart open and didn't let past wounds impede that growth. Four years later, my ex-husband (we had been divorced 15 years) had surgery for cancer of the esophagus; he couldn't talk or eat and lost his hearing through radiation. I had him move in with me, and cared for him for two years until his death. Originally, it was so my children would not be tied down to his care as they had young families. Just as with my father, it was a very healing time...for me. It started out that I was doing for my father and ex-husband and ended up that I was the one who benefited; whose heart was healed. I am so grateful that I have no resentments or animosity anymore for these two important men in my life, and that now I can truly miss them. All because I kept my heart open.

    MaryHelen,
    Mesquite, TX

    Healing My Heart
  • My Angel

    My Angel Hope,
    Ridgeland, SC

    When I was younger, I lost a child. I named the baby Angel, and had struggled with the loss for a long time. I never believed I would find love, bit decided to keep an open heart, which is when I met the love of my life. This summer, my mother presented me with the Angel Open Heart necklace, to wear on my wedding day. With the necklace I felt my family was complete on my big day; I had my Angel, my husband, and our little boy. Thank you for coming up with this design, because my Angel gave me strength to open my heart, and I've never been happier. I am the wife of a Marine, mother of a handsome baby boy, and mother of my little Angel. Thanks to you, my family will always be complete.

    Hope,
    Ridgeland, SC

    My Angel
  • My boys

    My boys Abbey,
    Morrow, OH

    My parents taught me to live with an open heart. So, when I was 16 and I broke my neck in a car accident my first reaction was not defeat. I knew, as a well loved child knows, that everything would be fine. Someone once said to me, "You have a severe disability. You could have used that as a great excuse!" I still remember my reaction being one of shock. I am not disabled and it was not something I ever considered. I couldn't believe this person felt sorry for me! I think you must look at life with a positive spirit like children do. So, now that I am 30 years old and sometimes have great pain I just look at my children and the life that I have made for myself and think, "I have a great life and lots of love around me." I am so lucky to be me.

    Abbey,
    Morrow, OH

    My boys
  • Live your life

    Live your life Michelle,
    Bass Harbor, ME

    I was in a very abusive relationship for a few years. It took everything I had mentally to get out. I had two little girls and struggled to raise them alone. Somedays I could have shut out the world but I knew deep down that I was meant for better. The following year I found it. I found a guy who made me so happy. He loved me more me and loved my two little girls like they were his own. I knew deep inside me that I had found my soulmate. We were so happy for 5 years and on Oct. 15th, 1997 he was killed by a drunk driver. My whole world turned upside down in an instant. Once again I could have closed my heart, but I knew He would never want me to. I instead focused all my energy on doing things to keep him close to my heart and his memory alive. He was like a big kid and loved the holidays so on halloween i got a big group of kids together to decorate pumpkins. On Christmas i used the mony I would have spent on his gift for the angel tree. I live each day showing those I love how much I do in many ways because through all of this I have learned life is a precious gift. You have to make the most of it, and truly can only do that with an open heart.

    Michelle,
    Bass Harbor, ME

    Live your life
  • The love for a child

    The love for a child Deena,
    Hope, AR

    My great grandson, Kayden was born 2 months early. Over the past 2 months the love, kindness and giving for this child has surpassed and open the my hearts of so many people. I had become very critical and doubted peoples caring and love for others until Kayden was born and people started sharing and giving without wanting anything in return. The love for another person by so many people has opened my heart and given me a new outlook on the world today.

    Deena,
    Hope, AR

    The love for a child
  • My Journey

    My Journey Linda,
    Chillicothe, OH

    My journey could not have been possible without an open heart, and have friends with open hearts. My open heart is for the homeless , it's never easy feeling helpless when things happen beyond our control. Having an open heart leads us toward compassionate people that stood by me through every step in my life. I long for no more abandonment s, no more domestic violence.. And for all to open your hearts for those around us in need.. you never know when that person in need. After more than 4 years living from place to place I met and married the man that opened his heat to meet our needs.. in return now I have a chance to open up and give back..I hope I'm doing so.. I now take care of my father-in-law who's 89 years young. God does bless us all with a heart that can open towards all of humanity!

    Linda,
    Chillicothe, OH

    My Journey
  • Open Heart Walk

    Open Heart Walk Nancy,
    Vero Beach, FL

    By keeping an open heart after I had breast cancer I trained and just walked in a 60 mile walk for awareness and research. I could have taken a different path and wallowed in my illness, but I did what I needed to do for my health and always showed a positive attitude and the love I felt for myself and my family. By oepning my heart I let everyone know that while cancer can be devastating it doesn't have to change you or what is in your heart.

    Nancy,
    Vero Beach, FL

    Open Heart Walk
  • Rejuvenating

    Rejuvenating Dusti,
    San Angelo, TX

    I have been a teacher for 20 years - 15 at the High School level. After a few "bad" years at a bigger high school my love for students and teaching was all but gone. Then the opportunity to teach at a small High School opened up. Almost immediately my love for students and teaching was rejuvenated and revived by the extraordinary students that I had their. That was a year and half ago, and this past Christmas those same students gave me an open heart ring. To me it symbolize how those students opened my heart back to them and teaching. I wear it faithfully everyday to remind me how much I am loved, how much I love them, and how much I AGAIN love teaching.

    Dusti,
    San Angelo, TX

    Rejuvenating
  • Open Heart for my great-aunt

    Open Heart for my great-aunt David,
    Milwaukee, WI

    I've always believed that life is all about the people you share it with; it was only after my experience with my great-aunt Suzette that I realized just how real tears can be when they're the result of someone you care about. My great-aunt had never married, but was always helping out everyone with whatever they needed. An experience that comes to mind for me is when she helped my family put a new roof on our house in the early 90's- she was in her 80's then, and even though she didn't climb the ladder or hammer in any nails, she baked us casseroles and provided us with hours of entertainment and help while we placed the tar. It's an odd story, but I think it indicates her passion to help others, no matter what or when. As I said, she never married, and when she was nearing the end of her life, she'd always said one of her favorite pieces of jewelry was a heart locket her father had given her when she was a little kid- she no longer had it! Long story short, I ended up raising money to purchase an open heart's collection necklace for her. She absolutely loved it! About 6 weeks later, she passed away unexpectedly, and she was wearing the open heart necklace. Love will always find a way in, if you keep an open heart. I'll always believe that.

    David,
    Milwaukee, WI

    Open Heart for my great-aunt
  • i now live with an open heart!

    i now live with an open heart! Haylee,
    Temperance, MI

    My story isn't short, but due to limited space I will sum it up for you. At a very young age I gained a lot of trust issues. When I became a teenager I had my heart crushed. My first marriage only lasted a year. As I said, I had MANY issues that started as a young child which resulted in horrible trust issues. I learned the hard way that in all reality I could have changed many things in my life (such as my marriage) if I wouldn't have jumped into it with a closed heart. I had to take responsability for keeping my guard up and never allowing love in to overcome all of the hurt that I had been through in my past. I finally opened my heart and it has COMPLETELY changed my life for the better! I beat cervical cancer because I opend my heart and allowed people to love me and help me through it. I am now engaged to an amazing man and have 2 beautiful daughters. I also have multiple sclorosis, and because of me opening my heart I found my amazing fiance' who has been by my side through it all, and I wouldn't have my 2 beautiful daughters here with me today if I would have kept my heart closed forever. My life has changed forever and for the better! Don't make the same mistake I made. OPEN YOUR HEART!!! Don't waste anymore time. I'm living again!

    Haylee,
    Temperance, MI

    i now live with an open heart!
  • My Open Heart Renewed

    My Open Heart Renewed Beth,
    Jacksonville, FL

    Hi! Well I have to say my husband and I have always had a special bond, we will be married 29 years this year 2012! We are each other's best friend as well. I lost my hearing a few years ago and it was very devastating to say the least. I speak and read lips and of course I am very grateful as I have alot to be grateful for. I have to say the love and compassion and understanding and support from my husband really opened my heart once again after feeling so withdrawn dealing with my deafness. I am so overjoyed and so grateful to be loved by someone who loves me no matter what. With his love and support I was able to love myself and open my heart once again to the wonderous and so precious of all Blessings! Being deaf doesnt define me, by being a good person and opening one's heart and one's love is what should define a person. Having a special someone to share that love is so precious! I am so grateful for so much! Thanks for reading!

    Beth,
    Jacksonville, FL

    My Open Heart Renewed
  • Mailia' Miracle

    Mailia' Miracle Andrea,
    Pasco, WA

    We wish to share the story and journey of our beautiful young daughter Mailia, who was born with Eisenmenger's syndrome, a very rare heart and lung condition. After all the gloom and doom advice we were initially given, we opted for second opinions and made huge leaps of faith over the years, to buy our daughter time and allow technology to catch up. Last year, she was afforded the opportunity to try a life saving procedure using her own blood to create adult stem cells that were tweaked in a lab to create lung vasculature stem cells. Once her lungs are healed, her heart will be able to be repaired and she will be afforded a much wanted and desired life ahead of her. She is so very couragous, loving and happy and through her story we have outline on a web site and blog we built for her, has started to inspire so many people. On her web site, under the story, there is a video done by some very dear and generous friends to help with our fundraising for Mailias stem cell procedure. If you find her story compelling and truly from the heart, we can mail you a DVD of it as the file is quite large. We thank you in advance so very much for your time to learn about Mailia's Miracle. All our gratitude, The Goforth's web site: MailiasMiracle.com and MailiasMiracle.com/blog

    Andrea,
    Pasco, WA

    Mailia' Miracle
  • Still Standing

    Still Standing Marybeth,
    New Lenox, IL

    In July 2008, my mother and role model, died after an illness and my 14 year childless marriage fell apart due to a midlife crisis affair my 37 year old husband had with a 22 year old girl that eventually resulted in a pregnancy that ended the marriage and sent me into deep depression because of my infertility and broken life. The recession, unemployment and new stress with impending divorce took its toll on me. Being a fan, I had watched Jane on TV and was mesmerized by her necklace. Last November, I went to the mall to window shop, trying to overcome my depression one day. I made the choice to purchase the Open Hearts necklace. It has inspired me with hope and courage every time I look in the mirror to have filed divorce, look for work, heal from the pain of infidelity and an empty womb, to reach out with my time to others to make their lives better and to pay the necklace off with alimony money. I volunteer to service oriented events, my church in various functions, the homeless, and various other opportunities that come up to be useful. As of today, I am still working through divorce due to the recession, I have work, and am 98% emotionally healed with new hope for the future as a strong single woman.

    Marybeth,
    New Lenox, IL

    Still Standing
  • Life Is Too Short

    Life Is Too Short Hope,
    Glasgow, KY

    Steve and I met on a Yahoo group about eight years ago. We talked about everything-traded jokes and kept in touch sporadically over the years- until 2008. In May of 2008 he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Between radiation and chemo treatments- he had little time to communicate. In November, he notified his friends and family he was having surgery. I finally heard back that the surgery was successful. He found out I had been worrying about him- and thus began our relationship. In May of 2009, the cancer moved to his liver. Our friendship grew stronger, and in August of 2009, he asked me to marry him. I accepted, knowing that I would lose him. He moved from California to Kentucky to live with me and my children. Our time together was too short. In May of 2010, we lost our home to a flood. I was fretting over things when he looked at me and told me " Where you are- Home is." Two weeks later he experienced severe pain and within two days had died. His last concious words were "Yes, I love you" to an unspoken question. He taught me life is too short for regrets. He taught me to take what time we have and live and love- have JOY instead of "what if". He showed me a rare courage- never a complaint to me about his illness- rather his happiness at having someone who loved him enough to share his life.

    Hope,
    Glasgow, KY

    Life Is Too Short
  • To be loved again

    To be loved again Patricia,
    Auburn, NY

    I had my heart broken by my first husband. He decided to leave me and our 4 grown children for another women. He married her had a child and after 10 years of marriage to her they divoriced. It took me 7 long years to find it in my heart to forgive him and start a new life for myself. My friends encouraged me to try dating through the personal adds in the newspaper. After meeting several characters and getting discourged from the process. I finally met the love of my life. My now friend and partner for the rest of our lives. He is a wonderful man and a loving step father. He has welcomed 9 of my childrens children into our lives since the day they were all born. We also have two grandchildren from his childrens family's.We are known as Nana and Bopba to them, or Papa. We both feel so blesssed to have found each other, when we were both feeling we would be alone for the rest of our lives. We did find love,once we were willing to open our hearts to being in love again. Happily married now for 14 1/2 years.

    Patricia,
    Auburn, NY

    To be loved again
  • At last!

    At last! Dianne,
    Greenville, RI

    I spent the first half of my life – or rather my first 67 years – uptight, barely breathing fearful of not "doing the right thing". An "only child," I was expected, or thought I was expected, to be perfect. Of course, I wasn't! Any variations along the road to "perfection" were hidden, never discussed. My parents & I conversed about mundane, "safe" subjects like the weather and grocery ads - nothing controversial or important. There was a vacancy – a void. I felt, if X-rayed, the place where my heart should've been was empty. Of course, we loved each other, but were emotionally stifled. My Depression era parents, struggling hard with work and pride, never learned to display affection. Then.. Mom died. I felt absolute grief and sadness, but also relief that perfection was longer required. I hated that feeling. But, suddenly, here was Dad, alone. We spent time becoming reacquainted. I learned about his life. What a great guy - funny, smart - very opinionated! I felt like someone had given me a key - a key to open my heart which had been locked. Every day we'd tell each other "I love you"! At 96, Dad entered a nursing home. Visiting daily, I was with him when he breathed his last. He'd made many new friends there. I and they miss him terribly. But with my heart now open, like a sponge, I can feel, absorb and spread love to them when I visit. They feel good. I feel wonderful!

    Dianne,
    Greenville, RI

    At last!
  • FINDING A WAY WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

    FINDING A WAY WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS MALISHA,
    MORRISTOWN, TN

    "You deserve to be loved." is what I was told when I received my open hearts necklace. My friend say I was miserably happy all alone. I had shut myself off to love because I was tired of painful relationships. After receiving my necklace and reading the story behind it, I opened my heart one last time. I've found my true love. best friend and now husband. The simple reality is the necklace and story are what made me realize a valuable lesson: With an open heart love really does find a way in.I hope that anyone that receives any part of this collection is inspired as much as I am. If you have a friend or family member that needs a reminder that they are loved or needs to see that they "deserve to be loved", pick then up any piece of this collection and let them see for them self that beyond that dark and dreary sky is a rainbow filled sky with happiness only they can let in. If they open their hearts just a little bit love may just find them. You'll never know who's heart you may touch with such a simple gesture. I will forever be an grateful owner, fan, and collector of Jane's open heart collection.

    MALISHA,
    MORRISTOWN, TN

    FINDING A WAY WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS
  • Sharing Your Hurts

    Sharing Your Hurts Shelley,
    Tyler, TX

    In late February, my 16 year old son who has lived with me all of his life decided to go live with his Dad. Needless to say, I was devastated. I cried and really wanted to have a pity party for myself but sadly my neighbor's husband died and I knew I had to put my sorrow and pity aside and bake something for the family. Through tears, I baked apple dumplings and then carried them across the street. I was greeted warmly at the door and let in. I visited with the family and left with such an uplifting feeling. I thought, I can survive this. If my neighbor can do this, my problem seems so small compared to hers. I then confided in my friends and let each one know what was going on. I finished each time with, I can do this and it will be fine. With sharing my thoughts and fears, I came across many of my friends who then confided in me about some of their problems. We all have problems at various times in our lives, but by confiding with each other we are able to make it through the tough times all the while by keeping an open heart and not letting a situation that is bad turn your heart to stone.

    Shelley,
    Tyler, TX

    Sharing Your Hurts
  • Nan's Love

    Nan's Love Kaylee,
    Lancaster, PA

    My Nan raised 5 children on her own with just a grade school education level. She worked day and night to put a roof over her children's heads and food on the table. She never complained once. She would work 3 or 4 jobs at a time to get by because she was a fighter. My nan was a fighter up to the day she pasted away. My nan moved into my parents, her daughters, house the day I was born. We got to spend the first 13 years of my life and her last 13 years together. She was always giving and thoughtful to others. She worked as a cashier making minimum wage but would try and help others financially whenever she could. She taught me how to love and to always open your heart to others. I will always have an open heart for as long as I live because my Nan will always be in my heart.

    Kaylee,
    Lancaster, PA

    Nan's Love
  • A child's future

    A child's future Kimberly,
    Free, ME

    I am the youngest of three girls here in Maine. My parents were married in 1960 and divorced in 1977. Little did I (or anyone in the family) realize just how important that painful sacrifice that was made by our mother on that fateful day in 1977. She chose to fix herself and leave her children behind with their father. So many years passed that my heart was closed without my knowledge. It was just the way I was. My mother had abandoned me and my sisters. If I couldn't trust my own mother, I would never be able to trust anyone again. It took 30 years and an almost failed marriage for someone (very special mind you)to ask me how I felt about my mother leaving when I was a child. No one had ever cared enough until then. By the grace of god, the flood gates of my heart opened and I allowed myself to grieve the loss. 1 year later I decided to trust my mother again and next to getting married and giving birth to my daughters, it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I forgive her and now understand her. Along with that forgiveness comes a love for myself I have never known.

    Kimberly,
    Free, ME

    A child's future
  • From Mother to Best Friend

    From Mother to Best Friend Samantha,
    Oklahoma City, OK

    The summer before I started my first year of college is when my Mom and I started getting really close. Perfect timing right? We get close and I have to move away. We decided to get matching Open Heart rings to keep each other close while I'm away. Anytime I am having a bad day, needing some encouragement, or just needing to know someone is there, I can always call my Mom to talk. The Open Heart ring makes it that much easier to remember she is always there for me. It's almost like she isn't just my mom anymore, she is my best friend. Leaving for college was extremely hard, but having the Open Heart ring on my finger made a little bit easier because it reminded me that I wasn't alone.

    Samantha,
    Oklahoma City, OK

    From Mother to Best Friend
  • 12 year heart disease survivor

    12 year heart disease survivor Monica Whalen,
    Royston, GA

    at the age of 32 i had a massive heart attack and open heart surgery , they gave me 1 to 2 years to live BUT i had not given up on my life and what was important to me MY FAMILY i had young kids i wanted to see grow up and a loving man i wanted to grow old with. so i began "my heart journey" in 2008 i received a icd (defribrillator) to prevent sudden cardiac death. and once again i chose to live my life.. i started a heart group for women called heart2heart and we started with 5 heart sisters and we now have 102 and my life is so complete and loved. i now have 3 grandkids and another one coming in june and i am so blessed beyond words my daughter lori bought me a open heart necklace 3 years ago for mothers day and i wear it every day.... i am so proud of each of my kids and what they have done and even me honored that the good lord allowed me to stay here when there was no hope, so i could be the wife, mother , nane and heart sister to so many blessed beyond heart hugs and prayers together we are heart2heart monica whalen

    Monica Whalen,
    Royston, GA

    12 year heart disease survivor
  • It made things right again

    It made things right again Cindy,
    Warren, MI

    My story relates to family issues when it comes to loving with an open heart. There was an ongoing issue between myself and one of my siblings (and it included his wife). The grudge lasted a long 8 years. No speaking, no holiday greetings, no hugs hello, or kisses goodbye. My mother became ill, and living at home, I was her main caretaker. You learn alot about life, and what's worth crying over when you're faced with a terminal illness and I learned alot of that from my mother. Finally one day, while taking a shower, I decided I was done with the hurt. I just wanted it to be over. I wanted my mother to feel like we were all a family again and she didn't have to chose sides, I wanted to see my nephews and niece more often, and decided that enough was enough. from that moment forward I would let go of the anger in my heart, let it reopen to the fact that my family was beginning to grow and I didn't want to miss anymore of it. Slowly the ice was breaking, and there was no reason our hearts needed to close eachother out anymore. Regrettably my mother passed away, but thankfully she left us with the comfort of knowing that we were all a family again. And with our open minds came our even bigger open hearts.

    Cindy,
    Warren, MI

    It made things right again
  • Love

    Love Sierra,
    Middletown, OH

    All my life, I have lived with an open heart. Although I was picked on a lot throughout school, I still went out of my way to try and help others. I find joy in helping people, no matter how small. I'm living a perfectly happy life because I know that as long as I leavve my heart open, there will be someone there to fill it with love.

    Sierra,
    Middletown, OH

    Love
  • Open Heart Never Gives Up

    Open Heart Never Gives Up Kristen,
    Saginaw, MI

    I've had some not so great relationships, abusive ones. Until I met my prince charming. We have been thru it all, all life's obstacles and struggles have been thown on us. We never gave up on each other no matter how hard it got. After 10 years dating, we are finally engaged. This year was one of our toughest years, I lost my job, he got laid off, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. But our love just grew stronger and we became closer thru everything we have been thru. Our hearts were still open even though our worlds were crashing down on us. We will never give up on each other and we will grow more and more in love with each other. Love never gives up. We have each other no matter if we had no job or no money, love is good enough for us. Each heart beat brings us closer and closer. Open to give, open to receive.

    Kristen,
    Saginaw, MI

    Open Heart Never Gives Up
  • Keep your fear in your pocket

    Keep your fear in your pocket Mary,
    Transfer, PA

    Since I was a very small child, my Mother, Katherine Wilhide was very sick. She had addison's disease. They did not give her long to live. Mom never ever gave up. She tried to make the best out of her situation. You must find brightness in any given situation. You take the fear and keep it in your pocket. no matter how sick or weak she was, she gave us a childhood and happiness and love. Mom did live to see us grow and did get to see most of her grandchildren but succumbed to the disease in 1989. In 2000 I was diagonosed with Breast cancer. Pagents disease. It was in both breasts and spreading quickly. I remembered what my mother taught me. Never give up and keep fighting. Make the best out of the situation. I did just that. I was not given good odds, but I kept up my frame of mind, I had the determination that my Mother taught me, and today I am healthy and I am a survivor of 10 years. All thanks to my Mothers strength and taught me how to cope in any grave situation. She taught me that no matter what you are given, you never give up. Thanks Mom, thanks to you, I feel I am still alive and able to enjoy my children and grandchildren. I did what you told me Mom, I put the fear in my pocket..and kept going.

    Mary,
    Transfer, PA

    Keep your fear in your pocket
  • Living with Autism

    Living with Autism Claire,
    Lynn, MA

    My son, Christopher began having petit mal seizures at 4 months old and was diagnosed with autism before he turned 3. I was working full time at the time and felt guilty for not seeing the signs. I also felt somewhat at fault because I did not get enough sleep during my pregnancy and there were complications during his birth. I also had difficulties in my marriage. Christopher started school at 3 and has been doing well with a few behavioral bumps along the way as transitioning from one activity to another is difficult for him but he is steadily improving. Christopher is making good progress with his social skills where before he would be oblivious to anyone else around him. But I also realized that my marriage needed help and I prayed to God to do with my marriage what He thought was best and I turned my life over to Christ five years ago. I also asked Him to forgive me and He did. He opened up my heart and began a work in me that has blessed my life and my son's life too. Unfortunately, my husband has filed for divorce but I know in my open heart that He brings to completion what He has began. As a result, my heart and mind are hopeful and my son is such a blessing to me! Christopher is now 15 years old and is truly a beautiful living expression of God's love for me. Thank you for sharing!

    Claire,
    Lynn, MA

    Living with Autism
  • A second chance

    A second chance Blanche,
    Monroeville, PA

    I faced a life threatening sudden illness that required me to endure tremendous pain and daily challenges but in the end it gave me an insight into what is important in life and that is loving and being loved. I now spend my time giving a kind word or monetary gift to strangers because I know we may appear to be strangers to each other but we are all connected. It is our spirit that gets us through and makes the world a better place.

    Blanche,
    Monroeville, PA

    A second chance
  • I never learned her name...

    I never learned her name... Keturah,
    Melbourne, FL

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 40. With two school aged children and a loving husband's support, I still had issues coming to terms with reality...that I would have to have a bilateral mastectomy to become cancer free. I cried myself to sleep on more than one night..sorry for my own loss. My world became self-centered for preservation. Then one day while visiting Moffitt center, the National Cancer Institute where I was seeking treatment, I saw her. One woman, bald, beautiful, lashless, and beguiling. She walked the waiting room with a chemo port attached to her small chest. She hugged every person she could. Simply put, she radiated kindness, peace, and warmth. I smiled back at her...you see, unfortunately, many turn away from the physical appearance of cancer. They isolate those who have lost hair or color in their cheeks. That woman, obviously younger than me showed no fear and yet, I witnessed those who refused to return the warmth she offered. Her open heart inspired me more than any other person I ever met while I had cancer. She made me realize how my surgery was minute in the larger scheme of life. Her open heart said, "Forget the cancer! Love those around you with all you have...laugh, smile, hug people. The world is still your oyster." One brave woman whose name I never learned, inspired me to overcome. She was my angel that day, and as I sit here two years later cancer free, I thank her.

    Keturah,
    Melbourne, FL

    I never learned her name...
  • learning to trust

    learning to trust Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    My senior year in high school, I met an incredible boy. He seemed to be the total package. I dated him thinking that I want to go to his country. I believed I truely loved him. Well when he left, I was crushed. I moved away for a short time to work. The community had spread this nasty rumor that I was pregnant, I had went with him,and that I was hiding in shame. He did tear my relationship with my father up. The worse thing was he told me that he would come back and I believed him. It was two years later and I still had a problem, I did not think I was pretty and as for dating I could not trust. I met Adam and he was so gentle I had known adam and he was watched me and told me that I was pretty and incredible. I took us a long time to get to where we are now. He just genuinely cares for me as a person. For instance, I was in a hospital for a dangerous fever. He stayed with me until it broke. The reason I want this story to be shared is cause if I had not opened my heart to accept everything he had to offer we would not be together. It is going to be one year of dating this july and I believe that I do not deserve him but he disagrees which is why I love him.

    Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    learning to trust
  • His Daughter

    His Daughter kim,
    moundville, AL

    When I first met my husband, Scott, he let me know he had a daughter. He and his girlfriend were teenage parents. Since he was so young when the baby was born, he was not allowed to be a part of her life. Together we searched for her with very little information. All we had were names and her birth date. The year of our 20th anniversary, I found a possible lead. The child had been adopted by the mother's husband so their had been a name change. Also the child had married. But that put her on our radar. I sent a Christmas card to the address associated with the new name, along with a letter explaining our search, and pictures of her twin sisters. She had never been told about my husband. But the pictures of her sisters peeked her interest. Her mother had no choice but to come clean. Just a month later was her birthday. There was no question in my mind that the first gift this young woman should receive from her bio-dad was an open heart necklace. She still struggles with her feelings toward this new found family. But we have met her once. And she met her sisters as well. Crazy thing is my husband is a grand father, we hope to be a part of his grandchild's life in the future. All we can ask is that she keep her heart open to the possibility.

    kim,
    moundville, AL

    His Daughter
  • Humbled

    Humbled Rebecca,
    Bluff City, TN

    I have dealt with pain and heartache in my life time and time again. Life has dealt me some pretty rough hands, but nothing compared to the hurt I felt when I realized there was no longer any hope for my marriage. I married a man I thought was my "Prince Charming" only to find out he had a sinister side. I tried for a long time to make it work but realized I could do nothing more and had to let go. It was a very dark time in my life. I became callous to love and thought I would never feel true love again until God placed a job in my lap. I became a Case Manager for adults with Developmental Disabilities. My clients are the epitome of love. The smallest of things brighten their day and the love they radiate can be felt without saying a word. It was through them that I learned that life and love live on, no matter what circumstances are thrown your way. Some of my clients have been through situations that would make anyone cry, but through it all, they have managed to still find joy in the simple things. Seeing their happiness is a very humbling experience. They have turned my life around. I'm still waiting on my "Prince Charming", but I've come to realize that love, true love, comes just when you need it most and I'm blessed enough to have 60 clients remind me of this every day!

    Rebecca,
    Bluff City, TN

    Humbled
  • My daughter, My hero

    My daughter, My hero sherry,
    portage, PA

    I wanted to tell you about my very brave and beautiful daughter. Her name is Ericca. In Febuary 2011 my nephew, her 6 year old cousin became very ill. He was taken to Pittsburg's Childrens hospital. They ran all sorts of test on him and determined his liver was failing for unsure reasons. We were informed that a liver transplant was needed. With out a question or concern for herself my daughter at age 18 stepped up. In three days time she had 32 tubes of blood taken from her and a cat scan. She was a perfect match. When they told us she was a match, the fear of the possibility of loosing my daughter if she does this hit me like a sledge hammer. Although afraid my daughter had no doubts in her mind she was doing this. " she was ready to give her life for him." Most people have a few months to decide to be a donor, ericca had literally hours. As they wheeled her to the operating room all I could think is lord she is my heart please keep her safe. I am happy to say both are doing well. The scar on her belly is her heros metal. Teemotional scars from this are a liitle hard to heel. Her father and I just really needed to get her something special.. It was the open heart key. The key for she is the key to are heart.The open heart is her heart.

    sherry,
    portage, PA

    My daughter, My hero
  • Finding Lost Love

    Finding Lost Love Sandy,
    Sellersburg, IN

    Mike and I met in 1976 and shared a very loving relationship. Circumstances that we were not prepared for led us to make some very bad decisions, causing our relationship to fall apart. Over the next 32 years, each of us went our own ways, never leading a full life and unable to love completely. In the summer of 2008, I saw someone that reminded me of Mike. My heart began racing and I got light headed. I realized then that the love I had for him had continued even though we had not had any contact for 32 years. I contacted him and we, together, found comfort, solace and a love that had continued to grow through 32 years of no contact. We opened our hearts to each other and today share a love that most people never experience in a lifetime. We call each other our once in a lifetime love. Because finding each other has opened our hearts, we can now share deeper love with our families and friends. Keeping an open heart makes our lives more complete. I have been able to share our story with young people and guide them through similar situations. By sharing our story, we have been able to save some young adults from making the same mistake that we did. If you have someone that you love with all your heart, keep that heart open. You never know when you will get a second chance like we did.

    Sandy,
    Sellersburg, IN

    Finding Lost Love
  • Am I still a mother if my child is gone?

    Am I still a mother if my child is gone? April,
    Bailey, CO

    On March 11th 2001 my world changed when my beautiful daughter was shot in the head. Loss seems to be my lesson here. I have had more than my share of loss, but through it all I have tried to learn something from each one. I have learned empathy, sympathy, love, sorrow and even tried to overcome hate. If we don't learn from these things then they were for nothing. I truly believe I lived my life to learn these lessons. I have had the worst of things and yet I have had the best of things too. I wouldnt know true love if I hadnt been hurt by someone that used the word love but didn't know its meaning. Would I have taught myself to write 6 books or to paint if these things had not happened to me? I dont think so. I am who I am today because of yesterday. I know I have helped others because I now have knowledge and wisdom. Even knowing what would come, I would gladly do it all over again. I wouldnt have missed one memory made, or one emotion felt. If you get the chance, go to my site at aprilsworld.com and read my blog, my books or just visit my daughter. My job now is to be her memory keeper and to help others that have also lost a child or lived an abusive life. An open heart is a broken heart but if its closed its usless.

    April,
    Bailey, CO

    Am I still a mother if my child is gone?
  • Helping others

    Helping others Linda,
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    In 1992, I helped in establishing a Not-for-Profit group that help families in bad situations from no fault of their own. Our main purpose is to provide Christmas for children that would not have anything without our assistance. We have, also, provided aide to families that have lost everything to a fire with no insurance coverage. The joy that being a part of this organization fulls my heart. Every year I promise myself that I will be strong but always end up crying my eyes out for the people that we help. If everyone could have an open heart for these people, it would be a different world. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with the world the need for love.Linda Pate

    Linda,
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    Helping others
  • Still love after 11 years

    Still love after 11 years Allison,
    Carnesville, GA

    I was 13 and he was 15. Childhood sweethearts. We were inseperable until my dad moved us 2 hours away. I lost my Sammy and could never find him again. I grew up married a miltary man, suffered 7 years of abuse, had two little girls. Finally got divorced and moved home ready to set up home and be a single mom. I had always wodered what happened to my Sammy 11 years ago. I wanted to try one more time to find him so I looked on Myspace and saw his name but couldn't make out the picture, so I messaged him and asked if this were him and if so to please call me. It was two days later when I about dropped my phone after hearing his voice. He told me of how he was engaged and had a daughter. my heart sank. a few months later he calls me again and has to tell me something. He says he had looked for me everyday for 11 years and would not let me get away again. He loved me and would always love me. It was around Valentines when he came up the first time and we were at the mall and he ran off and bought me an open heart necklace. I will never forget the way he put it on me and how he warmed my heart. The next weekend he came up, he never left. We're married now and he adoped our girls!

    Allison,
    Carnesville, GA

    Still love after 11 years
  • All you need is love

    All you need is love Loyda,
    Maplewood, NJ

    My husband Robert passed away suddenly on 4/11/09. Losing the love of my life of 20 years was devastating. My saving grace was our two children and a wonderful support group we found in our area - good-grief.org. There we learned how to live with our loss and that life goes on and that somehow someday we will find a new normal. One November night after our support meeting my son and daughter gave me their blessing to find happiness again should I ever be ready to do so. They said Mom be open and love will find you again. Mother's day 2010 my 11 year son surprised me with the open heart diamond necklace. He said mom you deserve diamonds and someone to share your life with. Wear this, live it and love will find it's way to you. To me the necklace symbolizes their love for me and their love of life and hopes for a happy future. I know with the love and support of kids and with hope for a bright future I truly believe love will find it's way in. I wear the necklace proudly and I can't tell you how many people recognize it as the symbol of openess and hope. Sincerely, L. Rivera

    Loyda,
    Maplewood, NJ

    All you need is love
  • Open Heart saving lives

    Open Heart saving lives Sheila,
    North Cohocton, NY

    I lost my job of 10 years a couple years ago, new managment conflicting interests. I fell into a great depression. 5 children no income, no insurance, mortgage etc.. I had a friend tell me you know you are an EMT why don't you run with that, as a life carreer and not a hobbie. I didn't know at that time you could do that but I did it, and not only has it opened my heart to others with the sharing and caring I hold within myself, but it has allowed me to realize that without an open heart and wave of friends I would of never gone on into this as a career. I think of all the trips to the hospital with our community elders and how they tell me I am their angel that I hold the look of mother Mary. (strange but okay) I treat all my patients as people, I love them and I am there for them I get called an angel a lot, If it hadn't been for a couple friends push into this I would of not been able to go on. You are so right Jane that keeping an open heart lets all kinds of love in even if it is a stranger in the middle of the night. I am there for them so they will not walk alone. Thank you Jane for your inspiration to get the courage to write this.

    Sheila,
    North Cohocton, NY

    Open Heart saving lives
  • When things got bad it really got bad

    When things got bad it really got bad Tracy,
    Bridgeview, IL

    It started a few years ago when my daughter and I did not see eye to eye on anything. Anything I said or did was not right. It got so ugly that I became stress and started falling apart. I had tried everything and was willing to give up. My heart felt like a black hole. I found myself not loving anything including myself. I thought I failed as a mother. I would blame myself. I almost gave up on her and me. I then realized this is my daughter who I gave birth to and every year she got older I was there by her side through all our good and bad, our happy times and bad times our everything. This went on for 4 years major trouble we went through. I am a big hearted person and stuck to my guns and became strong again and found the strength in my heart to not to hate but to love her and to not give up on her so I got strong. I opened my heart for her and myself and we got through those horrible teenage escapades and all the stuff that I would keep repeating to her, that one day came and it all made sense to her. When I look at her I see a lot of me. What my mom passed down to me , I passed down to my daughter, and that is to have a open heart. We forgave.

    Tracy,
    Bridgeview, IL

    When things got bad it really got bad
  • Jenni's Story

    Jenni's Story Jenni,
    Jensen Beach, FL

    I was a single mom to two beautiful little girls up until this year. I have a 10 year old special needs daughter, as well as a lovely 5 year old daughter. From the moment my girls were born, I pretty much shut everyone out. It's always been just me and my girls. A couple of years ago, I was struggling with active addiction until I got help through a rehab and then through a 12-Step program. I am still amazed at how different life is today. Through staying clean and the help and support of family and friends, I have never felt so much love in my life. I am able to be loved and most importantly, I am able to love others. It's such an amazing feeling. By living with an open heart, I now have met my soulmate whom I plan to marry this November, as well as reach out and help others. I no longer just think of me and my girls. My heart is open to love and be loved and to help others. What I feel internally, I wish everyone could feel. I hope to be able to share more of this, so that maybe, just maybe it might rub off on others' and they are able to feel this love, joy, whatever it is, as well. I will continue to live with an open heart because I believe there is no better way to live.

    Jenni,
    Jensen Beach, FL

    Jenni's Story
  • My Open Heart

    My Open Heart Brittany,
    Allyn, WA

    I was never one with a big heart. Quite the opposite, I spent most of my adolescence shutting people out, disregarding relationships as things that wouldn't last, treating people as ticking time bombs--waiting for them to explode and end forever. Then, when I turned 17 I was offered the chance to begin teaching a ballet class at the studio where I danced. But this was no ordinary dance class, no, this class was for children who all suffered from some sort of mental or physical handicap. The girls were trying, the class was difficult, and there were several times where I didn't think I had the patience or the heart to continue to teach them. As the weeks turned into months, however, I found a remarkable difference in myself. I was happier, I looked forward to the challenges that my girls would present me with each upcoming class and in the end, I found that my heart had opened to them. These girls became like my own children, each with their own unique quirk, each growing and progressing in front of my eyes, flourishing in their own time to find creative outlet. These girls, the very ones whom I almost wrote off as just being "too hard to teach," had become--suddenly--the reason I looked forward to teaching. My relationships with others began to grow as well, I found that I had more patience in every aspect of my life, and in respect, my love grew and my heart opened.

    Brittany,
    Allyn, WA

    My Open Heart
  • Never too old - never too young

    Never too old - never too young Glenda,
    Panama City Beach, FL

    At 47, I suddenly found myself pregnant. It was quite a shock as I was already a grandmother. Early in my 22nd week,I went into labor. I was rushed to the hospital and put on bedrest. After one month of never getting out of bed, I delivered a little baby boy. We named him Joe. The first time I saw Joe, he weighed less than two pounds. He spent the first three months of his life in the NICU unit. Today, he is a billant healthy and happy four year old. He speaks Spanish, Japanese, and sign language. He has the kindest heart of anyone I know. I've learned a lot from this experience. I've met wonderful people and am now a volunteer with the March of Dimes. I want to give back to those that helped me through this difficult period in my life. God has a shown me that we are never too old (to be a new mom) or too young (to fight for your life). Life is full of wonderful experiences -- you just have to keep your heart open.

    Glenda,
    Panama City Beach, FL

    Never too old - never too young
  • Friends

    Friends Susan,
    Center Line, MI

    After losing my mother a few years ago, I made friends with an older woman who lives near me. She reminded me of my mother. She is kind and generous, even in her times of need. We embraced each others friendship. She has been battling cancer and emphysema. While I was there for her, she was always in great spirits and willing to help anyone that asked for it. Her spirit showed me that I could do little things to make my life better for my family and myself. She taught me that it is okay to stick up for yourself and respect yourself. I have since gone back to school and have gotten a great job. I look for times when I can be of assistance to people in need. It is gratifying to know that you may have just made someone's day, or maybe their whole week. Her selflessness has made me see that it doesn't hurt to share, it only hurts if you don't share.

    Susan,
    Center Line, MI

    Friends
  • alzheimers care

    alzheimers care margo,
    prescott, AZ

    I have opened my heart to my 83 year old mother with alheimers. I have been her full time caregiver for 5 years. I have slept in the same bedroom with her and my poor husband sleeps all by himself and her is so understanding. I have 2 siblings who do not help and I cannot figure out why? but I get great plesure in knowing her final years will be as happy as I can make them. Everyday we still go out for a ride i the car and get a milkshake- which she loves but never ramembers getting it- but I remember so I quess thats what matters most. If I get a dily smile I am so happy. Lets all remember in this life what goes around comes around! anytime you can help someone of any age please do.

    margo,
    prescott, AZ

    alzheimers care
  • Let's Play Together

    Let's Play Together Edwina,
    Greenwood, IN

    I never dreamed that being the mother of a disabled child would lead me down the paths it has. I simply wanted to have a birthday party for my son, however, finding a place to acommodate his friends who used wheelchairs and walkers was impossible. After converting out home for the party, I realized that these children all deserved a place to gather, play and just be children. it took a great deal of talking and even more work, but I was able to build Indiana's first fully accessible park and playground in 2000. It's a beautiful thing to watch children of all abilites play side by side and even more heartwarming to watch a wheelchair bound mother push her child on a swing. What I first thought could be a burdon, turned out being the biggest blessing and most inspirational thing that could have ever happened to me. I owe my open heart to my very special son.

    Edwina,
    Greenwood, IN

    Let's Play Together
  • An Open Heart Changes Lives

    An Open Heart Changes Lives james,
    chicago, IL

    Living with an Open Heart has helped me through the years- To overcome adversity, hardships, anxiety , fears and tears. I didn't have great parenting to lead me on the path of life- But through sacrifice and blessings, I overcame great strife! Rather than harbor resentment and dwell in self pity- I've put my time and talents into improving my city. Through coaching and fundraising and donating my time- I've found that I can help others, out of the darkness climb. Whether for the Special Olympics or the Relay for Life- I'm now involved with all my kids and yes too, my wife. Teaching kids new skills and rules, I've seen it change their lives- All my time and effort are rewarded when a hug arrives. It doesn't take great brains or skill, of this I am quite sure- But the sacrifice pays dividends that over time endures. There is one requisite ingredient that helping does require- Having and keeping an Open Heart- love and peace are the desire. Through humble and strained beginnings, I've learned that an Open Heart- Brings love and hope and opportunity- for the giver and receiver a new start! We can all afford an Open Heart and the treasures it does bring- Yes it takes some vulnerability, but oh how it makes hearts sing!

    james,
    chicago, IL

    An Open Heart Changes Lives
  • A heart that was almost closed

    A heart that was almost closed Cynthia,
    Smyrna, DE

    I became a nurse because it was what I always wanted to be to make a difference in people's lives,So it became very hard when my family members became ill and I could not cure them, only be there to care for them.Then they passed away one by one at very young ages. Within 10 years I had lost both my brothers, my father, mother and my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer.Through all of this I became ill and my only child stopped speaking to me and took my grandaughters away from me.I became very depressed and shut down and wanted to die.My husband was the only thing that saved me. I have always had a huge heart and helped everyone no matter what, but I couldn't understand why this was happening to me. My husband stood by me every step of the way and kept reminding me of my open heart and how we have always made it through and the people I have lost in my life were happy because of me being there with them and now taking care of my sister.I still try to close my heart but he won't let me, I don't want to feel the hurt, he went out on christmas and bought me one of your open heart necklaces to remind me to keep my heart open because the people who love me need me to especially him.I love what you and the hearts stand for, it has helped me.

    Cynthia,
    Smyrna, DE

    A heart that was almost closed
  • For my guardian angel, Michele

    For my guardian angel, Michele Deana,
    Wood River, IL

    My open heart story isn't for myself, but a guardian angel I call Michele. When I met Michele almost 7 years ago, I wasn't in the best place in my life. Michele befriended me and taught me that when you look at things from the positive side, positive things can happen. I went from drinking almost everyday and barely making it, to getting my priorities in order and on Friday I will close on my house that I bought on my own. She has taught me that it is better to give than receive and paying it forward is the right thing to do. She is right. Every year I pick an angel off the Christmas tree at the department store and buy their gifts, donate to toys for tots and I have coordinated a food drive for the local food pantry at my work. Michele is my inspiration for being a good person and I can never thank her enough for taking a chance on me. Michele would never tell you her story as she doesn't realize what she has done is so special, so I will tell her story and be honored to hand her the open heart necklace that she so truly deserves.

    Deana,
    Wood River, IL

    For my guardian angel, Michele
  • Dancing on a Dream

    Dancing on a Dream Mary,
    Cleveland, OH

    I was born with spina bifida, a severe and debilitating disability. My mother, a professional dancer, and my father, a musician, were terrified to bring me home from the hospital; they feared becoming attached because the doctors advised that I wouldn’t live beyond three. My grandmother was a woman of great faith and encouraged them to take me home. She said I was born with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye and I was destined to do something very special with my life. As a child, I dreamed of following in my mom’s footsteps and become a dancer, but with no classes for child in a wheelchair to learn to dance, the idea of dancing seemed to be no more than a dream. After much experimentation, the dream came to fruition 1980 when a non-disabled friend and I entered the Dance Fever Competition. At the conclusion of our performance, we received a standing ovation and the invention of physically integrated dance was an immediate hit. The media promoted the idea and we were invited to perform across America, including on the television special “Christopher Reeve, A Celebration of Hope”. I believed that my art was a gift I wanted to share, so I took our performances to schools and organizations that served children with and without disabilities. I wanted to open the minds and hearts of children throughout the world of the endless possibilities that are available- if you believe!

    Mary,
    Cleveland, OH

    Dancing on a Dream
  • My  Dying Mum

    My Dying Mum Sarah,
    Placerville, CA

    In the 90's, my mom was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. This was devastating news. She was put on a heart transplant list and within a year she had a new heart. During this time I was raising two children and teaching at a private school. A year after the transplant mum started having problems with medications. It had caused cancer around her lung, heart, and esophagus. She went into the hospital Aug. 1995 and remained there until she passed in Sept. 1995. During those months, was the hardest time of my life. Everyday after school, I would visit and see the life I knew disappear. I called her sisters who lived in England and immediately they were on a plane for the first time to the USA. It was an emotional visit, as well as a happy one. I met my Aunts for the first time. Another call was to my older brother, who was adopted by my parents in England before moving here to USA. Although he did not make it until after her death , all the children were reunited again since the divorce of my parents. I miss Mum an awful lot. She was always there with an open heart giving to everyone; and died with an open heart. It has taken time for my heart to heal, but now having my own children and grandchildren, I have taken what my mother lived by all those years an open heart. I now live with that heart..

    Sarah,
    Placerville, CA

    My Dying Mum
  • Wake Up Call

    Wake Up Call Dawn,
    Greencastle, IN

    Before Sept 1, 2009 I was a close-minded, angry, unpleasant person. That all changed the day I found out I had a Brain Tumor. That day I went to the doctor and came home with a diagnosis that changed my life forever. I'd heard the song "Live like you were dying" and always said I would change to do that, but not until faced with diagnosis that could be life ending. I instantly changed the way I thought, acted and loved. I was lucky that it was removed and not deemed cancerous. I have lasting affects from the surgery but I have recovered to about 80%. But I have loved more deeply and forgave easier and not held a grudge. I have let things roll off my shoulders and not let them weigh me down; I have told people that I love them so they don't have to wonder. I am set on making memories to last a life time because you don't know when that will change. I can honestly say I am happier than I have ever been. I have made time for my family and friends, I am determined to be at every event my children are involved in so that they know I care. It is a learning process and I do have set backs but for the most part, I am a much happier person and a better mother and wife. I vow to live my life not judging people but helping in any way I can.

    Dawn,
    Greencastle, IN

    Wake Up Call
  • New Teacher @ 48

    New Teacher @ 48 Loren,
    King George, VA

    When my third son was born, I was 34 and knew that I should stay home to be there for sons. My husband decided to have two more sons and I stayed home with them for 13 years. When my youngest started Kindergarten, I could have returned to work for the government, but decided, instead, to pursue teaching. Because my second son had learning disabilities, I decided to get my degree in teaching special education (learning disabilities). I went back for my master's degree and completed it in 2 1/2 years. At age 48, when most teachers are considering retiring, I started my career. I am old enough to be mother to many of the young teachers, but find the whole environment to be wonderful despite my age. I have wisdom and experience with children behind me, and don't feel I need to prove myself to anyone. Most of all, I can make a difference, if only for a moment, in the lives of students that other people don't understand or have the patience to teach. I may never be an award-winning teacher, but I do care.

    Loren,
    King George, VA

    New Teacher @ 48
  • Faith in Darkness

    Faith in Darkness Rachel,
    EPHRATA, PA

    I had a HORRIBLE first marriage that lasted 10 long years. To be fair, I do have two beautiful children, that reward me everyday, from the pain of that time spent. However, I really felt that I would not be able to love or, more importantly, trust a man again. But I prayed and held faith that with an open heart that I could learn. Since that time, I have found love again; this time it's the REAL love and feels the way Love should and our Trust for each other is impenetrable. My older children are happier, I am happier and it's all because this man walked into our lives to walk beside us. He supports us in every way, every decision, every failure and success, gives the respect that any person deserves and brings us humor in the worst and best of times. We have a beautiful little girl together and to celebrate our victory over darkness, we went and got matching Open Heart tattoos on our wrists. When we hold hands, they touch, just like love has touched our family. We can only be grateful for open hearts.

    Rachel,
    EPHRATA, PA

    Faith in Darkness
  • Love Wins Out

    Love Wins Out AnneMarie,
    Lakewood, CO

    All my life I had in my head the "ideal man"... and would settle for nothing less. Unfortunately, that only led to disappointment and heartache -- time after time after time. The last relationship left me completely devastated. I would NEVER allow myself to fall in love again or give my heart away. NEVER! I purchased an Open Hearts necklace as part of my healing. Since no man would ever buy me a diamond, I splurged. Wearing my Open Heart brought a peace that I hadn't known in a very long time. It was a reminder of hope. My heart was smiling again. Meanwhile, waiting for me, was a gentleman I had previously met online. As we started spending time together again, it became apparent how deeply he cared for me how much he loved me. I reminded myself I wouldn't give my heart away again... yet, I was wearing this beautiful, diamond "Open Hearts" necklace encouraging my open heart. On Easter, when John got down on one knee and said that for as long as I live, he hoped he lived one day less because he never wanted to be without me - and put a diamond ring on my finger, I burst into tears. My Open Heart had led me to the man who was everything I didn't know I needed. On August 22, 2009, the love of my life put a ring of diamonds on my hand vowing to hold my open heart - now and forever.

    AnneMarie,
    Lakewood, CO

    Love Wins Out
  • Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward Lynn,
    New Milford, CT

    In 1998 after losing both my mother in law and 48 year old husband, my Mother was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. She chose to go to a hospice run by the Dominican sisters and a 3 month death sentence stretched out to almost a year of serene living. At first I thought that I couldn't bear anymore heartache and that going to visit Mom at the hospice might break me completely when the most wonderful thing happened. Instead of seeing the hospice as a death camp I realized that it was a kind of rebirth preparing Mom and the other residents for the next life. Instead of shutting down I decided to open my heart not only to the residents, but also their caregivers and the other families going through what we were. I vowed that not only would I volunteer while Mom was there but more importantly after she left us.i kept my promise and also took it a step further by volunteering for the American Cancer Society's,"Look Good...Feel Better Program". Volunteering in Mom's memory has not only opened my heart but the hearts of all those involved. There is no greater gift than opening your heart and paying it forward.

    Lynn,
    New Milford, CT

    Pay It Forward
  • So many take the little things for granted..

    So many take the little things for granted.. Deanna,
    Perkinston, MS

    I am a wife and Mother of 2 beautiful children. My husband and I have been together coming up on 11 years. We met in the military on Active Duty. My husband has been in the Navy for 14 years now. I am now a Reservist. He was recently deployed to Afghanistan. He has been deployed before, but this deployment seems like no other. I constantly worry about his safety and well being over there.I have realized so much during these past few months. Marriage takes a lot of work and a constant OPEN HEART. There have been so many days during this deployment that I just want to give up. It seems when it rains it pours. I hear women talk about they are upset because there husband worked late or had to work out of town a few days. I just want to say to them that I would give anything to be in there shoes. I lay in bed at night every night for 6 months wishing my husband would come home and that he is safe. The military life is not an easy one as I have learned. It is not only hard for me, but our children as well. We have no family close to us. My husband bought me my sterling silver open heart ring and necklace and I wear it everyday, because to me it is both of our hearts open and waiting for one another. The hearts represent so much to me.

    Deanna,
    Perkinston, MS

    So many take the little things for granted..
  • I never knew

    I never knew Kimberly,
    Plainfield, IL

    I met Steve on a online dating site a year ago today Jan 26th 2011 and it has been a roller coaster ride but I would never give up this ride for a merry go round ride anyday.I rather go through all the loops and curves of life with him than a boring same circle everyday.I never knew I would ever feel so much love for someone,after being hurt in the past so many times.I never really closed my heart to true love,I just put it on hold but it was still open.I didnt think there were any single great men left.To my surprise there was and he said hello to me in a message.I love him for loving me and I thank him for accepting all my faults and loving me unconditionally.Unconditional love is an OPEN HEART.I have my open heart...HIM

    Kimberly,
    Plainfield, IL

    I never knew
  • DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP

    DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP ALLIE,
    FINDLAY, OH

    MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF WERE BOTH LAID OFF AND UNEMPLOYED SINCE MAY 2009. OUR HOUSE IS IN THE PROCESS OF FORECLOSURE AND WE HAD TO FILE BAMKRUPTCY. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF AND LET DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY OVERWHELM ME. I FELT I COULDN'T FACE ANOTHER DAY AND DID NOT WANT TO GET UP IN THE MORNING. I KNEW IF I DIDN'T DO SOMETHING POSITIVE WITH MY LIFE SOON, I WOULD JUST SINK DEEPER INTO GLOOM AND DOOM. I WAS DRIVING PAST THE LOCAL HOSPITAL ONE AFTERNOON , AND I FOUND MYSELF AT THE VOLUNTEERS OFFICE AND SIGNED UP. I NOW SPEND TIME VOLUNTEERING. I HAVE REALIZED THAT WHEN YOU THINK THAT YOU HAVE HIT ROCK BOTTOM AND BAD TIMES , THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE WHO IS GOING THROUGH SOMETHING WORST. DOING VOLUNTEER WORK HAS MADE ME REALIZE THAT HAVING YOUR HEALTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY IN LIFE. WITHOUT THAT, YOU HAVE VERY LITTLE. HELPING OTHER PEOPLE IN NEED TAKES MY MIND OFF OF MY OWN PROBLEMS. I HAVE FAITH IN GOD FOR BETTER TIMES AROUND THE CORNER NOW AND HAVE A BETTER OUTLOOK ON LIFE.

    ALLIE,
    FINDLAY, OH

    DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP
  • My God, my son, my strength

    My God, my son, my strength Amy,
    Oconomowoc, WI

    In December of 1999 God handed me a child I've never dreamed of handling. My son, born with half a heart (HLHS) and cystic fibrosis (CF). In the first 2 1/2 years he had 3 open heart surgeries and a stroke. He now, at 10y.o., has a bit of residual left side paralysis, epilepsy, and ADHD related to the stroke along with the issues that come with HLHS and CF. In May of 2008 I was in a catastrophic car accident and flight for lifed. Had emergency surgery, my liver had gone through my diaphragm and my right arm was broke in half. When I woke from surgery and my son was in the room I said to him, "you know that zipper you have on your chest? Look, mom has one now too!" He loved it. Less than 2 weeks later I passed out 3 times with pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs)and he helped me call 911. After everything I'd been through with him, I was not afraid and I am not self-conscious of my scars. I believe God gave me this blessing of tribulations with my son and myself to make me a strong person for my family. God has taught me that after dealing with the possibility of losing your own child and your own life, there is not much left in life that could possibly shock you or be worth any significant worry. He has recently blessed me with a new baby girl.

    Amy,
    Oconomowoc, WI

    My God, my son, my strength
  • It All Started With Mom:

    It All Started With Mom: jerome,
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    First of all, my mom, Florence, died on June 13, 2009. She was 88 years old. At our last family gathering, which was Easter Sunday 2009, we were at my sister's house and my sisters children and their children were all there. In all there was about 4 generations of present. The house was full. I was sitting next to my mother, and she was holding my hand, and she looked at me and smiled and said, "And, just think, this all started with little old me." This was such a profound statement, and so true. I, and everybody else present, owed our lives to my dear, sweet mother. I shared this story as part of my eulogy to my my dear mother. My mother was the one person in my life who was constant and unwavering. Thank you mother for giving me life.

    jerome,
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    It All Started With Mom:
  • Difference Makes no Difference

    Difference Makes no Difference Linda,
    Mt. Vernon, IL

    I have a physical difference from others (when my Mom carried me, the cord wrapped around my arm and I was born without a left lower arm and hand). Rather than hide me from people, my wonderful Mother, who passed away three years ago, taught me that there is no such word as "can't" and there is no shame in being different. I am 67 years old now, and Mom and I were blessed from the day I starred in a third grade operetta. My funny arm has a "nose and smiley face" which I share with young curious children. Upon high school graduation I married an equally wonderful young airman and began moving around to some really neat places. We have a perfect son and a "special" grandson. At our last Air Force assignment before my husband retired and having no college, a woman with a so-called handicap, threw out that word "can't" and moved right on up to become part owner, president and publisher of a local newspaper and printing company. Since retirement I have become mentor to those young, usually special, people drawn to me. I like to think I have passed on the desire to obtain goals, along with the spirit of unashamedly sharing the love and need to care for others, which my dear Mother instilled in me.

    Linda,
    Mt. Vernon, IL

    Difference Makes no Difference
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts

    Open Minds, Open Hearts Sarah,
    Chicago, IL

    On the tough west side of Chicago, my heart is continually open. Not for children of my own, but for the 500 children that enter the walls of the school where I teach every day. See, one might think that these students with their street-wise eyes and their baggy clothing are something to fear, but they're hiding how easy they actually are to love. I was fortunate to be raised in a wonderful family. However, my family split apart right before I moved to Chicago to establish roots and a family of my own. Afterwards, I realized my heart wasn't broken like I thought it was. My family had still given me the unconditional love that I could give to kids who didn't love themselves. Establishing this task as a part of my job was when I realized just how it could be to keep my heart open. This year I received thank-you notes from students of little ways that I had influenced them. One student said I was the support she needed to do her best; another gave just a thank you for being who I was. I also received our school's "spirit" award from the students. It may have just been a cheesy trophy to some, but I felt it meant I was able to show my students their spirit and pride in their school. I have only been in this profession for five years, but my heart has a lot more room to growand I can't wait!

    Sarah,
    Chicago, IL

    Open Minds, Open Hearts
  • My Life with Cancer

    My Life with Cancer Crystal,
    Ruther Glen, VA

    This is very hard, I have terminal colon cancer. Having an open heart helps me get through this and allows me to try and help others who are also affected. Having this disease is extremely hard when you have hardly no support system or help but I still try and finds ways to make things easy for others and my family. I tend to put my own needs aside for others. I wish I could do more but my illness prevents this. My daughter went through some terrible emotional and drug issues last year and I put off my treatments to be there for her and to help her. As of now she is my rock and strength. She has made a 100% change for the better.

    Crystal,
    Ruther Glen, VA

    My Life with Cancer
  • My Heart is open everyday!

    My Heart is open everyday! janell,
    Lucasville, OH

    My Heart is open everyday that i go to work! I work in a Nursing Home in Ohio.I have been employed there for 21 years.My residents are Awesome.I can have very trying days at work,as we have Residents with all types of medical issues such as Alzheimers,Dementia,MR,and the list goes on.More than half of our residents have no family,so we are their family.Holidays are hard for most,but with my heart wide open,I am the Director of Therapeutic Recreations in our facility, it is my job to make everyone forget there problems and just enjoy the holidays!With my heart wide open,i manage to make all 70 of our residents happy throughout the year,not all 70 everyday! But everyday i make someone smile,or i get a Thank You,or i get a hug,this wide open heart swells with pride and love for the job that i have!

    janell,
    Lucasville, OH

    My Heart is open everyday!
  • Keepin' it open

    Keepin' it open Sue,
    Sandy, UT

    Growing up in a cold and distant family I have struggled my entire life with letting people into my life and my heart. I wake up each morning telling myself to do one small act of kindness for another person. I have seen how even the simplest of acts can change someone's day. If all I can give that day is a smile...that is enough. When we are feeling at our worst, nothing can make us feel better than trying to make someone else feel better.

    Sue,
    Sandy, UT

    Keepin' it open
  • My father's open heart

    My father's open heart Colleen,
    Glendora, NJ

    My 82 year old father passed away two months ago today. He was the most generous man that lived with the most open heart that I know. He always found the good in everything and everyone. He lived the saying "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". He volunteered his time his whole life to causes that were important to him. He even delivered Meals on Wheels until he was 80. He was an architect who specialized in hospitals and more specifically pediatric wards. He just wanted the children to feel as normal as possible during their stay in the hospital. For years, my friends have teased me that I am the "mayor" of my city...I know many people ranging from CEO's to homeless people and with my heart open feel that each has something to teach me and strive to treat everyone with kindness. As I've thought about my father and his passing I've come to realize that his open heart has been living and will continue to live on in me. I am my father's daughter. I also believe that his open heart was what connected us in life, right up until his last breath. I now strive to continue on with as open a heart as he had because his open heart effected so many lives and reached so many people. I'm so proud to be his daughter and will do my best to honor the memory of his open heart.

    Colleen,
    Glendora, NJ

    My father's open heart
  • Looking at the future with an "Open Heart"

    Looking at the future with an "Open Heart" LaDeane,
    Niceville, FL

    My husband of 7 1/2 years just passed away suddenly December 18, 2009. We truly loved each other. He was the husband and father everyone wanted. During this time of grief and confusion I am trying to keep an "open heart" and embrace the moments we were able to share with each other. I am not a huge jewelry type person but your Open Heart collection captured me from the moment I saw it. My husband was planning on getting me the Open Hearts by Jane Seymour Diamond Necklace for Christmas. Some part of me wonders if he did and I'll find it one day. Thank you for your inspiration during such a difficult time in my life.

    LaDeane,
    Niceville, FL

    Looking at the future with an "Open Heart"
  • A New Beginning

    A New Beginning Allison,
    Holmes, PA

    Sitting at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center at 16 years old full of anger and resentment I desperately needed some sort of positive reinforcement. That's what my necklace came to be. I kept hearing "Keep an open mind, keep an open mind" but it didn't make sense to me. It wasn't until I received  the open heart necklace as a gift that I finally understood. An open mind starts with an open heart and with that I was able to admit to my problem, participate in and appreciate the treatment I was receiving. The necklace around my neck was a reminder when I got doubtful to keep an open heart. It's much more than a piece of jewelry it's a symbol of my new way of life.

    Allison,
    Holmes, PA

    A New Beginning
  • A Daughters Love

    A Daughters Love Paula,
    West Jordan, UT

    It was Christmas Eve of 2005 when I got a call from my grandmother in Oklahoma to tell me that my dad had had a heart attack and that he was being rushed to the hospital via ambulance. My heart felt like it was being ripped right out of my chest! I was waiting by the phone for any news. The next call I received was from my mother calling me from my dad's bedside about an hour later to tell me that they were going to have to take him into surgery immediately, because they did not know if he was going to make it. The next thing I hear is my mom saying "He flat lined they are trying to bring him back". I fell to my knees and began immediately praying, "Please Lord don't take him from me, but if you do need him, please just let me get there to tell him goodbye". My husband and I drove 12 hours and we were continuing to get updates along the way. My dad made it through the surgery and he is still here with me today. I kept my heart open and God blessed me abundantly. Paula West Jordan, UT

    Paula,
    West Jordan, UT

    A Daughters Love
  • My Open Heart

    My Open Heart Paige,
    Easley, SC

    My Open Heart story is that I am an open-heart surgery survivor. I am hypercoagulable, which means that my body likes to make blood clots. I have had them all throughout my body: in my heart: in my lungs; in my kidney; in my deep ovarian veins; and I've also had a mini-stroke. Aside from all of the health reasons that I have for Open Heart, I have been together with my high school sweetheart, husband, and friend, Scott, for 30-years and married just over 28 of those years. We have two wonderful young adult children: Kristi, age 27; and Kyle, age 22. Although Kristi has MS, she is the mother of my two grands: Benjamin, 7; and Emmarie, 5. Open Heart is more than these things. It is an openness to change, adaptability, overcoming, striving, caring, loving and living through it all.

    Paige,
    Easley, SC

    My Open Heart
  • A Story of Victory for Elvis

    A Story of Victory for Elvis David,
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    My wife, Kathy, and I have been together for 21 years. We've shared some wonderful times and also have had our share of losses in family through death and unfortunately, strife. We have always gotten through with the belief that God has a plan for us as well as our faith in each other. Like many people, we reached bottom financially losing a beautiful 46 acre tract with a home we built ourselves. During that time I worked hard on my singing starting with a $10.00 toy karaoke Kathy purchased for me as a joke. I eventually upgraded my equipment to entertain residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Both Kathy and I were touched to see elderly ladies in wheelchairs close their eyes when I would sing to them and hoped they were remembering a time in their lives when they were young and beautiful. During that time Kathy also contracted pneumonia from mold in a temporary home we were renting at the time and came within 6 hours of dying. Through it all, we both kept an open heart, eventually moving to Myrtle Beach, SC where we now put on Elvis Presley Tribute shows. Please see my website at www.davidchaneymusic.com. Like many we're also big fans of the movie "Somewhere In Time". It was the "theme" of our wedding at 6:00PM on June 27th, 1992. Kathy's wedding dress is a replica of dress Ms. Seymour wore while performing in the play. Having open hearts help us perservere.

    David,
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    A Story of Victory for Elvis
  • You have to give to get!

    You have to give to get! Christie,
    Auburn, WA

    Growing up, I had a lot of disappointments and it was difficult for me to trust and open myself up to other people. One day, someone said "You know you have to give to get." At first I thought that it was an arrogant statement and once again someone was asking for something from me once again. But, I really thought about that statement and it stuck with me. I decided I would give and see what that turned into. I'm glad that I did because it changed my philosophy in life. Sometimes giving can be giving to others to make yourself feel better. I try to approach everything openly and take things for what they are. However, most of the time I am pleasantly surprised with how things come back into my life through my openness!

    Christie,
    Auburn, WA

    You have to give to get!
  • Young Love

    Young Love Angelica,
    Santa Fe, NM

    I am the mother to three beautiful daughters. I was a teen mother who found herself in an abusive, dead end marriage. After attending many support groups, I found the courage to leave. At 21,I was raising my children alone. I was very lonely and felt like I had no support. That's when I decided that I made my own happiness. A few months after living my life with this understanding, I met my now husband. We have been happily married for over a year now and he is fighting to adopt my children. I believe that in order to receive love you do have to open your heart!!!

    Angelica,
    Santa Fe, NM

    Young Love
  • Children's Heart Foundation: A Heart Story

    Children's Heart Foundation: A Heart Story Lyn,
    Las Vegas, NV

    On the day of our daughter Jaclyn’s birth, we knew our lives were changed. We had no idea how much. Three months after she was born, Jaci was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease for which there is no cure. We were told that her only chance for survival was a heart transplant. In August of 2000 we received the gift of life and after a frightening first six months we knew we needed to do something for other kids and families with heart problems. In June 2001, we met with Jaci’s cardiologist and another family to start Children’s Heart Foundation. Our goal from the beginning has been to make a positive difference in the lives of children like Jaci. Our first initiative was to create a medically supervised, cost-free camp for kids in Nevada with heart problems so that they could have a “normal” camp experience. One of the most amazing outcomes from camp is the number of former campers who are now counselors-in-training. Our programs have helped hundreds of families and are born out of the needs of our kids. From providing medication for children that are not insured, to Christmas gifts for the whole family, to bus passes to get the child to a cardiologist appointment, we do what we can to make a difference in their lives. Yes we have had our struggles, but our lives are full and blessed. Children’s Heart Foundation is the reason we were given the gift of Jaci.

    Lyn,
    Las Vegas, NV

    Children's Heart Foundation: A Heart Story
  • My Life went from bad to good/will be even better

    My Life went from bad to good/will be even better elizabeth,
    Baltimore, MD

    My story starts by me telling you I am a recovering addict. I was addicted to herione and cocaine. I did drugs for 15 to 16 yrs.About 5yrs. ago I got sick with a heart infection from drugs,it was call Endocarlitious. Will I was hospitalize for 2 months getting antibotics 2times aday everyday. I was really scared that I might of had to get open heart surgery. See I prayed to God plus my boyfriend's mother prayed for me to. I went back to the drugs after I got out, for about 18 months.Then something happen Wayne was put into the hospital over night and they offered him help and he accepted, will I thought if Wayne can do it I can to. I went to the hospital about 1 week later and they put me in cause I had about 16 to 20 abcesses on my legs. Well while I was there they offered me the same help. And I accepted we had to go to meetings everyday except for the weekends,about 2 months later I got put into phase 2 and Wayne to 4weeks later we were sent over to WPC for methadone maintance program. I thank thenm very much for the help they gave us to get us off of the drugs and now we both have been clean now for 3 yrs. and still getting stronger everyday thank to God for being beside us. I love you God

    elizabeth,
    Baltimore, MD

    My Life went from bad to good/will be even better
  • Survivor!

    Survivor! Staci,
    Grand Forks, ND

    Ten years ago I met a man who would rather sit his life in jail then see me alive. I found the strength and courage to finally leave him the night he held a knife to my throat. He always told me I would amount to nothing so I knew I had to prove him wrong. I continued my college education and graduated with a Masters degree in Social Work now I work for a domestic violence and sexual assault agency. Every day, week, and month I spend countless hours talking with young women and men about the dangers of unhealthy relationships. I have beyond doubt opened my heart and offer hope to those who are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. I truly am a survivor!

    Staci,
    Grand Forks, ND

    Survivor!
  • Something Good Will Come from This

    Something Good Will Come from This Denise,
    Kenosha, WI

    Wow! What a difference a day can make. I thought I had the perfect life. I had a husband, three beautiful sons, and loved my teaching job. My life turned upside down when I started to remember bits and pieces from my childhood. Eventually I completely shut down. I did not want to talk to family, friends, or even God. I withdrew from life because I believed that my life was over. How could anyone love such a "bad" person like me? I closed my heart. I reluctantly entered therapy and thanks to a wonderful therapist,a supportive family, and help from God, I realized that my heart had never completely closed. However, I did not really believe that there was much of an entrance for anyone or anything. I often asked my therapist, "Why me?" One day his answer went straight to my heart. He told me that while he did not know why I was abused, he knew that one day I would understand. It took a great amount of time and support but one day those words hit home. I had been working with a student and we both seemed to realize that there was a bond of trust. I knew I could help. My therapist had been right. I sensed changed feelings and realized my horrible childhood had opened my heart to help others with whom I shared similar experiences. Something good had come from the bad. My heart had opened and allowed love to enter.

    Denise,
    Kenosha, WI

    Something Good Will Come from This
  • The love I found by having an Open Heart!

    The love I found by having an Open Heart! Cynthia,
    Spring Grove, IL

    I was with a man for 2 years and engaged to him for 8 months, he in the services when I found out that he was leaving me for another woman! I was heart broken and lost! Ever since the comercials came on for the Open Heart necklace, I have wanted one! In addition to losing the man I thought I loved, my father had passed away 5 years before that. Between the two I have never really opened my heart back up to anyone! Until January of 2009, I met that man that I am truley in love with and the man that I will share the rest of my life will! he have been together for almost a year now, and we are engaged and getting married next year August! I could not be happier, and since the day I ment him my heart have been open to everything in my life! Someday I do hope to own an Open Heart necklace!! Thank you so much for letting me share my story and for helping me to open my heart back up! :)

    Cynthia,
    Spring Grove, IL

    The love I found by having an Open Heart!
  • Keeping my love alive

    Keeping my love alive Diana,
    Brighton, CO

    In March of 2006 we lost or 35 year old to a suicide. He was not married but lived with a woman with two childern. In the days and months that followed this tragedy it was all could do to keep my heart open for my husband. For he was taken far away from reality and I was sure he would be the next to go. some how some way after two years of therapy hubby started to find his way back to life. In 2009 we produced a car show in honor of our son, and managed to raise funds for a $500.00 scholarship for a graduating senior(male or female) in the automotivefield. We were thrilled in the turnout to clebrate his life and passion of cars we are going to put on another one in July 2010. On November 17,2009 we are going to a high school and talk to the students about being the survivors of suicide victims. With the car show in our back yard and the talk at the high school my husband has finally opened his heart again. By the way we are really related to the Jane Seymour from King Henry VIII. Thanks for your thought of the open hearts.

    Diana,
    Brighton, CO

    Keeping my love alive
  • Closeness of A Brother

    Closeness of A Brother Rachel,
    Harpersfield, NY

    I always knew my brother Daniel and I had a special bond. He is 6 years older than me but we always seemed to connect on things going on in our lives. When I was 15 I was in a multi trauma automobile accident and lost use of my right arm and left leg. It was his constant pushing and teasing that gave me the strenght and will power get out of bed and face the day. He encouraged me to try and get my arm working again and to make my leg do what I needed it to do. With out him I would of just given up many times. But finally it was my turn to give back to him. Out of the blue he bacame very ill and needed a kidney transplant. There was never a question about what I had to do just when can we do it. After the first blood test told me I was a match on all levels we began the journey towards transplant. I watched and supported him through the many bad times he had and we managed to laugh during the good times. Finally after a year we had a date for the transplant. When they gave my brother his kidney the doctors told me "it started working immediately". Every day in the hospital he managed to get himself out of bed to come and see how I was doing. We both managed to come through that time and still look back and wonder how on many days. It has been almost ten years now and he is healthy and I am all healed. Every day I thank God for him but I am also so glad I could give him something so special.

    Rachel,
    Harpersfield, NY

    Closeness of A Brother
  • Truly Opening Your Heart

    Truly Opening Your Heart Michelle,
    Fort Worth, TX

    Eight years ago I would have told you I had an open heart and I did. When my son was born with CHARGE Syndrome I learned that my heart was not as open as I thought. My son has multiple disabilities due to this syndrome. Because of my son I have learned to open my heart in many ways. Three years ago I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. Again I only thought my heart was open. I cried for many days and weeks before I realized that God gave me my son for a reason. I have helped him over come many obstacles, but he had many more to over come. It was at that point that I realized that my job was not done and God would not take me now. I made it through that and am now cancer free for three years. I now volunteer with passion at school, work with parents who have special needs children and am a member of a Board of Trustees for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I have learned to have an OPEN HEART.

    Michelle,
    Fort Worth, TX

    Truly Opening Your Heart
  • love

    love lancy,
    tempe, AZ

    I have known my friend John for over ten years from teaching tennis, and we became friends because of our common passion for the sport and having children that play tennis also. My oldest son, Nathan, 25, passed away on April 10, 2010 suddenly. John was there for me when my family left town after the memorial service. He made certain that I was not alone on Mother’s Day, and took me to tennis tournaments to help me remember that tennis could still bring some joy to my heart. Even in the midst of the worst time in my life, trying to get through my greatest pain, his compassion and caring for me made me feel what unconditional love is. That is the greatest gift that anyone can have is to love a good friend. My heart was broken from losing my son, but still able to love! Now it is my turn to be supportive of him, and encourage him while he is getting through some adversity in his life. Because of his heart helping me through my darkest times, I am able to love him and encourage him, without any expectations. Right now, even though we are not able to be together as much as I would like, I know that my heart will always feel hopeful about life, being grateful for simple things, and living in the moment.

    lancy,
    tempe, AZ

    love
  • Mother

    Mother Angela,
    Mayfield, KY

    Last year my husband and I decided that we wanted to get our daughter something special for her 18th birthday. After several months of looking, we never could find anything that was "special". I then saw the ad for Jane Seymour's Open Heart necklace. I told my husband that night that I had found the perfect gift. We then went to Kay Jewelers and bought the perfect necklace. The reason that we choose the Open Heart necklace is because when Ally was born she was pre-mature and we were told that she would noth live. She is our miracle child. Throughout her life she has always had an "Open Heart" for everyone she meets. She is very outgoing and is never quiet. When we gave her the necklace she asked us why the "heart" was open. I told her then that it was designed by Jane Seymour (who Ally knows as "Dr. Quinn - Medicine Woman") and that as long as her heart was open to others, she would always be loved. My daughter cried that night for the first time in years. She then told me that when she started college in the fall of 2009 that she would not only make us proud of her but everyone around her would know that she would help them anyway she could. What my daughter doesn't know is that she made us proud years ago and we grow prouder of her everyday.

    Angela,
    Mayfield, KY

    Mother
  • My new life!

    My new life! kim,
    shermans dale, PA

    6 years ago, I lost my husband, my daughter's daddy, to cancer. We watched him suffer for about 5 years. It was the hardest thing my daughter and I ever had to go through. He was the love of my life, my soulmate. When I lost him, I thought all was lost, including love. I wanted nothing to do with love anymore. But one day, 2 years later, I met my now husband, Bill. I honestly never thought I would fall in love again, but low and behold, I fell, hard! I had to learn how to love him for him and not hold onto the love that Kenny and I had. Don't get me wrong, I will always love Kenny and I will never forget him. He was a huge part of my life for so many years and we had a great marriage. But now I have Bill and I love him sooooo much, and it's a different love, but a wonderful love no less! So I guess the saying "If your heart is open, love will always find it's way in" holds true for many people, for many reasons. If I hadn't left my heart open after Kenny passed away, I probably wouldn't have been able to let Bill's love in!

    kim,
    shermans dale, PA

    My new life!
  • Meant To Be

    Meant To Be Randi,
    Arkansas City, KS

    In 2007 my husband of 6 years walked out on us. I was left to raise 2 daughters (then 1 and 5) on my own. Over the next three years I worked two jobs and returned to school. I learned a lot about myself, and grew in ways that may never have happened if I he had not left. Still, there was something missing. I love my children and I’m close my family, but I was lonely. I dated, but I could not see a future with any of them. Finally I let it go, I prayed that if there was someone out there who could love me and my daughters as their own that we would be brought together. In April of 2010 I met a man at Renaissance Faire, he was handsome and sweet, but I didn’t get a name. The day after I prayed I met this same man at a local faire. We connected right away, and my children adored him. Just as importantly, he adored them. They were ecstatic when he proposed. My youngest was the flower girl and my oldest was my maid of honor. She walked through the house after the ceremony singing, “I have a dad again.” This Christmas, his mother gave me an Open Hearts necklace with 4 hearts to symbolize our new family. It was a perfect gift. I am so thankful that he was brought into my life, and I truly believe that he is my soul mate.

    Randi,
    Arkansas City, KS

    Meant To Be
  • My Christmas Angel

    My Christmas Angel Nancy,
    South Bend, IN

    Dear Jane, On Christmas Eve this year, my wonderful Mom will be celebrating her second anniversary in heaven. We lost her in 2007 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was only 67 years old. I am 46 and a mother of two daughters. I miss my Mom terribly yet by keeping "an open heart", I am constantly reminded of the lessons and the kindnesses that she taught me. I hear her when my heart is open. I talk to her often and I know she hears. I feel her presence and I often pray for guidance in my life. Your open heart design is absolutely breathtaking and wonderfully motivating to everyone to ALWAYS keep their hearts open to their loved ones; whether present or passed on. Thank you for your gift. I hope to own a piece of your jewelry one day. Merry Christmas. Sincerely, Nancy Pilarski

    Nancy,
    South Bend, IN

    My Christmas Angel
  • Tattooed inspiration

    Tattooed inspiration Amanda,
    Donna, TX

    The open hearts collection gives me hope more than people know. I am 22 years old,and had lost my faith and hope in the world. I had no idea where my life was heading.I soon heard Mrs. Seymour say "If your heart is open love will always find a way in" I fell in love with the whole collection, and idea. A couple of months after I saw the commercial I came across the Open hearts book, I knew it was a sign, ment for me and only me. I felt as if she was talking to me and letting me know all will be ok. I dont have the jewlery so that's when I decided to permentely get it tattooed so I may carry the words and wisdom of the open hearts collection. I'm still trying to find my way in this world, but now with the inspiration of the collection. It will always be with me wherever my life may lead.

    Amanda,
    Donna, TX

    Tattooed inspiration
  • Our Heart Story

    Our Heart Story Lyn,
    Las Vegas, NV

    On the day of our daughter Jaclyn’s birth, we knew our lives were changed. Three months after she was born, Jaci was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. We were told that her only chance for survival was a heart transplant. We knew there was a reason for this and at some point we would find it. In March of 2000 it was evident her heart was failing and she was placed on the heart transplant list. Four months later she went into surgery and returned to her room with pink cheeks and finger nails for the first time in her life. We received the gift of life and after a frightening first six months we knew we needed to do something for other kids and families with heart problems. Our goal from the beginning has been to make a positive difference in the lives of children like Jaci. Our first initiative was to create a medically supervised, cost-free camp for kids in Nevada with heart problems so that they could have a “normal” camp experience. This was something that Jaci had not experienced and we knew that she and many other children could benefit greatly from it. Camp Mend-a-Heart was born from that dream. Our first Camp was held in June 2004. One of the most amazing outcomes from camp is the number of former campers who are now applying to be counselors. We are building the future of Camp Mend-a-Heart with the kids whose lives have been changed. That’s amazing!

    Lyn,
    Las Vegas, NV

    Our Heart Story
  • Love at first sight, not quite!

    Love at first sight, not quite! Monique,
    Logansport, IN

    He was a single dad of 3 children and I was a single mom of 4! He was a stock chaser and I was a new hire! We talked and shared stories of our past and found that we had both been in some pretty awful relationships in the past. Mine was an abusive one and his was his wife had cheated. We ended up getting closer as we talked and hung out and our friendship had gotten to the point where we were willing to try a relationship. Here we are 4 1/2 years later and still so much in love. We are about to take our incredible journey together and get married in April! I couldn't be happier, for I have finally found the man I was meant to be with! Kirk and Monique

    Monique,
    Logansport, IN

    Love at first sight, not quite!
  • Living Life with an Open Heart

    Living Life with an Open Heart Amy,
    Christiansburg, VA

    My mother has always taught me to have an open heart. That no matter what you do in life to always keep an open heart and to show and share your heart with others. As a single mother who worked two and three jobs, there were countless times when she could have done otherwise but she always had and always taught me to have an Open Heart. As an adult I now get to share my heart with the world. I belong to a non-profit organization called Soldiers Angles. As part of this organization I serve on the Letter Writing Team and write to two soldiers a week thanking them for their service to our country and showing them, even though they are complete strangers and open heart of love and encouragement. I also have two adopted soldiers that I write to weekly and send one to two care packages a month to them. For me, this is my way of sharing the Open Heart my mother gave to me and passing along that flame to others. I also have a sixteen month old son and it is my goal, as his mother, to teach him and guide him to have an Open Heart just as my mother did so that one day when he is an older child, teenager and adult, he can share his Open Heart with the world. If we all have an Open Heart to share with others, think of what a wonderful, joyful, loving world.

    Amy,
    Christiansburg, VA

    Living Life with an Open Heart
  • Opening and Coming Out

    Opening and Coming Out Richie Lee,
    Edgewater, CO

    From a very young age I knew I was a different child. I liked to do the same things as young girls, even though I was a young male. Everyone around me knew it too. It wasn't until the age of 15 my mother asked me if I were gay? I told her no but we both knew. Finally at the age of 19 I opened up and came out to my family. They all accepted me and I was happy. But the years before in school I was bullied, called names and made fun of. I had friends but they didn't know so I felt alone. Growing up gay isn't easy but it has left me with one thing: to have an open heart. I see the world different, maybe because "I'm different?". I accept people for who they are and what they are. I embrace every color, gender, etc there is out there. I believe having an open heart and seeing people for who they are has made me a happy care free and fun person and spirit and I love that. I don't judge anyone because I know what it's like to be judged for something I didn't choose but for how I was born. As much pain as it is, maybe everyone in the world should feel judged at least once so they can feel the pain and loneliness, so they can live their life with an open heart.

    Richie Lee,
    Edgewater, CO

    Opening and Coming Out
  • Marybeth Sadlik's Open Heart Story

    Marybeth Sadlik's Open Heart Story Marybeth,
    New Lenox, IL

    Marybeth Sadlik's Open Hearts Story July 2008: My mother and role model, died after an illness and my 14 year childless marriage fell apart due to a midlife crisis affair my 37 year old husband had with a 22 year old girl that eventually resulted in a pregnancy that ended the marriage and sent me into deep depression because of my infertility and broken life. The recession, unemployment and new stress with impending divorce took its toll on me. Being a fan of Jane Seymour since "Somewhere In Time", I watched her on "Dances With the Stars" and was mesmerized by her necklace. In November, I went to the mall to window shop. I made the choice to purchase the pave Open Hearts necklace based on the original "If your heart is open, it can never be broken." It has inspired me with hope and courage every time I look in the mirror to have filed divorce, look for work, heal from the pain of infidelity and an empty womb, to reach out with my time to others to make their lives better and to pay the necklace off with alimony money. I volunteer to Habitat for Humanity, my church in various functions, the homeless, and various other opportunities that come up to be useful. As of today, I am still working through divorce due to the recession, I have work, and am 100% emotionally healed with new hope for the future as a strong single woman.

    Marybeth,
    New Lenox, IL

    Marybeth Sadlik's Open Heart Story
  • Laughter

    Laughter Jennifer,
    Angola, IN

    I have been through a lot over the past 12 years. My neck broke, heart stopped, lost jobs, lost our home, and so much more. Some people ask us how we can still laugh, love, smile, and joke daily. It is because of open hearts that we can! As long as we keep our hearts open and receptive, and share our love and laughter, our problems start to shrink. The way to get through it all becomes more clear; and we do always make it through. I still have my sons and my husband by my side, and our hearts combined make one huge force for joy, and a reason to smile. Such a simple concept is so hard to learn in the hard times. But when you do, it is wonderful. I hope that through all of our trials and tribulations, we have helped others see a path through their problems. So it is my families open hearts that have saved me and kept my heart open. And hopefully I have helped open others due to wanting to share this joy. If someone who has lost so much can still love life and have fun, then everyone should be able to. Just keep an open heart is a great concept and I want to thank Jane Seymour for making it public in such a beautiful way! This is one movement that needs to spread far and wide. So smile, give a little and receive a lot. Thank you.

    Jennifer,
    Angola, IN

    Laughter
  • My  Story

    My Story karen,
    london, KY

    I was working as an insurance agent last year doing fairly well for myself until the economy took a turn for the worst. I ended up losing my car, most of my possesions, and becoming homeless. I stayed at the homeless shelter in London, Ky and it was there that I was given an open heart. I realized that many people were much worse off than I was. I encouraged many to go back to school and get their ged or go to college. Many of them did and I still help them out with their studies and traveling back and forth. You see I too am back in college working towards a bachelors degree in counseling because I now know its my destiny to help others.

    karen,
    london, KY

    My Story
  • Hospice opened my heart

    Hospice opened my heart Linda,
    Asheville, NC

    I never experienced hospice till my mother-in-law died. The experience stayed with me, but my heart was still stone cold to others feelings and needs. I believe I have had a calling to become part of a hospice. Since my employment I have met so many people who always have their hearts open to others.The most amazing and wonderful part of my journey is that my heart is no longer made of stone. I have been able to forgive myself and those who hurt me. It is a wonderful and heart warming feeling to be able to just be an ear that listens or a hand to hold. I thank God for helping me to learn how wonderful life is and helping to open my heart.

    Linda,
    Asheville, NC

    Hospice opened my heart
  • The Best Friend

    The Best Friend James,
    Mt Vernon, IN

    My best friend in the world is a young lady named Faune Curtis. I first met Faune in high school,when she was a senior cheerleader,and I was a special education freshman. The friendship we've had for almost 30 years has had a great effect on my life.A lot of the friendships I've had over the years is because I was friends first with Faune. Her words of wisdom,and her gentle heart of love,make her the best friend I've ever known. I'll admit,I've had friends in all kinds of businesses,from sports television reporters(namely,my other best friend,Mike Blake,from 14WFIE in Evansville,Indiana) to striptease dancers(one I'll never forget is my good friend,Angel,who's a cancer survivor). But I wouldn't be brave enough to even try to make new friendships had I not known Faune.Her gentle love and warmth,and the knowledge she passes on to me when we talk,make her special. Yes,Miss Seymour,thanks to the best friend a guy could ask for,Faune Curtis,I can truly open my heart,and that's something special in my book.

    James,
    Mt Vernon, IN

    The Best Friend
  • Keep Your Heart Open and leave room for God

    Keep Your Heart Open and leave room for God Marcia,
    Orlando, FL

    My sisters husband left last thursday to go find himself after almost a year unemployed. While I understood the frustration (been there) I do not understand how moving to another state and maybe another country will help a marriage. I found myself feeling her pain and gettin g angry as this was the 4th or 5th time that he did this in their 5 year marriage. This morning in my quiet time I was reminded to keep my heart open and leave room for God. I went to Kay Jewelers and purchased 2 chains in sterling silver(would have loved to do the diamonds but not in the budget LOL) one for my sister and one for me. My prayer for us both no matter what happens is that we keep our hearts open and leave room for God to heal hurting hearts. Thank you for the open heart collection. It has blessed us more than you can imagine.

    Marcia,
    Orlando, FL

    Keep Your Heart Open and leave room for God
  • Loving What I Do

    Loving What I Do Gary,
    Fleetwood, PA

    I worked for years in a stressful job at a newspaper and wanted something different. I was volunteering at the hospital and followed my heart telling me to apply there with a new job they offered working in the Emergency Department as a Guest Services. Opening my heart to this wonderful job has changed my life. I sigt with patients and their families to talk with them , make them comfortable, make phone calls or just hold their hands. I was frightened to take the leap from one job to another, a huge pay cut , but following my heart has given me a piece of God here on Earth. I am more grateful and respectable towards things we all take for granted every day. Opening my heart daily now finds new challenges and lessons I will hold with me forever....

    Gary,
    Fleetwood, PA

    Loving What I Do
  • Love Without Reward

    Love Without Reward Tricia,
    Modesto, CA

    My Mom is the most loving person I know. She taught me to love without expecting anything in return. She unselfishly took care of my Grandmother for months. She passed on so much of her ideas on to me. I know people use the word love loosely today. However, true love exists without expectations.

    Tricia,
    Modesto, CA

    Love Without Reward
  • My Broken Heart

    My Broken Heart Jackie,
    Philadelphia, PA

    I married my first love and we were together 23yrs. Ten months after we were married we found out that my husband had a brain tumor,it was cancer he had a very rough life after he had surgery. He lived 16yrs with a lot of side affects, two years ago he started having strokes this past march he had a major stroke and on Easter of this year god took him away from me he was only 44yrs old. I miss him so much every day that goes by and always asking why god took him away so young. I am really having a hard time getting on with myself, i have a lot of family and friends but it is just not the same without him here. He will always have my heart with him there will be no other that could give me as much Love as he did what ever i asked for he always bought it for me and i will miss that but it is ok. I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS VINCE YOU WILL LIVE INSIDE MY HEART FOREVER. LOVE JACKIE

    Jackie,
    Philadelphia, PA

    My Broken Heart
  • Open heart/Open Mind

    Open heart/Open Mind Sherry,
    Las Vegas, NV

    I lost both of my parents, grandparents, aunts uncles, most cousins by the time I was 30. I really shut down. I realized very soon after that negative actions pile up. I started to remain positive and good things happen. People and animals have come into my life and I am truly grateful for that. If I hadn't kept my heart and mind open I wouldnt have had the great experiences I have had.

    Sherry,
    Las Vegas, NV

    Open heart/Open Mind
  • A BLESSING FROM GOD

    A BLESSING FROM GOD Tania,
    Salina, OK

    it started May 28, 2000, when a beautiful baby boy was born. On May 30th my husband and I received the phone call we had been waiting for for nearly two years. See I was not able to have a baby and that was all I wanted in life a teeny tiny baby. We received the phone call on May 30, 2000, and it was the most joyous and miraculous gift we could receive from our heavenly father. Our son was beautiful and perfect and still is. My husband gave me the Open Wave necklace for this past Christmas and it is beautiful just like our son and the waves on the ocean. The open waves remind me every day to always keep your heart open and never give up because miracles do happen. Just look at our son. Thank you.

    Tania,
    Salina, OK

    A BLESSING FROM GOD
  • Love DOES find its way in!

    Love DOES find its way in! Heather,
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    I was feeling quite discouraged and negative in February 2009 after reading/watching Hes Just Not That Into You and failed relationships. I took the position that no one is the exception when it comes to men; you are the rule. On Valentines Day, my mother sent me a package with a card and small box. The card read, You need to realize that sometimes you ARE the exception. Open your heart & Love will always find its way in. After wiping away tears, I opened the box. In it was a beautiful diamond encrusted open-heart necklace. After that, I decided to change my attitude & open my heart. Brandon, a man I worked with at the gym, had been asking me to hang out with him. Just when he was about to give up on me, I looked down at my necklace, took a chance, and agreed to go out of town with him for Mardi gras. I knew that was a make-or-break point in our relationship. We were either going to remain friends or something more. We had an amazing weekend and the week we returned, he took me on a beautiful dinner-date. After that, we planned dates almost every night. Almost 9 months later, we are engaged and planning a wedding! If it hadnt been for my moms gift, and me opening my heart, none of it could have happened. I can not wait to share this gift of an open heart with my daughter one day!

    Heather,
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    Love DOES find its way in!
  • open mind,open heart

    open mind,open heart Kathleen,
    fairfield, OH

    I believe there are 2 things a person needs to live a happy and productive life- an open mind and an open heart. An open mind allows you to hear and be open to others who differ from you. An open heart allows you to accept and love those who are different from you. Having a variety of people in your life allows tou to experience new and exciting things. Keep an open mind and you will keep an open heart

    Kathleen,
    fairfield, OH

    open mind,open heart
  • New Beginnings

    New Beginnings Joy,
    Valley Falls, NY

    I was married for 15 years and there were many struggles. We tried to make things work for many years and it then came time to make the decision to split. I was given 2 amazing children and they are my meaning of love. Because things were so terrible I closed my heart to many things and became emotionless. So when I made walked away from my old life I started a new one with my children. A fresh start with an open heart.. My ring symbolizes this and remindes me everyday that there can be love in your life no matter how bad things get, just keep pushing forward and all will be great. Love yourself and love will find you.

    Joy,
    Valley Falls, NY

    New Beginnings
  • Dad Lives On

    Dad Lives On Emily,
    Steamboat Rock, IA

    My dad died very unexpectedly in September 2011. I was very close to my dad and it has been a very hard time for me. He was only 64, I'm 31. He had a massive heart attack. After he died, my husband knew how hard this was and wanted to do something to let me know my dad would always be with me. He bought me an Open Heart necklace with a December birthstone (for my dad), and told me that I should always wear this necklace to know my dad lives on in my heart. I cherish this necklace a great deal. I wear it everyday, only taking it off to shower and sleep! Thank you Ms. Seymour and Kay Jewelers for this great necklace. My dad now lives on in my heart and I get to see this beautiful reminder every single day. Love you and miss you dad.....12/27/46 to 9/29/11

    Emily,
    Steamboat Rock, IA

    Dad Lives On
  • MY ANGEL MY SON

    MY ANGEL MY SON ramona,
    bellflower, CA

    MY NAME IS RAMONA IT WILL BE 2YRS THAT MY SON PASSED AWAY FROM A HEART ATTACK HE WAS BORN 24 WEEKS PREMATURE BLOOD HEMMORAGE IN THE BRAIN PDA IN THE HEART AND LIVED TO BE 10 MONTHS MY SON WAS A SOLDIER A REAL ANGEL HE SHOWED ME HOW STRONG HE WAS SUFFERING 33 SURGERIES MORE SURGERIES THAN ANY ADULT HAS SUFFERED IN HIS LIFE MY SON WAS A REAL HERO IN MY EYES AND LIFE SHOWED ME THE MEANING OF LOVE AND A BIG HEART HE REALLY HAD FOR ME AND HIS BROTHERS I SHARE MY STORY TO ALL BECAUSE IF PEOPLE NEVER BELIEVED IN ANGELS HE WAS ONE FOR ME

    ramona,
    bellflower, CA

    MY ANGEL MY SON
  • Wings of hope

    Wings of hope Erin,
    Leesburg, OH

    I have a story that spans over 22 years. So this is just a glimpse into my life. I am currently 38 years old and married to my high school sweetheart. We started taking care of special needs children over 17 years ago. We have 3 wonderful children of our own. Two boys 13 and 17 and we adopted my nephews girl because he was unable to care for her she is 3. All my childhood life my parents had a group home for female adults with special needs so I have known my whole life this was my calling as well. We have endured some very hard times with some of these gifts God has given us. We currently have 3 special needs young men. They have been with us from 7- 13 years! This is a very difficult level of kids but very rewarding as well. All three are non-verbal, autism and 2 have seizures almost daily. But we have named our company "wings of hope" because I have always said God gave them the wings but we give them the hope to soar! Our troubles are far from the most difficult out there but my children have had to make sacrifices some people will never understand. They have never had one single night alone in our house without a child with disabilities being here. My kids are a blessing from God and I thank him everyday for giving me a wonderful husband who understands me too!

    Erin,
    Leesburg, OH

    Wings of hope
  • Hope Through Cancer

    Hope Through Cancer Tina,
    Glen Rock, PA

    Hi my name is Tina Davenport. I am 40 years old and a mother of three children. Maybe one day I will own one of your necklaces. I would love to give necklaces to three of my closest friends who have helped me though a very difficult time. I was diagnosed with colon cancer at 38 on July 17th 2008. When hearing the word cancer, the first thing you think of is please do not let me leave my kids. By the help of my family, friends and God I made it though this just fine. On June 22, 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy to remove the cancer on July 15th 2010. I go on Monday August 16th to the Oncologist for the next course of action. I hope to never here the word cancer again and I don't want to leave my family. My friends have not stopped trying to make this easier on me and my family. They are having a benefit bull roast for me on September 12th 2010 to help with my medical and home expenses. I'm I'm the one who loves helping others. It's hard being the one needing help. I'm not sure if you'll be able to help me thank my friends. I would love to give my friends a diamond angle open heart necklace at the bull roast on 9-12-10 to thank them for keeping their hearts open and never allowing me to give up HOPE.

    Tina,
    Glen Rock, PA

    Hope Through Cancer
  • Easy Out On Third

    Easy Out On Third Mary Beth,
    Lindenhurst, NY

    My open hearts story began 13 years ago when my son, Bobby was born. He was born with many disabilities including a club foot and miid Cerebral Palsy. My husband and I have never stopped believing that Bobby could lead a happy and full life. When the doctors told us he would never walk or talk, we chose to believe he could and he would. I wrote and published a book that shares the joys and challenges we have lived through. Bobby does walk and talk, in fact he loves baseball and has played on a mainstream team since he was 4 years old. The story is real and honest. I hope readers will find hope and encouragement as they share what we have been through. I hope they will open their hearts and feel the love we have for this amazing young man. My greatest hope is that I can change the way the world looks at people with special needs and that you should always believe that nothing is impossible , never say never. The book is called Easy Out On Third-Raising A Child With Special Needs and is available in paperback or kindle or nook versions on Amazon.com and Barnes

    Mary Beth,
    Lindenhurst, NY

    Easy Out On Third
  • Who's That in the Mirror?

    Who's That in the Mirror? Kellie,
    Mount Sterling, KY

    Sometimes, when I look at myself in the mirror, I see a stranger. I grew up in an overweight family and by age 10 I weighed more than all my classmates. I became withdrawn and depressed. I felt doomed to a life of misery and ridicule. I never thought I would lose the weight. At age 15, I decided to take a stand and try to change my life's course. I stopped eating red meat, cut out junk food, and switched from regular to diet soda. I started noticing results almost right away. I realized at that moment that I had never really tried to accomplish much in my life. With a little effort, I was making changes. I eventually lost eighty pounds and have kept it off. I am 30 and few people know what I looked or felt like as a pre-teen. I however, will never forget. What I went through wasn't easy but it taught me to have an open mind and open heart whenever I want to see change in my life. I know that with some effort and determination, I can make a change. I wish that all of us can open our hearts and minds to learn to believe in ourselves and that we truly can, do anything we set our minds to!

    Kellie,
    Mount Sterling, KY

    Who's That in the Mirror?
  • My Loving Son

    My Loving Son Irma,
    Tucson, AZ

    I am a mother of 4 when my oldest child was six years old he was diagnosed with epilepsy. My son suffered with very violent seizures that would last around five minutes at times. One thing my son would always tell me is no matter how hard things get you never stop loving me my response to him would be my heart is always going to b open to give you all the love you deserve. Two christmas ago in 2010 my son gave me an open heart necklace with a card that said no matter what you and me will always have an open heart .That wss my last christmas I spent with my son on april 16th my son had a grandmal seirzure in his sleep which caused his hear to stop. I treasure my open heart necklace because even though my son is physically not here I feel his love everyday and I will never stop loving him.

    Irma,
    Tucson, AZ

    My Loving Son
  • Beyond all Obsticales

    Beyond all Obsticales Sandy,
    Chambersburg, PA

    I was in a relationship after my first marriage failed in divorce. I felt like the most luckiest woman alive. A man would love someone like me, a single parent of 3 children. We lived together for over 10 years, I thought he was the one. We married then things turned for the worse. abuse started. Drugs came into the picture. I gave him 2 children thinking it would keep us together. My son was diagnosed with Autism and he walked out on me 2 weeks before my youngest was born. Again I forgave. Everything became my fault but still I went to college and became a nurses aide. Then I found out he married another woman 4 months after me. I went into hiding with 5 children till my divorce was final. I got custody of the children and moved on. Bitter and angry, I meet a man on line and found out we were 2 streets from each other. We met for coffee and I told him everything so if it was to much for him no one would get hurt. He just looked at me calmly and said " How about we go see a movie. Two years later we were married and my kids only know him as daddy

    Sandy,
    Chambersburg, PA

    Beyond all Obsticales
  • A House Full of Children

    A House Full of Children Michelle,
    Alcester, SD

    My Open Heart Story began when I was a teenager and I was involved in an auto accident that caused damage that resulted in me being told I would never be able to have children. At the time I was told this news I was dating my high school sweetheart who was an only son and his father was also an only son. My first thought was how he would take the news and what would happen to our relationship. It turned out this wonderful guy could care less whether we had a child of our own or adopted one that needed a home. We were married one year after I graduated from high school and two years after that we had the unbelievable expereince of adopting a beautiful 5 week old baby boy whom we named after both of my husbands Grandfathers. God has played a big part in our lives and when our son was 9 months old God brought a miracle into our lives with the news that I was going to have a baby of my own. Who says miracles don't happen. In our life it happened three times with the arrival of our third son 5 years after the adoption of our first son followed by becoming legal guardians to my 11 year old sister one year after that. Our hearts have been opened to each and every child that God has blessed us with

    Michelle,
    Alcester, SD

    A House Full of Children
  • Hardest Day of My Life

    Hardest Day of My Life Sean,
    Concord, NC

    I lost my job last December. It was, by far, the hardest day of my life. Everything I had worked for and sacrificed was lost in an instant, in the snap of two fingers. I was devastated, but by living with an open heart, I have been able to turn it around into a big, gigantic positive. These past 11 months have given me the opportunity to re-connect with my family and to re-kindle our love for one another. I know I'll get back on my feet at some point. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy the time and overwhelming blessings I have been given. Living with an open heart is a choice, a choice I am glad I made.

    Sean,
    Concord, NC

    Hardest Day of My Life
  • Sister, You Are Special

    Sister, You Are Special Nancy,
    Monmouth, ME

    This is a poem to my sister for her unselfish love and amazing gift to me. It says it all. Sister, You Are Special Some say you are courageous Some say you’re brave I say you’re selfless with unwavering grace I know you are nervous I know you are scared But we will get through this hand and hand I know sometimes I’m annoying, crazy and nuts But what you are doing has gusto and guts We’ll both be around for many more years That way we can share more laughter and tears I hope I’m brave like you one day Now that I have part of your DNA Thank you for the miracle of saving my life Just what you wanted, forty more years of strife Thank you for willing to recycle your parts This way we will never be too far apart We may not have too much in common some may say But maybe more, now I see One Kidney for you, one Kidney for me Seriously, Thank you for what you are willing to do May God always be good to you!!

    Nancy,
    Monmouth, ME

    Sister, You Are Special
  • Living with War

    Living with War Margaret,
    Louisville, TN

    My husband is a Vietnam Veteran. As we all know many were mistreated after they got home. I did not know much about the war when we got married so I kept an open heart when he would talk of his experiences. He now suffers from PTSD this is very serious and he lives daily with memories

    Margaret,
    Louisville, TN

    Living with War
  • Meeting my true love

    Meeting my true love Linda,
    New Castle, PA

    My story starts with the internet. Years ago when meeting people online was a lot safer, I met a man who was truly a great friend at first. We talked about everything and I always felt at ease to let him know what was on my mind. He was a very good listener and I knew one day I would meet him in person. I was living in Texas and he was living in New Jersey. We finally met in Pennsylvania in my home town. We went out to dinner and I knew immediately that he was the one for me. He was everything I was looking for and wanted in a man. Since we both had been married before, I was leary at first but am so happy that I opened my heart to let him in and vice versa. We now have been married for over 20 years and have a teenage daughter. Loving someone sometimes takes time but once you have made the decision to let someone in, it is easy to love and be loved.

    Linda,
    New Castle, PA

    Meeting my true love
  • My love my life

    My love my life Debra,
    Browns mills, NJ

    Iet my husband while I was going through a messy divorce. I was married to someone for 10 years who was abusive verbally and mentally. I didn't know if I would ever let someone into my heart again. Iet my new husband on the Internet he was deployed over seas. Once he returned we moved in together. It was a big adjustment for him being I had three children that I adopted with my ex. But he accepted them as his own and cared for them since their father wasn't. 1 year later Wei got pregnant with our son during delivery my son and I went into distress my husband almost lost both of us. But with god on our side me both made it through. After his birth we planned our wedding but due to the military he was called to serve over seas once again so we rushed and got married before he got deployed. We didn't have a big wedding nor did we have time for a honeymoon. My husband is a wonderful man and I cherish all he does for me and the children and also what he does for our country! He taught me love isnt hurting someone it is caring, loving , and enjoying one other. I love him with all my heart and I thank God for bring him into my heart and my life! This is why I think he deserve a trip to London . Love my solider my heart!!!

    Debra,
    Browns mills, NJ

    My love my life
  • Lost Our Home, Not Our Love

    Lost Our Home, Not Our Love Scott,
    Buffalo Grove, IL

    In 2010 my wife lost her job of 5 years. The company wanted to save money- it actually cost them more than money- customers ended up getting terrible service and going to a competitor. But the real story is that after that happened, I lost my job and her unemployment ran out. We "made too much" to go on food stamps or Medicaid and my unemployment was barely enough to get us by with 2 kids. We tried to get some bailout money from those mega rich banks but they held on to everything. Of course we lost our home. Then we were down to 1 car as the other was repossessed. As the holidays came around i really wanted to get my wife something special for all she had gone through. I was working 2 part time jobs- she worked in a retail store part time and we both kept interviewing everywhere and for anything. I saved some dollars here and there because i wanted to get her something- I had let her down- i had let my family down. But with a few extra dollars i got her one of your less expensive open heart necklaces. I wanted to show her my heart was open to do anything I could to keep us as a loving family through all of our struggles. The necklace gave her hope-she smiled like the love of my life had for years before. I keep that smile with me at all times.

    Scott,
    Buffalo Grove, IL

    Lost Our Home, Not Our Love
  • My Story

    My Story Deb,
    Hanover, PA

    Living with an Open Heart has helped me deal with a lot of problems in my life. As a child I was sexually abused by my brother in law. No one in my family believed me or wanted to do anything about it. This went on for several years. When I was 13 I finally decided that there had to be help out there somewhere. After talking with a neighbor things started to come out. They finally talked me into letting them call children services. That night I went to live with my aunt and uncle. I stayed there for six months, after which time I wanted to go home. I did right after New Years. I only stayed there two months before I realized that nothing had changed, and I needed to get out. On March 15, 1994 I moved into foster care. I was so scared as my caseworker drove me to their house. I was blessed to be put with a great family (to whom I am still very close to). Many people asked me how I made it through those years of abuse. All I have to say is that a positive attitude and belief in God is the only way it was possible. To this day when people find out my history they are amazed that I never got it trouble. I truly believe that I went through this for a reason. Hopefully it is because I am to help someone else.

    Deb,
    Hanover, PA

    My Story
  • Love 30 years in the making

    Love 30 years in the making Jean,
    Danbury, TX

    My husband and I met July 4, 1979 and over the next few months I fell head over heels for him and he for me, however we were both married to other people and so we had to keep it to ourselves. Neither of us would be one to break up a family as both of us had young children. So we kept in touch and remained friends over the years even when separated by many miles as my husband got out of the miitary and he remained in and was transferred to Germany for 3 years. However about 20 years ago now we lost touch and in that time I divorced and remarried and his first wife passed away and he remarried. Then around Christmas 2004, thru People.com I found him and I was recently divorced and he was getting divorced. He flew here from Florida and we had our first "official date" and he went back and got his divorce and in April of 2005 he moved to Texas from Florida and on June 8, 2005 we were married to each other and even though we have had our share of problems, as any married couple, I wouldnt want to be anywhere else or be with anyone else. He truly is the "Love of my Life".

    Jean,
    Danbury, TX

    Love 30 years in the making
  • Searching for Strength

    Searching for Strength Nykole,
    Bay City, MI

    In 1998, i was 7, and my mom suffered her first miscarriage. It was a baby girl. We named her Jesyka Jazmynn. After the loss, my family found strength within each other, and we carried on. Always keeping her in our thoughts. In 2005, we suffered more heart ache when we learned that my mom had miscarried the first boy out of 4 girls. He name is Bryen Josyph. My mom is my hero, and her strength inspires me. It has taken a toll on her, and she blames herself sometimes. For Christmas, my sister and I got my mom the Open Heart Angel necklace. This way, her little angels are with her where ever she goes. :)

    Nykole,
    Bay City, MI

    Searching for Strength
  • My mother, my best friend

    My mother, my best friend Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    My mom to me is the most extraordinary person I know. First of all at 16 she was thrown out of her house. She had a rough life, but never let it ruin her. When she married my father, everything changed, I guess you can say he rescued her. When I came into the picture, she vowed that she would be the best parent possible, doing everything different from her family. She did everything with us, scouts, dance, she was there. It was nothing for her to do for others before her, my senior year she moved in a mother and 3 kids cause they were going to be homeless. We even took in foreign exchange students. I know I broke her heart several times, just figuring out life. She still loved me through it all. She was the silent supporter and my personal cheerleader. It is an honor when people say we are alike, we are more like sisters and best friends rather mother daughter. Her love of people inspired me to do the job I love. I teach urban children that have rough beginnings. I also love the fact that we can do anything together. She is even my running coach, which she is the greatest. I can honestly say my mom lives everyday with an open heart and it is thanks to her I can do the same. I am soooo lucky she is my mom and I am proud of her and what she is.

    Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    My mother, my best friend
  • Undeniable Strength

    Undeniable Strength Allen,
    Chandler, OK

    This a story about my wife, she is 47 now and has beHen battling cancer most of her life. Since 2006 she has been thru several surgeries, chemotherapy and clinical trials. I watched her complete a year long treatment that would have brought an elephant to its knees. She underwent an 8 hour double surgery at MD Anderson in Houston TX and was up the next morning ready to drive home to Oklahoma. She never backs down and continues fighting for a cure, asking God to heal her body so she can use her experience to benefit others. She has an unstoppable open heart. She is still on treatment which she will have to remain on for the rest of her life. She organizes food donations for the local animal shelters at work and would bring everyone one of those dogs home if she could. She's a true fighter, and I can't think of anyone with a bigger heart. She loves your jewelery and I would love to buy her one but treatment and medical bills are very costly. Please choose my wife, I love her so much and would give her the world if I could. Sincerely Allen Masangale

    Allen,
    Chandler, OK

    Undeniable Strength
  • MY HUSBANDS LOVE

    MY HUSBANDS LOVE ROBIN,
    NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL

    TODAY IS HIS 61 BIRTHDAY HE PASSED AWAY 1 1/2 YEARS AGO BUT BEFORE HE DIED HE GAVE ME MY FIRST JANE SEYMOUR NECKLACE AND EARRINGS . I HAVE NEVER TAKEN THEM OFF AND ON THIS DAY HIS BIRTHDAY AND FATHER'S DAY IT BRINGS ME CLOSER TO HIM AND THE LOVE WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER I WANT TO THANK JANE FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIFT HE GAVE ME AND TELL HER THAT WHEN I TOUCH IT OR LOOK AT IT SHOWS ME THE LOVE HE HAD FOR ME AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL GIFT OF LOVE FROM THE HEART OF MY HUSBAND PAUL THANK YOU

    ROBIN,
    NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL

    MY HUSBANDS LOVE
  • I Love My Job!

    I Love My Job! Dayna,
    Schenectady, NY

    Twenty years ago I was asked if I would volunteer to ride on a bus for handicapped children and possibly be an aid. My job would be helping the kids on and off the bus,watching for any medical issues,etc. I was very scared of the unknown and didn't know if I could handle helping children with so many handicaps both physical and emotional. After helping for three weeks, I knew my true calling! I left my bus position and applied for a job as a TA/teaching assistant with handicapped children (in a school setting). I'm 62 years old and still working with these kids. I don't notice their handicaps, to me they're all special and need love and understanding, something I've been able to give by opening up my heart to them.

    Dayna,
    Schenectady, NY

    I Love My Job!
  • Always be in your heart

    Always be in your heart nancy,
    cameron park, CA

    My mom passed away last year from colon cancer. My heart was broken from her passing. Not only was she my mother and a grandmother to my children but my best friend. My children saw the pain and grief of my loss for weeks. I tryed to close my heart so I wouldn't feel any more pain but of course it didn't worked. One day my 5 year old son came up to me and said " remember she will always be in your heart" with that being said I realized I needed to keep my heart open to keep my mothers love alive and have the strength to move on.

    nancy,
    cameron park, CA

    Always be in your heart
  • Caring

    Caring roger,
    gaithersburg, MD

    As I was growing up Momma alway thought us that if we keep and open heart alot of good things would happen to us as we get older. Such as God will make sure he watch's over us, others people that see how your heart is open to help would all so start doing the same thing. And if we had everybody in the world with Open Hearts we will be one great Country. Please keep a Open Heart AMERICA.

    roger,
    gaithersburg, MD

    Caring
  • a sad story

    a sad story christine,
    albion, NY

    In september 2012 I feel very ill and ended up in ICU and in the hospital for 18 days, I am still out of work working on recovery and dealing with wound care almost every day. I had to go through extreme wound care and even hyperbaric treatments. My husband of 2 years decided to get me a gift even though we were dealing with a ton of medical bills and more to come to get me an open hearts key necklace and ring with the rose gold on it, knowing it was my favorite thing. He did so much for me taking care of me when I didnt even know where i was and so ill and he went out of his way. He had to help me in from the car and he put the bag from the jewelers in the back room in a walmart bag. The next day he went to get it and it was gone. My 20 year old daughter decided to "help" and clean our family room and threw the bag out!! $450.00 in jewelry gone!! My poor husband was so upset, all he wanted to do was make me happy and smile and feel better. I may not have the jewelery but the thoughts and actions he has done for me mean everything. I love him very much! Maybe someday a open heart item will come again but my heart is always open.

    christine,
    albion, NY

    a sad story
  • All Creatures can be loved

    All Creatures can be loved kristi,
    oceanside, CA

    I have always loved animals and grew up in a family that loves animals. I have enlightened many people with that love, worked for animal rescue groups and rescue as many animals as I can. Cruelty is all around us and when we realize and help others realize that most animals live a peaceful existence, we can learn from them to live a peaceful existence, too. Just this week at work, we caught our first mouse in a humane trap. It was heartwarming to see the entire group fascinated by the adorable little creature peering out at us from the little translucent box. I think a lot of people were suprised at how cute the little guy was (he was curled up and sleeping when we first found him, but as the group of humans grew, he became equally fascinated by us). I don't think there was a human in the room that wanted to murder the little guy when we saw his face wide-eyed with fear. We got a great sense of joy from releasing him into the field across the street and we will come up with a way to prevent mice from entering the building, remove them without harm and allow them to be a part of this world that they were put on.

    kristi,
    oceanside, CA

    All Creatures can be loved
  • A Young Widow Finding The Courage To Love Again

    A Young Widow Finding The Courage To Love Again shelly,
    Bolivia, NC

    January 11, 2007 I got the call that is every police wives worst nightmare. My husband Sgt. James Heath Hardin collapsed and died after chasing a suspect in foot . He left behind a family of three . Myself and our children Sam 12 and Mason , 8. Heath was my high school sweet heart, my whole life gone in a matter of a few moments. Eight months after Heath's passing a man came into my life that from the start knew how precious life really was. You see Trooper JC Horniak had survived being shot on November 28 , 2005 on a "routine" traffic stop. Chris came into our lives and began helping myself and my children pick up the pieces of our shattered lives. Never in my life have a ever met a man that is so humble , caring and supportive of our situation . On May 9, 2009 I married this man. Chris gave me the courage to love and again . There was a reason he survived being shot 6 times . I can't help but believe it was to come into our shattered lives and help us rebuild, heal ,smile and love again. Chris truly is an amazing man and I know that Heath would be grateful that Chris has taken care of his family . We are survivors all four of us . Courage to rebuild and heal our shattered lives.

    shelly,
    Bolivia, NC

    A Young Widow Finding The Courage To Love Again
  • A Mother's Heart

    A Mother's Heart cierra,
    ellenwood, GA

    Two years ago, I got pregnant unexpectedly in my freshman year of college. I did not know what to do. I knew that I wanted to be a mother some day, but not so soon. I also knew that I had to postpone my dreams of being a Psychiatrist so that I could provide for my child. I did not want to be selfish and have an abortion. I decided to give birth to my daughter "Makenzie" and it was the best decision I ever made. I also returned to school, and I will be graduating next year. By giving birth to my daughter I also gave birth to my Future, My Dreams, and My Destiny.

    cierra,
    ellenwood, GA

    A Mother's Heart
  • Our beautiful daughter

    Our beautiful daughter Cindy,
    Fort Smith, AR

    When our daughter was 13 she became ill. One morning she woke up and couldn't walk! She was partially paralyzed. I rushed her to the ER where the doctor arranged for her to be airlifted by Angel Flight to the Children's Hospital. There the doctors discovered our worst fears - she had bacterial miningitis. Worse yet they would have to operate on her brain if she had a chance at life. All throughout her surgery and afterwards I kept an Open Heart. I prayed, I kept positive thoughts, I asked others to pray and I was able to feel peace. My Open Heart also told me that whatever shape she ended up in that I would take her home and love her no matter what! After 2 weeks in the hospital and a month of therapy at home she was finally able to walk without assistance! It was a beautiful day when she was able to dance again. She kept an Open Heart as well. She never gave up on life and always remained positive, even when she went to school with part of her head shaved it didn't seem to bother her. She was truly an inspiration to others and to me. This Open Heart experience will never leave me. I will always remember what we went through and how we got through it. With our love and the love of others we made it!

    Cindy,
    Fort Smith, AR

    Our beautiful daughter
  • Spreading the Love

    Spreading the Love Kendra,
    Cincinnati, OH

    Before I meet my husband I never wanted to married was a single parent of one and then he showed me how to open my heart when he adopted my daughter and cared for her like she was his on, so ten years later we have took on the responsability of his two girls. We have had two more boys together and recenlty we have took on the role pf parenting our neice and adopting her into our family of eight now. Together we have showed each other that no mater how difficult or stressful a situation can be love out weighs it all!!!

    Kendra,
    Cincinnati, OH

    Spreading the Love
  • Keeping The Faith

    Keeping The Faith Erica,
    Norman, OK

    I was a Mother once in my 40 yrs. I lost my son in 1991 to S.I.D.S., and was never blessed with another. At first it was hard to go on. I have learned though, if you keep an open mind, and heart, you can still live a good life. My heart believes, that I will surely see my Son again. I'm also sure, he is in the best of hands. I will always remember his smile, and now my little Sammy, smiles for GOD. I miss you sweetie. If you keep an open heart, no matter what you go thru, eventually it gets easier. I promise. Take it from someone who knows. GOD BLESS ALL. And a big THANK YOU, to all the mothers out there, who may have lost a loved one. Your in my prayers, and remember to keep an open heart. I know my heart goes out to you, win or no win. Love,Love,Love,makes the world go round E.

    Erica,
    Norman, OK

    Keeping The Faith
  • Learning to Forgive

    Learning to Forgive McKenzie,
    Mendon, UT

    When I was 14 I was victim of Sexual harassment. As a young teenager, I hated the person who hurt me, I despised him and I held in my hurt and anger for nearly three years. My heart was emotionally ripped apart, and I never thought it would be made whole again. But through teachers and friends I found comfort knowing I was not alone. Although I will never be completely healed this experience has helped me recognize the person I need to be. I have found my personal calling, to help those who feel like they have no hope, to show them love. I have now realized it did more damage to me to hold in my anger rather than forgive. Forgiveness has helped me see beyond my suffering and to find love for those who are hurting. I am now a college student earning my degree in Psychology to hopefully find those who need my love and Support, and to teach them that forgiving is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.

    McKenzie,
    Mendon, UT

    Learning to Forgive
  • Hope from an Angel

    Hope from an Angel Lynne,
    Joliet, IL

    Seventeen and a half years ago,when I was 32 years old, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, this was due to my last pregnancy. Over the years my heart has gotten progressively worse. In 2000 I had to have a defibrillater/pacemaker implanted and just this past summer I also had a heart pump (aka Left Ventricular assist device) implanted. I am now on the heart transplant list. I have many family and friends praying for me all time. I have always had an open heart and would rather do for others than have them do for me. I am very independent and it is hard for me to accept help although I have too now. My father is living with me, and my daughter, as with the heart pump I can never be left alone. I still try to find ways to help if I can. When I saw Jane Seymour's open heart necklace with the angel wings, I thought how fitting one heart to represent the heart I have now and the other heart to represent the heart I will get with the transplant and the angel to bring it too me. Because it will be an angel that will donate their heart. I am looking forward to getting a heart, so that I may do more volunteering and helping others.Getting th new heart will be bittersweet as it means that someone has lost their life. My two daughters and son are getting me this for Valentines.

    Lynne,
    Joliet, IL

    Hope from an Angel
  • Dogs Made the Difference

    Dogs Made the Difference sandra,
    shelby, NC

    After a near fatal illness that left me unemployed I began to take in abandoned or abused dogs, fix them up and find them new homes. It was love at first sight, both for myself and the dogs. If dogs have emotions, one is certainly gratefullness. Some dogs couldn't be adopted and have become permanent members of the family. Lickily I have a rural setting with many acres. So Tinky, Bear. Pooker, Whoopie,Gypsy. Phoenix,Max, Mopsie and Phoebe all say hello!

    sandra,
    shelby, NC

    Dogs Made the Difference
  • Changed my mothers outlook on life

    Changed my mothers outlook on life Michael,
    Houston, TX

    I purchased my mother the 1 carat 14kt yellow gold necklace for Christmas in 2008 from Kays jewelers from the mall in Houston,Tx.My mother was sheltered because her husband,my stepfather,had a stroke paralyzing the left side of his body.My mom went into a total shutdown of the outside world and just didnt care anymore because she had lost her everything.After I gave it to her and told her the meaning of the symbol she had a total outlook on life and began opening up her heart and going out to meet with her friends and family that she shut out because of total depression.It really changed her life and got her out of the slump that she was in.I thank both Kays and Jane Seymour for the words,inspiration,and the meaning behind it.I never thought something like jewelry would have such an effect on ones life to where my mother has become the loving woman that she once was.It really helped her through this hard time of her and everyone around hers life.Since then I have purchased her the matching earrings.My mom never goes without them.Thank y'all so much for bringing my mom back!I feel like I have succeeded on being the best son she could possibly have.I got the greatest mother in the world!!Thanks again from the bottom of my open heart! Thanks a million, M.Horswill

    Michael,
    Houston, TX

    Changed my mothers outlook on life
  • Compassionate Home

    Compassionate Home Renee,
    Colon, MI

    Open heart to me means opening my home to those in need of a home. I have taken in and found homes for two golden retriever pups and countless cats. I was not successful with my dear brother who recently past away. I have a memorial necklace. I will continue with an open heart and encourage my children to have compassion for others.

    Renee,
    Colon, MI

    Compassionate Home
  • My Open Heart

    My Open Heart Tammy,
    Cape Coral, FL

    My story just happened a yr ago I was not feeling well went to the hospital they kept me and much to my suprise I had to have OPEN HEART SURGERY a double bypass. I have 4 children and 5 grandchildren and was only 54 yrs old I was not ready for this at all. As they took me down the hall to surgery I kept saying open heart surgery why me? I told my family that my heart is always going to be open for them and I loved them all very much and please everyone say a prayer for me.I never thought I wouldnt make it thru surgery. It was a very long and hard process but I did it. Imagine my suprise when I got home just in time for Christmas and my husband had a pair of Yellow Gold and Diamond Open Heart earrings for me. We were in a situation we didnt really have the money but he found a way. I went to my sisters for Christmas Eve and was showing them off.. as I felt my ear and I found that I had lost one already. We have never been able to buy another pair but I hold the one earring very close to my new heart . Thank you Jane for making such beautiful stuff. It holds such true meaning to me and my family. My heart is always open and I love your jewelry its BEAUTIFUL.

    Tammy,
    Cape Coral, FL

    My Open Heart
  • searching for hope

    searching for hope cindy,
    Louisville, KY

    Your web site is what I have been searching for. My husband left me four years ago after 20 years of marriage. We had a facade of a perfect life. He was a doctor. I was a stay at home mom with three children. We lost our home and medical practice. We left town and rented a small house in a neighboring city. Then he left us. I related to your tunnel, Jane. There are still so many dark nights of the soul. Money is such a constant worry. Going back to work at 50 and rebuilding a career has been uphill all the way. The children have suffered. I am seeking peace and will be uplifted by your site, I feel sure. You seem such a genuine person. You touched me a few years ago right after my husband left when you addressed the American Dietetic Association and told your story. I was in the back row in tears. I never forgot you and your truthfulness and your honesty. I needed this web site. I feel this will be my partner in healing. Thank you so much. The picture is of me on the far right and my my parents I am blessed to still have at 54 years of age as well as one sister. I died and I am a body trying to live. Your web site will help me.

    cindy,
    Louisville, KY

    searching for hope
  • Forever and a Day!

    Forever and a Day! Mark,
    Miamisburg, OH

    I propsed to my wife 21 years ago. The smartest words I ever spoke when I asked her to marry me! Our marriage has been true to our vows. Good times and in bad, for better or worse, especially in sickness and health. I had an aeorta dissection in 2009-ICU 26 days. She never left my side. Six months later she was diagnosed w/breast cancer. Five surgeries and chemo. Love and lots of laughter got us through those days. She asked me to pawn her engagement ring so we could afford her treatment. Didn't hesitate-you see, I love my wife and always want to see her beautiful smile. We always say "Forever?" and we respond "And a day"!" I would love to surprise her and see her smile again!

    Mark,
    Miamisburg, OH

    Forever and a Day!
  • My open heart

    My open heart Kathy,
    Lufkin, TX

    I think that having an open heart has given me the strength to handle all of the adventures in my life. I have had a speech problem all of my 50 years of life and at time it is very hard for people to understand some of my words but I never give up and always find ways to make them understand what I'm trying to say. Then in 2007 my son had a motorcycle wreak and is paralyzed from mid chest down son now I have to do alot to take care of him. People does not understand and tell me I just need to froget about him and get on with my life. These people are doctors, nurses and in professional feilds, only only way that I have handled all of the negitive words is with a open heart. I never give up on anything, just work thrugh it until it gets done.

    Kathy,
    Lufkin, TX

    My open heart
  • MY HUSBAND'S LOVE

    MY HUSBAND'S LOVE ROBIN,
    NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL

    Two years this christmas my husband got me my open heart this was a very big suprise because he had told me that the store just ran out . but when he gave it to me my heart was filled with such love for my husband . this last dec my husband died. as i lost my best friend this necklace kepted me going i never take it off I because my husband put it on me and i still feel his hands there and him telling me that he loves me . so thank you for this feeling and my husband good taste in the open heart necklace Mrs Paul Resnik

    ROBIN,
    NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL

    MY HUSBAND'S LOVE
  • Opening you Heart through Loss

    Opening you Heart through Loss Beth,
    Franklinville, NC

    On January 19,2009 my husband and the father of my 3 girls was killed in a car accident. We have had lots of ups and downs during this time but we have left our hearts open to receive God love and encouragement. I bought my oldest daughter Whitney one of your necklaces the letter that i sent her with it said if she would do like the name of this necklace and keep her heart open God would guide her path. And the amazing thing is that we have come this far without him. He was a wonderful man that was loved by many he cared about kids and the things they were going through he tried to be there for them. This has been such a hard path that we have been lead down but with each other, and open heart and the grace of God we will make it through..

    Beth,
    Franklinville, NC

    Opening you Heart through Loss
  • MY FAMILYS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

    MY FAMILYS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Sheryl,
    Warm Springs, VA

    ME AND MY SISTER HAVE HAD A GENETIC AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDER(APS) OR ANTIPHOSPHILIPID SYNDROME FOR YEARS TILL IT CAUSED HER DEATH TWO YEARS AGO! I MUST TAKE DAILY BLOOD THINING SHOTS TO LIVE! I HAVE SEVERE HEART PROBLEMS AND MAY SOMEDAY FACE "OPEN HEART" SURGERY! BUT NOT RIGHT NOW! MY GOOD CHURCH FRIENDS HAVE SAID MY HEART IS ONLY LARGE NOT BECAUSE MY HEART WAS LEAKING BLOOD FROM MY MITRAL VALVE BUT ITS SOO LARGE BECAUSE I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE INSIDE TO GIVE AND SHARE,UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AT THAT!!! JUST LIKE WHAT JANE SEYMOUR SAYS "IF YOUR HEARTS OPEN LOVE WILL FIND A WAY IN"...MY FAMILYS STRONG BELIVERS IN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE! THERES WAS ONLY FOUR OF US, MY MOMMY,POPPY AND MY SISTER AND ME! BUT OUR LOVES WITHSTOOD HER PASSING, THRU UNCONDITIONAL LOVE,EVERLASTING! NO MATTER HOW SMALL OUR FAMILY IS WE LOVE WITH "OPEN HEARTS" AND OUR FAMILYS IDEAL BELIEF ABOUT HAVING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR EACH OTHER AND OPEN HEARTS!! WE ALWAYS HELP EACH OTHER AND USUALLY HAVE SOMETHING FROM OPEN HEARTS BY JANE SEYMOUR WITH US TO GIVE AS A GIFT WHEN WE DO!! MY FAMILY REPRESENTS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THRU MY MANY HEALTH WOES,LIKE MY CANCER,MY HEART ISSUES, LUPUS;MY BONE,JOINT,BACK PAIN,FEVERS,VOMITING,NAUSEA,BEING BALD FROM CHEMOTHERAPY,ETC!! ALL MY MANY SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEM CANT STOP LOVE,OR OPEN HEARTS!! MY LIFE AT 33 DUE TO HEALTH MEANS DEALING W/ALOT OF UNFAIR THINGS! BUT ITS EASIER THANKS TO "OPEN HEARTS",TO MY FAMILYS MOTTO OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE,AND GODS!!! THATS WHAT KEEPS ME AND MY FAMILY GOING!!!

    Sheryl,
    Warm Springs, VA

    MY FAMILYS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
  • Blind dates do work!

    Blind dates do work! Jennifer,
    Coleman, MI

    I met my husband through a bilind date. My friend called asking if I would go on a blind date with her friend's brother. Initially I refused bitter from my divorce, but I thought it over, decided to open my heart a little and said yes. Four years later we married, and had a beautiful baby girl the following year. We celebrated the 33rd anniversary of our blind date this past December 15th.

    Jennifer,
    Coleman, MI

    Blind dates do work!
  • Miki

    Miki Linda,
    Willard, OH

    My 11 year old granddaughter had a heart transplant on Nov.21 2011. if it were not for having an open heart I don't think we could have made it through the total of 11 hours of surgery time(start to finish). We still have a long road ahead of us but with open hearts I know we will get through this difficult time. My goal is to get open heart angles for my granddaught, my daughter, and myself for Christmas to represent the angle that gave Miki the gift of life so that we may enjoy her and her fantastic personality for many more years. Thank God for people like this who have to loose someone precious to give another precious person life. Thanks to everyone, Miki,s family

    Linda,
    Willard, OH

    Miki
  • The Best husband in the world

    The Best husband in the world Holly,
    Liberty Center, OH

    My husband came down with Guillian-Barre on July 4, 2008. Not knowing what it was and the time. After we found out, we had a very long road a head of us. He spent 3 months in ICU and 100 days in a nursing home. When I brought him home he still could not walk and could stand for a few seconds. A week after being home he asked if I could load him in the car and take him to the mall, so I did. He went to Kays and he had be wait outside the store. WOW! When I seen the open heart I just cried and told him it was him that was hurting. But he told me if it wasn't for me, he wouldn't be where he was at. Today he is walking, slow and his balance isn't real good. But we can live with it. I Love him so much. And it was a hard battle and hard on me I know. But would do it againif I had too. Holly Hanson

    Holly,
    Liberty Center, OH

    The Best husband in the world
  • My Heart is Always Open

    My Heart is Always Open Brandie,
    Norton, VA

    Description of Story: When I seen this necklace at Kay Jewlers a couple of weeks ago and read up in it, the meaning so much reminded me of myself. I always keep and open heart at home and at my place of emplyment of about 180 employees. I find myself going above and beyond the line of duty because each day I go above my call of duty to help out my fellow co-workers in situation when times are rough for them. I listen to them and try to help them the best that I can. My employees feel like they can come to me because they telling me that feel like I am open with them and will go out of my way to help them. In the community this year I went above and beyond th get 40 Angel Trees names from my locate Social Service and put a program together at my work place to help the kids less fornate than we are and it was a success. I find my self everyday getting up with an open heart to other people needs trying to help them before myself. When I seen this necklace I knew that it was me and I had to have. Last week was my 16th wedding anniversery and my husband surprised me with it. I was so excited. When I wore it to work everyone said I deserved it. In the future I hope to get the ring to wear proud.

    Brandie,
    Norton, VA

    My Heart is Always Open
  • One Day <3

    One Day <3 Jessica,
    Grant, MI

    It is amazing how one day is all it takes to change your life! My first life changing day happened when I was 11 years old and my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She was given three years to live and with God's amazing strength and grace she lived her life with and open heart like no other! On Valentines day in 2010 my mom bought me an open heart ring and since then I have worn it every day. Seventeen days after my nineteenth birthday my mom passed away. I will never know how she lived with an open heart through countless chemo treatments and 4 crazy kids, but it is a great reminder for me to keep my heart open when I look at my hand and see this ring. And maybe one day I can show how open my heart is too <3

    Jessica,
    Grant, MI

    One Day <3
  • My Little Joe

    My Little Joe Laura,
    LeMars, IA

    It was April 14, 2006, when my son Joe, called us from Iraq to tell us he has been sick. Finally someone there helped him to a hospital. That is when he told us he has leukemia. They shipped him to Walter Reed where we were waiting for him. His sister donated her bone marrow, and later her stem cells to him in 2007. He has 2 little boys. Austin and Alex. He wanted so much to live and watch them grow up. December 2009 , he had to have some consolidation chemo to get ready for another transplant. A week later he got sick and very weak. December 20, 2009, we watched him die. It was the worst day of my life. After the funeral I just had to get away. I went to the mall by myself, and walked by Kay's Jewlery Store. The open heart necklace caught my eye and I knew, I had to have one. When I wear it, it make me feel like he is with me always. I wrote this poem: A Mother's Love is there from the start, who would know known that cancer, would break my heart. So I put my arms around you, and said it will be okay. I'm so sorry Joe, I couldn't make it go away. Please remember that I Love you, my little Joe you will always be. And in my heart forever, so here is a hug and kiss from me. Love, your MOM

    Laura,
    LeMars, IA

    My Little Joe
  • The sky is beautiful because youre up there

    The sky is beautiful because youre up there Kristyn,
    North Brunswick, NJ

    After losing my beautiful Grandma suddenly, reality set in. She was not sick, she was still an active young soul who was recovering from my grandfather's death. She was just one of the girls who loved to have a good time and had the absolute best laugh. If I learned anything from her death it was that your life can end at anytime without rhyme or reason. At first I was angry for not being able to spend more time with her or even have a chance to say goodbye, but now I now live with my heart open. I make sure my loved ones know they are loved and I do not consume my life with any negativity because life is simply too short to close yourself off from the world. Living with an open heart enables you to make the most of the precious time you have on earth with your family and loved ones. To love and be loved is an absolute amazing feeling. I encourage all to live with an open heart no matter what and to never frown or close yourself off from the world because you really never know who could fall in love with the smile that brightens your face. Life comes without guarantees, live with an open heart.

    Kristyn,
    North Brunswick, NJ

    The sky is beautiful because youre up there
  • Peace wonderful Peace

    Peace wonderful Peace terry shifflett,
    brownwood, TX

    My wife, and I were married only 8 months, when she had to have a hysterectomy. Soon after i was shipped to Iraq, during Desert Storm, as a medic, my first casualty was an 8 month old baby girl. She died in my arms that night. years later I was sent to a VA hospital for PTSD. While there i met a wonderful lady, who was counselling me, I related this story to her. She had me to pretend to hold that baby girl in my arms, cuddle it, then raise it up to hand her to God, and say goodbye for now, but I will see you soon. What a revelation! there were many tears, But also a warm release of Peace, and forgiveness that lives forever in my Heart.

    terry shifflett,
    brownwood, TX

    Peace wonderful Peace
  • Busting Through Anger

    Busting Through Anger Kimberly,
    Lima, OH

    As a young adult I struggled with knowing who I truly was. I was angry with my parents for not getting their life together. I saw my mother endure years of abuse and always wondered why she stayed. Now that I am older, I see that my mother held on to hope to survive. She was a true fighter. Many years later, my parents divorced. Since then I have seen my mom grow into the woman she should have been. She is happier, stronger, and full of life. I'm so glad she was able to withstand so much and love us throughout it all. She has raised me to be strong, independent, hopeful and full of love and laughter. Love truly does conquer all evils in the world!

    Kimberly,
    Lima, OH

    Busting Through Anger
  • The Circle of Words

    The Circle of Words Cheryl,
    West Valley, UT

    Facing a divorce after 30 years from a husband suffering bipolar, who refused treatment, I was devastated. It was going to be my first Valentine's Day alone in 2009. There is was, the collection from Jane Seymour on TV. I said to myself, why not, I deserve it. I ordered the silver pendant which was round, sterling silver small cut out heart. The words with an open heart love will come in. Words needed to weather the storm. It came in the mail, I've worn it ever since even though the black lettering is hard to see now, but still imprinted. I know its there to touch through out the day, to make me remember its meaning, rubbing it between my fingers to remind me of the blessings I have, which are my children, grandchildren,many friends I love. It was meant to be as I've not seen it offered in the collection since, with so many asking where I got it. The circle, which carries the powerful words, opened my heart, and made me strong once again! Thank you Jane for this circle pendant, I was fortunate to of got it.

    Cheryl,
    West Valley, UT

    The Circle of Words
  • For the love of my mother

    For the love of my mother Beverly,
    Slingerlands, NY

    Growing up in a family with 6 other siblings myself being the oldest,mom and dad working,I would watch the kids and clean the house til mom got home.Dad being a truck driver worked alot of different hours to make the money to keep us with what we needed.As I got older and did what most teenagers did at the time,my mother and I grew further apart.I always tried my best to do what I could,but there was always the dislike for each other.As she was getting to where her health was deteriating and was in the hospital more and more I was always there when I got a call from my brother.When she ende up in the hospital the last time is when we all realized that she probably would not go home again, all though thats where she wanted to be ofcourse.We tried to get all the siblings together and make a schedual to get her home and take care of her there but that didnt work out.So as she lays in a bed in hospis being there day and ,sleeping in a chair when the nurses didnt think she would last much longer I would be there with her just in case.Finally I decided thatwas enough,2 months in the hospital, I had brought her to my house where I would take her. Mom died 3 days after being home.Iknow in my heart sheknew where she was and who was taking care of her afterall I love my mother!

    Beverly,
    Slingerlands, NY

    For the love of my mother
  • my love story.

    my love story. brittany,
    maryville, TN

    My story stars in 2007 I found the love of my life only this is I just didn't know it yet. We have been threw so much everyone tryed o come between us but my heart was open to him and noone else could get in to it like him. Well in 09 we found out we as going to have a beautiful little girl still yote people tryed to split us up. We had people even trying to say she wasn't his we have been threw just about everything you could imagine but yet we have made it our beautiful little girl will be 2 next month we just bought a house and were stronger now then ever. Last Valentine's day he bought me a open heart neckless and I just love it because no matter what happened noone can split us up kinda like my neckless because u can't split something that don't close. Our love will never close it a book that wont end till we pass away.

    brittany,
    maryville, TN

    my love story.
  • Walkling

    Walkling Mary,
    Grayslake, IL

    I gave my massage thrapist an open heaarts angel necklace to her last christmas, because she is an angel for keeping me walking literally as I have mant health issues. She cares so much about me and to keep me out of a wheelchair is being a angel to me. Ever since I gave her the necklace last year she has never taken it off. Every client has committed on it and she gets to tell my story to other which gives them hope and inspiration. ho knows how much lomget I have, but this necklace will live on forever in her heart and mind. This is what says keeps her going as a massage therapist. Thank you Jane for creating a wonderful,elegent yet simole collection. it's a loving tribute to how we all can share our loving hearts, especailly with loose who don't feel loved or can't share their hearts. Because someone opened their heart to me I was able to return my open heart to them with a simple classic piece of jewerly that'll live on forever.

    Mary,
    Grayslake, IL

    Walkling
  • MY ENTIRE LIFE'S OPEN HEART

    MY ENTIRE LIFE'S OPEN HEART ANNA,
    VALPARAISO, IN

    MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME THROUGH ACTS OF KINDNESS, LOVE AND GOODWILL TOWARDS OTHERS MAKES YOUR HEART GROW OPEN, WIDER AND WIDER. THAT IF YOU ALLWAYS KEEP YOUR HEART OPEN, TO THESE THINGS, ENCOUNTERS, PEOPLE, AND DOING FOR OTHERS, THAT YOUR HEART WOULD NOT HAVE ANY ROOM LEFT FOR ANYTHING BAD. SHE TAUGHT ME TO LOOK FORWARD TO EACH DAY, WITH AN OPEN HEART AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO FILL IT LOVE.

    ANNA,
    VALPARAISO, IN

    MY ENTIRE LIFE'S OPEN HEART
  • MY LIFE

    MY LIFE JOANN,
    BEDFORD, TX

    i AM 50 NOW AND EVER SINCE I WAS 25 OR SO SOME OF MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY HAS BEEN CLOSED MIND ABOUT DECISION AND BEEN RCAIL IN THEIR THINKING THERFORE ALIENATING THEM AND I ON MOST OCCASIONS I HAVE RAISED A BIRACIAL CHILD BY MYSELF SINCE SHE WAS 18 MONTHS OLD SHE IS NOW 20 AND ABOUT TO BE MARRIED. i HAVEN'T LET THEIR WAY OF THINKING AND LOVING THEIR OWN FAMILY MAKE ME NOT CARE OR LOVE AS I TRULY BELIEVE MY GOODNESS I HAVE BESTOWED ON MY CHILD AND OTHERS WILL BE REWARDED IN THE END I LOVE ALL AND HAVE NO COLOR OR OTHER CLOSED MINDED THOUGHTS. MY HOPE FOR THE WORLD IS PEACE AND HAPPINESS

    JOANN,
    BEDFORD, TX

    MY LIFE
  • My Sister, My Guardian Angel

    My Sister, My Guardian Angel Doreen,
    Oxford, MA

    Dear Jane, My name is Doreen. I would love to tell you about my sister Diane. We call her Didi. She past away unexpectedly. Her heart had a virus, and could not be fixed. She had the biggest open heart, than anyone in the world. If you needed an ear to listen, she was there. Or a shoulder to cry on, she was there. She never past judged anyone. She impacted every ones life she touched. She is my sister, friend, and now my guardian angel. I would wear your necklace to show the world that this necklace is a symbol of my sisters open heart, and her love of people. I will wear it with the fondest remembrance of my sister Didi. Didi I know you will be here for me, when it is my time to join you and God in heaven. You are gone but not forgotten. I miss you so. LOVE YOUR FRIEND AND SISTER DOREEN

    Doreen,
    Oxford, MA

    My Sister, My Guardian Angel
  • kidey transplant

    kidey transplant tina,
    kingwood ln, PA

    My name is Tina Devos and on February 2 2010 I gave my dad a kidney. About a year before he found out his kindeys were extreamly damaged and he need a transplant. Without heitation, I jumped at the chance to be a donor. He has never been better and is doing wonderful. Every year on our anniversary he makes sure he does something extra special for me. On our first anniversary he took me out to dinner and handed me a box, inside the box was the open heart angel, because according to him, I am his angel of life. He will now get to see my daughters graduate college, get married and have grandbabies along with watching my nephew grow to be a strong bright yourng man. My dad is an amazing man and if i had to do it all over agian I would'nt even think twice! I wear the neckless proudly everyday.

    tina,
    kingwood ln, PA

    kidey transplant
  • Open Hearted Angel

    Open Hearted Angel Kelly,
    Liberty, MO

    After 3 miscarriages, I became pregnant with my daughter by surprise. My boyfriend(Chad) and I were not expecting it, but we were thrilled nonetheless. He has 3 children from a previous relationship and we were excited to grow our family with a little one that we had created together. Our families were excited, and we began preparing for this little miracle to enter our lives. At 22 weeks, my water broke. My baby held on for 4 days. The doctor prepared us for what was coming; she would not survive the birth, and we would have to say goodbye to our beautiful creation before we even had the chance to experience her first feeding, bath, or anything. Adalyn Clare Bloss was born on January 8th, 2013. Although her little heart stopped beating during her entrance into this world, her daddy and I, along with our families, cradled her in our arms and loved her, told her we loved her, and then we let her go. Everyday I think about this precious angel. This last Christmas, my "mother-in-law", along with Chad, purchased what has been the most special gift I have ever been given at Christmas: an open heart Mother's Ring from Kay. Adalyn's birthstone lies between Chad's and mine, along with her name and birthday inscribed on the sides. I will cherish this forever, it reminds me to keep an open heart so that my angel baby can live on inside of me always.

    Kelly,
    Liberty, MO

    Open Hearted Angel
  • Religious Pluralism: Keeping My Heart Open

    Religious Pluralism: Keeping My Heart Open Mallie,
    Phoenix, AZ

    Four years ago, at the age of 18, I made the decision to move from MA and attend small college in Alabama. I was not prepared for the prejudice, and misconceptions that I encountered concerning religion. Instead of brushing off, or ignoring people who made derogatory statements I attempted to engage them, and asked questions about why they made certain comments. I approached faculty and staff at the school expressing my concerns, about what I felt was a very important issue. I had some success, and a lot of failures. I didn't give up. In 2008 I was awarded a fellowship so I could continue my work, communicating the importance of interfaith dialogue and pluralism. In the four years I was at my college, my peers and I changed the way religion is talked about at the college. We formed the first interfaith group ever on our campus, and the faculty and staff have made religious pluralism a priority on our campus. I am currently in law school, and hope to use my training to encourage religious pluralism around the world. Had I not kept my heart open, and believed that people can change, my colleges and I would not have founded the interfaith group, I would not have gotten my fellowship, and I would not be in law school working to make a difference in peoples lives.

    Mallie,
    Phoenix, AZ

    Religious Pluralism: Keeping My Heart Open
  • The love for my daughter

    The love for my daughter Briana,
    Jupiter, FL

    I lost my daughter, Kiara Dawn to SIDS in 2002. She was born March 12 and died Mother's Day May 12, 2002. I never thought I would be able to truely love again with being so afraid of loosing the one i loved. Now 7 years later I have 2 healthy boys that have shown me, my daughter was not meant for earth. She was born to be our personal guardian angel. I truly believe now that things do happen for a reason. If they didn't I may not have my 2 son's now. She has opened my heart and mind to everything and nothing in my life is ever taken for granted anymore.

    Briana,
    Jupiter, FL

    The love for my daughter
  • Strength Within my Open Heart

    Strength Within my Open Heart Jane,
    Methuen, MA

    My name is Jane, Ive been married for 27 years to a wonderful man, Mark, we have two children, Ashley is 19 and Andrea is 17. On a warm moring in July I awoke in pain and in panic was rushed into the Hospital for the emergency room to confirm I was having a heart attack. After several angioplasty's to clear multipal blockages. While the last angioplasty was being performed something terribly went wrong. My artery burst. I was lead to surgery and had quadruple bypass.My heart had stopped during surgery.My heart was swollen and surgically my chest could not be closed fearing that the pressure would cause a malfunction. I was put into a drug induced coma and the news to my family was I only had a 50% chance of surviving and if I did I might have brain damage. One month later I awoke unknown to where I was and how I got there and what really happend to me and my health and my heart. I never realized just how loved I am and how this tragety made us a closer family. A year and a half has passed now and I continue to get better every day. I ofen say to myself "If your Heart is Open, Love will Always find its way in". Im living proof that I received alot of love through my own "open heart". Thank you for reading my story !.

    Jane,
    Methuen, MA

    Strength Within my Open Heart
  • Hearts of Two Sisters

    Hearts of Two Sisters Rachel,
    Baker, LA

    I have two sisters and I Love them dearly. They are my sisters and my best friends. When my husband was killed in a car accident, they were there to comfort me and to make sure that I was okay. They even offered my two children and I to come and live with them, but knowing I had to face the fact to living alone, I declined, but yet they made contact daily. We are also spiritual partners and we pray for one another and others. I bought them Diamonds for Mother's Day and it was laid on my heart to buy them something extra special for Christmas 2011 so I went to Kay Jewelers and The Open Heart Collections caught my eye, I didn't think twice, I knew this was it. I did not tell them that I was getting them a present and when they received it, each of them called my crying saying they loved it and how blessed we all are to have each other. I was so excited about getting them one that I did not get me one, even after going to different locations, they were sold out. I wanted all of us to have the same, so maybe for Valentine's Day I will be able to purchase me one. We simply LOVE your Collection and I want to purchase many more designs for me and them. This was TRUE BLESSING!

    Rachel,
    Baker, LA

    Hearts of Two Sisters
  • how a open heartt comes back full circle

    how a open heartt comes back full circle sandy,
    fairmont, NC

    i am 53 years old and live in north carolina, I was a paramedic for years and it was my passion, the thought of saving a life and helping people in need bem it the patient or their family is what kept me going. Some people had real life emergencies and i was there.Then there were the ones who really only needed someone to talk to a soft touch or just a friend to me they were just as important and i truely think i made a difference in a lot of lives,then in july of 2011 the unthinkable happened i became one of those who needed life saving intervention. i was in a car wreck and was flown to duke university, for two weeks they did not think i would make it as a mattrt of fact they lost me twice. permanent brain damage and a lot of broken bones plus ms have made it impossible to do paramedic work now but the same people that i reached out to and help and confort me. they have helped keep my spirits up with words and that same soft touch that i had taught some of them about so you see leave your heart open u never know. i would love to have one of the open heart necklaces, maybe one day.

    sandy,
    fairmont, NC

    how a open heartt comes back full circle
  • 20 years later

    20 years later penny,
    mason, MI

    I was in a loveless marriage for years I then met an old friend/boyfriend on facebook from 20 years ago He made me smile again Taught me how to open up and forced me to deal with my past and current situation He let me realize i needed to open up my heart to love again and not be scared. And he made me fall in love again and be a better person Over the last 3 years the love we once had for each other 20 years ago all came back and we are now engaged to be married May 2014. Dave helped me realize I deserve to be happy and to let people into my life. To respect myself. And see what a good person I am and what I have to offer to others and how people need me also.

    penny,
    mason, MI

    20 years later
  • Connect With My Open Heart

    Connect With My Open Heart Theresa,
    Takoma Park, MD

    First, I like to say I do appreciate all the shared open heart stories that I have read on your website. They lift my spirit on days I needed to read and hear them when I am not feeling so good. When I read them I appreciate my life more and I realize that there is someone else going through a much hard time then I. My heart open to share love with everyone. I am a type person who like to hear miracle stories of how faith and trust in God brings one out of situation that seem so impossible. I am waiting for another miracle in my life.It is something that I desire more as I get older and would like to experience before it I get old to do anything.I would like to reach out and touch someone life in a good and positive way.Not for frame and glory but to know I service my purpose for being here.I do not claim to perfect by a long shot.I have been marry for 26 years and have two wonderful grown sons.I want to know for myself that I can be a people person and have friends or a friend other than my immediate family. They say everyone has an angel looking out for them.I quest I am looking for mines so I can spent time getting to know what brought us together.When that happen I will right back to you to share how open hearts unfold my situation.

    Theresa,
    Takoma Park, MD

    Connect With My Open Heart
  • Career Change

    Career Change Jennifer,
    sunol, CA

    Living with an open heart inspired me to make a career change at the age of 35. I felt unfulfilled as a Mortgage professional and wanted desperately to feel valued and to help others. I am proud to report that I have just recieved my nursing licence in the mail on Christmas Eve after a going back to school full time while raising two teenagers. I am so happy and excited to be able to go to work everyday soon knowing that I am finally making a difference in the world in some small way!

    Jennifer,
    sunol, CA

    Career Change
  • Heart To Heart

    Heart To Heart Kim,
    Montgomery, AL

    Dear Ms. Seymour, This Christmas my husband gave a beautiful necklace from The Open Heart Collection. He knew that I had been talking about how beautiful the collection was and what it would mean to me. I had seen and heard how close you were to your mother. I lost my mother as well, Nov.16th 2010.We were very, very close. I had a really hard time. For some reason, every time that I heard of the Open Heart Collection, I thought about the same love that you had for your mother. When I wear my beautiful necklace I think about all the wonderful things my mother shared with me. She always, always opened her heart to me and others, she was so giving. My husband and I have three beautiful children and I also open my heart to them as well. My husband knows now what to give me for special occasions, your collections.:) I wanted to thank you Ms. Seymour for having a sweet heart and using your gift as an artist to design something so beautiful to share with others. Thank you for opening your heart to others. God bless:) Kim Holmes

    Kim,
    Montgomery, AL

    Heart To Heart
  • Forgiveness First

    Forgiveness First Louise,
    Providence, RI

    I was severly abused sexually, emotionaly, physically as a child, this type of abuse carries throughout adulthood. it impacted everything in my life. I've spent my life afraid, afraid to love, trust, reach out. I hated my parents so much for what they did to me, but in hating them I was destroying my self. Finally after years of therapy I was finally able to "forgive" the abuse, in doing so, I have such peace, I am now able to reach out, to love, to care. I have a wonderful son, out relationship suffered because I was so overly protective afraid the same things that happened to me would happen to him. Being able to forgive has lifted that and our relationship is so strong now, so much better now, I'm no longer controlling, afraid for him, I am able to let go and let him live his life. Forgiveness is hard, but in doing so, I've learned how to truly love, I am no longer afraid, but embrace life.

    Louise,
    Providence, RI

    Forgiveness First
  • She Saved Me!

    She Saved Me! Elizabeth,
    Arlington, TX

    I was only 20 years old, (25 years ago) but I remember it like yesterday. He told me he was leaving me for my best friend. I thought about killing myself, even attempted to do so. Then the most wonderful thing happened .. I found out I was pregnant. Instead of letting it break me down.. I found my reason to live. My little girl Ashley was born! Today she lives 4 doors down with her baby boy! She sings like a princess and always keeps music in the heart of my grandchild. She keeps saving me..she just doesn't know it. I could have let the past make me bitter - but all it did was make me better! I'm a firm believer that the only love worthy of a name is: "unconditional". My open heart ring reminds me that the bond between mother and child can never be broken. With all the hurt the world dishes out - when I see it on my finger it's like a word fitly spoken full of love to my heart. It reminds me to be kinder, softer, and more gentle. It's like engraving a piece of my heart on my finger for all the world to see! Thank you open hearts.. Two hearts will always be stronger when they beat together!

    Elizabeth,
    Arlington, TX

    She Saved Me!
  • Losing a Son

    Losing a Son Deborah,
    Coraopolis, PA

    My dear friend Amy, a fellow teacher with whom I have directed many school plays, was the life of every party. Her vivacious personality and warm smile inspired and enlivened her students, friends, family and colleagues. In December of 2005, tragedy struck Amy and forever changed her life. Adam, her older son, suddenly died of a brain aneurysm just shy of his 22nd birthday. The shocking loss of her son created such heartache for her that she retired from teaching and withdrew from any activities that reminded her of Adam. Last Christmas a friend gave me Jane's "Open Hearts" book to uplift me after I was recuperating from major surgery. Recalling how the book had inspired me, I hoped it might do the same for Amy. Amy turned 50 on September 20. I purchased an open hearts necklace for her, and thanks to Susan Luks, I was able to get Jane's book personalized for Amy. I know she has worn the necklace, and it is my fervent prayer that in the book, she will find some comfort and solace to once more open her heart.

    Deborah,
    Coraopolis, PA

    Losing a Son
  • Erins Burden

    Erins Burden Rusty,
    Russellville, AR

    My niece, Erin Aylor,was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008. She had always had a burden for children in foster care. Her burden now is to open a home to help girls in need who have Type 1 diabetes. The home is named in honor of Cyndie Parks, an LPN who was a Type 1 diabetic. Cyndie died at the age of 45 from the complications in her life from diabetes. This home will provide a loving place for teens to reach their maximum potential as young adults who can advocate for healthcare needs and make a positive impact on society. Erin knows that these kids have a hard time getting adopted because of their medical needs.The home is scheduled to open in the fall of this year. Erin and her supporters really need help in getting the word out.Please go to www.diabeteshomeforgirls.com for more on this burden of Erins. The home is the first of it's kind in the nation. It is located in Erin's hometown of Dardanelle, Arkansas. I'm her uncle and I have submitted this on her behalf.

    Rusty,
    Russellville, AR

    Erins Burden
  • My Wife's  Heart is Wide-Open (lucky for me)

    My Wife's Heart is Wide-Open (lucky for me) Philippe,
    Fayetteville, NC

    My wife (of 28 years) is an AMAZING woman! Living with an open heart allowed her to overcome adversity and create/do something positive - extending my life (lucky for me). I mentioned our marriage's longevity to underscore her phenomenal sense of commitment. You see, I've been disabled for over 17 years. So, in relation to our marriage, I've been disabled longer than I've been well! One would think that my wife would be inclined to love me less as time went on. Quite the opposite! Living with an open heart allowed my wife's love for me to grow - exponentially!!! My heart is open to her, but, if someone were to put the two side by side, mine pales in comparison! I'm disabled due to an accident that we suffered with a drunk-driver who ran a red light and hit, no, more like SMASHED into us. The years have been long, dreary, tempestuous, and fraught-filled. Immediately after the accident, my wife decided to take care of me, (lucky for me). In so doing, she's provided for everything that I've needed. She's made sure that I'm never wanting for ANYTHING!!! My VERY favorite reason to continue living is making sure that a frown isn't allowed to easily cross my wife's lovely countenance, dampen her sunny disposition, or damage her pleasant demeanor. My wife is living proof that Jane Seymour's mom was ABSOLUTELY right when she said: living with an open heart allows love to find its way in! (lucky for me)!

    Philippe,
    Fayetteville, NC

    My Wife's Heart is Wide-Open (lucky for me)
  • The Open Hearts symbol for everlasting love

    The Open Hearts symbol for everlasting love Sandra,
    New York, NY

    I purchased an Open Hearts necklace for my mother's 60th birthday and she was truly touched by the gift. She too has lived her whole with the philosophy that it "If Your Heart Is Open, Love Will Always Find Its Way In." What found out is that for her the multiple heart symbol carries a special message for her with her husband so she told me their story on her birthday My parents are both born Croatia and while they were dating they went with my father's board to the Croatian island of Susak, which is Located in the Kvarner Bay and southeast of the Istrian peninsula. The island is unique and geologically different from other Croatian islands in that it is mostly formed of fine sand laid on a limestone rock base. She said what while she was sleeping on be beach my wrote on huge sand dune drew two intertwined hearts with the letters B and D in the middle proclaiming his love for her and at that time she knew that this was the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. 32 happy years and me later we will love each other with an open heart!

    Sandra,
    New York, NY

    The Open Hearts symbol for everlasting love
  • My open heart.

    My open heart. Deborah,
    Limerick, PA

    2 years ago my husband left me for a much younger woman. I was hurt beyond my own knowledge. Since then after reading a lot of materials and the story about your mom's theory it helped me to be able to open my heart back up. I have to say I even took it a step further and got a very tasteful tattoo of the open heart on my back and it reminds me everytime I see it that I cannot recieve love without being able to give love. Thank you for your story and inspiration.

    Deborah,
    Limerick, PA

    My open heart.
  • Real love

    Real love Irene,
    Chillicothe, OH

    My long time boyfriend had a daughter and a granddaughter when I met him. The daughter passed away very young and I raised my "now" granddaughter. With me not having kids of my own, I worked very hard to help put her through college, help her to have a beautiful wedding, and make sure she started life with no regrets. My granddaughter has taught me that true love comes from just having an open heart - a person doesn't have to be related by blood for you to love them more than anything. I will continue to have an open heart to watch her grow and become a mother herself one day.

    Irene,
    Chillicothe, OH

    Real love
  • Heart break and faith

    Heart break and faith Tina,
    Highland Springs, VA

    In the summer of 2008 we moved to my husband home town of Virginia, due to his sister have cancer. That September the doctors couldn't help her. In November of 2008 my dad got sick. My dad died 12/09/2008, my sister in law died 12/26/2008. ok my way back home from my dads funeral my twin sister called me. She said " I have overian cancer". She went through chemo. It just kept growing went to her liver. On 04/14/2010 I found out I had breast cancer. So together we battled our cancers. Se always said believe fight and we can win against cancer. I did win, but my twin sister lost her battle against cancer on 08/03/2011. Durning her last 2 weeks of life we kept finding 11 cents. We didn't know what it meant until she passed. We opened our hearts and figured what 11 cents meant. The date she died means 11. 08 plus 03 equals 11. She passed on 08/03/11. No matter the heartbreak we go through in in life, we will always have the memories of our loved one in our hearts. My loving husband bought me a open heart angel necklace and As I wear it I remember my loved ones who are my angels in my heart. They will be with me always and forever. I have several open heart pieces of jewelry and each one has a meaning behind it. Thank you to my husband for getting them for me.

    Tina,
    Highland Springs, VA

    Heart break and faith
  • A love that filled my open heart

    A love that filled my open heart Jamie,
    Mims, FL

    I was 19, pregnant and very scared. I knew no one would ever want me. But as I prayed and asked the Lord for help, I felt compelled to open up my heart to the possibility that there was a man who would love me and want me despite my past and my new circumstances. Well I opened up my heart and in walked Matthew Heard, the love of my life. I was 7 months pregnant and broken, yet he loved me and accepted me. I've never felt a love like that. Not only did he accept me, but my beautiful daugher Bailey Grace. We married when Bailey for 4 months old and now have two sons. We're a family of five!! As a family we have chosen to keep open hearts and to love all that come our way. Every time my kids look at my necklace or earrings I take the time to explain what it means to keep an open heart! Thank you Jane for your beautiful creation!!

    Jamie,
    Mims, FL

    A love that filled my open heart
  • The Miracle A Heart Can Make

    The Miracle A Heart Can Make Jina,
    Mascoutah, IL

    Two years ago I fell ill and ended up on life support for a total of fourteen days. My parents and my children were told that I had zero chance of survival. In my mind I knew something was not right because I heard my ex husbands voice. That is not a normal thing in my life. While on life support I was served with custody papers. My ex was trying to take the girls away from me. In a matter of moments my vital signs started improving and I survived. I was called the "Miracle Lady." My children had to fight their father for what they wanted, to stay here and not go with him. I learned to walk again and recovered and kept custody of my children. The amazing thing not just being that I recovered, but that I have fixed the relationship between my children and their father. If it were not for me he would have no relationship with them. I am a kind person who likes to help others. By telling the girls you do not have to like what your father does, but you do have to love him that has helped them put some kind of relationship together with him. My duaghters say they would rather have a bad relationship than none at all. I think my kindness has come across in their lives. It was a hard road to recovery emotionally and physically. A road well worth the Hard work.

    Jina,
    Mascoutah, IL

    The Miracle A Heart Can Make
  • Always an Open Heart

    Always an Open Heart Pamela,
    Richmond, VA

    I have always struggled with my weight. From the time I became a teenager to now, my weight has always been an issue for me and now even more so because I have had a baby. Having to go through life with people picking on me or saying mean things because I'm overweight has been really hard. By keeping an open heart, I just let those things not bother me anymore. It's made me a stronger, more outgoing person and I'm grateful for that. I'm proud of who I am no matter what other people whisper behind my back. My weight doesn't change who I am on the inside and more people should see that and not be so judgmental. I currently have an Open Hearts necklace and bracelet and whenever I wear them, it is a reminder of the support and love I have from my family and friends. Life is too short to live unhappy and worried about what other people think. If you always have love in your heart, you can conquer and accomplish anything.

    Pamela,
    Richmond, VA

    Always an Open Heart
  • Love conquers all

    Love conquers all Ellie,
    Roseville, CA

    In 2008 my mother attempted to donate a kidney to her sister. When the doctors removed her kidney they found a malignant, lyposarcoma tumor. We were told the doctors wanted to open her up for an "exploratorive surgery". Words can't describe the emotions I felt. I insisted my mom and I get a tattoo together, something so no matter what happens we are branded together. After searching for something we were both passionate about, I remembered seeing Jane Seymour's commercial for the open heart design and we knew it was perfect. Theres no love like one between a mother and daughter, the open heart signified every thing we believed especially at the time. Miraculously the scans turned out clear, Only a few months passed and my father lost his job, lossing our health insurance as well. Because of this my mom was not able to get her MRI every 6 months. We were able to get medi-cal, and soon found out it was near impossible to get a doctor to accept our insurance. Two years later she was approved to get her MRI. We found out there are two rumors, and after a biopsy we found out the tumor had grown already. The doctors want her to start radiation this week, for 5 weeks, radiation on Christmas =/ then the "BIG" surgery. I sometimes wonder how my parents do it, times are very tough, but we remember to stick together and it somehow works out. Love finds a way.

    Ellie,
    Roseville, CA

    Love conquers all
  • My Second Chance

    My Second Chance Marya,
    BLACKSBURG, VA

    I never had children -- somehow, in spite of years of trying, it wasn't to be. So, obviously, that meant I could never had grandchildren either, right? I had resigned myself to a rather lonely life after my divorce, when I met a man who showed me that I wasn't incapable of being loved again. And the "plus" to this new relationship is that he has two grandchildren! What I have discovered, though, is that being a "grandmother" involves much more than making cookies and giving presents. The older of the two is a lovely young lady of 19 who has been suffering through the demise of her first real love. By opening my heart to her, and not letting my feelings of inadequacy in counseling turn me away, I have found a special closeness with her. I may not have all the right answers to offer her support as she deals with starting out on a new life, but she trusts me to be there for her, and to listen. It is a wonderful, sometimes frustrating, but incredibly rewarding new experience for me. Becoming a grandmother was unexpected; opening my heart was the key to making it real.

    Marya,
    BLACKSBURG, VA

    My Second Chance
  • Change in Life

    Change in Life Michelle,
    Pretoria, South Africa, TX

    My Name is Michelle Maritz i'm 22 Years of Age in Live in South-Africa i would like to share my Story on how working at a Oncology Clinic change my Life! I started to work as a Admin office clerk at a Radiotherapy Oncology my Job was to do Medical Authorizations and Work Reception twice a Week. To be honest i found this Job Terrible seeing patients coming day after day looking worse then the day Previous, Pale skins and even life Less and lost without Hope! I know there isn't anything i can i don't have a Cure for their Pain and Suffer!My Mood was Dropping until one day one of our Patients was sitting in our Reception sobbing i was sadden by this and offered her a Tissue and i asked what was Wrong, She told me she is losing hope and she is alone fighting this battle i took her hand a squeezed it tight and that's when i saw a smile on her Face then i started to release i cant take the cause of this pain away but i can Have a open Heart and help to cure their broken Hearts by just give love and turns out when you give there is some receiving involved, Just by Providing a Smile or a Hug means more to a Cancer patient more then you will ever know! When they smile my Heart grows Bigger!

    Michelle,
    Pretoria, South Africa, TX

    Change in Life
  • Four Plus Me

    Four Plus Me Mary,
    Red Rock, TX

    I am a single mom. I've raised four sons. We were very poor, but, the one thing we had plenty of was love. I always taught my sons to be open and sharing with what we have. Through the years I was a mother to many of my son's friends. We shared our home and food, and always had a bed for someone who was'nt allowed back home because the parents had thrown them out on the streets. Today, I am so very proud of my sons, the four I brought into this world, and the ones who to this day call me Mom. They have overcome the odds and are wonderful, loving, and compassionate young men. For Mother's Day they presented me with an Open Hearts necklace. It is the only piece jewelry I wear.

    Mary,
    Red Rock, TX

    Four Plus Me
  • Lessons Learned

    Lessons Learned Susie,
    altus, OK

    I was a high school counselor for 28 yrs. During that time, I learned to accept students where they were rather than where I expected them to be. I loved them 'warts and all' regardless of their problems. Prior to working with teenagers, I had pre-conceived ideas about what was acceptable which actually meant fitting in with my notion of society's expectations. The kids taught me many lessons during that period in my career. I often see former students who are still 'my kids'. My heart leaps when they introduce me as their counselor. Some of them are very successful and others are still struggling. I learned that there is something positive about each of them. I think I became a more aware, caring person during my years as a counselor because of 'my kids'.

    Susie,
    altus, OK

    Lessons Learned
  • My gift to me

    My gift to me Shelly,
    Sioux Falls, SD

    My first purchase was the silver open heart ring. Now i am the proud owner of the silver open heart necklace.I have loved ones that have passed on over the years and this is my way of keeping them in my heart. The heart is open for them to enter anytime they choose. I believe they are always with me. I also have them because my mother is a colorectal cancer survivor at the age of 72 and still going strong. Thank you for the creation of your wonderful hearts and bless your open heart. Sincerly, Shelly Legg

    Shelly,
    Sioux Falls, SD

    My gift to me
  • Optomistic

    Optomistic Dennis,
    Yuma, AZ

    Even though there have been many setbacks in my life and failed relationships, my days are still bright with the hope that there is the perfect someone and I am stronger now than where I started.

    Dennis,
    Yuma, AZ

    Optomistic
  • Motherly Angel

    Motherly Angel Jennifer,
    Waukesha, WI

    I chose to purchase an open heart necklace for my mom for Christmas. She is experiencing liver and kidney failure resulting from diabetes. She is awaiting a double transplant. Throughout the years she has been an inspiration and my own angel. Her unconditional love for her family and others is evidenced daily. She suffers immense pain, and still praises God amidst the storm in her life. She has been in the ICU and flat-lined in the hospital at least 3 times, but continues to survive. She is an angel mom

    Jennifer,
    Waukesha, WI

    Motherly Angel
  • My Father

    My Father Pat,
    vernon, CT

    My dad was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer on Dec.26,2008. It was a horrible time for our family. He was told without a liver transplant he would only live for 8 months. Needless to say, during the holidays is not an easy time to get doctors appts. After some time, I think in March 2009, he finally made the UNOS list for a transplant. They said it would take 6 months or longer to get a match. No one in our family was a good match for a live donor. For some reason, in the 3rd week of May 2009 , on a Sunday night, his transplant team called and said that they had a liver . The few people ahead of him on the local list, could not use this liver. My brother and father rushed to the hospital. My dad was rushed to surgery before any of us could get to the hospital. I live 2 hours away. Though we were all lucky enough to talk to him via mobile phone. The surgery took almost 5 hours, and according to the doctors the liver started working right away. My dad did so well with the transplant that after 5 days, not the normal 18 days, in the hospital he was discharged. After 8 weeks, he was back to work! My dad is 70 years old and totally amazing to me. I give thanks and praise to the donor family every day for giving us a gift .

    Pat,
    vernon, CT

    My Father
  • Beyond an Open Heart!

    Beyond an Open Heart! Dr. Rev. Rose,
    Hammond, IN

    Believing in life and love was something so very hard for me to do. I lived life with great depression and suicidal thoughts much of my teenage and early adult life. I was blessed with two beautiful children and a good man as a husband but something was still missing. I became a Reiki Master Teacher/Healer. Through my love and dedication to healing others I still carried a great pain within. Through years of counseling the horror came out. I was an incest survivor...I learned to love and forgive those who hurt me. Thru that great discoveries were made. I was still not in my own skin..what was missing? I dug deep within and discovered who I truly was. Realizing this was both a joy and frightening. I was finally being honest with self. I was a lesbian. With power of Love I soon was blessed with my female partner who blessed me with the open heart symbol as a commitment of our love. My husband remains my best friend and we raise our children with love and compassion. My journey allowed me to create great beauty and the "Be the Magick"TM movement which I now work on. Love is the magick that heals and transforms lives. Teaching this message around the world one person at a time is a joy. I hope to get the symbol that was created out of this journey made in powerful pendants. So all can be reminded LOVE HEALS!

    Dr. Rev. Rose,
    Hammond, IN

    Beyond an Open Heart!
  • My Open Heart

    My Open Heart Melissa,
    Tiverton, RI

    I wanted to share my open heart story. For about 4 years my husband and I had tried to have a baby to no avail. In February of 2009 at 35 years old I had a heart attack. I have been a type 2 diabetic since the age of 17 and because of poor diabetic care I had a complete blockage in one of the arteries of my heart. I had 6 stents placed in that artery to open it back up and was faced with major life changes. I changed the way I ate, exercised more and took 16 pills a day. I gave up on that baby thinking it was just not in the cards for me. Those stents opened not only my artery but also my eyes to take better care of myself and on my husbands birthday in August of the same year I found out I was indeed pregnant. February of 2010 I delivered my beautiful baby boy 7 weeks early. Now it is February of 2013 and my son is about to turn 3. My open heart story is both a story of pyschically having my heart opened and also spritually how my heart was opened by the birth of my son. I not only have a beautiful necklace my husband bought me but I also have the open heart tatooed on my left forearm with my sons name in it to remind me love found its way in. Thank you.

    Melissa,
    Tiverton, RI

    My Open Heart
  • Best Friends for 40 years

    Best Friends for 40 years Jane,
    Stuart, FL

    Today, May 1, 2010, I met my roommate from college at "Benny's on the Beach" as we usually do a couple times a year. She drives up from Miami and I drive down from Stuart, Florida. We met at OSU in 1963 and became roommates because hers were anti-semitic and were making her miserable. We've kept each other in our hearts and lives since then. My 65th birthday is May 12th. As a present, Merle gave me an exquisite glass paperweight with your "open heart" in gold on the top. She selected it for its beauty and sentimental value, representing our friendship with 2 hearts, not knowing you designed it or why. As we turned it in all directions, we found her initials(MS-Merle Saferstein), my initials(JB-Jane Blatt), an E for EJAN (which is my painting name), 2 swans(which are the 2 paintings on which I am currently working), and the heart(which I formed by 2 flamingo heads in a painting I just finished). As you can imagine, this "mere" paperweight gave us so much pleasure today as we reminisced about the joys and sorrows we've shared in the past almost 40 years, she in Florida and me in NYC. My husband and I are now happily retired in what he calls "Paradise"-Stuart, Florida, a far cry from our co-op on West 42nd Street. Thank you, Jane, and thank your mother for her wisdom. "If your heart is open, love will always find it's way in."

    Jane,
    Stuart, FL

    Best Friends for 40 years
  • A loving legacy

    A loving legacy Cheryl,
    Bradenton, FL

    I believe at the age of 6 I started to realize that life for me to exsist would be only thru an open heart. A middle child, I was abused sexually begining at age 6 until I was 13.The abuse was by an older brother who soon would allow 2 of his friends to abuse me. I didn't understand what was happening to me then, they told me if I told anyone that my Dad would die. Dad was sick all life with complications of juvenile diabetes and as at 6 I was terrifid of telling.I kept the secret, doing everything I could to make everyone happy so if they found out my secret they would still love me. I ran from older boys and was teased for running. No one ask why I ran. In 1996 I recieved a call from a social worker who asked if I would take custody of my nieces and nephew. My perpetrator had abused his children. The guilt I felt over their abuse and my not telling was awful. I had to finally tell my parents what was done to me and to them. Support from my parents especially Dad was amazing but in 1998 Dad passed away and I've felt guilt that I caused it. For 11 years I was marry to an abusive man. One more hit, I had him arrested. My heart was free to be open again, it is my legacy, it is my best asset, I leave all.

    Cheryl,
    Bradenton, FL

    A loving legacy
  • Loving: A Lifetime Gift

    Loving: A Lifetime Gift jefferie,
    corona, CA

    This month I turned 65. Not such a big deal when you are healthy,wealthy, and wise, but for some of us none of those adjectives apply in our lives. I have always had health problems, you name it, I have had it and in all cases recovered and moved on. People cannot believe when one person can go though life always ill. You lose alot of friends and your husband must take care of you, the house, the kids, his job. Do the cooking, shopping, cleaning, day in and day out year after year. He never knew by marrying me life would be more of sickness than health but that's what happen to us. I could not ask for more from life than what I have recieved from him. Love beyond words and actions,strength, joy,happiness. In times of great pain consulation and concern. He lets me know that he loves me with his eyes and smiles with his voice and helping hands. God always shows us that we are not alone in life but we must do our part and look for the one "soul mate". Unlucky in most things in life, but oh, so very lucky in love. I no longer fear the future knowing I am well taken care of...forever.

    jefferie,
    corona, CA

    Loving: A Lifetime Gift
  • Closed heart / open heart

    Closed heart / open heart Yvonne,
    Pontotoc, MS

    Many of the people in my life have had closed hearts,afraid to show love. Now in my 70's, I have made the decision to openly show love and affection. Any one who cannot handle that has a big problem. So I try to be a friendly loving person to all people I come in contact with. I ask myself " How would Jesus treat this person?" I feel better and I hope those I come in contact with feel better. I have a choice to make ...Be better or be bitter.. I choose BETTER!!!!

    Yvonne,
    Pontotoc, MS

    Closed heart / open heart
  • Neighborly Love

    Neighborly Love Marsha,
    Katy, TX

    I was pretty walled in. At age 42 I had never had a serious relationship and never thought I would. Seriously depressed, I adopted a Poodle puppy. He changed my life making me laugh at least once every day! While on our now habitual walk, I met a neighbor. We became friends, then "beasties" and then, when I was 50 and my mother had given up all hope (LOL!), we fell in love and got married. Our Poo-boy is now 14 and spoiled rotten but he deserves it, don't you think?

    Marsha,
    Katy, TX

    Neighborly Love
  • My husbands Open Heart

    My husbands Open Heart Penny,
    Orleans, CA

    My husband and I will shortly be celebrating our 36th anniversary. In 2011 I had spinal surgery, and afterwards suffered a stroke, my family went on a rollercoaster trip for the next couple of weeks. My husband rarely left my side during this whole mad trip. In 2010 our home was broken into and my openheart necklace was taken along with alot of my other jewelry, my husband had bought it for me a couple of years earlier. We have shared alot of memories, but I must admit that you never know something until you live through it. He never gave up hope that I was going to come home, he didn't care if I had some deficits, he just wanted me home. we had a very long 6 weeks but his prayers were answered and I write this from home. We always say in sickness and in health, he truely kept his word. He's a paramedic and one of the most caring men you will ever meet. His love has helped me to have a bigger heart towards people, I'm unable to work at my old job but am happy to be with my family. He has shown me what love really means. We will someday replace the necklace but until then my home will be with the man who has the biggest and most loving heart a woman could ever want or need. I love his open heart!!

    Penny,
    Orleans, CA

    My husbands Open Heart
  • keeping your open after your love has passed on

    keeping your open after your love has passed on Donna,
    Ronkonkoma, NY

    My wife passed away 7 mos. ago fron breast cancer...she was only 41. Before she died she bought me this open hear necklace, because she wanted me to alwyas keep my heart open..I miss her every day, and I'm trying to keep my heart open..this necklace means everything to me..I have never taken it off and I never will...maybe someday love will find its way in to my heart again. I loved Tracy with all my heart and i always will!

    Donna,
    Ronkonkoma, NY

    keeping your open after your love has passed on
  • My Guardian Angel

    My Guardian Angel Jamie,
    West Seneca, NY

    My mother passed away unexpectedly on st. patrick's day, and after she passed my dad and I spent weeks looking for her guardian angel necklace. We still haven't found it and it has been almost 5 months. Three months ago I got a tattoo on my foot of the pendant and the words "always remember". My mom loved the necklace and I in a way feel like she has it with her, so now every time I look at my foot I know I can get through this difficult time because she is watching over me

    Jamie,
    West Seneca, NY

    My Guardian Angel
  • Love is an open heart.

    Love is an open heart. Angela,
    Dubuque, IA

    When I married my husband, I also got a lovely stepdaughter. She was and is a great joy in my life. I also wanted to have another child, my own biological baby. I was told, with my PCOS, that conceiving may not be possible. This upset me, but I felt that what is meant to be will be. My husband told me that if I couldn't conceive, that I could "share" his daughter. I always knew I had a child, even if I didn't "have her". I kept my heart full of love for my new little family and focused on them. A year later, I was amazed to discover I was pregnant. My heart was open to life and the sweet little soul of my son-to-be decided he was going to be our child. Love comes when we are open to the gifts of the universe.

    Angela,
    Dubuque, IA

    Love is an open heart.
  • How I opened my heart to my premature baby

    How I opened my heart to my premature baby Debra,
    West Hartford, CT

    I was pregnant with twin boys...and I should have been on top of the world. But from weeks 20 to 24, I was in the hospital with complications. One day, during week 24 (normal pregancy is 40 weeks) the doctor said..."it's showtime"...meaning the babies were going to be born. When I awoke from surgery...I found out that the bigger twin, 1 pound, 6-ounces, had died. But my smaller twin, David, was alive in the N.I.C.U....weighing in a 1-pound, 2-ounces. I was so scared...I had no idea what that meant, to have a baby so small! But I would soon find out. It meant Cerebral Palsy...development delays...seizures...and the next six months in the hospital. I wasn't sure about how I would handle all of the challenges that lay ahead. But if you have an open heart...love will surely find a way in. So through fifteen surgeries...thousands of seizures...hundreds of trips to doctors...and dozens of hospitalizations...David has survived..and thrived. I opened my heart to this special child...and he fills it with love every day.

    Debra,
    West Hartford, CT

    How I opened my heart to my premature baby
  • My Mom

    My Mom Penny,
    Methuen, MA

    My story is my mother. It started when I was a baby in my mom stomack when she was diagnosed with cancer, the doctor said if I was a boy my mother would not have suriverd,After going though cemo my mom is a 28 yr survier of cancer. It was about 4 yr ago when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabets.After all that my mom has gone through she still keeps and open heartand a smile of her face.

    Penny,
    Methuen, MA

    My Mom
  • sharing

    sharing Joyce,
    Connellys Springs, NC

    I'm a poor girl. But no matter how down I get I always participate in a food drive for charity.The need is so great right now. No one should go hungry in America.

    Joyce,
    Connellys Springs, NC

    sharing
  • Forever My Angel

    Forever My Angel Melissa,
    Bardstown, KY

    My mother recently passed away of Mesothelioma. Right before Easter she bought several family members a Guardian Angel necklace. When she gave it to me she told me that I was her Guardian Angel and the reason she kept on fighting. She fought this illness for 2 1/2 years. I got to spend the last 2 months of her life taking care of her 24/7. Whenever I would rub my necklace I knew at that moment she knew I was thinking of her. Now when I rub my necklace, I know she is watching down on me. I had the Guardian Angel tattooed on my foot and we also had it etched into the back of her headstone. No one will ever know how much this necklace means to me. It is a piece of my mother that no one can ever take from me. She is the strongest person I know. She was only given a time frame of 12 to 14 months to live. She outlived all expectations. I only hope to be as strong as she was. I have only taken the necklace off once since she gave it to me. I am going to have "Forever My Angel" added to my tattoo for Christmas. My Guardian Angel will always be watching me and my family. I thank you for this line of jewerly. It has truly been an inspiration to my sister and I.

    Melissa,
    Bardstown, KY

    Forever My Angel
  • A different kind of open heart.......

    A different kind of open heart....... Terina,
    decatur, IL

    In February of 1994, new meaning came to me and my faily of "open heart". My father suffered a major heart attack, requiring a triple bypass surgery. I was pregnant at the time with my parents first grandchild. After my father's surgery, he asked to see the surgeon who saved his life. When Dr. Gilliam came into the room, my father began bawling like a little baby. He began to tell the surgeon ho thankful he was for saving his life so he would be there to be a grandfather to his first grandchild who as due in June of 1994. Since that time, my fathe has been a WONDERFUL grandfather to a total of 3 grandchildren and he still calls up the surgeon every so often and thanks him. My oldest son is now 18 and all my children know just how "open" their grandfather's heart is to them. My father was just diagnosed last Thursday with stomach cancer and now we are all opening our hearts to him in return.

    Terina,
    decatur, IL

    A different kind of open heart.......
  • Accepting Life

    Accepting Life Catharine,
    Romeo, MI

    By keeping an open heart it helped me to overcome my grief over loosing my mother to cancer after a lenghty battle. It helped me to share how preciouse life is with my students and how being open and having God in your life will help you to accept and understand things that seem unfair. Being open helps us to relish what we have and remember what we have lost in a positive way.

    Catharine,
    Romeo, MI

    Accepting Life
  • Reopening heart

    Reopening heart Bertha,
    Poerland, OR

    I had mu heart shattered and vowed to never love again. I closed all emotions up inside and then one day I met a lady who showed me the beauty of friendship and caring. She led my heart back to believing that love was a beautiful thing and that by having an open heart the world was a more wonderful place. I slowly learned that people did not always disappoint and hurt you, that friendship was possible. But most of all I learned that loving someone else with all of you was the most wonderous of all of the Creator's gifts and when you loved you were a better person and it spread to all whom you met. I hope to have many happy years with this beautiful, kind, generous, and loving lady.

    Bertha,
    Poerland, OR

    Reopening heart
  • A little girl's dream

    A little girl's dream Sydney,
    Hayes, VA

    Hello Jane. I too had the same dream to be a dancer. Until I was in a car accident this year. I'm only 15, and very smart. Smart enough to not drink. Unlike my supposed friends. We had gotten into a car accident leaving a party that they refused to let me drive us home from. The car rolled, out of 5 of us, 2 remain. I had broken my legs and wrist. My bones weren't the only things broken, my hope and will to live were more broken. I had sit and wrote, my second dream. And released my feelings, the only thing that still feels real. And I didn't want help or happiness. Until I remembered your words "If your heart is open love will always find a way in." And indeed it did. I'm me again, happy, and wanting to live. So may I say thank you Ms.Seymour. You helped my learn to love and want to live again. I felt guilty, and you made me realize bad things happen but they get better. And they did, I still visit their graves everyday and know one day I will be with them again sooner than I think. I miss them, but I still have my life ahead of me. To get out of Hayes, UK and fulfill my writing dream. Thank you Ma'am. yours truly, Sydney .J. Frias P.S. your my truest inspiration!

    Sydney,
    Hayes, VA

    A little girl's dream
  • There is life after pain...

    There is life after pain... Blanca,
    Toledo, OH

    Life has not always been easy for me but I choose to live like a millionaire in my heart. A childhood filled with a variety of abusive situations led me to a pad and pen when I was thirty years young. I wrote a book and then self-distributed that book to thousands of people across the United States, not to make money but to share a message of hope. Time after time, I had to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and continue to go on. I know how it is to live a life filled with betrayal, rejection, loneliness, pain, and distrust. Therefore, when I saw your commercial on television about the open-heart pendant and the message you were sharing, my heart immediately connected with yours. I understood what it meant to keep an open heart so that love would find its way in. On Valentine's Day 2009, someone purchased the open-heart pendant for me. I wear it as a continual reminder to keep my heart open so that love will continue to find its way in. Someone once told me at school that "somebody must really love you," I asked why and she replied, "You are wearing the necklace everybody wants!" I smiled, said thank you, and reminded her of your message to keep her heart open no matter what, so that "love will always find its way in." Thank you, Jane, for the reminder and may love continue to bless you!

    Blanca,
    Toledo, OH

    There is life after pain...
  • My Journey to Love....

    My Journey to Love.... Joanne,
    Lawrenceville, PA

    I am 41 years old and have made some major changes in my life. Five years ago I made the decision to end my 17 year marriage. This was very difficult for me, as my husband and I have a daughter together, who we both love very much. I was in a marriage that involved two people living two separate lives. My entire life had been about doing what was best for everyone else, not me. It took the death of a very good friend to help open my eyes and realize that life is short and we all deserve happiness. The separation, and eventually Divorce was difficult on all of us. I did a lot of soul searching and learned that I needed to deal with issues in my life that I had buried long ago. I did a lot of crying over the past five years. But, I learned something very important. In order to find love, you have to love yourself. I realized that in many cases, I did not even know who I was. I met a very special man who, God love him, has been through a number of emotions with me. But, he knew in order for me to give my heart to him, I need to give my heart to myself. Jane's open heart line of jewelry mirrors everything that I have overcome and achieved. I love the concept of her jewelry and I am sure she has touched many people's lives.

    Joanne,
    Lawrenceville, PA

    My Journey to Love....
  • Heartache brings more open hearts

    Heartache brings more open hearts Jenni,
    Galesville, WI

    My 17 year old step-son committed suicide on 12/13/11. He was my husbands only child. This family is rough right now as this date approaches again. For Christmas I bought my 2 teen age daughters open heart necklaces this year because of your saying..."If you leave your heart open, love will find its way in". They need that now more than ever. Thank you!!

    Jenni,
    Galesville, WI

    Heartache brings more open hearts
  • My best friend

    My best friend Maureen,
    Metuchen, NJ

    My best freid is by husband Bob. Bob and I have been married for 21 years. We do everything together and love being together. On February 12, 2008 Bob was diagnosed with brain cancer. Our battle began that day. We were determined not to let anyting break our love and our hearts. So for the next year and a half we fought this horrible diseas together. We always stayed positive and had faith that our love would pull us through. On September 26, 2009 I lost the love of my life and my heart truly was broken. I have been trying everday since to keep my heart open to Bob's love. It is the most difficult thing I have had to do, live without him. I will always keep his love in my heart. I also have 3 wonderful children who give me so much love and support. I cannot put my true sadness into words. I can only say that I am fortunate to have found someone to share my heart with; even if it was for a short time. I will never loose Bob's love. Thank you for reading my story. MAUREEN

    Maureen,
    Metuchen, NJ

    My best friend
  • I'd Like My Wife's  Heart To Be Recognized

    I'd Like My Wife's Heart To Be Recognized Philippe,
    Fayetteville, NC

    First of all, I'm not doing this (submitting an essay) for/about myself. Normally, my wife would never write anything about herself, it becomes my job (lucky for me). It isn't about how living with an Open Heart allowed ME to overcome adversity and create something positive. It's about my wife and how living with an Open Heart allowed HER to overcome adversity and create something positive! Now, I don't know if this (writing for someone else) is even allowed, however, I've got nothing to lose by giving it a shot. Nothing except the time spent writing this essay. And that miserably pales in comparison to all that she's given me! I'm disabled due to an accident that we suffered with a drunk driver who ran a red light and then he smashed into us. This happened a number of years ago. In taking care of me, my wife has provided for pretty much everything that I've needed ever since. She has made sure that I'm never left wanting for ANYTHING, not a single, solitary thing!!! The years have certainly have been long, dreary, tempestuous, and fraught-filled years since our accident. Getting back to my one of the most important reasons for me to continue living; making sure that a frown is never allowed to easily cross my wife's lovely countenance, dampen her sunny disposition, or damage her pleasant demeanor. That being said, she's quite fiery and very adamant when she knows that she is right about something (lucky for me).

    Philippe,
    Fayetteville, NC

    I'd Like My Wife's Heart To Be Recognized
  • Love Survived

    Love Survived David,
    Waukesha, WI

    I was addicted to alcohol when I met my wife. She was loving, but never critical. It was through her support that I will celebrate 13 years of sobriety on December 28th, 2009. Loooking back on it she never should have stayed. She opened her heart and changed my life.

    David,
    Waukesha, WI

    Love Survived
  • Open Heart of Life

    Open Heart of Life Ashley,
    Elgin, IL

    I do not have alot in life when it comes to material things, however I do have a big family of my own and a big extended family. I feel like you need to have your heart open at all times. There are time when you are truly needed just to listen or lend a hand even when things are hectic in your own life. Giving to others where my family may do without (because it won't kill us) and it may be very important to this other someone. Giving when ever you can is truly opening your heart.

    Ashley,
    Elgin, IL

    Open Heart of Life
  • Why Me?

    Why Me? Andra,
    Woodstock, GA

    I lost my mom at age 13 and my dad took of 3 days later. Being one of 6 children I thought everything would be okay. Not so. My younger sister and I were sent to an aunt's house to live until we graduated high school. We never really fit in because we were raised differently than her children. After high school, I went to live with my dad and stepmother. Once again,I didn't fit into their lives. I met my husband and married him a year and a half later. Within 5 years we had 3 beautiful children. Life wasn't easy but we made it through. That was 22 years ago. In that time, I have lost my dad, my oldest brother, as well as his oldest son to heart attacks. I sometimes wonder "Why Me?" Then I remember all the wonderful things that I have in my life and realize that if I closed my heart to feelings, I would have missed so much. My children are now 21, 18, and 16 and have brought me such joy. They are good people and my husband is a wonderful person. So instead of "Why Me", I say "Bring on whatever you want. I can take it."

    Andra,
    Woodstock, GA

    Why Me?
  • Warm Hands Warm Heart

    Warm Hands Warm Heart susan,
    lumberton, NJ

    It was winter, it was very cold, I was headed into the walmart with my two boys with not much money. We were headed in and out side was an American Veteran collecting for the Veterans Association. He was sitting in a very cold without gloves. I had 7.00 and gave him 2.00 of that. Both my boys ages 15 and 11 when we got inside said "mom he needs gloves" I had under 5.00. We looked in the glove section and the most inexpensive gloves we could fine were over that price. I picked up my perscription and had just under 3.00 left. As we walked out the check out we all saw a package of hand warmers that were about 1.99. My boys were so excited and we bought them. The look on the Veterans face when my son said, We dont have more money but had enough to get thease for you was worth any christmas Present i have ever recieved.

    susan,
    lumberton, NJ

    Warm Hands Warm Heart
  • His and Hers Open Hearts

    His and Hers Open Hearts Anthony,
    Mustang, OK

    Hello, My Name Is Anthony ( Tony ) Mount. On November 10, 2008 at the age of 48 I went into the hospital for open heart surgery. I needed 4 bypasses that were from 50 to 99.9 % blocked. My wife Robin, was there by my side the whole time either through prayer or in person. She made my time in the hospital seem short and painless and she was just as loving to me for my recovery at home. It was while I was at home that I saw the Kay Jewelry commercial with Jane Seymour's Open Hearts necklace. I knew immediately that I had to get my wife Robin a open heart necklaces for Christmas. This was one Christmas I was excited to know that I would be able to make my wife happy and surprised at the same time. Christmas day could not come soon enough, and when I handed her the box I told her that since I got a "Open Heart" that she should have one too. She was very happy, and she gets a lot of compliments on her Open Heart and loves to tell the story of why she got it.

    Anthony,
    Mustang, OK

    His and Hers Open Hearts
  • The Real Beauty Of a Beauty Shop

    The Real Beauty Of a Beauty Shop Dorothy,
    Chagrin Falls, OH

    listening to everyone else through beauty shop talk is areal open heart experience for me because I learn how much we all need help and to give help. My Mother told me that you recieve blessings through giving and others recieve blessing through giving so we need to recieve as well as give so that everyone can recieve the blessings from God.

    Dorothy,
    Chagrin Falls, OH

    The Real Beauty Of a Beauty Shop
  • My Guardian Angel

    My Guardian Angel Sharon,
    Winston-Salem, NC

    Last year for Christmas I bought my daughter an open heart necklace, she lost a son to cancer when he was two. He showed me the true words of courage, always had a smile on his face. He spent his whole life in the hospital and she was with him 24 7. I consider him my special angel, that touch the lives of so many. Now his grandpa is rocking him in heaven, so I consider myself blessed to have had both of these angel in my life, and raising such a wonderful, loving and giving daughter with the help of my soulmate...Austin was known as little wild man at Brenner's Hospital, he learned to walk while he was there he was diagnoised when he was 10 months old with cancer..Thank you for letting me share how he showed us all how to keep our hearts open. Sharon

    Sharon,
    Winston-Salem, NC

    My Guardian Angel
  • My Mother-in-law

    My Mother-in-law Stacy,
    Stockton, CA

    I am not sure if it is an open heart story, or just something anyone would do for a fellow human being. My mother-in-law went through three different treatments for cancer throughout her five year struggle with the disease. Each time she went through treatments it was obvious she needed someone to stay with her and her daughter would'nt do it so I did. I would go over to her home as soon as my husband got home from work so he could watch our kids. I stayed with her through the night making sure she didnt burn the house down when she smoked at the table (falling asleep while smoking often). Making sure she took all her meds and shots, as she was diabetic also. And often just holding her hair back while she threw up from the treatments. I went back home in the morning to fix breakfast and get the kids to school, clean my house, cook dinner then off to her home again. I did this for 9 months one time, 6 months the next time and 3 months the final time. I hope to never have to watch someone suffer that much ever again. But, you do what you have to do to help others who need it. She is now resting in peace and I look forward to seeing her again someday.....Stacy

    Stacy,
    Stockton, CA

    My Mother-in-law
  • His name will be Elijah

    His name will be Elijah patricia,
    baltimore, MD

    It was a very unlikely day to find out I was going to be a mother. As an RN, the Unit manager at Womens's Detention Center, my life as carved out in the work of patient care, improving the medical conditiond for the inmates and teaching prevention of their common acquired diseases. Who would think there would be a "Pot of Gold" for me in the BASEMENT segregation area of the women detention center. Passing from cell to cell asking if anyone had medical needs I saw a rounderd figure in the back of a cell. "Oh, I said with a pleasant surprise, you are pregnant?" The harsh response was like the voice of doom. "Don't want it. Can't take care of it. Can'take care of the two I got." Without thinking my response was I'll take care the baby. I would love another one. He is now legally mine. God is Good. He is now ten years old. After attemps to reunite him with his mom, I knew he would never survive in the lifestyle she could offer. What a blessing he is to our family. He came from God to an open heart.

    patricia,
    baltimore, MD

    His name will be Elijah
  • Everyone is Special

    Everyone is Special Lisa,
    Talbott, TN

    I try to keeping an open heart by not judging people (by appearance,or otherwise).I keep in mind that everyone has led a different life,and some have not had many options or opportunities.I believe that everyone has a special purpose.

    Lisa,
    Talbott, TN

    Everyone is Special
  • Love Opens Hearts

    Love Opens Hearts Lesa,
    Jamesburg, NJ

    Dearest Jane, I just found your contest but wanted to shared my story of love. My husband and I are in our early forties but have been through alcohol/addiction and now we are recovered together. We have devoted ourselves, our marriage and lives to serving Christ and our community after taking so much from others before. We now serve as Hospice Minsitry Leaders in our Church which is an incredible emotional journey in many ways. My husband Mark teaches Bible Study and serves our church in other ways. This has not been for a short time but almost ten years now and we have been together almost 30 years. Marriage is hard and must be worked at every single day no matter how much you love the person. But love is always worth the work and time it takes and it always prevails. We have two wonderful sons (one majoring in genetics who wants to cure leukemia) the other interested in medicine. God gave us the greatest gifts in them in spite of ourselves. Life is beautiful in so many ways; in the physical, the spiritual, mostly in the ways we are unable to see. When I was young I looked at the heart from the outside. Older now, I know that the true heart can only be seen from the the inside. Grace and Peace.

    Lesa,
    Jamesburg, NJ

    Love Opens Hearts
  • Love Is The Best Support

    Love Is The Best Support Leslie,
    Covington, GA

    It's not ironic that my name is Leslie Lovelace. God created me for a purpose and now I'm a testament that the love you give out is the love you receive. On June 25, 2009, I had brain surgery to remove a tumor called Acoustic Neuroma. This tumor was attached to my facial and auditory nerve and left me with no hearing on the right side along with facial palsy. I turned fabulous at forty in January 2009 so when I was diagnosed with my tumor in February 2009, it placed a temporary damper on my every 40 day celebrations. I was not quite ready for any physical alterations at the age of "40" but I've learned that all I go through is not always about me. When I finally decided to share with my family and friends about the tumor, I was met with an overwhelming amount of love and support. It was at that very moment that I realized just how much God loved me. I thought my kids would have the toughest time but I found they have been mommy's biggest cheerleaders and protectors. The acceptance I've found through them make me feel like I've done a pretty good job instilling what is most importantwhat's inside. And it's what's inside that encompasses our heart. Love has helped me get through one of the most challenging times of my life and I open my heart freely and without hesitation because it truly makes the difference.

    Leslie,
    Covington, GA

    Love Is The Best Support
  • Ovarian Cancer, Stage IV

    Ovarian Cancer, Stage IV Sarto,
    Philadelphia, PA

    In September 2007, our family faced a test we were not looking for, but which came upon us suddenly. My wife, Sun Hee, was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer, with spreading to the chest cavity, resulting in a large right pleural effusion. One lobe of the right lung was collapsed, another was partially collapsed. Sun Hee had a cough that was shocking. Heads would turn in alarm upon hearing it. Once the diagnosis of stage IV cancer was made, we researched on the internet. We found that the typical patient with this precise diagnosis, lives an average of only four months, with 80% gone in one year. This launched us on our cancer healing odyssey, a great journey of love and hope. Sun Hee used both standard medical care and a special nutritional and detox program. Dedicated friends organized a benefit concert, attended by two hundred people, to raise funds for a stay at a health clinic in Mexico. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming. Sun Hee is now out three years from her diagnosis and is living a normal life. There is hope in these desperate circumstances, but there is no doubt that it takes a village, to pull off a recovery like this. Possibilities arise within an inquiring mind and open heart. Many roads lead to healing of body, mind, and spirit. It is a great journey of hope and love. Sarto Philadelphia, PA

    Sarto,
    Philadelphia, PA

    Ovarian Cancer, Stage IV
  • Love of My Life

    Love of My Life Madelyn,
    Gadsden, AL

    I have always had an open heart. I worked with young adults at Job Corp or mentalley handicap adults, but when my husband Bob became ill. I had to quit my job and stay home with him. His family wanted to put him in a nursing home, and I wanted to take care of the man in my life that was so sweet,kind and loving to me always. My heart opened up so much more as He always smiles and laughs, even now when hes so sick. We say we have a laughie taffie life together. He has opened my heart to greater feelings of love and faith in not just me, but in my life and giving more then expecting. Bobslove is always here with me, he tells all of how much I mean to him. When it should be me thanking him for brings so much into my life. I now live my life around this great man that I married. For the past two years he has given me a picture of the open heart necklace set and promises me that if he still could he would get it for me, and that means more to me then the real thing, as he would do it, if he could. See this is how I keep my heart open with a man that has always had an open heart for me, and still as sick as he is lets me know it in such a great way.

    Madelyn,
    Gadsden, AL

    Love of My Life
  • Forgiving my parents

    Forgiving my parents Elizabeth,
    Mableton, GA

    I was an abused child, by both my mother, father and step-father. When I became a parent myself, I was outraged at what was allowed to happen to me and my brothers as children. I had to look deep inside and understand that something must have troubled them deeply for them to do what they did, and I realized that they did not want to be the way they were. It allowed me to forgive and be giving towards them and help change their lives for the better, as well as mine, in the process.

    Elizabeth,
    Mableton, GA

    Forgiving my parents
  • Double Blessing

    Double Blessing Tawana,
    Canton, GA

    2003 and 2004 were two years I never foresaw coming, for they were two of the best and worst years of my life. In October of 2003 my ten year old daughter at the time became very sick, and needed to go the hospital, there we discovered just how sick she really was. This was a very long and scary night, because it seem like forever before I would get the answer as to why she was sick. Not long after being there the doctors came in and told me that my daughter was going to need a heart transplant, for the old one was no longer good. She was admitted to the hospital for four months, while she awaited her chance for a donor heart. During this time I was sick as well, and my doctor had just given me some devasting news as well, I was going to have begin dialysis, for my old kidneys were no longer working to full capacity. I began my dialysis treatments at home, and in the early part of 2004,my daughter and I both received our transplants a month apart. This experience has truly taught me to not take life for granted, and do as much as you can while you can. I have become one of the most positive people you could ever meet, and cut out a stress out of my life. I talk to people all the time about opening up their hearts, and forgive others. I'm thankful.

    Tawana,
    Canton, GA

    Double Blessing
  • The blessings of an Open Heart

    The blessings of an Open Heart Karla,
    San Antonio, TX

    Hello Jane, I'm 50 years old, soon to be 51. In my career I had dedicated my life to helping dependendant, neglected children, juvenile delinquents as a houseparent. After 23 years of service as an adult State Probation Officer I retired in 2012 to be available for my father who is in hospice care. I worked with sex offenders for 8 years and was instrumental in working on the sex offenders laws put in place in Texas. I volunteered in public schools teaching children antivictimazation skills and as a Big Sister. Over the years I had boyfriends with two engagements but nothing lasted. I heart was closed to that aspect of my life. Resolving that I would not be finding a love that would complement my life. In 2007 I met my husband Larry Garza who truly is the love of my life. God has blessed us both with a love and concern til death do us part. Finally my heart opened up to receive his love. Never having been married this is a blessing. The moral of my story keeping my heart open to the love of my work kept it closed to the love of my life. It is NEVER too late. He purchased me the most beautiful Leo solitaire and bands. Our first anniversay he bought me a Love's embrace necklace and earrings.

    Karla,
    San Antonio, TX

    The blessings of an Open Heart
  • I Will Always Love Her.

    I Will Always Love Her. kristin,
    belton, SC

    One time when I was younger, my mom made a bad choice and chose a man over her own children. I tried everyday to tell her he was wrong for her but she just wouldn't see. My sister's and I ended up getting taken from her, we had to live with our father, and she still stayed with him. We thought that she would never leave him. Well she did and went back, twice. I didnt think that I could ever forgive her. Well finally she did leave, for good. We argued everyday even after that. Eventually, I just knew that I had to find it in my heart to forgive her. Everybody makes mistakes and she did try her hardest to make it up to us. Now that I've forgiven her, we get along great. She learned from what she did and now our relationship is better than ever.

    kristin,
    belton, SC

    I Will Always Love Her.
  • Broken Heart Before Birth

    Broken Heart Before Birth Karen,
    Roselle, NJ

    I was born in 1947 with undetected heart defects. My father, my mother's second husband, did not provide and abused her horribly. When I was two years old we left him lived with Mother's relatives. Because of the loving care from Mom and our family, I grew up, even though doctors told her I would die. In my early 20s, I lived in England for a year and a half. When I returned to my home state, NJ, I got a job in New York City and moved there. I worked full time days and went to college nights. In 1977, I met my husband in college. We married in 1978 and graduated college in 1979. I saw his doctor, who sent me to a cardiologist. In Jan. 1982 I had open-heart surgery to patch a large hole. I had my daughter in 1987, the happiest day of my life, fulfilling my special wish to be a mother. I developed other heart problems, not coronary. In June 1992 I had my second open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve. In June, 1998, my husband and I divorced. In 2005, I was awarded Social Security Disability Income because of my heart problems. My daughter is grown and living in Colorado. I have a pacemaker, which was replaced for the second time in Feb. 2012. I surround myself with wonderful family and friends. I have not remarried. I have and receive much love; my heart is surely open.

    Karen,
    Roselle, NJ

    Broken Heart Before Birth
  • The Notebook Revisited 30yrs. later

    The Notebook Revisited 30yrs. later Lisa,
    Reno, NV

    My Story starts off in 1979, I met the "Love of my Life!" I knew that we were destined to be together again someday! I was still in High School, I was 16 and the "LOVE" of my life Ken was 19. Our parents said, we were not meant to be together and we were separated and we had to say our goodbyes, but our last words to one another were not "Goodbye" in fact they were see you later!!! Ken was shipped to Germany for 8 yrs!! I was completely devastated. I and my family had moved to Orange, Ca. So Ken and I completely lost touch!! When Ken came back he came looking for me and didn't stop until he found me!! Ken couldn't locate me and he never gave up, 30 years later he found me through the social network Facebook. We talked over the phone being over 600 miles away he came to see me almost every weekend, we were inseparable. We were reunited and we are still so much in"LOVE"! We were married January 10, 2012!! I Kept my Heart open for Ken Walls, and Now my heart is full again, I Love Him with All my Heart and soul and I have many open heart necklaces, and earrings. He said I was/and is still his Angel!!! Ken is MINE as well!!! Eternally Greatful for keeping an Open Heart!!! Mrs. Lisa Walls Thank You for allowing me to share my story with an Open Heart!!!

    Lisa,
    Reno, NV

    The Notebook Revisited 30yrs. later
  • True Conversation

    True Conversation Lynn,
    Raeford, NC

    When I was 16 years old, my godly mother died from cancer. Many ladies in the community told me she had been their best friend. She was my best friend and the light of life in our family. In the midst of sorrow, I threw myself into my books rejecting God, hating God, and eventually denying His exsistence. Three years later in college I began to wonder what was important in life, what was really true. Truth was easy to find in my math classes, but the material taught in the other classes was contradictory. Out of sheer habit I went to church the next Sunday and the preacher was teaching on John 17:17 ..."Thy word is Truth." When I heard these words My heart began to open to God once again. I was able to give to others and to help with the children at the church. Eventually I was able to open my heart to a wonderful man who understood my pain and wanted to make me happy. Twenty-six years later we have seven fantastic children and a wonderful life together. When I think back on my mother's life I realize she was my true inspiration for learning to open my heart. She had been abused by her father and still she could reach out and love other people. The last thing she did for me was type my term paper. After spending the whole day relearning to type,she finished at 3:00a.m. That was our last conversation.

    Lynn,
    Raeford, NC

    True Conversation
  • Phoenix Rises out of the Ashes

    Phoenix Rises out of the Ashes Julia,
    Oklahoma City, OK

    I began my new job in June of this year. After working there for only seven weeks, the owner; my mentor and friend, perished while piloting his small airplane. My first thoughts were of the other passengers, one being his wife. She was injured pretty extensively but would recover. Next, I formulated a plan for the company. I'd been hired to run it for him, but not solo for a year, when the baby they were in the process of adopting from Vietnam came here. Now, I had to learn really fast or let the company go under. There were, and still are, many legalities that the company has had to deal with but every time a wall was put up I found a way around it. Many said we would just have to find other jobs. I was never worried about myself, received other offers, God has always taken care of my needs, I was concerned for the 18 people who worked for this small company who would have a tough time finding another job. His wife assumed ownership but had no clue as to how to run the business, so put her faith in me. It has taken a lot of family time away but they support me and now, only four months later, I'm hiring more employees, business is growing and all are amazed! This company is teamwork at its best! We all opened our hearts and became a family. The adoption is still moving forward.

    Julia,
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Phoenix Rises out of the Ashes
  • Colin's story

    Colin's story Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    My story starts when I started as a preschool teacher. It was the second week of school when Collin started. Collin had MS and never knew what it was to walk. He was the wisest and bravest little three year old I met. Collin had lost a lot in his short lifetime, including his mother walking out on him. Collin never showed a hint of sadness and did not feel sorry for himself. I can still hear him laugh and tell me about his desire to walk for one day. I thought to myself I complain about my life and it does not even touch his problems. Collin touched everyone about him. He inspired me to look at life different. He taught me to live life to the fullest because you never know when its your last. Collin only came to school for three weeks before he passed away. Collin will always be in my heart,and I have to thank him for helping me look at life different. I am running a race for MS in May for Collin. I pray for a cure for this disease, so no one has to lose a little boy or girl. Collin had a purpose and it was to teach others that differences are ok. In my personal opinion he is a testimony of the open hearts philosophy.

    Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    Colin's story
  • My Daughter's Open Heart

    My Daughter's Open Heart Phyllis,
    Naples, FL

    I received my "Open Heart" necklace for Christmas 2008. At the age of 17, 40 years ago I gave my newborn dughter up for adoption. Three weeks ago she contacted the adoption agency and we are planning to meet. For Christmas this year I am giving my daughter her first Christmas gift, an "Open Heart" necklace like mine. Thank God she has had an open heart and allowed me to come into it. I knew immediately what my first gift to her would be. Nothing can express how I feel about her more than the necklace. Thank you for designing this and making it available.

    Phyllis,
    Naples, FL

    My Daughter's Open Heart
  • Second Love

    Second Love nila,
    Duncan, OK

    I have had a wonder life for 70 years. My first love and I married at a young age had three beautiful children. Then later on had five beautiful granddaughters. My first love was so kind and thoughtful. He had a great big heart and was full of love for everyone. But early in his life he developed a sever heart problem. After nursing him for ten years knowing there was nothing I could do to save him I turned it over to God. Loseing him left me heart broken,and not knowing what to do or where to turn. But as time went on I began to open up my heart. As of now I have found my second love. You never get to old to find love.

    nila,
    Duncan, OK

    Second Love
  • Overcoming adversity

    Overcoming adversity Terri,
    Clearwater, FL

    The last few year have been very difficult ones for my family and me. We have had 4 deaths in the family which at first seemed too difficult to overcome, but as time went on, I realized that having an open heart and sharing my feelings with other family members helped not only me, but brought us all closer together. I have always been a self-sufficient type of person who now realizes that in adversity, relationships with others is what matters most.

    Terri,
    Clearwater, FL

    Overcoming adversity
  • nine miscarriages and a happy ending

    nine miscarriages and a happy ending Jillian,
    monee, IL

    Two years ago today after losing our twins which was our ninth pregnancy loss, my husband and I found out about an adoption situation. We met our daughter's birthmom the day after Thanksgiving 2009. My husband bought me the angel open heart for Christmas to symbolize all our precious angels we had lost. I actually returned it and got the open heart which I love so dearly! And in April of 2010 our earthly angel was born! Life does come full circle! Im so blessed and hope you will be if you just have an open heart!

    Jillian,
    monee, IL

    nine miscarriages and a happy ending
  • My Open Heart

    My Open Heart Cynthia,
    Castle Rock, CO

    I am a single parent of 3 teenagers.We have over came homelessness,divorce, and abuse.I believe that God has me here for a reason.My heart is not bitter it is open for whatever God has for me.I cant offer much to my children but I have always showed them LOVE..I think my heart is open all the time for my children to see I believe in a higher power. They are great kids if they only remember one thing that I ever gave them I hope they would say unconditional LOVE.I hope you read this message and think of my family as having open hearts.I think that love can concur all things big and small with faith.Faith has also played an important part of our lives.If my children could offord to give me a gift to show there love and appreciation I would ask them for one of your open heart diamond necklaces.However I hope to buy one sometime next year please consider my store and that for such a great collection of jewlery. I took a look today and there are some wonderful pieces. Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who reads this story. Love is in are hearts because we did not let someone break us.We got back on are feet and kept walking just like Jesus did. Are hearts will always be open for anything that comes are way.Remember that your jewelry is making a difference in lives out there.Peace Love and Happiness to everyone.

    Cynthia,
    Castle Rock, CO

    My Open Heart
  • I Believe in Angels

    I Believe in Angels Karen,
    Abington, MA

    When my son was a sophomore in college; he came home one weekend and suddenly became very, very sick. My beautiful, young, strong son ended up in the ICU with tubes in every imaginable part of his body. No one was able to figure out what was wrong with him. His friends from college camped out in the hospital, they took care of his two younger brothers and they even stocked my refrigerator. My friends came and cried and asked what they could do; my only response was to pray. On his tenth day in ICU, his high school priest came into the hospital and administered the Last Rights of the Church. It was only then that I realized I had not done what I had asked others to doI had not prayed. I took my youngest two sons to the chapel and I got on my knees and begged God for my son's life; I opened my heart to God. Whether you are a believer or not; the next day my son turned a corner towards being well. They were able to remove his tubes and, although he had lost 15 pounds; he began the road to recovery. It was not until two years later that it was discovered that he has Addison's Disease and he had been in Addisonian crisis. Today he is a strong young dad of my two beautiful grandsons. I firmly believe it is because I opened my heart to God.

    Karen,
    Abington, MA

    I Believe in Angels
  • Overcoming hazing and bullying in the 70's

    Overcoming hazing and bullying in the 70's John,
    Bay Shore, NY

    My name is John Whitton. I was treated for psycological problems as a result of trauma from hazing and bullying on a large scale in a PTSD breakdown in 1975. This happened even after being inducted into the National Honor Society in 1974 out of respect to my resiliance thru this abuse of me in 1971-72. I was born in Glen Head, Long Island, into a middle class family. My father was a teacher and my mother was a library clerk. After the onset of my bodies reaction to extrodinary stress from environmental factors, I worked in the restaurant, deli and nursing home businesses in high school and college. I made $75 a week and took out loans to pay for my college education. After two years of college, I went to a trade school and then worked for thirty-one years, on and off, as a drafter, data entry clerk, ward clerk and running a self-employed venture business. I have given to charities such as the American Cancer Society and Ronald Mcdonald House and did volunteer work for a local hospital and rest home in my spare time. My hobbies include exercising in a local gym, attending cultural events in the community and watching biographies on successful people on video discovered on TV or from the library. I decided to reach for a higher cause despite the adversity. I hope the world will learn from my story.

    John,
    Bay Shore, NY

    Overcoming hazing and bullying in the 70's
  • mom

    mom liliana,
    woodland hills, CA

    Six months ago well at home my mom(45 yrs. old) fell into cardiac arrest,was revived and taken to the hospital. There we received the most terrifying news. The doctors had said that she needed an emergency quadruple bypass surgery and that she only had seconds to live if she did not have the surgery.When the surgery was over the doctor had said all we could do was pray because they did know if she was going to make it. My mom now six months later is back to work and living each day. She wears an open heart necklace (that lays right above her scar)to represent her open heart surgery and that she is still able to be here with her family, children, and friends.

    liliana,
    woodland hills, CA

    mom
  • 13 year Breast Cancer Suvivor

    13 year Breast Cancer Suvivor Rachel,
    plano, TX

    I have battle cancer twice in my life and still battling at present time and your open heart has given me inspiration for hope and love. Thank you

    Rachel,
    plano, TX

    13 year Breast Cancer Suvivor
  • The Son of My Heart

    The Son of My Heart Mary,
    Copley, OH

    Almost three years ago my stepson was diagnosed with a cancer. He was 24. He fought this battle with hope, courage, determination, and love. On May 1st, he lost this fight. In February, we all knew that his time with us was limited. One morning in March, he called his dad and said, "Pop, I have something I need you to do for me. Can you come over?". Of course, Tom went right over. TJ got on his laptop, went to the Kay Jewelers website, found the Open Heart necklaces, and asked him to get them. Tom tried to refuse money but TJ insisted that he pay for them. It was important to him that these gifts to his mother and me were truly from him. Of course, the necklaces were received with tears, hugs, and love as we knew he was saying goodbye. TJ could have given me anything and it would have been precious. But by giving me the Open Heart necklace he told methat my presence in his life as his stepmother was important to him; that our hearts would be connected forever, and that he understood what I told him for many years ("I didn't give birth to you, but you are definitely the son of my heart.). I miss him every day, but find comfort with his gift of the Open Heart necklace. It is a physical reminder that our love for each other will forever be one.

    Mary,
    Copley, OH

    The Son of My Heart
  • Giving a Hand UP.

    Giving a Hand UP. Catherine,
    Davenport, IA

    Having grown up very poor in America, I know first hand that, yes, crumbled crackers with milk make cereal. Second hand clothes were sometimes found in other people trash. Now as an adult, if a person is standing on a corner with a sign will work for food, I pull over pick them up, take them to a store and spend money on food. I then give them bus money. My friends think I am crazy, I think I've been there, hungry, I'm giving them a Hand UP:)

    Catherine,
    Davenport, IA

    Giving a Hand UP.
  • Never Ending Love

    Never Ending Love Bill,
    Hamburg, NY

    Growing up in life, it was filled with partys and booze, The I got Drafted in the Army, then came Drugs, I got out in 1972 .in 1975, I walked past a Veterns Hospital at 7:00 am and said enough was enough. I got Sober, and got a job as a cook, were I meet this beautiful Blond, she made my heart skip a beat everyday.Waitress #3 . I got the nerve to ask her out, and my life changed. I've always heard the good Lord puts People in our paths for a reason. Well, after a year I ask this beautiful girl to marry me, and we had two wonderful daughters.foud years after we got Married my crazy mind felt maybe the grass is greener on the other side of life. I lost my Waitress #3. my Love never ended for her, and I struggled through life for 10 yrs without her. I thank the good Lord her love for me never ended either, she came back into my life, and I thanked god she did, you:ve heard the saying, make a deal with the devil, well I made a deal with God,if you put the wonderful girl back into my life, I would make her happy ,till the 12th of never. I got the nerve to ask her to marry me again, and she said yes. Life is wonderful, we have 3 wonderful Grand kids, a happy Home, and yes I've been sober for almost 18 years.

    Bill,
    Hamburg, NY

    Never Ending Love
  • My life is a OPEN HEART!

    My life is a OPEN HEART! Sheila,
    pound, WI

    My open heart story starts with my career. I am a surgical technologist in "Open Heart" Surgery for 13 years. I try to live every day like it is my last. I love life, I love people, I love my job, and most of all I love my family. My husband and children surprised me with the open heart necklace last year for Christmas. Our jeweler had sold me the O.H. ring, and sold the necklace to my husband for me, knowing how passionate I am about love. I have recently lost me brother in a boating accident. He left home on September 6th, and was never seen again until he was delivered home in a red body bag. I thought I would never get out of bed again!! He was my only brother, and one of my very best friends. My family has made me see the true meaning of Open Heart, and for this I will always wear my beautiful necklace proudly, and know that my heart will always be open for my friends, family, strangers, someone who is going through something was worse than I! I thank God that there are truly thousands of people in my life that also have open hearts and are helping me get through the toughest time in my life!! This is the true meaning of OPEN HEART, ENDLESS LOVE.... This necklace has so much more meaning in my life, than just a piece of jewelry... Thank You Jane Seymour

    Sheila,
    pound, WI

    My life is a OPEN HEART!
  • Me and my daughter's healing

    Me and my daughter's healing Robyn,
    Jefferson City, TN

    Several years ago my husband was arrested for DUI. He did not turn himself in and has spent the last 2 years in jail. This has lead to having to lose our home and live with my mother. It has been most difficult on Jasmine. I have finally looked in my heart and have forgiven him though we will not live together as man and wife my heart has healed and now I am still trying to help Jasmine find forgiveness in her heart so that she too may move forward and find happiness and trust once again. It is difficult for a nine year old to accept putting her belongings in storage and living by someone else's rules and not feeling settled or sure of anything. I try to show my example that I am here for her and will always be. I want her to be happy and feel assured that she is wanted and loved no matter where we live at this moment. I strive to show her that forgiveness not only helps the person who committed the wrong doing but ultimately warms the heart of the forgiver.

    Robyn,
    Jefferson City, TN

    Me and my daughter's healing
  • New Beginnings

    New Beginnings Christina,
    Gallipolis, OH

    Christina's Story My dad left my mom when I was 12 years old and that same night our house burnt done. My brother tried to commit sucicide twice that next year and my oldest brother was sent to juvinile prison. My mom and I grew close with every problem that we was dealt with. She has been my rock during the hardest time in my life. After filing bankrupcy and starting our lives over, we spent the next 8 years trying to overcome those obsticals, I told myself that I wanted a family of my own that love me for who I am today and not where I came from in the past. Because of my mother by my side, I have married the most wonderful man and we have the perfect son. I vow to raise my son knowing that I will give him all that I have to make his life better then I was given. I have grown strong throughout my ordeal and want my son to know that life doesn't end because you may lose all that you have. It only means that you are given a second chance to make life better. I want to be there for my son like my mother was for me. I want my mom to know that because of her 'open heart' in the mist of all that we have been through, there is always a brighter road to pave. I wouldn't be where I am today without her!

    Christina,
    Gallipolis, OH

    New Beginnings
  • Life is Messy

    Life is Messy jane,
    calabasas, CA

    When you think about growing up and having children lost of us hope for a healthy baby and when the baby arrives healthy we are happy....well what if life give you a child who loves drugs? What if this child goes to rehab and then jail and then prison? What went wrong the baby was born healthy doesn't that mean he or she will grow up and have a life like we did with dreams and hopes for romance and children of their own? No not always life is messy and we do the best we can with raising our children and protecting them from guns and drugs and evil people but we are human and our hearts may feel brokesn but they must remain open to hope so that one day when this child is released he or she can dream again and share their heart that is full of love with someone special. I will always pray for happiness and good health and an Open Heart for all mankind!

    jane,
    calabasas, CA

    Life is Messy
  • HOW LIFE CHANGES

    HOW LIFE CHANGES JANIE,
    HOSUTON, TX

    My mom left when i was eight years old leaving my oldest brother who was 10 amd at the time and my three year old brother, my dad did his best buy I had to go up at a early age, My younger brother was kill in a car accident when he was 19, I felt I lost a child, if i hadn't kept my heart open to love and forgive i don't thing i would have make it. I have 3 of Jane pieices i wear daily. thinak you so much Janie Edwards

    JANIE,
    HOSUTON, TX

    HOW LIFE CHANGES
  • An angel heart

    An angel heart Joyce,
    Butler, PA

    My husband, Ed, passed away in Feb. 2012, just before Christmas in 2011, we went shopping for Christmas, he bought me an open heart necklace, but that is not my story. In May I got a call from the jewelry store, it seems Ed had laid away something else, and he had paid most of it, and they didn't want to return it the shelf. He told the sales clerk about our daughter/in/law, who was more like a daughter, and how she was there for him. He wanted her to have the angel wing necklace for either her bday or mom's day. I told the girl not to return it to the shelf I would be right in to get it. On mom's day I gave her the necklace in church. And told her what happened, needless to say there was not a dry eye. She also was singing that day, and I feel her voice was heard by her angel in heaven.

    Joyce,
    Butler, PA

    An angel heart
  • Over comer and Wounded Healer

    Over comer and Wounded Healer Alice,
    Rochester, MI

    I grew up abused, molested in a 120-year old tenement house with cockroaches and rats, where snow came in through a large crack in the wall. I never knew my father (met him when I was 32). Had my hand held over an open fire by a drunken woman neighbor. No phone, car, refrigerator, tub or shower. I joined the army right out of high school, and "married" the original abuser (mother) and tried to fix the past. After 31 years of abuse, I got a divorce, then was voted out of membership in my church with a sign that said, "Conduct Unbecoming a Child of God." I am in school at age 63, because I won a scholarship...because of what I wrote about my life. My poetry book, Sanctuary of the Soul (www.soulpoetry.org) is endorsed by Elie Wiesel, Wayne Dyer, Nikki Giovanni, Drs. Larry Dossey, Alice Miller and many others. I am humbled and so grateful. I believe we are here to make a difference, and I am the moderator of an abused survivors' group, with a determination to speak on national television; statistics are staggering: 1 in 3 women abused and every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted. All I need is 1 catalyst to help me do this. Kind Regards, Alice

    Alice,
    Rochester, MI

    Over comer and Wounded Healer
  • Open Heart Hurricane Wedding

    Open Heart Hurricane Wedding Nancy,
    Freeport, NY

    My mother and I had given each other open hearts when they first came out. We had those hearts as we battled her breast cancer,the death of my father, and finally leukemia which took her life in Feb 2010. I had just gotten engaged on Valentines Day in front of mom 1 week prior to her death. We had a beautiful engagement party on Aug 28th 2010 and the it was on to planning the big day that I had waited 45 years for.Our catering hall only had that same date available Aug 28, 2011 which I was happy about. Little did I know that I was planning a wedding on the same date Hurricane Irene was going to hit us...and hit us hard. I gave my open heart to my first cousin who would be my maid of honour and I took my moms. Then I realized I wanted my whole wedding party to have open hearts. We gave our open heart gifts at the rehearsal dinner and everyone was excited. Our catering hall was evacuated, the wedding was postponed and the forces of nature were against us. I could feel mom smiling down from heaven with her open heart and I knew everything would work out fine. We were married on Aug 30th and the wedding napkins read... Did you know? The wedding party wears a symbol that is precious to the bride "If your heart is open, Love will always find it's way in"

    Nancy,
    Freeport, NY

    Open Heart Hurricane Wedding
  • The Whale: from author Gregg Braden

    The Whale: from author Gregg Braden Stephen,
    Los Angeles, CA

    If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spiderweb of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line and rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, and a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just outside the Golden Gate Bridge and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.

    Stephen,
    Los Angeles, CA

    The Whale: from author Gregg Braden
  • Love Is the Choice

    Love Is the Choice Caren,
    Ottawa, KS

    My husband was disabled in 2000 after a massive heart attack and went on to have other life threatening medical events. I left my job of 18 years in social services, cashing in my retirement account in late 2010 to be at home with him while we figured out his medical status. One year later he was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer, and in Nov. 2013 he had a major cardiac event when his defibrillator discharged 21 times in less than 4 hours, destroying much of what heart function was left. I walked away from the security of a paycheck, support of co-workers, and access to social interactions that fed my soul as a people person. It's been a difficult and scary transition, but I've not regretted my decision once. He is a fighter for his life (5 life threatening events in less than 14 years) and I like to think I give him something to fight for. I fight doctors to do their best, and he fights the medical events that come his way. Our relationship began as friends, and that foundation has served us well through our journey. I would never have picked or predicted this life for us, but I know without a doubt I am where I was meant to be. I'm honored to be part of his battle to stay alive, even though I know he won't be here for mine. That's what you do with an open heart. You love anyway.

    Caren,
    Ottawa, KS

    Love Is the Choice
  • A piece of my grandfather

    A piece of my grandfather Heidi,
    Malta, NY

    My grandfather gave me one of these necklaces right before he passed away, it was the last thing he gave me. I look at it every single day and think of him and everything that he taught me. He taught me how to love, forgive ,forget and to have compassion for people, even if I don't think they deserve it. He always said Heidi, you don't walk in their shoes and until you do, don't judge. I have lived by those words and tried to see the best in everyone and it has definately made my world a better place. I am a better person because of him and I wear this necklace proudly and know what it stands for, although I think it's time for a new one! I will never forget what it means. Thankyou Jane Seymour:)

    Heidi,
    Malta, NY

    A piece of my grandfather
  • Dads last Christmas Gift

    Dads last Christmas Gift Dee,
    Meridian, CA

    My mom loves the open heart collection but dad never had the money to get her one. Every year around October/November dad would start asking my sister and I what he should get for mom for Christmas. This year we had told him to get her an Open Heart necklace. Unfortunately on Nov.20, 2011 our dad passed away unexpectedly. My sister and I knew dad would have wanted mom to have tht necklace for Christmas so we purchased one that has his birthstone and her birthstone and their names. We signed the card from Larry and your girls. She never takes it off. It's been a hard 6 months and we all miss dad so much but mom will always have that last Christmas Gift from dad

    Dee,
    Meridian, CA

    Dads last Christmas Gift
  • How Do You Heal A Broken Heart?

    How Do You Heal A Broken Heart? Lydia,
    Anderson, IN

    In July of 2005, I heard the news that no one ever wants to hear, my mom had cancer. But, in February of 2008, after three years of fighting, my mom was cancer free. After receiving a bone marrow transplant, my mom was in remission. She had beat her cancer. Her doctor called her his rock star...and she was my hero because through all of the obstacles she had faced, she always remained strong for her family. But on August 7th, 2009, after a month battling what I thought was just something minor, my mom told my family that she was done fighting and she just wanted to go home. The doctors told us she had maybe a week, most likely only a few days to live. On August 8th, my mom died and when she did, my heart shattered into what felt like a million pieces. About a week later, I had my birthday. My husband had to work all day and I sat at home all day by myself. My husband got home from work late that evening he gave me a present. He gave me the Open Heart Angel necklace and he read me the pamphlet that came with it. When he did, it reminded me that only love would help my heart heal and that I couldn't get through this on my own. My Open Heart is a constant reminder that my mom is always with me and in time, with love, my heart will heal.

    Lydia,
    Anderson, IN

    How Do You Heal A Broken Heart?
  • Our three gifts from god.

    Our three gifts from god. yvonne,
    riverside, WA

    After being married for 14 years to my husband and trying to have a child of our own we turned to adopting.We opened our hearts and our home to children who would not of been adopted. Here we are with being blessed to have been choosen to be the parents to three wonderful special needs children. While our oldest was born with medical needs as well as physical needs we have had challenges and over came them. Our youngest son has severe asthma and struggles to breath everyday.Then there is our little princess who was born chemically addicted and with many prayers had overcome her withdrawls. We were truely blessed to be given our three gifts from god. They are truely heaven sent.

    yvonne,
    riverside, WA

    Our three gifts from god.
  • Love's Last Gift

    Love's Last Gift Marianne,
    Ferndale, WA

    It was so sweet of him, though I certainly didn’t expect him to give me anything for Mother’s Day 2010, considering his weakened state, I was inwardly touched… deeply. While we were in the throes of fighting brain cancer and had just recently received the sorrowful news that there wasn’t anything else they could do to extend his life anymore, he was thinking of me. He wanted to go to the mall and I discouraged it because it was hard for him to walk very far and he didn’t want to use a wheelchair – yet. I knew all the people, noise and chaos would probably just frustrate him. I found out later that he wanted to go to Kay Jewelers to purchase an Open Heart necklace for me. We’d been married young, and after nearly 29 years and 3 children, he knew exactly what I liked before I did. Figuring he might be pleased, I secretly ordered the necklace online and when it arrived, I wrapped it in a little box, presented it to him at his bedside and said, “Here is the gift you wanted to give me”. I set it in his hands. He handed it right back with a grin, saying “I wanted to get this for you because you have a lot of love to give. This will remind you to keep an open heart to give and receive love.” It was the most precious gift I’ve ever received and continue to receive from him.

    Marianne,
    Ferndale, WA

    Love's Last Gift
  • JUDGE NOT

    JUDGE NOT JOANN,
    BEDFORD, TX

    I have had quite the last 20 years dealing with racism and cruel family members. I have raised a bi-racial child alone for 18 yrs amid the looks and whispers of strangers much less my own family some of who were more cruel than strangers. I have kept an open mind and heart and accepted all who have been kind and fair. My only child is now 20 and about to be married. I have scarificed everything for her. She turned out a beautiful child honor roll and deans list. And she always gives me total recognition for all things that were possible. i am now planning this big wedding which is out of my budget, but I know it will all work out. Hard work perservence and staying positive has made it all come to fuitation.

    JOANN,
    BEDFORD, TX

    JUDGE NOT
  • My Mom is my Inspiration

    My Mom is my Inspiration MELANIE,
    WOODBRIDGE, NJ

    My Mom is my heart - she is my best friend and inspiration! We were always very close and when my dad passed in 2003 we became each others rock! I got married and moved to another state and when my son was born she came to move with me to take care of him! It was then that the amazing connection got stronger! She just recently passed away after a long struggle with Emphysema and I was there with her till the last second. I promised her I would be there when she needed and the last month of her life she was in a Hospice and I was there everyday - I took leave the 1st 3 weeks and spent 8 hours a day with her. My son was the light of her life and he loved his Grandma so much. At the last minutes I saw her struggling and I whispered encouraging words to her as I held her hand and guided her towards heaven to be with my dad. I knew she was able to let go because I was there with her and its become my greatest gift. She taught me 1 last lesson- selflessness and to give my all like she would have for me to be there and comfort her. I miss her like crazy and this last 20 days has left me lost. I now have a dream team of angels watching over me!

    MELANIE,
    WOODBRIDGE, NJ

    My Mom is my Inspiration
  • Love

    Love Ethel,
    Metairie, LA

    When I first saw your open heart design and read the story behing it, I could identify with it so much. The picture is of happier times. These past two years have been really hard for me emotionally. We have been married 43 years and last October I had to put him in assisted living and then this April transfer him to a nursing home. It has been very hard to go and visit and know he will never be back home, we'll never travel again, walk hand in hand, see a movie or go out to one. I have had many ups and downs since he's not here at home with me. I miss his presence when I wake up in the morning. I'm a visual person and the open heart reminded me of keeping my heart open to all the changes that are happening, both mentally, physically and most of all spiritually. I realize that I have not accepted him being away from home. I need to keep my heart open to receive the blessings that can be ours even though he is not here. Your story meant so much to me and I'm trying to keep my heart open to the love we still share and accept the changes. God bless you for sharing your story with us and know it has touched many who are struggling with trying to keep that "open heart".

    Ethel,
    Metairie, LA

    Love
  • Sharon's Story

    Sharon's Story sharon,
    port orchard, WA

    My story begins with my love for my children. In dec 2003 I was told I had cancer. For 6 years I fought this battle. In May 2009 my husband left me, my cancer had taken its toll on him. After 27 years of marriage, he just up and walked away. Being scared I decided to take my own life I figured I could not live with out him so on Mothers Day I opened all my bottles of medication and took them, as I was slipping into sleep I started seeing my children and grandchildren in my dreams. I could hear my 2 year old granddaughter saying JoJo loves Nana the most:) When I woke up I was in the hospital with my children and grandchildren in my room I spent several weeks in the hospital and now when I am feeling down and feel I can't go on I look at my photos that JoJo made for me that says "Who Loves Nana?" JoJo loves Nana the most forever! This keeps my heart open. I didn't ask to get cancer and I didn't ask to have my husband leave me. But now I keep my heart open I will survive with the love I know I have within me.

    sharon,
    port orchard, WA

    Sharon's Story
  • god loving

    god loving angelo,
    san dimas, CA

    i believe we all should live a life of contrition and repentance. simply to treat others with the love and respect that we would like for ourselves would be a wonder for our world. thanks.

    angelo,
    san dimas, CA

    god loving
  • Open to New Beginnings

    Open to New Beginnings Lori,
    Smithdale, MS

    Our year had been full of many painful trials, many private and public situations that put a strain on relationships and tried us in so many ways. From marriage to friendships to health crises and more, my husband and I held on, worked through it together, often reeling from one blow only to face yet another trial. December 2009 seemed to be the climax of a stressful year, with another montage of events that had us holding on with tears many days. My birthday being the week of Christmas, we had determined to hold on in faith, hope, and love, that regardless of the days ahead, we could cherish each moment we had. I had seen the Open Heart testimonial on television, but never did I expect my husband to not only be touched by the philosophy behind the line of jewelry, but to also surprise me with a beautiful Open Heart necklace for my 35th birthday! What a precious reminder of the things we had faced in our fifteen year marriage, and a tangible reminder that we would continue to face uncertain days ahead with the same faith that had brought us thus far. Without an open heart, we shut down and shut off the love that was meant to flow in, refill, and flow out to others who need to also know that "..the greatest of these is LOVE.." I will always cherish my necklace and the reminder it brings.

    Lori,
    Smithdale, MS

    Open to New Beginnings
  • Love Heals

    Love Heals Malinda,
    San Antonio, TX

    I realized I'd made a mistake when I got married at 20, but was determined to make it work. After a complicated pregnancy and our son dieing shortly after birth, things went very downhill. No one should ever enter a hospital pregnant and leave with empty arms. I shut down, but after 2 months I forced myself to open my heart by getting a job in child care. I didn't have a child to love so I'd love him through others. Soon my hollow heart was renewed. Then, I became pregnant again and gave birth to a little girl who lights up my life. Unfortunately, 5 years later, my determination to make my marriage work ended when I discovered her father had met someone. We divorced and after my experience with him and others, I believed all men we're abusive and couldn't be trusted. I closed my heart off. When I started dating a co-worker, I was terrified! My daughter wasn't ready to share mommy either and gave him such a hard time I thought he'd leave, but he was patient with us both. See, he'd closed his heart off too, but something about me changed that. His patience and persistence paid off. Not only did he win me over but my daughter too. I had lost hope; he gave it back to me. Ask anyone we know, they'll tell you they see a difference in both of us! We opened our hearts to a possibility and found love.

    Malinda,
    San Antonio, TX

    Love Heals
  • Our Angel

    Our Angel Sharon,
    Copperas Cove, TX

    Born with a rare blood disorder LCH, my grandson endured so much in his short life yet taught us so much more than we could ever imagine. Aamari lived life through CT scans, biopsies, blood/platelet transfusions, MRI's, spleen removal and much more fighting a rare blood disorder that is considered orphan, therefore there is no Gov't funding for research and our babies are dying everyday from this! God chose my daughter to be his Mommy and what a choice! I have always considered myself to be strong but the strength she showed through her son's fight is beyond belief! She planned for this child, had her life together yet if done over, wouldn't have it any other way. Aamari brought so much joy to our family and brought us closer through his journey in life. He went through so much but continued to smile and was known in the hospital where he lived for his winks and kisses. He forever changed our lives and we miss him so! To read his story,, www.caringbridge.org/visit/aamari or to learn more about these disorders www.histio.org He truely taught me how to love unconditionally but left such a hole in our hearts. He was a gift from God and we are glad he chose us for his family. ^^Aamari^^ Fly High My Love 5/4/2008 - 1/21/2010 At 20mos, he EARNED his wings. There are so many children/adults still fighting this disorder everyday I pray for a cure every night. God Bless

    Sharon,
    Copperas Cove, TX

    Our Angel
  • Chemo Didn't Win

    Chemo Didn't Win Jeanne,
    Sacramento, CA

    December 2008, my life changed forever with the words "you have breast cancer". January 2010, I had a mastectomy, and five months of chemotherapy. My parents put their lives on hold for five weeks to care for me as I began my treatments. I live alone, and their help was literally life saving. On my last day of chemo, my mother was with me on the phone with a little box on her lap I had sent, but told her not to open until I called (she didn't know that I had an identical box). As the chemo nurse began to unhook me from the drip for the last time, I told my mother to open the box, and there was the open heart necklace. I explained I wanted us both to wear these to remember this journey we took together. How strong and supportive she had been, and had shown me how to keep my heart open to find the love and blessings that were still here for me. Now, precious metal would replace the surgical metal that had been needed to save my life. As the needle slid out of my arm, my friend put my necklace around my neck, and my father clasped my mothers. It was such a turning point in my journey. So many people have asked about our necklaces; we never take them off. That's when I tell them about my mother that taught me to always stay positive, and open to love.

    Jeanne,
    Sacramento, CA

    Chemo Didn't Win
  • MY SISTER AND NE

    MY SISTER AND NE DRUCILLA,
    MOULTON, AL

    CHRISTMAS 2008 MY HUSBAND BOUGHT MY SISTER AND ME A OPEN HEART NECKLACE. MY SISTER PASSES AWAY CHRISTMAS 2009 SO I TOOK HER OPEN HEART NECKLACE AND HAD IT ATTACHED TO MINE(TOP TO BOTTOM) AS SOON AS I CAN I AM GOING TO ADD A HEART SHAPED FIRE OPAL(HER FAVORITE STONE) WHERE THE HEARTS CONNECT. WHEN PEOPLE SEE MY NECKLACE THEY THINK IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND I KNOW THE OPAL WILL TOP IT OFF. NOT KNOWING WE WERE GOING TO LOSE HER ON CHRISTMAS MY HUSBAND HAD BOUGHT ME THE ANGEL SO I CALL IT SUSIE LOOKING AFTER ME. DRUCILLA GRACEY

    DRUCILLA,
    MOULTON, AL

    MY SISTER AND NE
  • A New Life

    A New Life Maureen,
    Notus, ID

    After a very bad abusive first marriage I decided that being married was an insne prospect. Then I met my present husband. He opened my heart and my eyes to a loving and respectful relationship. Through his patience and true understanding he has shown me a life of love and happiness. I count myself truly fortunate to have him in my life.

    Maureen,
    Notus, ID

    A New Life
  • no child should live in fear

    no child should live in fear darlene,
    waco, TX

    i belong to an organization called Bikers Against Child Abuse in waco texas. your open hearts is what BACA is all about. I dont own one of your necklaces but your open heart just fits with us. we open our hearts and live to abused children that have had trauma in their lives, we are there for them for support in court protect them and let them know they have a fsmily other than biological that is there for them. we listen and support them in every way possible. so when i hear about your open heart it reminds me daily how our support to these children is truely open heart. our waco chapter of baca truely opens there hearts for abused kids from the biggest of bikers to the most cherished of all our children. i woud like to thank you for your open heart. thank you Darlene Smith Merchandiser for the waco texas chapter of B.A.C.A bikers against child abuse.

    darlene,
    waco, TX

    no child should live in fear
  • OPEN HEARTS BECAUSE OF A SECIAL NEEDS CHILD

    OPEN HEARTS BECAUSE OF A SECIAL NEEDS CHILD Janie,
    Brazoria, TX

    My story begins when I gave birth to a Special Needs Child. He was born with Cerebral Palsy. When the doctor told us, he said I would need to put him someplace, forget about him and have another child. I could not believe that was the advise I was given by a doctor. I told him that my faith would not allow me to do as he suggested. I told him that life is precious and the Lord would see me through. This diagnosis caused the breakup of my first marriage. J. Ray has been a blessing over the years even though he was not able to talk, walk or feed himself. He loved music, church and people. He never meet a stranger. He had his own sign language which his family grew to understand. He always had a smile on his face and had a unique sense of humor. When I remarried and we would have arguments J. Ray would always blow us kisses. When he was diagnosised with bladder cancer and my mother stayed with him in the hospital so I could go home and get some rest, my mother and the doctor had a disagreement and spoke with heated words. J.Ray looked at both of them and kept blowing them kisses until they quit arguing. His life opened my heart so I was able to look at life as he did. He brought so much joy to others. No matter the circumstance - give God the glory.

    Janie,
    Brazoria, TX

    OPEN HEARTS BECAUSE OF A SECIAL NEEDS CHILD
  • The Long Goodbye - Continued

    The Long Goodbye - Continued Aaralyn,
    Mount Vernon, OH

    My name is Aaralyn, and my original story has already been submitted. Sadly, my husband is in the final journey of his merciless disease called Alzheimers. I have learned to appreciate love so much, and never take anything or anyone for granted. My husband may no longer be here by the end of this year, but his memory will live in my heart for the remainder of my life. I will forever keep my heart open to all life's ups and downs. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share heartfelt stories.

    Aaralyn,
    Mount Vernon, OH

    The Long Goodbye - Continued
  • Unconditional Love

    Unconditional Love Kayla,
    Mount Orab, OH

    Unconditional love means to love no matter what the situation and I truly believe this. My boyfriend is on his 3rd month of a rehab program and I have promised that I will be there for him through everything no matter how much it hurts. He gave me an angel open heart necklace to remind me that I have angels with me through all these hard times and with an open heart we will make it through! I have faith that God will bring us through! Love never gives up and I will fight until the end! And when things get tough, my necklace will always remind me to never give up!

    Kayla,
    Mount Orab, OH

    Unconditional Love
  • Hard Trusting Others

    Hard Trusting Others Alyssa,
    Pasadena, MD

    My mother is an outstanding women. I grew up in a household where my father abused the both of us. My mother was such a strong women to take that abuse for so many year, but finally was able to move us out of the situation. She has such a big warm loving heart where everyone is welcome in our home. Two years ago, my mother and new step father opened our house to one of my old friends. He lived with us from late November to late January. He told us that his step father had kicked him out and he had no place to go. He told us he never had a real Christmas, either. My mother's heart melted, she made sure that he felt the love of Christmas that year. In late January, we found that my mothers open heart necklace that my step father spend a thousand dollars on was missing. Then we later found more valuables missing as well. Turns out he was pawning off all of our valuables and using it to support his drug addiction. My mother never pressed charges, because she wanted him to seek help over going to jail. This event in our lives shattered my mother's heart, but to this day she is still warm and loving. Our house is still open to anyone that needs a place to stay and she always has a smile on her face. She is the most amazing women, and such an inspirational person!

    Alyssa,
    Pasadena, MD

    Hard Trusting Others
  • My first baby

    My first baby Brie,
    Portland, OR

    When I was 19 years old, I was pregnant and I was alone. I had so many opportunities to take the "easy" way out and terminate my pregnancy, but I had a strong maternal instinct telling me to protect my child at all costs, even if it cost me. I began looking for families that would give my first born child the life that I so desperately wanted him to have. With an open heart I sifted through thousands of letters of couples, single people, gay people, all wanting to adopt my baby. My first born son needed Greg and Margaret. They were both teachers in California. The owned a gorgeous house not far from the beach. They had two dogs. When I went to meet them at their home, the second I walked into the nursery, I knew that they were my sons parents. Their love for a baby that they would not carry, spilled over into how carefully the nursery was put together. Its been almost 10 years since I saw that nursery, but the love hasn't stopped. I still get to see my first baby grow up, and now I get to raise one of my own. I know that I made the right decision, I know that he is loved and taken care of more than I could have dreamed. I also know, that without an open heart, it would not have turned out as happily as it has.

    Brie,
    Portland, OR

    My first baby
  • Sister

    Sister Susan,
    San Jose, CA

    Beginning of October I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My sister and I were never close,but when she found out, she never left my side. Took me to appt., tests surgery, an when she did leave, she called several times. Because of the cancer she went for a mammogram,1st time. During my surgery she went home to get her mail, A letter, her mammogram, they found something, she needed to come in. Plus the fact she been seeing a guy for 2 years and lately he has been treating her badly, it was tearing her apart. After my surgery she brought me home took care of me, left when my boyfriend came home. Came over everyday, the third day, after she knew I was feeling better, she told me everything, her mammogram, and that she was never going to get involved again, it hurt to much. Which is when I though of the open heart necklace. She opened her heart to me took care of me, so she needed to keep her heart open so love can find away in an it will. I bought it for her and told her to keep an open heart. My surgeon says she got all the cancer, I just need some radiation treatments, Judi's mammogram, just cycists. She love the open heart necklace, and living up to it. Looking forward to the future without him in it.

    Susan,
    San Jose, CA

    Sister
  • After 3 years!!

    After 3 years!! Gelen,
    Oak Grove, MN

    I have been with my fiance now (husband 11-19-11)for almost 4 years now. I have two other kids with my previous relationship. My fiance at the time was like a father to my own kids he loves and acted like a father to them.. I love him so much!! I have been wanting an open heart necklace for a long time and every time we pass by at the jewerly store or see it on a commercial I have always say " i really want that necklace" he always asked me why i wanted this necklace so bad??? The big reason why i LIKE this necklace is because of the sysmbol of the word "OPEN HEART". My fiance was divorce and so am I but I have two kids and he had been there for us with an OPEN heart and accepted my kids like his own kids.. for him to give the necklace on xmas 2010 was a big super because we were both unemployee and got laid of work for almost 2 years and we also had our first baby together Makayla. I was super happy when my kids gave the necklace for xmas that i am super shocked that my husband saved up money to get me this most beautiful necklace that i can someday pass down to my younger kid.. Open heart is a sysmbol of love no matter what the situation is LOVE will find the way to your heart..

    Gelen,
    Oak Grove, MN

    After 3 years!!
  • To Open and Share

    To Open and Share melissa,
    park forest, IL

    With my open heart, I help some of the at-risk children at our local elementary school pick out holiday gifts for themselves or gifts they can give others in their family. Our city is enduring tough times, and kids are usually the ones who take it the hardest. Whether it's through eliminating after-school programs, education spending cuts, or parents working multiple jobs, it is good that we show our kids that we care. I have had a lot of criticisms from some of the parents this year, but I also seek out the positive things that myself and others can and are actively doing, whether on the job or in the community.

    melissa,
    park forest, IL

    To Open and Share
  • A Mothers love is forever!

    A Mothers love is forever! Scott,
    Nashville, TN

    I got my mother sherry a beautiful open hearts necklace with two hearts. They are symbolic of my two younger sisters Misty and Shelly who passed away recently . They passed away 6 months apart and my mom loved her daughters. There is not a day that passes that she does not think of them . She wears her beautiful open hearts necklace everywhere . Each heart reminds my mother of her two beautiful girls and that loves never dies , that it never ends Her strength and her love for her family is Amazing . A mothers love for her children is forever and it is timeless just like the open hearts collection . My mom is a strong lady and I am a better man today because of her . Thank you mom for always loving us , your the best your son Scott

    Scott,
    Nashville, TN

    A Mothers love is forever!
  • Grief to Love.

    Grief to Love. Gretchen,
    Safford, AZ

    My soon to be husband and I met in grief group. The most ironic thing is my late husband and his late wife worked together. I never knew Bob, but of course I knew his late wife. We were good friends for over a year and we dated for over a year. Now on June 9th Bob will become my husband. It's so very true;"If you keep your heart open love will always find a way". "Beauty does come from ashes". I am so very blessed to be able to find love a second time.

    Gretchen,
    Safford, AZ

    Grief to Love.
  • Joseph

    Joseph brandy,
    cottonwood, AL

    When I was 4 months pregnant I found out my son was going to have hydrocephalus and dandy walker syndrome,and that he would need brain surgery and would have alot of developmental problems throughout his life.The dr's told me all my options and I kept an open heart and decided no matter what I was willing to do whatever it takes to have him and keep him alive.They operated when he was 1 years old and put a shunt into his brain to drain the water.The shunt broke when he was 3 years old and he had to be rushed in for emergency surgery.Today,with lots of love and patience and 3 different kinds of therapy,Joseph is a healthy 5 year old boy who is more full of life than any child I have ever seen.He is a little slower than other children his age but that doesnt keep him from trying to accomplish everything he sets out to.There were many times that my husband and I were completely overwhelmed and thought there was no hope,but Joseph always stayed strong,smiling,and completely brave throughout all of his problems.He just started school last week and is learning new things everyday,and I could never see my life without him in it.

    brandy,
    cottonwood, AL

    Joseph
  • We all share the same color heart

    We all share the same color heart Laurie,
    Biloxi, MS

    I have been part of the military for all of my 57 years. My dad was in the Air Force for 25 years and my husband was also in for 25 years. I have been traveling as a spouse or daughter since I was born. I have been in several countries and many, many states. The one thing which I always found to be true was that no matter what color the people were, or their beliefs or religion, they all shared one thing in common: we all shared the same color of our heart. My mother taught me at an early age that all any of us want is for someone to love us and for us to have someone to love. Because of this, I always saw people as one and their differences seemed to melt away. I love that she taught me about having an open mind and an open heart as this enabled me to make so many friends and have true compassion and love at all times. I have passed on the open heart to my children and now my grandchildren. A open heart makes your heart large enough to encompass so many people and make life so much more wonderful to live.

    Laurie,
    Biloxi, MS

    We all share the same color heart
  • My True Love

    My True Love Sandy,
    Kingwood, WV

    I met a wonderful man two and a half years ago. I didn't think that after two failed marriages that true love even existed. I wasn't looking for anyone and there he was one day. I met him when I was out walking my Bassett Hound. I have always believed that things happen for a reason. We became very close, and not only is he my love, but my best friend. Last year for Christmas he bought me a beautiful open hearts collection ring. The silver one with the small black diamonds on the side. It may not have the biggest diamonds, but it means the world to me.

    Sandy,
    Kingwood, WV

    My True Love
  • Worry later!

    Worry later! Kara,
    Tallahassee, FL

    In raising our children- one is a teenager, meaning everyday is a challenge. My husband and I, adopted the philosophy that we only get them for 18 years of their life if we're lucky. After that, they can move away. So, when we start stressing over piles of laundry that never seem to end, vacation debts- that multiply by 4, or just finding time to get them both to seperate locations at the same time- we breathe in, and try to enjoy all that we have for now. We love whatever they do- whoever they befriend, because that is one more piece of the children we love most. Sometimes, it means my antique china may get broken. We may have a pillow fight instead of getting to bed on time. We may lack sleep, and often time to spend alone- just 18 years though, that's all we get.

    Kara,
    Tallahassee, FL

    Worry later!
  • The Love of My Life

    The Love of My Life Alexia,
    Grayson, GA

    My name is Alexia. And because of my Open Heart, I was able to have Tony come into my life and make me the happiest person in the world. He has answered all of my prayers. He rescued me from an abusive family, and from parents that didn't care. He pushed me to finish high school and go to college. We have been together for almost 6 years and married for a little over 3 months. I honestly don't know where I would be today if he hadn't found me. I am a truly blessed young woman who couldn't have asked for anyone better than my amazing husband. I thank God everyday. Thank you for allowing me to Open my Heart and tell you my Love Story.

    Alexia,
    Grayson, GA

    The Love of My Life
  • A new marriage

    A new marriage Maria,
    Littleton, CO

    I wanted to just head straight to the divorce lawyer, the fights and the lies piled up and I thought NO counselor could save us now. I wanted to just walk away and close my heart from hurting anymore (like I'd always done in the past) and especially from things getting worse. I realized I'd been unhappy for a long time and finally realizing my husband had been cheating us (we have children, yes) by not even being a husband but like a bachelor. We were not partners, we were not even companions or friends. We both started living our lives like we were roommates. I thought by disconcerning myself and just doing my daily tasks, would make him see. I realized that I had to make the changes I wanted to see in my life and so I took the stand for me, for my children, and for my marriage. It was a long shot, but it opened his eyes and his heart to truly seeing us and ME. I am keeping my heart open to trusting, to loving and in return for him to love me back and show me the "happily ever after" he believes I deserve and that he will prove for the rest of our lives that he can give to me and us. Here's to keeping an heart open to save the love that could've been easily left behind.

    Maria,
    Littleton, CO

    A new marriage
  • Openness

    Openness Fred,
    Spring, TX

    Having an open heart and open mind has allowed me to be treated as I wish to be treated. I believe that treating others as you would like to be treated is a moto that all should live by. While others may not look the same or act the same, it's the open heart and open mind philosophy that has allowed me to view others for their inner being. And that definetly has allowed me to know that you cannot judge a book by it's cover. Keeping a clear open heart and open mind has allowed my soul to remain open as well.

    Fred,
    Spring, TX

    Openness
  • Our ":Open" Adoption

    Our ":Open" Adoption Crissy,
    copley, OH

    After struggling with infertility, we opted for adoption for our 3rd child. We opened our hearts not just to love a child but, also the biological family. We now have regular contact with birth parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles

    Crissy,
    copley, OH

    Our ":Open" Adoption
  • Losing My Children

    Losing My Children Renee,
    Lewisville, OH

    For Valentines Day in 2010 my daughter, Heather, bought me an open heart necklace. I loved hers and wanted one so she made sure that I got one. My grandchild, Kenadi, from my son, Leather, always claimed that it was hiya's. (That is what she called Heather) And then it was Hiya and Kenis necklace. I told her it was Nanis but she just insisted it was hers and hiyas. On May 11 of that same year,My son and my grandchild were in a car accident and both were dead instantly. He was 25 and she was 2. I asked my daughter Heather if it was okay that I bury Kenadi with the necklace she had bought me. Heather without hesitation agreed. She was 8 months pregnant and lost her only brother and niece that she and I both raised. She knew what that necklace meant to Kenadi. I wanted to share my story about how the open heart necklace meant to us and what it means to us now. It is something that will always connect us to her.

    Renee,
    Lewisville, OH

    Losing My Children
  • Letting go, so as to open up

    Letting go, so as to open up christina,
    green cove springs, FL

    I decided to open up to my family about the childhood sexual abuse I endured. Some family members took the news with sadness and anger. That anger was put towards me. As a result I removed them from my life and that left me with a closed heart for over 4 years. I soon decided that was not something I could do much longer. I opened my heart and now have love again within it. It is best to live with an open heart, something our Heavenly father showed us and did for us. Thanks for listening.

    christina,
    green cove springs, FL

    Letting go, so as to open up
  • Teaching Touches Lives

    Teaching Touches Lives Cynthia,
    Bath, PA

    Being a substitute teacher, I have had many opportunities to help students in many schools both inner city and very rural. All of the children and have different wants and needs. Each day that I go into the classroom I try to change the life of of student in even some small way. Some of the ways I can do this are by positive reinforecement, by giving the attention they may be lacking elsewhere, and by making school a positive and rewarding experience. No matter how little or in what way I can impact the life of one child, I can make a world of difference. By having an open heart to each and every child, I can make the world a better place if only a little and a day at a time.

    Cynthia,
    Bath, PA

    Teaching Touches Lives
  • over again

    over again cheryl,
    roseville, CA

    I have failed my daughter and live with a wish that i could start again. I was responsible for breaking up our family; and today regret making that mistake..getting out in the work world was the cause..meeting another man; now my daughter is leaving her marriage; and all i can do is help her and my grandchildren (3) we want to move and start fresh; so i will be moving with her; the only way they will have a home is if we build one; if we can accomplish that; the story will have a happy ending.....my regret is her dad is not here to help; he has passed away...but it would complete the story..and my past mistakes would not be so regretful; she wants to be a good mother to her children; and i can help her, because it will be the most important task that remains ahead..god willing, we will have that house; a stable environment for 3 children; perhaps a few animals on our property...and a happy rest of our lives...

    cheryl,
    roseville, CA

    over again
  • Singing Gems

    Singing Gems Reynaldo,
    Clinton, MD

    Poetry has always been very special to me. Much like painting it is a beautiful art form which sings passionately of Love and the heart's melodious Beauty. It assauges tears, kisses the heart the way the solace of moonlight kisses the irises. Having survived a car accident, Poetry has always been there to heal, solace, and dazzle one's heart rhythms. Being naturally shy, its always been difficult for me to share my Poetry. But much like a painter the process is its own magical pleasure. Poetry much like songs come much like a rainbow or the sparkle of a resonating star. One always must keep the love in one's heart open to embrace, appreciate, and cherish the magic when Beauty sparkles. And often times one must endure the drizzle, rain, and downpours to feel the sunlight's beam blush. Much like jewelry adorns one's Beauty, Poetry is like singing gems which comforts and betroths the heart with Love. Meeting ya Jane at your art gallery exhibit was such a beautiful and magical experience kinda like meeting Audrey Hepburn when one embraces the beauty of Moonlight. I put your Beauty up there with hers and all the beautiful impressionists painters. That's how much I appreciate and admire your special gift and beautiful talent. Meeting ya and sharing my third volume of poems, "Songs of Pleasures and Longing", with you meant so much to my heart, and something I'll always appreciate and cherish. Your Beauty sparkles more than sparkle.

    Reynaldo,
    Clinton, MD

    Singing Gems
  • 35 years ago...

    35 years ago... stephanie,
    akron, OH

    Mick and I almost got married 35 years ago, but got separated by an unfortunate event. Years later, I was working at a local hospital when I saw our recent heart patient rolled in; but when I saw the name on the chart, I couldn't believe it. Due to privacy laws, I had to keep my composure, as I do now while writting this; but I hadn't seen him in 35 years, he looked so helpless laying there with the tubes in him. All of a sudden, I knew I had to forgive him for what happened so long ago, I still felt love in my heart deep down for him, I had to reopen that book of love. After he was released from the hospital, I contacted a family member to ask how he was doing, they forwarded the message to Mick, and to make a long story short, we are engaged again. Even after 35 years, we still loved each other, more now than ever, realizing that we both made huge mistakes. We both opened our hearts again, to each other and are now more in love with each other than ever. We are determined to spend the next 35 years together making each other happier than we have ever been.

    stephanie,
    akron, OH

    35 years ago...
  • Always Open

    Always Open Cheri,
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Open Hearts is what brings me the most joy in life. My story is about hearts open enough to both receive love and allow love to pass into. I am a blessed mother of 2 daughters in college. Our home has continuously been filled with their friends, with smiles and laughter often. When my daughters and friends ventured off to new adventures in colleges across the country, I celebrated their independence, yet at the same time knew daily life would change. Yes, life changed, but my heart was always open to their calls and notes, each one filled a new space of my open heart, areas of my open heart that had not been filled yet. At the same time I received a new kind of love from the wonderful young people in my life, I continued to leave my heart open to their needs as young adults. All of our hearts swelled with giving and receiving love over the recent holidays. What joy came with making snowman, baking cookies, painting a room together with young people home from college. Our laughter lives in my heart, our conversations over cups of tea ring in my memory. Ever chapter in life closes; we must not let our hearts close. I am so grateful to have my heart continuously filled in new ways, while at the same time I allow love to pour out , it is a give and take world, let our hearts always act accordingly, the benefits are fulfilling!

    Cheri,
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Always Open
  • Going all the way

    Going all the way Jim,
    centreville, AL

    I am 60 years old, recently retired with a full pension from the Railroads. I had caught Polio at 8 months old on Halloween of 1951 which resulted in paralysis of my left leg. Throughout my life I've always felt the presence of Angels about me; reminding me that a good sense of humor will get me through anything. They were right. By taking the hard knocks in stride,

    Jim,
    centreville, AL

    Going all the way
  • My Year with Cancer

    My Year with Cancer Margaret,
    Titusville, FL

    In 2000 I was told I had cancer and I was over took by it. My family was all up North and my Dad was sick. I knew I would be here without them. I went though an operation and a year of radation of being tried and weak. I had to learn to let people help me and depend on them. That year I truly learned what opening your heart meant. Woman from the church came with meals all though the year when needed.We recieved money from people though the year we hardly knew.One lady and her daughter cleaned my house for about a year. I recieved cards and gifts from woman that I only knew from church by name or face. These Woman really opened their hearts and touched my life.The one thing that I am most thankful for a lady came to the hostipal with us and the morning I was having surgery she wanted to pray and then she said I really do not know what to pray I feel I am all prayed up. That was the phase that my own mom has always said to us do not wait till something bad happens be prayed up. I am so thankful that God healed me and also that I lerned how to open my heart to others as these woman did to me and my husband, we grew closer together though this and closer to God than ever. A OPEN HEART IS A GREAT THING!

    Margaret,
    Titusville, FL

    My Year with Cancer
  • The Best Man

    The Best Man Dorene,
    Clay Township, MI

    My fiance is the best man i know. Quiet when i first met him, wasn't gonna date him. Now i can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him. We have worked many charity events, sponsored kids out of state for christmas who would not of had a Christmas and have donated time, money and anything possible for those that we could help. He has truely showed me what its like to be loved by someone. He is the most unselfish person that i know. I truely cannot wait to become his wife. Knowing he is always there for me or anyone else is wonderful.

    Dorene,
    Clay Township, MI

    The Best Man
  • once shutdown

    once shutdown Nancy,
    Rocky hill, CT

    I was once a quiet shy young girl that never opened up 2 anyone not even my mom. I was very sensitive I mean if you looked at me the wrong way, I'd get a lump in my throat, my feelings would easily get hurt. I was afraid to trust people. It was probably because I was raised in a strict sicilian catholic family and well my parents were very set in their ways and there was no changing them. Anyways I started my first job at 15, so I can be "free" from my parents and there I met my friend, mentor, other mother, sister (Angela). She was my supervisor and she basically took me under her wing and guided me through the rest of my teenage years. By the time I graduated highschool, you couldn't shut me up and I became very opinionated. She took on the roll of a big sis n basically directed me on the right path . Thats all it took I slightly opened my heart and received so much more than I expected. I've become close w/my mom n I'm married w/2 boys and living life w/out restraints. :)

    Nancy,
    Rocky hill, CT

    once shutdown
  • Best 10 Years

    Best 10 Years Larry,
    Twin City, GA

    One of the hardest things that I had ever tried to do,but which turned out to be the easiest was to give some of myself to others. It was not until I retired and decided to volunteer some of my time to help at a shelter for some of the less fortunate. It was an experience and I found a joy to be able to help some of these people. There was a lot of thank you'sbut, what I really enjoyed was the smiles that I got from the children that came into the shelter. Over time,I have volunteered at several different events and have learned a lot more of myself and the satisfication that comes with giving a little of yourself to others. I have been doing this now for almost 10 years and feel that this has been the most satifying part of my 70 years.

    Larry,
    Twin City, GA

    Best 10 Years
  • Perfect Glass - Half Full, Half Empty

    Perfect Glass - Half Full, Half Empty katie,
    Allen, TX

    I was asked by a stranger the other day why I use crutches. A million thoughts went thru my head because there is no simple answer. I thought maybe I should make up a quick answer like; I was playing flag football and I twisted my ankle, or maybe even an insane excuse about how I got attacked by a shark while vacationing in Miami. But neither of those two answers is correct for what myself at, 27, years old, have gone through. I have the swelling of a sprained ankle, and the scars of a shark attack involving both my hips having a 15inch scars on my left hip and almost a 20inch scar on the right hip. I am in pain every second of every minute of every day. While some people might have given up, and some people have a hard time believing my story, that is for them to decide but I myself refuse to lie. I stand by the hard, real, and often the raw truth to everything because that is who I am, that is what I keep pushing forward and not allowing myself to give up. My surgery count is 3 knee surgeries, 12 hip surgeries, and 2 spine surgeries. Doctors say I am an anomaly but to me I just want an answer to this pain, and a solution! I refuse to give up, I am still Katie and will always be!

    katie,
    Allen, TX

    Perfect Glass - Half Full, Half Empty
  • Laura

    Laura Glenna,
    Independence, MO

    In 2009, my beautiful daughter, Laura, was turning sixteen years old. Laura was never the type to expect expensive disigner things. Her father died when she was only 17 months old and I was left with 3 children to raise alone. After her brother and sister were grown and gone, it was just her and I. I couldn't have asked for s more lovely daughter as Laura. She made me so proud as she excelled in school, participated in Marching Band and strived to be a kind, descent, young lady. A few months before Laura's birthday, she made some comments about how much she loved the "Open Heart" necklace in the commercials. With her birthday coming up (May 6), I decided to splurge and buy her the diamond necklace. I'm so very glad that I did! I will always remember her beautiful smile when she opened that box to find the necklace. She wore it all the time. Only 5 months later on Halloween 2009, Laura was coming home from a movie with 2 girlfriends from school when a wrong way drunk driver slammed into the car in which Laura was riding in the front passenger seat and killed her. She was only 1 mile from home. She was wearing her "Open Heart" necklace.

    Glenna,
    Independence, MO

    Laura
  • I'm Screaming on the Inside

    I'm Screaming on the Inside Kathleen,
    Virginia, MN

    She is my granddaughter and I won't give her up for adoption! Four years ago my husband and I became foster grandparents to our beautiful grandaughter Brooke. After a court battle we are now legal and physical guardians of our grandaughter. But that is not the end of the story. My husband of 34 years walked out of our lives 3 years ago saying he did'nt want to raise our grandaughter and there is more to life than you, Kathy and Brooke. So here I am three years later raising a breautiful little girl by my self at 56 years old, and loving every minute of it. It is a challenge some days to make things meet but this little life is worth it. If other grandparents are taking on the challenge of raising their grandchildren please let me know. Always Kathy

    Kathleen,
    Virginia, MN

    I'm Screaming on the Inside
  • A Love Story-My wonderful husband

    A Love Story-My wonderful husband Kristin,
    San Diego, CA

    I met my husband at the age of 23, and while there is nothing remarkable about my age the fact that he was 59 was a shock to most. I fell in love on our first date and so did he. We were married 6 weeks later. My open heart allowed to love a man that others believed was "too old" for me and because of that love I have 2 wonderful sons. My husband passed away 2 years ago after a long battle with diabetes. It was hard at times dealing with his illness along with my own battle with Multiple Sclerosis, but we always loved one another and stuck by each other through the tough times. I am truly great full for the 13 wonderful years that I had with Bill, and the love that we shared for one another.

    Kristin,
    San Diego, CA

    A Love Story-My wonderful husband
  • My angel.

    My angel. Kayla,
    Watsontown, PA

    I graduated high school June of 2009. My boyfriend couldn't think of anything to get me. Since we were both low on money I told him that his love was enough. I was to be sent to Great Lakes Il. for basic training that Aug. As a surprise he bought me the angel open heart. He told me that it would protect me from anything that I had coming my way. When I arrived at basics I was told the true extent of my job. I a 125-130lb female would be on the front lines with the Marines, having to carry them if need be to medical tents. Two weeks in I was told that because I had exercise induced asthma when I was 8 I was not fit to be in the military. Since then I have decided to go to college and pursue my dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. I believe that being sent home was a blessing in disguise that I have my guardian angel to thank for. I have already bought my younger sister and older sister open heart necklaces, and when my nieces are old enough they will each receive one as well. I hope to do the same for my daughters. I never take my angel off, and I hope others feel the same for their open hearts as I do. They mean a lot, in one piece of jewelry.

    Kayla,
    Watsontown, PA

    My angel.
  • changed my life

    changed my life sylvia,
    baltimore, MD

    i just bought jane seymour's open hearts ring and when i put it on i felt good and diff about myself and when my family and i moved i was afraid to move and afraid of change to when i look at the ring and started to clean my new bedroom i felt something inside me i've been a fan of jane's since 2010 september and when i heard she had a jewlery she designed i wanted to get a piece of her and now i got a ring but i'm not going to stop wearing them i love the open hearts collaction it's like jane is right here with me years ago my father and cousin died years ago and i was a mess and with this open hearts ring i wear it all the time wherever i go the open hearts collaction changed me thank you jane for everything you've done for people around the world.

    sylvia,
    baltimore, MD

    changed my life
  • Make wishes and see if they come true

    Make wishes and see if they come true Megan,
    Manalapan, NJ

    Throughout my life many individuals have come to me for support to air their worries too, which I so freely accepted. I enjoy helping others think on the bright side, it comes naturally. I started to see patterns forming where I needed to get to a broader range of individuals. I started to write in a notebook then I learned about blogging. My blog topic became about celebrating life events in the most effective way possible due to the economy changes. The main concern most people have is money where my concern has always been the well being of others. We must not forget no matter what we go through in life, we must still celebrate and not dwell on the setbacks as the wheel of fortune will keep turning. Fortune means different things to everyone. To me, food on the table and roof over my head makes me a very wealthy person. Sometimes the littlest things are taken for granted and only appreciated when you think you will lose them. If we didn't have ups and downs, a life line would not exsist. This means your living the life you should live. Everything works out in the end the way it should if you continue to keep an open heart. Notice what you have in life that someone may wish they had and you will soon realize your life isn't as bad as you had always thought. Write down your wishes and see if they come true. Stay Blessed!

    Megan,
    Manalapan, NJ

    Make wishes and see if they come true
  • Misty's heart

    Misty's heart Sue Ann,
    chillicothe, OH

    My niece Misty (who was born with cerebral palsy) truly has an open heart. Misty has not just been my niece, but my best friend. Misty was born with cerebral palsy and given a very short life prognosis (the doctors thought she'd only live around 15 years). However, Misty is now twenty-nine years old and fuller of life than anyone I know. She loves continues to love no matter what. She may not be able to control her arms or legs and her speech is slurred but it doesn't matter. When she hugs me it is a true hug. When she looks me with her sparkling eyes, it is pure love she is sending. Misty has the most pure and genuine open heart of anyone I know. She loves everyone she meets and people love her back. No matter what life throws in my way I am blessed because I was chosen to have the best friend in the world. This holiday I'm going to Kay's Jewelry and I'm going to give a very special piece of the Open Hearts series to Misty because she has a very special heart an OPEN one

    Sue Ann,
    chillicothe, OH

    Misty's heart
  • Luckiest man alive

    Luckiest man alive Lester,
    Wichita Falls, TX

    After marrying at a young age I learned early that my wife was special. But it was after 30 years that I found out Sherry's in a class all her own. I watched over the years how she provided loving care to her mom

    Lester,
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Luckiest man alive
  • Forty Years Rekindled

    Forty Years Rekindled Dorothy,
    Highland, KS

    In 1969 I was engaged to be married and my fiancee was called over seas to fight in the Viet Nam war. While he was gone I met and started dating this other man, who had just returned from Viet Nam. I fell in love with him as well. When my financee came back I was torn as whick one to marry. I had planned to marry as soon as my fiancee returned but we didn't married until 3 months later. I recently lost my husband of 39 years to a long illness and I felt I couldn't love again, then my old flame called and we started seeing one another, and now we are planning our wedding after 40 years. God is so good if we just open our heart to let love come in.

    Dorothy,
    Highland, KS

    Forty Years Rekindled
  • Changing Cancer Treatment with Music

    Changing Cancer Treatment with Music Kelly,
    San Francisco, CA

    Last summer, while most kids were attending summer camps or going on vacations, Aidan Immroth spent his summer in the hospital getting rehabilitation for paralysis that resulted from a brain tumor. The one thing he clung to throughout the long summer was his personal iPod. His love for music sparked an idea for me, and we started AIDAAN.org. We serve pediatric patients needing a distraction. AIDAAN.org (Angels in Disguise Are Always Near) gives iPods and iTunes gift cards to give away to other pediatric patients in hospitals."I really love music," says Aidan, "and the iPods serve as music therapy. I know from my own experience that when patients listen to their favorite music or watch a TV show, it can take their mind off any stress they may be dealing with and help them relax." Through suggestions from nurses and other staff at the Children's Cancer Hospital as well as family and friends, AIDAAN.org is able to identify patients who may benefit from having their own personally decorated iPod. "I want AIDAAN.org to grow so that we can give more iPods to more patients," says Aidan, "but I don't want to get too large to where it's not personal. Finding out that the iPods or iTunes uplifted someone is the best reward."

    Kelly,
    San Francisco, CA

    Changing Cancer Treatment with Music
  • Because.....you're beautiful............

    Because.....you're beautiful............ sheila,
    san diego, CA

    thefirst name of the singer was michael??? and basically I just loved that song....in that I first heard it around the time my dear parent passed away............aside from that....I am a Brit-american...as is the held in awesome Jayne Seymore....admired and loved swmoew,,,has helped all of us...with her designed open heart.............possibly leading the way for the actual hearts of all..............hopefully..........I willl receive a reply as to how to present the heart that has been shown to me....thanks, also, to the to the universal star...the immoprtal Jaynew Seymour...is and remains a legend...embedded in the hearts of all....remembering also...our beloved mothers..........hers. and, all our dear motheers...orever.............. thank you allo for possible input ask to how or where should present a seco9nd comming per se.............of rtheheart................thank you,so much...............of my dearly beloved parent....and, which willl not reap pewrsonal profits per se, but willl also enhace the efforts of others....in other words, Ms.

    sheila,
    san diego, CA

    Because.....you're beautiful............
  • Against the Odds

    Against the Odds Deena,
    Hope, AR

    My husband and I are 16 years apart in age. Many, well most people said our marriage would not last due to the age difference. We have been married 41 years now. We have 3 kids, 7 grandkids and 7 great grandkids. Lots of love in my family. My regret is we will not have 41 more years together. I am 57 and he is 73. Love overcomes the odds.

    Deena,
    Hope, AR

    Against the Odds
  • My Life

    My Life Jamie,
    cleveland, OH

    Hi my name is Jamie Dosa on March 2001 I lost my step dad to complications with a stroke he had he lived a good year after he had a stroke it killed me inside due to I was so close to him his name was John Gavin. I then in 2004 moved to Ohio to be with my loving very wonderful husband on January 9th 2006 we had a son named Brian Jr he at not even a month old had Pylorix stenosis were instead of the food dygesting it self he was throwing it up the doctors were able to fix the problem he is now a healthy happy 3 year old. Then Sept 2008 i was experiancing horrid headaches and getting very dizzy i passed out in the bathroom my 3 year old son found me when i awoke i was in ICU with tubes in me they had told me i some how burned my stomach with the hot water from the shower and that the reason i had passed out was due to my Blood pressure was 205 over 121 they told me that it could have been worse thank god i didnt have a stroke nor did i have a heart attack i did have a small seizure from it but ever since then i have been fine with no probs but i do have a scar from the burn i had gotten to remind myself that life is to short i need to live life to the fullest and i am so thankful and greatful my son found me when had did or other wise i would have been gone my son means the world to me

    Jamie,
    cleveland, OH

    My Life
  • the 3 loves of my life

    the 3 loves of my life michele,
    corinth, NY

    i met my husband while we were in 11th grade and we have been together through thick and thin since. we have 2 beautful children gary 22 and ashley 11. life hasn't always easy ,we have had some rough times the past few years like many people today. but last christmas my family went out christmas shopping for me. i needed new snow boots, that i just did not want to spend the money on when the kids needed things. christmas morning i opened up my gift of the boots and they wanted me to try them on , i was crying as i put them on because it was a nice unexpected suprise. when i put the first one on there was something in it, i pulled the small package out and it was the silver heart ring!!! now i am really cying hard and trying to put the other boot on ,there was something in that one too!! the heart necklace!!! they gave me their hearts!!! just like daddy had given me his . {my wedding ring is shaped like a heart}this was the best christmas that i have ever had, and the first time that they were able to keep a secret!! they are my heart and my love just keeps growing for them. your jewelry lets people know how much they love me. i never take them off..thank you for this perfect expresion of love...

    michele,
    corinth, NY

    the 3 loves of my life
  • Life -

    Life - Julia,
    Westlake, OH

    I had been divorced for over 20 years when I met Michael and thought I would be alone forever. We were married after only 8 weeks together. A number of issues and old baggage plaqued our time together and have made us agree to dissolve the marriage. However, through all of this, we have been able to continue to care for each other and remain friends. Had I not opened my heart to him, I would never have found a great friend and I have grown. We are both working hard to better the situation and be there for each other. While the decisions we made were difficult we remain friends and both feel our lives are better having each other in our lives. Who knows where life will lead us - never fear to make the leap if the heart is open.

    Julia,
    Westlake, OH

    Life -
  • Love

    Love Veronica,
    Texhoma, OK

    My boyfriend Ward Allard gave me an open heart necklace for Christmas last year. I loved it! we have had our rough times through the relationship but everytime I look at my necklace it reminds me to have an open heart to true love. Now he wants me to design my engagement ring with open heart on each side of the ring. My ex-sister-in-laws and I plan on getting an open heart tattoo. To resemble love between us. To show how close we'll remain.

    Veronica,
    Texhoma, OK

    Love
  • out of darkness

    out of darkness dawyane,
    compton, CA

    About 15 years ago, I remember i was tormented by a lot of students because of my learning disability, i was tease, pick on ETC...I always felt like the out cast, they called me all type of names; saying I'm dumb, i will never become somebody, calling fat, stupid, you name it, i always felt dumb :'( i never had friends, even when i was trying to be nice, they still would not talk to me, i remember when i was trying to sit down with kids and they just got up and walk away, before they left, one of the students said " we do not sit with people with a disability, a stupid kid, that can not read or do anything" at that time, i was so empty...one student through a rock at my shoulder. Ever since then, i always ate in the bathroom where i will not be notice to anyone :'(....walking to class, kids be looking at me and other kids say " there go the retarted people going into R.S.P. " then one even one of them ask me " what does R.S.P. stand for" ? i told them i do not know, they said " it means Retarted Stupid People ". i always felt like a victim up until now. I mean if i was a victim for too long, it was up to me to reinvent myself. thats why i'm telling this story. So i began to believe, myself, that was all i was, a victim, and that was unacceptable to me. so i sat down, and began to write a new role that would be my own. A role for a man who could leave the walls of fear behind, and step back into the sunlight, OUT OF DARKNESS. :)

    dawyane,
    compton, CA

    out of darkness
  • A leap of faith...

    A leap of faith... julia,
    rothbury, MI

    I was a single mom with 3 boys. I worked about 60 hours a week, and my career was very important to me. I had worked at my employer for 15 years. I had started as a janitor, and moved up to a quality engineering job in the aerospace industry. I thought that I had finally arrived, and had everything that I thought that I wanted. I didn't date and my children and my career were all consuming. I had resolved myself to raising my children on my own, and was quite happy being alone. Then through my interaction with a supplier to my company, I unknowingly met the love of my life. They say that "It" finds you when you aren't looking for it-and I am living proof that is true. I tended to be very methodical and cold-and how he saw through that I will never know. I must say, I was much less than receptive to his advances...but somehow he got in under the radar. After being completely swept off of my feet, I quit my career of 15 years, and moved 350 miles away to another state to marry the man that taught me that I HAD a heart...and has taught me how to love. Through his love and kindness to myself and my children, I now see what is important in life. That was 5 months ago. I have inherited 2 more boys and have a beautiful family-and love is spoken here daily...with heart!

    julia,
    rothbury, MI

    A leap of faith...
  • Love = Forgiveness

    Love = Forgiveness Mellissa,
    Massillon, OH

    I believe that having a open heart is the way that god wants us to love and forgive one another. You can never close your heart to love, the same way you can not close your heart to forgiveness. I had my heart broken by people that I loved and I thought loved me.I realized that you can not stay at a place of brokeness and close your heart, so that you will not let anyone get to close.Love and forgivenees will never get away from each other.Loving someone is forgiving them and forgiving someone is loving them.I decided that I will always love to show compassion and forgive to show mercy.

    Mellissa,
    Massillon, OH

    Love = Forgiveness
  • My Daughter

    My Daughter Veronica,
    Franklin, OH

    My oldest daughter was told she had breast cancer 2 years ago it devistated everyone in the family.It realy hit home when she started loosing her hair and she asked me to shave her head as I was doing this we both were crying and when she stood up and looked in the mirror she turned to me and we huged for the first time in years.Now 2 years later her hair has came back and she is on the road to recovery.you always say it will never happen to you or someone you love but it dose,So I want everyone to no that if you find it in time you can survive it .but you have to check yourself and have your mamagram when it is time to do not put it off because the best solution is to find it early like my 37 year old daughter did.

    Veronica,
    Franklin, OH

    My Daughter
  • 50th birthday surprise

    50th birthday surprise Donna,
    CARBONDALE, IL

    My friends from Church of the Good shepherd have been planning a 50th birthday bash for Peggy Igleheart, the more outgoing partner, during most of last year. She turned -50- Wednesday, 30 December and the party is Saturday, 2 January, 2010 at Blue Sky Winery, one of many on Southern IL wineries on the Shawnee Forest Art/Wine Trail. Belinda Cole is the planner and one thing we are going to do is 'roast' Peggy. Earlier last year I introduced them both to Jane Seymour's Open Hearts jewelry line as Peggy, especially, had admired an onyx and marcasite set I wore to church one Sunday. I told her if she liked that she should check out JS/OH's black/white diamond collection jewelry. I shared my autographed copy of Jane's book, "Open Hearts" as they were going through some tough times with family during the year and the pictures and stories in the book touched a nerve and helped them cope. Anyway, Belinda surprised Peggy on her birthday with "earrings, a necklace and a ring and then a WATCH with diamonds around it to match. I loved it all! I'll have it on Sat - so be watching! : ) WOO! HOO! : )"

    Donna,
    CARBONDALE, IL

    50th birthday surprise
  • My Porter

    My Porter Claudia,
    Rochester, NY

    My husband and I had a beautiful 110 lb. Chocolate Lab his name was Porter. He was 12 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer. Only 14 days after the diagnosis he left this world and I couldnt seem to understand it. My birthday was 10 days later and my husband gave me a open heart necklace with Porter's name engraved on the back and together we share the memories of his life thru my necklace. Thank you so much for making this possible. He will live on forever in our OPEN HEARTS.

    Claudia,
    Rochester, NY

    My Porter
  • Mom and her twin brother

    Mom and her twin brother Stephanie,
    evans, GA

    This November, we lost our friend, my uncle Dean. He dead in a car accident. My mom was torn up by it; he is her twin brother. She's been fighting her battle ever since. For Christmas, she requested an Open Heart Angel necklace. We hid the necklace in a cookie jar and got her to open this present last. When she got to it, she was confused. When she opened up the jar, she had the biggest smile and declared that she would wear the necklace everyday. She called the angel Dean.

    Stephanie,
    evans, GA

    Mom and her twin brother
  • My heart IS Open

    My heart IS Open TIANA,
    HARVEY, LA

    February 2009, I gave birth to my daughter. As any mothert would know, you feel the greatest love of all when giving birth to a child. The next evening, my husband came in, and set a Kay Jewelers bag down. Totally shocked, and surprized, I opened it and there it was, The Jane Seymour Open Heart diamond earrings and matching Necklace. I always wanted it, and he got it for me. It was so perfect for the moment.... I just gave birth to my second child who throughout my pregnancy I doubted how much love I can give her, since I had a 3 year old son, who I thought filled up my entire heart. Just like the meaning of the collection, my heart was Open to Love her just as much as I did him. So this jewelry does and always will hold a special meaning to me, and maybe one day I will give it to my daughter, and explain to her what the Open Heart Collection is all about. Thanks Jane Seymour for this beautiful jewelry.

    TIANA,
    HARVEY, LA

    My heart IS Open
  • My Special Granddaughter

    My Special Granddaughter Karen,
    Temple, TX

    I was never close with my Mother until my daughter gave birth to an autistic child. This sweet innocent little girl has brought our entire family together. She is now 13, and makes sure that we all sit at the table and dine together, she takes my hand and puts it in my mothers while we are at our many Dr's visits. She went shopping with my Mom and they picked out the Open Heart necklace and earrings for my birthday! This is my most treasured possession, I intend to pass it to my daughter, and hope she will do the same. Thank you for creating beautiful jewelry that has true meaning.

    Karen,
    Temple, TX

    My Special Granddaughter
  • Gift of unconditional love

    Gift of unconditional love JoAnne,
    phoenix, AZ

    I received my open heart necklace from my three children whom I put through college as a single mom. They gave me the greatest gift growing up to fine adults. The second greatest gift they gave me was the open heart necklace (black

    JoAnne,
    phoenix, AZ

    Gift of unconditional love
  • Our Teddy

    Our Teddy Maria,
    Feasterille, PA

    Our son, Teddy James,died suddenly in 1983. He was 3 years old. On his headstone we had a heart with his name in the center of it. The lower right side of the heart was to be an open heart. When they made the stone they closed the heart because they thought we made a mistake :-( They remade the stone with an open heart.

    Maria,
    Feasterille, PA

    Our Teddy
  • An Unbroken Bond.

    An Unbroken Bond. Terri,
    Lafayette, TN

    When my son was little he was adopted by my cousin(not by choice, but by circumstances). The first year I was able to get him and take him places. On the way to my grandmother‘s, we stopped and my sister gave him a coin for the gum ball machine and he got a ring and gave it to me. I wore that little ring until it broke in half and I kept it in my jewelry box for the next ten moves and then lost it. We lost contact as life went on, but at a family reunion we reunited but just talking (he was a teenager and I didn't know where I stood)so slowly we reconnected. Through the years, he came visited us a couple of times. Now he is remarried and she is very interested in the whole adoption and has encouraged him to spend more time with us. They decided to come to our house for Christmas and his birthday which is the 26th. I was so happy to have my family together for the first time in twenty-six years for the holidays and this would also be the first birthday I had with him since he was four! Christmas day I had to work the mid-shift and we were going to celebrate Christmas later that evening, he would not wait until then to give me my gift. When I opened the box and saw the open heart, I realized what our future meant to him.

    Terri,
    Lafayette, TN

    An Unbroken Bond.
  • our life

    our life naomi,
    coventry, RI

    Me and my husband now have been together for 17 years off and on married 3 years we have seen our share of heart ache in january of 1997 was the worst my husband lost the most important person in his life his nana she was a wonderful person but only a few days later i lost my best friend in a fatal car accident it just so happened there funerals were the same day and time so i had to make a choice i choose to stand by my husbands side it was a very tough time for both of us we have been through alot together ive been laid off 3 times over the last 2 years he was injured and out of work my mom had a scare with cancer weve had so much money problem but no matter what has come our way weve been there for each other and together our love will conquer all my husband bought me the open heart necklace and ring as a symbol of how if we keep our hearts open to love we will servive

    naomi,
    coventry, RI

    our life
  • Everyone has a chance at love

    Everyone has a chance at love Angela,
    Portland, OR

    I had gotten a Divorce from an abusive man. I had 3 kids already. I had 1 boyfriend that called it quites-could not handle kids.I wrote off men. So, I let go and let god.It was then I opened my heart. I went on a party line with some friends. I meet Kevin. Wwe talked for months before we had our first date. It was at my home.I burnt the steak badly(destracted).He ate all of it.My kids loved him.We have been married 5.5 years now. When we got married everyone ask how I knew he was it. I always say when he ate the burnt steak.See,He like his steak medium and he cooks for a living.

    Angela,
    Portland, OR

    Everyone has a chance at love
  • I asked to send someone to love me.

    I asked to send someone to love me. Kathryn,
    Uxbridge, MA

    My story starts on Christmas Day 2009...I was single and lonely. On Christmas I asked the Universe to send someone to love me. That is all I wanted. My 30th Birthday was on January 9, 2010 and my roommate and all of my best girlfriends got together and purchased my open heart pendant for me. I didn't realized how loved I was until I received this charm of love. The Universe showed me everyone who loved me...Thank You Jane. I wear my pendant for inspiration never to forget how loved I am and how loving I have been to my friends to do something this special.

    Kathryn,
    Uxbridge, MA

    I asked to send someone to love me.
  • GOOD

    GOOD RICHARD,
    MILWAUKEE, WI

    I ALWAYS OPEN MY HEART TO GOODNESS SO THAT I AM A GOOD PERSON THAT IS GOOD TO OTHERS.

    RICHARD,
    MILWAUKEE, WI

    GOOD
  • Our family

    Our family Karen,
    St. Marys, OH

    Due to the downturn in the economy, our son and his family (wife and 2 small children) have moved into our farm home with us. Multi-generational families were quite common during the great depression and I think they are becoming more so now also. It has given us a unique opportunity to become closer to our adult children as well as a positive influence on our grandchildren.

    Karen,
    St. Marys, OH

    Our family
  • When your not looking for love-it finds you!

    When your not looking for love-it finds you! Paula,
    Spottsville, KY

    Just thought I would share my story of how my husband and I met and fell in love when that was the farthest thing on my mind. I was divorced from a marriage of 5 years with two boys. I saw my husband of almost 6 years out one night and we hadn't seen each other since high school. He asked for my number and said he would call me sometime. We occasionally dated off and on for about a year and then things began to get more serious. We are the best of friends and share everything together. After dating for 5 years, we decided to go to Gatlinburg and get married. He never had children of his own and has been so great with my boys that are now 11 and 14. We decided about 4 years ago to try for a child of our own together and God blessed us with boy/girl twins. I always wanted a girl and he wanted a boy so we both were blessed with 2 beautiful babies that were healthy and striving!! It really is true that if you leave your heart open love will find its way in when you are least expecting it. I never thought I would end up married to one of my classmates from school that I had lost touch with for the longest time. A man who truly ended up being a blessing in disguise and the love of my life!!

    Paula,
    Spottsville, KY

    When your not looking for love-it finds you!
  • My Daughter and Daughter-in-Laws Open Hearts

    My Daughter and Daughter-in-Laws Open Hearts Deanna,
    Pleasantview, TN

    Last Christmas, I decided instead of giving the usual gift cards, money or corny gitfs I wanted to give my daughter and daughter-in-laws something truly meaningful. As I was watching TV one night I saw one of the open hearts commercials and it was then that I realized what I needed to get them. My daughter is 17 and at the stage where she is beginning to appreciate jewelry. My 2 daughter-in-laws are absolute gifts from God to my sons and I just felt like the Open Hearts necklace would be a constant reminder of my love and appreciation for them. I have to say that it brought tears to all of our eyes when they opened the box and saw the card that came along with the necklace and my personal message. It is also a reminder to my daughter-in-laws that regardless of whether they stay married to my sons, my heart will always be open to them. As for my daughter, she will be going off to college next year so the necklace will be a contant reminder to her that no matter how far away from home she is, our hearts will always be open to the love we share! I guess now I need one for myself!

    Deanna,
    Pleasantview, TN

    My Daughter and Daughter-in-Laws Open Hearts
  • baby comming

    baby comming Donna,
    Waterford, CT

    The hand that held my daughters with my open heart ring holding close for we watch together the birth of her first child.The diamonds shined so bright that day it was a true love showed threw the room. The open heart is truly a gift that watches over our love an understanding our love for the ring. It shines every day keeping life happy even when I'm at work clients all ways remark how beauty full it is. It will be on all the time to reminding me that love is all ways there and understanding is a plus.

    Donna,
    Waterford, CT

    baby comming
  • That day in the mall

    That day in the mall Margaret,
    Norfolk, VA

    My husband and I have been together for 12 years. We have met many changes but have always kept the faith. This past October we were walking in the mall and saw the open hearts collection and I was immediately drawn to it. Knowing in no way was I going to buy that necklace, since my husband just lost his job with the navy. We have four children and with activities they like to do I was no way going to spend the money and especially spend it on myself. Well, it was a few days before my birthday that day in the mall and my husband said I will get that for you, I was like no we cant buy that. Then I said we can combine it for my birthday and Christmas and he said no, I am going to buy it just because I love you and you deserve it. I was taken aback by that statement. That necklace means so much to me. We have been blessed all these years and in the times when we were thrown a curve ball we made it through. This necklace symbolizes that if you do keep your heart open anything is possible. Thank you for creating such a beautiful and meaning piece of jewelry.

    Margaret,
    Norfolk, VA

    That day in the mall
  • Operation:365 By Hatter

    Operation:365 By Hatter Matthew,
    Howard Beach, NY

    Every year we all pledge something to ourselves in between Christmas and New Year's, and entitle that pledge our New Year's Resolution. Well this year, things were tough to say the least. My Grandfather had gotten sick in July and then in December with a reoccurring form of cancer, and my Aunt passed away in October. So with that at the forefront of my thought process, I wanted to do something different and something meaningful, instead of the usual "I'm going to drop 20 pounds" or "hit the gym more this year" pledge. So I consulted with a friend who I had partnered up with on an All-Things-Food blog called "Hatter

    Matthew,
    Howard Beach, NY

    Operation:365 By Hatter
  • my angel

    my angel heather,
    bangor, PA

    My name is heather...in the last few years ive been through alot...loosing my gram and then last year my now ex husband left me and my 3 kids after 14 yrs of marriage and being together a total of 18 yrs...he cheated...i got so upset and depressed that the only personw ho talked me out if it was my mom...she helped me and pretty much saved me from doing something stupid...i got her youe open heart angel necklace for christmas shes my guardian angel here on earth...and ive met a great man whom i love more than i can...and i am happy now...and its all because of my mom and her telling me to keep my head up and think positive etc... :)

    heather,
    bangor, PA

    my angel
  • Cancer and back pain

    Cancer and back pain Sherry,
    Draper, UT

    I spend much of my time in bed watching TV. I have found GMC chanel and the old Dr Quin shows. I really enjoy watching these and I wonder if you are the really nice woman that is on TV. I was at the AARP convention in Las Vagas I really wanted to see you but was in bed that day with back pain. My questions is are you really as nice as the person on the comercials? Do you have an open heart? I hope you are that open person. I love your smile it makes me smile. I am 63 and wnat to thank you for making part of my day happy. Thank you for the web site, Sherry

    Sherry,
    Draper, UT

    Cancer and back pain
  • Heart Beat

    Heart Beat Leon,
    Gretna, VA

    My story is heart beat with full of open love that I have in my heart for my wife. The heart that she open was mined. When you find true love your heart will race with a beat full of love. My wife is Jesse Adams Christ brought us together and we beat together with love that last forever. Jane Seymour has a lot of love for her mom. The necklace is so special that I purchased my wife an opened heart necklace. Have your heart opened filled with love and you will always find that heart beat for that right special someone.

    Leon,
    Gretna, VA

    Heart Beat
  • Love Letter

    Love Letter Louise,
    Dayton, KY

    I wrote this to my husband on Valentine's Day: Dear Jack, As Valentine's Day approaches, I want to thank you for the best gift of love that anyone could give: our granddaughter Francesca. On Valentine's Day in 1991, she entered our world and changed it forever. When we adopted Chris and Spencer in 1981, we knew that we were taking on the responsibilities of adopting older kids, and we accepted the challenge. At times we felt at wit's end with two teenaged boys invading our calm lives, but I believe that we rose to the challenge and provided a safe and loving home for them. When Spencer married in 1990, we worried that we had made the wrong choice, marrying much too young to a girl even younger! We watched through that first year as they struggled financially and emotionally and then found out they were expecting a child ten months later. All through Shamra's pregnancy, I fretted that this would end badly, but on that cold Valentine's Day, when Frankie entered our world, our lives were changed forever! My love letter is to you, Jack, to thank you for our wonderful family. We did not do it the conventional way, but in the end, we found love and happiness. When our other grandchildren arrived, they brought more joy, but Valentine's Day will always be special to me because it brought our lives a new meaning. For that gift, I will always be grateful. All my love, Louise

    Louise,
    Dayton, KY

    Love Letter
  • My Children

    My Children tonya,
    brockport, PA

    I am a mother of 5 and I never thought I would have more than 2 children but with an open heart and trust in God I'm am blessed.

    tonya,
    brockport, PA

    My Children
  • A VALENTINE BIRTHDAY....

    A VALENTINE BIRTHDAY.... Ahmad,
    Hawthorne, CA

    About a year ago I found out I was HIV positive and everything changed! I gave up on life on myself and I wanted to die before the HIV killed me. I started doing drugs heavy and drinking heavy and I just completly stop caring? And then God sent me and Angel in the form of a human name Marcus, he too had HIV and had been undectable for some years now and he cared enough about me to go with me to that first doctor's visit that started me on my meds. I was very scared and sad because I had been living with HIV and dealing with alone afraid of what so many people would think! When I met him he just told me Hi I'm Marcus and I'm HIV positive.. It changed me! Just wanted to share that. I'm on meds and healthy! I would like for this email to remain Annoymous please. Thankyou so much I just wanted to share how he gave me my life back so to speak... I was born on valentines day 2-14 my life this year will be the best birthday present ever... I owe it to MARCUS!!! THANK YOU MARCUS... I LOVE YOU DOLL.... I'M THE ONE WITH THE CURLY HAIR MARCUS IS THE ONE WITH DREADS....

    Ahmad,
    Hawthorne, CA

    A VALENTINE BIRTHDAY....
  • OUR OPEN HEART CHRISTMAS

    OUR OPEN HEART CHRISTMAS SHERRY,
    LOUISVILLE, KY

    My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer four and a half years ago. The first 2 years were okay, but then his health started declining and he was in and out of the hospital monthly and had to have 24 hr care. Our nights were our time to talk, laugh and cry as he slept in a recliner because of the pain and I slept on the couch beside him. We watched alot of television and of course there were commercials. He like Jane Seymour as we watched DWTS and her television series. I kept telling him I liked her new line of jewelry and would some day purchase a piece of it. He was unable to shop because of his health and I told him at Christmas no big deal we would enjoy our kids and grandkids this year. Well after all presents were opened, he handed me the famous black box(Kays) and I opened it and there was the necklace. I was STUNNED. After a few weeks we were talking about the holidays and how much the grandkids had grown and how proud we were of the kids and I asked about the necklace and he told me that he purchased the double heart so that when he was gone I would always remember that he loved me Twice as Much as I loved him and the double heart would remind me. He passed away July 13th, 2009.

    SHERRY,
    LOUISVILLE, KY

    OUR OPEN HEART CHRISTMAS
  • Random Acts of Kindess

    Random Acts of Kindess vicki,
    oakalnd, CA

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago after going through chemo and radiation I was reminded how short life can be.It is very easy to give back and not enough people are taking the time.I fell in love with Heifer International and have raised over 1,500.00 in donations for them just by talking to people about what they do.When stopping off at a fast food drive through I often buy an extra coffee and a bite to eat and at random hand it out to a homeless person.My garbage man is very happy that I put the cans out with the handle facing the street so he can pick up the can with the trucks's automatic arm.It seems as though people just do not take a minute to think about how easy it can be.I have three young adopted children and this year I have taught them about giving back.They have gone through their gently used stuffed toy animals and we have been able to find orphanges by directly contacted them through e-mail and we have sent toys to Narobi,Nakura,Cambodia and Burma.The orphanges have taken the time to take picutres of the children and send the pictures back to my children so mine can see that their toys are now making another child happy.We should all remember that life is short and it is very easy to have Random acts of kindess.

    vicki,
    oakalnd, CA

    Random Acts of Kindess
  • Missing love

    Missing love john,
    staten island, NY

    I was friends with this girl and we hung out every weekend and I met this other girl and was king of forced into a relatonship and stopped talking to my friend. She contacted me months later and told me she kept thinking about me and loved me now im with her for almost 6 months and we love each other

    john,
    staten island, NY

    Missing love
  • What About Today

    What About Today Wellington,
    Glassboro, NJ

    WHAT ABOUT TODAY? By Wellington E. Watts, II Today wish it would last forever It's the only day I have Maybe it does Maybe it's sleep that creates the illusion of time Somehow when I awaken from my sleep Today has disappeared and reappeared There was no tomorrow Only today TODAY I was born I lived I loved I laughed I cried TODAY life began TODAY life was lived TODAY life ended In the end all I had was today And now that TODAY has been transformed into immortality forever I found peace and joy -- TODAY Can't wait to see you TODAY May love, joy, and the peace of God be with you Today.

    Wellington,
    Glassboro, NJ

    What About Today
  • an open heart is worth more than money

    an open heart is worth more than money Mary Jo,
    Rugby, ND

    It was mothers day and I could only dream to buy my mother an opens heart necklace. I was in collage working a low wage job the only way i was able to but andy thing was to make my mother a necklace. when i gave her the home made necklace that year i said i wish i could give you a nicer gift. my mother said i love it because you gave it to me it is from your heart. later that year some how i was able to a ford an open hearts necklace right out of collage with loans and bills to pay i knew that now was the time to buy one. this very first open hearts was not for me but for a mother who raised three kid helped my dad on the farm and ranch. takes care of her grand kids. all with love. That christmas when i gave her the necklace was the best gift ever she was so shocked happy. later she said what a gift you gave not many people would give from there hearts when they to have so little. i told her for all you do i wish i could give you back half the love you give us your family. she had seen the ad on t.v for the necklace a few years before and had a wish to have one one day. an open heart is worth more than money Mary Jo From North Dakota

    Mary Jo,
    Rugby, ND

    an open heart is worth more than money
  • Some things Really Are Meant to Be

    Some things Really Are Meant to Be Sherry,
    Marion, VA

    I was married to my high school sweetheart for 16 years and had been with him for 22 years total. Our marriage was not perfect and we definitely had more than our share of rough times. My husband had a very hard time remaining faithful, he cheated on me several times but I always took him back because I truely loved him. In October of 2007 I found out he was cheating on me again and this was only 3 months after we had finally been able to buy our first house together. I guess I had finally taken all I could so this was the last time he would cheated on me but starting over would not be easy. This is where my open heart story starts, while trying to get a little background on the woman he had been cheating w/I met her soon to be ex husband Greg. We started out basically talking to compare notes etc. Our meeting was definitely fate, there just aren't enought words in this story to explain it all. After several meetings we started having feelings for each other. He is the sweetest guy and treats me like I've never been treated. He was truly a God send. Christmas last year was when I saw the Open hearts and really thought the meaning behind it was meant just for me. Greg bought me the necklace for Christmas and the ring for Valentines. I cherish them both. I guess love can be fate!

    Sherry,
    Marion, VA

    Some things Really Are Meant to Be
  • My Open Heart....

    My Open Heart.... Brandy,
    Battle Creek, MI

    As a child growing up I was moved from place to place, from my Mom, to my Grandma, to a Father that I didn't even know. I felt guarded, not loved and abandoned for many years. I have been with my husband for 11 years now and until 4 years ago, he did not have my whole heart. I was scared to let someone love me, to let someone in for fear that I would have to live the life again that I swore I wouldn't. One day on our way to the Cleveland Clinic, my husband and I were talking about our childhoods, all that we had been through. His life was not the greatest either, but he had his famliy there. I will never forget our conversation he told me that I have to open my heart and let people in, if I don't I will never be able to experience what love feels like, yes, there will be heart ache at times, but with heat ache you will know how love feels. My husband was placed into CCU a couple of years ago, it scared me very much. We were not allowed to see him for a while, until he became more stable. I was scared that I was going to lose my husband, I thought I would have live without him for the rest of my life. When I seen my husband, I opened my heart, I then knew how to love open heartly....

    Brandy,
    Battle Creek, MI

    My Open Heart....
  • HREE SISTERS SURVIVE CANCER

    HREE SISTERS SURVIVE CANCER Ann,
    sPRING, TX

    mY STORY STARTS oCTOBER 2008 MY YOUNGEST SISTER 39YRS OLD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER tHEN IN nOVEMBER IN 2008 MY OLDEST SISTER WAS ALSO DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER THEN IN DECEMBER 2008 I MYSELF WAS DIAGNOSED . aFTER MY YOUNGER SISTER STARTED CHEMO SHE WENT AND BOUGHT THE NECKLACE I SAW THAT IT WAS SO PRETTY I WENT AND BOUGHT THE RING. mY OLDEST SISTER COULD NOT AFFORD THE JEWELRY SO i FIGURED BY TELLING OUR STORY iF i WON i COULD GIVE HER THE NECKLACE i DID BUY THE BOOK SIGNED BY jANE SEYOUR AND SHE WAS INSPIRED BY IT SHE TOLD ME THE OTHER DAY SHE WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT BREAST CANCER FOR KIDS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT IT. sHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE WHEN i NEEDED HER SO BY DOING THIS i COULD GIVE HER SOMETHING SPECIAL LIKE THE NECKLACE IT WOULD LOOK VERY PRETTY ON HER AND MAKE HER FEEL PRETTY AND SPECIAL AFTER HER CNCER I WAS AFRAID SHE WOULD GO INTO A DEEP DEPRESSION BUT SHE MADE IT

    Ann,
    sPRING, TX

    HREE SISTERS SURVIVE CANCER
  • Always Say "I Love You"

    Always Say "I Love You" Jill,
    Winfield, WV

    Our family had always been extremely close. We cooked, did housework, did yard work, ran errands, and played together. Friends said the five of us were joined at the hip. We still had our own activities and work, but we spent time together. My husband and I had always been affectionate around and with our three children, i.e., hugs, kisses, and saying, "I love you." We made it a habit to never part, in person or on the phone, without saying. "I love you." Tragi fifteen years and three kids late, my husband was killed. Because of our lifestyle of doing things together, our world fell apart. Immediately, the one thing that came to all of us, as it does to everyone who has lost someone, was the last words spoken. It was comforting to know that the last words, even though we were all at different places, exchanged were, "I love you." As time passed and we came into contact with others who were grieving, we heard stories have "last words" and regrets. I was thrilled as our three children, ages six, seven, and twelve, were "lecturing" everyone about saying, "I love you." I feel such joy and satisfaction in knowing that our children and I have passed this important and loving "habit" on to so many. Sixteen years later my kids live in another state; saying "I love you" has continued, become even more important, and been passed on to another generation.

    Jill,
    Winfield, WV

    Always Say "I Love You"
  • In God's Time

    In God's Time Vern,
    Marceline, MO

    My wife and I met 23 years ago and I asked her to marry me then. She thought I was joking, I am quite a comedian. We both married other people and subsequently divorced them. We met again and she thought it was her duty in life to find my mate. I told her maybe I already have.We have just celebrated our 10th anniversary on 05-23-2012. That old saying, "Third times the charm." applies here as it is the 3rd time for both of us. One more thing here, I don't tell her enough that I love her. Here's to you LuAnne, "I LOVE YOU"

    Vern,
    Marceline, MO

    In God's Time
  • Love my Open Hearts collection!!! I LOVE THAT ?

    Love my Open Hearts collection!!! I LOVE THAT ? Zamari,
    Miami, FL

    I Love Jane Seymour and Love my Open Hearts collection!!! My husband and me love the movie Somewhere in the time

    Zamari,
    Miami, FL

    Love my Open Hearts collection!!! I LOVE THAT ?
  • ~Snowfazam~

    ~Snowfazam~ Gaynell,
    Patterson, LA

    I've had to and have to keep an Open Heart at all times. Having myself as the ONLY female here with a husband and four sons, two of which are still single and here at home! Both grown, but on lifetime meds for seizures

    Gaynell,
    Patterson, LA

    ~Snowfazam~
  • The Gardener

    The Gardener Janet,
    Parma, OH

    This is a poem written by my sister, the year before she died, for our Mom. They say inside an acorn a secret life is found, Just waiting for a gardener to tend the fertile ground. It wears a little checkered cap that safely holds inside, Every special treasure that a little seed could hide. But as the gardener loves it and a season comes and goes, The acorn takes its hat off to the love the gardener shows. And then as if my magic, the little seed expands, And spreads its lovely branches tended by the gardener's hands. Until at last as years go by, the seed becomes a tree, And stands with timeless loveliness for all the world to see. And so the gardener's precious love that made the acorn grow, Goes on renewing life and love wherever it may go. So when you see an oak tree or a kind and gentle soul, You'll know The Gardener was a Mom who made that acorn grow. Written by Susan Elizabeth Krister For P.M. on Mother's Day, May, 1997

    Janet,
    Parma, OH

    The Gardener
  • True Love

    True Love Windsor,
    Benton, KY

    My husband was working at a coal ternimal for TVA when he hurt his back. We took him to the hospital and turned out he had to have surgery for two slipped disks. Well the day after he hurt his back at home I went in labor with our second child, wheeling him in the hospital because he couldn't walk that well. Everything went well with our daughter but not with his surgery. He started hurting worse so neither of us could work. We had to give up our home and moved in with his mom.We stayed there for six months and we got us a apartment. I became pregnant with our third so I had to leave my job for three months for our baby son. We now have five people in a two bedroom apartment and still looking for something bigger that we can afford. The love that we have for each other has kept us together in this tough time knowing that it will get better. We know that as long as long we keep our hearts open to one another that we can make it though what ever the world brings us. No matter how hard it gets we will always have one anothre to lean on. He is still looking at more surgery to be able to manage life with out pain, but our love for each other will always be strong to get us though.

    Windsor,
    Benton, KY

    True Love
  • Healing Hearts

    Healing Hearts Deborah,
    Knoxville, TN

    My beloved father died from leukemia on November 6, 2008. My parents had been married for 55 years and my mother had taken care of my dad 24/7 for the last year of his life. They loved each other above all else and his death created a terrible void for all of us. Without question our holdays were going to be difficult. While forcing myself to do some Christmas shopping I found myself in Kay's jewelers. When I saw the Open Heart pendant, I was immediately struck by the two hearts intertwined forever. I bought one for my mother and enclosed a note telling her that it represented the love that she and my father had shared all those years and would continue to share through eternity. She wears it every day as a symbol of all that they meant to each other and shared together. Thank you for such a beautiful, loving symbol

    Deborah,
    Knoxville, TN

    Healing Hearts
  • Miracle for Phil Bartlett

    Miracle for Phil Bartlett Catherine,
    Lake ODessa, MI

    Long story short. My then best friend Philip Bartlett in 2007 discovered he needed heart surgery a 54 years old. All it took was for me to push him to get his BP taken at a local Midical Doctors office, whereas I called a head to tell the RN that the doctor needs to listen to his heart as I knew the BP was not going to alarm the doctor enough to go further. Phil was admitted to hopital that night. More tests were taken prior to surgery. It was then discovered that he also had several aneurysms in his intestines. Five years later he is doing good. Proff that if you have heart and faith that things will work out.

    Catherine,
    Lake ODessa, MI

    Miracle for Phil Bartlett
  • Husbands Love

    Husbands Love Betty,
    parma, OH

    AT THE AGE OF 43 I HAD A HEART ATTACK. OVER THE YEARS I ENDED UP WITH 11 STENTS. MY HUSBAND AND DOCTORS WANTED ME TO HAVE OPEN HEART SURGERY BUT I WAS TOO AFRAID. FINALLY MY HUSBAND TALKED ME INTO IT. I HAVEN'T FELT THIS GOOD IN A LONG TIME. THEN THIS CHRISTMAS MY HUSBAND SURPRISED ME WITH MY FIRST OPEN HEART PIECE OF JEWELRY, THE STERLING EARRINGS WITH DIAMONDS. AS HE SAID, "SO I WOULD NEVER BE AFRAID OF OPEN HEART AGAIN."

    Betty,
    parma, OH

    Husbands Love
  • Always Believe

    Always Believe Robert,
    Los Angeles, CA

    Being a child of divorce at an early age, I wasn't sure love was for me. Fighting seemed to be what I grew up knowing. Until I met the girl of my dreams. My life has changed for the better, and now I know how important it is to have an open heart.

    Robert,
    Los Angeles, CA

    Always Believe
  • Yoga Opened My Heart

    Yoga Opened My Heart Michelle,
    Cordova, TN

    This past year, I started practicing yoga on a weekly basis, and this has opened my heart. I went in looking for low back pain relief and found that as well as compassion, enlightenment, and true friends. Opening my heart through yoga poses allowed me to open my emotional heart as well. From October of 2007 through September of 2009, I had one bad thing happen after another, but yoga made it easier to deal with the problems that arose this year. For anyone seeking physical and emotional relief from pain, I encourage them to take yoga. So many poses ask us to open our heart physically I once thought that being open hearted meant being open to hurt. I was wrong. Yoga's heart opening poses allowed me to grow and become a more compassionate person whose heart is more open yet stronger. Open your heart and become strong. Who knew?

    Michelle,
    Cordova, TN

    Yoga Opened My Heart
  • the love of my life

    the love of my life clifford,
    Crab Orchard, WV

    My wife is the love of my life we have been thru the loss of 2 children and diffulcult stuff yet we love each other like we was married the yesterday we walk hand in hand every day we wake up tell each other we love each other we never had a honeymoon but no one can take our love away we are not rich not middle class we love trying to help others and helping children.I feel God put us together for a reason 32 yrs ago and our daughter whom was born mentally and physically disabled taught us more about love and patients she passed away Feb 2004 son passed sept 1983.But we have been Blessed with 2 grand daughters and a very special daughter and we have God in our lives that bless us everyday.We pray daily together and give each other a hug daily no matter if we are a little mad at each other.it is important to say I LOVE You Everyday to the one God puts you with!

    clifford,
    Crab Orchard, WV

    the love of my life
  • Three strikes and I'm.....

    Three strikes and I'm..... Sue,
    Norridgewock, ME

    out? Never! My first love died far too young, my second romance ended in divorce, and the third was a cad. Angry? Bitter? Discouraged? Heck, no. My heart is still open and I am still waiting......

    Sue,
    Norridgewock, ME

    Three strikes and I'm.....
  • Open Heart in More Ways Than One

    Open Heart in More Ways Than One Cindy,
    Amelia, OH

    I knew that someday I would have to have open heart surgery to replace a defective aortic valve in my heart. Well, someday came a lot faster than I expected last year. Not feeling well one day I called the doctor and after taking the stress test that he had ordered, I was told to call the cardiologist immediately. That doctor did an angiogram right away and we discovered that my defective aortic valve was almost not working at all. We quickly made the arrangements and had the surgery to put in a mechanical valve in my heart. My husband and I have been married for 22 years. This experience has brought us closer together and really made us realize just how valuable each day really is in life. It has also changed my attitude about work. I used to get so stressed out and upset about things at work, but since this experience, my whole outlook has changed there as well. My husband bought me the Open Heart Necklace for my birthday. It has a double meaning to both of us. When I start to get stressed about anything, all I have to do is reach up and touch my necklace and my whole attitude changes.

    Cindy,
    Amelia, OH

    Open Heart in More Ways Than One
  • A True Open Heart

    A True Open Heart Victoria,
    Ione, CA

    When I was 40 I had 2 heart attacks. Since then I have had many heart surgeries but I went through open heart surgery in 1998 by myself. I had no family there with me but I did have the wonderful nurses who did their best to make the pain go away. The pain of having no one there to tell me they were glad I made it. Since then I have had 3 more surgeries but those were not open heart, thank God. So, I guess this is my true open heart story. Thanks for listening.

    Victoria,
    Ione, CA

    A True Open Heart
  • Broken Hearts Now Open Hearts

    Broken Hearts Now Open Hearts Toni,
    Las Vegas, NV

    Six years ago, my six year old son Joshua the youngest child of three children came into my bedroom and crawled into bed with my now ex-husband. Joshua wasn't feeling well, and we soon learned why. Joshua went into a series of Seizures that put him into a coma for four days prior to my birthday and two days after a miscarriage. As my ex-husband and I cried in each others arms we realized losing the baby was a blessing, because Joshua needed us more. On my 33 rd birthday Joshua woke up and soon came home. Three months past and we found out that Joshua had an In-Operable Brain Tumor, His father left me alone to raise three children and stopped seeing them. Two years past and I met my current husband, two weeks before I was scheduled to have back surgery. I told him I didn't want a relationship but he insisted that he take care of me and my children and three days later he moved in and took care of us, he never left. My children needed a father and I needed someone to love and there was Michael, my Angel. Michael Opened Our Hearts to Love. Not a day goes by that I don't think how he saved us from never having an open heart. I'm so greatful Michael came along and showed us how to love again and keep an Open Heart

    Toni,
    Las Vegas, NV

    Broken Hearts Now Open Hearts
  • My True Love

    My True Love Rebecca Mayer,
    Grove City, OH

    I found my true love at 44 years of age. John was 64, but the 20 year difference didn't make any difference. I had know John for years previously, but only as a co worker. I was divorced and John's spouse had passed away. We both seemed to be floundering. A good friend at work said for me to call John and see if he would like to meet for coffee. That was 21 years ago. We meet we talked and really got to know each other.We were married on July 7 1991. we traveled, we laughed, and really enjoyed each day. Sadly my heart was broken when my wonderful husband of 19 years passed April 19 2009. I still remember the day, the remember the last thing he said to me and the wonderful last kiss. I cry as I write this, he was and will always be the love of my life. The pain is not as bad now as it was, but you never get over your true love. Sincerely Rebecca Mayer

    Rebecca Mayer,
    Grove City, OH

    My True Love
  • Unbroken heart

    Unbroken heart Dianne K.,
    dayton, OH

    10/2011 My husband had open heart surgergy, My sister and neice came out of town to be with me, during this ordeal...My husband a loves playing pranks and buys Christmas gift at dollar stores, so when he had 3 little boxes, Christmas eve, and had each of us choose. I thought another prank, until I heard my niece gasp.He had gotten us each an Open Heart Key... His words "We had the key to his open Heart!"

    Dianne K.,
    dayton, OH

    Unbroken heart
  • My open heart story

    My open heart story Amritapreet,
    Riverdale, MD

    All my life I struggle with a learning disability being picked on and make fun of at school by other kids and then my mother told me that I was just as smart as those other kids and that I could be what ever I wanted to be when I grew up and that's the reason I always have a open heart because of my mother she's my hero !

    Amritapreet,
    Riverdale, MD

    My open heart story
  • your eyes,yes it's me.

    your eyes,yes it's me. dennis,
    newport news, VA

    once in 1980 i stumbled into a video store and saw your movie somewhere in time. i rented it and never returned it.i instantly fell in love with you. i know it sounds stupid and impossible to believe, but its true. i have searched my whole life frome that moment to find you in someone else knowing that i could never have you. and that sadens the heart to no repair. i would go to the ends of the earth only if i could look into your eyes but once.that moment would be the one moment in time that i would truley be ready to die a happy man.i think if reincaranation was real i must have truley been your lover in another life as no one could ever take that place in my heart and soul. maybe someday i will venture out to one of your showings on your tours, but until i can restrain myself from just breaking down from watching you in somewhere in time stops i cant. i would be thought a fool and i cant do that to you or myself. rest assured if anyone in this world loves you beyond imagination it is i. i love you Jane and i hope this finds you safe and well. thank you for changing my life forever.

    dennis,
    newport news, VA

    your eyes,yes it's me.
  • no more stolen new heart for christmas

    no more stolen new heart for christmas kathy,
    cleveland, TN

    new heart for christmas even though i lost my necklace a year ago by bad people that come in are home and thought they could take what ever they wanted this year my husband went to buy me a new one this heart means so much more he suprised me i cryed he cryed our kids cryed i thought everything was gone that was so precious to me but now i will never forget this christmas the love of my life give this precious gift that means more to me then anything that anyone could give to me at the time of so much hate in my mind over everything that consumed that necklace that got gone year ago i am so thankful for my family for the love of them that they care so much for me and my health that the necklace that got stolen from me was doing to me it was driving me crazy truly crazy that is all i thought about but now its still there just in the back of my mind now i think justice will do its job and my thoughts can be on the new heart and now it can be opened again for love that i did not know that was ever there and maybe new doors will open and no one has to go through this much pain thank you for the open heart

    kathy,
    cleveland, TN

    no more stolen new heart for christmas
  • It's not about "SELF"

    It's not about "SELF" Antonetta,
    Broadview, IL

    "ANTONETTA MAXWELL", I jumped and quickly to receive my Master's degree."As a middle school teacher, I'd always figured I would one day have the edge , with this degree to make more money in my career, than being close to the poverty level. I kept searching and searching for another job other than where I was currently. I kept being concerned about not making enough to support my 4 children and myself at the time . This quest was always at the top of the list to conquer, until one day something made me change. A student in my class talked about wanting to commit suicide. She would share openly with me. I contacted the proper authorities and continued working with this student , through encouragement and support, until she became healthy and graduated . The following year, another student shared how she didn't have a mother, and would wear shoes with holes. I secretly got her a pair of brand new shoes my daughter chose not to wear, and gave them to the student. You see, for the past 11 years at the school, I stopped focusing on mySELF. I chose to select a student who had a need other than an educational need and sought out to shower them secretly . I would buy them what they needed, serve them dinner, or just be an ear. I realized later that every need per my family and myself was met, as I chose to help someone else in life.

    Antonetta,
    Broadview, IL

    It's not about "SELF"
  • My Daughter, My Heart

    My Daughter, My Heart Karen,
    Roselle, NJ

    I was born in 1947 with serious heart defects. I was never diagnosed. My mother realized that my heart was beating too rapidly, indicating something was wrong. She took me to doctors and clinics. Finally, one doctor said I had a heart murmur. I was in a hospital for tests for days, but they were inconclusive. Doctors told my mother I wouldn't live to grow up. Because Mother was loving and protective, I survived. When I married, my husband encouraged me to see his doctor, who sent me to a cardiologist. In 1982, at the age of 34, I had my first open-heart surgery, to patch a hole the size of a silver dollar. In 1987, at the age of 39, I had my beautiful baby daughter. I've never known such a love in my life. I truly felt as if my heart was opening to give her all my love and to receive hers. In 1992 I had another open-heart surgery to repair my mitral valve. My daughter's father and I divorced in 1998. A few years later, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My depressive episodes are severe. My relationship with my daughter keeps me grounded. She has taught me a lot about keeping my heart open to allow love to come in. I have been able to cope with my heart condition and bipolar disorder because of the love from my child. My daughter is my shining star, my greatest love, my heart.

    Karen,
    Roselle, NJ

    My Daughter, My Heart
  • My Children

    My Children Liz,
    Springfield, OH

    My Children I have 2 Daughter's, and a son, but the youngest was born with Spinal Bifida. She is now 25 years old. As she was growing up my oldest daughter Kim would always ask why questions. It didn't matter what it was it was always why. I had to do a lot of medical procedures to my daughter Heather, Kim as always wanted to help me out. I would let her because it was her sister and I didn't want her to feel left out. I also have a son Justin who is in the middle of these two; he had no interest in his sister at all. It was really hard at times being away from my Kim and Justin so much. Heather has spent most of her life in the hospital having surgeries. As of today she has had 76 surgeries. So as you can see it was a challenge leaving the house many times

    Liz,
    Springfield, OH

    My Children
  • kelly

    kelly julie,
    rochester, NY

    I met my kelly in 2001. I was engaged to marry his friend. Kelly was going through a tough divorce. His wife was the opposite of loving to him. We became quiet friends. We were always there to support each other even though we often just sat silently in the same room doing our own work. Time passed. I did not marry his friend but ended up marrying someone else. Kelly ans I spoke infrequently because my new husband was very controlling. Needless to say, my marriage did not work out. He was unloving. Kelly and I spoke more often but we had both become afraid to let love in. In 2006 he called me after almost a year of no contact. He said that he wanted me to be the center of his life. We had both learned how to protect our hearts. Now we took the chance to open our hearts to each other. We have never looked back. We are everything the other needs. We are each others hearts. We are always open to each other no matter what.

    julie,
    rochester, NY

    kelly
  • A DAUGHTERS LOVE

    A DAUGHTERS LOVE BARB,
    strasburg, OH

    My daughter and i had fallen apart and were not so close, but then her husband had got cancer, i just sat back to see how things would go. But i always had a open hart for her,and just keep things moving the best i could, Then one day the door bell rang, there she stood, oh what a day it was, we both cried, and promised each other that we would never let things get that out of hand again, see if you always keep a open hart things do find a way to work out..

    BARB,
    strasburg, OH

    A DAUGHTERS LOVE
  • My Bobby, loss to Blessed

    My Bobby, loss to Blessed Maxine,
    Fallbrook, CA

    Bobby born August. 5, 1961 - New life began August.14, 1979 It was unexpected sudden, in the Army home for minor surgery met Maryann (my added blessing) few weeks later married August 2, 1979. He went on to new-life 12 days later. Devastated my Brian said "for him it was as if I died too!" Years later: Christmas program and the birth of my first grandson Jason It changed we were asked to tell a story that changed your life. My choice was Bobby. When he was 5yr. after T an A they could not wake him. In ICU 6 hours later called me to his side, said maybe my voice would reach him. I said "Bobby wake up" He instantly started kicking and screaming leave me alone I'm dead. (I feel he died and didn't want to come back!) In the end I was blessed to have him 18yr. Song I chose was "Joy to the World". That changed the loss to being Blessed for 18 years. I truly feel God gives us lessons for us to learn and be there for others for when you come through difficulties small or huge you can be there to help others and say " I love you and I'm here to lessen I understand." God lends us our children, not a promise how long but love and teach them and be blessed!.

    Maxine,
    Fallbrook, CA

    My Bobby, loss to Blessed
  • The Ship

    The Ship Wells,
    Morgan City, LA

    I am coming up on the anniversary of Chris' death , April 16 ... As the date draws near I seem to think about her more than usual. I assume, this is ordinary. Never having lost the love of my life before ... I have nothing to compare it to ... The last night of "The Ledge," I drove home when we wrapped ... The moon was brilliant on a cloudless night ... It was April 2 officially, but it was still April 1st to me. As I got to Four Mile Bayou Road I slowed to an idle to take in the swamp bathed in moonlight ... I could clearly see all the way across the bayou ... Not a soul around ... Just the sounds of the swamp. I'd been racing to get home only to realize at that moment, my reason for racing home was gone. I came to the bend in the road where I could see the point and stopped ... Having stopped and bought beer along the way, I got out and opened one ... There was the house I'm building. It was supposed to be "our" house ... There it sat in the moonlight. Empty ... Empty as my heart at that moment. I began to cry. I reached inside my car for my "crutch" ... Just a small piece of paper ... I don't know who it was that sent this to me ... But I carry it always ... It gives me comfort when I am melancholy about Chris. Parable of Immortality: The Ship I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze, and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch Until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud Just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "There she goes!" Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. For she is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, And just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "

    Wells,
    Morgan City, LA

    The Ship
  • My Open Heart

    My Open Heart Emilia,
    Benton, AR

    I am not sure where to start except to thank Jane for starting this. Her spirit has been an inspiration to me. Her faith is endless. My life has not been easy but knowing there are people that care makes it easier to deal with. I have lost my entire family to cancer and still my faith goes on knowing this world isn't the end. Thank you Jane for your open heart I pray you have many more blessings in your life. Love Always

    Emilia,
    Benton, AR

    My Open Heart
  • My Loving Father

    My Loving Father kristy,
    huntington, WV

    My Father passed away last from Brain cancer. He was 55 years old when he passed. This has changed my life forever. My Dad was my best friend. He taught me to love life and no matter what may try to bring me down, to never give up. He was such a fighter until the end. He instilled so much of his character in me today. He taught me to love everyone no matter what. He taught me to have faith in God and enjoy everyday. That life is what we make it to be. I cannot think of one time that my father was not there for me. The biggest influence that he had in my life was his forgiveness. He didn't care what a person had done or where they came from, he loved them and treated them with an open heart and an open mind. I am so proud that I experienced a wonderful life because of my father. I cope today just knowing that he has joined the angels in heaven. Because I know without a doubt in my heart, my loving father, is an angel with the most beautiful wings. I love you Dad and you will always remain in my heart!

    kristy,
    huntington, WV

    My Loving Father
  • Open your heart to others

    Open your heart to others Patricia,
    Yorktown, VA

    To always voulenteer is my passion.I traveled as a Military wife and gave my time to many organizations such as scouting and Red Cross.Lately I serve at a community thrift store that aids the people in our county with emergency aid to pay utilities, rent,medicine,childcare ,clothing,and other needs.We are adressing many needs as the economy is weak.Please give your time .It is so rewarding to help others.Open your heart to help others.

    Patricia,
    Yorktown, VA

    Open your heart to others
  • tough times

    tough times therese,
    richfield, WI

    When times are tough like they are now keep an open heart. By binding together and opening your hear (for its all you have) you will get through these rough times:)

    therese,
    richfield, WI

    tough times
  • God's Guidance

    God's Guidance Melissa,
    Fort Wayne, IN

    I was recently brought into the Human Resources dept at work and I was told that I was being charged with racial discrimination. The individual bring the charges against me had listed a long list of instances in which she felt I had treated her unfairly as a result of her race. This hurt me badly as I have always tried to be fair and I do not consider myself to be racial at all. I kept an open heart and during the interrogation answered all the questions. In the end, I was found to be without fault and was able to keep my job. With God's help and an open heart I have been able to work at developing a good relationship with this individual as she still works with me on a daily basis.

    Melissa,
    Fort Wayne, IN

    God's Guidance
  • Godsend

    Godsend Tabatha,
    Burlington, IA

    I had a bad break-up with my daughters dad. A year went by and I was the hater of all men. Then an old friend of mine got a hold of me through the mail. He was in a correctional facility. We wrote letters for a month or so and he asked if I would come and visit him when I could. So I did. That was the start of a new life for both of us. Not only did an open heart, reunite us in friendship, it open both of our hearts for love. He has been home with us since the day before Thanksgiving last year and we have been married since July 4th, 2008. He is working and doing very well for himself and for my daughter and I. He loves us both with all his heart. By opening our hearts we both have a relationship God and with each other. I know this may seem like a strethch to you, but I believe that everyone gets a second chance in this life and my husband and I are living proof of that. Thank you for allowing me to share. Tabatha Rosauer

    Tabatha,
    Burlington, IA

    Godsend
  • My Experience, strength and hope.

    My Experience, strength and hope. Anthony,
    Camarillo, CA

    Hello friends... I have been thinking I should share some things, with people from my past as well as people I am now meeting... to share my experience, my strength and my hope. (for those of you who now what I am doing, I will, to the best of my ability, try to adhere to the principles and traditions, but I hope this share will help others as well as myself. If I offend, you have my apologies.) In high school, I knew lots of people, I liked (almost) everyone, I had "fun", though I was miserably lonely, I was uncomfortable in my own skin, always felt like I was on the outside looking in, never felt "a part of". I imagined that everyone was constantly judging me, my looks, my behavior, my life, questioning my every action. Many of you who knew me may remember my behavior, my out of control drinking. One day, my Junior year I think, I was changing in the locker room one afternoon, coming in from P.E., and a classmate (Jamie Long) approached me, with a look on his face of... worry, disgust, care and pity, and he said to me, if I remember correctly something to the effect of, "you've gotta change" shaking his head,... I will always remember that moment, and I am eternally grateful for that truth, though I did nothing about it. As odd as it sounds, I cherish those times, that carefree life... it was carefree, I did not care about myself or anyone else. College was a disaster, a drop out, another failure to add to the growing list. My twenties were a blur, fuzzy, disjointed memories of actions I dare not repeat and hold no honor in, self-centered behaviors allowed me to become close to nobody, though I persisted in attempting relationships. There was a girl... You know, that one girl in high school that was the "one", I was so in love... I had no idea of what that was, or meant. That carried on in my heart for a long time, because I thought if I could only be with her, than everything would be great! This led to each following relat

    Anthony,
    Camarillo, CA

    My Experience, strength and hope.
  • loving others

    loving others brenda,
    moore, SC

    I had to learn the hard way about loving and caring about others in my life. I got very sick last year and had to rely on so many others to help me out. I was helpless and sick. I learned to love others in a very speical way.

    brenda,
    moore, SC

    loving others
  • My Tragic Times

    My Tragic Times Gloria,
    Brooklyn, NY

    I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and had to have surgery and chemotheraphy.If that wasn't enough Five months laterI had a stomach obstruction and had to have another surgery, I promised myself If I get through the cancer and all the surgeries I would be a better person to myself and others.

    Gloria,
    Brooklyn, NY

    My Tragic Times
  • parents  buy their daughter the silver angel  neck

    parents buy their daughter the silver angel neck lisa griffin,
    Madison, WI

    hi my name is Mrs. Lisa griffin, and my parents brought me one of you special necklaces . at Kay Jewlers. I really adore it with our 2 daughters birthstones in/on it. I love it! Thank you very much. I asked santa claus last december 2013 at our East Towne shopping Mall . And I was So Surprised! lisa griffin.

    lisa griffin,
    Madison, WI

    parents buy their daughter the silver angel neck
  • ANNIE

    ANNIE Lori,
    Monaca, PA

    I want to start by saying that I haven't done anything great or psecial. But I feel the need to bring awareness to people regarding famalies with handicapped children. I had 4 children in 5 1/2 years by choice. # girls and 1 boy. My 2nd child was handicapped with no diagnosis through her 15 years. Life with a handicapped child is hard and I owuld like poeple to help people like me. If you know someone who has a needy child don't leave them out of things. INvite them over, offer to help with a meal, or even babysit so they can go out. Having a child like this is a very lonely existance and the divorce rate very high for marriages. I lost my daugheter one morning when she didn't wake up in 2005. Tears still flow every day and life will never be the same because of the committment she needed from us. And once you are off the call list for invitations, you never get back on. I realize that if you aren't trained you wouldn't know how to help with the child but you could help the family. Carrying a 70 pound child up and down steps to the car to pick up other children is hard as you get older so rides will help. I'm done with caring for my daughter through no choice of mine. I would give anything to have her back, to get those kisses and hold her little hand again. If you have the open heart please give your time to famalies like mine was.

    Lori,
    Monaca, PA

    ANNIE
  • Open hearts for "Z"

    Open hearts for "Z" Betty,
    Halstead, KS

    My granddaughter whose name is Zereya (Zer Ray A) has a hard time finding the letter Z for her name. Your open heart collection resembles the letter Z so when she graduated from high school her mother and I bought her the ring that looks like a band of Z's only they are her open heart Z's plus she received a open heart necklace that was also her Z. She loved them and it made her graduation complete because you see the open heart ring of Z's was also her graduation ring. Thank you for designing jewelry that has so many reasons to be used for.

    Betty,
    Halstead, KS

    Open hearts for "Z"
  • OPEN DOORS/OPEN HEARTS

    OPEN DOORS/OPEN HEARTS margaret rivera,
    chula vista, CA

    I LIVED IN NEW YORK MOST OF MY FIRST 55 YEARS, I MOVED TO SAN DIEGO AS I HAD A HEART ATTACK,DOCTOR SAID MOVE TO SOMEWHERE WARMER, SO I DID BUT I HAD NO FRIENDS THERE, I WAS VERY ALONE AND THOUGHT THE DOORS WOULD NEVER OPEN FOR FRIENDS TO COME IN, I STARTED TO GO TO CHURCH WHERE THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THERE AND I STILL FELT ALONE,I STOPPED GOING TO CHURCH , A HEARD A VOICE IN MY EAR THAT SAID,IF I DONT UNLOCK THE DOOR AND OPEN IT THEY CAN'T COME IN,I REALIZED WHAT THAT MEANT AND DECIDED TO LISTEN AND I DIDN'T OPEN THE DOOR, BUT I OPENED MY HEART TO OTHERS AND NOT WAITED FOR THEM BUT MADE THE FIRST MOVE TO LET THEM INTO MY HEART, MY SON PASSED AWAY AND GOD OPENED THE DOORS OF HEAVEN FOR MY SON TO ENTER HEAVEN AND NOW MY HEART IS AN OPEN DOOR TO ALL MY FRIENDS.I COULD NEVER SAY I LOVE YOU TO MY DAUGHTER AND NOW I CAN'T STOP SAYING IT TO HER AND ALL MY CHILDREN.

    margaret rivera,
    chula vista, CA

    OPEN DOORS/OPEN HEARTS
  • 116 years of Marriage

    116 years of Marriage Charles,
    Spanish Fort,, AL

    My wife and I joke about our 58 years of marriage for each of us totaling 116 years. We met when she was in High School and I had just graduated, before going to college. While I was in college we dated when I came home and when I went in the service. I went back to school after the service but we continued to date when I came home. We decided to get married in my junior year and we both moved to Auburn where she worked at a bank during the day and I swept it out at night to help make ends meet along with the GI Bill. I graduated with an engineering degree and she said she had a PHT (pushing hubby through). We have 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. I have tried to remember her birth stone, diamond, as we can financially afford. Our hearts continue to be open to each other, our family and others. Sincerely, Charlie Green

    Charles,
    Spanish Fort,, AL

    116 years of Marriage
  • Lifes unexpected blessings

    Lifes unexpected blessings chris,
    wilton manors, FL

    I waited a long time to decide to have children but I knew it was the right time. Minutes after having my first daughter my world changed for the better (although I didn't know it at the time). She was diagnosed with a genetic disability. Life has been so wonderful having her smiling face look up to me I can't believe I waited so long for this happiness. Sure life is hard sometimes for her, me and our whole family but the smiles and laughs outweigh the hard times. She has taught me and everyone she has met to stop and take time for the little things and always take it one step at a time.

    chris,
    wilton manors, FL

    Lifes unexpected blessings
  • Love Like You've Never Been Hurt Before

    Love Like You've Never Been Hurt Before TRACY,
    CHESTERTOWN, MD

    I married my high school sweetheart despite all the warning signs that it was a very toxic relationship. After a year of escalating abuse (physically, emotionally and mentally), I new I had to choose between him or me. I chose me and walked away. It was the hardest thing I had ever done and staying away was just as hard. I began a relationship with another man who was so loving and kind to me, but I always expected the worst and was very cold towards him because I felt that I had to protect myself from being hurt again. Eventually I could see how my actions were hurting him and he just couldn't understand why I would expect him to be just as bad as my ex-husband when he had been nothing but wonderful. I finally decided that I had to leave the past in the past and open my heart up to love again. We have now been married for over 16 years and I am so glad that I was able to move forward and not let the actions of one person define my life.

    TRACY,
    CHESTERTOWN, MD

    Love Like You've Never Been Hurt Before
  • My  "Forever" Open Heart.....

    My "Forever" Open Heart..... Christy,
    Carter Lake, IA

    Two Years ago, just before my Mother passed away, she asked me to purchase 4 of the open Heart Necklaces as she wanted to give us girls a little something to remind us to "keep our hearts" open. I was able to buy 3 of them but ran out of money but I made sure the others got theirs and said nothing to my Mother. This year, I got my "gift" from my Aunt as she wanted to make her sister's last wishes come true. My Mom was beautiful, inside and out and she always smiled and she wanted us to continue on in the same manner, with an open heart. She so loved the simple design and the meaning behind it all, truly believing in the message "that love will always find a way in if the heart is open." I wear my gift every day and I smile, just as she did thinking about all of the possibilities and sharing my smile to hopefully make all who come my way to have a better, brighter day. I learned a long time ago that you can't fix all of the world's problems but with a smile and an open heart, you can be helpful in making someone else's journey a little easier.

    Christy,
    Carter Lake, IA

    My "Forever" Open Heart.....
  • Loosing a Pet or Friend

    Loosing a Pet or Friend Sandra,
    Pleasant Hill, CA

    Recently I lost a friend, my sisters horse. I have lost many Pets in my life time, and if I am blessed, I will know many pets or furry, slimy or scaly friends like Deli. Rather than go on about something as obvious as being strong during times of loss,(but sometimes the obvious escapes us during times of pain) I wrote a dedication to her and hope it helps many others during times of loss of a Pet, or other Loved Ones. Thank You Jane for having this site, and always remember the rainbow. http://rainbowsbridge.com/residents/DELIS001/Resident.htm

    Sandra,
    Pleasant Hill, CA

    Loosing a Pet or Friend
  • Sweet Memories and No regrets

    Sweet Memories and No regrets Skie A,
    Bangor, PA

    "INLAWS" of 1973 were always very giving . A close bond was formed lasting a life time through divorce and lifes ups and downs with Amber(granddaughter) and me. Mom and dad helped with my "second"wedding; making the cake , helping with ALL the arrangements. Our wedding pic consists of "3" sets of parents, bride and groom. Grandparents to our two children and Amber; we have had so many good times from yard work to trips, adding 2 great-grandchildren. As my parents died young they were a mainstay we thought would be around for a long time. In 2006 Dad , healthy, needed routine surgery which he passed away from 2 weeks later from complications. Mom had a degenerative eye disease making her blind and fighting ovarian cancer. Amber and I took turns helping as she lived 1 hour away. I worked 12 hour rotating swing shifts , Amber and I took turns with taking care of mom and the kids and pets. I decided I would retire in December of 2008 so I could have as much time as possible with mom and family. She would always ask if I'd like what she wanted us to do, "OF COURSE" and I did because I was with her. Mom passed quietly "her way" June 2009 and the thing I will always remember is her ability to shock people with, "This is MY EX-DAUGHTER INLAW!" everywhere we went. There's always enough love!

    Skie A,
    Bangor, PA

    Sweet Memories and No regrets
  • A gift from my daughter

    A gift from my daughter cindy,
    San Angelo, TX

    my daughter gave me the necklace for mothers day.SHE Had never given me a gift until last year.And the necklace was peace offering from her it was like she wanted us to be mother and daughter again.But I will always cherish it.

    cindy,
    San Angelo, TX

    A gift from my daughter
  • Loss of My Mother

    Loss of My Mother Dawn,
    Indianapolis, IN

    When my mother died I got a tattoo in her honor. But something was missing so I thought of your jewelry. I got a tattoo that has the ying yang symbol for balance of life with the open heart symbol, heart on each end. To balance life I had to keep a open heart when she passed. I love you collection but love the meaning so much more. I have been back and got the necklace for my birthday and he sales people love the tattoo and have taken pictures of it. When I look at it I know my mother is at peace....and I have a open heart for love to continue to flow....Thank you

    Dawn,
    Indianapolis, IN

    Loss of My Mother
  • My Inspiration

    My Inspiration Kristyn,
    Milford, PA

    My dad owned his own business and about ten years ago it totally went under and he lost everything. We struggled for a long time it seemed but my aunt was always there pushing us to not give up. A few years later my aunt was diagnosed with cancer that fatally took her life in January 2005. Grief overtook me that day. However, I remembered what my aunt had told me for so long Never give up, Never close your heart from the world and you can get through anything. That is the same saying that got my family through years before when we had lost everything. My aunt was an inspiration to us all. But her memory lives on in my heart the heart she always told me never to close. I saw the open hearts collection by Jane Seymour and tears flooded my eyes. Her hope reminds me so much of my aunt that I love so dearly and my heart still ache for each day. It is truly an inspiration to see this message now as it is so similar to the one I carry in my heart each day.

    Kristyn,
    Milford, PA

    My Inspiration
  • A New Family

    A New Family Jennifer,
    Benton, KY

    I just ended a relationship and was down in the dumbs so I went and hung out with my bf and her husband to try to cheer up. Well the next day they called and wanted me to meet a new guy but I wasnt interested in anybody but I told them I would go if they came with and I might be friends with this guy but that was all. Come to find out this man just got a divorce because his wife was cheating on him. Well we meet and it was love at first sight. We are now married and have three beatiful babies. I feel like if my heart wasnt open to meet my husband to become friends we would of never meet or ever found are true love.

    Jennifer,
    Benton, KY

    A New Family
  • me and my nicole

    me and my nicole kathleen,
    trafford, PA

    two children working full time, exhausted! Me and Nicole my girl watched Dr Quinn weekly was OUR TIME TOGETHER, now an adult we have both recieved open heart necklaces....Youve kept open a real bond of love here for us thank you jayne seymore!

    kathleen,
    trafford, PA

    me and my nicole
  • True Open Heart

    True Open Heart Patty,
    Fort Smith, AR

    I may not have a open heart necklace but my true heart is open. I was a homeless lady whom is recovered 20 years of meth. Now I have a job that allows me to house the homeless people in my community. God put me on a personel mission to understand the ways of others. I love your necklace though I look at them everytime I go to the Mall.

    Patty,
    Fort Smith, AR

    True Open Heart
  • change a life

    change a life Sherron L Pace,
    Draper, UT

    I was a battered chiled my father beat me for as long as I can remember until the day I left home When my daughter was two she did something that made me very angy I beat her with a metal handled fly swater. When I stepped outside of myself and saw what I was doing I sent myself to my room and made her stay where she was. After sometime she came to me and said she was sorry. I told her No it was me that was sorry and I never beat her again. She now has a child of her own and does not hit or otherwise abuse him. The cycle has been broken. I am writing this so you will know that you can change things. Just look at the world through the eyes of love. May you have a life full of love.

    Sherron L Pace,
    Draper, UT

    change a life
  • My Life

    My Life Lynnette,
    Fridley, MN

    In 1988 I had a son I had him for 3 mos then I had to give him up for adoption if I did not give him up for adoption the courts would have taken him a way from me.In 1991 I got married we had rough times and good times.The one day he was nat happy so we got a divorce so in 2005 we were divorce.I suffer from depressin really bad and with out God help I would have not severvied

    Lynnette,
    Fridley, MN

    My Life
  • Devastation Parted

    Devastation Parted Dorothy,
    Washington, PA

    I loved and adored my husband with all my heart. He was living 2 totally separate lives which landed him in jail 9 years ago. I thought I'd never trust again until 3 months ago and I met the sweetest most trusting man that has ever lived. This man has cancer and on his second round of chemotherapy. I am in love with him and pray every day for his healing so that we can spend the rest of our lives together. A month after we met we became intimate. I took an old pair of flannel pajamas to his house just in case things didn't work out and I wouldn't have to go back for them. They ended up dry rotting and the whole rear end ripped out. He felt bad and went and bought me a pair of pajamas. When I told him I have nice pajamas at home and could have brought another pair, he then said "Ohhh I got your number, you brought an old pair in case things didn't work out." I had to laugh and admitted to that exact scenario. We still laugh about it and when I took a robe to his house he said, "well I take it that your going to stick around for a while." I told him "FOREVER". I hope to marry him some day. We live a life of fun and laughter. They say that laughter is the best medicine so I am in hopes that it's truth.

    Dorothy,
    Washington, PA

    Devastation Parted
  • Fearless

    Fearless Teresa,
    Greenville, FL

    My story is of doubt and fear. After graduating high school, I began college at a large university. I was not prepared for the adversity I would encounter while there, returning home within a year. Always viewing this as a personal failure in my life, I became a hairstylist and soon developed allergies and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists. I returned to college, again fearful of my own inabilities. I studied at a small community college and before long, I was the vice president of two organizations. After graduating, I transferred to a large university, still doubting myself. I graduate in May 2010 with a degree in social work, planning to work in elder care, advocating for them to ensure quality of life and well-being. I believe an Open Heart can help make the remainder of life better for our growing aging population, increasing their dignity

    Teresa,
    Greenville, FL

    Fearless
  • Celebrate Life with an Open Heart

    Celebrate Life with an Open Heart Tammy,
    Mobile, AL

    HI,my name is Tammy Pendarvis I am 39 years old. I am married to a very wonderful, caring and thoughtful man named John. I have three beautiful children. On Feb.14th,2010 I was diagnosed with Leukemia . That was a very sad Valentines day for my whole family. My husband was told that they did not think I was going to make it. A week later I was doing well enough to be moved from ICU. I was put into a suite.Still was very unsure what was going to happen. I grew strong enough after so many blood transfusion to take chemotherapy. I spent a lot of days in the hospital alone watching TV. Dr Quinn came on in the evenings every single day and as I watched it ,it gave me hope and inspiration that I could survive what I was going through. My situation began to look promising. I was in the hospital 8 times and 6 times I nearly lost my life that year. At the end of 2010 I was diagnosed with SVT .Valentines 2011 was much better. I was taking chemo pills all the way through June. In June I had heart surgery. My husband came to me a couple of days ago to tell me what he was thinking of giving me for Valentines this year.He said he wanted to give me something very special after all that I had been through and to celebrate life by giving me an Open Heart Necklace.

    Tammy,
    Mobile, AL

    Celebrate Life with an Open Heart
  • LITTLE OPEN HEART

    LITTLE OPEN HEART Grace,
    BATAVIA, OH

    WILL MY DAUGHTER KRISTEN USE TO DRAW THIS OPEN HEART ALL OVER HER BOOK AND HER WALLS WHEN WE SEE THIS OPEN HEAT IT ALL WAY REMIND US OF HER SHE DIE IN 2002 IN A CAR WRECK AT 12 YEAR OLD SO IT MEANS A LOT TO US SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THANKS THE ALLEN FAMILY

    Grace,
    BATAVIA, OH

    LITTLE OPEN HEART
  • I am always with you!!

    I am always with you!! Susan,
    Windermere, FL

    My daughter was turning 21 and I wanted to get her something special for this special birthday. We just moved to Florida about 11 months ago and had to leave my daughter to finish her college years in Maryland. So I wanted to get her something special for her birthday, like a piece of jewelry. When I walked into a Kay's Jewelry store and seen this heart necklace I had to get it for her. She needed to know that I am always with her even though we are far apart. This was the perfect gift and she absolutely loved it!!!!!

    Susan,
    Windermere, FL

    I am always with you!!
  • Hope restored

    Hope restored Rebecca,
    Mount Union, PA

    I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness called TSC and earlier in life didn't have much hope, the open heart has been a great reminder to always let love in and grow. There are many disappointments in life but if we can remember to have faith and trust that to each season in life there is a rainbow after the raindrops. I have been so blessed to have a man enter my life and I would love to get a piece of the open hearts collection. I have been able to help others in country and international affairs, working with kids and multimedia. It has been a great reminder to me to always put others before myself; therefore, loving and caring for others. Thank you and God bless

    Rebecca,
    Mount Union, PA

    Hope restored
  • Through my Daughters eyes

    Through my Daughters eyes Carol,
    Alpharetta, GA

    My father-in-law needed to be transported daily to a hyper-baric chamber to heal a foot wound or possibly lose a leg. I became more than a daughter-in-law since mom didn't drive and the chamber was located much farther away then pop was willing to drive on a sunny day let alone the tumultuous weather of Atlanta. I sacrificed a lot, most importantly my family but not as much as he could should he lose his leg. My days of chauffeuring lasted anywhere from 4 to 7 hours with a forecast of at least 8 weeks. The impact was compounded by pre-dawn tests to determine was he fit for the chamber, for bone infections that resulted into 40 daily infusions of antibiotics and for an up-coming by-pass of an abdominal aneurysm. Days and weeks flowed into each other. Since I am not a size 2 my children know the perfect fit gift, jewelry. The piece I received from your collection is so very special. Not for the gold, the diamonds, the size but where it came from and the why. My children thought it was so fitting that someone who had opened their heart not on just a moment's notice but who always had had it opened and could share so much for someone else, deserved no less. So it was not only the love flowing in an open heart but also the love flowing out.

    Carol,
    Alpharetta, GA

    Through my Daughters eyes
  • Love at last

    Love at last amanda,
    hurricane, UT

    I never new true love existed until I met my feince. I vowed to never marry again. Then after being together 6 months for Christmas my fience bought me and open hearts necklace and I so excited I cried. I never had a man purchase me nice jewelry. We have been together a little over 2 years and 2 months ago he found the ring that matched the necklace he purchased me a couple years ago and it is open hearts as well. So he proposed to me and we both cried with enjoyment. He has never been married before so its a really big step for us both. The good thing is he gave me the open hearts collection twice so i feel my heart is very open to him. thanks for listening. Soon to the the Badgers..

    amanda,
    hurricane, UT

    Love at last
  • The love of my life - My Son

    The love of my life - My Son Stefanie,
    State College, PA

    Growing up, I decided that motherhood was never going to be for me. But, lo and behold, at the age of 20 I found out I was pregnant. After my son was born, I kept an open heart by accepting him as the key to my strength and motivation to live life to the fullest. I have been raising him by myself for the last nine of thirteen years of his life. While there are occasional bad days, there are many more good days to speak of. We share a love and respect for one another that is rare in today's world. We trust each other and communicate well on every level. While financial and emotional challenges do occur from time to time, we have each other to lean on. He has grown into a fine young man and is supportive of me as a single mom as I am working toward my first college degree. I hope the bond we share only gets stringer over time and carries forward into his family in years to come.

    Stefanie,
    State College, PA

    The love of my life - My Son
  • New Idea...

    New Idea... Judith,
    Bonaire, GA

    I first fell in love with the open heart pendant after receiving a Kay jeweler e-mail featuring it. At that time, they were so new that we had to go about 100 miles to find a Kay jeweler that was selected to carry them. I got my first peice for my birthday- Got so many compliments, but it was so new that many people did not know what it was. My husband had given me another pendant and I loved the open heart so much that I wore it all the time and one day I decided to combine the two necklaces (they were a perfect fit). This weekend I stopped in our local Kay jewelers and the girls loved my idea and suggested I send you a picture and maybe you would be interested in utilizing my idea for another peice. If the compliments I receive are any indication of how popular it could be... well, I am sure it will be a success. Thank you for your time. I hope you like the pictures... I look forward to hearing from you. By the way, we have something in common- I also have 2 different colored eyes (brown

    Judith,
    Bonaire, GA

    New Idea...
  • My Big Brother

    My Big Brother Abbey,
    sunnerhill, PA

    Jane, i was told to come and tell you my story. Today i went out in search of your angel for your open heart collection, so that i could buy it for my moms birthday. My mom loves angels and i never really understood why untill i got a little older. You see my mother is a mother of 5 children but when i was only 2 years old she lost her odest son, and ever since then she has been collecting angels and she wears them all the time, I saw her looking through the Kay's magizen and watched her as she ponderd getting this necklace, then watched her as if she was looking up into the heavens to see my brother...this is when i rushed to get the beautiful necklace, thank you for listening.

    Abbey,
    sunnerhill, PA

    My Big Brother
  • The Day My Heart Opened

    The Day My Heart Opened Brian,
    Stone Mountain, GA

    I was a single father trying to figure out how would and could I go on when my previous wife left me and our son. My son was in pre kindergarten and he was enjoying the class. I conversed with his teacher on several occasions but I never knew just how wonderful of a woman she would be for me. I had given up on love and I had vowed that I would never trust or love again. The more I spoke with my son’s teacher the more I became intrigued with who she was. I asked her out and on several dates she would listen to my past and how I had felt at that time. I had reluctantly let her into my world. She also cared for my son far more than just a teacher. As I began to take notice of that I began to grow feelings for her. My wall slowly began to crack and crumble down. 3 years later we married because I had opened my heart to a new love which found its way in. I haven’t been happier before in my life.

    Brian,
    Stone Mountain, GA

    The Day My Heart Opened
  • My Daughter

    My Daughter Marilee,
    Northampton, PA

    Amie is the BEST Daughter,She takes care of me Because i'm ILL.She drives many miles to take me to my DR's,Shopping,wherever i need to go.And She call's me EVERY DAY.Just to check up on me.She has the BEST HEART,Of anyone i know.She WORRIES because i have 23 Diseases,Because I was Annorexic for 27yrs.And now that I'm 50,I'm getting worse.She's so AMAZING,And She would help anyone.I lost my first Baby Girl.But I BELIEVE GOD gave me Amie because of loosing my 1st Child.Maybe I depend on Her to much.But when I'm depressed,All I have to do Is call Her and In moments I'm Laughing.I do miss Her,Because She's out on Her own now.I think I'm going through EMPTY NEST SYNDROME!! I feel like I have no one to take care of anymore.I have no car either.My WONDERFUL Baby GIRL Is all grown up now.But She's allway's there for me and Her Dad.She has an OPEN HEART,And that's why I WISH I could afford to give Her an OPEN HEART NECKLACE.She deserves more than I can give.If I had the money,She's be wearing that necklace right now! My AMIE Is a WONDREFUL WOMAN,And I couldn't ask for more in my LIFE,Than Amie.MY PRINCESS,MY FRIEND,MY DAUGHTER.I LOVE YOU SO MUCH Amie.You are AMAZING for EVERYTHING YOU DO.LOVE YOU SWEETIE,Mom...

    Marilee,
    Northampton, PA

    My Daughter
  • Forgiveness

    Forgiveness Kathy,
    Lakeland, FL

    An open heart has allowed me to forgive the people in my life that were not so good to me. I have accepted the fact that no one if PERFECT. If you do not forgive someone, you are only hurting yourself.

    Kathy,
    Lakeland, FL

    Forgiveness
  • Second Chance At Life

    Second Chance At Life Debra,
    goshen, IN

    On April 28,2009 I had a brain aneurysm rupture. I survived what kills most people.Four months after that I had to have back surgery. I felt my heart open to life again and I now appreciate that I got a second chance at life.Now I try to live each day as if it were my last because I now know that each day could be my last and I to have open my heart to every minute I have.

    Debra,
    goshen, IN

    Second Chance At Life
  • *Connection with mom...*

    *Connection with mom...* JESSICA,
    TOMAHAWK, WI

    My mom fought cancer for 11 years. She passed away last year during her fifth fight. She was only 49 years old. A few weeks after she passed, I was watching her favorite tv show-My Name Is Earl. I didn't usually watch, but I did to feel a connection with her. This episode featured the Open Hearts necklace. I joked with my husband that it was a sign he should buy me one. At the end of the episode, some of the characters are talking about bingo. Mom LOVED bingo. Weekly bingo games at the Legion and yearly bingo trips to Vegas. The characters said the winning number was B13--that was "mom's" number! I immediately started crying. I know it was just coincidence, but it was like mom was sitting there with me, watching her favorite show, just like normal. I miss her every day, but having little signs or coincidences make me feel like she's still with me.

    JESSICA,
    TOMAHAWK, WI

    *Connection with mom...*
  • Family's Heart

    Family's Heart Linda,
    Falling Waters, WV

    about ago with alot of different views between my Mom,Dad and myself.Alot of it had to do with my husband and I having to go to court to get our Granddaughter out of a bad home..of course DSS had already taken her out but it was only a matter of where to place her.So she came to live with us.There were times that my parents would say well your trying to raise this one right(I didn't think that we did such a bad job with the first two).So with that I stayed away because what she said hurt.After awhile my daughter would go back to her husband who drank all thir money away and was being supported by the state.And would call us up at the end of the month for baby food. Well here it is three years later and three kids later(I still have my Granddaughter) and Dss has the other one and my Daughter moved in with us last Christmas.After that my Mother stopped talking to me.Then my Dad became very sick with lung cancer...I stayed away because I did not like all of the fighting. Tomorrow is Monday...We will bury my Dad on tuesday. Because of the Open Heart that Jane drew God had me so focused on it that I was able to go to the hospital when he was really bad off and my Mom was still mad at me..... all the family was in the hospital room when he died. Thank you Jane

    Linda,
    Falling Waters, WV

    Family's Heart
  • Half of my heart in Afghanistan

    Half of my heart in Afghanistan Casey,
    Copperas Cove, TX

    I met my boyfriend two months before I left for college. We started dating with the intentions of our relationship not going past summer. However, I left for school and found it impossible to end our relationship. Shortly after I left for school, he deployed to Afghanistan. On Christmas Day, he sent me an open heart necklace from overseas. Best gift ever. I love and miss you Michael Tice. <3

    Casey,
    Copperas Cove, TX

    Half of my heart in Afghanistan
  • Open Hearts Family

    Open Hearts Family Sue Ann,
    Chillicothe, OH

    Nine days before my wedding my brother committed suicide. A couple years later my 20 year old nephew was murdered. My life was in such turmoil I didn't think I could go on. My husband was putting up my nightmares and my horrible attitude towards life. Last year my husband got me the most perfect Christmas present, a beautiful Open Hearts necklace. As I sat there crying looking at the necklace, I decided then to let go of my pain and hurt and only let the "good" feelings in. My husband got me the matching ring a few weeks later just as a thoughtful gift. My daughter wanted to take me shopping a couple months later and I hadn't gotten out much so I looked forward to our trip. She took me to Kay's and bought me matching earrings and bracelet so I'd have the whole set. There are no words to describe what the collection means to me. Not only does the collection look great together - when I look at each piece I'm reminded that I am loved by many and I am able to give love back. I plan to get a part of the collection for my daughter-in-law Isabel this Christmas as she is expecting a baby of her own. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of "Open Hearts" family...

    Sue Ann,
    Chillicothe, OH

    Open Hearts Family
  • Somewhere in Time

    Somewhere in Time Elizabeth,
    Arlington, TX

    From the moment I saw him I knew we'd be together. We are from two different worlds, two different lives,and two different passages in time... and I can honestly say it doesn't get any more right then this is. It is true that when you keep an "Open Heart" .. you find love where you thought all hope was gone. Open hearts change things.. one person, one life, one situation at a time. It is only when you keep an open heart that true love, unconditional and pure can flow from it. It really is such a difference to experiance such a raw connection between two people. Thanks to this collection by Jane I can wear a reminder to always lead a life doing just that. ....and a reminder that no matter what - someone special is somewhere... just waiting to be discovered!

    Elizabeth,
    Arlington, TX

    Somewhere in Time
  • their are people out there that cares

    their are people out there that cares Denise,
    DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA

    i was very sick i laid in bed for a few month didnt feel good at all couldnt do things with my first grandbaby then one day a friend came by and said she couldnt stend to see me like this and told me she taking me to hosptal well that turn out to be a good thig she did they found out i have a tumer in my kidney sitting on the main blood artery a zitts in each ove a huge lump in my left breast and my back is all mess up now im going to all the diffent doctors to get everything taken care of if it wasnt for her having such a heart ill still be in bed cause my faimly didnt do anything just told me its in my head i cant thank her eought she gave me my life back

    Denise,
    DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA

    their are people out there that cares
  • Your story - Voices

    Your story - Voices Gayle,
    woburn, MA

    I can't believe I am writing this note. I got awful voices night and day for a year. I am now on medication and find a creative outlet through writing poetry. My message to anyone in the same boat - do not ever ever give up, no matter what the voices say. There is a world of sunshine to share. thank you for this opportunity. I don't want to go into my experience in great detail as it is so very very hard to remember. I mean the remembering is hard. Thank you. Gayle

    Gayle,
    woburn, MA

    Your story - Voices
  • Finally Let It In

    Finally Let It In Nasrene,
    Brooklyn, NY

    I always knew the kind of person that I wanted to be with, tall, muscular, caring, beautiful. But every time a man like this was interested in me, it turned me off because I wondered why they liked me? This happened a few times and each time I felt I had worked too hard to get this guy's attention and suddenly moved on and felt uncomfortable with the whole situation. Then one day, one of my good friends, just out of a relationship in which he was traumatized and heartbroken and in need of my love and support became the man I fell in love with. I didn't expect it, I didn't plan it. I just let him feel loved which in return made me feel needed and wanted and therefore allowed me to open up my heart and accept and embrace love as well.

    Nasrene,
    Brooklyn, NY

    Finally Let It In
  • Jane fixed my brooken hart

    Jane fixed my brooken hart michelle,
    ELK RIVER, MN

    I was recenley devoriced and ordered myself the open hart neckless. when I read the card inside the box. "If you keep yur hart open it can never stay brooken. thoes word help mend my brooken hart. I love you Jane!!

    michelle,
    ELK RIVER, MN

    Jane fixed my brooken hart
  • The good in people

    The good in people Anna,
    Lawrenceville, IL

    I am retired from working as a child protection investigator for family services. I always believe that there is good in a person no matter what they have done. I strived to find that good and build on it to help the person be a better person and feel better about themselves.

    Anna,
    Lawrenceville, IL

    The good in people
  • Take care of the others

    Take care of the others Eric,
    La Varenne St Hilaire, AL

    For me, "keep an open heart" became a philosophy! This philosophy became the center of my life. It follows me all the time and it changed my life for ever. It makes me better and it is absolutely wonderful. Thank you very much Jane for this message of hope, tolerance, enjoyment! I am reported to me that I had a lot of love to be given and to be received... I made the decision to help the old people sometimes very alone and in a big precariousness with an association here in France! I'm already in other association helping the children in the poor countries! Thank you still Jane ! I love your books and a lot of french fans are waiting you in Paris ! Thanks for everything !

    Eric,
    La Varenne St Hilaire, AL

    Take care of the others
  • Only the heart knows........

    Only the heart knows........ Margaret,
    Brownstown, MI

    When I was 13 I met this boy who stole my heart he was my best friend and I new I would love him forever I had a hard time getting pregnant and did not have my first child until I was 27, when I was 6 months pregnant her father decided he did not want to be a dad and left,He broke my heart when he left but I told myself that the baby I was carrying was all that mattered. My daughter was born on Christmas day 1996, she was the best Christmas gift I have ever received, I raised her working full time and with the help of my family loving her more every day, 3 days before her 5th birthday I received a court order stating her father who we had not heard from in five years wanted to get to know her, it was really hard at first but I new that everyone needs a father so for my daugher we got together and spent time with her and each other, it took her over 6 months to go with her father without me, and before I new it this man that I closed my heart to when he left once again became very important to me, it took me over a year to let him back into my heart, but we now also have a son, in total I have known this man 27 years and love him more everyday, only the heart knows.......

    Margaret,
    Brownstown, MI

    Only the heart knows........
  • Finding a Mother

    Finding a Mother Kelly,
    Gainesville, FL

    My birth mother was an alcoholic and my parents divorced when I was 8. Throughout my life I was too afraid to reach out to her because I was scared of getting hurt, and she died just weeks after I sent her a letter telling her how much I loved her and that I'd never blamed her for anything. It was too little too late and my heart is still broken. My father remarried when I was still young and initially I saw my stepmother as a attempt at replacement and as someone who was out to make my life difficult, who didn't care about me. As I grew up, we grew closer. She now lives in the same town as myself and I didn't make the same mistake twice. I'm finally learning how to use makeup - at 30! In case anyone isn't sure if they're ready to open up or get to know someone - please remember we have a limited amount of time on this earth. Don't regret mistakes - you can't change them. What you can do is learn from them and make better decisions in the future. I did, and I've gained a mom. What else could I want?

    Kelly,
    Gainesville, FL

    Finding a Mother
  • "Fight On, Fighter"

    "Fight On, Fighter" Anya,
    Waltham, MA

    November 29 was a very hard day for all of Waltham. On high school senior John Causland's walk to work at 6:30am he was hit by a drunk driver, and was immediately rushed to the hospital. He was in a medically induced coma and suffered swelling in the brain with many life threatening injuries. The entire community bound together and wrote "JC" on their hands to show support. After the first attempt to take him off the sedation drugs it instantly attacked his kidneys, liver, and heart. He wasn't supposed to make it through the weekend, but he started to fight the way we all prayed he would. The city made many great strides to help John like hosting a prayer and support Vidal where we used pieces of paper to create a chain of hope. Each person could write a message on a strip of paper which was then connected and in total stretched to about two hundred feet. There was also a full school bake sale where all profits were donated to a fund for John's family. Also added to the fund were the sales of rubber bracelets with the message, "Fight On, Fighter" a quote John was known to say. As a Christmas gift to us all John woke up and with a joke at his father's expense he lifted all of our spirits. He will recover from this tragedy with a smile on his face, although he faces a long road ahead of him.

    Anya,
    Waltham, MA

    "Fight On, Fighter"
  • Open Hearts

    Open Hearts Melisa,
    Ringling, OK

    I am a nursing instructor. I teach people how to be prudent,competent nurses. I have some truly challenging students. So everyday I wear my Open Heart necklace and earrings. It reminds me to keep an open mind, love my students, teach them all that I know so our community overflows with compassionate nurses. Someday they may be caring for me. I remind us all to keep our hearts open and to show compassion and to treat others as we want to be treated.

    Melisa,
    Ringling, OK

    Open Hearts
  • Open hearts change lives

    Open hearts change lives Amanda,
    Fort Richardson, AK

    My husband bought me the open heart necklace for Valentines day 2009. He is in the ARMY and is currently deployed. Having this necklace is a reminder every single day to have an "open heart" love everyone and don't judge before you know someone. It also keeps me close to my husband while he is deployed.

    Amanda,
    Fort Richardson, AK

    Open hearts change lives
  • How an Open Heart can help heal a broken heart.

    How an Open Heart can help heal a broken heart. Joyce,
    Bushnell, FL

    My heart was so broken that a marriage of almost 50 years had ended. My husband had bought my wedding ring at Kay Jewelers 50 years ago ( I still have it), so I love Kay Jewelers. Many times I would come in and browse, but nothing seemed fulfilling without a partner. Then one day I saw the Open Heart necklace...I love it! It will forever remind me that God works through miracles, and as long as I keep an open heart, God can send someone to love me again.

    Joyce,
    Bushnell, FL

    How an Open Heart can help heal a broken heart.
  • have faith... he give us strength in everyday

    have faith... he give us strength in everyday bonnie,
    fultondale, AL

    know that God is real.. I was born with cp. i started having surgery with i was 2. i wore braces till my 20's. I was not supposed to have children. I have been married for 26 years. I have 6 beautiful children. 5 boys and 1 girl. the oldest is adopted.. he is 30. then I had donald richard, he is 22. Ananda is 20. aaron and branddon are twins they are 15 and daniel is 13. He is autistic, dislesic and adhd. We home school through hope christian. I have had 60 surgeries total. About 3 years ago I started Having grandma seduries. My Husband Terry fell 32 feet 3 years ago. God put his hands on the concreat and caught him. He has had 2 back surgies andis facing another one, Brandon was with him,on this job, His own construction co. Brandon skate boarded down on and 2 X 4, 8 ft up. He was not hurt. it just tore his pants.. Our family is in the ministry and we travel anywhere to worship with other. to texas, oaklahoma, Mississippi, I have a song that was given to me,called I'll run with YOu. It just tells my story.. I love serving the Lord, My chilren play the guitar. they are God taught.. It is a blessing to see them singing and playing.. We have life's problems.. Terry has aplied for disabiltiy.. We have never went hungry. GOd has always provided for the fuller Family..

    bonnie,
    fultondale, AL

    have faith... he give us strength in everyday
  • my daughter

    my daughter lisa,
    paris, KY

    my name is lisa johnson. i had a biological daughter that i placed up for adoption 20 years ago. i was able to locate her legally speaking once she turned 18. the adoption agency one of the workers acted as a go between i asked her if my daughter wanted to meet me and to my heart's desire she did! i met the daughter i hadn't seen since she was a newborn baby tears of joy streamed down my face and my heart leaped for joy when we were reunited. you never know how it might turn out maybe she didn't want to meet me maybe she didn't like me for putting her up for adoption but thank God everything worked out for the best and we talk to one another everynight!

    lisa,
    paris, KY

    my daughter
  • My Ex-husband's New Wife

    My Ex-husband's New Wife Marcia,
    Derby, KS

    For years I have had a decidedly closed heart when it came to the subject of my ex-husband's new wife. In fact I had a less than complementary pet name for her. After my 32 year old marriage crumbled, I was very bitter. I felt that I had put up with a lot of unhappiness, only to be treated dismally at the end. But then, six years after my divorce, at my son's wedding, the ex-husband's new wife was very kind to me. Up to that point, if we were in the same room together, I couldn't even look at her. At the wedding she made comments to me about how wonderful my two sons were and what a great job that my ex-husband and I had done in raising them. Then later on in the summer, when I had to deal with some very hurtful lies told by another family member, the ex-husband and his new wife were kind and sympathetic to my plight. All of a sudden, the hurt melted away and amazingly we became friends. I am hoping that the opening of my heart from her kindness will extend to other areas of my life and I will be able to once again be able to give and receive love.

    Marcia,
    Derby, KS

    My Ex-husband's New Wife
  • my husband

    my husband Cynthia,
    Eupora, MS

    I was married for 20 years to a very special man. We fell on some very hard times and ended up going our separate ways. We were apart for 12 years and we decided to give it another try. We now have been married for 6 years and living every minute of it.

    Cynthia,
    Eupora, MS

    my husband
  • A new beginning

    A new beginning valentina,
    catania, CA

    All starts from here. I close the eyes and I open the heart. My star is there always, distant from me kilometers. I can see her, I can feel her, I see her smile, I imagine that she is happy. Then her open heart. And here that the necklace crosses the ocean and arrives from me. The emotion and the fortune to be able to wear her to understand the meaning that brings with itself, is for me a new beginning. Because now that my heart is open, I can make to enter the love without having more fear and so to feel me less alone. Thanks Jane... Valentina Marchese

    valentina,
    catania, CA

    A new beginning
  • Celebrating the Joy in Reaching a Goal

    Celebrating the Joy in Reaching a Goal Bobbie,
    RADFORD, VA

    For many years I have enjoyed Ms. Seymour’s work as an actress and admired her integrity. I had seen many commercials for the “Open Hearts” jewelry but never thought they would play a part in my life. But the day after I found out that I was to be ordained as a minister I saw a commercial of the “Open Waves” line. I loved the design and the blue and white diamonds. I decided that I was going to purchase one of these for myself to remind myself of the adversity I had to overcome to reach this goal. It has taken 10 years (including 3 years of school) for me to reach this point. In that time, I lost both of my parents so they will not be present to share this day with me. I will wear this piece from now on to remind myself how blessed I am and how God has carried me through all the difficult days. I will also wear it so I remember to always keep my heart open to the people I meet each day. It will help me to remember to experience joy each day. Thank you for letting me share my story and thanks for making this beautiful jewerly from your heart.

    Bobbie,
    RADFORD, VA

    Celebrating the Joy in Reaching a Goal
  • My open heart is always waiting for your return

    My open heart is always waiting for your return Lisa,
    Rineyville, KY

    Our story starts some 22 years ago. I met a man who is in the army. We both knew there was somehtting special about the other and let our hearts open up. He said he would never marry but to my surprise 6 weeks later Jeff asked me to marry him. I know that with God and an open heart I had started down my life's path. One year and four days into our marriage our daughter was born. Ashley is a daddy's girl! At 18 months of age her daddy left for Germany where he deployed to fight in "Desert Storm". We opened our hearts and waited while sending tapes of Ashley singing "God Bless The USA" to help fill the hearts ache. Happily he returned and we were able to be together for 3 years before he was to to deploy again. This time there were three of us left behind. Our son Jeffrey was three months old when we opened our hearts again to wait for a daddy's return. Each night we would each Jeffrey to kiss daddy's picture like mommy and sissy. 12 months later when we picked Jeff up from the airport Jeffrey went right into his arms without a moments hesitation kissing daddy! 2009 brings yet another of many deployments... this time Afghanistan. We the family left behind will be waiting with open hearts for our soldier to return home.

    Lisa,
    Rineyville, KY

    My open heart is always waiting for your return
  • HOW i OVERCAME ADVERSITY

    HOW i OVERCAME ADVERSITY Tammie,
    Jacksonville, FL

    This is my story about how I have overcame adversity in my life. Ten years ago I meet the man of my dreams just 6 months after his wife had passed away. He had 3 teenagers who were still not over the death of their mother. It was very difficult for them to allow someone in their family. With them being teenagers and rebellious of another women coming into their family. But with love and presistance and a open heart we were able to come together as a family. I would do anything for those children. 5 years ago my husband and I were married. His children and I have overcame a lot in 10 years and have grown alot closer I can not have children of my own but my step children have blessed me with 6 grandchildren. I keep counting my blessings everyday that they came into my life and made it so much richer. This has showed me in my life that loving with an open heart can strenghten and bless you in so many ways.

    Tammie,
    Jacksonville, FL

    HOW i OVERCAME ADVERSITY
  • My New Daughter in Law

    My New Daughter in Law Susan,
    Susnet Beach, NC

    When you were on dancing with the Stars, you spoke about your new jewlery. My sons were planning on getting engaged. I thought what a lovely way to welcome my new daughter in law Rebecca to our family. I purchased an open hearts necklace for her to wear at their rehearsal dinner. I told her my heart was open to an new daughter and I hoped hers would be open to me. Then for her Birthday i purchased matching earings. She says gets complements all the time, and she tells everyone her mother in law gave then to her as a gift. My younger son is now married and I plan on giving his bride Erin the same two pieces one for her Birthday and then one for Christmas.

    Susan,
    Susnet Beach, NC

    My New Daughter in Law
  • Our Love Story

    Our Love Story Denise,
    Hutsonville, IL

    My Husband and I were high School sweethearts. After I graduated we went different directions for a while (7 years)but I knew he was the onewho filled my heart with true love. I had a son during our time apart, but when we were both ready we found our way back togethet again. Hehas been the most amazing husband,father and friend I could have ever asked for.. We had a beautiful daughter together and had ten wonderful years back together to show just how much love foe each other we had.. Our family is strong and loving because of the love we shred. Unfortunetly my husband was killed in a motorcycle accident by a group of young adults that were drinking and driving this summer. It has been a very difficult loose for me and our children.. But I am so grateful for having had such a wondeful man in my life and getting to experience that kind of love is unexplainable. My husband was great to me he bought me last Christmas a open heart necklace and earrings and told me that is was a symbol of our Love.. Denise Monan

    Denise,
    Hutsonville, IL

    Our Love Story
  • She Is In Our Hearts

    She Is In Our Hearts cassundra,
    st. louis, MO

    My mom passed on 11/12/11 of lung in my home. She was a meant the world to me and my girls. While painting the door to her room. I accidently was waiting paint ana didnt realize it. When i liked down a perfect open heart was errected. This is my sign from her to go on with out lives and she is in a better place. Your Open Heart collection came to mind. I was having my floors done this weekend but i am not going to let they touch that spot.

    cassundra,
    st. louis, MO

    She Is In Our Hearts
  • My Heart Belongs To Him

    My Heart Belongs To Him Pamela,
    Clinton, TN

    My husband and I met while in the Army together, We have been to alot of place's that most people could only dream of, and yes we have had our up's and downs but we have been together for 32 years ( 2/2/1980) and I love every min. of our togetherness. If I had the chance to go back in time I would but not to change anything about us, We have friends that still say we act like newlyweds, Thats why I love my Husband with all my heart, He is my best friend when I need to just talk about things, He is my sholder to lean on when I need to cry, But most of all the thing I love about him is he is a wonderful dad to both our girls and a great Granddad to our grandkids, This is why I love my husband, I enjoy the fact that we will be spending the rest of our life's together, And this is why my heart belongs to him, I love you so mush dear and always will.

    Pamela,
    Clinton, TN

    My Heart Belongs To Him
  • My 1st grandchild

    My 1st grandchild Julie,
    stanhope, NJ

    On April 13th. 2008 my son and his girl (who was pregnant) were in an auto accident. My son servived but the baby and Melissa didn't. He said a woman came to him and told him he'd be alright. he held her in his arms as she passed away. Noone ever saw the woman but him. By him opening up his heart and allowing to take the womans advise he had thise last few minute with Melissa instead of running for help. To this day he's happy he had that time with her. I had instilled that in him, there are spirits that help us and he had the chance to see one and heed her advise. He is now married and having another child and the due dat is on April 13th. I believe it's a sign for him to move on and all will be okay in his life. And i am having the grandchild i always wanted.

    Julie,
    stanhope, NJ

    My 1st grandchild
  • My open heart story...

    My open heart story... nicole,
    middleburg, PA

    My mother is always thinking of everyon else, and puts herself in last place. Last year, we lost my pap, her father-in-law. She was there for my dad through it all, and she not once asked for someones shoulder to cry on eventhough everyone else went to her. Losing my pap was a very hard time for us and my mom was the one who held us all together. My mother never thinks of herself, and always others, making others feel loved and cared for. She always has an open heart for all of our friends and family members, no matter who they are, she gives someone a chance before she judges them. I love her to death, and I wish she would take time to care for herself now and then, so I bought her the Open Hearts necklace for her birthday and she just cried. She LOVED it. And it made me so happy to see her happy for once.

    nicole,
    middleburg, PA

    My open heart story...
  • A story of life, love, faith, and being HEALED fro

    A story of life, love, faith, and being HEALED fro Amy,
    Midlothian, TX

    ~38yrs old ~Mother of 2 ~Wife ~ESL/Reading Interventionist ~PTO Room mom ~Breast Cancer SURVIVOR Yep, never thought I would add that last thing to my "resume" of life. However, it's now a part of who I am and what I'm about. In January 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy, and started the down the path of reconstruction. ~literally and physically~ Almost a year from the date of being diagnosed, I have returned back to normal life. Normal that is for any cancer survior;) I spend my extra time spreading my story of sadness, brokeness, and how early detection saved my life! My blog tells the my story of living and being healed from a little thing called breast cancer. www.themarcontales.blogspot.com Hope you enjoy! Btw, have you had a mammogram lately??? Hugs to all, Amy

    Amy,
    Midlothian, TX

    A story of life, love, faith, and being HEALED fro
  • Received from beyond

    Received from beyond Daneene,
    Delco, NC

    Hi my name is Daneene. My son randee passed away in feb of 09. I was in my car one day after he passed listening to the radio and if you like it you should have put a ring on it came on the radio. I heard randees voice just as clearly as if he were sitting right beside me say. Mama I'm going to send you a good man!! Ok. Them a few weeks later my sister comes to Visit me. My sister had a little box. Tears in her eyes she hands it to me. As I am opening the box she says randee asked me to go get this for you. She said I know it was randee because he said I'm going to Hit you back. Something he always said IF he borrowed something from you. She said randee said I'm sending you that man mama and this is to remind you that he will b coming. I wear my Open Heart EVERYDAY!! Keeping my heart open for the love of the man that I believe my son will b sending me. Thank you for reading my TRUE SYORY DANEENE JENKINS

    Daneene,
    Delco, NC

    Received from beyond
  • Humans are not the only ones to inspire

    Humans are not the only ones to inspire Bonnie,
    Tampa, FL

    I have cared for dogs all my life but when Fuji came into my life all of that changed. She taught me so much about friendship, love and devotion. She taught me about what it was really like if you let animals into you heart and into your home. She still fills my heart to this day with love even though she is not here any longer-- lost her to bone cancer--not just humans suffer with cancer and it is so bad on animals because they can not tell you how bad it hurts but they keep on giving you everything they have until God takes them--if you let them they will really open your heart.

    Bonnie,
    Tampa, FL

    Humans are not the only ones to inspire
  • A Change Of Heart

    A Change Of Heart Mitch,
    Hudson, FL

    I had my first of three heart attacks on July 15th or 2005. A couple of days after first one my doctor told me I was going to need a quintuple bypass after doing a heart catheterization. I thought I was going to die. all types of negative thoughts ran through my head. What did help is that a couple of members from Mended Hearts came and talked to me. That really helped me to believe things would be okay. Not only did things turn out okay with the operation. My surviving the heart surgery prepared me for an even more life changing event. Two years after my surgery I had my third heart attack. I coded in the waiting room of my local hospital. I was defiberlated and given another chance with my life! Coming that close to death chagned my relationships with my caring family. It showed the love they have for me and I for them. The same with my friends. It has also convinced me to have a bucket list. I have done quite a few things on my bucket list. Macy's Thanksgiving parade, New Years Eve in Times Square, Then lighting of the Rockerfeller Christmas tree, and seeing the Pope come to New York. Life is to short to just sit back and watch it go by. You have to go out and enjoy it. You never know when your last moment will come so make this moment unforgetable!!!!!

    Mitch,
    Hudson, FL

    A Change Of Heart
  • Bill is my guardian

    Bill is my guardian Patricia,
    Mesa, AZ

    Dear Miss Jane Seymour, In you Open Heart commercial your said to let Kay’s know our story, I did. The reaction of the store staff was of tears and hugs. The manager strongly suggested I submit my story to you; so here it goes. About eight years ago my husband, Bill, starting a new Christmas and birthday tradition, he started gifting me with pieces of Kay’s jewelry. This was a big deal since Bill wasn’t the least bit romantic. Christmas season 2010 he sent our son to do his shopping for him for the holiday. On Christmas day, Bill looked to me with his big crystal blue, sparkling eyes and cherub face and presented me with the Open Heart Angel. Although a beautiful gift, he told me it came with a condition...I couldn’t wear it until he was gone. He said, “This way, I will always be with you.” You see, Bill was dying of cancer and knew he didn’t have long with us here on earth. He died February 11, 2011. He is and always will be my ‘guardian angel’. Thank you so much for designing such a lovely piece. It allows me the opportunity to feel and reflect on all of our special times. Sincerely, Pat Trouts

    Patricia,
    Mesa, AZ

    Bill is my guardian
  • "Changed My Life"

    "Changed My Life" Lisa,
    Bossier, LA

    I have been through so much throughout my life for an example low self- esteem and I was bullied through out my life. One day this would all change when I met a very special person that brought light into my life. It was one rainy day in February in 2011 I will never forget this day. My fiance wanted to go to Pierre Bossier Mall to pick up a game as he says. So we're walking along and we had passed the game store so before I could get the words out of my mouth we were already at Kay"s, I had said to myself what are we doing he said nothing he looked at the sales representative and said" I want this one wright here". The sales rep stated "is this for her" in a very soft voice,and he said yes I almost cried I never have felt so special. I always have looked up to Jane Seymour and how she is such a creative woman at heart. I have never taken this necklace off still to this day. It gives me feelings about myself that I never had before with true meaning. Thank you So Much !!!! Jane your the best. Lisa Chapa

    Lisa,
    Bossier, LA

    "Changed My Life"
  • finding the man of my dreams

    finding the man of my dreams Micahel,
    waxhaw, NC

    In 2008 I had been through so much in life andeverything changed I meet the man of my dreams and through idea and insperation to keep and open heart I went into a relationship with him with just that a open heart. last year for my 26 brithday he bought me my 1st pendant (the key to my heart, your key pendant) then in december he asked me to marry him and I am so glad I opened my heart. I am know planing our wedding set for July 7 2012 and I would love nothing more then to incorperate your open heart sysmible in our wedding being that is the reason i was able to find true love and will be marrying my true love! I tank you for all you do and hope that i can include this in my wedding

    Micahel,
    waxhaw, NC

    finding the man of my dreams
  • Dawn of a New Day

    Dawn of a New Day Merle,
    Hagerstown, MD

    My name is Merle and I'm 51 years old. At my age it's hard to find love and after struggling with loneliness for 2 years I decided to try a singles web site. I didn't think that there was much hope for me being a single "dad" and I wrote to a few ladies but one in particular caught my eye. She was a naturally beautiful lady 44 years old with 2 children. The thing that caught my attention was the fact that she wasn't smiling at all on her photograph she had posted. There were other photos so I opened them and I was surprised to see that she had an incredible smile that lit up the room. I wrote to her and said, "Darlin, you look so serious in your profile picture. If you would simply smile...you could own the world!" She wrote back to me and we eventually exchanged phone numbers. The first time I spoke to her I knew she was "the one". She was funny and she had a gentle tone to her voice and her smile shined through the phone. We've spoken every day since then. That was early September 2009 and we've talked every day since then. Jane Seymore's mother said "If you keep an open heart love will find its way in." What a wise lady and how right she wasand by the way....her name is Dawn.

    Merle,
    Hagerstown, MD

    Dawn of a New Day
  • *Love Really Does Happen *

    *Love Really Does Happen * Jamie,
    Buffalo, NY

    It seems like it was just yesterday we were in 5th grade,  That little crush, that heartfelt rush. he caught my eye, I always said "oh my, I hoped I'd tell him I'd hope he"d know that one day we could see the unknown. 12 years later we got that chance, to take a glance of what reality has become along with the past. The connection is full of attention, it is beyond what my attention has ever thought of feeling. I love him dearly more than words. he's my better half that makes me whole :) forever together, as one known I'm in love with my best friend <3 never thought it would happen. He's the boy I'm gonna marry. See dreams really do come true

    Jamie,
    Buffalo, NY

    *Love Really Does Happen *
  • Young Love

    Young Love Jaclyn,
    Farmingdale, NY

    My boyfriend bought me an open heart necklace when we were 16, approximately a year after we started going out. There were many times that we struggled and broke up because we were not sure if we were meant to be together. We have gotten back together several times, and now after 5 years, I have a matching charm for my bracelet and an open heart ring that serves as my engagement ring. I truly believe that it is the power of the open heart and its meaning that has brought us back together each time and helped us realize we do in fact want to spent the rest of our lives together!

    Jaclyn,
    Farmingdale, NY

    Young Love
  • MY MOM

    MY MOM Crystal,
    Evansville, IN

    My Mom has opened my heart to so many things,and i wish i could open hers up now,but instead she is closeing it.She has Breast Cancer and it is taking a big tole on all of us.So if i had 1 wish,It would be to give her,what she has given me thru my life,and i pray everyday and nite for her,I really wish i could give her a open heart necklace,but i dont even think that would do anything.I wish i could open her heart back up,But this cancer has takin over her life,and i hate to see her in so much pain,and hurting all the time,maybe 1 day it will open back up.Thank you

    Crystal,
    Evansville, IN

    MY MOM
  • Open Heart Friendship

    Open Heart Friendship Wendy,
    Kernersville, NC

    Last year I helped a friend who's husband had a stroke and lived. He beated the odds but became blind. It was around christmas time and I decided to ask our friends to help this family in needs. It made a special christmas for them by opening our hearts. I wouldn't have been able to do this for the family if I hadn't open my heart and made a first move and getting our friends to open their their hearts too. I am so glad that I made a first move by opening my heart. I thought that if I can make a first move by opening my heart to help out then I can get others to follow me and it worked. Having an open heart means being a big soft heart. I always have a big soft marshallow heart. Try to have an open heart friendshop and the others will follow you by helping out any one in needs.

    Wendy,
    Kernersville, NC

    Open Heart Friendship
  • Keep my head up and my heart open

    Keep my head up and my heart open Cathy,
    New Philadelphia, OH

    My husband has been laid off from his work now for several months, and it has been such a difficult time for both of us. He has COPD, and he never seems to let it stop him from continuing his upbeat outlook everyday. The outlook for being called back to his job isn't looking very promising at all, and at his age, obtaining another job in his field and with his health problems nobody would even consider him for employment. I worry all the time about our financial situation, and have found solice in woodworking and painting what I make to try and help with the bills. Working with the wood and working with my hands has somehow provided me with a hope inside,that otherwise would not be within me. He has been my rock in all this, and he encourages me to keep up the woodworking,knowing that it does help me mentally to ease our struggle througout this trial we are facing. So, I do need to keep an OPEN HEART and have faith to believe we are going to get through this together.

    Cathy,
    New Philadelphia, OH

    Keep my head up and my heart open
  • The Christmas card from Heaven

    The Christmas card from Heaven Lisa,
    Shelbyville, TN

    In 2004 I received a Christmas card in the mail that changed my whole life. It was from my mother who I was told by my father had died of a brain aneurism 20+ years earlier and in the card she said that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that it was highly hereditary and she wanted to make sure I was healthy and if I had not already been tested to see that I was as soon as possible. After getting over the initial shock I emailed the woman in the card and sure enough it was indeed my mother and soon after came to Michigan to see me. In 2007 she was diagnosed again with the same thing in her other breast so I agreed to move here to Tennessee to be with her. I want her to know that I'm proud of the strong woman that she is and more proud to call her mom.

    Lisa,
    Shelbyville, TN

    The Christmas card from Heaven
  • Always Thinking of You

    Always Thinking of You Maryceli,
    Watervliet, NY

    I am a single mom and have a son that really wanted to give it to me before going to college but you know how the move can be so costly it never happened but he told me, mom if I could of afford it , that would be the perfect gift to give to you for all you done for me to be where I am now. I never forgotten that, some at work have the necklace given to them by there love ones and brings tears to my eyes that maybe someday will be able to save it up to tell my son, it was all well worth saving for it and that he'll know, he is always be close to heart and always mom has an open heart to come to me for anything no matter what . I do miss him so, so much. Just when I feel am about cry I think of what he said to me before he went on his own journey.we both know that no amount of jewelry would replace that but be nice to have to remind me ,we may be far but jet close at heart always.

    Maryceli,
    Watervliet, NY

    Always Thinking of You
  • God is Good ... ALL THE TIME!

    God is Good ... ALL THE TIME! Corry,
    Floresville, TX

    I was in an abusive relationship when I was 19. I stayed in the relationship for 3 years. I finally got the courage to leave after being threatened for my life. I am 36 now and my heart has been closed; actually a steel door with nails coming out and warriors guarding it so no one can come in and hurt me ever again. I finnaly went on an ACTS retreat back in October which was a life changing experience for me. I can now say my heart is open and I am not afraid to let anyone in. I have learned how to forgive and but the past behind me. God saved me from all the pain I suffered and HE has ridden me of all of my burdens. I am so much happier and my family and I so more involved with our church (Sacred Heart in Floresville). This retreat has made me believe I am special and I am loved by others and it is okay to let people into your heart. I love my new outlook on life and love! This is why I believe God is Good .... ALL THE TIME!! With Love, Corry Lucio

    Corry,
    Floresville, TX

    God is Good ... ALL THE TIME!
  • My Life

    My Life Lynnette,
    Fridley, MN

    My name is Lynette my life is perty hard I gave my son up for adoptoin when he was 3 monthes old that was hard on me.The next hardest thing I had to do is go throught a divorce witch I did not want and my husband wanted a divorce I have been divorce for 3 year.I feel I'm stuck in a rute I do not know what I want in life any more sometimes I feel like give up

    Lynnette,
    Fridley, MN

    My Life
  • my mom was the strongest...

    my mom was the strongest... karen,
    rehoboth, DE

    everybody says thier mom is the strongest women...my mom was....

    karen,
    rehoboth, DE

    my mom was the strongest...
  • My Open  Heart Is Too You Jane

    My Open Heart Is Too You Jane MaryEllen,
    Coopersburg, PA

    My heart is open because I heard you cry, My heart is op0en and I KNOW Why. Your heart is broken have no fear,My heart is open to help you heal.A friend is a friend who will give you their heart, and help you mean that broken heart.So no more tears on your heart,let the lovecome in and open your heart. Love MaryEllen Coopersburg,PA.

    MaryEllen,
    Coopersburg, PA

    My Open Heart Is Too You Jane
  • Mom's Recipe

    Mom's Recipe Joe,
    Rohnert Park, CA

    It is my pleasure to share with the outside world my mom's recipe for creating a family that anyone in America would want to be a part of, and any mom in America would be proud of. To my mom, her greatest treasure and accomplishment in her life is the close-knit family she raised. We meant everything to her and she meant everything to us and we all knew it. The unconditional love she gave us will never be forgotten and will never be replaced. She will never know many of the successes she has helped create as they continue in our lives daily. Through these words, pictures, letters and cards, you will see the influence and impact our mom has had on our lives and what she meant to each of us. You will see how she cared for her family and you will see the rewards of her efforts. My Recipe exceeds the 250 word count, therefore, I've placed it in a PDF file and hope it is readable. The pictures, cards and letters have been left out.

    Joe,
    Rohnert Park, CA

    Mom's Recipe
  • Lola

    Lola sarah,
    Van Buren, AR

    As a child I felt completely lost and alone. The only people I could turn to were my grandparents, more specifically my grandmother Lola. She pulled me through all the abuse I recieved from my family. She was there when I was beat up by my ex-boyfriend at age 18. She was there when I went to jail just six months later and she helped me through two miscarraiges and numerous moves as I struggled to get my life straight. My Grandmother all the meanwhile battled cancer. My grandmother was so much like me. She wore her heart on her sleave and I believe that is why she cam to my rescue all those times. So ofcourse when she needed me I was there. I did not want to be because that person in that hospital bed was not my grandmother. When she passed away I had just recently discovered I was pregnant and I believe she gave my son her life. I was angry with God for so long for taking her from me, but I now everytime I look at my son I think of her. I know she would be proud of me. I left the father of my son because he too beat me and put me in the hospital. Now I work and go to school. I am going to be an elementary teacher! I love kids and I know on my graduation day that my grandmother will be smiling with pride! ILY grandma

    sarah,
    Van Buren, AR

    Lola
  • Love is Still Alive

    Love is Still Alive Michelle,
    Lake Charles, LA

    I gave my daughter Katherine her open heart during her senior year in high school. I wanted her to have her heart as a reminder while she was away at college that there will be one true person (Love) for her. I explained the virtues of a true heart she should look for in a partner. I also wanted Katherine to wear her open heart to reaffirm that divorce should not harden a person's heart. You should always be open and willing to give and receive love.

    Michelle,
    Lake Charles, LA

    Love is Still Alive
  • Buck

    Buck Barb,
    Orange Park, FL

    Here's Buck... a stray dog... roamed for a month - chased by all, afraid of people, and very good at hiding... so good the pound couldn't catch him. We did... he loves us as much as we love him. He even loves out cat and looks out for her. He was skinny, dirty and it took only a shower for him to open his heart to us. The first time he wagged his tail it was pure joy. Now instead of running from us, he runs to us. We all hit the lotto - and all it took was an open heart.

    Barb,
    Orange Park, FL

    Buck
  • Dark Retirement

    Dark Retirement William,
    Denver, CO

    After I retired, I was "living the dream" for a while. But then such a wave of hopelessness and emptiness hit me that I went into a stall. I was reading a lot at that time, and I think an unseen hand was guiding me because I was finding answers and support from such unlikely places. If not for that, I can't begin to imagine what might have happened. By far, the most important book I read was “Remarkable Changes”. I learned that our greatest need is to be needed. I had felt needed, thanks to all of those relationships I had carefully cultivated on my job, but when that ended, I had been cut loose to drift. Worse than that, I had plenty of time to take inventory of my losses. So, for the first time, I have had to start controlling my thought processes. That is a new experience for me. I am trying to be patient as to where this transition will lead me and to be open to all of the possibilities. That is at least a lot more positive than when I was down.

    William,
    Denver, CO

    Dark Retirement
  • Heaven Sent

    Heaven Sent Stephanie,
    Navarre, FL

    My name is Stephanie. My story starts in 2008, after a horrible divorce. I came across an old high school friend. Our fathers were in the military together. Stacy and I became close, which led to dating then marriage. He got orders to go overseas 19 days before my birthday. He and my best friend threw a surprise party for me that year. That's when he gave me my Open Heart necklace. Halfway through his deployment, I got "the call" no one wants. He was KIA (killed in action) from an IED. I was heartbroken!!! I got a call from my parents to pick up mail from home. I see there was a package from my best friend. When I opened it up, there were matching earrings to my necklace. The note attached read, "you will always be in my heart, for there is no love greater than ours!" Needless to say I was just crushed. He bought those and had my best friend give them to me for Christmas. Just to get something from him while he was gone. I never understood the meaning of it...until now. If you keep your heart open love will always find its way in....I never believed I'd ever love again...but it did. Thanks to Stacy

    Stephanie,
    Navarre, FL

    Heaven Sent
  • Christmas 2009

    Christmas 2009 Christine,
    Walpole, MA

    My dad always gives me money for Christmas. When he did this last Christmas. I always wanted something to remind me of how much he does love me. Then I went to Kay's and bought the Angel Jane came out with for this Christmas. Every time I wear it aor even look at it, it reminds me how much he does love me, even if he soes not say it that often. It reminds me "THAT IF YOUR HEART IS OPEN, LOVE WILL ALWAYS FIND IT'S WAY IN. That is my story

    Christine,
    Walpole, MA

    Christmas 2009
  • Sharing the Holdays

    Sharing the Holdays Darlene,
    Richmond, OH

    My parents owned a small resturant in a smallttown in eastern Ohio. We closed the doors for each holiday but my mom and dad worried about those who had no family or didnt have a close family bond.So they would invite those to their house to shate the holidays with our family young and old.We shsted our home,food,and storied of holidays past over food and desserts.Our parents our gone now but I wear the open heart necklace in honor of all the holidays we shared our open hearts.

    Darlene,
    Richmond, OH

    Sharing the Holdays
  • Seeing the Light

    Seeing the Light Cindy,
    Coral Springs, FL

    Many years ago my Mother was stricken with a fatal illness. Needing to be by my Mother's side, I ended a relationship I was beginning with 'Dennis' to focus on caring for my Mother. Sadly, we lost our Mother after four months in intensive care. After two years settling medical bills and helping my father adjust to life without 'Mom', it was time for me to live my life. I met someone new who seemed so 'right', and we married. I lived through horrible deceptions and was devastatingly hurt. After fifteen years, I divorced him, yet was determined not to close my heart forever. One year later, while dining out with my daughter, Dennis came into the restaurant; we talked, and he had never married. So after 20 years, we rekindled our love, even stronger, and eventually began planning to wed. During our wedding plans, he was diagnosed with cancer, we wed immediately. We lived each moment we had to the fullest. It has been six years since Dennis passed, but without both our hearts being open, we would have never been blessed to reunite and share the most incredible love anyone could ever hope for. Today, my heart remains open to love; which comes to all of us in so many wonderful forms. Thanks to Dennis, my heart held it's truest love for the first time.

    Cindy,
    Coral Springs, FL

    Seeing the Light
  • Immigration unlocking the Key

    Immigration unlocking the Key Joe,
    Indianapolis, IN

    My wife and I went through a lengthy process of immigration to the states. Through this process, we had to open up and be brutally honest with each other over the past two years. Now on our first mother's day together in the states, I am presenting an Open Heart - Family, showing that we are open and connecting families across North America. I am still learning how to be open, but we are working together to be open together.

    Joe,
    Indianapolis, IN

    Immigration unlocking the Key
  • Love Again

    Love Again judy,
    phoenix, AZ

    My story begins in the fall of 2003. I had just recently divorced in 2001. I had taken it quite hard, I had four children, 2 girls and twin boys. I couldn't afford to live with my kids and support myself and a place to live. My mom lived in Arizona and wantedmove out there with her, so I packed everything I had left and moved in with her , leaving my 4 kids behind which was very difficut. But i stayed there looking for work I found a job and tried to get back on my feet. It wasn't easy, I finally met someone thru my sister-in-laws's friend'sbrother, but it was a tough relationship and i was focused on my kids. I was still very lonely, until then in June of 2006 I met my sole mate thru singles.com and fell head over heels with this man. He also had 4 children and been thru a rough divorce. We started going out and in a year later we got married, I knew that i was meant to meet that special someone and that I could love again and be loved . We are truly happy my days and nights are no longer lonely and sad. I am truly blessed. My husband and I have realized that if you do keep an open mind and your heart open you can find true happiness, and your life will go on. Sincerely, Judy Bogert

    judy,
    phoenix, AZ

    Love Again
  • My Heart

    My Heart Ashley,
    Richmond, VA

    Six years ago I met the love of my life. At the time I didn't think so because I thought I was supposed to be unhappy. I had a brick wall around my heart and no one was going to get in. I was a hard person, I pushed Terrie away. I thought I would hurt her and didn't want that to happen. I reconnected with Terrie in May of 2008. I knew I couldn't spend the rest of my life without her. At Christmas I received an open heart necklace. I have opened my heart and without her I would be lost. I understand my relationship may not be normal, most people can't understand my parents included, but when you find happiness with someone that opens your heart so much joy and happiness is found. After a wedding celebration with family and friends I wonder when I will wake up and all of this will be a dream. When I wear my necklace I don't try to match my jewelry to my clothes. This necklace represents the love I found. Your heart has to be open and you have to love yourself, Terrie helped me see it was her choice to be with me and sometimes you have to take a chance on love. My strength comes from having my heart, soul, and mind opened by love. I thank Jane for inventing this symbol it stands for my life and how someone so hard became so soft.

    Ashley,
    Richmond, VA

    My Heart
  • Adoption Story

    Adoption Story Kara,
    Jacksonville, FL

    When we adopted our son, I needed the perfect gift for his birth mother. The open hearts bow was the perfect piece of jewelry for her to wear everyday. It reminds her that she opened her heart to us and gave us such an important gift - our son. The collection is beautiful and such a wonderful way to show someone how much they are loved and thought of each and everyday. Thank you for the open hearts collection - it's a wonderful way to remember the day our son was born, and the gift his birth mother gave to us.

    Kara,
    Jacksonville, FL

    Adoption Story
  • The Battle with Depression

    The Battle with Depression Katherine,
    Murfreesboro, TN

    I have been battling depression for many years. I am currently engaged and to be married in December. I have recently slipped into a deep depression again. Throught my struggles I never truly wanted to get help due to the difficulties surrounding the process. I know have someone who counts on me and wants to spend the rest of his life with me. And because of him I have decided to get the help I always should have. I love the theory behind the open heart and recently purchased the open heart pendant shaped like an angel. I wear it everyday reminding myself that as long as my heart is open and I continue to try and share my heart and thoughts with others life will get better and my future husband and I will have a happy marriage. Thank you for the open heart collection. It is a reminder to all to not shut down and that sharing with others can only benefit you and those around you.

    Katherine,
    Murfreesboro, TN

    The Battle with Depression
  • love always lasts forever

    love always lasts forever edwina,
    marcy, NY

    what happens to a heart when the only person who you have ever loved, totally, with all your soul, passes away? a part of my heart went with him.the part of my soul that believed that we would be growing old together withered away. i did end up marrying but it was on the rebound of losing my soulmate. this marriage lasted only 21 years.despite the problems of alcoholism with my husband,i gave birth to the love of my life, my son matthew.after raising my son, mostly by myself, i left my husband and kept to myself, showering my son with the love i had still to give.but sometimes that isnt enough. 10 yrs. after i got divorced my son educated me about the internet.and to make a long story short, i have just become engaged this past christmas eve to a wonderful man. we have been together for almost two years, and i know, with the help of my deceased love, and my mom, i was sent an angel to love and watch over me here on earth. anthony is everything i could want in a husband.and my son matthew respects and loves him like he would a father, and anthony loves him as he would his own child. he has never had his own children.i had been afraid to open my heart up again but was shown the way by my son. believe me, love truly does live forever, just leave your heart open.

    edwina,
    marcy, NY

    love always lasts forever
  • Always open

    Always open Lisa,
    Agawam, MA

    My heart is always open to anyone who needs to be heard. I am always a believer of never judge a book by it's cover. I can always find good in everyone.

    Lisa,
    Agawam, MA

    Always open
  • Zoe's Drawing

    Zoe's Drawing Wanda,
    Lakewood, CO

    Jane,my 8yr. grandaughter, Zoe took me by surprise when looking over here shoulder, she was drawing an open heart. When ask about it, she told me the story you tell. Her birthday is in February and I hope to find an open heart small enough for her and a note from you at a price Grandma can afford. Thank you so much for the inspiration.It is to bad little ones can't meet you. Grandma Baker

    Wanda,
    Lakewood, CO

    Zoe's Drawing
  • My mom

    My mom Janell,
    Crowley, TX

    Two years ago,my mom was told she had bone cancer in her hand,and there was no cure,she had to have her hand cut off,she is doing much better.her health will never be the same,but she is trying to live with one hand.i love her so much,and I think she deserves this.she is my valentine and always will be,she is a true blessing.

    Janell,
    Crowley, TX

    My mom
  • My Open Heart inspriation

    My Open Heart inspriation Linda,
    North Las Vegas, NV

    At 55 I was diagnosed with breast cancer .It was devastating but with the help of my wonderful husband we got through it together. When I lost my hair in the shower my husband came in and bagged it held me saying it was OK. He went out and got me a baseball cap that I wore all the time. We decided that it was time to live and decided to move to Las Vegas from Chicago and just live life. That was 11 years ago and we are lovin it here. I retired at 65 and now I just hang out with my 2 Airedales, Darby and Molly and my husband. My sister and her husband also moved out here being the only family we have left. My husband wanted to give me something special to mark the cancer clean for 1 year and I fell in love with the Jane Seymour collection. My first was Open Heat necklace and almost every Birthday added to my collection. I have a great collection and hope to add a ring to my collection soon. The Open Heart Collection to me is a reminder that I could have died but God spared me so I could enjoy life and live it to the fullest. It is an inspiration to me that I will cherish and adore the rest of my life. I will keep collecting as a reminder of me being alive and well and free from cancer.

    Linda,
    North Las Vegas, NV

    My Open Heart inspriation
  • kindness is love

    kindness is love nicole,
    woodbury, CT

    We were a family of 5 now we are a family of 10 . My husband and i have three children of our own our niece and nephew lost there home when our great niece was about to be born so we took the. All into our home a year or so later mom and dad had some issues now we have the two children we also helped out several of our childrens friends when they needed a place to stay. So they werent living on the street. They are all good kids and would do anything for us as well as the other way around. My hubby always said he wanted 13 children guess we are pretty close to that lol. If we see signs will work for food we give them food or money to buy food no work needed. Kindness goes a long way and does get rewarded!

    nicole,
    woodbury, CT

    kindness is love
  • Big open heart

    Big open heart Matthew,
    wilson, NC

    My family share a huge open heart between us all. My fiancee is from england, and when we met online we faced must criticism from both our families yet we stood up and told them we knew it was the real thing. Our families opened their hearts to us and now 4 years later we are getting married

    Matthew,
    wilson, NC

    Big open heart
  • my broken heart

    my broken heart jenni,
    stockton, MO

    after just finding out i may have lung cancer my heart is breaking into pieces i have 1 grandaughter and a granson due in april, i have to fight to be here for them, they are my shinning stars, i am scared out of my mind, but i have to hold it together for my husband who is also my shinning star.i pray every night i will not leave this world for many years, but if it is not to be i will be their shinning star watching down on them and loving them with all my heart.!!!

    jenni,
    stockton, MO

    my broken heart
  • 'ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE'

    'ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE' elena,
    bayonne, NJ

    when i read and saw all the tragic experiences that your writers have shared, i was not too sure i should write anything, but i chose to anyway.....i am soooo thankful that my life has been good....i have two healthy children, my parents are still with me (89 and 91), my husband of 35 years is a good man, and we have two beautiful and healthy twin grandchildren, friends that are forever, i love my job and i love my coworkers, what more can i ask for......when i first saw the "open heart" i really loved it....and then when i read what it signified, i realized that it is not just any piece of jewely, what it stands for is an amazing thing....i have always believed that when you have a open heart, love will always find its way in and the more love that you have in your heart, the more love you have to give.....and thats what life is all about.....i truly believe with 'ALL MY HEART',that if every one had this absolutely wonderful feeling, what a wonderful world it would be...my daughters 24th birthday is coming, and i always get her a piece of jewely, but this year it will be an 'open heart' a piece that really means soooo much, i really pray that her life is filled with as much love as mine has been and that she will share her love with everyone she meets as i have done over the years. THANK YOU

    elena,
    bayonne, NJ

    'ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE'
  • Their Little Angel

    Their Little Angel Jennifer,
    Sacramento, CA

    A couple of days before I graduated from college, my dad asked me, “What did I want as a gift?” I told him I do not know. The day later after my dad asked me, he and my mom went out to the mall to “pay a bill” and came back with a bag. I had no clue what was in the bag. The night I graduated, my boyfriend walked me to my family and my father gave me a little box and said, “It’s from me and your mom”. I opened it and I saw this beautiful open heart with angel wings and a halo. I cried. My mother said it was a symbol of her and my father being my angel as I am to being their angel since I was the youngest one to graduate from college and it was well deserved.

    Jennifer,
    Sacramento, CA

    Their Little Angel
  • About me

    About me Donna,
    Sumner, IA

    I was raised by parents that darnk a lot. I always swore that I was nenver going to treat my childern they way my parents did. I have always been a very giving person to a fault. I get my heart broken a lot because I trust everybody I meet. I love helping my children and being a parent plus there friend. I am a child of seven and my family life imatates how I get along with siblings. My dad died two years ago and I feel relieved because I have always been a failure in his eyes. But I rose above that and have a sucessful marriage and 3 wonderful boys.

    Donna,
    Sumner, IA

    About me
  • summer of change

    summer of change Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    This summer was a huge change both positive and negative. My negative came from someone I trusted, I had met this incredible man, I fell head over heels for. For me this was a big deal, if I seen what was ahead I broke up with guys. I did not want to get hurt and avoided it. I trusted no one. I was never abused it was just me. He got through and it was at a party that him and a friend decided that they were going to try to rape me. I did escape, no harm but I was now broken. I was mad at myself for letting myself feel. My mom suggested that I do vacation bible school and teach 7th and 8th graders. One of the days I got the opportunity to share what happened to me. It felt liberating and I have been asked to share my story. I am learning to trust and allow myself to feel. If it I was not asked to do that class I would not have gotten that off my chest and started to heal. I still got a way to go but I am excited about the journey. I have friends that have helped me but most important who would have known my little brother would have been my hero and my rescuer.

    Marcie,
    Live Oak, FL

    summer of change
  • My 2 Open Herats Sory (from Germany)

    My 2 Open Herats Sory (from Germany) Nadine,
    33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrck (Germany), AL

    My two Open Hearts Story All my life I ran with an open heart through the world. Already are my twin sister and I were born. We both share a heart and a soul. I would like to outline our story with all of our grief, despair and tell again gripping hope. At 18 years, could mean, constantly quarreling parents divorce. On this one day my sister and I made a Packt. Despite everything bad is experienced, we are never in dispute grapple separation, for each other will always be there and a place in the hearts of the other einnehmen.Unser house financially. We worked to exhaustion, all sufferers from depression and I even worse, to a hitherto dormant in my brain defect. Diagnosis: Obsessional Neurosis. Hardly anyone knows this painful disease in which the brain sends a wrong information, it compels one, but his own conscience knows it and it would also make idiotic. At night she got up and heard my whining, because my brain just does not let me in peace. She showed her love for me, where they are untying physical exhaustion. But she held me, suffered under my collapse. She had an open heart. Hereby I would like to thank her, tell her about everything I love and I'm sorry! My illness, I have now almost under control, get tablets. Try to live on, to find meaning and never to give up. Please, show all your open heart, giving love, hope. Its human and beautiful!

    Nadine,
    33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrck (Germany), AL

    My 2 Open Herats Sory (from Germany)
  • My Angel

    My Angel Charlene,
    Medina, OH

    My husband bought me an "Open Heart" angel pendant last year during Christmas. He was suffering from Lymphoma at the time, even though his chances were good, I think that he was thinking that this might be his last gift to me. I wore my pendant to all of his treatments and tests, it made us both feel better having our "angel" with us. The best part for us, is that my husband is in remission, and getting stronger as time is passing. I am so glad that he is able to resume a normal life. Jane's "angel" really helped us! Thank you!

    Charlene,
    Medina, OH

    My Angel
  • Baby Steps

    Baby Steps Jill,
    Brick, NJ

    After a 27 year marriage of silence, hurt and passive aggressive behavior, I took a tremendous leap of faith and moved out. I went to my parents home, having lost my Mom and my Dad the year before. Their home had always been open to others: warm and loving. I came alone with an open mind and heart. The first night there was a knock on the door. I openned the door, wondering, who even knew I was there, since I had told noone. As I looked into the warmest blue eyes I had ever seen, I said from nowhere, "I feel as if I'm in the twilight zone." The security guard (Rich)at the door smiled. The next night, again a knock. Again the security guard. Again the warm eyes and a question, "Does it still feel like the twilight zone?" I could not believe that this man had actually listened to me the night before. As our friendship grew, Rich explained to me that he had had rough times as well and that as he took baby steps with me, he also was willing to openned his heart a little bit more each time.That knock was 2 1/2 years ago. The baby steps have been slow and steady, as two open hearts were learned to love and trust again. This Christmas I was given the smallest Open Heart necklace for baby steps and the deepest, most special love I have ever been blessed by God with!

    Jill,
    Brick, NJ

    Baby Steps
  • Vulnerable

    Vulnerable Christopher,
    Garfield Heights, OH

    I grew up with a mom who is mentally ill and a dad who is verbally abusive so my mom, (bless her soul), neglected me and my dad emotionally abused me. For a while I kind of opted out of society and got in some trouble because I really felt totally vulnerable and worthless. Surprisingly, my vulnerbility is what saved me in the end. I was able to fall in love with a lady whose love and support has allowed me to come to terms with the abuse and neglect I suffered. Living with an open heart saved me.

    Christopher,
    Garfield Heights, OH

    Vulnerable
  • Discovered open heart

    Discovered open heart Marat,
    Reims, FL

    hello, I have taken time to share my story but here I'm starting. I call ségolène, I live in France in Reims, I do not speak much English, so I apologize in advance. I discovered the open heart in there for three years now, through a passage on a fan page of jane seymour. From that moment I wanted to know more about the meaning of this symbol. I found it very rich in emotion and symbolism. Today I keep this idea still in my hand, it allowed me to evolve and see the world differently. But especially to mourn people who died there NOW! Over ten years in a car accident. I could not pass it a cape, a stop crying and just move forward. Today I will remember this sentence: If your heart is open, love Cdn faind it's way in. I know paintenant that whatever I do, they are always there by my side. open heart and allowed me to face my fears and sadness, that I find important to twenty two years. ! then I would have one word, thank you Today I can see things differently and appreciate the advantage of life. When things go wrong, I keep that in mind and go forward. It also allowed me to share more with my family and enjoy every moment spent with them. Once again thank you I come from France

    Marat,
    Reims, FL

    Discovered open heart
  • Isabelle

    Isabelle shellie,
    charlottesville, VA

    My daughter Emily- 7 years old- had asked for a cat for at least a year. She had been very well behaved and we decided to go the the local spca. These animals have no home and Emily chose a beautiful cat named Isabelle who has been nothing but wonderful and a pleasure to be around.

    shellie,
    charlottesville, VA

    Isabelle
  • The Heart of My Soulmate

    The Heart of My Soulmate Mary Ellen,
    Mattydale, NY

    This story is inspired by my soulmate and husband Ken Agosh who underwent double heart by-pass surgery on October 8th, 2009. We have been married since 1982 and I feel he is truly my soulmate. I remember the night before the surgery wondering how I could ever live without his heart beating next to mine and how lucky I was to have him in my life. The area of the blockage was a critical one, nicknamed "the widow maker". Everyone told him how lucky he was that it was discovered, as his father had died at 56 years old. I feel that we were blessed to have had such wonderful people in our lives to discover this, because if one person within the two hospitals he was in did not do their job as articulately as they had, his blockage could have been missed. We now view life very differently, taking nothing for granted and stopping to smell the roses. Most importantly we are taking better care of each other. The open heart necklace would have special meaning to me as it would always remind me of our two hearts and all the love we have for each other.

    Mary Ellen,
    Mattydale, NY

    The Heart of My Soulmate
  • My life now with an open heart

    My life now with an open heart Mary,
    Saukville, WI

    I am from a dysfunctional family. My father left my mother, myself and my sister and two brothers, and his marriage of 17 years. I had to help raise my youngest brother. I was only 16. I had an open heart all of my life because of the love of animals. Years past and I was in a marriage of almost 26 years, had pets, couldn't take them. Before I left my husband,I was taking walks after loosing weight I wouldn't tire as easily. The world opened up to me. I would sometimes pray and thank God for things, always pray for people in my life. God opened my heart to things around me, appreciate things, a love of nature, and animals. I have been through a lot in the past almost 3 years since I left my husband,was in a domestic violence shelter, lived with my mother who was severely depressed and a hoarder, divorced my husband, and declared bankruptcy. All through this I have always taken my walks thanking God for nature and the animals, and the people who support me, knowing that God and people love me. That is what keeps my heart open. I recently got a cat, with special needs. He is a challenge, but having a love for animals as I do I cherish him. Animals keep hearts open, Hawkeye is his name. My heart was open to him, it is open to love. My story of my open Heart. Mary Sorgi

    Mary,
    Saukville, WI

    My life now with an open heart
  • The Hat

    The Hat Rhonda,
    Berlin, NJ

    Didn’t see my sister for years, 6,000 mile separation. Between us, we couldn’t rub two pennies together. Finally found my way to her, having her fourth child alone. It was a surprise, my plane was late twice. She heard I was coming, off to the hospital, she felt she was giving birth. We rushed to the hospital. False labor, she wanted to go home because I was coming. We rushed to her house. Our eyes met, we couldn’t hold back the tears. When she left, I was a child, she couldn’t believe I was all grown up. We had fun together. I met my niece’s and nephew’s. We shared photos, stories. I tucked the kids into bed. We went everywhere together, smiling. A teenager had this baseball cap, I liked it. We went to the store, it was too high. I saw the hat again,” it’s cute”. Our visit was over, we cried, saying will see each other sooner. As I boarded my sister handed me a bag. We hugged, cried. On the plane I opened the bag, there was that hat I couldn’t afford and my sister surely couldn’t afford. I cried the whole way home not because I had that hat, because that hat meant I love you, kindness, you mean the world to me. I’m 52, I was 25 when my sister handed me that bag, don’t you know I still have that hat. My sister’s heart is always opeand I want to be just like her.

    Rhonda,
    Berlin, NJ

    The Hat
  • Second Chance

    Second Chance fran,
    Winter Park, FL

    For 29 years my heart was open to my husband, always hoping for the best. He even bought me beautiful necklaces, earrings and rings from Kay Jewelers every Valentine's Day. I thought we had it made. Two years ago, ON VALENTINE'S DAY, he told me he wanted a divorce. He wasn't in love with me anymore. My heart was broken. But the saying goes "time heals all wounds" and two years later, my heart is finally open again and I am looking for a second chance.

    fran,
    Winter Park, FL

    Second Chance
  • Teaching With Heart

    Teaching With Heart Nickki L.,
    Whitewater, CO

    I am a Kindergarten Teacher and a Teacher Leader in Grand Jct.. Colorado. During the school year I have the opportunity to work with student teachers. During that time I offer a class called "Teaching With Heart". I teach student teachers that if you open a child's heart to learning you can teach them anything. The Universities are good at training teachers to worry about Standardized tests and benchmarks assessments. What they don't teach them is how to open a child's heart to learning. Children need to unload the invisable backpack they carry to school each day. Those things that trouble them and that prevent them from learning. We need to have children feel safe and loved so that they can learn. Teaching With Heart - puts the human side back in the classroom. The necklace represents a teacher opening her heart to her students and her students opening their heart to learning! I love the necklace. :)

    Nickki L.,
    Whitewater, CO

    Teaching With Heart
  • Open Hearts Can't Stay Broken

    Open Hearts Can't Stay Broken Jessica,
    RSM, CA

    My sister had her first real boyfriend break up with her a couple days before Christmas a few years back. She was heartbroken and just not her normal happy-go-lucky self. I went Christmas shopping and stopped by Kays, even though I am not much of a jewelry kind of girl. I saw a necklace that had "If Your <3 Is Open, It Can Never Stay Broken" engraved on a circle with a little heart cut out and knew it was perfect. She cried when she opened it and still wears it to this day. I love how personal the gifts can be and that it made her so happy to see.

    Jessica,
    RSM, CA

    Open Hearts Can't Stay Broken
  • "Precious"

    "Precious" Gloria,
    Maple Hts., OH

    My husband and I have been married for 6 years as of 2/28/2012, he has helped me overcome numerous obstacles, he has gotten me off drugs, he has given me a clean life, a wonderful home, he cares for many people, he has a Hunger Center which he provides out of his pocket for many children who would go hungry, seniors who would have nothing on their table, he provides hot meals, he has a children program which has goody bags, and he has a craft program for the children to make things like belts, knit, and sew. He is one in MILLION, he is My Knight in Shinning Armor. He has a giving heart; I love him today as much as I did when I said "I do". Thank you.

    Gloria,
    Maple Hts., OH

    "Precious"
  • OPEN HEART TO FELINES

    OPEN HEART TO FELINES DIANNE,
    AVONDALE EST, GA

    I OPEN MY HEART TO HOMELESS FELINES.

    DIANNE,
    AVONDALE EST, GA

    OPEN HEART TO FELINES
  • Opening the heart

    Opening the heart Lori,
    little falls, NY

    Not holding any grudges, even the tiniest can lead you to an open heart. Sharing all with your spouse or partner; not keeping things hidden from your family..the kids etc. Donating all the things you don't use or want anymore. Giving leftover change to funds-redcross; humane society; salvation army,etc. Any way that you can help others and still feel good about yourself is an opening of your heart. Thanks.

    Lori,
    little falls, NY

    Opening the heart
  • Open Hearts Through Love and Guidance

    Open Hearts Through Love and Guidance Janice,
    Pittsburgh, PA

    My open heart came to me honestly through being raised with 7 siblings by 2 parents who demonstrated love and guidence to become loving and caring individuals. As I raised my 2 daughters I followed the methods of my parents and now they too are mothers and raise their children with the same open heart that guided me be a loving and caring mother. My theory is if you share love through a heart that is always open, you will touch the lives of many people who may never have had the chance to know the value of loving through an open heart.

    Janice,
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Open Hearts Through Love and Guidance
  • Hope: Two Fingers at a Time

    Hope: Two Fingers at a Time J. D.,
    Arlington, VA

    Tasha's two remaining teeth clamped down hard on my finger. I squeaked in pain, startling Harley. He shifted uneasily, gazing up at me with eyes just a shade bluer than his sister's. The glob of prescription cat food I'd been trying to shove into Tasha's mouth plopped onto my last clean nightgown. Harley leaned forward and licked her face, painstakingly cleaning small globs of cat from her whiskers. When he finished, Tasha buried her head in the corner of the couch. Harley curled around her. They are littermates, 20 years and 8 months old. Tasha has been sick for three days, not eating. Time to get the food of last resortturkey baby food. Back from the store, heart frozen with fear, I brought a jar into their room. Two slate gray faces, side by side, four unblinking aqua eyes. Still breath-takingly beautiful. I dip my finger into the jar and hold it under Tasha's mouth. No reactionno sense of smell left. I poked it at her mouth. A bright pink tongue swirls the baby food into her mouth. She holds her head a little higher. I take a two-fingered "poi dip" of turkey. Tasha licks it off and looks expectant. Again. And again. She's eating. The ice jam in my heart breaks. This is hope, two fingers at a time. Epilogue: Tasha and Harley celebrated their 21st birthday in November 2007. They died, five weeks apart, in summer 2008. Their love abides with us always.

    J. D.,
    Arlington, VA

    Hope: Two Fingers at a Time
  • Taking a chance...

    Taking a chance... Dawn,
    44221, OH

    I had been in 3 pointless, albeit life changing, relationships-5 years with each gentleman; and at 31 found myself alone with my dog, single, living with my parents and dealing with a life altering disease; I was pretty positive that I was most likely going to stay there until I had to take care of my parents. I agreed to a night out after a hard month and found myself sitting across from the getnlest brown eyes I've ever seen. I gave him my email address assuming he was like all the others and wouldn't remember it as I had been thinking I was pretty forgetable those days. After our first date , not only did I want to sit across from him all night but I couldn't get enough. The first time I intorduced him to my family was Christmas Eve...I have never been loved this way-within four months I wanted a life I never thought I could have or deserved. Today we have a house, a new puppy and a wedding date set for next year. The first gift he ever gave me was an open heart design necklace for Valentines Day. I wake up everyday pinching myself that this is really my life and I really found that people can be happy and fall in love especially after I had giving up on ever having a life!

    Dawn,
    44221, OH

    Taking a chance...
  • Family is an Open Heart

    Family is an Open Heart Debbie,
    Altoona, PA

    The open heart reminds me of my childhood and family values. As a child my dad brought us to respect, honesty, love and unconditional love, and to believe in ourselves. He told us to follow our hearts and to always have love. I have three sons, my oldest is 24 graduated from school and has made good decisions, my middle son has made decisions in life that he has paid dearly for now, and now has a second chance in life to do right in his choices, and the love never stopped my youngest who just graduated from school has made the right choices in friends, and many things that young adults have to face in the world and will soon be going to college. We all have had our days of tears, sadness, heart ache and we stand behind each other in choices that we have made. And for our loved ones who are no longer here they are always in our hearts and watching us. As a mom of three sons and a single we are strong in our love. I brought my sons up with the same upbringing as my dad did with me. That you stand up for your wrongs and make them right. You are honest, respectful, caring and always love even when you feel that there is no love it's always there. Love is always unconditional open heart. And it's a sign of family love. May you keep your hearts open to life.

    Debbie,
    Altoona, PA

    Family is an Open Heart
  • love my sisters

    love my sisters debbie,
    cleveland, OH

    my open heart means alot to me,,love keeps coming and i was with my sisters when i got the open heart on my foot.i love my sisters with all my heart,,,,

    debbie,
    cleveland, OH

    love my sisters
  • A HUSBANDS LOVE

    A HUSBANDS LOVE betty,
    parma, OH

    AT 43 I HAD A HEART ATTACK, SEVERAL YEARS AND 11 STENTS LATER I WAS TOLD I NEEDED OPEN HEART SURGERY. I JUST COULDN'T DO IT, I WAS SCARED TO DEATH BUT FINALLY MY HUSBAND ASSURED ME HE WOULD BE THERE WITH ME ALL THE WAY SO I AGREED. THIS CHRISTMAS HE SURPRISED ME WITH MY OPEN HEART EARRINGS AND HAS TOLD ME THERE WILL BE MANY MORE TO COME. THANK YOU MZ SEYMOUR FOR THIS JEWELRY. IT MEANS AS MUCH TO US AS IT DOES TO YOU

    betty,
    parma, OH

    A HUSBANDS LOVE
  • More than one story

    More than one story MARIANN,
    DELAND, FL

    Having an open heart does not involve only one story,there are many reasons for having an open heart,from a Daughter who was diganosed with cancer,to a daughter struggling to raise three children on her own,to her children being dumb and getting pregnant and bringing two kids back home, after her marriage fell apart,having an open heart expands over a life time,how can one story ,even if it's about cancer,heart disease,loss of a job,tell all there is about having an open heart,it's the actions over a life time that show you have an open HEART!

    MARIANN,
    DELAND, FL

    More than one story
  • loving people

    loving people lashakenya,
    moore, SC

    I have learned to love people in general. When I became ill two years ago I had to rely on my mom and grandmother for help. I felt a sense of gratitude towards all people I came in contact with.

    lashakenya,
    moore, SC

    loving people
  • Found Again Love

    Found Again Love Amy,
    Valdosta, GA

    Kevin and I were engaged when I was 19 and he was 24 back in the eary 80's. It didn't work out then but we met up again at my Mom's 70th birthday party when we were both getting free of bad marriages. We met again and found a maturity and love that had never died. As soon as we saw each other again we knew we were kidding ourselves with other people and are now working to building a new, wonderful life together. As soon as I can find a job in Georgia I will be moving to the beautiful house in the world and living with the most amazing man in my life. Thank you, Ms. Seymour, for listening. You've always been a favorite personality of mine. Amy

    Amy,
    Valdosta, GA

    Found Again Love
  • Big Changes

    Big Changes Kassandra,
    Salem, OR

    Vixey came into my life when we both needed someone.She needed someone to take care of her,and I needed someone to love.I was in a relationship that was going nowhere but at that time,neither one of us wanted to admit it.I needed something in my life that made me happy and fulfilled and she was it.I found her in a pet store at my local mall.She was 16 weeks,a little old for pet store consumers interest but she definitely caught mine.We played for a little bit that first day but over the next few,she wouldn't stay off my mind.Finally I couldn't resist any longer and went back and bought her.She has turned out to be the best purchase I have made.She came home to meet the kitties and instantly took to my recent rescue Oscar.I found him in a garbage can that previous Sept @ 2 weeks old.They were only 4 months apart in age and loved chasing each other through the house.She was a great addition to my little family.Over the past 8 months,Vixey has been there for me so many times.She loves me unconditionally in a way I never thought possible.She's a great companion,loves going for car rides

    Kassandra,
    Salem, OR

    Big Changes
  • Our Love Story.

    Our Love Story. Cady,
    Oroville, CA

    Me and my boyfriend actually knew each other for 4 years before we began dating. I was dating one of his friends and he said there was always something about me that he knew was special. We finally started talking and soon enough dating. He bought me my first open hearts ring in 2010 for Christmas. More recently, He bought me a matching ring and key necklace set for our 3 year Anniversary November 11th, 2012. It has turned into a symbol of our relationship, and it shows that we both did keep our hearts open, and ended up finding eachother.

    Cady,
    Oroville, CA

    Our Love Story.
  • NEVER THERE TO THERE IN THE MILITARY

    NEVER THERE TO THERE IN THE MILITARY LYNDA,
    BECKLEY, WV

    After many in my family and friends being in the military. I Have always wanted to be in the military! Thats all my friends, and I in High School talked about. After High School no one would or could join the military, so I didn't either. Then about twenty five years later I thougth of joining again !Found out missed it by months to old to join the military . Then I Asked at my church if I could start a Military Support Group, for those who have already served in the past in the military, all i got was the answer NO! Then started my own group ,on a Website then without warning the main website closed down. Then about six months later!!! Yesterday: I was asked to pray and support those in the military on an other website. They want me to pray and be there for support to encourage those in the military... And with out the experience!!! And NEVER being in the military. I am on a Website helping those in the military receiving, and sending emails to those in our USA military and helping them by prayer, reading thier emails and letting them i know on the civilain side of life I know what they are going through. HAVE A OPEN HEART!!!! Never take NO for a answer!!!! And hold onto your DREAMS. LYNDA C. DEARING

    LYNDA,
    BECKLEY, WV

    NEVER THERE TO THERE IN THE MILITARY
  • Love Brought Back our Kids

    Love Brought Back our Kids Jacqueline,
    hawthorne, CA

    My daughter and her husband and their 2 children and her son from a previous marriage were living with my husband and I. tho years ago in September she and her husband were turned in to the Dept of Children and Family Services for drug possession and the children were removed from the home. I though my world was ending and through determination my husband and I fought to have them returned to our home. The Judge did return them however my daughter was not allowed to have any contact with them and her oldest son was sent to live with his father. My husband and I never gave up and kept an open heart that my daughter would change her life and become part of her children's life and after 2 years that is what happened. We are again a family and out from under the DCFS.

    Jacqueline,
    hawthorne, CA

    Love Brought Back our Kids
  • My Love for my Family

    My Love for my Family Jefferson,
    Bedford, PA

    Our Hearts remain open to God and the Love and Hope he has provided us. Our son Jacob had to over come alot of surgries seventy one in fact, twenty radition treatments at the age of ten years old. A tumor in the brain and facial cavity. My wife was so weary and cried for hours and days. At sixteen he is still fighting the battle and has to overcome being blind. We have never won anything vauable in our life and my wife loves Jane Seymore and still watches Dr. Quinn to this day she says that she is the strongest lady she knows and draws her strenght from her she would Love to have one of her open heart pieces. Not only because she thinks they are beautiful, but they are also shaped like a Z which her name Zelphia starts with. I have kept my HEART open for her and all six of our children and had to overcome more adversity in our lives. We may not have much and live in a mobile home. We are a close nit family, my kids your kids and our kids. never halfs a whole family. Thank you for giving me the time to tell part of the story but we have adapted and I have always said never say negative things always say positive ones. That way the devil never has a way to turn a bad situation worse. Jefferson L Powell

    Jefferson,
    Bedford, PA

    My Love for my Family
  • Love

    Love Jeanette,
    Matthews, NC

    My heart has always been open but was stored away for many years. About a year ago I met a man that is amazing! He not only introduced me to the open heart but opened my heart up that was dormant. I have met the man of my dreams and I'm looking forward to a life long journey with him.

    Jeanette,
    Matthews, NC

    Love
  • My grandchildren love me

    My grandchildren love me Marcia,
    Estacada, OR

    When I was growing up, none of my grandparents paid any attention to me. They never sent even a card to for birthdays and Christmas, although did so to some of my cousins. They never told me they loved me in either actions or words. Now that I am grandmother, I bestow as much love and attention on our grandchildren as possible. They love to stay at our home and have great homemade breakfasts cooked for them. They love to go to shows and travel with me and their grandpa. I vowed that my grandchildren would never feel left out or unloved by me, and they don't. They know they can count on me and my husband to drive them to their activities when needed, help them with homework, read to them, and play with them. The love I never got from my grandparents taught me to lavish love on my grandchildren because I remember how much rejection hurt me and I never want them to ever experience such rejection from me. And they won't!

    Marcia,
    Estacada, OR

    My grandchildren love me
  • A Grandma's Love

    A Grandma's Love anna,
    Houston, TX

    My grandmother raised my brother and me since we were babies.She always said be a good person witha good heart and God will lead you to a good life. When things get hard I think about her and everything she taught me and it keeps me happy.

    anna,
    Houston, TX

    A Grandma's Love
  • my mother

    my mother lisa,
    lebanon, TN

    I lost my mother about 2 year ago.I remember that my mom said to your heart open and never close it.My mom said if you have a dream go for it and work it.I all way dream to be a famous artist just like you.My some of dream is come ture

    lisa,
    lebanon, TN

    my mother
  • The worlds BEST wife and mother

    The worlds BEST wife and mother Ben,
    Hudson, FL

    This is not a story. This is the truth. I am a 29 yr old man who just happens to be married the most loving, supportive woman in the world. I was laid off in jan from my printing job and have been unable to find work since. My wife the day i got laid off bought well made me buy a puppy. Which is the one thing other than my children that brings me the most joy in the world. She has totally supported me 100% through my hard times. She deals with so much unfairness at work to keep providing our family with a wonderful life. She knew how much i love to play the drums and that i could not afford to buy myself a set of drums so she bought a beautiful drum set so that i would remain happy. For our aniversary i bought her the diamond and silver open heart Jane Seymour ring and she LOVES it. There is nobody more deserving than my beautiful wife for this necklace. Thank you for reading this and PLEASE PLEASE consider her to be the winner. Thank you so very much. BEN

    Ben,
    Hudson, FL

    The worlds BEST wife and mother
  • More Years To Come

    More Years To Come Shana,
    Fisher, IL

    My husband and I got married when I was 22 years old. We were both doing the whole party scene. When I became pregnant I decided it was time to become a parent and wife. However, my husband decided the drinking was more important than us. After nine years of marriage and four beautiful children later I decided to leave him. I gave my heart and soul to this man and felt like everything else was more important to him. I left and moved my four children and I in with my sister, her husband and her four kids for almost a year. It was a very difficult time and I had always been a stay at home mom therefore, I had absolutely nothing to give to my sister. I felt awful but we always made the best of it. She was my sister/best friend and was always there. My husband finally went to a 28 day program to get help with his drug/alcohol problem and almost a year later I realized that he still held my heart in his hands. I am so glad he went and got the help he needed and where there is still trust issues, I couldn't imagine my life without him. I pray every day that he doesn't fail his kids and I and hope that the love we have is stronger then the bottle that may call his name.

    Shana,
    Fisher, IL

    More Years To Come
  • Sandra the Widow!

    Sandra the Widow! michael,
    dorchester, MA

    I met Sandra 5 years ago when she was living with her parents with her two children.She was asked to move out at Xmas time,I helped her move three times since then.For some odd reason,she went off with another man last year for a year.Everyone I know said "Mike, give her up"I could not do that,since I still loved her.It took more than 1 yr for her to come back to me romantically,been I heard your phrase,keep your heart oen and love will always find its way back in.that kept me going,not to give up hope.Well it worked,she is back.Mike

    michael,
    dorchester, MA

    Sandra the Widow!
  • Nana's 3 Grand-babies (pronounced Nah Nah)

    Nana's 3 Grand-babies (pronounced Nah Nah) Linda,
    Houston, TX

    Landen, 6 my oldest grandchild, was born w/Pulmonary Atresia (a heart defect that by the grace of God is being monitored

    Linda,
    Houston, TX

    Nana's 3 Grand-babies (pronounced Nah Nah)
  • MY GODMOTHER

    MY GODMOTHER Tracy,
    Napoleon, IN

    Christine is my Godmother. I am 43 now, she is also my daughter's Godmother, and her husband Ray is my daughter's Godfather. She has always treated us special, bought our school clothes when we were younger, special birthday gifts, etc. Helped pay a bill or two when we were in financial trouble. They lost their entire retirement funds after 9/11. She has wanted an Open Hearts necklace ever since she saw Jane advertise it. Because it looks like a "Z", and that is the beginning of their last name. She called a family "Z" of love. If I won the necklace, I would give it to her on Mother's Day from my daughter and myself to remind her how she has touched our lives and show her how much she means to the family and just how much we love her. I would write her a letter to go with it, giving her every reason that we love her so much!

    Tracy,
    Napoleon, IN

    MY GODMOTHER
  • my husband

    my husband robin,
    north lauderdale, FL

    last christmas my hisban gave me a o.5 heart he new that i love jane seymour and dr quinn and how i wanted this but this pass june he became very ill and the heart that he gave me has never left my neck. i hold in to it for support and it is one of my most prized item i own next to wedding ring . thank you for this it has been a symbol of his love for me and the love i have for him thank you ms seymour and please bring back dr qiunn i miss seeing you on tv mrs paul resnik

    robin,
    north lauderdale, FL

    my husband
  • My Huband Jon

    My Huband Jon Janet,
    Palm Bay, FL

    Let me tell you of my husband, Jon. A man of strength, I depended on. We met as teens in a field of grapes. In western New York, with beautiful landscapes. Three years later, came wedded bliss. A most wonderful day, sealed with a kiss. At age 25, came Gary our son. Followed by Kellie, after he was one. He sang “Away in the Manger” to the children each night. As their eyes fluttered shut, he turned off the light. Taking us all, along by his side, His family dedication, filled me with pride. He toiled at work, day after day, So I could care for our babies, and play and play. Husband, father, uncle, grandpa, brother, In this world, there will be no other. Just like a perfect lock and key, He was the only, one for me. How does one survive a broken heart? We were together, but now we’re apart. I begged God to spare his life. To stay with me, his loving wife. But God had other plans, you see. Beyond the stars, away from me. I held his soft warm hand in mine. He was my only Valentine. As I watched my husband fade away, I know I’ll see him again, one day. I had 32 years with this wonderful man. I wanted 30 more, but it wasn’t God’s plan. So now my prayers to God above Are, “please care for Jon, my only love.”

    Janet,
    Palm Bay, FL

    My Huband Jon
  • My open heart completed

    My open heart completed Mary,
    Monticello, FL

    Hi, My life was fine but I was lonely. I told a friend I hadn't found anyone to build a life with. He said "I know someone." Weeks passed and I fotgot about it.Then we met and knew within minutes we'd found our true loves. Three weeks later we married. Eleven years later we're still happily ever after and tell everyone dreams do come true if you keep an open heart.

    Mary,
    Monticello, FL

    My open heart completed
  • Dedicated to mom and sister

    Dedicated to mom and sister Doreen,
    Oxford, MA

    My mom passed she had open heart surgery, she was a prison wh never pasedj judgement, and always forgave you no mater what, oh what unconditional love shebtaught me, My sister Diane, passed away from heart condition, God put her on earthnto show us all what a real angel is, I know he had a reason for taking her, she is guideing us from above. Jane if they were still with us I would od bought them your necklace, because, they had the biggest hearts the world will ever see. Thank you for letting me mentioning them, my moms name is Marianne, and my sister is Diane, I love you both and you are sorely missed, I wanted you both to know you deserve a heart necklace, love forever and always your daughter, and sister, Doreen

    Doreen,
    Oxford, MA

    Dedicated to mom and sister
  • My Main Men

    My Main Men Rose,
    Wadsworth, OH

    On May 17, 2005 I woke up to the sound of my grandfather stumbling in the kitchen and my mom scrambling to his side. I rode by his side to the hospital where we found he had suffered a major stroke, which left him with Aphasia, a condition causing him to lose the ability to communicate verbally or using written words. At the time, I was 19 and had just finished my first year of college. I was moving out of the house I was raised in by my Mom and Grandpa, into a college house with a group of girls. The move and school were put on hold in order to take care of Grandpa, since he was now unable to care for himself. The following year I took a full time position with Sterling Jewelers and my mom became the primary caregiver for Grandpa. It was at Sterling that I met my husband, Matt. Matt took on my life of caring for Grandpa with an Open Heart. He was so good to Grandpa and Grandpa fell in love with him, as did I. A few years later, Matt fulfilled my dream of having Grandpa walk me down the aisle at our wedding, something I never thought would happen after that life changing May morning. Now, almost 5 years later, my mom and Grandpa live a few houses down from us. Grandpa's stroke changed all of our lives, opening our hearts and bringing us sunshine through the rain.

    Rose,
    Wadsworth, OH

    My Main Men
  • Forgiveness is easier with an Open Heart

    Forgiveness is easier with an Open Heart Alyce,
    Carlisle, PA

    In October, 1996, my mother was struck by an automobile. She was life-flighted to a hospital 2 hours away. We were told not to expect to see her alive again. She was in surgery from 3pm until 11pm. The doctors were less than positive she would make it through the night, much less go back to the life she was living. Her injuries were intensive: skull fracture, half of her scalp had been ripped off, a punctured lung, wasn't breathing on her own, a broken leg and some other crushed bones, and many stitches on various parts of her body. She was in intensive care for 30 days. After 15 days, she was moved out of intensive care. During those days I was extremely angry. My anger grew and was making me bitter towards everyone. On the 31st day, my mother was sent to a rehabilitation hospital--the first day she could recall from the prior 61 days. My mother's minister came to visit. During his visit we had a chance to talk about my anger and bitter feelings. He encouraged me to open my heart and forgive those involved--to realize that we do not always understand things that happen, but with faith and love all things are possible through God. My heart has remained open and I am much more open to understanding and sympathy. My mother healed completely and continues at the age of 82 to live on her own. We are very thankful.

    Alyce,
    Carlisle, PA

    Forgiveness is easier with an Open Heart
  • MY HUSBAND/MY LIFE

    MY HUSBAND/MY LIFE ALINDA,
    LONG BEACH, CA

    IN MAY OF LAST YEAR I LOST MY HUSBAND OF 42 YRS IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR WE WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED 43 YEARS TOGETHER WHEN I LOST HIM I REALLY PAID ATTENTION TO YOUR OPEN HEART NECKLACES I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT BEFORE MY HUSBAND DIED NOW I CAN'T AFFORD IT BUT I WANTED TO SAY THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL THING YOU ARE DOING SINCERE THANKS ALINDA WRIGHT

    ALINDA,
    LONG BEACH, CA

    MY HUSBAND/MY LIFE
  • I finally found love

    I finally found love Heather,
    clinton, MD

    I have given up truly on love until i met my financee Ssgt Blake D Edwards currently stationed in Afghanstan. I am not your average looking individual that is looking for love and when i thought i had met someone and trying to make it work and think that i would spend the rest of my life with that person becaue of me being overweight not looking pretty guys would shoot me down without getting to know me. When i met my financee over two years ago he did not care what i look like and for the first time in my life i never felt so loved than i do with him. The only problem is that for the majority of our relationship with him being in the army he have been apart and he proposed while he has been in afghanstan and i am the only family he has on this earth and with a lot of health problems and financial problems i have been unable to reunite with him and make his only dream come true by marrying. By meeting him has given me the drive and the courage to truly have an open heart for the first time in my life. please help me make a soliders dream come true.

    Heather,
    clinton, MD

    I finally found love
  • My first "Open Hearts" angel ring

    My first "Open Hearts" angel ring Kimberly,
    Sugar Grove, OH

    My daughter gave me my first "Open Hearts" angel ring for Christmas 2012. It is beautiful! Her father and I gave her a "Open Hearts" necklace for her 18th birthday. My daughter and I have that special mother/daughter bond like no other. I beleive that our hearts are allways open and allways will be.

    Kimberly,
    Sugar Grove, OH

    My first "Open Hearts" angel ring
  • Jane Inspires Me to Grow and Keep My Heart Open

    Jane Inspires Me to Grow and Keep My Heart Open Kay,
    Chicago, IL

    Hi Jane I began watching Dr. Quinn when I was in my early 20's. I coud relate as I was starting my career in a male dominated field. Jane you inspired me to be strong, stand up to men and keep my femininity. Men often overlooked my skills because I'm attractive. I've read your book, I know you went thru back surgery. I too am recovering now from spinal surgery. In my darkest moments I put my open heart necklace on and think of how strong Jane was to be able to overcome pain and have a successful life. I've also recently bought the Dr Quinn set to get me thru this painful time in my life. Thank you for being an inspiration to me. 23 years later I have a successful career. I also give back by teaching part time. Thru teaching, it is I who actually gain, and it pushes me to grow and keeps me young. Thank you for being such a positive influence in my life. As a young woman I always looked up to you for your beauty, strength and kindness. I hope I can be the same influence to the young ladies I teach. I do keep my heart open, but where is my prince? Still waiting.... Best to you, Kay

    Kay,
    Chicago, IL

    Jane Inspires Me to Grow and Keep My Heart Open
  • Positive Living

    Positive Living Ashleigh,
    Australia, AL

    Being able to accept who I am as a person is very, very hard for me. I always feel as if I am not good enough for anyone or to be liked by anyone. On a positive note, the Open Hearts legacy has let me to open my heart to others. I try not to care about myself as much anymore, my main priority is to put others first. I have an open hearts Family necklace to remind me of the bonds between two people, a bond that is special and if your heart is open it can never stay broken!

    Ashleigh,
    Australia, AL

    Positive Living
  • One Billion Dollars to End Poverty

    One Billion Dollars to End Poverty Salah,
    Dallas, TX

    Jane, my name is Salah Boukadoum and my vision is to put thousands of entrepreneurs like myself to work to end poverty. Just over a year ago I started a company called Soap Hope to sell all natural body care products and then invest 100% of profits - yes every dollar - as interest-free loans to non-profit institutions that help women in poverty around the world. I want to teach other business owners that they too can use their every day activities to empower women, not with a handout, but with an opportunity to create their own products and services, to prosper, to put their children in school, and to build an economy for their community. I recently visited the tiny village of Lum in Chiapas, Mexico, where we met with Mayan women high up in the mountainous regions between Mexico and Guatemala. Ancient traditions combined with modern societal pressures create a very challenging environment for the women of Lum. Through microfinance programs, these hard working women are able to purchase the raw materials that they need to create goods to sell at market. A loan of just $50 can enable these women to begin the process of breaking the cycle of poverty. I hope your readers will consider following the Soap Hope model by visiting http://soaphope.com. You don't have to choose between making a living and giving to others - you can do both, every day, with every decision and every dollar. Thank you! Salah Boukadoum

    Salah,
    Dallas, TX

    One Billion Dollars to End Poverty
  • My Change Of Heart

    My Change Of Heart Laura,
    Ravenna, OH

    My story starts with a heartbreak. I never thought I was able to have feelings for another again. I felt seperated from my life, wondering to myself if i could ever be the same. They say young love is tough, because your getting hurt for the first time. I don't know how I made it out of this slump in my life without my friends and one friend who would become something more to me. I tried to get back on my feet but I wasn't sure what I wanted from people, maybe I just wanted someone to admire. Who could make me laugh and enjoyed being with me. But in that life the way I saw it, the chances of me being happy were slim. I looked to my friends for help. They helped me rebuild my personal and non-personal life. Brannon made me feel like I stood out from everyone else. We got along so well for just being newly found friends. My story relates to living life with an open heart because, it's not who I wanted to meet but who I've met. Whether I need a friend or a boyfriend I have hope he's there for me. We've been together for a while and although I know I wouldn't be this happy without the help of others, there's only one job that I was able to do and that's keep my heart open, I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't try.

    Laura,
    Ravenna, OH

    My Change Of Heart
  • Ms. Ucci

    Ms. Ucci Phil,
    Orange Park, FL

    Ms. Ucci was abandoned and starving in a home. We had no idea what we'd be adopting, but she's now healthy and happy and best friend to my wife. This dog was scared, skinny and terribly malnurished. We thought we could at least give her some love if she survived at all. She's now our best buddy and as we opened our hearts she did too. She's a true queen now - walks pretty and stays right by us, doesn't even need a leash - even though we use one. She's smart, loving and wonderfully fun to play with. All it took was an open heart.

    Phil,
    Orange Park, FL

    Ms. Ucci
  • Loving Others

    Loving Others Joy,
    Spring Hill, FL

    When my husband of 47 years passed away 4 years ago I thought my life was over too. At first my heart was so numb and broken, but then I realized there were other people in my life that I loved and who loved me - my 2 sons, my 3 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members and all my friaends had always opened their hearts for me and especially more so when he passed away. And I, in turn, appraeciated their love even more than ever and learned what caring and support meant when you open your heart to others.

    Joy,
    Spring Hill, FL

    Loving Others
  • Heaven Sent

    Heaven Sent Britney,
    Nashville, TN

    I had been in a very abusive relationship and had truly closed off my heart to everything and everyone. Near the end of my last relationship I had said a prayer asking God to send me an Angel to help me get out of the terrible relationship I was in at the time. He gave my current boyfriend a dream that I was in danger. He helped me get out of that bad relationship and had it not been for him I would possibly not have lived to enjoy the wonderful life that I now have. By me having an open heart I have completely turned my life around and am so deeply in love, which I never though would be possible again because I had been so damaged and hurt in the past. since my boyfriend has returned to my life I have managed to earn my college degree in Business Management and Administration and I am currently back in school working on my Licensed Practical Nursing degree. Having an open heart again has made me experience emotions I never knew had existed. I now see beauty in so much. By allowing my heart and mine to be open again I have gone to new levels in life and have a new found appreciation for so much .

    Britney,
    Nashville, TN

    Heaven Sent
  • Helping Community Nutrition Centers

    Helping Community Nutrition Centers Alisa,
    Hannibal, MO

    My name is Alisa Miller and I try to help everyone that I can with whatever I have. My daughters would say that I don't help them but everybody else. I try to give something to the small nutrition centers in our area that don't get a lot of notariety. I donate turkeys hams or whatever is available at that time. Last year I donated to Palmyra Nutrition Center and Paris Nutrition Center both are small town centers and both received 2 turkeys each. They were very grateful for this as they are limited in funding. If I know of someone who needs something either thru fire or in sending snacks to the soldiers in Afghanistan I always try to do something just to show that they are being thought of. I have not been doing this for a long time and the rewards of thank you are wonderful. I was surprised at how thankful that the ones who received these items were. I have helped with getting Christmas to those in need as in donating bikes from my daughters who had outgrown then and still looked new. My daughters thought it would be fun to help someone receive something that they would normally not receive. I thought this was a wonderful gesture on their part. Time and again thngs have been donated and the thanks are wonderful. Thank you for letting me tell my story.

    Alisa,
    Hannibal, MO

    Helping Community Nutrition Centers
  • The Love of a Student

    The Love of a Student Christy,
    Lawrenceburg, IN

    As a teacher, you find that you need an open heart every day. The hard part is keeping it open as you struggle to go work. Every new teacher faces burnout. With music teachers, the burnout rate is even higher. So I was not surprised when I found myself dragging to go to school. Too many times, I wanted to stay at home, even though I had a job that I enjoyed. Then we got a new student. He was a problem child, until you looked closer. This little one was not being loved at home – he was now living with Grandma. Grandma cared immensely, which is why he came to us, but the damage had been done. If someone reached for a hug, he flinched for a punch. A high-five reminded him of a slap. It was watching this student that I realized my heart had to be open every day. It took us a few months to break his shell, but it was offering love even on his worst days. When he wanted to kick and punch, we offered more hugs. Soon, he became the sweetest child in his class. He would come running to give a hug, and get one in return. Although he has moved to a different school, this child's impact remains in our school. When a student is troubling us, we remember to allow love to find us. It has made all the difference, and helped me remember why I wanted to teach.

    Christy,
    Lawrenceburg, IN

    The Love of a Student
  • Each family has a story to tell.  Here is ours.

    Each family has a story to tell. Here is ours. kirt,
    meridian, ID

    Ciara was born on 7-14-06. And she was diagnosed with asthma.On 6-2-08, 7:30pm we had given our daughter her nightly treatment with an inhaler. I got up to put the inhaler away and heard I crash come from the front room. I ran around the corner and there sat my precious angle covered in blood and yelling as loud as she could. Ciara pulled over a 20 gallon fish tank on her and it broke.Her face cut severely.Her left nostril had been severed completely, part of her upper lip cut off, her right eye cut and many other cuts.We had a hospital less than 2 miles away. I had my wife drive as I held my baby who would not stop bleeding.As we got to Mercy Hospital I literally kicked the door in and started yelling for help.Ciara had swallowed a lot of blood and she started to vomit from it.I had to take care of Ciara. The plastic surgeon was on call and it seemed to take an eternity to arrive, we lived in Nampa, ID at the time and it's a small town of less than 100,000.The plastic surgeon arrived and started to work. He asked "what are your expectations?"My reply was "make my baby beautiful again. Just make her beautiful again." The doctor took a picture after my daughter was sedated. He told me "we will just have to wait. She has the worst case of facial lacerations I have seen. How did this happen again?"

    kirt,
    meridian, ID

    Each family has a story to tell. Here is ours.
  • my best friend.

    my best friend. Linda,
    Holly, MI

    I a recieved my open heart Necklace from my cousin he got it for me after i had Breast cancer i had a cyst removed he bought me the Gold one and the angel one i thought i had no hope and he made me feel special and i always keep my heart open. Then my friend bought me a silver one i have all 3 on my charm holder i never take them off.

    Linda,
    Holly, MI

    my best friend.
  • God does not give you what you cant handle

    God does not give you what you cant handle Nicole,
    Reading, PA

    I am 26 years old and have had the worst and best three years of my life. In 2007 my mother was diagnosed with stage fur breast cancer a month after mty wedding. Still to this day I am not sure if she new before the wedding but regardless she kept it to herself so that I could enjoy myself and my family could enjoy this day in our lifes. Wee went through almost a year of chemo, radition and surgeries. My mothe has now been a servivor of this disease that effects so many women for a year this past October. In April of this year I lost vision in my one eye after months of testing, blood work, and countless doctors apointment I was diagnosed with MS. My family has been a major support for me and I know god does not give you what you cant handle if you open your heart to him. Once I was finally on the path of know what was the matter with me I was at a routine doctors visit when I found out that a biopsy I had done came back shownig cancer cells in my cervix. I had another procedure done to remove them and am still waiting on the results. Everyday is a chance to grasp the moment and be thankfull for what you have. Due to everything that has haopened the past couple of years and the amount of time I have been out of work I might loose my home, but I will always have my family.

    Nicole,
    Reading, PA

    God does not give you what you cant handle
  • Looking past the bad stuff

    Looking past the bad stuff deanna,
    vancouver, WA

    in high school I became friends with a troubled girl, she was in foster care cause her mom was a drug addict and she did drugs too, but that didn't stop me from being her friend I tried showing her that there are good things in life and she doesn't have to think she is worthless. I brought her to my house to spend time with my family as much as possible to try to give her some good influence in her life. she definatly needed it. I liked her a lot when she was sober. I haven't seen her In years I hope that she is living a good life, and that maybe I had some help in it.

    deanna,
    vancouver, WA

    Looking past the bad stuff
  • Asthma

    Asthma Marilyn,
    Miramar Beach, FL

    I suffer with Asthma. After numerous attacks, I began to swim to help my breathing. One day I saw a young girl at the pool afraid of the water. I told her about my breathing problem, and because of her caring way, she decided to go in the pool with me to make sure I was ok. My heart remains open to daily challenges after that day.

    Marilyn,
    Miramar Beach, FL

    Asthma
  • Love across the miles

    Love across the miles Deena,
    Hope, AR

    My husband and I met in 1971 and began dating but I moved to another city 400 miles away. A few weeks later he arrives at my home and ask me to marry him. We have now been married for 39 1/2 years. My husband is 16 years older than I. We have overcome the age difference and now dealing with his health issues but thats okay, we are together.

    Deena,
    Hope, AR

    Love across the miles
  • Loving Life

    Loving Life Jennifer,
    Burbank, CA

    Living with an open heart allowed me to find the man of my dreams, living on my same hallway as me in college. 6 years and going strong!

    Jennifer,
    Burbank, CA

    Loving Life
  • Found him online! :)

    Found him online! :) Jacqueline,
    Columbus, OH

    After several failed relationships while I was in the Army, I did not have a lot of hope that I would find mister right. My Mom had met my step dad online and encouraged me to start a profile on Yahoo Personals. After months of meeting one mister wrong after another I finally met Kenny. He was shy about meeting at first, but we have been together ever since the day we met. We have been together for over two years now and are engaged. We will be getting married at the Niagara Falls on the New York side September 2nd, 2010. I can't wait to be Mrs Cassady. I know that he will make a wonderful husband and father. I love him with all of my heart. I didn't even know that this would ever be possible for me. If it can happen for me, I know that it can happen for others. Even if you have been in a few relationships that have totally bombed like I had, keep a open heart because there is someone out there for you. Jacqi :)

    Jacqueline,
    Columbus, OH

    Found him online! :)
  • Fall from grace

    Fall from grace Rob,
    Kemore, WA

    From the ages 9-14 I was one of the best Baseball players in the league,At 15 I was stricken with Bipolar disorder and overnight went from being popular and well liked to a laughing stock.Personally I value the experience of seeing school from two perspectives the golden boy jock and the outcast the lesson I've taken from it is not to perform for other people acceptance.

    Rob,
    Kemore, WA

    Fall from grace
  • love of my life

    love of my life RONNIE,
    timmonsville, SC

    THE OPEN HEART JEWLERAY HAS HELPED ME IN , TO SHOW MY LOVE FOR SOME ONE I LOVE VERY MUCH, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AN A GRAND SELECTION , THAT I CAN CHOOSE SOMETHING , AN SURPRISE HER EACH TIME I GIVE A GIFT, AN EACH TIME I GIVE A GIFT TO HER SHE IS SURPRISED THAT I MADE SUCH A FINE SELECTION , IT IS EASY , WITH JANE SEYMORE SELECTION , EACH PIECE IS PERFECT TO SHOW HOW MUCH YOU ARE THINKING OF YOU LOVED ONE,

    RONNIE,
    timmonsville, SC

    love of my life
  • Second Chance

    Second Chance Gerald,
    Utica, NY

    I was a loner for most of my life until I met the woman that I was meant to spend the rest of my life with.We started out as friends and I soon learned that she was married and in an abusive relationship which involved physical as well as verbal abuse.Through counseling and my friendship, she was able to break away from the cycle of violence. Through the next 7 years our friendship blossomed and I knew that God had meant for us to find each other.I eventually summoned up the courage to ask her to marry me and reluctantly she said yes. Not because she did not love me,but because she did not think that she deserved to be loved and she also could not believe that I could fall in love with her and except her 4 children as my own. Her first marriage was with the Justice of the Peace and I convinced her that she deserved a white wedding.Our oldest son gave her away, our second oldest son was a groomsman, our daughter was the flower girl and our youngest son was the ring bearer. August14, 2014 will mark our 14th anniversary since we met and the 23rd of the same month will mark our 6th year married.Each day I wake I tell her I am the happiest man alive and that I love her. Nothing in my life could make me change the way I feel for her for giving me a family.

    Gerald,
    Utica, NY

    Second Chance
  • Cassie

    Cassie Judy,
    englewood, FL

    AFTER A 30 YEAR MARRAGE THAT BROKE UP I WAS LIKE A STONE WALL I DIDN'T WANT TO LET ANY ONE IN MY HEART. THIS WENT ON FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF I BUILT ME A TALL STONE WALL NO ONE WAS GOING TO HURT ME AGAIN. ONE DAY MY GRANDKIDS AND I WENT TO A DOG SHELTER AND I SEEN THIS OVER WEIGHT WITHE FLUFFY DOG. SHE HAD A HOLD ON HER AS WE WERE STANDING THERE THEY TOOK THE HOLD OFF. WE TRYED TO GET HER TO PLAY AND WAS TOLD SHE DIDNT PLAY MUCH SHE BELONGED TO A BEDRIDDEN PERSON WHO PASSED AWAY AND SHE WAS SHY. SHE CAME HOME WITH ME AND BRICK BY BRICK SHE TOUGH ME TO LOVE AGAIN.i BELIEVE THERE WAS A REASON FOR BOTH OF US TO BE THERE AT THAT TIME IN OUR LIVES. WE NEEDED EACH OTHER AND SHES STILL MY EVERYDAY JOY.

    Judy,
    englewood, FL

    Cassie
  • Residents at Nursing Home Within My Heart

    Residents at Nursing Home Within My Heart Tamara,
    Greenville, OH

    I've been doing volunteer work at a nursing home for 3 1/2 years now. Every day, every hour, every second that I spend time with them makes my heart grow larger with love. Love that I give back to them by reading to them, giving them hugs, baking cookies for them, playing the piano for them, and just being there for them whenever they feel lonely, afraid, or just want a friend. If I were to win a heart necklace I would wear it proudly in remembrance to each and every resident. I might shed tears when several has passed away, but my heart will always hold a special spot in there just for them...I am so glad that my heart is open, otherwise I wouldn't be able to share the love that's within my heart.

    Tamara,
    Greenville, OH

    Residents at Nursing Home Within My Heart
  • Smiling is Contagious

    Smiling is Contagious Barbara,
    Ashburn, VA

    I started working a new job in the past four months. I was assigned a seat next to a co-worker who said she did not like most people. She felt she was not placed on this earth to be liked; therefore, she kept a barrier/shield up all the time. As time went on, I gave her a smile each morning and everyday as I arrived at work. She began to show signs of warming up to me. First, she invited me to have lunch with her. Second, she now looks at me from time to time and exchanges a pleasant, beautiful smile with me; and whenever I am not at work she will ask if I am all right and how am I feeling! Yes, a smile DOES go a very long way. She has begun to show a soft spot in her heart towards me.

    Barbara,
    Ashburn, VA

    Smiling is Contagious
  • "I Love You"

    "I Love You" Vickie,
    Collinsville, MS

    After experiencing a life-threatening illness a few years ago, my priorities changed. Before then, the words "I love you" had not come easily. After that, I found myself ending every conversation or visit with "I love you". At first, it was met with a little surprise. Then, it seemed to take on a life of it's own. Now, it's not always me who ends the visit with, "I love you", and I have yet to meet the person that doesn't respond in kind. You never know if that might be the last chance you get to say "I love you".

    Vickie,
    Collinsville, MS

    "I Love You"
  • my wounderful man

    my wounderful man cherie,
    knoxville, TN

    my love for this man started when i was 17 years old i met the love of my life Jeff heckel we dated for 5 1/2yrs before we tied the knot. we've shared so much and he's tough me so much about how to love and are so deeply for someone growing up at home didn't have that love is caring about each and every little thing about our marriage and the love that we share between one another. i believe that love is special and that u can and should always keep a open heart i think that with your jewelry you've been able to touch alot of people and really make them thank about what love really is learning and being inspired through your jewelry. we've shared so much in our lives together and have grown so close in so many ways i had written to you through email not to long ago talking about you and your jewelry hope that you get this would be so cool to win any of these prizes as i said before my husband and i have been married for 16yrs and have never been on a honeymoon would love to go on one they always that good things come to those who wait will see live is always surprising you never know whats going to happen next

    cherie,
    knoxville, TN

    my wounderful man
  • A surprise gift!

    A surprise gift! Kara,
    New Ipswich, NH

    At only 18 years old I found myself accidentally pregnant, despite using birth control. I was college bound, and knew having a baby would change my life immensly and cancel out my college plans. Instead of having an abortion or giving the baby up for adoption, I had and kept him. I went to community college when he was in preschool, earning my degree and becoming a registered Radiologic Technologist, or xray tech. I am now married to a wonderful man and we have 2 more children, own a home in the country, and I am able to stay home to raise my children full time. My surprise of my son, who will be 12 this winter, was one of the best things that ever happened to me! While his arrival threw my life off it's planned track, the path I chose, birthing and keeping him, has brought so many other wonderful opportunities into my life I never could have dreamed of. I now have a degree in a field I never would have considered before but love and plan to return to in a few years. Had I not had my son, I would not have been in the rigfht place at the right time to meet my husband! Having an open heart when surprised with this unplanned life inside me has enriched my life beyond my widlest dreams!

    Kara,
    New Ipswich, NH

    A surprise gift!
  • Love that has never failed

    Love that has never failed Candace,
    Allentown, PA

    I received my white gold black and white diamond ring as a token of my best friends love for me. We met at work then started hanging out and eventual ended up dating. This was the first diamonds that I received. He took me to the mall and let me choose . He loves the collection also. Alberto and I have seperated since then but he still is there for me through and through. Everytime that I look at the ring it reminds me that he truly does love me and he shows that by being there for me and my to young sons. He still is a very uplifting person and it just shows me that love truly never fails. The open hearts ring that I have signifies the love that we had and the friendship that has continued way after the relationship that we had in the past. I love the collection I even went and bought the open hearts key necklace that matches the ring.

    Candace,
    Allentown, PA

    Love that has never failed
  • Live Life With An Open Heart

    Live Life With An Open Heart catherine,
    Rome, GA

    When my ex husband walked on me I thought my life was over. He left me with two small sons and a battered self-esteem. It was the love that my children and I shared that kept my heart open to the possibilities. I went back to college, got a job, and made new friends. I was happy, which is something I never thought I would be. Then I met my current husband and now my open heart knows a love that will last a lifetime.

    catherine,
    Rome, GA

    Live Life With An Open Heart
  • LOVERS LOST

    LOVERS LOST ray,
    roanoke, VA

    Me and my Wife (Dana) have been married for close to nine years. The past 3 or 4 years I have been not the most loving husband in the world. I pushed my wife out of love with me. The past weeks months have been terrible but I am trying hard in changing my ways. I love her so much and would love for another chance. I gave her the open hearts ear ring collection hoping for her to open her heart to me one last time. Dana from the bottom of my heart would you open your heart one more time to me? Ray

    ray,
    roanoke, VA

    LOVERS LOST
  • Unconditional love lesson, from mom and my sister

    Unconditional love lesson, from mom and my sister Doreen,
    Oxford, MA

    My mom who past never judged anyone, or held griveence against them. My sister Diane who Pasted from a bad heart unexpectedly was a angel sent to earth. She welcomed everyone she met into her heart. Her heart was as big as the ocean. They showed me that unconditional love is the best lesson anyone can be taught. I miss you Mom, and DiDi, all my love, Doreen

    Doreen,
    Oxford, MA

    Unconditional love lesson, from mom and my sister
  • Turning Tragedy to Triumph

    Turning Tragedy to Triumph Karen,
    Hillsboro Beach, FL

    My 18 year old daughter, Bonnie, was brutally raped and murdered in Anchorage, Alaska, September 28, 1994. Her killer was finally identified November 2006. I found out her killer had been in jail 2 months before he killed her, out on parole when he killed her, then, back in jail 2 months after killing her. He had left the state and was finally arrested and convicted of armed robbery in New Hampshire February 2003. NH didn't bother to input his DNA into the national database, CODIS, for almost 4 years. This crime, if we collected DNA on felony arrest, could have been solved in months.