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19 amazing how-they-met stories that will renew your faith in love.

Where's the best place to find a life partner? Turns out, there are no rules.

In the age of online dating, stories of how couples meet can be as varied as Instagram filters.

Brooklyn Sherman, 27, was always fascinated by this, which is why she created The Way We Met, an Instagram account that documents the surprising stories of how people fall in love. Since her first post in June 2015, the account has blown up (it now has more than 280,000 followers and 266 posts).

“I love a good fairytale type of story, but I think it's important to talk about struggles, too, because it offers others hope,” Sherman told Upworthy.


Couples featured on The Way We Met range from folks who’ve been married for more than 50 years to some who met on dating apps last year.

“Love is possible more than once in a lifetime, and the countless submissions I've received prove that. You're never too old, it's never too late, and there's always hope,” Sherman said.

On that note, here are 19 stories of love from The Way We Met that will remind you that love can look like a million things in a million places.

1. The independent, career-driven woman.

Screenshot via The Way We Met. All screenshots used with permission.

2. The guy who wasn't on her "list".

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

3. The parking lot encounter.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

4. Love at first blush.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

5. Love me Tinder.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

6. The golden couple.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

7. Movers and shakers.

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8. Becoming (more than) Facebook friends.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

9. Through good times and bad.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

10. Love & basketball.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

11. Love in the checkout lane.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

12. How to be Elle Woods in real life.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

13. An intercontinental love affair.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

14. The chemistry of an inside joke.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

15. Roommates turned life partners.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

16. A blind date for the ages.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

17. High school sweethearts.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

18. A cross-cultural affair.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

19. The leap of faith.

Screenshot via The Way We Met.

Basically (and thank goodness!), there's no right or wrong way to find love.

“I try and share stories of love happening at every stage of someone's life, whether that means after a divorce, after someone's had their heart badly broken, or after the tragic loss of a loved one,” Sherman said. “I want my followers to see examples of how people have been able to move forward after these life-altering events.”

In the digital era, this Instagram account is a nice reminder that love can find all of us wherever we are.

Nature

Pennsylvania home is the entrance to a cave that’s been closed for 70 years

You can only access the cave from the basement of the home and it’s open for business.

This Pennsylvania home is the entrance to a cave.

Have you ever seen something in a movie or online and thought, "That's totally fake," only to find out it's absolutely a real thing? That's sort of how this house in Pennsylvania comes across. It just seems too fantastical to be real, and yet somehow it actually exists.

The home sits between Greencastle and Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and houses a pretty unique public secret. There's a cave in the basement. Not a man cave or a basement that makes you feel like you're in a cave, but an actual cave that you can't get to unless you go through the house.

Turns out the cave was discovered in the 1830s on the land of John Coffey, according to Uncovering PA, but the story of how it was found is unclear. People would climb down into the cave to explore occasionally until the land was leased about 100 years later and a small structure was built over the cave opening.

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This house was made with love.

Celebrity home tours are usually a divisive topic. Some find them fun and inspirational. Others find them tacky or out of touch. But this home tour has seemingly brought unanimous joy to all.

“Stranger Things” actor David Harbour and British singer-songwriter Lily Allen, whose Vegas wedding in 2020 came with an Elvis impersonator, gave a tour of their delightfully quirky Brooklyn townhouse for Architectural Digest, and people were absolutely loving it.

For one thing, the house just looks cool. There’s nothing monotone or minimalist about it. No beige to be seen.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie shares what led to her openly breastfeeding on 'Sesame Street' in 1977

The way she explained to Big Bird what she was doing is still an all-time great example.

"Sesame Street" taught kids about life in addition to letters and numbers.

In 1977, singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie did something revolutionary: She fed her baby on Sesame Street.

The Indigenous Canadian-Ameican singer-songwriter wasn't doing anything millions of other mothers hadn't done—she was simply feeding her baby. But the fact that she was breastfeeding him was significant since breastfeeding in the United States hit an all-time low in 1971 and was just starting to make a comeback. The fact that she did it openly on a children's television program was even more notable, since "What if children see?" has been a key pearl clutch for people who criticize breastfeeding in public.

But the most remarkable thing about the "Sesame Street" segment was the lovely interchange between Big Bird and Sainte-Marie when he asked her what she was doing.

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Oregon utilizes teen volunteers to run their YouthLine teen crisis hotline

“Each volunteer gets more than 60 hours of training, and master’s level supervisors are constantly on standby in the room.”

Oregon utilizes teen volunteers to man YouthLine teen crisis hotline

Editor's Note: If you are having thoughts about taking your own life, or know of anyone who is in need of help, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 200+ crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Mental health is a top-of-mind issue for a lot of people. Thanks to social media and people being more open about their struggles, the stigma surrounding seeking mental health treatment appears to be diminishing. But after the social and emotional interruption of teens due the pandemic, the mental health crises among adolescents seem to have jumped to record numbers.

PBS reports that Oregon is "ranked as the worst state for youth mental illness and access to care." But they're attempting to do something about it with a program that trains teenagers to answer crisis calls from other teens. They aren't alone though, as there's a master's level supervisor at the ready to jump in if the call requires a mental health professional.

The calls coming into the Oregon YouthLine can vary drastically, anywhere from relationship problems to family struggles, all the way to thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Teens manning the phones are provided with 60 hours of training and are taught to recognize when the call needs to be taken over by the adult supervisor.

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Family

Mom shares her brutal experience with 'hyperemesis gravidarum' and other moms can relate

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe case of morning sickness that can last up until the baby is born and might require medical attention.

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Hyperemesis gravidarum isn't as common as regular morning sickness, but it's much more severe.

Morning sickness is one of the most commonly known and most joked about pregnancy symptoms, second only to peculiar food cravings. While unpleasant, it can often be alleviated to a certain extent with plain foods, plenty of fluids, maybe some ginger—your typical nausea remedies. And usually, it clears up on its own by the 20-week mark. Usually.

But sometimes, it doesn’t. Sometimes moms experience stomach sickness and vomiting, right up until the baby is born, on a much more severe level.

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), isn’t as widely talked about as regular morning sickness, but those who go through it are likely to never forget it. Persistent, extreme nausea and vomiting lead to other symptoms like dehydration, fainting, low blood pressure and even jaundice, to name a few.

Emily Boazman, a mom who had HG while pregnant with her third child, showed just how big of an impact it can make in a viral TikTok.

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The cast of TLC's "Sister Wives."

Dating is hard for just about anyone. But it gets harder as people age because the dating pool shrinks and older people are more selective. Plus, changes in dating trends, online etiquette and fashion can complicate things as well.

“Sister Wives” star Christine Brown is back in the dating pool after ending her “spiritual union” with polygamist Kody Brown and she needs a little help to get back in the swing of things. Christine and Kody were together for more than 25 years and she shared him with three other women, Janelle, Meri and Robyn.

Janelle and Meri have recently announced they’ve separated from Kody. Christine publicly admitted that things were over with Kody in November 2021.

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