Winning Stories

Every Charm Bracelet tells a story!

Rembrandt Charms invites you to read the stories from our monthly winners of The Story of Your Life contest and to see their winning bracelet design.
I hope these stories touch you as much as they have touched us. If you become inspired, you too can enter The Story of Your Life contest.

January 2014, Annabeth Spivey, Bluff City, TN: Some memories stay with you always. After half a century I still remember when the love of...

December 2013, Patricia Dolata, Canon City, CO: The Story of My Life (in Rembrandt charms) My life’s journey began in Chicago, Illinois...

November 2013, Rachael Gray, Jamestown, NY: My husband and I met in the fall. It seams that all the best things in my life...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, November 2013, Laura Linkenhoker, Dover, OH: When my husband was called to duty...

October 2013, Dianne D. Brewer, Zebulon, NC: What a joy to see so many wonderful charms that express every aspect of our lives...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, October 2013, Olivia Schaber, Milwaukee, WI: I wasn't looking to add to my family...

September 2013, Patricia Clauser, Dover, DE: I was born in South Carolina...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, September 2013, Lisa M. Andrade, Carmel, NY: I have a dream... a BIG DREAM, like many of you...

August 2013, Pamela Gullett, London, KY: When I was 15 years old my uncle who was like a father to me bought me...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, August 2013, Natalie Rider, Dover, DE: When we picked up our little poodle mix...

July 2013, Anita Shetler, Baltic, OH: A charm bracelet is like no other piece of jewelry...

June 2013, Pattie Utley, Tampa, FL: In June 1965, a baby girl was welcomed into the world...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, June 2013, Shannon Hadley, Waterford, MI: Driving one Sunday afternoon, we stopped at an animal rescue event...

May 2013, Cindy LaRochelle, Crescent Valley, NV: Your charm (#3500) mother, looks exactly like...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, May 2013, Roberta LeGrand, New Orleans, LA: Big Easy is a handsome German shepherd...

April 2013, Dolly Cowan, Harrison, AR: I was born in Missouri and always was an adventurous child...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, April 2013, P.J. Fradina, Buffalo, NY: The winter flurries had picked up speed...

March 2013, Virginia W. Shapiro, El Paso, TX: I came home for summer break between my freshman and sophomore years of college...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, March 2013, Kristen L. Fanning, Woodbridge, VA: My husband and I wanted to adopt a dog from...

February 2013, Sohini Kar, Cupertino, CA: When I was a young child, I loved the idea of a charm bracelet to tell about my life...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, February 2013, Barbara Ann Wanderlingh, Brookfield, CT: The Blessing of the Animals is an annual tradition celebrated by many...

Love Story Contest Winner, February 2013, Lindsay Nichole Ford, Ann Arbor, MI: When my fiancé, Steve, and I met in September of 1991...

January 2013, Judy Spaight, Mukwonago,WI: Ten charms hardly seem enough to tell a life story that has spanned almost sixty years...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, January 2013, Ashley Benitah, Greenbelt, MD: I received my dog Timex as a birthday present. He was a toy poodle...

December 2012, Debbe Hays, Damascus, OR: My mother and Father met in Taiwan. He was an MSgt in the Air Force...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, November 2012, Amie Kepner, Chillicothe, MO: My husband and I have both grown up with dogs in our homes...

November 2012, Diane Clercx, Slayton, MN: I have to start my story as to why I am on Rembrandt Charms site. I have always LOVED charms since I was a young girl...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, October 2012, Nicole DiLorenzo, West Chester, PA: When I, now 18, was 7, Shadow, a miniature Schnauzer...

October 2012, Danielle Van Wert, Eagan, MN: There are so many beautiful charms on this site that could represent so many parts of our lives...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, September 2012, Shanda Fruhling, Kearney, NE: This is the story about my daughter and her black pug...

September 2012, Melinda Knebl, Holly, MI: The story of my life begins in Howell Michigan. I was raised in a loving family which consists...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, August 2012, LaJean Whiteside, Cleburne, TX: I have been a Police dispatcher for nearly 13 years...

August 2012, Sarah Vaughn, New York, NY: I was born in the Bay Area, California in December, right around Christmas time...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, July 2012, Cynthia Daniel, Danville, VA: I wasn’t looking to include another pet in my life, but another pet must have been looking for me...

July 2012, Kathy Collins, Sacramento, CA: I am writing this story about my brother, the only brother I have...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, June 2012, Celia Thompson, Gainesville, GA: Margaret Rose Thompson is now thirteen and is not as spry as she once was...

June 2012, Patricia Shaffer, Lancaster, PA: The story of my life begins in Lancaster County, PA. I was born into a large and loving family...

Dog Tales Contest Winner, May 2012, Phyllis Greco, Fort Myers, FL: There is an old saying about dogs that goes something like this: "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole...

May 2012, Beverly Griggs, Lehigh, FL: Story of my life begins as the old TV show This is your life. I was born in Florida...

April 2012, Fanny Montefusco, Rutherford, NJ: I love the whimsical and classic way a charm bracelet tells a story and makes a statement. The story of my life is truly a beautiful one...

March 2012, Kaci Lee Hedgecock, High Point, NC: Well when telling the “Story of my life” my birth sounds like a good place to begin...

February 2012, Sabrina Stevens, Dundalk, MD: I have always admired charm bracelets, but never actually had one of my own...

Love Story Contest Winner, February 2012, Kellie Battaglia, Gorham, ME: I met and started dating my husband in 1995. While it took me a little time to realize that he was "the one"...

January 2012, Nell Cassady, Cantonment, FL: My life story is about to change in a very big way. For 36 years I have been an elementary school teacher, and I plan to retire in the next 3 years...

December 2011, Alexis Todd, Plymouth, MN: I’ve spent hours looking through your beautiful charms. The idea of a charm bracelet actually came from my husband...

November 2011, Veronica Miller, Champaign, IL: A charm bracelet serves as a reminder of the people, places, things, events, and values that are important to its wearer. At this point in my life...

October 2011, Bridget McElhone, Hesperia, CA: The Abusive Charm Bracelet That Healed October 4, 2011 my long predicted rock bottom day...

September 2011, Lan-Huong Nguyen, Chantilly, VA: I was born and raised in the small country of Vietnam...

August 2011, Ro Viera, Amherst, MA: When I was a little girl, my mother had a beautiful charm bracelet that I loved to play with...

July 2011, Sue Nykamp, South Lyon, MI: My mom is the most phenomenal person I know...

June 2011, Catherine Strong, Raeford, NC: I grew up in Florida and my story begins when a boy in ceramic’s class wrote me a note...

May 2011, Kathy Rokosz, Berwyn, IL: I was born and raised an Italian kid on the west side of Chicago. I was, in every way imaginable, a “city kid” (Charm #4168).  I loved the city ...

April 2011, Hayley Danielle Oosthuysen, Franklin, NC: The journey of my life starts with my birth… who would have thought? This is why ...

March 2011, Janet Johnson, Pekin, IL: My life really began when I met my husband for the first time. He played softball in a recreational league with my younger brother. We became good friends while hanging out...

February 2011, Kathleen DiLorenzo, West Chester, PA: My "special" daughter's charm bracelet triggers thoughts of trials and triumphs during our togetherness and separation through divorce and custody fights. My daughter cherishes...

Love Story Contest Winner, February 2011, Kaitlyn Storme, Depew, NY: My fiancé and I were friends for seven years before becoming a couple (charm #6596). We met by chance while he was on a business trip...

January 2011, Linda Gott, Fairfax, VA: My mother and grandparents were immigrants from Spain, and it was from them that I not only learned to embrace my Spanish heritage, but also learned the Spanish language, which is now a significant part of my life ...

December 2010, Licinda Mytych, Woodstock, MD: The story of my life with Ray, my one true love. In 2001, I met Ray online ...

November 2010, Gretchen Szemreylo, Ellington, CT: I have a charm bracelet that I started after I recovered from cancer. I am a breast cancer survivor and I have been living with NED (No Evidence of Disease) for over two years. But I would like to make a bracelet about my sister Lisa...

October 2010, Cynthia Johnson, Midlothian, VA: I have a charm bracelet that I started after I recovered from cancer. I am a breast cancer survivor and I have been living with NED (No Evidence of Disease) for over two years. But I would like to make a bracelet about my sister Lisa...

September 2010, Sylvia Clayton, Arlington, TX: Dear Rembrandt Charms, I am writing to you not for myself, but for my precious daughter-in-law. On September 29th 2009 she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Jolianne. We called her JoJo. She was premature and had a heart condition…

August 2010, Gerie, Reno, NV: I am a collector of your charms and have made myself 3 wonderful bracelets and each bracelet has there own meaning and personality. When I look at each charm I know what each mean to me and I cherish all my charms. I would like to make one about my Daughter Joann who passed away on June 30, 2010...

July 2010, Brittany Holland, Cartersville, GA: QOn September 2, 2009, my daughter walked out of my house and out of my life. Through sleepless nights and countless tears, I remind myself that ours is a story not unlike many others, and that someday she will find not only herself, but her way back to “us” (mother daughter #3567)....

June 2010, Jennifer Vearde, St. Louis, MO: I have always been a lover of charm bracelets. I believe it enables you to carry around several small symbols of various important people/places/things from your life. It is vital to remember the different phases you go through in life...

May 2010, Malcolm Braudaway, Harleton, TX: It’s not really my story, and some of it hasn’t happened yet, it’s more like our story, but from me for her...

April 2010, Anel Yohn, Santa Ana, CA: I sat down in front of my computer every night excited to write the story of my life thus far through your charms. Every time I did, nothing happened. I realized it was harder than it sounded...

March 2010, Katherine Jones of St. Francis, KS: I'm not exactly Dorothy Gale. But I am from Kansas. And I do often long for a whirlwind to whisk me away to the magical Land of Oz...

February 2010, Allison Pearse, Fort Collins, CO: I enjoy my sleep; I love to dream. My dad, the hardest working individual that I know...

January 2010, Roberta Rinker, Toms Brook, VA: The story of my life is filled with love beyond measure ...

December 2009, Shawna S, Shellsburg, IA: There were many things I could have told you about my life that would have been worth a charm of its own. But there is a story I would like to tell people because I believe it is a story worth being told. People come in and out of our lives like the wind goes through your hair...

November 2009, Rachael Neidinger, Pittsburgh, PA: The Story of My Life (So Far)... I feel a little out of place writing my life story at 17, but with my 18th (#4258) birthday this month, I thought maybe now wasn't a bad time for a recap...

October 2009, Cheryl Parsons, Hixson, TN: It appears I'm a bit older than many of the previous winners of the “Story of Your Life” but my 62 years make it very easy to choose 10 charms. There have been trials and tribulations, but I'm choosing charms to represent the happy moments of my life. ...

September 2009, Joan Clark, Grand Blanc, MI: I have just spent the last 2 hrs looking through all the charms you have to offer.  I am sitting here in a very happy, peaceful state of mind.  Your product has brought back to me many great moments that I have not thought of in a long time.

August 2009, Caroline Sposto, Memphis, TN: Once upon a time, I was a little girl growing up in a big, noisy house with three older brothers and a sister. My sister was a teenager so she had lots of things that intrigued me: lipstick, a hair dryer, and a charm bracelet. I'd study the charms one-by-one and tell myself that I'd have my own charm bracelet Someday...

July 2009, Allicia Haley, Thornton, CO: My story begins with how my husband and I met. I actually met his mother before I ever even knew about him. At that time in my life ...

June 2009, Stephanie Firman, Royal Oaks, MI: I read about your contest in my sister's Parents magazine, and have enjoyed creating my life bracelet from your extensive collection! It was hard to narrow down my charms, but I've picked the most appropriate for me, and I hope to continue to add to my bracelet as the years pass. So here goes...

May 2009, Nancy Hoefer, Grandview, WA: I guess because I am a "senior" (ahem), I was able to pick quite a few charms that pertain in some way to my blessed life...

April 2009, Barbara Turkdal, East Bangor, PA: WOW! To tell my life story in ten charms is a monumental task. I could fill ten charm bracelets with ten charms each and just hit the high points...

March 2009, Stephanie Onken, Crookston, MN: I may not have lived long enough quite yet to tell a full and enriching tale about myself, but the people who have come in and out of my life as well as the events of my life make my life nonetheless rich to me...

February 2009, Bethany Thompson February 2009: By design or by destiny, my life has been a series of circles. Born on the same day as Beatrix Potter, in the Chinese year of the rabbit (charm #2264 - rabbit), this gentle creature has always been a symbol of who I was...

January 2009, Heidi Youngkin, Newtown, PA: I came across your "story of your life" contest at a very significant time in my life, and I'd love to share my story with you. My dear father passed away unexpectedly just a few weeks ago,...

December 2008, Ashley Nicole Sisson, Ripley, WV: Hi, my name is Ashley. I am a small town country girl from Ripley WV. Born and raised here all 26 years of my life. I have always wanted a charm bracelet....

November 2008, Angela Taliaferro, Gloucester, VA: I have lived a pretty good, blessed life. I have had very special people come into my life and make it bright and happy. I was born in Virginia Beach, VA on December 9, 1976 to a single mother who gave me up for adoption...

October 2008, Connie Fritz, Sebewaing, MI: I heard about this contest and I am really excited to tell you my story. Not because I lead a rich fabulous life but because my life is lead through the heart of my little family...

September 2008, Bill Fortenberry, Rome, GA: Far too many times we navigate this life without taking time to be thankful for the blessings we have. The biggest blessing in my life is my wife, Lisa. She wouldn't write her own story...

August 2008, Lynne Farina, Allison Park, PA: I have always wanted to start a charm bracelet. As a small child I was always interested in family air looms and things that told a story. My aunt has a bracelet that was given to her by her great grandmother and it has everything that her grandmother stood for on one bracelet...

Soldier's Stories 2008, Lanette Rasmussen, Bismarck, ND: My name is Lanette and my husband is Sgt. Carey Rasmussen with the North Dakota (charm #3615). National Guard 957MRBU. The day he had to leave for Iraq...

July 2008, Michelle Cousineau, Lansing, MI: I have been longing to create a charm bracelet for several years, after receiving my grandmother's charm bracelet from my mom. I cannot think of a better way to start than winning this contest! My grandmother's bracelet is so precious to me...

Travel Adventures 2008, Casie Redden, Five Points, AL: My travel adventures would have to be titled "A Precious Memory" The very first vacation I ever went on was when I was 5 years old. My mother and father decided that they were going to take my sister and I to Florida...

June 2008, Jacqueline DeStefano, West Orange, NJ: This month, I am turning 40 which I consider a gift to be celebrated. I have lived a happy and blessed life which I am very grateful for...

Wedding Stories 2008, Jacqueline Williams, Manhattan, KS: My fiancé and I are schedule to get married October 2009. We met in Iraq. He is a Warrant Officer (Blackhawk Pilot) and I am a First Lieutenant (Medical Service Officer) in the US Army...

May 2008, Kristen McLane, Romeo, MI: When my daughter Megan was born I started daydreaming about a special gift that I could give her when got older. I would love to present her with a special charm bracelet...

Mother's Life 2008, Rebecca Gagnon, Taunton, MA: When I was growing up, I was started on a charm bracelet. I was taught that only the most important things go on the bracelet, and it grows and matures through life, just like I do. I feel that charms are abstract and powerful memory triggers...

April 2008, Mary Grigg, Lowell, OH: My husband and I became foster parents in 2006. We had never been parents before that. My charm bracelet will have one charm for each foster child we have cared for. A firetruck (charm #3680)...

March 2008, Justine Talaie, Madison Heights, MI:  A Charmed Friendship In the twenty-two years I have lived on this planet, it would be impossible to sum that life up in just ten charms. I started this story hours and hours ago and now I believe I have finally found a way to describe my life through these ten charms...

February 2008, Amanda Vail, Niagara Falls, NY:  The story of my life is something hard to write down since there are so many important memories and people that I know and have grown to love that have impacted my life...

January 2008, Flora Presley, Milan, IL:  Twenty-eight years ago a young woman decided to take a chance and married a soldier she had only known for a month.  He was on his way to Germany (charm #6549---map of Germany).  There they had their first child and established a home...

December 2007, Kathy Collins, Antelope, CA:  First of all I think your charms are all very special each charm holds a special meaning in peoples hearts and memories. I feel it is a good way to always remember life by looking at each charm...

November 2007, Angela Lavis, Barberton, OH:  This bracelet would sum up everything that has made me the strong person I am today.  I do believe everything happens for a reason.  Including why I visited this website...

Think Pink 2007, Darlene Hermann, Roanoke, VA:  Memories of my mother- her beautiful quilts (2340-quilt) and her love for me will always be with me. Our friendship was a special one and her death from breast cancer was fresh on my mind when I was diagnosed...

October 2007, Janey Oltz, Magnolia, DE:  The story of my life represented by Rembrandt Charms starts with charm #0216, Praying Hands, engraved with "Mommom". She gave birth to and lovingly raised my mother, Sharyn (as well as 5 boys!)...

September 2007, Corina Bair, St. Anthony, ID:  Wow to sum up all the important times in my life with only 10 charms is impossible.  When I first started, I thought "will I find enough charms?" and as I went on so many memories came to mind...

July 2007, Lisa Rhude, Alpharetta, GA:  My life story can't be condensed into a short story based on ten charms.  I have chosen to write about one of the happiest parts of my life.  That is my ten year marriage to my husband Jody...

June 2007, Marnie Schubert, Rockledge, FL:  The story of my life begins in Florida, the state where I was born, and no matter where the travels of a military family took us, where I have always called home...

May 2007, Erin Black, Algonquin, IL:  Once upon a time, January 12th, 1985 to be exact, a little girl was born. (birth certificate #4763). That little girl was me! Little did I know at that moment in time, twenty two years later I would have quite the story to tell...

Mother's Life 2007, Katie Morien, Lakeside, CA:  My mother, Patricia Ann, was born in Merrill, Wisconsin on January 5, 1945 (for which I chose #3331, "Birthstone, January") to Arthura and Emil Krembs. The fourth of five children, she grew up on the picturesque Lake Pesobic in a home that had once...

April 2007, Brenda Welc, Muskegon, MI:  It was a snowy January morning when I arrived here into this world. My mother held me for a brief moment and gazed into my eyes (#4424) and then she released me from her arms with a tearful goodbye...

March 2007, Maryann Way, Hilton Head, SC:  As a toddler, I always had a need for exploration, however, when choosing an after school activity, I chose the mellowest of all, ballet (#0448 Ballet Shoes). I just loved the feeling of the music (#0263 music staff)...

February 2007, Anne Romanowski, Endwell, NY:  My Name is Anne.  I was born in December of 1963, (#4571, SAGITTARIUS), the last of four, and the only girl my parents had. As a result, I was doted on by my brothers...

January 2007, Cara Gresham, Ruther Glen, VA:  When I was 11 years old my parents bought us our first pet, a schnauzer dog named Kitchi #1305. Although he belonged to the family, he was my dog...

December 2006, Maria Weber, Lyons, IL:  From the time I was a little girl until I was in high school, I dreamed about becoming a wife and mother. As I think about writing my life story and how I would commemorate...

November 2006, Shauna Comes, Cuba, NY:  1. (#2663) A Day To Remember – I was born on August 14, 1980 and was the first of three children. 2. (#0872) Bear – I earned my nickname early in life, and exactly where it...

October 2006, Melissa Strite, Pandora, OH:  This charm bracelet represents my sweet Grandmother. Grandma always made sure that no matter what we did as a family or just her and I that it would always be remembered...

September 2006, Kerri Bryant, Metairie, LA:  My life has changed ever so much in the past year. Sometimes change is good, and sometimes it's bad. Either way, there is always a lesson learned. Here is my story...

August 2006, Kristi Tolman, Elmhurst, IL:  When I was a little girl my mom gave me a silver charm bracelet and told me I could start collecting charms to fill it...

July 2006, Shirlee Hill, Iron Mountain, MI:  My parents died in a car accident when I was only 7 months old and I was raised by my grandmother. Grandma always told me that my parents were like a couple of lovebirds...

June 2006, Natalie D'Addona, Bellevue, WA:  I was sitting alone thinking about things to do while online when I came across "The Story of your Life contest." When I saw it I knew that I had to submit mine...

May 2006, Stacy Jipson, Sabattus, ME:  As I sit to type "the story of my life", I can't help but wonder if I will remember it all. It's a mystery isn't it?  I see a big question mark yet I know there are so many things worthy of mentioning...

Mother's Life 2006 - Paula Daeon Harris, San Antonio, TX:  My mother, June Bartlett Harris, was born in 1942 on a cotton farm near Lubbock, Texas (tractor charm # 6565). She grew up like many girls in the 40s and 50s...

April 2006, Melissa Freeman, Smithfield, NC:  When I discovered this contest I was excited to actually take the time to look back on my life thus far and decide what my life story is now and what I want it to be...


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