For 3-year-old Lincoln and his 11-month-old brother, Jack Weeks, a wedding ring and a watch may be the only gifts they will ever remember of their father, mechanical engineer Paul Weeks.
Prior to boarding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Paul had given his wedding band and watch to his wife, Danica.
"Give this to the boys if something should happen to me," Danica told the New York Daily News, recalling her husband's last words.
"If something should happen to me, then the wedding ring should go to the first son who gets married and the watch to the second," Danica said her husband had told her.
An hour after MH370 departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Weeks and 226 other passengers along with 12 crew members disappeared.
Paul, 39, was on his way to Mongolia to start what he called his "dream job" with Transwest Mongolia.
Paul, a former soldier from New Zealand, had moved his young family to Australia after their home in Christchurch was flattened by earthquakes.
"It is so hard, so hard," Danica wept at her home in Perth, saying: "I mean we are praying for a miracle, but what happens, I do not know."
"I cannot give up hope," the New York Daily News quoted Danica as saying.
Meanwhile, Houston native Greg Candelaria, 57, who works for IBM, was scheduled to speak at a conference in Beijing, but decided not to go.
He was having dinner with his wife when he got a text about the missing plane.
“We freaked out,” Candelaria told the Houston Chronicle. “Brooke lost all colour in her face and a waiter who knows us well came over and said, ‘Are you alright?’”
Candelaria’s co-worker, Philip Wood, was one of the three Americans on the plane.
“I’m not willing to give up hope that there’s a chance we’ll find survivors, that we’ll find the plane,” Wood’s girlfriend, Sarah Bajc, 48, told CBS News. “There just has to be a chance.”
There has been no communication from the Boeing 777-200 since it vanished.
The dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 different nations that have been searching the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam have yet to find any sign of the plane.
Also travelling on the flight was a group of eight Chinese and 12 Malaysian employees of Freescale, a semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas.
Two-thirds of the Beijing-bound passengers were from China. – March 12, 2014.