TODAY Show Anchor Hoda Kotb Adopts A Baby Girl! Welcome To Motherhood!

Congratulations to TODAY Show anchor Hoda Kotb who announced this morning she’s adopted a baby girl! Her name is Haley Joy Kotb and she was born on Valentine’s Day. Welcome to motherhood, Mama Hotb! Of course, I’m a sucker for any adoption story. Matt Lauer helped spill the beans this morning on TODAY, saying that Hoda has been leaving a string of clues on her social media feeds. And if you like stories about the different ways to become a

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Lost Boy Of Sudan Refugee Becomes Atlanta Police Officer

Jacob Mach has one incredible refugee story as a former “Lost Boy of Sudan.” NPR reports Mach was one of 20,000 boys forced from their home in Sudan in 1987 because of the Second Sudanese Civil War. Only half survived the thousand-mile trek by foot to a refugee camp in Kenya. Mach arrived in the US when he was 21. He went on to graduate from Georgia State University. That’s where his big dream of becoming a police officer was

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Teen Plays Hooky And Steals The Show At Bruce Springsteen Concert

Rocker Bruce Springsteen made sure one Australian teenager learned his lesson about playing hooky from school. Nathan Testa found out it was probably the best idea of his life. Testa was close to the stage during a recent concert in Brisbane, Australia. He held up a sign reading, ““Missed school, in the s—, now can I play ‘Growin’ Up’ with you?” What was the superstar to do but invite the lad up to do just that. As you’ll see, Nathan

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Girl Scout Crumbles False Advertising When Time To Sell Cookies

Have you been hit up to buy Girl Scout Cookies? Tis the season. One girl in New Jersey is taking the scout oath very seriously. Charlotte McCourt says the first eight words of the oath are, “I will do my best to be honest.” Trying to convince her potential customers that all the cookie flavors are awesome? Well, that wasn’t going to do. She wrote a letter where she gave an honest grade to each of the available flavors. Let’s just

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Daddy-Daughter Ballet Class Will Have You Leaping With Smiles

Watching ballet has never been so entertaining. The Philadelphia Dance Center had a brilliant idea this past Valentine’s Day to invite dads to participate in their daughter’s ballet classes. Even better, they made and posted videos of the dads and their gallant efforts to keep up with their girls. Some dads even wore tutus! Cue up Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” and let the dancing and smiles begin. The studio made sure this wasn’t just a Daddy-Daughter deal. “We had fathers

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How Losing Love Has Sent Me Into Crazy Land

I’ve become that lady. The crazy one. You probably figured this was coming, Dear Reader. Checking in each week to see if I’ve become her yet. Indeed, I have. The crazy lady who misses her dog. Beyond misses. Most days, I ache. It’s been about two months since DarlaDog passed. I still swear I can hear her collar jingling in the other room. Still catch my breath when I see a few scraps from dinner and have to remind myself,

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How A Sweet Boy And A Truck Reminded Me The Secret To Love

A sweet boy from high school taught me something about love this week. Of course, he is no longer a boy. Now a man. A husband. A father. An incredibly happy one last July as he walked along Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Do you remember the evil that happened that night? As the French celebrated Bastille Day, their independence day? A crazed terrorist barreled a truck down that boulevard packed with people. His single mission was to destroy

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Couple Is More In Love And Adorable Than Ever After Husband’s Brush With Death

I am in love with this story about a couple who shows me what long lasting love is all about. How adorable are Joe and Margie Leifken? When Joe felt chest pains a few months ago, his biggest fear was being separated from his wife, his Margie. The paramedics who responded to the call tell an incredible story of what Joe’s final words were to them. Leave it to Steve Hartman of CBS News to tell this sweet story. And

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Firefighter Adopts Baby Girl He Delivered In Back Of An Ambulance

Firefighter Marc Hadden can look at his baby girl, Gracie, and know that this was meant to be. Even if Gracie didn’t come to Marc and his wife, Rebecca, in the most traditional way. Marc tells CBS News that he helped deliver a baby in the back of an ambulance five years ago. It was only after mother and child arrived at the hospital, that Marc over heard a nurse say that the mother wanted to give the baby up

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City Council Here She Comes! Teenager Wins Right To Run For Office

When most teenagers might focus on getting a ton of likes on social media, Mary Pat Hector dreams of getting votes to elect her to city council. Talk about a motivated young woman. Mary Pat is 19 and a sophomore at Spellman College in Decatur, Georgia. She set her sights on running for city council in the newly-created city of Stonecrest, Georgia. Hooray for her, yes? A young person getting involved in changing the world. Her potential opponent in the

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