A Grieving Stranger’s Handwritten Note Gives Birth To An Incredible Joyful Connection

Jamie Fontenot was grieving in a Louisiana hospital last month. Her beloved father had just passed away. What she did with that grief. What she took the time to do for a family she thought she’d never meet. A family experiencing one of its happiest moments. Well, that, makes for one incredible story. CBS News‘ David Begnaud has the story. By the way, watch all the way through for the story behind the story–the person who gave one of CBS

Read more

Two Tiny Girls In Foster Care Inspire Wave Of Love And Kindness

Sisters Maddie and Bailey have spent the last few years in foster care. Their aunt, Lynn, has fought long and hard trying to get custody. She was constantly told she lived in the wrong county. After two years, Lynn finally accepted this wasn’t going to happen. Her youngest daughter had just moved out, ready to take on the world. Two weeks later, the phone call came. Lynn couldn’t believe who and what was on the way. The gifts just keep

Read more

Why Our Family Holiday Card This Year Was Actually Fake News

It’s pathetic, really.      Sure, it looks pleasant enough.      This year’s family holiday card.      I managed to herd all four family members.      Everyone combed their hair.      Put on a clean sweater.      There we are gathered around the Christmas tree,      Smiling our bright smiles.      I could almost post “#winning.”      Except for one thing,      I need to share,      To confess.      As lovely as our holiday photo is this year.      It’s

Read more

Beloved Grandma Leaves Holiday Treasure For Grieving Family Who Miss Her So

Why now?      Why do the holidays have to come now?      Sure, I know, they come the same time every year.      But some years,      It sure seems it would be better if they didn’t come around.      Not so soon.      Too soon for my friend, Suzanne.      She lost her mom in September.      Suddenly, unexpectedly.      There is something about the first time you lose a parent.      Is it better,      Or harder when

Read more

Grandma’s Accidental Thanksgiving Invitee Welcomed Back For Seconds

Thanksgiving at grandma’s house. A tradition as American as the holiday itself. Grandmas want everyone around their table. The more the merrier. Which is why this story makes so much sense. Jamal Hinton was at Wanda Dench’s house in Mesa, Arizona this year. The continuation of a tradition that started last year with an accidental text. The one Dench meant to send to her grandsons telling them what time dinner would start. One glitch. She sent that text to the

Read more

How Daughter Is Sure Mother With Alzheimer’s Will Get The Last Laugh

How could I laugh? How could I not? Laughing with my friend and neighbor, Pat. For the last couple of years, she has posted stories on Facebook about Momma Jane. Her 91-year-old mother who is living with Alzheimer’s. This means, of course, that Pat has been living with Alzheimer’s, as well. You expect that. You expect a disease as awful as Alzheimer’s to affect an entire family. What I didn’t see coming, Was the laughter. Yes, laughter. Pat just has

Read more

Morning Phone Call Reveals Unexpected Revelation From His 91-Year-Old Father

The call came at 8:45. As it does each morning. Not my phone. My friend, Gene’s. It was his dad. His 91-year-old dad. “We don’t actually say the words out loud,” Gene said, “But it’s his daily, ‘Yes, I’m alive’ call.” Some days the calls are short. Some days longer. Monday was a chatty call. Dad felt like talking. So, Gene shared his story from the night before. How he had splurged. Dug into his family wallet to take his

Read more

British Airways Flies Devoted Aunt Half-Way Around World To Make Dream Come True

British Airways has me wiping away the tears after watching this awesome act of kindness and generosity. They have a campaign where travelers write in and share a near impossible dream that they hope British Airways can make come true. It’s called, “BAMagic.” Here is how they describe the latest wish come true: “London-based Sarah wrote to us to ask for help to fulfill her wish to see her nephew, Brodie, in his big break into showbiz: a starring role

Read more

I Didn’t Know I Had It In Me To Make One Man’s Dream Come True

I made a man’s dream come true this week. Not just any man. My 84-year-old uncle. My late mother’s only brother. I didn’t think I had it in me to carry this off. Sometimes forces beyond take over. Uncle shared his last wish with me about a year and a half ago. About six months before my mother died. His wish? He never wanted to see me again. Ever. He hated me. Not in the “Ha ha, Daryn is going

Read more

Something Heartbreaking Is Happening Behind My Daughter’s Bedroom Door

Something unbelievable is happening in my daughter’s bedroom. Behind a closed door. I know what she’s doing in there. Something big. Something heartbreaking. Something totally expected. Daughter is packing for college. I want to run in there 1,425 times an hour. “Have you thought about…?” “Have you considered…?” I stop myself mid-knock outside her door. I’m determined not to be that parent. Have you seen them? There is a special Facebook page for parents of students going to the same

Read more
1 2 3 18