The One Who Cured The Worst Pity Party Of My Life

This week I have the story of one lucky girl.      A story that starts with a pathetic pity party.      Mine.      On a Sunday night, long ago.      What is it about Sunday nights?      How they magnify lonely and sad.      Which is what I cried to my best friend.      It wasn’t the first time we’d had this talk.      Which is probably why she cut short the empathy and sent me a link.      With a simple note.      “I think you need to do this.”      It

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Golden Buzzer Moment For Father Son Duo Reminds Us We Are The Lucky Ones

I watched this Golden Buzzer moment on “Britain’s Got Talent” YouTube channel and thought, “This.” This is what I need. This might be what you need this weekend. Odd to feature a father-son duo on Mother’s Day weekend? Perhaps. But it was the feeling that got me. On this, A weekend that is hard for a lot of folks. Stomp your feet that, “Mother’s Day is a made up holiday. Whatever. It can just be hard. Hard if you don’t

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CBS Sunday Morning Debut: A Mother’s Day Card For My Daughter’s First Mother

Thank you, CBS Sunday Morning, for the chance to be on your incredible program! Such a thrill to hear Jane Pauley introduce my piece. This is about dreams coming true in ways you don’t expect. About being in debt to others, And mostly, about one awesome daughter. And this is for you, You, who might be with the one you want this Mother’s Day. I’m sending love. And understanding. If enjoy this story, you might enjoy my book, “Hope Possible:

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The Joy Of Losing A Job I Have Loved So Very Much

It appears I’m losing my job. A job I’ve loved very much. A job I dreamed of getting for years. Even though I knew I was the least worthy person in the world. I didn’t have an ice cube in the desert’s chance of getting. And yet, It happened. Now, it’s going away. And I am, Well, Happy. Scratch that. Mark me down as giddy. The job? Like you, Dear Reader, it is one of many I juggle. I am,

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Stranger Gets Instant Grandma Status When She Takes In Dad And Newborn Baby Unable To Fly

What does it take to be a grandma? A kind heart and a child to love make for a great start. That’s what Joy Ringhofer knows. She’s a volunteer at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix. That’s where she met a new dad with an unusual story. Rubin Swift had flown in from Cleveland for the birth of his daughter. He’s taking full custody of her and expected to be able to fly back home when his new daughter, Ru-Andria,

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The Honest Reason Why It’s Better We Are 500 Miles Apart On Our Anniversary

We won’t be together this anniversary. It makes perfect sense, actually. Things are working just as they are supposed to. In a world where often not much makes sense, This does. I need to remind myself of that today. This is an anniversary that very few get. And one, I bet, You, who are a parent, Dear Reader, will understand. I did not come to motherhood in a traditional way. I married a single dad who was raising his young

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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

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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

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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

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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

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