Those Were Not The Empty Nest Tears I Was Expecting

What really went down after I dropped off our youngest at college This was not the plan.      Not the plan for the plane at all.      “How do you think you’ll do?”      This question has come from multiple directions all summer long.      All in anticipation of what mothers around the world dread.      The Empty Nest.      I could’ve placed one hand across my heart and the other on a stack of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and answered entirely truthfully.      “I’m fine. Actually,” I’d

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How Five Brothers Overwhelm Their Sister On Her Wedding Day Will Have You Bawling

Trying to make up for the absence of their late father Kaley West’s brothers knew their sister would be missing out on a huge dream as part of her wedding.  She wouldn’t be able to have the traditional father-daughter dance. Kaley and her five brothers lost their dad in 2015 to heart disease.  The brothers knew they couldn’t bring dad back, but were determined to stand in for him and create a special memory for their beloved sister. So, they

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How Your Kid’s Back To School Photo Can Earn Them A College Scholarship

That back to school photo you’re posting of your adorable kid might be worth more than the many likes you’re getting from friends and family on Facebook. It just might win your kid a $2,000 college scholarship! First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg today announced the launch of the NEST 529 Back-to-School Photo Drawing. It’s a new scholarship opportunity open to families across the United States. Beginning today, NEST 529 invites families to capture and submit

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Firefighter Baby Boom Has New Dads On Permanent Call In Oklahoma

An adorable baby boom in Oklahoma has folks asking, “What is in the water down there?” Seven of the firefighters in the Glenpool Fire Department have had babies this year. Well, their wives have done the heavy lift, of course. Still, the coincidence and joy were too much to ignore. Alyssa Shanks decided this bunch need a group photo, so soon after Baby #7 popped out, (that would be Gracie Lynn) the families gathered together for some adorable group photos.

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Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Becomes A First Time Mom Adopting Baby Girl

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser knows big things are possible. After all, she became mayor of the city she grew up in. At the age of 45, she had never married or had kids. Last year, she decided she wanted to change that and started looking into adoption. She has announced that she is now a mom, adopting a baby girl. Mayor Bowser says she started the adoption process thinking it might take longer than it actually did. The lessons

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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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