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‘Why did you have another baby?’ I try to not bury myself with my son, but to live better because he had lived.’: Mom finds ‘gratitude’ in grief after losing son, ‘goodness is all around, if I just take a moment to see it’

“My new daughter sleeping should be a scene of total peace, and yet it’s terrifying. The ugly, hateful words swirl in my mind. ‘Life cant really be good again, can it?’ ‘If something happens to her, then everyone will know what an awful mother you are.’ Child loss leads you to a crossroadsa choice between becoming bitter or becoming better.”

‘We were 2 hopeless drug addicts society had written off. We were felons, dealers, thieves. Then, we found each other.’: Couple find hope, sobriety after years of addiction, ‘we are finally free!’

“I came from a good home. I didn’t suffer physical or sexual abuse. I didn’t feel ‘less than.’ I was a 3-sport athlete, excellent student. But I found a new love: drinking and getting high. My friend’s parents let us get wasted in their houses. Id wake up, teeth chattering from withdrawals. I remember thinking, I’m a college graduate! How did this happen?!’ Addiction had me whipped, and bad.”

I could’ve killed myself, or my precious son. I’m riddled with guilt. I’m so ashamed of things I’ve done in front of my child.: Mother in the throes of addiction, I don’t want to do it anymore. I want my son to have a sober mom

“I have a toddler at home who I will not be able to take to get his picture with Santa. I will not be able to take him to see all the pretty Christmas lights. I sat in the shower and let the water run down my body as I cried. Then demons creep in. It was boring getting high at home, taking care of a toddler all day. It would be fun to stay at a motel and just get high. I just want to do it ONE MORE TIME.’ I’m riddled with guilt. I’m so ashamed.”

‘I blurted out, Hey! Lets leave our waitress a $50 tip!?’ The times we have nothing to give are the exact moments we need to.’: Couple erase $54,000 mountain of debt, give back to others for holiday season

“The pit in my stomach was always there. Every day. $54,000 of debt robbed me of a peaceful marriage and filled our lives with fear. We wanted to be the type of people who saved, paid in cash for things. Last week after Christmas shopping, I stopped for an unplanned lunch at a restaurant. Something funny happened when we began to be intentional with our money. I could feel our hearts changing.”

‘The tech printed the ultrasound photos. I IMMEDIATELY saw a second form. A little guardian angel was over our rainbow baby, giving him a kiss!’: Couple in tears after ‘guardian angel’ shows up on ultrasound in wake of miscarriage

“After the positive pregnancy test, we were both overjoyed, but the worrying really started. What if I miscarried? It took Troy a long time to discuss the loss of his previous baby with anyone. He went into a depression for months. We agreed to wait to announce the news. The next morning, I followed up for the ultrasound. Everything looked great. Then, Isaw it. I texted my boyfriend the photos. We smiled through tears.”

‘We will love you no matter what, even if you decide not to stick around.’ I was scared of losing her. I finally reached my breaking point.: Gay mom suffers postpartum anxiety after struggling with infertility, I desperately wanted to be understood

I finally reached my breaking point. My wife was getting ready to leave town for work. I had a panic attack and Brittany had to cancel her trip. It was hard for her. She didnt know how to help me. It hurt her to see me struggling, I could see it in her eyes. I was embarrassed. I wanted someone to say, ‘Youre not alone, it happened to me too.’

‘Please be kind to me this Christmas. I never set out to disappoint you. When all else fails, wrap your arms around me so I feel the strength of your love.’: Mom shares sweet reminder to be patient with kids during holiday season

“Grown-ups find preparing for Christmas stressful. I know you want it to be perfect for me so Ill have memories I can cherish forever. But I see you getting stressed, sometimes even before you do. I pick up on it and reflect it like a mirror. Please slow down, notice me, talk to me, play with me. Thats what Ill remember.”

‘I was single, broken, and had no money. I didn’t plan on loving anybody. Then, I met ‘her.’ I froze.’: Man shares happy ending with wife after chance meeting, ‘she is my greatest gift’

“When I met her, I froze. I felt like Id known her forever, how could I have? I was broken, with nothing to offer any woman. I prayed fervently, Please, get her OUT of my life. I was afraid. Collectively, we drove over 50,000 miles to get to one another. I rented cars, took a bus, borrowed cars, and even tried to take the train. She chiseled me out of myself, out of my hurt, out of my fear.”

‘He was only 2-years-old. She was only 5-months-old. It was as if they knew. I never witnessed anything like it.’: 47-year-old mother fosters, then adopts siblings, celebrates ‘resiliency’ of children

“We received a call from a very desperate young man named Jonathan. ‘My wife is not properly caring for our 4-month-old son.’ He very was concerned about the welfare of his baby and convinced his wife to allow us to help. My husband and I are 47-years-old, we are sometimes mistaken as the grandparents. We know we probably wont have an empty nest and thats just fine with us.”

Im bisexual. My husband looked at me. Yeah, I figured. I laughed. Was it that obvious? He smiled. I could guess.: Couple realizes their mixed-orientation marriage has given them more love, acceptance, intimacy than many couples

When my husband and I got married, he thought he was marrying a heterosexual woman. I thought that, too. Is this weirding you out?’ I had a streak of fear. I ordered my first chest binder, a vest, and slacks. My husband saw me trying it on in our bedroom. Oh cool, you remembered to leave the bottom button of the vest undone! He exclaimed. Can I borrow the tie you wore at our wedding? He helped me tie the tie. You look good, he winked. That night, he helped me buzz my hair.

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