Friends and Family

What is a family? Sometimes your family includes friends who stand by you in every season of life. The heart of your family might also be your marriage, or the meaning and purpose you derive from parenting, caregiving, or even loving the pets who never let you down.

Saved by a mother

How a Mother’s Cancer Helped Save Her Daughter’s Life

Finding eternal love and support after an unplanned doctor’s visit

A mother's prayers

How One Mom Taught Her Son to Pray

A loving testimony of learning how to navigate life through prayer

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An illustration of a bird in front of a camera lens; Illustration by Christopher Buzelli

The Beautiful Birds Restored Her Hope In The Future

After a paralyzing accident, she was encouraged and inspired by the winged earth angels.  

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Mari Pack and her boyfriend, Alex; photo by Todd Plitt

She Learned to Appreciate Her Partner More During Quarantine

She was high energy; he was more relaxed. But spending time apart during the pandemic highlighted her boyfriend’s special qualities.

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Lou Dean; Photo credit: Matthew Staver

Her Dream Forewarned Danger for Her Beloved Cat

The incident increased her faith and reminded her of the power of prayer.   

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An illsutration of an angels embracing a mother and daughter; Illustration by Amalia Restrepo

She Feared Being Alone with Her Mom with Alzheimer’s

She didn’t know how to comfort her anxious mother. Then a childhood memory—and a prayer—saved the day.

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Mayra Fernandez; photo by Katie Hogin

She Realized That God Was Working Wonders in Her Son's Heart

A devout Catholic, she worried when her adult son declared himself an atheist.  But then he attended a family quinceañera.

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An illustration of foxes, birds and squirrels in a forest; Illustration by Sylvie Fong

5 Inspiring Stories of Animal Angels

Birds, cats, dogs—and even a squirrel—can sometimes act as our angels on earth.

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Artist James O'Briens' rendering of a mother and daughter in a tomato patch

The Dreams That Drew Her Closer to Her Adult Daughter

Was there any way she could close the gap that separated them?

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Celebrating Mom

10 One-Sentence Ways to Thank Your Mom

A Mother’s Day gift doesn’t have to be more complicated than a simple, true expression of your love.

An angel holding a small sprout; Illustration by Carmen Garcia

How a Pinterest Board Eased Her Grief

She had always longed to be a grandmother. Then she realized that her life could still be full of love and opportunity.  

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Charlie the beagle and Jack, one of his three human brothers

Saying Goodbye to Her Beloved Beagle

This dog had brought her family so much joy. There was one last thing she wanted to do for him.

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Illustration of tadpoles in a pair of hands

Operation Tadpole: A Valuable Parenting Lesson Learned

Her son didn’t have the greatest track record with following through. Would this be any different?

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Senior cuddling with her dog

10 Blessings of Having a Pet Later in Life

Having an animal companion—such as a dog, guinea pig or turtle—can be rewarding at any age. 

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