Mother

Whether you call her Mom, Mama, Ma, or your own pet name, your mother is a precious woman because she gave you the ultimate gift--your life.
Valerie and her mothers quilt; Photo credit: Michael A. Schwarz
God's Grace

This Quilt Pattern Became a Source of Comfort in Her Grief

Her mother had passed without saying the three words she longed to hear. Would she find the connection longed for?

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Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix
Inspiring Stories

4 Inspiring Female Athletes Competing in the Tokyo Olympics

As the 2021 Tokyo Olympics kicks off, these talented athletes are serving as inspiration both on and off the field. 

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Valerie Stone; photograph by Michael A. Schwarz
God's Grace

Quilting Made Her Feel Closer to Her Departed Mother

The pandemic prevented Valerie from visiting her mother, from whom she was estranged, before she died, but their bond was restored when Valerie took up quilting.

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A sand dollar underneath a wave; Illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi
Angels

This Sand Dollar Became a Heaven-Sent Sign

Finding the perfect sea creature reminded her that she was never alone.

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A angel mother cradling her child; Illustration by Orlando Hoetzel
Angels

God's Grace Helped Her Meet the Challenges of Special Needs Parenting

God helped her to be the best mother for her daughter with Down syndrome.

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Walking in the woods with Gracie
Alzheimer's and Dementia

Caregiving: A Burden of Love

Recalling a mother’s devotion for her son, while exploring the connection between Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome.

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Janet Paige Smith with her son, Laughlin; photo courtesy Janet Paige Smith.
Adult Children

A Life Lesson Learned from Her Son

She was focused on her son’s college graduation ceremony; he was focused on beginning life as an adult and protecting those he loved.

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Carol Weis; photo by Katye Martens Brier
Addiction and Recovery

A Recovering Alcoholic Feared Her Daughter Might Repeat Her Mistakes

How could she prevent her teenage daughter from turning to alcohol?

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Katie Brown; photo courtesy Katie Brown
Stories of Faith

Everyday Blessings: Childlike Wonder

The home and gardening TV personality receives a gentle reminder from her daughter to slow down and take in God’s wonders.  

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Today Show co-anchor Savvannah Guthrie; photo by Melanie Dunea
Positive Thinking

Positive Thinker: Savannah Guthrie, Today Show Co-Anchor

The positive-thinking TV personality, who just celebrated 10 years on the Today Show, shares who her real-life hero is, why mornings are her favorite and what she does for her spiritual well-being.

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