‘Can you do the session tomorrow? We don’t have much time.’ I couldn’t hold back my tears.’: Photographer captures ‘bittersweet’ moments one day before baby passes from Microcephaly

“The next day, I showed up for the photo shoot. As soon as his mom brought him in, I was immediately teary-eyed. But they weren’t tears of pity, it was genuinely pure joy. He was the cutest little fighter I’d ever seen. See, baby Aiden was supposed to be stillborn, but he came out fighting. I cried, prayed, yelled, and cried some more the entire 45-minute drive home. I woke up the next morning to a message that he died. I am a wreck right now.”

‘Want drugs?’ My bio dad, just released from prison, sat me on the toilet and injected meth into my arm.’: After surviving child abuse, living in 40 foster homes, man finds ‘home’ in his kids’ arms

“I was usually good at hiding my bruises, but one day I didn’t do a very good job. ‘How did this happen?!’ my teacher asked. I told her it was from carrying firewood. Minutes after I got home, there was a man in a tan suit at my door. CPS. The beginning of my journey across 40 foster homes. I feel so lucky to have beaten the odds. Not for me, but for my sons. I’d go through my childhood 1,000 times if it meant my sons didn’t have to.”

‘I got pregnant and joked my twin and I would deliver babies together. Sure enough, 2 weeks later she was pregnant, too!’: After battling infertility, miscarriage, twins deliver babies in ‘magical’ moment on same day

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was really excited but also anxious to share the news with my twin due to her fertility struggles. Four days later, she called me to say she was pregnant, and we cried happy tears! Our pregnancies were almost as identical as us. The babies were positioned in the same way, their weights were ounces off, and length was the same. Our doctor and the ultrasound tech could not believe their eyes!”

‘Can you take a 3-year old for the weekend?’ We said yes. That weekend turned into years.’: Woman reunites brothers through emotional adoption journey, ‘I can’t image ever not living this life’

“I was only 23. The idea of fostering older kids and teens seemed unfathomable. We agreed to supervise a sibling visit. That’s where we met Dayshawn for the first time. There’s only a 13-year age difference between us. But the second I started talking to him, all my fears went out the window. Being his mom feels so natural.”

‘I felt them again last night.’ I was suddenly a single dad to 4 boys. This wasn’t supposed to happen.’: Man loses wife to Cardiac Sarcoidosis, vows to ‘tell her story’

“We talked a bit, fell asleep. The next thing out of her mouth was a gasp. I shook her, screamed her name. No response. A wave of terror came over me as I fumbled to call 911. A machine violently compressed her chest over and over. They wouldn’t stop until I gave the word. I started to get pleading looks from the doctors. As each excruciating second passed, hope faded. Death enveloped the room. I finally uttered the words, ‘It’s enough.'”

‘At 80 and terminally ill, she was self-conscious of how she looked. ‘They’ll think you’re a rich, eccentric old Hamptons lady,’ I told her. Having aspired to be one, she was happy with that.’

“We wanted to give her one ‘last hurrah’ before the end of her life. A police officer told my father of a place he just HAD to take my mother. ‘People find it only if they’re lost. It will remind her of Ireland.’ I pulled over. There, laid out, was horizon as far as her eyes could see. She was seeing the ocean she had crossed all those years earlier, for the very last time.”