‘Can you take a 3-year old?’ He was so excited he interrupted the judge to explain exactly why he wanted to be adopted!’: Woman reunites brothers through emotional adoption journey, ‘I can’t imagine not living this life’

“The second Michael caught a glimpse of his brother from across the playground, he ran with all his might and jumped into his arms. We looked at each other and truly understood Dayshawn and Michael needed to be together. I’ve fallen in love over, and over, and over again.”

‘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.”

‘I don’t want to do it.’ Our little girl looked at me in tears, apologizing for her own choices about her body.’: Dad urges us to let our kids ‘decide what they do with their bodies,’ says it’s ‘never too early to emphasize consent’

“Our daughter’s been asking to get her ears pierced for months. Once there, she changed her mind. She kept looking at me, apologizing. It didn’t feel right. My dad instinct kicked in. ‘If she doesn’t want to, she doesn’t have to.’ She kept saying, ‘Thank you for understanding.’ Her voice has been heard. Her body is her own.”