Touching

Touching

‘I hear you talking to friends. You dont feel like yourself lately. I can see tears in your eyes. You may not love yourself right now, Mama, but I do.’: Mom pens appreciation letter to fellow mothers

“I hear you complain to daddy you have huge bags under your eyes. I assume its because you’re tired. You were up with me again all last night. I really love the way you cuddle me in the middle of the night while the rest of the world is quiet. You make me feel so safe. You may not love the sleepless nights, Mama, but I do.”

No, dont panic. He has a plan. Oh Lord, please let him have a plan. He led our daughter in, eyes closed. I gulped my wine.: Widow recalls emotional birthday surprise late husband planned for their daughter, I didnt know I was crying until I reached up to wipe my face

I came home on party day, carrying in the snacks, which was my contribution to the big shing-ding. He met me at the door. Close your eyes. I could tell by the eagerness in his voice he had something delightful to show me. Watch your step. He led me into the living room. I imagined glitter abound, circus performers hanging from the chandelier, ballerinas leaping. I was dripping in anticipation. He took my hand, shuffled me to the center of the room. Okay, open!’ And, I did. Nothing.

‘Dont worry about the Joneses. They might happily trade in that 6-bedroom home for exactly what you have.’: Mom reminds us to be grateful for what we have, ‘if your little place is filled with love and warmth, you’re already rich’

“Years ago, I was married to a different man who cared more about material possessions than his family. We had a big house with an incredible view, nice vehicles, a boat in the driveway. We were, in fact, the Joneses. But inside the front door, life was filled with drug abuse, infidelity, and violence. Two children who never saw their father, or only saw him screaming at their mother. From the outside, we were the envy of neighbors and friends. Inside, it was a nightmare.”

‘I can’t tell my dad, please, you have to.’ I couldnt say the words. ‘Sometimes we dont all make it to the end.’: Young woman survives cancer 3 times, says she is finally living her full life

My husband held me as I cried and said, ‘I just don’t know if I can do it all again.’ I took a minute to figure out if it was the path I wanted to take. I was so exhausted, I didnt know what would happen nor was I in a state to even TRY. I dug deep and knew in my heart I had to fight again. I was not going to let my family down by giving up.

‘She looked directly into my eyes and placed her hand up as if to touch my son. This beautiful creature had me in tears.’: Mom shares ‘breathtaking’ moment zoo orangutan ‘supports, protects’ her while breastfeeding son

“Today I got breastfeeding support in the most unlikely of places. While on vacation at the zoo, we stopped to see the orangutans. My son made it clear he was hungry. While breastfeeding, the orangutan kept looking at me, then my son, then back again. For half an hour, she kept stroking the glass. She then got up, carried a piece of cloth to the window, and sat down with me. My heart melted. Ill never let my little boy forget her.”

She placed her hand on my belly and shoutedPREGNANT! PREGNANT! PREGNANT! Inever met this woman before in my life.: Woman becomes pregnant with rainbow baby after five years of praying for our family to grow

For some reason, I wanted to be a young mom–麍t, fashionable, and in the prime of life. I was doing all the pregnancy math. If we get pregnant at this time and it takes nine months to cook, then wed have the baby at this perfect time. After several months of trying, I started to get a little worried.”

‘You died while we were sleeping. We were merely a few feet down the hall. When we woke to the puppy crying, you were ice cold.’: Mom loses military son to fentanyl overdose, ‘I had no idea how hard it was for you’

“We didnt know when we went to bed, and you told us you loved us, it would be the last time we saw you alive. You didnt know either. You only wanted care from the VA. Did you know the priority mail envelope that contained your hearing appointment was finally delivered to me, 4 months after you died? Yeah, you cant make this up. We applied because of your pain.”

‘Some days, I’m not even a human. I’m a crystal ball to ask, ‘Where’s my other sock? What’s for dinner?’: Mom shares touching proof ‘invisible mothers’ are ‘seen’ after friend’s act of kindness

“No one can see if Im on the phone, cooking, sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner. Some days I’m only a pair of hands, nothing more! ‘Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?’ Im a clock to ask, What time is it? A satellite guide to answer, What number is the Disney Channel? Im the invisible mom.”

‘One more thing,’ she said. ‘What?’ the pastor replied. I want to be buried with a fork in my hand.’ His eyes welled with tears.’: Woman shares life advice, reminds us ‘the best is yet to come’

“In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the main course was being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, Keep your fork. It was my favorite part because I knew something better was coming, like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. The next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, the best is yet to come.”

‘I’m feeling upset. I need to hide my face so people won’t see,’ my 4-year old cried. I just want to be by myself for a minute.’: Mom stresses importance of ‘honoring needs’ to build trust, love

“She laid her head down in the booth to hide her face and I ate my chips and salsa. I didnt yell. I didnt whisper threats. I didnt demand she pull it together when the other restaurant patrons looked our way. She was clear about what she needed. I let her have it. She needed a minute, you guys. Sometimes, we all need a minute.”

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