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.
Spencer Roost and his dog, Moon

Meet the Dog Who Saw Him Through Recovery from a Brain Hemorrhage

Spencer Pickell discusses the role his dog, Moon, played in Spencer's long and difficult recovery from a brain hemorrhage.

David with wife Jenny and son Dax in 2013

How a Rescue Dog Gave This Veteran a New Purpose

Air Force Veteran David Sharpe struggled with depression and PTSD, until an adopted dog changed his life—and inspired him to help others

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'He always knew where Mom was,' Edwina says about Beethoven

These 3 Pets Serve as Caregiving Companions

A dog, a cat—and even a parrot—comfort and care for ailing and grieving family members.

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Geri Christensen

Mystery Solved: She Found the Perfect Project to Engage Her Ailing Friend

She prayed long and hard for an activity they could still do together. The answer? Writing mystery novels.

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Shawnelle Eliasen with her sons

The Best Life Advice from Mom

Be excellent, stand tall and have faith—Shawnelle Eliasen's five boys share the best piece of advice they each received from their mom.

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Punkin the cat

Pets as Caregiving Companions

In this video, three people discuss the caregiving role their pets played in their households.

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Shawnelle with her sons (from left), Gabriel, Samuel, Isaiah, Grant and Logan

How Her Sons Taught Her To Embrace Change

Accepting that her five sons were growing up was hard for this mom. Her kids helped her let go with grace.

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Power outage in New York

God’s Grace in a New York City Blackout

A mom sends up a prayer of thanks when her son gets home safely.

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Emily, the Rosses'  first llama, is 23 years old.

Sharing the Good News of Faith—and Llamas?

Although this couple's retirement plan was to start a ministry, they never thought they would be led to one with llamas.

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Back to school prayers

4 Ways to Pray Your Kids to School This Year

Are your children ready for the challenges that will face them in a new class?

Dot and Trouper hanging out at the beach.

How Trouper the Raccoon Changed Her Life

This animal rehabber has rescued many creatures before, but this raccoon was different. 

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Wally the alligator and his caretaker.

Meet Wally, the Emotional Support Alligator

The five-foot-long alligator enjoys watching television, rummaging the kitchen cupboard and bringing joy to others.

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A missing cat poster taped onto a wooden post.

10 Things to Do If You Lose Your Pet

Start searching immediately, use social media—and other helpful tips to search, find and keep them safe. 

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Trouper the raccoon

How a Rescued Raccoon Became Her Best Friend

A licensed wildlife rehabilitator, she nursed an injured racoon back to health, and soon an unbreakable bond existed between them.

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