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.

Jennie Ivey; photo by Wade Payne

Her Girlfriends Helped Her Come to Terms with Being Newly Single

After her marriage ended, a group of gal pals taught her to embrace the single life.

An illustration of a field of puppies;ILLUSTRATION BY ERIC CHOW

How His Vivid Dream of Dogs Became a Divine Sign

After the death of his dog, he didn’t think he was ready for another. But God had other plans.

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Author Christine Naman

A Mother's Tips for Talking to Kids About Drugs

Author Christine Naman, whose teenage daughter struggled with addiction, discusses actions parents can take to decrease the likelihood that their children will get involved with alcohol and drugs and to help them get sober if they do.

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Caring for a senior dog

Are You Caring for a Dog with Dementia?

Calling all caregivers of dogs with canine cognitive dysfunction. We want to hear your stories.

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Christine Naman and Natalie; photo by Scott Goldsmith

Desperate to Help Her Addicted Daughter, a Mother in Denial Turned to God

It’s hard enough to have a daughter with a drug problem. It’s even harder to admit it.

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Vintage old black and white family photos ancestry returned lost found

The People Who Return Lost Memories

Photo and genealogy enthusiasts are rescuing vintage photographs from thrift stores to reunite them with their original families.

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Gracie makes New Year's resolutions

A Dog’s Resolutions for the New Year (Good for Humans Too)

Avoiding porcupines and showing lots of love make the list.

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Peter, his adopted son, Anthony, dogs Simba and Rafiki, and his foster children

How a Dad—and His Dogs—Show Kids the True Meaning of Family

This man’s heartbreaking childhood inspired him to help children in need.

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A dog pulling people on a sled

Saved by the Sled: How This Dog Rescue Helps Misunderstood Northern Breed Dogs

At Second Chance Mushers, the high-energy canines are living their best lives.

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Tonya May Avent; photo by Jim Graham

Her Search for Her Roots Reminded Her She Is a Child of God

It was a simple question that led her to her true identity: Where does your family come from?

John greeting a cat named Fish

This Annual Cat Tour Brings a Minneapolis Neighborhood Together

The Wedge Cat Tour is 1.5 miles long, featuring all types of quirky felines.

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Ernest the golden retriever lying on the floor

6 Ways to Help Your Pet Adjust to a New Home

Moving? Here are a few ways to make the transition smoother for your animal companion.

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Edward and Gracie

Blessed by a Brave Dog and a Kind God

After a run-in with a porcupine, a beloved pet receives help and comfort. And a toy.

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Julie O’Neill and daughter, Bekah; photo by Cory O’Neill

She Trusted God to Guide Her Daughter Through Disappointment and Depression

Her daughter was devastated after a knee injury ended her college athletic scholarship plans. But then God opened another door.

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Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; photo by Larsen&Talbert

Kristin Chenoweth: The Gift That Taught Her the Meaning of Christmas

As a teen, the award-winning actress and singer wanted Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, but the gift she received instead proved to be much more meaningful.

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Marilyn, Dolly and Chuck; photo courtesy Marilyn Turk

A New Dog Helped This Retiree Strengthen His Faith

He had plans for retirement—travel, fishing and relaxing with his wife. They didn’t include a rambunctious puppy named Dolly.

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