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.

A dog interrupting its owner's reading indoors.

Pets and Covid-19: What You Need to Know

Here's how to best protect your animal companions during this health pandemic.

John and Marci Seither

They Were Meant to Be Together—After a Few Detours

He joined the Marines; she got engaged to someone else. But ultimately their love prevailed.

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5 Things We Can Learn from Our Cats about Staying Positive While Sheltering at Home

Pets can teach valuable lessons about how to make the most of social distancing.

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How to Stay Connected with Your Grandchild While Social Distancing

How one grandmother is keeping the family close even when she can’t see them.

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Mom working from home

9 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Relationships in Close Quarters

How to make the most out of sheltering in place.

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Nadine and Akiko

How These Long-Lost Pen Pals Found Each Other Again

Nadine Covey and Akiko Toyama say “God took over” in reuniting them, after becoming pen-pals during World War II.

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Woman and her young children at a dog shelter

5 Rescue Dogs Who Rescued Their Owners

Sniffing out breast cancer, saving them from a devastating fire and more. These rescue pups were exactly where they needed to be.

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Tonya and her daughter Kennedi enjoy a walk together

She Realized Her Kids Needed a Mom More than a Coach

She encouraged her daughters to become track stars, but was she imposing her own dreams on them?

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Katie Brown

Katie Brown: A Mother’s Prayer Answered

The popular TV host feared she was not up to the task of helping her adopted daughter overcome the obstacles she would face. An empathetic doctor showed her otherwise.

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Nadine (left) and Akiko

Long-Lost Pen Pals Are Reunited In Person

Two women who started writing to each other during World War II reconnect face-to-face more than 75 years later.

Friends having an argument

How to Pray for a Friend Who Has Angered You

Shifting focus from yourself to someone else can bring about unexpected healing.

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Mike Stura and his two rescue cows

This Former Trucker is Now Dedicated to Saving Farm Animals

He took a major life detour and now his New Jersey animal sanctuary cares for 240 animals—and counting.  

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Joanna McMurry with one of her cherished camels, Sybil

Life Lessons Learned From Her Pet Camels

Reluctant to accept the unusual pets at first, she soon realized they were a gift in more ways than one. 

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Anna with Bear

One Couple's Puppy Rescue Mission

She wanted to rescue the dog that had comforted her husband while he served in Afghanistan, but how could a college student possibly raise the necessary money?

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