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Ever See A Purple Butterfly Sticker By A Newborn? Here’s What You Need To Know

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IT WAS TIME TO SPREAD AWARENESS

When Millie and her partner Lewis found out they were pregnant with twins, they couldn’t have been more thrilled. Twins ran in Millie’s family and it was exciting to bring her own pair of babies into the world! But just as they were about to relish in the good news, doctors told them that their unborn children suffered from a condition called anencephaly. Anencephaly causes a part of the brain to under-develop and most babies generally don’t make it to birth or long after.

Sure enough, Millie and Lewis lost one of the twin girls, Skye, soon after their emergency C-section. They were absolutely crushed, but the new parents gathered around their surviving daughter, Callie – relishing in her beauty. That’s when another mother in the NICU said something to Millie that caused her to burst into tears, she explained to Babble.

“You’re so lucky you haven’t got twins….”

That little comment sent Millie running out of the room, sobbing. She would give anything to have both of her little girls!

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There had to be a way to stop this type accidental offense from happening to parents suffering from losing a baby during a multiple birth. That’s when the idea of the purple butterfly sticker came to Millie!

“None of the other parents knew what had happened or anything about Skye. The comment was completely innocent and more out of humor…. They weren’t to know that I did at one point have two. But the comment nearly broke me. I ran out [of] the room in tears and they had no idea why. I didn’t have the heart to tell them what had happened. A simple sticker would have avoided that entire situation.”

Now both Lewis and Millie are vigilant about raising awareness for their cause, aptly named the “Skye High Foundation.” The purple butterflies have popped up in NICU units all over the world thanks to their hard work!

GROWING FROM THE SUPPORT

Even though they know they can’t bring Skye back, they do know that they can help other parents going through the same thing – and that makes it more than worth it!

“Ultimately I will never be able to stop this from happening but the more support groups we can set up and put things in place like the stickers the better it will be. It’s the hardest thing anyone has to deal with.”

Lewis and Millie don’t want anyone else to experience the heartbreak that they were forced to confront at such a young age. The brave couple has even started a Crowdfunding page to raise money for families in similar situations!

SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY

What a heartfelt way to bring a light of hope for other parents struggling with the same loss.

Husband Breaks Down Crying in the Shower—When He Lies in Bed By His Wife, It Suddenly Hits Him

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He asked her just one question every single morning. Two weeks later, he asked the same question, and her eyes welled up with tears…

By Richard Paul Evans (Dedicated to my sweetheart.) My oldest daughter, Jenna, recently said to me, “My greatest fear as a child was that you and mom would get divorced. Then, when I was 12, I decided that you fought so much that maybe it would be better if you did.” Then she added with a smile. “I’m glad you guys figured things out.” For years, my wife, Keri, and I struggled. Looking back, I’m not exactly sure what initially drew us together, but our personalities didn’t quite match up. And the longer we were married the more extreme the differences seemed. Encountering “fame and fortune” didn’t make our marriage any easier. In fact, it exacerbated our problems. The tension between us got so bad that going out on book tour became a relief, though it seems we always paid for it on re-entry. Our fighting became so constant that it was difficult to even imagine a peaceful relationship. We became perpetually defensive, building emotional fortresses around our hearts. We were on the edge of divorce and more than once we discussed it. I was on book tour when things came to a head. We had just had another big fight on the phone and Keri had hung up on me. I was alone and lonely, frustrated and angry. I had reached my limit. That’s when I turned to God. Or turned on God. I don’t know if you could call it prayer—maybe shouting at God isn’t prayer, maybe it is—but whatever I was engaged in I’ll never forget it. I was standing in the shower of the Buckhead, Atlanta, Ritz-Carlton yelling at God that marriage was wrong and I couldn’t do it anymore. As much as I hated the idea of divorce, the pain of being together was just too much. I was also confused. I couldn’t figure out why marriage with Keri was so hard. Deep down I knew that Keri was a good person. And I was a good person. So why couldn’t we get along? Why had I married someone so different than me? Why wouldn’t she change? Finally, hoarse and broken, I sat down in the shower and began to cry. In the depths of my despair powerful inspiration came to me. You can’t change her, Rick. You can only change yourself. At that moment I began to pray. If I can’t change her, God, then change me. I prayed late into the night. I prayed the next day on the flight home. I prayed as I walked in the door to a cold wife who barely even acknowledged me. That night, as we lay in our bed, inches from each other yet miles apart, the inspiration came. I knew what I had to do. The next morning I rolled over in bed next to Keri and asked, “How can I make your day better?” Keri looked at me angrily. “What?” “How can I make your day better?” “You can’t,” she said. “Why are you asking that?” “Because I mean it,” I said. “I just want to know what I can do to make your day better.” She looked at me cynically. “You want to do something? Go clean the kitchen.” She likely expected me to get mad. Instead I just nodded. “Okay.” I got up and cleaned the kitchen. The next day I asked the same thing. “What can I do to make your day better?” Her eyes narrowed. “Clean the garage.” I took a deep breath. I already had a busy day and I knew she had made the request in spite. I was tempted to blow up at her. Instead I said, “Okay.” I got up and for the next two hours cleaned the garage. Keri wasn’t sure what to think. The next morning came. “What can I do to make your day better?” “Nothing!” she said. “You can’t do anything. Please stop saying that.” “I’m sorry,” I said. “But I can’t.” I made a commitment to myself. “What can I do to make your day better?” “Why are you doing this?” “Because I care about you,” I said. “And our marriage.” The next morning I asked again. And the next. And the next. Then, during the second week, a miracle occurred. As I asked the question Keri’s eyes welled up with tears. Then she broke down crying. When she could speak she said, “Please stop asking me that. You’re not the problem. I am. I’m hard to live with. I don’t know why you stay with me.” I gently lifted her chin until she was looking in my eyes. “It’s because I love you,” I said. “What can I do to make your day better?” “I should be asking you that.” “You should,” I said. “But not now. Right now, I need to be the change. You need to know how much you mean to me.” She put her head against my chest. “I’m sorry I’ve been so mean.” “I love you,” I said. “I love you,” she replied. “What can I do to make your day better?” She looked at me sweetly. “Can we maybe just spend some time together?” I smiled. “I’d like that.” I continued asking for more than a month. And things did change. The fighting stopped. Then Keri began asking, “What do you need from me? How can I be a better wife?” The walls between us fell. We began having meaningful discussions on what we wanted from life and how we could make each other happier. No, we didn’t solve all our problems. I can’t even say that we never fought again. But the nature of our fights changed. Not only were they becoming more and more rare, they lacked the energy they’d once had. We’d deprived them of oxygen. We just didn’t have it in us to hurt each other anymore. Keri and I have now been married for more than 30 years. I not only love my wife, I like her. I like being with her. I crave her. I need her. Many of our differences have become strengths and the others don’t really matter. We’ve learned how to take care of each other, and, more importantly, we’ve gained the desire to do so. Marriage is hard. But so is parenthood and keeping fit and writing books and everything else important and worthwhile in my life. To have a partner in life is a remarkable gift. I’ve also learned that the institution of marriage can help heal us of our most unlovable parts. And we all have unlovable parts. Through time I’ve learned that our experience was an illustration of a much larger lesson about marriage. The question everyone in a committed relationship should ask their significant other is, “What can I do to make your life better?” That is love. Romance novels (and I’ve written a few) are all about desire and happily-ever-after, but happily-ever-after doesn’t come from desireat least not the kind portrayed in most pulp romances. Real love is not to desire a person, but to truly desire their happiness—sometimes, even, at the expense of our own happiness. Real love is not to make another person a carbon copy of one’s self. It is to expand our own capabilities of tolerance and caring, to actively seek another’s well being. All else is simply a charade of self-interest. I’m not saying that what happened to Keri and me will work for everyone. I’m not even claiming that all marriages should be saved. But for me, I am incredibly grateful for the inspiration that came to me that day so long ago. I’m grateful that my family is still intact and that I still have my wife, my best friend, in bed next to me when I wake in the morning. And I’m grateful that even now, decades later, every now and then, one of us will still roll over and say, “What can I do to make your day better.” Being on either side of that question is something worth waking up for. This blog post originally appeared on Richard Paul Evan’s website.About the Author: Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 novels. There are currently more than 20 million copies of his books in print worldwide. Richard has won the American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German leserpreis Gold Award for Romance and three RCC Wilbur Awards. Four of Richard’s books have been produced as television movies. Richard is the founder and Chairman of the Christmas Box International, an organization that provides shelter and care for abused and neglected children. For his humanitarian work, Richard has received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. Richard lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

Police warn about this Facebook trend, but for this mom, it’s too late. The photos are everywhere.

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It’s a humid summer’s day: At a public outdoor pool, a mother takes a photo of her daughter with her smartphone. She wants to share the photo on Facebook, contributing to the so-called, “Motherhood Challenge”, where proud mothers showcase pictures of their children. The mother accepts the challenge and uploads a picture of her daughter in her swimsuit. What this leads to could have been prevented, had the mom listened to the known warnings.

For this mom though, the warnings came too late: Investigators found the photo of her daughter on a dubious child pornography site. There seem to be people out there who scan social networks with the sole purpose of finding photos of children to then trade. This mom made it easy for the perpetrators because the photos of her daughter were on Facebook for all to see. So this “Motherhood Challenge” has now become the touchstone for the privacy of children on the net.

Police worldwide are warning parents not to publish photos of their children on social networks. And here are four very good reasons why parents should listen:

  1. Children’s photos play straight into the hands of stalkers and sex offenders. Strangers can help themselves to these photos and also find out where the child and family live.
  2. Children’s photos give a bad example in terms of data protection: parents are consenting to their privacy being exposed on the internet.
  3. Children’s photos make identity theft easier for strangers wanting to falsify user profiles with these photos in order to approach other children or adolescents on the net.
  4. Children’s photos lead to bullying. Of course, the parents find them cute but later on when the children reach puberty, they could become victims of bullying because of the flood of images.

Many countries are debating the prospect of tightening the laws of data protection in order to better protect the privacy of children. France is acting as a role model in these matters, whereby the publishing of pictures without the consent of the person is penalized with a fine of up to $50,000 or a year in jail. It is a strict law, which can also be applied retrospectively. This means that even adult children could sue their parents for illicitly posting pictures. Facebook even wants to react to this problem by warning about the future uploading of images when they are posted publicly.

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The data protection issue has been cause for concern for a while now and not only when children’s photos are involved.  In this day and age, with face recognition and data theft, you should really seriously consider what details you reveal about yourself. Tips on how to protect your privacy on Facebook can be found here and under settings, you will be able to see who has access to your photos and posts.

Her brother died in a car accident. 10 years later her mom and dad tell her a secret on her birthday.

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The fifteenth birthday is particularly special for every girl: In Latin American families, this day is celebrated with a feast known as ‘Quinceañera’. Monique Salinas was pleased with everything on this day. She lives with her family in Benavides, Texas, in the US.

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Monique’s family had had a difficult past. Ten years earlier, Monique’s borther, Mikey, died in a car accident. Monique, who was just 5 at the time, misses him terribly every day.

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At the time, her parents decided that despite their grief their son’s death should not be in vain. So they willingly donated his organs.

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In doing so, they saved the life of a young girl they didn’t even know: Aubrey Reeves, who was just 8 years old. Aubrey suffered from a congenital heart disease. At the time of Mikey’s death, her body had already rejected two hearts. The fact that her body and Mikey’s heart was a perfect match really is a miracle. They also transplanted his kidneys. Today, Aubrey is 18 years old and can live a healthy, normal life.

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The donation was anonymous in that Aubrey never knew who she could thank for her life. Even Mikey’s family was not aware if the transplant had been a success or not. It was ten years after the organ donation that the personal details of Aubrey were first sent to Mikey’s parents. Then they came up with an idea: they invited Aubrey and her mother to the 15th birthday of their daughter, Monique.

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Monique didn’t say anything. She was incredibly excited about her Quinceañera, but she was also sad that her brother couldn’t be there.

Aubrey and her mother had to drive 10 hours to finally meet the family, who gave Aubrey a second chance at life. Initially they stood unnoticed amidst the crowd. Then, Monique’s parents gave away the secret: The heart of Monique’s dead brother, Mikey, is in the middle of the room, and is alive and beating in the chest of a young girl. When Monique realized that the person who received her brother’s heart was there, she broke into tears.

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As Aubrey approaches them, there’s no holding back. The two girls and Monique’s mom Melissa embrace each other in tears.

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For Monique this is an incredible surprise: when she gave Aubrey a hug she could feel the heart of her brother beating. Her brother is in fact at her 15th birthday, because although Mikey died, he lives on in Aubrey. Nobody had expected that.

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Aubrey and Monique say that it was sibling-love at first sight. And Aubrey promised Monique that she will always be there if she needs her.

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Monique is unbelievably thankful to have Mikey at her 15th birthday and to get to know her new “sister” Aubrey at the same time.

You can see the full story here:

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Mom Takes Teenage Son To Wendy’s, Then Is Enraged When She Sees ‘Name” On The Receipt

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In a rush and wanting to give her family a quick bite to eat, Teeneshia Bush stopped at a nearby Wendy’s. Her 15-year-old son, Quenterus, popped out of the car and ran inside to order the food – but after he placed the order, he noticed something odd.

All of the employees behind the counter were openly laughing at him.

Quenterus couldn’t figure out what was so funny until he looked down at the receipt the cashier handed him. The rude employee behind the counter gave him an unthinkable nickname while filling in the identifier section of the order.

Ashamed, Quenterus returned the car and showed his mother what they wrote. Teeneshia immediately took to Facebook to express her motherly outrage.

“Good Morning [Facebook friends]. This been bothering me all night. I took my son to Wendy’s to get something to eat last night. He went inside to place his order, instead of the cashier being courteous and ask my son what’s his name (to put on his ticket), she took it upon herself to put on the bottom of his receipt ‘Lil Ugly Dude.’ This is unacceptable and unprofessional. My child was so embarrassed and upset he said the whole store was laughing at him including the manager. I play about a lot of things, but my kids isn’t one [of them].”

Teeneshia couldn’t believe the way her son was treated, just for being the person he is.

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Teeneshia’s post went viral and even reached upper management of the massive restaurant chain.

The Director of Management Services at Wendy’s, Ed Sheffield, spoke with WKRG News and issued a heartfelt apology to Teeneshia and her mortified son.

“Wendy’s has been a part of this community for many years, and we were certainly disappointed to learn that one of our employees treated a guest in such a rude manner. We take this seriously, and we no longer employ this individual. When we learned of the incident, we immediately contacted the guest. We apologized to the young man and his mother and look forward to welcoming them back to Wendy’s again.”

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Hopefully Ed’s apology is enough to help Quenterus forget about the inexcusable interaction. 

No one deserves to be talked about in such horrible terms. If you ever see or hear about this type of harassment, be sure to step in and do the right thing!

Think about what you would want your son, brother, sister or friend to experience from total strangers.

They went to a sperm bank to get pregnant. But what came out 9 months later was horrifying to them.

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When Jennifer Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, decided to start a family in late 2011, Jennifer chose to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization. To begin the process, the couple went to a sperm bank in their native state of Ohio, USA, to find a suitable donor for their baby. Since they were using a sperm bank, the couple could “shop around” for exactly the kind of man they wanted to be the biological father of their child. The couple had very specific traits in mind that they wanted so that the baby would also look like Amanda and ended up going with donor 380 who had blue eyes, blonde hair and – most importantly – white skin.

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After making their choice, Jennifer was inseminated by a doctor using the sperm sample from the sperm bank. Everything went fine and the couple’s dream of starting a family came a step closer to reality.

Nine months later, Jennifer was rushed to the hospital where she got the shock of a lifetime when she gave birth: Her baby girl looked nothing like what she expected. In fact, the baby was black! The couple was absolutely horrified.

How could this happen? As it turns out, the sperm bank accidentally mixed up the white donor the couple requested after an employee misread the handwritten number of the donor 380 as 330, who was an African-American. On the one hand, Jennifer was heartbroken and had to deal with feelings of anger, disappointment and fear over the prospect of raising a black child. She grew up in a predominantly white town in Ohio and only had her first interaction with a black person when she was in college. She knew next to nothing about African American culture and wasn’t the least bit prepared for transracial parenting. Furthermore, she feared her conservative family would be unwilling to accept her black daughter. She simply could not imagine raising a black child in that environment.

Facebook – Amanda Zinkon The other side of the problem was that the sperm bank had indeed made a very serious mistake. Mixing up sperm can irreversibly change someone’s life as it did in Jennifer’s case. Many people might say the sperm bank should be held responsible for not delivering what the couple paid for.

Facebook – Amanda Zinkon In response to the situation, Jennifer is suing the sperm bank on grounds of negligence, breach of contract and fraud. Litigation is currently ongoing and a ruling will be made later this year. The sperm bank needs to be held accountable for not providing Jennifer and Amanda with the sperm of the donor they requested. A mistake of this kind is simply not acceptable in this day and age as it will impact the young couple for the rest of their lives in ways they never could have anticipated. Their lawsuit has attracted a lot of attention around the country and people have begun to raise serious questions about the couple’s parenting style. In response, Jennifer and Amanda have made it very clear that they love their daughter with all their hearts. The couple has even gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure their child has the best possible upbringing, including driving miles to a hair salon specialized in cutting African-American hair and seeking consultation from social workers and sociologists. The couple is truly making every effort imaginable to raise their daughter to be a compassionate human being who is accepting of people from all walks of life. What do you think? Should the sperm bank be held accountable for the mixup?

She hides under the bed to see if her boyfriend is loyal. She is shocked by what happens.

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This story has been circulating around the internet for a little while now. It’s about a woman who decided to put her relationship to the test and in the process learned an important lesson from it. It might make some of us chuckle. After the spark in her relationship had faded a little, a woman came up with, what in her opinion was, a brilliant idea: She wanted to test how seriously her boyfriend felt about their relationship and about her; what his reaction would be if she left him and; what he thought about her feelings for him?

Youtube/ BibisBeautyPalace To get some answers to these questions, she wrote her boyfriend a letter saying that the relationship was over, that she’d had enough, and that she didn’t see any sense in continuing the relationship. Really all she wanted was a reaction from him, but didn’t actually want to leave him.

Imgur Once she finished the letter, she placed it on her boyfriend’s desk where she knew he would find it. She didn’t want to miss her boyfriend’s reaction, so she hid under his bed and waited.

Youtube/ Serkan2306 Finally her boyfriend came home. She was nervous and excited, lying tensely under the bed. He entered the room and started to read the letter. When he finished reading, the woman couldn’t believe her ears. What on earth? He was whistling and grabbed his phone. This couldn’t be happening. She heard her boyfriend say: “Hello darling, I’m coming over. The dummy finally got the drift that I’ve been cheating. She’s finally left. What a mistake, that relationship. I’m so happy to be free of her. I wish I’d met you earlier. See you soon!”

Youtube/ JassiSmilee The woman was stunned. How could this be? She really had no idea. She lay there in shock for a few minutes. Her boyfriend seemed to be collecting a few things. Once he left the apartment, her tears started to pour down her face. She slowly crawled out from her hiding place. She pulled herself together and looked around the room. There was a second letter on the desk. It was from her boyfriend, addressed to her. She picked it up and started to read it. When she was finished, she felt so ashamed, but seriously relieved. How stupid could she be? The letter read: “You buffoon, next time you want to trick me, make sure your feet aren’t hanging out from under the bed. Just gone to the store. See you soon Love.”

Youtube/ Caro Schmidt Well, if you want to put someone to the test, you have to expect that they might just do the same to you! After all, what goes around, comes around! Hit The SHARE button!

She Hated Her Blinds, So She Grabbed The Scissors And Began CUTTING! The Result? STUNNING!

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She couldn’t handle looking at her boring old blinds any longer, so she found the scissors, cut the blinds, and this is what she did. They now look amazing!

Pull-cord blinds are something that can be found in just about every home. When you go to buy a home, you will often find this type of blind, and when you decide to sell the home, the same blinds will probably be there. Unless you take it upon yourself to break the cycle and hang something else.

This kind of blinds are such a hassle. The cords you use to pull them open and closed always end up getting tangled together, the slats are extremely easy to break, and they are really nothing fancy or nice to look at.

But most of the time we decide to just stick with what we have because replacing them is quite expensive.

You can upgrade to shutters, which are great if you have the money for it.

So, most of us will continue to use our blinds and try to avoid the job of dusting them for as long as we can handle it, by just pretending that they don’t exist.

But there is no longer a reason to do that. There is a really easy way to use the blinds you have and upgrade them to ROMAN SHADES without having to drain your bank account.

All you need to make these amazing shades are the blinds off your windows, an upholstery fabric that you would like hanging in your window, mod podge, clothespins, scissors, and an iron!

You will begin this project by laying your blinds flat on the floor. With your scissors, you will cut the ladder strings that are on both the right and left sides of the blinds. The ladder strings are what connect all of the blinds to each other.

SThe slats should be separated with seven inches of space between them. You will need enough of the slats to cover the window, but you will not use all of the slats from the blind.

SWith the slats that you will not be using, you should snap the ends off. By doing this, you will not have to cut any additional strings to get the slats out.

The slats that you will be using will be attached to the string. Take the string and slats and spread them out with the fabric you choose underneath them.

The fabric will be longer than the slats, so the edges should all be folded over the slats and glued down with the mod podge.

Once everything has been glued down, you will want to secure all of the folds with your clothespins to make sure it stays in place until the glue is dry.

Once the glue has dried, you can remove the clothespins and hang up your new roman shades the same way you had taken them down.

You may be surprised at how amazing they look and how much money you saved!

You can watch this video to see the project come alive with detailed instructions.

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