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The Smiths

As a young girl, I dreamt of marriage and children, perhaps two of the latter. After just a few years of marriage, my husband Chad and I were expecting our first child in 1998. That short-lived joy became devastation…

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Blessed and Thankful for Alex

On November 23, 2003, at 3:48pm, I welcomed my beautiful baby boy into this world. Alex was such a content baby. He slept through the night before he was 3 months old. He rarely fussed or cried. He was…

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Holly’s Legacy

In December of 2014, my sister, Holly, was diagnosed with a 25-pound cancerous tumor. The tumor, which we later found out was made up of ‘small cell sarcoma,’ was literally engulfing one of her kidneys. She had to undergo…

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And Then There Were Four: The Socia’s Story

On April 30th, 2011, I experienced the best day of my life—marrying my best friend. I couldn’t wait to start our life together as Mr. and Mrs. Socia! Oh, the adventures we would have—traveling, hosting parties at our home, starting holiday…

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The Farm Itch

“Fire ants! Move!” I shouted to my sister, who was looking at a cricket chirping happily on a piece of grass next to the huge ant nest. Alessandra didn’t even notice the bright red ants slowly walking up her…

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Bellaflies: Continuing to Make a Positive Difference

I never thought that I would be the mother of an angel. When you’re pregnant, you worry about things going wrong with the pregnancy or delivery; but, when your child is already three years old, the possibility that a virus…

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Erik’s Journey with Autism

Our son Erik was born on December 6, 2007. We had been trying to get pregnant for a few years, so we were overjoyed at his arrival. He was a healthy baby, weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces,…

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Meet Aubrey

My daughter, Aubrey, was born in October of 2012 with an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.  I had a perfectly normal pregnancy, with nothing abnormal detected on the ultrasound.  On October 2, 2012, Aubrey was born, weighing in at a surprisingly…

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Maggie’s Heart

When Maggie was born, it was immediately obvious that something was wrong.  Every parent’s fear about their newborn baby was realized in an instant:  Maggie was in trouble. Over the next few months and, eventually, years, she came near…

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Meet Tori

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 is the day that changed our family’s life forever, and a day we will never forget. The day started out the same way as it does for a lot of NWA families–we were rushing around,…