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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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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,…