Nurse grants dying mother’s wish…to adopt her son after she’s gone

Sep 19, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

When single mother Tricia Somers received a diagnosis of terminal liver cancer last spring, her first thought was to wonder who would take care of Wesley, her eight-year-old son. She has no family to speak of, and she couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her son alone after she passes away.


But on the day that Somers was discharged from the hospital, destiny intervened in the form of her favorite nurse, Tricia Seaman. Somers told WHTM-TV

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When her fiancé died, she found hope again through these spectacular bridal photos

Sep 16, 2014 By Megan Berman 4

Janine suffered a tremendous loss when her fiancé, Johnny, passed away 52 days before their wedding day.


To honor him and cope with her grief, she decided to do a memorial photo shoot in her wedding dress 

My expectation was to find a certain closure and to have a photo shoot of my dress in a different way that not your average bride would even think of doing.  I wanted to be free and I wanted to do something different.

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Grandma baked dessert for this wedding. But her other role came as an adorable surprise…

Sep 13, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

When Laura VanPelt was planning her wedding, there was no cute toddler in the family to put on a fluffy dress and be her flower girl. But that was OK, because Laura had someone else in mind. Someone even better — her grandma Helen who turns 95 this year.


(via MLive)

Helen was admittedly a little taken aback by her granddaughter’s request —

When she asked me, I just laughed. I thought she was kidding, of course. But then she said “No, grandma, I’m not. I want you to be my flower girl.”

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Local businesses rally to give a wounded veteran and his fiancée their dream wedding

Sep 12, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

When Jacob Leach was in Iraq he was thrown off a building by a rocket grenade, injuring his leg and back and giving him traumatic brain injury. Recovery has been slow and will never be complete, but he says that his fiancee is his rock.

Jacob and Brittany have been hoping and planning to get married ever since their first date three years ago, but things just have never worked out. Jacob says…

Going to the courthouse is simple. [But] she wants that wedding, she deserves that wedding. Every time we save up, something happens. Moving to Jacksonville we used all our savings.

So when they entered MISSION I DO, a wedding giveaway from Old McMicky’s Farm, a local wedding venue, they didn’t expect much.


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Would-be groom turns prepaid reception into charity ball after his wedding is called off

Sep 11, 2014 By Megan Berman 3

Several months ago, Phil Laboon asked the woman he thought was the love of his life to marry him. But, unfortunately, things didn’t work out for them and they called off the wedding. So Phil was left with a scheduled reception that had already been paid for — almost $20,000 of food, drink, and entertainment.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and used his prepaid wedding resources to host a charity ball.


Selling out all the $75 tickets and taking additional donations online and at the party, Laboon and friends raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Surgicorps International, which performs free surgeries for children in developing countries.

The nonprofit has performed over 4,000 surgeries in over 18 countries and looks forward to being able to continue their mission thanks in part to the generosity of Laboon and all his guests.

Laboon explained…

It was obviously pretty heartbreaking for everybody involved. But this ended up becoming a really good scenario…. Bad things happen, but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives.

The drastic change to Frozen’s original plot that made everyone love the villain

Sep 10, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

Frozen, Disney’s most successful movie to date, almost didn’t happen. Well, at least not the Frozen we know and love.


Walt Disney became interested in adapting the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Snow Queen,” in the 1930s — but he was never quite satisfied with it. It was recently revisited, and the resulting movie became a $1 billion hit.

But a new ABC special, ”The Story of Frozen” exposes the one big change that could’ve cost the studio its mega hit.

Elsa was originally the bad guy.

But as Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the movie’s songwriting team, started exploring Elsa’s character in order to write her signature song, they found themselves unable to villify her. Instead they couldn’t help but empathize with her.

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Together for 72 years, 90-year-old couple finally rolled down the aisle together. Beautiful…

Sep 9, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

It’s never too late to make it official — this newlywed couple had been waiting since 1942…

Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes were finally married on September 6th at the First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa. Surrounded with love by their family and friends, they sat in their wheelchairs side-by-side, hand-in-hand as the Rev. Linda Hunsaker recognized their decades of commitment…

This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.


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This man wore a tacky yellow dress to his best friend’s funeral…and it was beautiful

Sep 5, 2014 By Megan Berman 7

When private Kevin Elliott was killed in action five years ago, the victim of a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, his best friend Barry Delaney knew what he had to do.

As he squeezed himself into a lime green tube dress and pulled up a pair of hot pink knee socks, Delaney poured himself a vodka neat and toasted his best friend with their favorite drink. They had a deal, and he was holding up his end of the bargain.

Privat Kevin Elliott 2

Three years before British soldier Elliott’s untimely death, the friends made a pact: if private Elliot was killed in action, Delaney would wear a dress to his funeral — the louder, the better.

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Watch this 87-year-old mama briefly but beautifully remember her daughter…and try not to sob

Sep 1, 2014 By Abraham 3

When Kelly Gunderson was spending time with her aging mother recently, she turned on her camera to try to capture a moment or two of lucidity despite the dementia.

At first, it didn’t seem like mama was going to remember Kelly, but then there was a breakthrough. Of course, it was fleeting and it’s hard to know exactly what she remembered. But it is a moment Kelly will no doubt treasure for the rest of her life.

To see the lifetime of love between this mother and daughter in such a brief but extraordinary moment is beyond poignant…