Posts tagged "time to cry"

The Beautiful Story Of Ryland Whittington: A 7-Minute Guidebook For Parenting A Transgender Child

“Wow” is all I have to say after watching this beautiful video that tells the story of Ryland Whittington, a bright, fun, loving little boy who happens to be transgender. Ryland’s story is fairly typical of many transgender kids — around age 3, he started rejecting a traditionally feminine presentation and self-identifying as a boy.

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 29, 2014

Toddler Just Can’t Handle Listening to Her Parents’ Wedding Song

Get ready for a dose of cute, because you’re about to get it. This little girl listening to her parents’ wedding song is so adorable, so preciously and perfectly overcome with emotion, that you may just tear up yourself. Watch the video on The Stir…

The Stir / February 24, 2014

Aww: Missouri Grandfather Uses His Social Security Check To Build Dollhouses For Disadvantaged Kids

This holiday season, a dozen Missouri kids whose parents couldn’t afford gifts received an ornate, handmade dollhouse, all thanks to an 81-year-old retiree named Earl Hurshman. For the past year, Hurshman has been using nearly all of his monthly social security checks to buy dollhouse supplies at his local hobby store, and assembles the miniature Victorians,…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 26, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: A Mom’s Christmas Wish Is Granted 2 Years After Her Death

“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer.” So began a letter written by Brenda Schmitz, a mother of four who had passed away in 2011. A month before she died, Brenda gave the letter to a friend and asked her to keep it a…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 23, 2013

2013: The Year In Stories That Made Us Cry At Our Desks

Was there a lot of covert onion-chopping going on at the office or was 2013 particularly packed with heartstring-pulling stories? After reviewing our archives, I’m going to go with the latter. From tearful dog reunions to tales of heartbreaking loss to kids showing kindness and compassion far beyond their years, here are the stories that…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 17, 2013

Watch This: “Homeless Mozart” Composes Beautiful Music On Thrift Shop Piano

Since he was just 6 years old, David Allen Welsh has been living on the streets and in shelters. Now 50, Welsh is still homeless, bouncing between shelters and park benches in Vancouver, Washington with only a backpack of belongings. But there is one place he always feels at home: sitting down to play a…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 4, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Watch Unsuspecting Families Get Their Holiday Groceries Paid For

Most YouTube pranks involve smug bros pretending to cheat on their girlfriends, but this one has a much kinder agenda: a YouTube prankster set up a hidden camera at a grocery store to capture the reactions of families as they were told they wouldn’t have to pay for their huge holiday grocery bills. There’s actually…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 22, 2013

Trent Reznor Calls Terminally Ill NIN Fan During Concert, Dedicates “In This Twilight” To Him

Two years ago, OC Weekly concert photographer Andrew Youssef was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Two months ago, his oncologists informed him that his diagnosis was terminal. They gave him weeks — maybe months, if he was lucky — to live. Throughout his cancer battle, Youseff kept shooting concerts and writing about his experience i…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 21, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Jane Richard Sang The National Anthem At Fenway

On April 15th, Jane Richard was standing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon with her parents and brother when a bomb went off just feet from the family, killing her 8-year-old brother Martin and seriously injuring both of her parents. Jane lost a leg in the attack and spent 39 days in the…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 14, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Abused Pitbull “Mama Jade” Gets A Second Chance At Life

No one knows how the battered, bleeding pitbull escaped her chains and ended up in the yard of a North Nashville home, but one thing’s for sure: she chose the right house. The person who lived there just happened to be an animal hospital employee, and was able to give the dog, who is now…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 4, 2013

So Sweet: Minnesota First Graders Have Sent “Get Well” Cards To Over 50,000 Strangers

Back in 1995, Minnesota first grade teacher Barb Bratvold asked her class to make “get well” cards for a guest speaker who had fallen ill. The students loved the project so much they asked to make more cards for people who needed cheering up, and the Evansville Elementary Kindness Club was born. Since its inception,…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 27, 2013

A Beautiful, Heartbreaking Moment In The Wake Of The Colorado Floods

Mark Changaris had just returned to his Boulder, Colorado home after helping rescue friends from the devastating floods nearby when a landslide sent a violent slurry of water, mud, and debris into his home. The onslaught instantly destroyed many of his possessions. After surveying the damage, Changaris sat down at his beloved grand piano, which…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 19, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Meet Sonya, The Google Street View Rescue Dog

When a woman who had been feeding a stray dog in Los Angeles asked a shelter to help her get the dog off the street, she had a little help in describing the animal’s location: “Just look on Google Street View.” The dog, who is now named Sonya, had been captured by Google cameras passing…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 15, 2013

Vile Letter Sent To Mother Of A Boy With Autism Will Destroy Your Faith In Humanity

When Kara Begley, a mom from Newcastle, Ontario, opened a letter that had been slipped under her door, the last thing she expected to read was a hateful screed demanding she euthanize her severely autistic son, but unfortunately, that’s exactly what it was. The letter, from one of her neighbors who calls herself “One Pissed…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 20, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Couple Weds Early So Their Terminally Ill Son Can Serve As Best Man

Get out your tissues, because this one’s a doozy. Christine Swidorsky and her fiance Sean Stevenson were planning to marry in July 2014, but after getting the news that their two-year-old son Logan, who suffers from acute myeloid leukemia, only had a couple weeks left to live, they decided to change the date to “a…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 6, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Watch Stephen Colbert’s Beautiful, Tearful Tribute To His Late Mother

Stephen Colbert’s mom Lorna passed away last week at the age of 92. After a brief hiatus, Colbert returned to his anchor seat at “The Colbert Report” and opened the show with this beautifully worded, heartfelt tribute to her. “When you watch the show, if you like me,” he said, “that’s because of my mom.&#8221…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 20, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds Her Dog — Alive! — During News Interview

I didn’t sleep at all last night after reading about and seeing the horrific aftermath of the deadly tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. Such gruesome images and unbelievable destruction. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected (if you’re looking for specific ways to help, check out this list). In the midst…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 21, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: High School Brings Prom To Terminally Ill Student’s Hospital Room

Katelyn Norman, a 14-year-old from Tennessee, suffers from an aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Last weekend, her doctors told her “it has spread a lot, my cancer, and that it’s the beginning of the end of my days.” Katelyn wrote up a bucket list, which included attending her high school prom, and her school…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 29, 2013

Pig Rescues Drowning Baby Goat; World Rejoices

What happens when a baby goat falls into a pond at a petting zoo and starts to struggle? Well, as this video shows, some guy shouts, “Goat in the water!” and a heroic pig springs into action! And then we all cry. [YouTube]…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 22, 2012

It’s Time To Cry: Father Sings “Let It Be” To Raise Money For Son’s Cancer Treatment

On July 15th, Mike Massé’s infant son Noah was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. As the family scrambled to find the best care for their son, and the medical bills started piling up, Mike came up with a creative way to raise some extra money: he recorded an acoustic cover of The Beatles’ song…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 14, 2012