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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.

1st Grader Picks Out Green Dress for Picture Day—The Results Leave Mom Cry-Laughing

“This is the story of a little girl’s love of a green dress, and mother who tries to instill independence, and how those two things came together in the most epic and brilliant combination possible.

School picture day can be stressful for any mom. How should you do their hair? Will they smile? Which background will compliment your child the best? Can they stay clean until that shutter snaps? Our family is no exception to the chaos that is picture day.

All this was swirling in my head one crisp Friday morning in September, as I helped ready my oldest two children for their school photos. We had sat down and chosen backgrounds the day before, and I allowed both my son and daughter to pick out their clothing. My daughter chose her current favorite dress, a beautiful shade of green with sequins that highlights the green of her eyes.

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I woke her up a little earlier than usual that morning, so we could curl her hair. Together we decided that she could wear the special necklace that her grandmother had custom ordered for her as a Christmas gift when she was just 1 year old. My mother passed away from cancer before she was able to give Addy this gift, so it only is worn on special occasions.

My husband works long hours and wasn’t able to see her that day, so we snapped a quick photo in the drop off line at school to show her daddy how cute her hair looked.

I didn’t give the color of her dress a second thought as I waved goodbye to my children. This is the part of the story where all I can do is claim mom brain/pregnancy brain/lack of coffee. Had I been thinking about it, I should have realized what was about to happen.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.