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Mom didn't have much time left. So this couple changed wedding plans. (Tissue warning!)

When Mom's days were numbered and there were just a few good ones left, this couple decided to get married with her, right in her hospice room. And, it's beautiful.

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Every parent imagines a wonderful future, full of love and happiness for their children. No doubt, that's what Deneen Fendig did when she was raising her son, Jeff.


And here they are, Mom and Jeff, all grown up.

But after 12 years, his mom was losing her fight against breast cancer. She only had a few good days left.

So Jeff decided to get married. Right then.

Jeff and his fiancee got their plans together in a day. The hospice chaplain agreed to perform the ceremony. They got their wedding clothes just before the mall closed. And friends decorated the hospice room with wedding flowers, candles, and lots and lots of love.

Here's Mom on the big day, beaming. She said, "I'm pretty excited about this."

The bride.


The ceremony was short, sweet, and beautiful.

While few people imagine having a wedding next to a medical bed in a hospice facility, this wedding shows what caretaking is really about — putting the needs of those we love first, even at one of the biggest moments in your own life.

And that love was returned. Before she died 11 days after the wedding, Jeff's mom told him this:

“I may leave this plane of existence sooner rather than later, but the love isn't going anywhere. I am as certain of that as I am of anything."
— Deneen Fendig

Lots of weddings make people cry, but this one is unique. It shows what it means to truly take care of the people in our lives, even on that special day. It's worth your time.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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TikTok about '80s childhood is a total Gen X flashback.

As a Gen X parent, it's weird to try to describe my childhood to my kids. We're the generation that didn't grow up with the internet or cell phones, yet are raising kids who have never known a world without them. That difference alone is enough to make our 1980s childhoods feel like a completely different planet, but there are other differences too that often get overlooked.

How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

And '80s hair? With the feathered bangs and the terrible perms and the crunchy hair spray? What, why and how?

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