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We all love to hear the story behind a picture and see the picture that goes with a story.  This section offers quick and beautiful glimpses into other mother’s lives through photos and words.  Some will make you laugh.  Some may make you cry.  Enjoy!

Picture Story: Dandelions

Picture Story: Dandelions

In viewing myself as a dandelion, I was able to understand my own position as a mother and the choices that I am able to make.
Picture Story: The Money Grab

Picture Story: The Money Grab

Tiffany and her husband needed a way to motivate their five children to complete their daily tasks. Merv Griffin has nothing on the game they invented!
Picture Story: God Dealt Me a Great Hand

Picture Story: God Dealt Me a Great Hand

When Sarah Hull learned that her first baby would be born with Spina Bifida, her doctor cautioned her, "God did not deal you a good hand." Sarah and her family have been put in a world that not all get to experience, a world where patience is tested, where miracles are witnessed, and strength is...
Picture Story:  Our Journey with TSC

Picture Story: Our Journey with TSC

My husband and I were so excited when our first child was born. I would dream about what his first words would be, when he would start walking, what his favorite sport would be...I did not expect that at three months old, he would start having seizures and would be diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex...
Picture Story:  Leaving His Legacy

Picture Story: Leaving His Legacy

While I don’t share any of his DNA, I’m forever indebted to the man who moved forward into the unknown, but stopped for a minute to teach me that life is short, joy is intentional, and it’s never too late for a quick game of hide-and-seek.
Picture Story:  What I Accomplished Today

Picture Story: What I Accomplished Today

Even though I had a long to-do list, I realized that rocking and singing to my son is the most important thing I accomplished today.
Picture Story:  OCD Remedy = Beets

Picture Story: OCD Remedy = Beets

Are you the mother who follows your child around with the wet wipes? Do you find yourself a little OCD with the messes? Author Denhi Chaney shares her experience of defining patience.
Picture Story: He Just Wants Me

Picture Story: He Just Wants Me

All too often I try to occupy my son with toys and movies so that I can get my chores done. But even if he had all the toys in the world, he still would not be completely happy.
Picture Story: Bedtime Gestures of Love

Picture Story: Bedtime Gestures of Love

No matter how bad my day may have been, I have this one moment that I look forward to each night. It is something special to both of us. At the end of a crazy day, this is the moment that grounds me.
Picture Story: Homemade Boxes, Heartfelt Notes

Picture Story: Homemade Boxes, Heartfelt Notes

When I went to bed that night, I smiled as I pulled from my homemade mailbox many notes declaring that I was the best because I made my children dinner and pictures from my little ones who could not yet write. It filled my heart, and I spent half an hour writing notes to each...
Picture Story: The Touch of a Tiny Hand

Picture Story: The Touch of a Tiny Hand

During one of Alex’s first feedings of the day, he suddenly stopped eating and started looking around the room. I felt very frustrated, thinking, “Great! Now it will take him longer to eat, which means he will nap later, which means...” and there I went, spiraling downward in thoughts of how this small delay was...
Spiritual Sunday: Dream Big

Spiritual Sunday: Dream Big

How do you accept your children’s unique challenges, needs, and developmental “timeline” without comparing them to other children? This amazing mother’s journey should give everyone’s day a little perspective.
Picture Story: Letting Go and the Big Yellow Bus

Picture Story: Letting Go and the Big Yellow Bus

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, there will come a time when it will: that painful, achy feeling that overcomes mothers when it’s time to let their little ones go. Join author Patty Park as she describes watching her daughter get on the school bus for the first time.
Picture Story: Take a Deep Breath and Remember

Picture Story: Take a Deep Breath and Remember

Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today? Are you feeling a little grumpy with your children? See how this mom turned around a case of the morning blues and had everyone laughing in the end.
Picture Story: Forever Baby

Picture Story: Forever Baby

At six weeks of age, Brittany Miller’s daughter was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and partial blindness. In this picture story, she expresses her gratitude for her precious daughter and offers support to other mothers facing heartbreaking diagnoses.
Catching Children in Quiet Moments

Catching Children in Quiet Moments

I love catching my children in quiet moments, showing affection for one another. It’s a moment I will never forget, and I hope they will remember as well.
Service for Siblings

Service for Siblings

Kendra Wright gives us a glimpse into life as a mother. Sure my children have their squabbles, but....
Picture Story: Celebrate Fall

Picture Story: Celebrate Fall

With all of the electronic devices to choose from these days, it is easy to forget how much fun you can have with just a rake, some leaves and a gorgeous fall day in Colorado.
Picture Story: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Picture Story: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

To be honest, mothering has been what I had hoped and expected it to be. What I didn't realize is how easily I am affected by the negative patterns of parenting that I learned growing up.
Creating a Family

Creating a Family

Submitted by Heather Spencer As a teenager, I had this idea of how my adulthood would look. Marriage. Children. Perfection. It was difficult to wake up one day after fifteen years of marriage and realize that 2/3 of my life goals had still not happened. My husband, Greg, and I went through years of infertility...
Realizing What Really Matters

Realizing What Really Matters

Submitted by Christa Johnson: I have a hat on in this picture not just because it was cold but also because I’m bald now. When I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer recently, I really took a step back and looked at my life. All of a sudden, the little things were what mattered...
The Need to Rescue

The Need to Rescue

Submitted by Shanti Landon: Have you ever woken up in the morning and wondered how you became a grown up? I think I’m a grown up now. I mean, there are 5 rug rats running around here. I cook food, wipe bums, kiss ow-ees, fasten seat belts, unfasten seat belts…fasten seat belts, unfasten seat belts…I...
There's Nothing Like a Newborn Baby

There’s Nothing Like a Newborn Baby

Submitted by Ali Hawkins: When I look at this picture I am reminded at how much I love newborns. This is my eighth. Most people that I run into think I am crazy. I always get “are they all yours?” or “are you going to have more?” Some people search their whole life for their...
I Learn So Much "Nose to Nose"

I Learn So Much “Nose to Nose”

Submitted by Aubry Tenney: I was not prepared to be in any pictures the day this was taken. My hair wasn’t done, I had no makeup on, and definitely not a cute outfit! When our photographer suggested I be in the picture with him, I protested…but obviously lost. I’m so glad I did, because this...
Each Day is a Gift

Each Day is a Gift

Submitted by Kelleyn Rothaermel: I remember the day as if it were yesterday, but over three years have passed since that day. My husband, our middle child, and I were going in to find out the sex of our third child. I was so excited! I was hoping for a girl since we had two...
Being A Mother Helped Me Find Joy Again

Being A Mother Helped Me Find Joy Again

Submitted by Leslie Harkness: When Aaron and I were married in August 2002, our hopes and dreams of starting a family felt so close and we started trying to have a baby right away. After a few disappointing years, loads of tests and surgery… in March 2005, we were finally pregnant because of the miracle...
A Precious Gift: Adoption

A Precious Gift: Adoption

Submitted by Carolyn Canning: The phone call came at 12:25 PM on September 26, 2006. Seven hours later I was the mother of a 17-month old, beautiful, blue-eyed boy These are the precious moments when we realize that life doesn’t always turn out the way we planned, sometimes it’s better than we ever imagined. After...
A Mother Without Children

A Mother Without Children

Submitted by Amanda Shaw: When I heard about your photography contest I knew that I had to submit this picture. I don’t know anything about photography so hopefully it fits your criteria. This is my all time favorite picture of motherhood. In the picture are two of my kids and my third is taking the...
What Lessons Would I Learn Tonight?

What Lessons Would I Learn Tonight?

Photo by Jennie Rowen Submitted by Jennie Rowen: Last night I had a plan. It entailed getting the kids to bed early so that I could watch a movie and then go to bed too. So, at about 7:45 I started directing the kids to their rooms so I could read with them and send...
My Wild and Precious Life

My Wild and Precious Life

Catherine and her Children Submitted by Catherine Arveseth: Five four and under. Two sets of twins. One big sister. That’s our home. When our oldest daughter was 19 months old, our twin girls were born. After years of disappointing infertility, the heavens seemed to be cracking open. Thanks to wonderful doctors, new science, and some...
Baby on Board

Baby on Board

  Submitted by Judy Kay Kyker: Now that Jack has become a maniac crawler, our morning-nap school hours are even more precious (I home-school my kids). Even just a week ago I could set him down with a few toys and know that he would be perfectly happy right there in one little spot while...