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WATCH: U.S. Army Specialist Surprises Mother With Early Homecoming

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Two years ago, U.S. Army Spc. Shakir Aquil was in South Korea. Though not one for showing such vulnerability to the public, his mother, L.J. Williamson, privately felt devastated. She anticipated a break from her grief when she went to a pep rally at Therrell High School. There, she was supposed to be honored for her work in the community. Instead, she saw her son once again in a beautifully orchestrated homecoming surprise.

Aquil is Williamson’s oldest son, and seeing him run into the pep rally made this school resource officer feel overcome with emotions. Spectators captured their heartfelt reunion on video and photos immortalize the moment Williamson got one of the best surprises she never saw coming.

U.S. Army Spc. Shakir Aquil wanted his return to be very special

Aquil surprised both his mother (center) and younger brother Justin (left) with his early return
Aquil surprised both his mother (center) and younger brother Justin (left) with his early return / William Tolbert/Atlanta Public Schools

At first, L.J. Williamson knew her son would be returning. But Aquil initially told her he would be back on January 22. Aquil, however, wanted to give his mother a surprise to express his gratitude for all she has done for him and others. To do this, Aquil coordinated with Therrell High School officials to make their reunion a few days earlier than Williamson believed. Aquil traveled 19 hours from South Korea, to first surprise his little brother. He, too, did not expect his brother’s homecoming to be so soon.

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His younger sibling got the shock of a lifetime right in his classroom. Later, the two brothers moved on to their grandmother’s house to share the great news with her. Finally, they headed for the high school.

All seemed normal, as far as L.J. Williamson could tell

Aquil coordinated with the school to surprise his mother with an early homecoming during the pep rally
Aquil coordinated with the school to surprise his mother with an early homecoming during the pep rally / William Tolbert/Atlanta Public Schools

Good news wants to be spread. Fortunately, everyone who found out about Aquil’s early arrival knew seeing the joyful shock on Williamson’s face would make it a secret worth keeping. As a retired Atlanta Police Department officer, Williamson became familiar with her community and its needs. After her retirement, she focused on helping those around her. Around the holidays, she worked with a program to help kids in need. This pep rally was supposed to honor her.

Indeed, it seemed like that was the plan and all was normal. Those in attendance played a video congratulating Williamson for all her hard work and the lives she’s changed. They even played a video. It was at this time, though, that the secret began to reveal itself, as the video featured Aquil congratulating his mother for the recognition she’d received that day. The boys’ basketball team then ran out, and who should be right behind them? U.S. Army Spc. Shakir Aquil.

Emotions immediately ran high

U.S. Army Spc. Shakir Aquil and Officer L.J. Williamson exchanged their first heartfelt hug in two years when he was last in America
U.S. Army Spc. Shakir Aquil and Officer L.J. Williamson exchanged their first heartfelt hug in two years when he was last in America / William Tolbert/Atlanta Public Schools

Williamson’s tears fell immediately. The hug exchanged between mother and son was their first since Aquil returned briefly for his grandfather’s death in December of 2017. “I’m so happy,” she said. “I’m still floating.” Those were not her first words, however. Overcome by the joy of seeing her son again, Williamson showed an uncharacteristic amount of emotions. As a result, when Aquil came out, her first thoughts were, “Why did he do this to me?” She further explained, “I don’t like showing emotion in front of people, and I try my best not to.”

The answer is simple, and right from Aquil himself. “She made everything amazing in my life,” he said simply. “She tries her best.” Her relentless compassion and love drove Aquil to consider his mom his “best friend.” He further admitted to feeling intensely sad as well, when he was deployed abroad. Soon, he will move to a new station in Seattle. But he always wanted to give his family a homecoming surprise, such a popular concept among military members. “I’ve been planning this for years.” Ultimately, that was what this whole long odyssey from Korea back to America was about. “I didn’t even want to wait for the pep rally. I just wanted to see my mom.”

Surprise! @APSTherrell Safety and Security Officer LaShandria Williamson has just received the suprise of her life!

Her son, U.S. Army Sgt. Shakir Aquil is home from Suwon, South Korea after a two-year deployment! pic.twitter.com/sNuwvmV9fR

— ATL Public Schools (@apsupdate) January 17, 2020

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Wedding Dress Parties Are Now A Trend So Wives Can Wear Their Dresses Again

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Many brides are now realizing how silly it can be to buy an expensive dress that you wear for only a few hours. While some are wearing their mother or grandmother‘s dress, buying second-hand or donating their dress after the wedding, others are wearing their dress again! Wedding dress parties are now a trend so women can get together and wear their dress another time after the wedding.

This can be a fun excuse to bring your bridal party back together too. Even if you have friends or family members that have never gotten married, they could wear a vintage dress from a family member or a thrift shop. It sounds like a great way to get people together for a fun night out.

Now you can throw a wedding dress party

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‘Friends’ / NBC

Remember when they did it on the show Friends? It would also be a very easy party to put together, unlike your wedding day! All you really need are snacks, maybe a pizza, some drinks, and everyone in a wedding dress. However, it could get a little bit awkward if you have to drive or walk somewhere in your dress, especially if the group is all together.

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Wedding dress party / YouTube

If you feel brave, why not take this party to a bar or restaurant? It would certainly bring the fun factor to another level. Could you see yourself digging out your old wedding dress and throwing a party for your friends? It certainly seems like a great idea to get more use out of your wedding dress.

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Woman Battling Terminal Cancer Receives Unexpected Phone Call From Reba McEntire

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Lisa Tapley is currently battling a Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, and is terminally ill. Since September 2018, Lisa has been through several surgeries, chemo treatments, and more to combat her illness. However, it was a recent decision Lisa made to not undergo any more treatments and just let things take their course.

Lisa’s all-time favorite artist is Reba McEntire. For a long time, Lisa’s family had been trying to set up a surprise and have Lisa meet and sing with Reba. Reba is obviously a busy woman, but still made time for Lisa and reached out to her. It must have come as a total shock to Lisa!

Lisa Tapley receives a very special phone call from Reba McEntire

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Lisa Tapley talking on the phone to Reba McEntire / Facebook

Reba will be playing a concert in Lisa’s area sometime in March that Lisa will be in attendance to. But nothing could prepare Lisa for the special moment when Reba called to speak with her!

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Lisa’s husband, Melvin, is a Captain with the Princeton Fire Department. For Lisa, the Princeton Fire Territory has set up a special fund to help cover medical costs and help the family enjoy the time they have left with each other. Every single dollar and dime in this fund goes directly to the family. In order to donate to help this family cover medical expenses, simply take cash or check to any Fifth Third Bank branch and deposit it to the Lisa Tapley Benefit Fund. Alternatively, you can send a check to the local branch to the address below.

Fifth Third Bank
1506 W. Broadway
Princeton, IN. 47670
Please make checks out to the Lisa Tapley Benefit Fund

People across the Internet show an outpouring of love for Lisa

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Reba McEntire / AP PHOTO/Edmonton Sun-Sean Kilpatrick

Many people from all over the Internet have been commenting on the sweet video. One person says, “I just had this pop up on my time line….I don’t know you but I just want you to know you have caught the strings on my heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending a huge hug to you and your family!”

Another says, “This is so special that Reba made time to call you. She’s one special woman just like you Lisa Miller Tapley. I was praying right along with her and praying for you and your family everyday. Love and hugs sweet girl.” See the sweet phone call video below!

Lisa Miller Tapley received a special call today. Thank you Reba MCEntire.

Posted by Melvin Tapley on Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Breaking: Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant, 41, Dies In Helicopter Crash

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  • NBA legend Kobe Bryant has died. 
  • He was only 41 years old. 
  • He passed away after a deadly helicopter crash while in his private helicopter.

 

NBA star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash this morning. He was traveling with at least three other people in his private helicopter. There was a fire and emergency personnel came on the scene, but sadly no one survived. No word yet on who else was on board, but we know his wife Vanessa was not.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. The crash was in Calabasas, California. Kobe is best known for being considered one of the best NBA players of all time. He most famously played with the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash

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Kobe Bryant / Wikimedia Commons

In his career, he won five NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, and was the league MVP in 2008. The Lakers retired both of his jerseys, number 8 and 24. He was the only player in the team’s history to receive this honor. He also won an Oscar for his short film called Dear Basketball in 2018, after retiring from the game in 2016.

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Kobe and his family / Instagram

He was only 41 years old. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa Bryant and their four children, Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.

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Olivia Newton-John Says Her Tumors Are Shrinking While Using Medicinal Cannabis

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Olivia Newton-John has given her fans a great update about her health. She is currently battling stage four breast cancer, but it sounds like she is doing very well these days. Olivia has revealed that her tumors have shrunk. She attributes her health improvements to medicinal cannabis and other natural remedies.

She said, “My tumors are receding or they’re going away or they’re staying the same, on Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer — that’s pretty amazing. If I hadn’t had the experience I’m having with cannabis I wouldn’t be able to talk about it.”

Olivia Newton-John reveals her tumors have shrunk

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Olivia Newton-John / Instagram

She said that medicinal cannabis is helping her sleep and helping her deal with pain. Olivia has been having pain in her lower back. After the results she has been seeing, she continues to advocate for the use of medicinal cannabis. She has been lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of the treatment.

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Olivia and daughter Chloe / Instagram

Olivia also revealed that her husband, John Easterling, grows the cannabis in their home that she uses. She also used it to help ween herself off morphine, when she had to use it for pain after a broken sacrum.

Olivia said her doctors approve of her alternative treatment. She continued, “It’s not a drug. You see, that’s the problem. That’s a name thrown around with cannabis – it’s a herb and a plant.” We are glad to hear that Olivia is doing so well these days!

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WWII Navajo Female Veteran Dies At 105 Years Old

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Sophie Yazzie has died at the age of 105. She was one of the longest living female World War II veterans and was a member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. She joined the US Army Air Corps when she was 28 years old. Sophie died in Tuscon, Arizona, at home, surrounded by family.

For instance, Sophie was born in 1914 in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. Department of Veterans’ Services Director Wanda Wright shared the news of her passing in a statement on Facebook. She wrote, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Sophie Yazzie. Sophie, a WWII veteran died today at the age of 105 surrounded by her family. A Navajo veteran, she was born and raised in Canyon de Chelly and served in the Women’s Army Air Corps.”

WWII veteran Sophie Yazzie has passed away

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Sophie during WWII / Twitter

In addition, the statement continues, “I am blessed to have met Sophie and hear about her service to our country. Last summer we were honored to be able to present Sophie with Governor Ducey’s Arizona Women Veteran’s Week proclamation. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends, and will always remember her legacy.”

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Sophie Yazzie / Twitter

In addition, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said, “On behalf of the Navajo people, we offer our thoughts and prayers for the family of the late Sophie Yazzie, a matriarch for her family and a warrior for our Navajo people who served our country with great honor and dignity.”

Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, tweeted, “Saddened to learn of the passing of Sophie Yazzie, a World War II Veteran and member of the Navajo Nation. At the age of 105, Sophie was one of the longest living female WWII veterans. Arizona is forever grateful for her service. Our prayers are with her loved ones. #RIP”

Sophia had four children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

In conclusion, learn more about how the Navajo Code Talkers used their language to relay messages during WWII:

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