I remember reading this a while back & forwarded it around, but it was just re-posted elsewhere and made me all weepy again (lest you think I'm only a cold hearted paper pusher). An antidote to all the miseries of the world I shield my psyche from by no longer watching the news (or L&O: SVU).
It's long but READ IT. (I linked twice!) Read the bits about the kids. And about hidden beauty (in places like my little girl's face). I can only recommend 1-2 other bits of written work so completely unreservedly. Things like this is what makes it all worthwhile.