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Let us help you tell YOUR CHILD’S story. Using pictures you send us, and details of the beautiful story you want to tell, we’ll create a storybook that you can share with your child. Their own BELLA story.
What is My Bella Story?
We think BELLA says it best. Our adopted daughter was our inspiration. Her name is Isabella Grace. “Bella” means beautiful and her middle name is for “Grace of God”. We wanted her to know that she was chosen, that she was a gift. So we created a book that we felt would well illustrate her story as “The beautiful grace of God’s love and gift to our lives!”

As we shared it with her, and saw how much joy it brought her, we decided to create a storybook for our son, too. As friends and family saw these books, and the joy and sense of identity that it gave to our children, we started receiving requests to help others do the same for their children. That’s how My Bella Story was born.

Let us help you create a book that will be a wonderful love story to a child; YOUR CHILD. It lets them know who they are, where they came from, and shares your story about how you chose them to come into your life forever. We help you put words and pictures together in a way that helps make it real for your child. We add in scripture verses, if you like, that will be tailored to the topic on the page to help give life to the words.

Our Bella Books are crafted with care and begin at $149, which includes printing and shipping costs. Additional books, for grandparents of course, cost up to $89, but can cost less when purchasing four books. We’ll include one book for free when you purchase four.

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Kevin Pelton provides team-by-team analysis of every major and minor deal from Day 1.

As a result, Philadelphia could fit in James’ max salary with few changes. To clear the necessary space, Philadelphia would need only to deal little-used guard Jerryd Bayless (making $8.6 million in the final season of his contract) and, depending on where the salary cap is set, one additional young player (likely Justin Anderson, Furkan Korkmaz or Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, though the 76ers also could choose to waive or trade Richaun Holmes or T.J. McConnell).

MLB’s first stars/stripes caps debuted in 2008. All the caps were navy blue, which worked OK with some teams’ color schemes and not so well with others.

2010: After dabbling with blue caps and red caps, MLB tries — of course — white caps. Some teams are assigned blue brims while others get red. With all three of America’s national colors now having been used, the uni-verse wonders what design solution MLB will come up with for the following year.

At one point in late April, Stanton’s batting average was as low as .198. In early May, he spent a day at .220. Coming into the final two days of June, he has raised his average to .265. Similarly, his OPS has risen this month, climbing from .772 on June 1 to .847 by the start of the series with Boston.

Much of Stanton’s steady forward march has come from his recent stretch of multihit games. He entered this weekend with two or more hits in three of his past four games, and half of his past 10.

The long ball has accompanied some of that corner-turning offense. Eight of Stanton’s 19 home runs have come this month, including one laser to left-center that walked off a Yankees win over the Nationals last week. That particular homer was heralded as his long-awaited Yankee Moment.

Once Stanton gets going, he’s usually hard to slow down. Coupled with a loaded Yankees lineup that has included an All-Star-caliber year from Aaron Judge, the timing of Stanton’s potential breakout will make New York even more dangerous.

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The NFL under Goodell never seems to do anything right.

This is the same entity that for years couldn’t define the act of catching a football. From Bountygate to its short-lived intolerance for domestic abuse, the league somehow manages to make every crisis worse. It’s a hallmark of the league under Roger Goodell’s leadership.

This is a very winning, strong issue for me, Trump told Jerry Jones last year. Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.

Trump took aim at the league, and the owners capitulated with their new anthem policy, billed as a way to get the focus back on football. Surprise, it didn’t work.

Trump still has an easy culture war issue to hammer on Fox & Friends when he needs to distract the country from things like his former campaign manager being accused of jury tampering, unpopular tariffs that will hit his base voters in the pocketbook, breaking up families because they’re immigrants, etc.

Now, players are left to defend themselves while the league runs scared.

That crushed Green Bay’s eight-year playoff streak, allowing the Patriots to rally their way past the Steelers and Jaguars and into the AFC’s slot in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady won his third career MVP in a season where the rest of his competition fell off dramatically, but even his 505-yard showing in the title game could prevent, uh, Nick Foles from fulfilling his Super Bowl MVP destiny.

And that’s it. Six seasons where the Patriots and Packers appeared primed for a collision in the biggest game of the year, but instead flamed out and deprived the world of a Brady-Rodgers duel.

Fortunately there’s still time to correct this mistake. Brady and the Pats are early favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy next February despite the quarterback’s advanced age. The Packers, with a revamped defense and overhauled offense, have the sixth-best odds. Once again, it’s no stretch to make a Green Bay-New England preseason prediction when it comes to the Super Bowl.

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Sandy Gregory, last remaining original Seahawks employee, retires after 42 years

The Seattle Seahawks have had over 900 players suit up for them since entering the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1976. One team employee had been around for every one of those players who wore varying shades of blue, green and silver throughout the 42 years the team has played in the NFL.

Sandy Gregory was hired by the Seahawks six months before they played their first game in 1976. She was the lone remaining original team employee still working for the franchise before announcement her retirement last week. She had served as an administrative assistant, community service director, and senior director of legends, team history and special projects in her 42 years with the franchise.

But at that point, George would have only nine years of service — one short of qualifying for the largest possible maximum salary. If George wants to dip back into free agency as soon as he is eligible for that contract, a two-plus-one would make the most sense. The Thunder will and should offer the full five-year max, since that fifth year is the carrot only they can dangle; rival offers top out at four seasons. It’s easy to say George would make up that money on his next contract, but this dude shattered his leg four years ago.)

If he leaves, the Thunder have Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Steven Adams, a bunch of role players and limited cap flexibility in 2019 and beyond. We saw that movie in 2016-17, and it will get old fast. It leads nowhere interesting. George leaving would at least raise the question of transitioning into a full-on rebuild, a teardown the likes of which Thunder fans have never really witnessed, and sniffing out what Westbrook might fetch on the trade market.

Even though the Sixers put Fultz up for sale, they know if they play their cards right with him he could re-emerge as a top player.

Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 overall pick, is expected to join with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as part of the 76ers young core of players. The team is also working hard with Fultz to reteach him how to shoot.

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The Braves have won the first two games of the three-game set.

Fried (1-2) stymied the Cardinals on 101 pitches before being pulled with two outs in the seventh. Recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start the game, he struck out 11, allowed four singles and walked three.

My curveball was definitely on tonight, said Fried, who also recorded his first major league hit with a single in the fifth. I was able to throw it for strikes, put it in the dirt when I wanted to. The big thing for me was getting the fastball over. I felt like I was able to get strike one pretty good. That was my main goal.

To be honest with you, I was just looking to hit something into the outfield and get a run in, and I ended up one of the better at-bats in the season, Markakis said. I looked back at the video and (the pitch) wasn’t exactly where he wanted it, but he threw it somewhere close to the zone and I put a good swing on it.

He added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to bring in Albies, finishing with five RBI on the day.

Albies went 3 for 5 and has a 10-game hit streak, batting .467 (21 for 47) during that span.

It was a surreal feeling, for sure, Lorenzen said. I love this game and everything about it.

It was the reliever’s second homer in the series. He also had a solo shot Friday during Milwaukee’s 8-2 win.

The guy’s swinging the bat really well, that’s for sure, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. We treat him as a position player. We covered him in scouting meetings. We’re going to have to make some adjustments.

One week earlier, Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam off Chicago Cubs left-hander Brian Duensing at Great American Ball Park.

Lorenzen avoided the temptation to swing at a slider on Saturday, then hit a fastball deep to left field.

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NFL players visit border to help immigrant children

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Saints linebacker Demario Davis visited South Texas this week on a mission: help immigrant children.

Norman told USA Today that after seeing reports of children separated from their parents at the border under President Donald Trump’s since-discontinued zero-tolerance policy, he felt compelled to help.

There wasn’t a lot I could do about what they had been through & there current situation. But I knew I could at least bring a smile to their faces even if it was just for a brief moment in time. Yesterday I saw first hand the struggles these kids & their families endure an inhuman treatment. I employ all of you who see something to take action where and when it counts. We didn’t Start this but we sure can help you end this!

From the fresh approach with their promising quarterback to their updated jerseys, here are the key adjustments for the 2018 Titans going into training camp.

Going into his critical fourth season, Marcus Mariota is working with his third head coach and third offensive coordinator. The Titans need to shatter the exotic smashmouth of Mularkey and let Mariota loose as a downfield passer under LaFleur, who did wonders with Jared Goff in Los Angeles.

LaFleur comes from West Coast principles, but his imprint on Goff, who averaged 8.0 yards per pass attempt, was tied to stretching the field. LaFleur also will devise the best ways to take advantage of Mariota’s special athleticism. Thanks to the Titans’ established running game, Mariota is in a favorable position to deliver on more deep balls off play-action.

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Former Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley takes graduate assistant job with San Diego State

Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley is returning to his alma mater to serve on the team’s coaching staff. San Diego State announced Thursday that Lindley was joining Rocky Long’s coaching staff as a graduate assistant secondary coach. Lindley was a sixth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012 and appeared in nine games with six starts over three seasons, including the team’s 27-16 Divisional Round playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers in 2014.

He also spent time with the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and appeared in one game for the Indianapolis Colts in 2015. He threw for 1,372 yards with three touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his 10 career regular season games played.

Starlin Castro (R), 50 percent, Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies (LHP Tyler Anderson): Castro has been pretty ho-hum from a fantasy perspective this season. He’s batting just.272/.319/.376 and ranks 17th among second basemen on the ESPN Player Rater. The good news is that this weekend brings the Marlins to Coors Field, where Castro is a career.321/.360/.524 hitter in 20 games. He also gets the platoon advantage against Anderson, who sports a 5.13 ERA at Coors this season.

Winston has not been notified of his suspension, nor has the team, Rapoport added.

The Buccaneers said they don’t expect to issue any statements until there’s an official announcement from the league.

Winston’s looming suspension surrounds an alleged groping incident with a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2016. No police report was filed. The NFL began an investigation on Nov. 17, 2017.

Winston released a statement later on Nov. 17 denying the incident.

A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her. The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.

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The Yankees agreed, and with spring training winding out, LeBlanc was released.

The Yankees were nice enough to let us know that they didn’t see me making the team at that point, LeBlanc said. They said ‘If you want to see what else is out there, we’ll let you go.’

LeBlanc doesn’t blame the Yanks for giving up on him instead of waiting and hoping for a return to his previous good forms, such as when he pitched to a 3.77 ERA in 2016 for the Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ramirez strained his lat and they thought initially it would be a 10-to-12 day thing, LeBlanc said. So I make one start and do pretty decent, then I make a second start that was pretty decent, then Ramirez had a setback and here we are.

Using a five-pitch repertoire that includes a lot of well-located slow fastballs, LeBlanc has been one of the most effective starters in the game over the last two months. In his nine starts, he’s 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA.

What’s the secret to his success?

There will be 1 6 male and female athletes featured in the 10th anniversary issue, including Olympic figure skater and Dancing with the Stars champion Adam Rippon, New Jersey native Karl-Anthony Towns of the NBA’s Timberwolves, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

The females include WNBA stars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart and the U.S. women’s soccer national team pairing of Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn.

Beckham appeared in the 2015 version of The Body Issue.

Second-Year Undrafted Punter Rigoberto Sanchez in NFL.com’s Under-25 Team More Specialists rarely get a great deal of attention in football. When Mike Vanderjagt shanks a field goal in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004, he creates an everlasting image that defines his career. Never mind the fact that he is currently the sixth most accurate kicker of all time or that he hit all 33 of his field goal attempts in 2003 — making him one of seven kickers to ever have a perfect season. It is his failure in the playoffs and a verbal run-in with former quarterback Peyton Manning in the media that define his time in Indianapolis. Similarly, punters are mocked when they are drafted in the first two days of the NFL Draft.

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The Eagles and their fans probably realize that if Chip Kelly hadn’t ruined the team earlier this decade

There are no regrets in Philly, because nobody wants to mess with the butterfly effect.

That being said, hiring Kelly as head coach in 2013 was a colossal mistake—even worse than throwing $60 million at an aging Nnamdi Asomugha in 2011 or picking Brandon Graham one spot ahead of Earl Thomas in 2010.

Three picks later, the Giants took Collins, who became a first-team All-Pro with five picks, four sacks and 125 tackles as a sophomore and made the Pro Bowl again in his third season. 

It’s not a sexy mistake, but it’s a mistake nonetheless. And it’s not as though they can chalk it up to the draft’s being a crapshoot, because Collins was widely projected to be a first-round pick. He slid, and Green Bay failed to take advantage. 

After rising through the ranks with the Philadelphia Eagles, the 46-year-old Grigson spent five years as the Colts ‘ GM before being fired following the 2016 season.

Landing in Seattle gives Grigson a chance to revamp his reputation in an established front office led by GM John Schneider.

Starting in 2026, there will be 16 groups of three teams, with the top two teams in the group advancing into the expanded round-of-32 knockout stages. The finalists will still play seven games.

The new format will increase the amount of games at the tournament from 64 to 80. Mexico and Canada will each host 10 games, while America will get 60. All games from the quarterfinal round onto the final will be played in the USA.

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Dodgers not yet ready to send Cody Bellinger down to minors after tough start

The Dodgers aren’t giving up on Cody Bellinger just yet.

Manager Dave Roberts told media Sunday he’s not yet ready to send the struggling slugger down to Triple-A even though Bellinger entered Sunday’s action slashing just 226/.300/.415 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs.

We’re not there yet, Roberts said. Obviously we’d have to really think through it. We haven’t got to that point yet. But you can see it’s been tough sledding for him for first two months of the season.

He renegotiated his current six-year, $54 million deal prior to last season, reaping incentives that pushed his compensation over $10 million in 2017. Those bonuses aren’t included for this upcoming season, in which he’ll make $8 million in base salary.

Asked Tuesday if he was in the process of getting his contract redone, Gronk smiled before saying, I don’t know. I’m trying to.

Would he like to see that happen before the start of the season?

Who wouldn’t? he said simply.

We just have a great team. It’s hard to find any holes on this team. I don’t think there are any, shortstop Carlos Correa said, via ESPN.

The Astros were down 4-3 in the eighth inning when Correa blasted a solo home run to tie the game. Singles by Evan Gattis and Marwin González added two more runs to end the eighth, and a Correa sacrifice fly in the ninth inning sealed the win for the Astros.

I take confidence in our lineup versus anybody, Gattis said.

As a quarterback and someone who’s striving to be great, it’s crazy to see guys like Dustin Johnson able to do what he does. It’s just so cool to watch greatness in action.

The Jets, of course, are hoping for greatness from the player they chose out of USC with the third-overall pick in the draft.

Darnold — who said, I’m really bad at golf, but am trying to get better — has designs on being great as an NFL quarterback.

He spoke of a funny moment he witnessed Saturday from which he hopes to take away a lesson.

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Wentz welcomes chance to recruit LeBron to Philly

From the moment the Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals, LeBron James and his pending free agency became the topic de jour in the sports world. Prominent basketball players like Joel Embiid, Enes Kanter and others almost immediately began publicly recruiting James to their respective teams.

As one of the most decorated players in NBA history, James will find no shortage of suitors over the coming months. Still, a gesture from an athlete of Wentz’s caliber carries significant weight, enough to at least grab James’ attention, and the quarterback doesn’t seem to mind using his star power for the benefit of Philadelphia.

Hopefully, he knows we were there, Wentz said.

Terence has done a good a job, Edwards said Wednesday, via the Vikings’ official website. That’s a hat that he can wear, and we’re glad we’ve got him.

Newman briefly played safety in 2015, and Wednesday’s move came after he swapped jersey numbers with safety Andrew Sendejo, who is sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

But being an established veteran in addition to his flexibility to play various positions in the secondary has helped Newman as one of the team’s elder statesman.

That way, you’ve got to have that versatility in that room, that if somebody gets injured or something like that, the next guy’s gotta be up, Edwards said, via the team’s website. And he’s [a great example], especially for the young guys — ‘Hey, the more that you can do, the longer you’re going to be able to stick around and help us win football games.’

Newman, who turns 40 in September, continues to prove throughout his accomplished career the more a player can do, the more his value rises.

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