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These families grew just in time for #NationalAdoptionDay. They entered courtrooms Friday and emerged as new parents, brothers and sisters. Adoptions for 13 children, from babies to age 7, were finalized at Suffolk County Family Court in Central Islip. “It’s a dream come true,” Dominick Miciotta said. Miciotta and Jason Smith, shown in photo one, previously adopted their 4-year-old son Leo, and just added 4-month-old Alice to their family. Congratulations to all! #LongIsland #adoption #adoptionday #adoptionrocks

For more than three months, the Campos and McLeod families hoped and prayed that their newborn babies would leave the neonatal intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. Today, the families returned — their babies in hand — in celebration of #WorldPrematurityDay. Alijah McLeod, who weighed just 14 ounces the day she was born, is the smallest baby to have ever left the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Oscar Campos, born at 23 weeks, is the youngest-born baby to have ever passed through the unit. Oscar’s father, Juan Campos, said he just could not believe his “miracle baby” is doing well after so much uncertainty. “Now I see life better, brighter,” he said. Alijah’s father, Donavan McLeod, said she’s a reminder not to give up on seemingly hopeless situations. “I literally have a living miracle that lives with me; so, now, you know, what more excuses, if I had any, can I have?” he said. In this photo, Dr. Prabhu Mehta, Chief of Neonatology at Good Samaritan Hospital, holds Alijah and Oscar as they "graduate" from the NICU. #LongIsland #WestIslip #Pregnancy #childbirth #prematurebaby #babiesofinstagram

There aren’t any losers here. Lisa Flynn took one for the team and kept her #Chihuahua warm as she walked in Commack. #LongIsland #Commack #dogsofinstagram #dogwalking #doglife

“I attach a quote to each photograph that I share, based on my own personal journey through life because every picture tells a story of love, loss, hope, inspiration, and motivation,” says Henry, an assistant principal. The quote for this picture: "The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time." - Thomas A. Edison #TakeoverTuesday

“It wasn’t until two and a half years ago, with the support of my loved ones, that I began sharing my perspective with others. Each day, I venture out with my camera, to find promise for a new day and I share that promise with others on my Instagram page,” says 34-year-old Andrea Henry from Long Beach, NY. #TakeoverTuesday

Rachel Guinsburg from North Valley Stream took this photo at the Massapequa Preserve on November 4th. "I was attempting to capture the last vestiges of fall foliage,” said Guinsburg. "I enjoy photographing nature anywhere and everywhere, especially at our beautiful parks on Long Island, both in Nassau & Suffolk." Want to see your photo here and on Newsday's Facebook page? Share your best shots of Long Island by sending Newsday a Facebook message or via email at social@newsday.com.

This great horned owl looked like it lost an exhausting fight with basketball-rebound netting on the grounds of an Old Brookville home until Jim Jones of the Volunteers for Wildlife came to the rescue. #longisland #owl #wildlife #bird #wildliferescue #animalrescue

Hirsch says a crashing wave is “like a beautiful symphony.” “I like to think of what each waves song sounds like while I watch the harmonies crash in front of my eyes.” A few years ago, she decided to start taking pictures and sharing them. She wants to inspire others to remember that “mother nature is something to be unapologetically thankful for; she lives so that we can live!” #TakeoverTuesday

“12 years ago, I found out that I am autoimmune,” Hirsch says. “Over the years, there have been countless hospitalizations, surgeries, treatments, etc ... But one thing always remained the same; the only peace I ever felt was when I was sitting at the beach watching the sunset.” #TakeoverTuesday

“During low tide, we get to bare witness to the beautiful sand prints high tide leaves behind. Each tide offers unique, one of a kind sand prints that only mother nature could create,” says Jackie Hirsch, 33, from Levittown.  #TakeoverTuesday

Whatever happened to Lollipop Farm? 🍭 What is now a series of strip malls in Syosset used to be something much grander, a candy-colored paradise for children known as Lollipop Farm. At one time, the farm had as many 300 animals and a small gasoline-powered train that wound through the property. In 1967, after nearly two decades of running the farm, owner Harry Sweeny and his wife Alice sold the property and relocated to Pennsylvania. The farm’s signature train was refurbished and installed on a new track at the John Gardiner Farm in Greenlawn, running regularly during the summer and special events. 🚂 What’s your fondest memory of Lollipop Farm? #LongIsland #Syosset #Greenlawn #memories #nostalgia #farms #kidslife

"Hey Luke, I'm going to hang back here while you fight the birds and tell me when they're gone okay?" Bumper the rescue lab to Luke, maybe. It was Bumper's first time hitting the water! Surfs up bud! 🌊

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