"Bringing Up Bates" star Erin (Bates) Paine and husband Chad are expecting their first child after several miscarriages, and the couple could not be more excited.
"I'm so happy. It was such a relief," Erin told People. "Because I had an at-risk pregnancy, we wanted to be cautious and wait just because, if something happened, it would have been all the more hard."
Erin suffers from a blood-clotting disorder that has caused her to endure several miscarriages, so the pregnancy comes as a wonderful blessing to the couple that has been trying since 2013. She and Chad decided to go public with their struggle to carry a pregnancy on the first episode of the new reality series "Bringing Up Bates." The family is often compared to the larger-than-life Duggar family, and the two families share a large size and conservative values. Erin and Chad wanted to share their story to help others going through similar situations. more >>
Nicki Minaj is a fan of gospel music and let fans know just how much recently.
Minaj, the 32-year-old rapper who was born Onika Maraj, took to her Twitter recently to let over 18 million fans know that she was a fan of gospel artists Tasha Cobbs and Jonathan McReynolds.
"BET, Thank u for 'Celebration of Gospel 2014' - best show I've seen in a long time. I fell in love with Tasha Cobbs and Jonathan McReynolds," the rapper wrote. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has thanked President Barack Obama for visiting his wife, Naghmeh, and two children last week in Boise, Idaho. Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran for his faith, said that Obama's gesture inspired many persecuted Christians around the world.
"I was personally encouraged that you were in my hometown of Boise, Idaho and made time to visit my wife and children," Abedini wrote.
"They have had a heavy burden to carry in my absence, and your presence helped to relieve some of that burden. . . Thank you again for standing up for my family and I and for thousands of Christians across the world who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. President Obama, you have my prayers from inside of these walls. I pray for God's guidance, wisdom and blessing for you as you lead this great nation." more >>
For the first time in its history, Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral had a United Methodist minister oversee the sacrament of Communion for an Episcopal service.
The Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell of the UMC presided over the Eurcharist, alongside Episcopal clergy at a service on Sunday.
I have a confession to make. I absolutely love NFL football. That may sound odd coming from a middle-aged mom of three, but you have to understand: I married a Cheesehead – Wisconsin born and bred. So for me, rooting for the Packers is not just sport; it's marital duty.
It's also something that brings my husband and me together with our kids. Though one of our sons defected to the Chicago Bears, watching football remains one of our family's favorite activities. There's just something about experiencing the highs and lows of a game that bonds our family in this weird sort of way. If you're a fan, you know what I mean.
These memories are precious. And, that's why football remains incredibly nostalgic for me. I have fond childhood memories of watching NFL football on Sunday afternoons with my entire family. My mom would usually nod off after doing some crossword puzzle. But, the rest of us would delight ourselves cheering, groaning and yelling at the TV. Best of all, we kids would enjoy three full hours of uninterrupted time with my dad, which was no small thing. He was a surgeon and worked long, consecutive days, so that time together was precious. more >>
To: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
From: Michael L. Brown
Dear Sir, more >>