It was the summer of 2011. We were visiting friends in North Carolina one weekend for a lovely wedding on the beach. Our strong-willed, opinionated and hyper-inquisitive children, a boy and two girls, were, at the time, 10, 7 and 6 respectively. My gorgeous, though Chicago-tough and Sicilian-sassy, wife and I were at lunch with the kids at a little seaside café the following day. A late morning ocean breeze puffed through the eatery's open bay windows, filling our nostrils with that salty pong of damp sand and faint sea life, forecasting a beautiful day ahead.
We were discussing the wedding ceremony from the previous day. The blushing bride, a delightful young woman, happened to be about eight months pregnant and, to my knowledge, had not been the beneficiary of a second immaculate conception.
As the tsunami bursts forth from still waters without warning, our youngest daughter's face abruptly took on an air of contemplative curiosity. She looked to me and asked, "Dad, how can she (the bride) already have a baby in her tummy if they're not married yet?" more >>
Two Catholic academic institutions in California have been told by the state government that their healthcare programs must cover abortions.
Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University were initially given reprieve from being forced to pay for abortions as part of their insurance policies, however, the earlier decision was reversed.
In a letter sent out last month, California's Department of Managed Health Care concluded that "it erroneously approved or did not object to such discriminatory language in some evidence of coverage filings." more >>
Christian relief group Samaritan's Purses program aimed at helping the relationships of wounded veterans and their spouses called "Operation Heal Our Patriots" is set to be featured in a Fox News Channel special on Labor Day.
"The special is about Greta [Van Susteren]'s trip to Alaska over the Fourth of July weekend with wounded veterans and their spouses as a part of Operation Heal Our Patriots," reads a preview for the special, scheduled to air on Monday at 7p.m./EST.
"The Samaritan's Purse program is aimed at helping military couples reconnect and strengthen their relationships after overseas deployment. Greta takes viewers along for her journey into the Alaskan wilderness with these inspiring couples who share their personal stories of adjusting to life after war." more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar is engaged to Ben Seewald, and the two recently revealed some details of impending ceremony, including that all-important first kiss.
"We're really looking forward to the first kiss!" Jessa told ABC News. "We're talking about it – what if we miss or mess up? We're gonna have to plan this out or something."
Seewald recently moved to a guesthouse on the Duggar property, which could mean that the couple will exchange vows sooner rather than later. Sister Jill Duggar said "I do" to her husband Derick Dillard in June, and Jessa assured fans that there will be quite a few differences between the two ceremonies. more >>
A Florida mother claims that her 4-year-old son was expelled from a Christian school after she complained about its "ignorant" staff on Facebook.
Ashley Habat took her son to Sonshine Christian Academy, a private Christian preschool, for school picture day. Habat was running late and when she got to the school, she told an administrator that she thought parents were not given enough notice about picture day. After leaving Sonshine, she took to Facebook to air her frustrations.
"Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike [sic] about Will's school? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant? – at Sonshine Christian Academy," Habat wrote, thinking that her post was private. more >>
A judge in Utah has finalized his ruling allowing for a polygamous union of people who star in a reality television program.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups finalized his decision Wednesday, having already declared a part of the state ban on polygamy to be unconstitutional.
Waddoups ruled that Kody Brown, star of the TLC series "Sister Wives," and his four wives could be married, striking down a provision of Utah law that barred cohabitation. more >>