Christian surfer Bethany Hamilton and husband Adam Dirks announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child.
The two decided to go surfing to make the announcement, with a video posted on Facebook. In it, the couple paddles out to catch a wave and Dirks lovingly holds his arm around Hamilton's waist. Then the two address the camera and say, "So we have a little surprise for you … Baby on board!" They then finish surfing and Hamilton states that she is 22 weeks along, "which is about halfway there."
"It's been a pretty crazy last four months finding out that we're going to be new parents," Hamilton says. "Life's kind of going to be changing and kind of just started to prep for bringing a new little being into the world. It's really exciting. I've been surfing throughout my whole pregnancy. I plan to surf as long as I can. Once the belly's pretty big maybe just like mellow it out and spend more time swimming and just enjoying the ocean and doing other activities." more >>
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been on life support since Jan. 31, after she was found unconscious in her bath tub; now, her family has decided to have a public prayer vigil to ask for a miracle in Bobbi's life.
"There has been no change," a Brown family member told People. "We are hoping that God will see fit to perform a miracle in her, so that He will get the glory."
Doctors have reportedly said that they do not believe there is more they can do for the 21-year-old, but her family refuses to believe and has stayed by her bedside, singing songs and offering up prayers. Now, though, the family has asked the public to join them in praying for a miraculous recovery for Bobbi. The event will be held at The Amphitheatre at Riverdale Town Center in Riverdale, Georgia. The candlelight vigil, put on by Bobbi's family, is open to the public as a show of support. Bobbi's cousin, Jerod, has taken to Facebook to post the flyer online. more >>
A Christian couple who fled their Washington home with three small children in tow to evade Child Protective Services were eventually tracked down by police in California last week, but not before they had managed to elude authorities for more than a week after receiving donations from various anti-CPS supporters throughout their 1,000-mile journey, a source close to the family has said.
Erica Carey, 29, and her common-law husband, Celve Rengo, 23, took their three kids and fled from their home before CPS could take the children into state custody, a source close to the family told a local NBC affiliate, adding that the couple received donations from various supporters to help them stay out of the grasp of the government.
Although Carey and Rengo hit the road just in time to avoid CPS when they arrived at their Bellingham home to take custody of the children on Jan. 28, the family was finally tracked down at a gas station in California's Santa Cruz County last Thursday where the three children were taken into protective custody. more >>
Dear Mr. Jenner,
You probably don't know who I am and certainly have no obligation to read on. Even so, I pray you will. As the great Olympic champion God gifted you to be, you were an inspiration to me as a boy and endured as such when I grew into adulthood and professional athletics. I hope you will serve to inspire many more generations of young people.
As it stands now, however, you instead appear poised to lead them astray. I implore you to reverse course. more >>
As Americans ready to observe Saint Valentine's Day, nationwide multiple organizations will be celebrating National Marriage Week, which will be held Feb. 7-14.
The annual observance, which is in its fifth year, is overseen by a variety of groups and churches involved in the movement to strengthen marriages, including National Marriage Week USA and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"While marriages are challenged by numerous trials, both old and modern (divorce, abuse, pornography, economic difficulties, etc.), the witness of married couples to the beauty of lifelong married love remains a sign of hope and joy in our culture," Bethany Meola, assistant director of the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, told The Christian Post. more >>
Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is continuing to voice his growing outrage over the Common Core state education standards, which the federal government played an influential role in encouraging most states to adopt.
Speaking at a Thursday luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. hosted by the American Principles Project, a conservative organization rallying opposition to Common Core, Jindal argued that the Common Core standards stand against American values and causes local communities to lose control over how they educate their own children.
Although Jindal initially supported the Common Core standards when they were first introduced in 2010, in the last year he has flipped sides and now strongly opposes it. Many pundits claim that Jindal's recent switch on Common Core is due to the fact that he is trying to jockey for support in the upcoming 2016 elections by appealing to many Tea Party and social conservative voters who also oppose the standards. more >>