"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar and fiancé Ben Seewald are ready to exchange vows, thanks in part to the hard work of their large families.
"I am super excited," Jessa told People. "Everybody has really been pitching in."
The soon-to-be bride and groom will stand before God and their families and friends on Nov. 1 to say "I do." They have had a short engagement and have been incredibly busy planning the wedding, but both had plenty of support and help from their families. Earlier this month, Jessa said that she was planning to save money by reusing some of the decorations from sister Jill's wedding. more >>
Football is a great sport that brings friends and families together and teaches kids discipline and sportsmanship. We put our politics, problems, and pride aside to don face paint and jerseys, and spend four quarters living vicariously through our favorite players. This national obsession has made football the most prosperous sport in the country, raking in nearly 10 billion dollars a year.
It is partly for that reason that the recent NFL scandals have struck a chord among the American people. In some ways, we are part of the NFL family.
Sometimes the endless news cycle makes it seem as though professional athletes are disproportionately engaging in bad, even unlawful, behavior. However, according to a breakdown of USA Today NFL player arrests, that is not the case. Most players in the NFL are very disciplined; they put their bodies through extreme training regimens, are focused and dedicated, and often abstain from substances or practices that may harm their athletic performance. Many make a positive difference through charity work such as "NFL Gives Back." Players like RG3 are great role models for our boys. (Thank you, by the way.) more >>
The British press just reported the result of a new study by academics from Oxford and the University of London that children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents. Children raised by married parents show lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.
Recent U.S. surveys show that the U.S. taxpayers' money appropriated to "close the gap" between higher-achieving and lower-achieving students has failed to achieve this goal. Contrary to conventional wisdom, poverty is not the principal cause of the gap, but whether or not children grow up in a family with their own mom and pop compared to kids who lack that advantage.
When the famous French commentator Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the U.S. in the mid-19th century, he wrote: "There is certainly no country in the world where the tie of marriage is more respected than in America, or where conjugal happiness is more highly or worthily appreciated." Our society of nuclear families produced a prosperous middle class that was the envy of the world. more >>
The number of legally married same-sex couples has increased considerably over the span of a year, but they remain a very small minority compared to opposite-sex married couples.
In a report from the U.S. Census, the number of legally married same-sex couple households increased from approximately 182,000 in 2012 to approximately 252,000 in 2013.
Jessica Arrendale is being hailed as a hero after giving her life to save her six-month-old daughter last week.
Arrendale, 37, returned home from a night out with the father of her daughter, Antoine Davis, when he became "belligerently drunk and abusive." At some point in the evening, Davis chased Arrendale up the stairs of her townhome in Smyrna, Georgia. Arrendale attempted to use a baseball bat to defend herself and her daughter, whom she was holding, but she was easily overcome by the former Marine, who hit her with the same bat. The baby was also possibly struck, as she is in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.
The single mother managed to lock herself and daughter Colbie in the bathroom, but Davis used an assault rifle to burst through the door and shoot Arrendale in the head. She was still holding Colbie at the time she was shot and somehow managed to fall in such a way as to drop Colbie in the toilet and cover her with her body. more >>