Parents of a new baby girl in Buffalo, New York are thanking God for sending "two angels" after they became stranded in a snowstorm on Tuesday.
In the midst of a lake-effect snowstorm that buried western New York earlier this week, Bethany Hojnacki of south Buffalo went into labor in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Making matters worse, the new mother could not get to the hospital due to the severe weather, and she and her husband became stranded roadside. Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Bethany's husband Jared Hojnacki revealed that they miraculously received help with their daughter's arrival along the way.
"It was kind of incredible," Hojnacki said on Wednesday. "God really put the people who needed to be in the right spot for us at the right time." more >>
"19 Kids and Counting" stars Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard released a new video of Jill's sonogram on Wednesday; the couple is expecting a son in the spring.
"We just wanted to give y'all an update on how our pregnancy is going," Derick said in the video. "We're really excited, so we wanted to share that with y'all as well."
Jill is now five months along, and the reality stars have shared nearly every moment of their relationship with the public. They courted on national TV, wed in front of TLC's cameras, and even posted photos from their honeymoon online for fans. It wasn't long after that honeymoon that they revealed Jill was pregnant, and then they shared the revelation that the baby is a boy. more >>
A family in West Virginia has adopted 29 children from around the world, including several with severe disabilities and illnesses.
Jeane and Paul Briggs already had five biological children when they decided to open their home to several children who desperately needed a home and people to love and care for them. At least one child is blind, another has Down syndrome, while yet another has a cleft palate. None of that has stopped the Briggs from going through with the adoptions from the United States and across the world.
Despite the circumstances, the family says that they are relying on God to provide for their family and cite their faith as the reason why they have taken in so many children. more >>
The "Bringing Up Bates" family is adding another member to its ranks; daughter Alyssa and her husband John Webster announced on Wednesday that they are expecting their first child.
The reality series, which features the larger-than-life Bates family of 19 kids and their parents, has been picked up by the UP network for a 13-episode arc, starting on Jan. 1, 2015. The family has traditional, Christian values that have led them to welcome 19 children. Now their children are having families of their own.
"We are overwhelmed with excitement to be expecting," Alyssa and John said in a statement. "We can't wait to welcome our precious little baby into the world. Our child is going to be spoiled with so many aunts and uncles." more >>
David and Shay Kemp decided to sell their possessions and move to the middle of nowhere in order to reconnect and get closer to God.
The parents of five wanted to get away from the craziness of everyday life in South Carolina and refocus their energy on their family and God. When TLC came along, offering them the opportunity of a lifetime, to participate in a reality series, "Risking It All," they prayed to seek God's will for their lives, if this was truly what God wanted for them and their family.
"We really felt like the Lord told us to do it," Shay told The Christian Post. "He was definitely all in—he had prayed about it but said that I needed to feel as convicted as he did. I felt that this is what I was called to do, to take this leap of faith and journey." more >>
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, both speaking at a Vatican conference Tuesday, warned that Christians should not succumb to the current sexual revolution or waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage.
"Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition, and abortion rights as parts of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems," said Moore in a prepared statement given during the "Complementarity of Man and Woman" colloquium convened by Pope Francis.
"The Sexual Revolution is not liberation at all, but simply the imposition of a different sort of patriarchy," he continued. "The Sexual Revolution empowers men to pursue a Darwinian fantasy of the predatory alpha-male, rooted in the values of power, prestige, and personal pleasure … We see the wreckage of sexuality as self-expression all around us, and we will see more yet. And the stakes are not merely social or cultural but profoundly spiritual." more >>