"Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie is thrilled to be pregnant, especially since she feared she would never get the opportunity. Now, at 42, Guthrie is happier than ever with new husband Michael Feldman and a new bundle of joy on the way.
"I've never been more thankful, or felt more blessed from above," Guthrie wrote in her first blog post. "I know how lucky I am. For a long time, I think I was afraid to even let myself think about how much I hoped to one day have a baby. So that's my mindset as my hubby and I embark on this adventure, and you and I embark on this blog: joy and profound gratitude for many blessings and for the kidness and support of all you wonderful and loyal friends on TODAY.com."
The host shocked the world when she announced that not only had she married Feldman in a weekend ceremony but was also four months pregnant with her first child. Guthrie was all smiles as she shared the news with her "Today" co-stars as well as those at her wedding. more >>
A young family and church congregation are in mourning after Ben Van Houten, deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Holland, Mich., and father of the state's first surviving group of sextuplets died last Wednesday after suffering a heart attack while playing with his children.
Van Houten's father-in-law, Calvin Reimink, explained in a Michigan Live report that the beloved deacon, who also served as the leader for a Christian youth program called AWANA, had just set up a trampoline in his backyard and began playing with his children when he suffered the heart attack.
"He was always spending time with the kids," said Reimink. more >>
Focus on the Family is planning a special one-night event with the airing of "Irreplaceable," a documentary on the importance of family. The Christian Post spoke with the narrator and lead reporter of the documentary, Tim Sisarich, who spent a full year exploring the idea of family and its importance to Christians and society in general.
The Christian Post: You worked on this project for a full year. What toll did that take on your family?
Tim Sisarich: The project, the filming took about nine months. I'd go away for three weeks and then be home for two weeks. It was hard, but it wasn't nine months straight. It was a real roller-coaster ride of emotions for me. Every time I came home I tried to put into practice a little bit of what I had been learning. And from the beginning of the film to the end of the film, I think I came a huge way. It was an interesting juggling act. more >>
Every Thursday, my daily live radio show (The Harry Jackson Show) focuses on health. During the past year, discussions with health and fitness experts have revealed that there is no easy fix to being healthy. The government can't legislate it and so it is amazing how much weight has been put into Obamacare as the one-stop-shop for health and wholeness. And the cookie cutter formula is to be inclusive of all people, no matter their health history or ethnic origin. It is no wonder that the initial sign up for Obamacare has been underwhelming.
In particular, few Latinos signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Many analysts are asking why this group did not participate in the open enrollment. According to the White House, at least 10.2 million Hispanics in America are currently uninsured, and over 80 percent of these would likely qualify for coverage subsidies. Originally, the White House had hoped six million members of America's largest ethnic minority would have enrolled by now, but early reports suggest the actual numbers will be much lower.
"The enrollment rate for Hispanic-Americans seems to be very low, and I would be really concerned about that," lamented health policy specialist Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution. There is has been much speculation about why those numbers are so low. At least one probable factor is the tremendous amount of personal information individuals are required to disclose when they sign up. In addition to worrying about hackers, many Hispanics were also concerned that the information gathered about them might be used to deport relatives who are in the United States illegally. more >>
The major news media, with the exception of Fox News, has been deafeningly quiet about the federal government's thwarted raid last week on a Nevada rancher. Heavily armed agents from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) descended upon Cliven Bundy's ranch, seizing 389 of his 900 cattle. The BLM shut off access to federal lands, claiming he was illegally using them, and a no-fly zone was established for a 3-mile-square area around Bundy's ranch. A sign was posted - unconstitutionally - limiting the First Amendment to a small designated area. The feds flew helicopters overhead to chase the cattle, knowing full well it could cause them to collapse from running in the 90-degree heat.
Outraged over the heavy-handed tactics, about 1,000 states' rights activists traveled to Mesquite to support Bundy. Many gun owners showed up lawfully carrying firearms, and local cowboys came riding in on horses. They were afraid that they could be the next targets of a federal government overreach, and felt it was time to take a stand. A few protesters stormed the gate that had been erected to block off federal land, while the crowd chanted, "open that gate." At one point, the protesters blocked all traffic on Interstate 15.
Bundy's son, Ammon, was shot with a stun gun by law enforcement until he bled, and his sister was pushed to the ground, which was caught on video. Bundy's son, Dave, was arrested for taking pictures along State Route 170, which had been closed, and his camera was confiscated. He is now reporting a concussion and kidney problems after being stomped on. One man from Utah who joined the protest said he was handcuffed and injured by BLM agents when he attempted to walk through a gated area. Bundy estimates there were approximately 100 law enforcement vehicles and 200 law enforcement officials involved with the raid. more >>
Is Duchess Kate Middleton pregnant with baby number two? Prince William may have inadvertently spilled the beans during their trip to New Zealand while speaking with a local.
Cynthia Read knitted a shawl for baby Prince George, and while giving it to Prince William, he leaned in and told her, "You might have to make another one soon."
"The way William said it was like he was dropping a hint, letting me in on a secret," Read told reporters after the event. more >>