Jessa Duggar and boyfriend Ben Seewald may be in the middle of courtship, but they are already talking about their desire for a large family. First, though, they are eagerly awaiting their first kiss, which they will save for their wedding.
"Things are going great," Jessa told People. "We are looking forward to what the future holds. We both want to have a big family. We are talking about our goals and the future with family. We have both talked about adoption and want to adopt, too."
Jessa and Ben are taking things slow and getting to know one another intimately before getting engaged and considering having a family. It's the way the Duggar family has always worked, and it has worked well for oldest brother Josh, who married his wife Anna and now has two children. Older sister Jill recently announced her engagement to Derick Dillard, and both older siblings have been active participants in Jessa's courtship with Ben. more >>
An heirloom bible discovered at a Goodwill store in Denver, Colo. has been rightfully returned to its owner on the east coast thanks to an employee's interest in genealogy.
The Denver-area Goodwill store recently received a large, weathered-looking bible placed in a donation box along with various computer parts. Employees at the store opened the tome to find an inscription written in black ink that read: "Wm Burbidge, Long Bucky, Northhamptonshire, born May 20th 1812, Died August 9th 1882."
The inscription ended with "Grace Ann Burbidge, Born July 31st 1854, Died 12th May 1932." more >>
Warner Bros. together with Alcon entertainment launched the first trailer for "Dolphin Tale 2" which, like the original, is yet again based on another true story.
As the first film followed the story of Winter, a dolphin rescued in 2005 by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium that had an prosthetic tail attached to her, the new movie will document a brand new rescue of a baby dolphin named Hope that was saved during the wrap party for the first film.
"Dolphin Tale 2" is directed by Charles Martin Smith and stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson. It will also feature an appearance by the Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Lisa Robertson revealed that childhood molestation led her to have a 14-month-long affair during her marriage to husband Alan. The two were eventually able to work through their pain and hurt and are now happily married.
"As a little girl, I had an extended family member who had major drug and alcohol problems," Lisa writes in The Women of Duck Commander. "Unfortunately, that person lived with my grandparents, so I had to see him often. Because I spent so much time at my grandparents' house, I was easy prey for him. My earliest memory of being molested was at the age of seven when he started to do things to me, things that made me feel bad and dirty."
Unfortunately, Lisa felt unable to tell anyone about her pain and suffering. The abuse lasted for seven years and caused her an unimaginable amount of grief and trauma. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Miss Kay has chosen to go public about one of the most painful times in her life – the time she was accused by husband Phil Robertson of having an affair. Those accusations led Kay to seriously consider suicide, but by the grace of God, she overcame those thoughts and she and Phil have since rebuilt their marriage.
"I hit rock bottom," Kay writes in the new book, The Women of Duck Commander. "I have never felt as totally hopeless as I did that night. I simply could not see any way out of a terrible situation or the boys and me. I finally accepted the fact that I could not fix our lives and had no one to help."
Kay had been dealing with Phil's heavy drinking for some time and was able to tolerate it most of the time, but his accusation of infidelity deeply hurt his wife. In an act of desperation, she locked herself in the bathroom and looked for a way out. more >>
My heart breaks for your family, your congregation and for everyone reeling from the revelations of this past week. I physically ache, as I remember being in such a horribly shameful and painful place many years ago.
Many will offer you guidance, and much of it will be better than any benefit you glean from my words. But if I may, here are insights I have gained after years of hindsight. more >>