Derick Dillard is already documenting his wife Jill Duggar's pregnancy less than three months after their wedding.
The newlyweds announced the pregnancy just eight weeks after their June 21 nuptials. Today, the 23-year-old bride is showing off her burgeoning baby bump for the first time on Instagram. Dillard, 25, shared a photo collage featuring Duggar's progress at five weeks and five days as well as at 11 weeks and two days.
"By the end of next week, all of our baby's body parts, from tooth buds to toenails, will be developing! #firsttrimesterprogression #babydilly #19kidsandcounting," Dillard wrote in the caption on Sept. 5. more >>
Chicago Cardinal, Francis George met this week with a gay music director who was recently fired from his position at his church after getting engaged to his partner.
Colin Colette was recently let go from his position at Holy Family Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois and immediately requested to meet with the Cardinal who responded rather promptly.
Colette discussed the meeting with the Chicago Tribune and told the publication that the two prayed together. more >>
There has always been a special bond between a father and his daughter that is magical. On this bride's wedding day, her father wanted to do something special that she would never forget. After this performance, you can see how much his little girl means to him.
As he walks down the aisle he sings "Walk With You" to his daughter and it's almost impossible not to shed a tear. This is one of the most important moments for a father, and he makes the most of his opportunity.
Watch this father walk and sing to his daughter down the aisle below: more >>
Garth Brooks is taking stock of his still-soaring career, nine-year marriage to Tricia Yearwood, and a brand new world tour this week.
The 52-year-old country music superstar kicked off his 2014 World Tour on Sept. 4 after spending 13 years off the stage. In addition to the comeback tour, which Yearwood is a part of, Brooks expressed immense gratitude for his longtime love.
"You're looking at the luckiest, most blessed guy on the planet," the singer told reporters at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, according to People.com. "I'm madly in love with [Tricia] and I can't stand to spend a day without her." more >>
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard planned to have a sizeable family but did not expect to get pregnant so soon.
"I was thinking that maybe we should take a pregnancy test," Jill told Us Weekly about her "mother's intuition." Knowing that her period was late, Jill decided to take a pregnancy test, then another, and both were negative. However, her sister convinced her to take a third one … and things came out a little differently.
"It was Jinger," the mom-to-be revealed for the first time. "She was like, 'You know, mama has a bunch of pregnancy test upstairs. You should take one of hers.'" She and Derick went upstairs – "that's where we took one of my mom's pregnancy tests, and it came back positive. He was thrilled." more >>
Hans Christian Anderson's famous story, The Emperor's New Clothes, teaches that we should strive to discern and declare truth in the face of mounting political pressure. This vitally important lesson was exhibited last week by district court Judge Martin Feldman in his remarkable and courageous ruling upholding the Louisiana constitutional provision that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Contrary to popular belief, traditional marriage is not dead (or at least not yet). In last year's much ballyhooed decision of U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court did not strike down the traditional meaning of marriage. Though this nuclear option was squarely before the Court, and strenuously sought, the Court opted to go in another direction. Justice Kennedy, speaking on behalf of the majority, held deference ought to be afforded states in the realm of marriage, allowing states to define marriage for themselves and their citizens an opportunity to participate in the democratic process on this important social issue.
But following this decision, akin to Anderson's tale of swindlers selling imaginary clothes to the Emperor, same-sex marriage activists developed a clever plan to fool judges and everyone else. They put together talking points boasting of a new right for same-sex couples to marry, though none in truth exists. Coupling this fictional guarantee with the on-going, slick marketing campaign that links their cause to the virtue of equality, these activists trumpeted the Windsor decision as precedent triggering a massive overhaul of the marriage institution. more >>