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Weatherford delivers good news on fourth child, recovering father-in-law

Will Weatherford’s life got even better.

During his opening speech of the 2014 legislative session, the House Speaker announced he and his wife Courtney are expecting their fourth child.

“Courtney and I were married in June 2006, and came into office with no children in November 2006,” Weatherford said. “We will leave not just with three daughters, but I am here to tell you that we’re expecting our fourth.”

The crowd of lawmakers burst into applause.

The new addition joins Ella Kate, Molly Marie and Madelyn Starr. Madelyn Starr, the youngest, wasn’t there on Tuesday because, according to her dad, she was upstairs somewhere hiding.

Of course she was because that’s so cute.

“What can I tell you?” Weatherford said. “God is good.”

Weatherford sprinkled another dose of good news by introducing his father-in-law, former House Speaker Allan Bense. Sitting in the front row, Bense stood up and gave Weatherford a thumbs-up.

It was a heartwarming comeback for Bense, who was diagnosed last year with Guillain Barré syndrome, a disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves.

According to his family’s webpage, Bense is 90 percent recovered from GBS.

“Since we have been home we have progressed from the wheelchair, to the walker, then the cane,” said Bense’s wife, Tonie. “His workload as Chairman of the Board of Trustees has increased with the official search for a new President of FSU.  Last weekend we traveled to Wesley Chapel to celebrate Ella Kate's sixth birthday.  So life as we know it has resumed.”

And Weatherford’s life keeps getting better.

Now if we only knew what he’s going to do when he leaves office later this year….