Earlier this week, Jedidiah Duggar witnessed a gas explosion at one of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's commercial properties that sits on the same plot of land as the family's house in Tontitown, Arkansas. A reporter from 5 News shares the full story in the following video.
"The younger kids listen to Jessa," says Jill. "When she starts speaking, they listen because they know she means business." In the following video, the Duggars discuss Jessa's role in homeschooling and her ability to motivate the children to do their work.
Jill Dillard, whose due date is today, is having Braxton Hicks contractions, but her son has still not made his debut. In an interview with PEOPLE Magazine, she shared that she is planning for Baby Dilly to arrive late. Watch the video below for an update from Jill.
Only two days to go until Jessa and Ben tie the knot! The
Duggar house is packed with family and friends who are in town for the wedding.
Jessa and Ben decide they don't want separate bachelor and
bachelorette parties because they don't want to be apart, so they plan a joint flag
Jim Bob and Ben are the team captains, so there will be
intense competition. "He's getting Jessa, but I was going to win this
football game," says Jim Bob, whose team ends up defeating Ben's team.
After the game, the married couples share advice with Jessa
"I think Ben is as ready for marriage as he will ever
be," says his dad, Michael.
The family looks back on Jessa's childhood. "Jessa was
full of energy," says Jim Bob. "She was a handful." Jessa says
she loved growing up with 18 siblings, and she learned to be very organized
from a young age.
"Jessa's gift of organization was there when she was a
little bitty girl," says Michelle. The mom of 19 was especially thankful
for her third-oldest daughter's gift while Josie was in the NICU after her
premature birth and Michelle had to be by her side.
Jessa is also a master packer. She usually doesn't forget
anything important, except for the time when the family left for a road trip
and then realized that they didn't have socks or underwear for the eight
Josh says Jessa is a lot like him. She will tell you what
she thinks, even when you don't want to hear it.
For the past several years, Jessa has played a key role in
homeschooling her younger siblings and is very good at motivating them to work.
"The younger kids listen to Jessa," says Jill.
Who will fill in the gap once Jessa leaves the nest?
Michelle isn't sure yet, but she knows that whoever steps in will have big
shoes to fill.
"We respected Jessa as a teacher," says Jedidiah.
"She pretty much knew what she was talking about all the time."
Jessa also has a lot of spunk behind her, as proven when she
and her mom went skydiving a few years ago. "Whose mom goes
skydiving?" says Jessa. "I have the coolest mom."
Jessa is very close with her sisters, especially Jinger, who
is just 412 days younger than her. "Our personalities are totally
different, and so we work together very well," says Jinger.
The Seewalds also reflect on Ben's childhood. "He's
really kind," says Ben's brother Ethan. "And kind of acts like you
are his age, and he treats you kindly."
"He was a big encourager," says his mother, Guinn.
Jessa and Ben started getting to know each other in group
settings in 2013. Guinn reminded her son that Jessa has a bunch of guys
knocking on her door, so he shouldn't get his hopes up. But he ended up winning
"Ben is definitely a good match for Jessa," says
Anna. "...they definitely balance each other well."