Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Recap: 'It's Official'

Counting On "It's Official!"
  • Jinger is in an official courtship with Jeremy Vuolo, a Pennsylvania native and former professional soccer player. After finishing his soccer contract with the San Antonio Scorpions, he decided to retire from athletics and become a pastor in Laredo, Texas.
  • Jinger and Jeremy, along with Jim Bob and Michelle, visit Jessa and Ben to share their exciting news and eat ice cream.
  • Later, Jeremy experiences his first dinner with Jinger’s family. Everyone enjoys getting to know Jinger’s boyfriend while eating Italian takeout. Jeremy has Italian roots, so the meal is very fitting.
  • “I’m pretty well love-struck,” says Jinger. “I am like head-over-heels, guys.”
  • “I could see this courtship leading to marriage,” says Jana. John, Joseph, and Josiah say they like Jeremy but that they are still “checking him out.”
  • “We don’t want to just hand our sister over to anybody,” says Joseph.
  • Jinger and Jeremy chat with the Dillards about courtship via video chat. Jill and Derick understand the struggles of a long-distance relationship.
  • The Duggars have a home gym in one of their warehouses that various family members enjoy using. After dinner one night, the Seewalds head over to burn some calories. They take turns “wearing” Spurgeon in the baby carrier while they work out.
  • Ben, who played football in high school, shares his desire to start a Christian youth football camp and meets with Steve Conway to make plans. “I can kind of see Spurgeon being a football player,” says Jessa.
  • Jana, John, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, and Jason head out to a survival camp in Southern Missouri. Jinger makes sure to pack her pillow (made with Jeremy’s old soccer jersey) and her Keurig machine.
  • While they drive to the camp, Jinger FaceTimes with Jeremy, in case she loses cell service for the next few days. “When we’re at home, it’s a little bit different because you aren’t quite stuck in the same room as Jinger when she’s talking to Jeremy,” says Joseph.
  • Jinger is relieved to find out that the camp does in fact have cell service. The leaders start by teaching the Duggar siblings how to start a fire. “The girls coming out in sandals and skirts is probably a bad idea,” says one of the leaders.
  • Jana and Jinger spend the first night in the camper, while the boys sleep in tents/teepees and Joy sleeps in a hammock. Tune in next week to see what happens when they hear a bear in the middle of the night.
  • The camera crew takes a trip down to Central America to check on Jill and Derick. Jim Bob and Michelle recently purchased air conditioning units for the Dillards so they don't have to keep the doors and windows open all the time.

New Episode Airs Tonight

Jim Bob, Michelle, and Jessa react to Jinger's courtship announcement

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Jeremy Vuolo eats a meal with the Duggar family for the first time, and Jinger seeks courtship advice from Jill and Derick Dillard. Later, Ben shares his plans for a youth outreach program, and the older Duggar siblings head out into the wilderness for survival training.

It has been more than 16 months since the last Duggar announced a courtship, so the family provides a refresher on their standards for "dating...with marriage in mind," as Joy-Anna Duggar defines it.


Down in Central America, the Dillards tell viewers that their new lives as missionaries have forced them to discuss difficult questions, such as what Jill should do if Derick doesn't come home one day.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Seewald and Dillard Snapshots

Last week, Jessa and Ben Seewald announced that they are expecting their second child in February 2017. Spurgeon will be just 15 months old when his little brother or sister arrives, which means that the Seewalds' life is soon to become even busier .

Spurgeon sleeps in Jessa's arms
August 2016

With the Dillards home from Central America for an extended visit, cousins Spurgeon Seewald and Israel Dillard, who are only seven months apart in age, are finally able to spend time together.

Jill Dillard, Spurgeon Seewald, Derick Dillard, and Israel Dillard

Jill and Derick have taken part in quite a few family get-togethers over the past three weeks. Israel has been away from relatives for most of his life, so you can bet that the little guy is enjoying the attention.

Visiting with Dan Dillard (Derick's brother) and the extended Dillard family

Israel Dillard

Derick Dillard and Israel Dillard

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com, dillardfamily.com

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cucumbers and Scavenger Hunts


We took the weekend off from blogging, so we have a couple Counting On extended scene videos that were recently released by TLC to share with you

Featuring Jana Duggar, John-David Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Josiah Duggar, and Jason Duggar, the first video is all about cucumbers. These five Duggar siblings share how they prepare one of the family's favorites snacks: cucumber slices with salt and vinegar. Jana also judges a cucumber peeling contest between the four boys.

If you've been watching the Duggars for a while, you've probably heard about their obsession with pickles and cucumbers. Check out our blog post from October 7th, 2013, to watch a cucumber tutorial made by the kids three years ago, and visit our recipes page to view Jason's "quick pickle" recipe.


On the season premiere episode of Counting On, which aired last Tuesday, Jessa and Ben Seewald babysit two little girls (video below). To test the usefulness of her new baby proofing equipment, Jessa leads the kids in a short scavenger hunt. Unfortunately, the girls successfully open the kitchen cabinets. "...So when they hit about five, you know that those no longer apply," observes the new mom.

Be sure to tune in to TLC tomorrow at 8pm ET/7pm CT for another new episode of Counting On


Photo/videos courtesy TLC

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Duggar #8 Turns 20

We first met Josiah Duggar when he was seven years old and appeared in "14 Children and Pregnant Again." Today, he turns twenty. Happy birthday, Josiah!


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, TLC/DCL