Thursday, December 18, 2014

Photos from El Salvador

The Duggars' annual Christmas mission trip to El Salvador has ended, but their hope is that the impacts they made on the people they encountered will be eternal. Here are a few photos from their journey:

 Part of the missions team poses for a group photo at the airport

The team piles into the back of a pickup truck and heads to the church that is hosting them

 Mike Schadt from SOS Ministries gives instructions
(Mike Schadt, a long-time friend of the Duggars, 
performed Jessa and Ben's wedding ceremony)

 Michelle Duggar (green shirt) joins a group to pray for the people of El Salvador

 Jinger Duggar (right) and friends

 Michelle Duggar

 Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Michelle Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar, and friends

Jill Dillard, Jim Bob Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Joy Duggar

Jordyn Gets Her Ears Pierced

Since Josie's fifth birthday eight days ago, Jordyn, Josie, and Mackynzie Duggar have all been five years old. Today, Jordyn turns six years old. To celebrate, Michelle took her to a local boutique to have her ears pierced. 

Wishing Jordyn Duggar a Happy 6th Birthday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Duggars Respond to the "Haters"

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar spoke to students at Hannibal-LaGrange College--a four-year, Christian university in Missouri--at the end of November. They brought along five-year-old Jordyn for some one-on-one time with Mommy and Daddy. The rest of the kids stayed home with Grandma Duggar, who is also called "Super Grandma."

"She did a good job raising me, and I know she does a great job helping us with our kids," said Jim Bob Duggar in a press release with local media before he and Michelle shared their testimony and other words of encouragement with students at Hannibal-LaGrange.

"It is an honor to get to be here," said Michelle Duggar. "As parents, our heart's desire is to speak into the lives of our own children, and then as we are able to do that, encourage the next generation. So we are just praising the Lord for this Christian college and these young people who love God and want to go out and serve the world and make a difference for Christ."

During the press conference, the Duggars shared how they treat people whose beliefs do not align with their own. 

"Just because we love someone doesn't mean we agree with everything that they believe or do," said Michelle Duggar. "We don't have to compromise our convictions to be compassionate."

Jim Bob and Michelle encourage their children to devote their lives to serving God and others. For the Duggars, "others" includes people who share their convictions, as well as those whose beliefs do not match up with their own.

"And so that's really the point, is that we love everybody, no matter what background, no matter what their beliefs are," said Jim Bob. "And of course, not everybody is as tolerant towards us as we are of them, but that's part of life."

The Duggars also mentioned that they are not concerned about the petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.

"They won’t succeed," said Jim Bob. "Our show is the number one show on TLC. We love everybody. It’s a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure."

To hear more from the Duggars, watch the YouTube video of the press conference:

Merry Christmas from the Duggars

What does a Duggar-sized Christmas card look like? All 28 of the Duggars (Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 kids, Grandma Duggar, Anna Duggar, Derick Dillard, Ben Seewald, and Josh and Anna's three kids) are featured on the family's 2014 Christmas card.

Next year, the Duggars' Christmas card will be even bigger, as they will add at least two more grandchildren to their brood. Jill and Derick Dillard are expecting a son in March, and Anna Duggar is 11 weeks pregnant with her fourth child. Jessa Duggar married Ben Seewald on November 1st, and if the newlyweds follow in the footsteps of Jessa's married siblings, another Duggar baby announcement will be made soon.

Duggar Family Christmas Card 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on Grieving

On December 11th, 2011, one month after the Duggars announced that they were expecting their 20th child, Jubilee Shalom Duggar was stillborn, weighing 4 ounces and measuring 6 centimeters in length.

In the following YouTube video, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar share how their family grieved the loss of their baby. The Duggars also give advice to people who are morning the loss of a loved on, as well as to people who know someone who is grieving. 

"I thought what was very precious was a lady that headed up our crisis pregnancy center," explained Michelle. "She dropped by our house and came, and she gave us the most beautiful literature about babies that were the size of our little Jubilee. And so it was very encouraging for me to read through that and those resources that she shared with me."