Sunday, December 10, 2017

Duggar #19 Turns 8

Has it really been eight years since Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed their 19th child into the world? It feels like just yesterday we were posting updates on her progress, as she spent months in the NICU following her premature birth. Some of the updates were celebratory, while others were calls for prayer. Now, eight years later, Josie is happy and healthy.

Happy birthday, Josie Brooklyn!

Josie Duggar turns eight

This is our favorite photo of Josie. It was taken in June 2012 and was sent to us by Jill, who had looked up a Duggar recipe on our blog because she hadn't been able to locate the family's copy.

Josie Duggar
Josie Duggar, June 2012

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Vuolos' First Snow

Snow has been spotted in South Texas! The forecast for the next week is sunny and warm, but residents were shocked to see a light dusting yesterday and today. Having grown up in Northwest Arkansas, Jinger is a bit more accustomed to snow than her new friends in Texas, but seeing snowflakes fall from the sky is exciting, nonetheless.

Have you had your first snow?

Jinger Duggar Vuolo in the snow in Laredo Texas
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Duggars Headed to New Zealand

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Kauai Hawaii

This post is for all of our lovely readers in New Zealand. Last week, we announced the Duggars' upcoming trip to Australia. After Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and 14 of their 19 children wrap up their time in Australia, they will hop over to see you!

Thursday, January 18th-Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (and 13 of their children) to speak at the New Zealand IBLP Family Conference
Marton, NZ
For registration information, view the event brochure on the IBLP New Zealand website.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Duggar Christmas Goodies

 Johannah Duggar, Tyler, Jordyn Duggar

The Christmas season is in full swing, which means that the Duggar home is filled with the aroma of baked goods. Above, Johannah, Tyler, and Jordyn are pictured delicately drizzling melted chocolate over pretzels to make chocolate-covered pretzels.

Do you enjoy holiday baking? If you do, here are links to some of the Duggars favorite recipes:

Jill's Favorite Cheesecake
Michelle's Apple Dumplings
Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Chocolate Chip Cookies
St. John's Banana Bread
Banana Cake
Grandma Duggar's Buttermilk Chocolate Sheet Cake and Icing

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bontrager/Bowers Double Wedding

Those who have been long-time readers of our blog have likely been acquainted with the Bontragers, close friends of the Duggars who tour the country playing gospel and bluegrass music. This year, parents Marlin and Rebecca Bontrager watched three of their children tie the knot...all in the same weekend!

On Friday, September 1st, the family threw a double wedding for Carson Bontrager, then 21, and Joshua Bontrager, 20, at the Bontrager farm. And to make the special day even more unique, the brides were sisters! Carson married Carolina Bowers, and Joshua married Cassidy Bowers in a ceremony and reception attended by nearly 1,000 guests.

The following day, Mitchell Bontrager, 25, married his sweetheart, Bryn Leppert. And a few days before the big wedding weekend, Chelsy Bontrager, the oldest of Marlin and Rebecca's 10 children, said yes to boyfriend John Maxwell's proposal, which means the family is already planning another wedding!

Below are photos from the Bontrager/Bowers double wedding, many of which include the Duggars.

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Photos are courtesy of the Bontrager family/Windrose Photography

The ceremony is available for viewing on YouTube, and more photos can be found on the Bontragers' website.

Photos of Mitchell and Bryn's wedding coming soon.