Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Joy & Carlin Visit the Dillards

Check out these adorable photos of Joy Duggar and Carlin Bates' two-week stay with Jill and Derick Dillard in Central America. (Click here for a written update.)

Before you go any further, take a minute to soak in the cuteness of this first picture. Can you believe Israel will turn five months old on Sunday?

The adorable Israel Dillard

 Jill and Derick lead Joy and Carlin through the streets of their city

 Jill, Carlin, and Joy enjoy some girl time (with Israel)

 Shopping for food in Central America is a new experience for the Dillards

 Let the teething begin!

 The many faces of Israel

 Time with Daddy!

 Carlin, who has 10 younger siblings, is a natural when it comes to taking care of kids.

 Another snapshot of Israel

 Joy and Jill have always been close friends.

 Looks like Israel is ready for breakfast!

Eatin' his toes

 Won't be long before this little guy starts walking.

 The Dillards head out for a walk with Carlin and Joy

 Carlin and Joy-Anna bond with Israel

 Little Caesars pizza anyone?

Israel sure loves those toes!

 Carlin, Joy, and Israel

 Which Duggar(s) do you think Israel resembles in this picture?
Chillin' with Daddy

Photos courtesy of dillardfamily.com

Watch 'Breaking the Silence' Online

For those of you who were unable to tune in to Breaking the Silence on Sunday evening, the full documentary has been uploaded to the TLC website and is embedded below. Note to parents: This program is not suitable for all ages. Click here to read our written recap.

Dillard Update

 Jill Dillard, Joy-Anna Duggar, Israel Dillard, Carlin Bates, Derick Dillard

As we previously shared, Joy-Anna Duggar and Carlin Bates, both 17 years old, traveled back to Central America with Jill and Derick Dillard the day after Michaela Bates' wedding.

The primary purpose of the Dillards' weekend trip back to the United States was to film for the TLC documentary that aired on Sunday, so they were thrilled that the dates lined up with the wedding.

Joy and Carlin remained in Central America for two weeks and enjoyed keeping Israel company while Jill and Derick studied for their intensive Spanish classes. These classes have already opened doors for the Dillards to share the Gospel more widely.

"We are so grateful for your partnership and friendship as we work to bring many to Christ in Central America!" Jill wrote in a recent ministry update. Stay tuned for more photos!

Click here to donate to the Dillards' ministry.  

Photo courtesy of dillardfamily.com

Monday, August 31, 2015

Duggar Wedding this Weekend

In just six days, cousin Amy Duggar will wed Dillon King. Amy is following in the footsteps of her Duggar cousins with a short engagement. In fact, her engagement will be the shortest one yet! Dillon popped the question less than two months ago.

The Duggars celebrate cousin Amy's engagement 
a few days before Meredith Duggar's arrival on July 16th

Photo courtesy of duggarfamily.com

"Breaking the Silence" Recap

Yesterday evening, TLC aired a one hour, commercial-free documentary called Breaking the Silence, which featured Jill, Jessa, and Michelle. Here is the recap:
  • The documentary opens with Erin Merryn sharing her experiences of being sexually abused multiple times as a young child. Now a mom living in Suburban Chicago, Erin is a traveling speaker and advocates for age-appropriate education on child sexual abuse.
  • The show goes on to profile multiple victims of child sexual abuse who had the courage to come forward, including an adult who hid his secret for many years and a girl who found her voice at age eight.
  • A group of adults attend a seminar held by Darkness to Light, an organization that seeks to prevent child sexual abuse, in New York City. Attendees are given five steps to help prevent abuse from occurring in their own families and to handle it if it happens.  
    • 1. Learn the facts
    • 2. Minimize opportunities
    • 3. Talk about child sexual abuse
    • 4. Recognize the signs
    • 5. React responsibly
  • Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, and Michelle Duggar attend this seminar. 
  •  Jessa, who is due with her first child in November, says the seminar helped her to be more aware and to set up boundaries for her family. 
  •  “I feel like this should be a discussion that people are having, even regularly,” shares the expectant mother. “I think that it shouldn’t be a taboo subject, that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse.”
  •  Jill mentions that she also likes the idea of setting up boundaries ahead of time in order to avoid situations where abuse could occur. 
  • “It was amazing to understand that there are so many people that deal with this exact same thing in their own families,” says the mother of one.  
  •  “I was so glad that my girls and I were able to do this together and that we could just be a support and an encouragement...” shares Michelle. 
  •  RAINN (1-800-656-HOPE/RAINN.org), an organization similar to Darkness to Light, provides a free, confidential online chat and phone service for kids dealing with abuse. The trained RAINN staffers give children encouragement, offer resources where they can get help, provide ideas for safety plans, and urge these victims to tell a trusted adult.