Monday, October 5, 2015

Jessa Seewald on Purposeful Parenting

 Jessa Duggar as a toddler

Baby Seewald is due in just four weeks. Last month, Jessa Seewald graciously agreed to answer questions submitted by our readers about how she and Ben are preparing for this new season of life.

We have been posting her responses throughout the past two weeks. Let's see what parenting advice the mother-to-be has heard that she hopes to put into practice.

Have you been reading any parenting books?
Jessa: I haven’t been reading a whole lot of parenting books, but I definitely have been studying the matter a whole lot. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful women and mothers, and I often find myself asking questions and taking note of things I respect about the way they parent. 

I have noticed in one close friend, Sierra, how she is always looking for teachable moments. She is purposeful in her parenting and is never too busy to stop what she’s doing and take a moment to calmly address a situation. When one of her kids acts up, she doesn’t merely correct the outward action, but she goes directly to the wrong heart attitude. 

Instead of just saying, “Give that toy back to your sister!” she addresses the inward attitude of an unkind and selfish heart. She calls the misbehaving child aside, and they have a little hear-to-heart talk right then and there. Instead of just saying “Don’t yell at your brother!” she addresses the inward attitude of an angry heart. She’s taught her children the Scriptures from a young age, so it’s not uncommon to hear “What does the Bible say?”and her little two or three-year-old reciting, “Be kind to one another” (Ephesians 4:32) or “A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

Sierra has four young children and is due with her fifth just a few weeks after Jessa. She is the energetic gal who helped plan Jill and Jessa's weddings.

Here are the links to past posts that include responses to the questions you submitted for Jessa:

Seewalds Plan a Home Birth
Jessa on Pregnancy 
Jessa on Pregnancy Cravings 
Update on Ben's Career
Jessa: A Parent's Most Important Role

Baby Seewald's Character 
Jessa on Parenthood

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Final Southern Shows Ticket Giveaway

After speaking at six Southern Women's Shows this year, Jessa Seewald will make one final appearance just two weeks before her due date. She and Ben will answer audience questions, greet fans, and sign autographs at 12pm on Saturday, October 17th, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

We are partnering with Southern Shows to give away 10 pairs of tickets to this event. Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win.
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Duggar Kids Watch Football in TN

This weekend, John, Jinger, and Joy-Anna Duggar headed to Rocky Top, Tennessee, to visit the Bates family and brother Joseph Duggar, who attends Crown College in Knoxville. They were also able to attend the Tennessee-Arkansas college football game yesterday evening.

The Duggars and Bates are close friends and have similar convictions, but one thing they disagree about is college football. The Duggars are devoted Arkansas Razorback fans, while the Bates are loyal to the Tennessee Volunteers.

Yesterday's game was close, but the Razorbacks gained the lead during the third quarter and finished in victory. The score was 24-20. Both the Duggars and the Bates are competitive, so you can imagine the conversations that took place at this game.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

'Duck Dynasty' Stars on Biblical Forgiveness

In the following YouTube video, Duck Dynasty stars Jase and Missy Robertson introduce their new book, Blessed, Blessed...Blessed, on Entertainment Tonight. The tagline of the couple's book is: "The Untold Story of Our Family's Fight to Love Hard, Stay Strong, and Keep the Faith When Life Can't Be Fixed."

Jase and Missy also discuss Biblical forgiveness in regards to a heartbreaking trial that Jase's brother Alan faced in his marriage. "I think forgiving and forgetting are two different things," says Missy. How does this relate to the Duggars? Watch the video below to find out.

Blessed, Blessed...Blessed is scheduled for release on October 6th and is available for pre-order on ChristanBook. (Click here for details.)

Jill's Road to Midwifery

Jill and Derick Dillard
For those of you who haven't heard, Jill Dillard is now a Certified Professional Midwife.

In a post to the Dillard Family website, Jill explains how she became interested in midwifery. Do you remember watching Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and Josh and Anna Duggar attend Bradley Method childbirth classes with instructor Teresa Fedosky?

Teresa is also a doula (labor coach). As a teenager, Jill attended a Bradley class with a pregnant teen friend and then began babysitting for the Fedosky family. She became interested in natural childbirth and was invited by Teresa and several local midwives to attend births.

One of the midwives, Venessa Giron, encouraged Jill to consider pursuing midwifery. After much prayer and counsel from her parents, Jill decided to file the necessary paperwork and start logging the hours she spent assisting at births.

As she looked ahead to the future and considered her goal of becoming an international missionary, Jill realized that a midwifery certification would be a useful skill to have. She enrolled in a program through a school in Texas.

Most of her education consisted of studying, taking online classes, and assisting at births in Northwest Arkansas, but she was required to travel to the school several times a year for training and testing. Before taking the seven-hour certification exam last month, Jill took a prep course through Mercy-In-Action.

In her post, Jill expresses her gratefulness to God and all those who provided support and encouragement along her journey to becoming a midwife.

For those who can't read the certificate that Jill is holding in the picture, here is what it says:

The North American Registry of Midwives 
does hereby certify that 
Jill M. Dillard 
having satisfied all requirements set forth by the North American Registry of Midwives
is entitled to be know as a 
Certified Professional Midwife
with all honors, rights and privileges thereto pertaining. 

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