Thursday, March 30, 2017

Duggar Daughters on Life and Love

On March 11th, we shared a preview of a recent interview that the five oldest Duggar daughters did with Crown of Beauty Magazine. The full issue, "The Brave Issue," has just been released, and it devotes 10 pages to Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna. The gals get candid about their love lives, following God, and their hopes and dreams for the future.

Jinger Duggar Vuolo chats about her new life as Jeremy Vuolo's wife. "Since we began our relationship, Jeremy and I have learned that when we are walking closely with Jesus, we are closest to each other," says Jinger.

Jill Duggar Dillard cautions young women not to "date anyone who doesn't share the same goals as you." She also shares how she is looking forward to watching Israel interact with his younger brother, due in July.

Jana Duggar encourages ladies to strive to learn contentment in every stage. "I believe we all go through times of learning to be content wherever we are in life, whether you are a young kid waiting to be finished with school, a young person waiting to get married, then once married, waiting to have a child, then waiting for your children to go up," she explains.

The oldest Duggar daughter also reveals some of her hobbies: piano, crafts, building projects, gardening, and spending time with family.

As a young mom of two sons, Jessa Duggar Seewald says that even just five years ago, she "never could've dreamed of what God had in store." She cites her mom, Michelle Duggar, as one of her greatest role models, saying that "her patience and use of soft words, even when things are chaotic, has been a great example for me."

Younger sister Joy-Anna Duggar (soon to be Joy-Anna Forsyth) steps in to talk about her relationship with Austin and her goals for the future. When asked where she sees herself in five years, she responds: "Lord willing, I will be married and a mother."

Click here to read the full interview on the Crown of Beauty Magazine website.

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Duggar Road Trip Snapshots

The Duggars are enjoying a family spring break trip, which included a visit to the Creation Museum, ARK Encounter, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. They are also squeezing in some time with the Bates family in East Tennessee

 Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo with nephews Spurgeon and Henry Seewald

 Joy-Anna Duggar leads the younger kids in a game of Apples to Apples

Spurgeon Seewald

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Life as Reality TV Stars

"I think one thing that [the cameras] haven't captured is in the morning all the alarms going off in the boys' room. We're pretty hard sleepers."
-Joseph Duggar

In this TLCme video clip with interviewer Danni Starr, Joseph Duggar and Josiah Duggar share what it's like to have hundreds of hours of professional home movies to look back on and how filming for their reality show has changed their family.

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Duggars in Kentucky

Check out this group photo from the Duggars' weekend trip to the ARK Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The family has been to the Creation Museum three times now, once in 2008--a visit that was documented on 18 Kids and Counting--and once in 2014. The ARK Encounter just opened last summer.

Who can you pick out in the photo below? If you look closely, you'll see Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and the majority of their 19 children; Josh and Anna Duggar and their four (soon to be five) kids; Joseph Duggar and his girlfriend, Kendra Caldwell; Michelle's sister and her grandson, Tyler, who is living with the Duggars; as well as several friends.

Jessa, Ben, Spurgeon, and Henry Seewald, also went along, as did Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo. Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum and visionary behind the ARK Encounter, confirmed that the Duggars were not filming for TLC during this visit.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bear Cub Picture

In last month's popular post about Derick Dillard's haircut, some of the snapshots had a picture in the background that many of you were curious about.

 Jill and Derick Dillard

Jill, Derick, and Israel Dillard

The haircut took place in the master bathroom at the Duggars' guesthouse, where the Dillards were staying before going back to Central America in mid February. Some of you said that the picture on the wall looked like Jim Bob holding a bear cub. It's actually him and Michelle. Mystery solved!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, 1984 (the year they got married)

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