Tune in to TLC next Tuesday at 9pm ET/8pm CT for what TLC is calling the "life-changing season finale" of Jill & Jessa: Counting On. What do you predict will be revealed?
Jill & Jessa: Counting On "Israel Meets Spurgeon"
and Ben Seewald, along with several of the Duggar siblings, experience what life is like for Jill and Derick Dillard living
in a foreign country with a young son. Jill and Derick remember their
beginnings together in Nepal and the adventures that have led them to
the mission field in Central America.
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In this interview with TLCme host Danni Starr, Jessa and Ben Seewald give a quick update on their journey as parents. According to Jessa, Spurgeon Seewald's easy-going personality comes from one parent in particular, as the other was a more high-strung baby. Before watching the video, post your guess on whether Jessa or Ben was the laid-back child.
TLC flashes back to moments from Jessa and Ben’s courtship, wedding
day, pregnancy, and first months as parents.
As you may remember, Jessa and Ben shared their first kiss
in private after their wedding ceremony. What do the other Duggar siblings
think about that?
Joy-Anna: “I’m not exactly sure what I’ll choose. I guess I’ll
have to wait and see, see what my guy things.”
Jedidiah: “I don’t know if I could wait that long…might as
well do it then.”
John-David: “For me, it’s not that big of a deal…to kiss in
public.” But he says he will have to see what his wife thinks.
Jessa says her entire labor is a “mental blur” and that it
did not feel like real life. She shares more about her 24-hour stay in the
hospital after Spurgeon’s homebirth. She had a large amount of blood loss when
the placenta separated from the wall of the uterus, so her birth team called an
ambulance and had her transported to the hospital. The doctor checked her out
and told her she could either consume extra iron and recover over a period of
about three months or have a blood transfusion. Jessa opted for the blood
Jessa and Ben take four-month-old Spurgeon to a camera shop
to have photos taken for his passport, in preparation for their trip to Central
America in two weeks.
Jana, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy, Jedidiah, Jason, and James
are also going along. Although it has only been a couple months since their
Christmas trip to Central America, they look forward to coming alongside the Dillards
and helping with their ministry activities.
The Duggars sign birthday cards to deliver to Jill, Derick,
and Israel. “I’m so thankful that after a really difficult year, my family has
drawn even closer together, and we’re stronger than ever before, and going on
this trip together is a testament to that,” says Jessa.
“It was very difficult, and we cried a lot of tears,” shares
Jessa, thinking back to summer 2015. “And I feel like it was especially
difficult for me, just because I had spoke out in defense of Josh and had stood
up for him, and then there was another whole wave of things that came through.
It was really difficult for me. It was very emotional through those months
after that, just working through all of that.”
“The fact that I was pregnant was kind of a breath of fresh
air,” continues Jessa. “I think it really helped to kind of get my mind off the
circumstances…” The newlywed says that she and Ben are now even more focused on
keeping God first and staying true to their wedding vows.
Jana agrees, saying that Jessa’s pregnancy was a reminder to
the entire Duggar family that there could still be joy in the midst of pain.
The group heads to the airport at 3am to catch their flight
to Central America. “Any time that our family goes on a trip, it is pretty much
like chaos, from the amount of bags that we have, to passports…” says Jinger. “It’s
always a challenge.”
When everyone arrives in Central America, Derick picks them
up at the airport. The proud uncle enjoys holding nephew Spurgeon for the first
time. Everyone is eager to reunite with Jill.
Tune in next week for what TLC is calling the “life-changing
In this promo video of tonight's show, Jessa and Ben Seewald and a handful of the Duggar siblings reunite with Derick Dillard at the airport in Central America. Derick is thrilled to hold his nephew Spurgeon Seewald for the first time.
"The drive to meet up with Jill and Izzy seemed like it was really long because there was so much anticipation not having seen them for so long," shares Jessa.
How do cousins Israel and Spurgeon react when they meet for the first time? Find out on Jill & Jessa: Counting On, "Family Reunion," tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC.
Looking for a way to fight the Monday doldrums? Snuggle up on the couch this evening and watch last week's episode of Jill and Jessa: Counting On, "Girls Hit the Road" for free. We have embedded it below for your convenience: