Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Coming Up on 'Counting On'...

A new season of Counting On premieres this summer, and the Duggars have a lot of exciting footage in store for viewers. Check out the promo video below.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth (Pictures)

Yesterday on the Counting On season finale (click here to read our recap), viewers watched Joy-Anna Duggar enter an official courtship with long-time friend Austin Forsyth. The Duggars and Forsyths have known each other for 15 years, but it wasn't until about five years ago that Joy and Austin developed a true friendship.

 Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth

Austin popped the question while the two were sitting together at a scenic overlook called The Rock. Four of Joy's brothers were nearby, but they hung back to give the couple privacy.

“You know, Miss Joy-Anna, I don’t think it’s any coincidence or accident the way the Lord has brought our friendship together,” Austin told Joy. “I would be honored if you would be more than just friends, if you would go to the next step and enter a courtship with me.”

Joy was beaming as she responded that she would "love to" begin a courtship.

The two shared a side hug and sat next to each other during the car ride back to Fort Rock Family Camp.

Will Jim Bob Duggar be walking his fifth-oldest (and fifth-youngest) daughter down the aisle in the near future? Immediately following last night's season finale episode, the network shared a promo video featuring a conversation that showed Austin asking for Jim Bob's blessing to propose to Joy.

Older sister Jessa Seewald shared her predictions, saying that because Joy and Austin have been friends for years and the Duggars know that Austin is a great guy, she expects the courtship to be short.

Do you think Joy and Austin are headed to the altar soon?

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Duggar Wedding #5 Coming Soon

A new season of Counting On starts this summer! And better yet, the network just revealed that it will feature the conversation that Austin Forsyth recently had with Jim Bob Duggar to ask for his blessing to propose to Joy-Anna Duggar. Stay tuned for more details!

Photo courtesy TLC

'A Honeymoon and a Courtship' Recap

Counting On "A Honeymoon and a Courtship" (Season Finale)
  • Jinger and Jeremy just tied the knot, and they are on their way to the airport to catch a plane to Australia. “It’s been really exciting…to be able to let our guard down around one another,” says Jeremy. “I think we’ve laughed together more this week than we have in our whole relationship so far.”
  • When the Vuolos arrive in Sydney for a six-day stay, they are eager to learn how to speak with an Australian accent, so they ask their cab driver for help. He willingly gives them a few pointers.
  • Jinger and Jeremy’s hotel room has a stunning view of the harbor and the Sydney Opera House.
  • The first order of business is to learn how to throw a boomerang. The locals who teach the Vuolos offer to paint their faces. Jeremy happily agrees, but Jinger isn’t too thrilled about it. “I just decided to do it on my hand,” says Jinger. “It’s easier to wipe off.”
  • While walking around the harbor, they stumble upon a man playing the didgeridoo, and he teaches Jeremy. Jinger and Jeremy are told that if women play the didgeridoo, they will become pregnant, so Jinger doesn’t try. “Does your family have a lot of didgeridoos?” Jeremy asks his new wife. They both start laughing hysterically.
  • On another day, the newlyweds take a water taxi through the harbor. Jinger starts feeling seasick, so they have to cut the trip short.
  • Jinger and Jeremy are able to pet koalas and feed kangaroos at a local zoo. They also visit a fish market, where they learn how to clean a kingfish. Jeremy tries a piece raw and convinces Jinger to do the same. “Jeremy has helped me to expand my palate and try new things,” says Jinger.
  • Jeremy jumps behind the wheel of a car and tries his hand at driving on the left side of the road. Jinger freaks out a bit.
  • The Vuolos meet up with an Australian chef for a lesson in grilling seafood. The chef is a very outgoing woman who jokes with Jinger and Jeremy when she catches them being “lovey dovey.”
  • Back in Arkansas, Austin Forsyth stops by the Duggar house to talk to Jim Bob. He has his pilot’s license, knows how to use heavy equipment, and just purchased a house that he plans to flip.
  • Austin Forsyth asks Jim Bob for permission to ask Joy to start an official courtship. 
  • Jim Bob gives Austin the green light and offers to help him implement his plan to pop the question. “I really believe that you are a great guy,” the dad of 19 tells Austin. “I think we would all be honored for y’all to start an official courtship.” He gives Austin a side hug.
  • A little while later, Austin invites Joy and four of her brothers to do outdoor work at his family’s camp (Fort Rock). The boys are all good friends with Austin.
  • After finishing with their work, they all head to a lookout point called The Rock. Austin has been saving the location for a special moment with Joy. The boys hang back and let the couple climb up to the lookout.
  • “You know, Miss Joy-Anna, I don’t think it’s any coincidence or accident the way the Lord has brought our friendship together,” says Austin. “I would be honored if you would be more than just friends, if you would go to the next step and enter a courtship with me.”
  • “I would love to,” responds Joy, beaming. The two give each other a side hug. On the way back to the camp, Joy insists on sitting in the middle of the front seat of the truck, between Austin and Jeremiah.

'Counting On' Season Finale

 Joy-Anna Duggar and boyfriend Austin Forsyth

We have some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is that it's Monday, which means a new episode of Counting On is coming your way. The not-so-good news is that it's the season finale.

Tonight is the seventh and final episode of the season. It's also the 31st episode of Counting On that has aired on TLC since the December 2015 premiere. To look back at all our episode recaps of both 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, visit our Watch Full Episodes page.

Scroll down to read the summary of tonight's season finale episode, and click here to watch a promo video featuring Jim Bob Duggar's courtship conversation with Austin Forsyth.

Monday, February 27
9pm ET/8pm CT: A Honeymoon A Courtship (NEW)
Jinger and Jeremy have said "I do," and now the newlyweds finally get to enjoy some alone time. Mr. and Mrs. Vuolo head Down Under for their honeymoon in Australia. Meanwhile, back in Arkansas, another Duggar enters a courtship. 

11pm ET/10pm CT: A Honeymoon A Courtship

Photo courtesy TLC