Saturday, April 18, 2015

Drone Footage of the Duggar House

A friend of the Duggars recently stopped by the family's house to take footage with his drone. Check out his video:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dillards' Plans for Future Babies

After hearing that Jill Dillard delivered baby Israel Dillard via emergency C-section, fans have wondered if this will inhibit her ability to have the super-sized family that she has always dreamed of.

But Jill revealed to PEOPLE Magazine that her doctor says he has no doubt she will be able to deliver her next child vaginally.

"We told the doctor, 'Stitch me up really well,'" Jill told PEOPLE.

Like Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jill and Derick Dillard have decided to welcome as many children as God chooses to bless them with. Although Derick only grew up with one sibling, a brother, he has said multiple times that he loves being around Jill's large family.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jill's 70-Hour Labor

Members of the Duggar family have had their picture on the cover of PEOPLE Magazine more than nine times. This week is Israel David Dillard's first appearance. We have included a few highlights below, but you can read the full article by visiting your local news stand starting this Friday.

Jill and Derick Dillard had been planning for a home birth with a team of midwives, but the newlywed couple experienced complications and ended up having a hospital birth. Jill had been in labor for 70 hours when Israel David Dillard was finally born via emergency C-section.

Twelve days past her due date, Jill's water broke and she tested positive for strep B. She began labor at home, but she and Derick decided to head to the hospital after 20 hours of labor had yielded little progress. Jill, who is trained in midwifery, also noticed a meconium stain, which often indicates that the baby is in distress.

After arriving at the hospital, Jill continued with natural labor for another 50 hours, but by that time, it was clear that little Israel was in distress. Jill and Derick decided to go ahead with a C-section.

Throughout their difficult delivery, the couple continued to pray. Although the road was hard, their story had a happy ending, and Jill told PEOPLE that Israel is worth all the pain and discomfort that she endured.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Message from Josiah and Marjorie

During tonight's episode, Josiah Duggar and his girlfriend, Marjorie Jackson, shared a message about their courtship, which began last Monday. (Click here to read more about Marjorie.) Watch that message below, and hear the relationship advice that Josh has for Josiah. 

Recap: "Duggars Say I Do"

19 Kids and Counting "Duggars Say I Do"
  • It's time to look back at the most memorable moments of the Duggar weddings.
  • Jill and Jessa both sent out 800-900 invitations because they didn't want to exclude anyone.
  • To keep costs down so they could have an extravagant European honeymoon, Jessa and Ben ordered supplies and clothing online and reused a lot of Jill's decorations.
  • Ben forgot Jessa's ring on their wedding day and had to call Jim Bob. Being the jokester that he is, the Duggar Dad handed Ben the wrong ring at first, and Ben was quite confused.
  • With Derick's mom in the hospital receiving cancer treatments during Jill and Derick's engagement, Jill wanted to be there to support her fiancĂ© and future mother-in-law. Jill's sisters stepped in and took on a lot of the wedding planning.
  • All through Jill and Derick's wedding ceremony, Michelle was motioning to Jennifer, Jordyn, Josie, and Mackynzie, who were sitting on the stage, each holding one word of a "Here Comes Your Bride" sign, to sit still and stay quiet. "They kept the crowd entertained," said Jim Bob.
  • Josh and Anna tried to keep their wedding as cheap as possible. Their invitations didn't all match, but they made sure their relatives received the same design. Anna wore her sister's bridal gown, and she made her veil and bridesmaid dresses.
  • If you watched Josh and Anna's wedding, you may remember that John-David forgot the rings and had to run out of the church in the middle of the ceremony.
  • During an interview, while Jackson is joking about the pranks he will play at Justin's wedding, TLC asks Justin what pranks he will play on Jackson. "I don't know, maybe take his girl," says Justin, sounding quite serious.
  • Jim Bob and Michelle's wedding was also planned on a strict budget. While their kids have had short engagements (about three months), the Duggar parents waited a little longer to tie the knot. Jim Bob proposed on Christmas Eve, and they married on July 21st. Michelle made her bouquet and the cake, and the wedding was very small.
  • Jim Bob and Michelle renewed their vows 25 years later with a wedding ceremony that all the kids were involved in.
  • At the end of the episode, the Duggar couples play a game of How Well Do You Know Your Spouse. Turns out, Jim Bob doesn't know the color of his wife's toothbrush...
  • Three weddings down and 16 to go! Josiah is the only kid who is courting, so his wedding could very well be next.