Thursday, November 27, 2014

19 Blessings and Counting

Happy Thanksgiving to our lovely readers! The Duggars came up with 19 things they are thankful for:

1. We are thankful for the Bible that reveals why God made each one of us and His loving plan and purpose for our lives.

2. We are also thankful that the Bible teaches us what God wants us to do and not do.

3. We are thankful for Jesus, God’s son who came to the earth 2,000 years ago, who lived a perfect life and taught us the true meaning of life.

4. We are thankful for the Ten Commandments that make us realize that we all have lied, stolen something, or sinned in some way and need God’s mercy.

5. We are also thankful for Jesus who laid down His own life, suffered being tortured and executed to pay the penalty for the things we have done wrong.

6. We are thankful that we can know for sure that we are going to Heaven when we die by asking for Jesus's forgiveness, turning over the control of our life to Jesus, and asking Him to take us to Heaven when we die.

7. We are thankful for the joy that comes into our life when we become a follower of Jesus and how life starts to make sense.

8. We are thankful [that] as we start reading the Bible, God will start directing our lives in a supernatural way.

9. We are thankful that we can talk to Jesus and share everything with Him, and that He loves us no matter what we have done.

10. We are thankful for God’s Holy Spirit that comes into our spirit after we become a follower of Jesus and helps us navigate through life.

11. We are thankful for prayer, that it is not only us talking to Jesus, but Him also speaking to us in our heart and guiding our life.

12. We are thankful for all of the examples in the Bible of people to model our lives after.

13. We are thankful for the close fellowship and encouragement we can have with others who are also seeking to live for Jesus.

14. We are thankful for the closeness a family can have when each family member is committed to serving God and each other.

15. We are thankful for the joy that comes when we take the opportunity to share with others how they can also have a relationship with Jesus.

16. We are thankful for our country that was founded as one nation under God!

17. We are thankful for all of the women and men who are are in the military who are fighting to protect our freedom, and we are thankful for those in the past who have even given their lives for our country.

18. We are thankful we live America, a country that even though it is not perfect, it is a beacon of hope to everyone in the world!

19. We are thankful for Thanksgiving Day, when each one of us can reflect on all of the blessings God has given us, and commit to make every day a thanksgiving day!

Click here to watch a Thanksgiving video filmed by the Duggar kids. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the D.C. Duggars

In this YouTube video, Josh and Anna Duggar and their kids take a trip into the heart of Washington D.C. and share what they are thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Recap: "Amy's Nashville Dreams"

Tonight on TLC...
19 Kids and Counting "Amy's Nashville Dreams"
  • Amy Duggar is preparing to sing on the Showboat Branson Belle for a crowd of 700. The only time she has sung for a larger crowd was at Jill's wedding, which had about 1,500 attendees. 
  • Amy goes shopping with her mom and Grandma Duggar to find an outfit for the event. She falls in love with a blue lacy dress. "I definitely have my own style," says Amy. "I don't dress as conservative as my family. However, I do have my own dress code."
  • "Amy's a very talented gal, and I think she'll do very well," says Jim Bob. "She's a nice little singer."
  • Michelle encourages Amy to enjoy what she's doing and "come away with a great experience, whether she goes big or not."
  • Amy walks out on stage on the Branson Belle, but the music doesn't start. She attempts to make small talk with the audience for a few moments while the sound crew gets everything working. "That's my life," says Amy. "Nothing ever goes as planned."
  • The music finally starts, and Amy sings "You Are Always on My Mind." She and her mom and grandma are pleased with her performance.
  • Next, Amy Duggar celebrates her 28th birthday with her aunt and uncle and 19 cousins. "My kids love her," says Michelle. "Honestly, Amy is like a party waiting to happen."
  • The Duggar cousin, who says that traditional cakes are overrated, attempts to make a donut cake.  "Donuts to me are almost irresistible," says Jim Bob.
  • While Amy and her cousins are preparing the donut cake, Johannah takes a tumble into the cake and gets covered in frosting. Amy chases her around and tries to put more frosting on her, while Jim Bob tries to lick it off her.
  • "I thought Amy's donut cake idea was quite different, but not a bad idea, me being a cop," says John-David.
  • When people ask Amy why she isn't married yet, she responds: "Oh y'all." She says she wants to have a family someday but that, like her cousins, she is waiting on God's timing.
  • "I think Amy's plans to go to Nashville [are] awesome," says Joy-Anna. "She is going to fit right in there."
  • Amy heads back to Nashville and attends a meeting with record labels, who are impressed by the improvement she has made.
  • Amy then visits Black River Records to shoot her first music video. She has trouble remembering the words at first, but once she gets into the groove, she does well.
  • At the end of the episode, Amy gathers with her mom, both of her grandmas, a few of her closest friends, and her producer to watch her music video for the first time.
  • TLC also shows a brief preview of Jessa Duggars' wedding, which will air in 2015. Click here and here to view pictures.

"19 Kids and Counting" Season Finale

Tonight on the season finale of 19 Kids and Counting, TLC will air a preview of Jessa Duggar's wedding. Also on tonight's episode, Amy Duggar gives viewers an update on her music career. Tune in at 9pm ET PT/8pm CT.

Nov 25, 9:00pm ET

Amy's Nashville Dreams

Cousin Amy returns for a new special as she continues to pursue her music career. Amy performs on a sold out showboat dinner cruise and then celebrates her 28th birthday with her Duggar cousins. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at her new music video. And get a first look at Jessa's wedding.

Amy Duggar has been on the show since the beginning. In this flashback video, watch Amy, Grandma Duggar, and Jinger celebrate the birth of Jordyn Duggar back in December 2008. It's hard to believe that was six years ago!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Support the Duggars

Many of you have seen the petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting. Show your support for the Duggars by sharing what the show means to you and why it should stay on the air. Post you responses as a comment, and feel free to add as many as you can think of.