Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Forsyths' Babymoon

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth

"Being on a boat in water can be romantic. I don’t know if, necessarily, fishing is."
-Austin Forsyth

Five weeks before their due date, Joy and Austin Forsyth spend time together in a yurt cabin in Wesley, Arkansas (video below). Did you catch our recap of last night's show?

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, August 13, 2018

'Jinger and Jeremy's Little Secret' Recap

Counting On "Jinger and Jeremy's Little Secret"

  • Jessa and Ben take their kids to a nearby creamery to pet goats and pick up some goat cheese. “Ben is always looking for local, organic things to add into our regular diet,” says Jessa. Ben’s family is health conscious, and they try to eat plenty of whole grains and veggies.
  • Later, Jinger and Jeremy arrive in Arkansas so Jinger can take photos for the little girls’ CD. They are also going to tell the family that Jinger is six weeks pregnant.
  • Jinger joins the sisters in helping the little girls get ready. “Being up there in the girls’ room, it definitely made me miss being there,” says Jinger. “I just remember, we would stay up late pretty much every single night and just talk for hours, and I loved that…Being so far away, that’s hard.”
  • Several family members come to watch the shoot, including Jim Bob, Michelle, and Jana. “If you’re going to do a photo shoot with a bunch of kids for about an hour, it’s going to get chaotic, and sure enough, it was,” says Jeremy. The five girls (Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn, Josie, and Mackynzie) are full of energy.
  • Jim Bob makes sure to snap a group photo of everyone. “Any time that there’s a camera around, my dad always likes to get whoever is there together for a group picture,” says Jessa. “…My dad is really into capturing these moments.”
  • Jinger and Jeremy ask Jim Bob to take a photo of the two of them. At the last minute, Jinger pulls out a “We’re expecting” sign, and the family is absolutely thrilled, especially Jim Bob and Michelle. “We had no idea, not a clue!” exclaims Michelle.
  • Later, the Vuolos break the news to the rest of the clan during a family meal. Jeremy says the prayer, and he thanks God for “the little one that You have given to me and Jinger.” All the siblings are excited.  
  • "I cannot wait to talk to my mom," says Jinger. "She has a lot of experience in this field and so [do my] sisters."
  • Meanwhile, Joy and Austin are heading out on a babymoon just five weeks before Gideon’s due date. They stay in a beautiful yurt cabin and attempt to fish (on a small boat, in the ice). “Being on a boat in water can be romantic,” says Austin. “I don’t know if, necessarily, fishing is.”
  • “But in the ice, it’s not as romantic,” adds Joy. 
  • After dinner that night, the Forsyths put together a baby book scrapbook. 
  • "Growing up, my mom was really good at taking pictures, and so we have tons of pictures," says Jessa. "And she would record all of our milestones...in our family calendars."
  • One month into the courtship, Lauren trims Josiah’s hair and beard. “Josiah is very talkative, but when he gets nervous, it goes to another level,” says Lauren. “He’s not breathing, it’s just talking, talking, talking, talking.”

Derick Starts Law School

Derick Dillard University of Arkansas Law School Duggar

Earlier today, we announced Derick Dillard's graduation from the Cross Church School of Ministry, and we promised that we would soon share further details about the Dillards' next step. We can finally reveal that next step. Are you ready? Derick is going to law school!

Derick has been accepted into the University of Arkansas School of Law. Orientation begins today, and classes kick off next Monday.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com). 

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Derick's Graduation

Big news from the Dillards. Derick has just graduated from the Cross Church School of Ministry, a one-year residency program that he has been a part of since last August. In addition to serving at Cross Church, doing local missions projects, working with college students, and participating in multiple mission trips, Derick also took some seminary classes. Stay tuned for more news on what the Dillards will be doing next.

Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Samuel Dillard Israel Dillard
Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Samuel Dillard Israel Dillard

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Kendra Turns 20

It has been a crazy day, but we wanted to jump on and wish Kendra Duggar a very happy birthday! One year ago today, she was choosing her wedding dress in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, with fiance Joseph Duggar showing up to surprise her for cake and pizza. Today, she's been a wife for eleven months and a mother for two. Happy 20th, Kendra!

Kendra Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Garrett Duggar
Kendra Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Garrett Duggar

Nathan Bates, John-David Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Lauren Duggar, Josiah Duggar
Nathan Bates, John-David Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Lauren Duggar, Josiah Duggar

Kendra Duggar and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth
Kendra Duggar and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth

Lauren Caldwell and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar
Sisters Lauren Caldwell and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar

Photos courtesy joeandkendra.com; Josiah Duggar; duggarfamily.com; TLC