Monday, October 12, 2015

Duggars & Dillards

The Dillards are enjoying family time in Arkansas as they prepare to return to the mission field. Following the theme of Columbus Day, Derick Dillard posted a devotion about the incredible truths available for discovery in God's Word. He also shared a handful of new photos.

 Derick Dillard and Israel Dillard

 Israel with Grandma Cathy Dillard Byrum

Israel with Uncle Dan Dillard

 Israel Dillard

 Israel shows off his stylish hat with Uncle James Duggar and Uncle Justin Duggar

 Israel tries to take a turn with Aunt Jana Duggar's drink

 Bench presses with Mommy!

Jill Dillard, Derick Dillard, and Israel Dillard
(Look at that smile!)

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TLC Specials Coming Soon

With less than three months to go before the start of 2016, two members of the Duggar family are preparing for their return to TLC. As we announced three weeks ago, Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Jill (Duggar) Dillard, along with their growing families, will be featured in multiple specials. TLC currently has two or three in the works and plans to release the first one before the end of the year.

What are you most looking forward to seeing in these upcoming shows featuring the second and third eldest daughters of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar?

Ben Seewald, Jessa Seewald, Jill Dillard, Derick Dillard, and Israel Dillard

Photo courtesy TLC

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Duggar #16 Turns 10

Before launching their weekly reality TV series, the Duggars starred in five Discovery Channel specials. The second, which aired in March 2006, featured the birth of Johannah Faith Duggar, number 16 in the family lineup. Today, Johannah is 10 years old. Happy birthday, Johannah!

Photos courtesy, TLC

Friday, October 9, 2015

Baby Quincy Coming Soon!

 Jessa (Duggar) Seewald at 36 weeks, 4 days

Baby Seewald, whom Jessa and Ben Seewald have nicknamed "Quincy," is due in less than four weeks. The couple has not announced the gender to the public, but have they told their families? Are they planning to choose a name theme for Quincy and their future children? Scroll down to read Jessa's responses from our chat with her.

Have you announced the baby's gender to your families? 
Jessa: Ben and I had an ultrasound at 19 weeks to find out our baby’s gender. Ben was okay with keeping it a surprise, but I just couldn’t wait. I had to know! We decided at that point that we would keep it to ourselves and let it be a surprise for the rest of the Seewald and Duggar extended families when the baby is born. So far we haven’t told anyone…but I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to keep a secret. I always want to use pronouns like “he/she” in conversation but have had to focus on saying “the baby” instead. We’re so looking forward to baby’s birth and the big reveal! 

**Jessa will be the first of her siblings to keep her child's gender a secret until he or she is born. Josh and Anna Duggar (parents of four), as well as Jill and Derick Dillard (parents of one), planned big reveals months before their babies were due. Josh and Anna also released the name of their first child, Mackynzie Renee, before her arrival.

Are you planning to do a name theme?
Jessa: When we first found out that we were expecting a baby, Ben and I were talking about a letter theme for our kids and Ben suggested, “Why don’t we go with the letter ‘Q’?” lol! Of course that was a joke, but from that point, Ben started calling our little one “Quincy," and the nickname just sorta stuck. 

Seriously though, we have talked about it, and we’re not planning to go with a specific letter theme. But we like the idea of using names with lots of meaning behind them, such as names of people who have been great heroes of the Christian faith. And we like the idea of incorporating family names as well. We have been asking our siblings to give name suggestions for both a boy and a girl, and it’s been fun to hear their ideas. Who knows? Maybe we’ll go with one of their suggestions! 

 Here are the links to Jessa's responses to our other interview questions:

Jessa on Purposeful Parenting
Seewalds Plan a Home Birth
Jessa on Pregnancy 
Jessa on Pregnancy Cravings 
Update on Ben's Career
Jessa: A Parent's Most Important Role

Baby Seewald's Character 
Jessa on Parenthood

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dillard Update

The Dillards are back in the United States taking care of a few important tasks that will allow them to be more effective once they return to the mission field in Central America. Jill passed her midwifery test and is now a certified professional midwife, a designation administered by the North American Registry of Midwives. CPMs are required to meet rigorous requirements, including lengthy written exams and extensive hands-on skill evaluations.

 Jill and Derick Dillard show off Jill's CPM certificate

On Friday, Jill and Derick Dillard hosted a meet and greet for those who provide prayer and financial support for their ministry. Michelle and the rest of the Duggars have been enjoying the time with their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. (Israel turned six months old yesterday.)

Grandma Michelle Duggar with grandson Israel Dillard (six months old) 
and granddaughter Meredith Duggar (almost three months old)

On Sunday, the Dillards made the two-hour trek from Northwest Arkansas to Silver Dollar City, a family-friendly attraction in Branson, Missouri, that is beloved by the Duggar family.

Jill and Derick Dillard at Silver Dollar City 

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