Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dillard Family Update (Photos)

Jill and Derick Dillard are serving in Central America with an S.O.S. Ministries team led by Pastor Mike Schadt, who performed Jessa and Ben Seewald's marriage ceremony. Their ministry is thriving. Can you believe that baby Israel Dillard is already four months old?

Photos courtesy of duggarfamily.com

Monday, August 3, 2015

Anna Duggar: '[Children] Are Not...Perfect'

During an interview with Anna Duggar while she was pregnant with Meredith, we asked how she keeps her kids quiet and still during church. We hope her response is helpful to all of the mothers and mothers-to-be out there. 

Lily and Ellie: What do you do to help your kids stay quiet and still during church?

Anna Duggar: I don't expect my babies to be quiet and still during church. When my kids are between two and three, that is when I want them to start being quiet during church, although that may mean they are coloring pictures the whole time. 

We practice at home. Michelle talks about starting quiet and sit still time when a child is two years old or a little younger. Start by having the child in a chair and you in a chair. I start off with about 10 seconds and will hold my fingers up and count to 10. When the time is up, I clap and cheer and sometimes give the child a reward. You can increase the time span with each session.

Every once in a while, I go back and practice quiet and sit still time with Mackynzie and Michael, who are five and four. When it comes time for church, I'll have something to keep their hands busy, such as a Bible story coloring book or a notebook and pen, that won't distract their minds from the message.

It's amazing what kids can pick up on while they are coloring a picture. Their ears are still working, even though their hands are busy. In fact, if you keep their hands busy, they often learn more than they otherwise would. But at the end of the day, they are just children, and they aren't going to be perfect, but it's important to praise them when they do well.

Josh and Anna recently moved back to Arkansas, but while they were living in Washington D.C., they attended McLean Bible Church, a mega church with multiple campuses. During services, Anna would put Marcus in the nursery or sit with him in the family quiet room. On Sundays when Marcus was in the nursery, Josh and Anna would take Mackynzie and Michael into the main auditorium.

Anna: With a new baby, it is so easy to keep them quiet and still, but in between 14 and 24 months, it is a lot more of a challenge. In churches where there is no nursery, you might have nine moms with nine babies ages 14-24 months in the back, and they really can't hear the message. But if you had a nursery, two of them could do it each week, and the others could listen to the message. I think it's a fine balance with each family finding God's will for their lives.

Photos courtesy of duggarfamily.com

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Duggar #17 Turns 8

Wishing Jennifer Danielle Duggar a blessed 8th birthday! Jennifer was born two years after the Duggars made their reality TV debut in 14 Children and Pregnant Again.

Today also happens to be Callie Bates' 6th birthday.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Meredith Bonds with Mom and Dad

Baby Meredith Grace Duggar accompanied Josh and Anna Duggar on a date this week. Since her birth nearly two weeks ago, grand-Duggar #5 has received a lot of attention from the super-sized Duggar clan.

Josh and Anna Duggar with Meredith Grace Duggar

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Duggars Go Extreme

Yesterday evening, the Duggars visited an attraction that opened in Northwest Arkansas last fall. HighRise Extreme Air Sports, located in Rogers, is one of the country's many indoor trampoline parks. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar took a group of Duggars and Seewalds to HighRise for an active night of family fun.

Which family members are not pictured? Jill, Derick, and Israel Dillard are working on the mission field in Central America. Joseph Duggar is attending classes at The Crown College of the Bible in Eastern Tennessee. Anna Duggar, still recovering from childbirth, stayed home with Marcus and Meredith.

The Duggars visit HighRise Sports in Rogers, AR

Photo courtesy of duggarfamily.com