Friday, August 26, 2016

Jessa: 'I love nighttime feedings'

Did you catch the Seewald's big announcement? They're expecting their second child in February 2017! (See Tuesday's post for more details.)

Jessa and Ben released the following statement via People and Us Weekly:

We are so thankful that God is adding to our family. 2017 is shaping up to be a wonderful year already, and we know Spurgeon will do a great job in his new role. Having Spurgeon has been such a wonderful blessing, and we cannot wait to see the face of this sweet new baby (or babies!).

In a recent interview, Jessa also told Us Weekly that she "loves nighttime feedings, even if it means getting less sleep." The Counting On star says she knows Spurgeon is growing up quickly and that she will "look back and miss these days."

Meanwhile, Jill Dillard shared with Us Weekly that she and Derick "are excitedly waiting to see when God might bless us with another [baby]!"

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo took the cover story in last week's issue of Us Weekly, and Jessa and Ben Seewald will appear in this week's edition of People, on newsstands Friday.

Photo courtesy TLC

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Seewalds on Adoption

During Tuesday's season premiere episode of Counting On, Jessa and Ben Seewald babysit for the Napiers' daughters. The Seewalds also share where they are in the adoption process and how they have sought advice from friends, like the Napiers, who are adoptive parents, as well as from counselors (see video below). Right now, they are planning for a domestic adoption.

To all of our loyal readers who have experience with adoption, what advice would you share with couples who are beginning the journey?

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Watch the Season Premiere for Free

 The Duggars and Seewalds visit Jill and Derick Dillard in Central America during season one

Since sharing yesterday's post about purchasing "A Courtship Begins" on Amazon or iTunes, the season premiere episode has become available for free on Episodes from season one are also up on that site, but those require viewers to sign in with their TV provider.

Click here to watch Counting On, season two episode one on

For those who have asked if we receive commission for posting links to the episodes on Amazon, iTunes, or TLCgo, we don't. We're just trying to help our loyal readers find a way to tune in.

Photo courtesy DCL

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Watch 'Counting On' (season 2 episode 1)

Missed the season premiere of Counting On? For an overview of the show, click here to read our written recap. Then head over to Amazon or iTunes to purchase an instant download of the episode, "A Courtship Begins." We have included the prices and corresponding links below:

Amazon HD: $2.99 per episode, $19.99 for the season pass
Amazon SD*: $1.99 per episode, $16.99 for the season pass

iTunes HD: $2.99 per episode, $19.99 for the season pass
iTunes SD: $1.99 per episode, $16.99 for the season pass

*For Amazon SD, visit Amazon HD page, and click "More Purchase Options."

Photo courtesy DCL

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Recap: "A Courtship Begins"

Counting On "A Courtship Begins"
  • The show opens with an update from Jessa, Ben, and Spurgeon, who is six months old. Jinger, Anna, Meredith, and Marcus come over to help Jessa baby proof the house. Marcus is especially helpful, as he points out everything that could be a potential hazard to a child.
  • Installing the cabinet locks ends up being quite difficult, but the girls are able to figure it out.
  • Jessa and Jinger share a memory of a time when they outsmarted their parents’ attempts at baby proofing. As young children, they drew all over the white kitchen cabinets…with non-washable markers.
  • “I would like to have a whole houseful of kids,” says Jinger. “I absolutely love kids.”
  • Anna gives an update on her marriage: Josh is back from rehab, and he and Anna are working towards rebuilding their marriage. “As I see Joshua taking steps to do what’s right, it brings a lot of joy and helps heal the pain that we’ve walked through,” says Anna.
  • Later that day, Jessa and Ben babysit for the Napier girls, who are three and six years old. The six-year-old is adopted, so the Seewalds have enjoyed talking with the Napiers about adoption.
  • Down in Central America, Israel is running around and learning to talk. The Dillards admit that they miss their family and friends back home.
  • Meanwhile, John helps Josiah practice for his CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) test. The other siblings all agree that John is a patient teacher. Both guys report that they are not currently in a courtship.
  • Jim Bob picks Jeremy Vuolo up from the airport, and the two men stop at Cave Springs Coffee Co. to chat. Jeremy tells his future father-in-law how much he has enjoyed getting to know Jinger, as well as the rest of the family. He requests Jim Bob’s permission to ask Jinger to begin a courtship.
  • What is Jim Bob’s response? The Duggar dad says that he and Michelle have discussed Jinger and Jeremy’s relationship and that they both give their blessing. 
  • “Words can’t express the gratitude I feel towards you and Mrs. Duggar,” says Jeremy, beaming.“
  • A courtship is…an evaluation period for the purpose of considering each other for marriage,” explains Jim Bob.
  • When Jeremy arrives at the Duggar house, he asks Jinger to step outside. “It’s really been a privilege for me to get to know you,” says Jeremy, while the two sit on the porch listening to the rain. He tells Jinger that he has sought a girl like her, who has a heart for ministry, and he asks her to begin an official courtship. Jinger says yes! The two exchange multiple side hugs before heading back inside and sharing the big news with the family. Jim Bob and Michelle are thrilled for Jinger and Jeremy.
  • Joy says she has never seen Jinger so happy. “Coming out of last year…it’s always exciting when something like this comes up, and it’s a new beginning and something to look forward to,” says Jessa.