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.

Sneak Peek: Jinger's Courtship Begins

In the following sneak peek of tonight's season two premiere of Counting On, Jeremy Vuolo approaches Jim Bob Duggar for permission to ask Jinger Duggar to being a courtship. The two men meet up at a coffee shop to discuss the budding relationship that we now know is soon to become a marriage.

The Duggar siblings and siblings-in-law say that Jinger has not been herself ever since she and Jeremy became serious. "She used to be the worst--she never knew where her phone was," shares Jana Duggar, chuckling. "Now she never loses it. You can totally tell that she's in love."

The Duggars return to TLC tonight at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Seewalds Have Big News!

Guess what? Spurgeon Seewald is going to be a big brother! Jessa and Ben Seewald are expecting baby No. 2 in February 2017. Hear from the happy couple in the video below:

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jinger and Jeremy Chat with 'Us Weekly'

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo are the feature story on this week's issue of Us Weekly. Under the headline "Our Whirlwind Courtship," the couple opens up about their relationship, engagement, and upcoming wedding.

We have posted a few highlights below to give you a sneak peek. To read the full article, pick up a copy of Us Weekly at your local grocery store, pharmacy, or gas station.

-Jinger and Jeremy courted for seven months before their July 25th engagement. According to Jeremy, he and Jinger met in May 2015 but were "purely friends" for about eight months.

-Jeremy's New York City rooftop proposal took a month to plan. The sun was setting as he dropped down to one knee, and a pair of musicians were playing "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," a favorite song that will also be part of the wedding.

-Jinger's nickname for Jeremy is "Babe."

-Although they currently live 771 miles apart,  Jinger and Jeremy say they are able to see each other every couple weeks. When they aren't together, they exchange encouraging letters and small gifts.

-Jeremy is a former professional soccer player. How does Jinger feel about the sport? She admits she isn't as athletic as her fiancé but says she enjoys watching soccer highlights with him and is trying to learn more about the game.

The article also features quotes from Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald:

-16-month-old Israel Dillard is learning to talk in both English and Spanish. He can say "hello" in both languages, as well as "Papi," "Mami," "and "agua." One of his new favorite things is to copy whatever Derick does.

- Meanwhile, nine-month-old Spurgeon Seewald is starting to walk. Jessa and Ben are eager to adopt and have already taken steps to start the journey.

Photo credit: Us Weekly