Saturday, January 21, 2017

Joseph Celebrates 22

In true Duggar fashion, Joseph Duggar chose to celebrate his birthday at Marketplace Grill with the family's favorite dessert. You guessed it: the chocolate mess. The seventh oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children enjoyed an outing with mom and dad in honor of his 22-year milestone.

The Duggars only shared two birthday videos this time. One is from Jill, Derick, and Israel Dillard, and the other is from Jessa and Ben Seewald (embedded below).

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Jim Bob and Michelle also wrote a written message to their son:

As you were growing up we remember you being our sweet, smiley, quiet, little fella. Now you have grown into a strong, quiet and tender young man!

Your faithfulness in rising early to spend time alone with God in prayer and in His word is an inspiration.

You are such a diligent worker! When you are asked to do a job, you'll get it done without complaint and you often return to see what else there is that you can do to help!

We are grateful for your love for others and your leadership qualities as you encourage and disciple other young guys to take their relationship with God seriously.

May you continue to walk humbly with Jesus all the days of your life!

We love you Joe!
Mom & Dad

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Joseph Turns 22

When we were first introduced to Joseph Duggar, number seven in the Duggar lineup, on 14 Children and Pregnant Again! he was only nine years old. Today, he turns 22. Have a very happy birthday, Joseph!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jason Duggar Buys a House

Jason Duggar, who turns 17 in April, is entering the family real estate business!

As most of you know, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have used real estate as a means to provide for their large family since early on in their marriage. They own a number of commercial and residential properties, many of which they rent out. Now that they have grown children with varied skill sets, they often purchase properties in need to work and hire their kids to help.

Jim Bob Duggar and Jason Duggar recently cosigned the deed to a fixer-upper house located 30 minutes from the Duggar family home. It is a single-family dwelling built in 1958 and has three bedrooms, two baths, and a total living area of approximately 2,000 square feet.

At $33,000, the Duggars got a great deal, but the house needs repairs. News of this purchase comes less than one year after Jana Duggar bought a commercial property that once held a tattoo parlor.

This story was just picked up by the tabloids, so we wanted to give you the facts, as we knew you would be wondering.

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Watch 'Counting On' For Free

We have a wonderful surprise for you all this morning. TLC posted Tuesday's new episode of Counting On, "The Jinger Gown," to for free. Visit this link to watch.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Duggars Visit Creative Studio

After Jinger chose her wedding dress on last night's episode of Counting On, she and her mom, her four oldest sisters, Jeremy's parents, Derick, Ben, Israel, and Spurgeon spent the evening at Creative Studio Fredericksburg.

Everyone paired up in groups of two and created a special canvas painting for Jinger and Jeremy's home in Laredo, Texas. Rebecca, the owner of the studio, graciously gave us permission to post the photos that she took during the three-hour session.

Rebecca also shared her experience working with the Duggars and the Counting On film crew:

The cast and crew were so easy and sweet to work with. My friends rallied to help me and went way above and beyond what they expected to have to do.

A highlight for me was painting the teeny tiny couple getting engaged on the top of a skyscraper during a gorgeous sunset in NYC. And, having Michelle Duggar, the Mom, ask me to sing "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" after discovering I'm a "Princess" (owner of Princess Parties Virginia), too.

This is the painting that Jeremy's parents, Chuck and Diana Vuolo, made, based on Proverbs 31:10:

And here is Jana Duggar and Joy-Anna Duggar's work of art:

This is the "cartoon" that Jill and Derick Dillard made for Jinger and Jeremy. Facial features are difficult, so they didn't add any. The Dillards also said that the beauty of this painting is that it can age along with the Vuolos, since you can't tell how old they are.

And this picture of the Vuolos' New York City rooftop engagement was done by Michelle Duggar and Jinger Duggar....

Ben Seewald's painting of a coffee cup can be seen in the group photo above. Jessa Seewald, who admits she isn't much of an artist, stayed in the car with Israel Dillard and Spurgeon Seewald while they slept.

Photos courtesy Creative Studio Fredericksburg. To learn more, visit the business website and Facebook page.