Friday, June 28, 2013

When Will the Duggars Return to TLC?

When can you expect to see new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting on TLC? The production company is hard at work and aiming to be ready with new episodes by early fall, hopefully mid-September.

Daily reruns return to TLC on Monday, July 1st. Check the Showtimes page for listings.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Enter to Win!

We used Grammarly to grammar check this post because good grammarly makes for a happy fammerly.
We have watched the Duggars open up their home to countless visitors, but how exactly do they make hospitality work practically for their family? What is their vision for hospitality? How can you make hospitality work in your home? Get the answers to these questions and many more in Hospitality with Michelle Duggar, a 40-minute DVD filled with insights from the mother of nineteen.

Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win one of three copies! This giveaway is open to all readers.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Multi-Talented Duggars

Watch the Duggars sing, play music, and recite Scripture at a recent speaking engagement in the following YouTube videos:

Monday, June 24, 2013

Notice Anything Different?

Had some time on Sunday afternoon to add the newest Duggar to the blog header. Now that Marcus is here, that makes 26 Duggars. (That's enough to form two football teams and have four cheering from the sidelines!)

Also, be sure to check out the updated timeline photo on the Facebook page and the new Twitter background.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Duggar-In-Law Turns 25

Five years ago today, Josh traveled down to Florida to ask Anna to be his wife. Wishing this mommy of three a very happy birthday!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Guest Bloggers Jana and Jill Duggar

Jill, Michelle, Jana & Marcus 2013
In her most recent post to the TLC Parentables page, Michelle Duggar steps back and allows her eldest daughters, Jana and Jill, to fill in as guest bloggers.

Hey, Jill here!  These days, I’m staying busy, buried in the books and delivering babies, amidst the exciting Duggar life. For those of you who were wondering about how I started delivering babies, I’ll tell you the story.

Jill as a child
Back a few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend 12 weeks of childbirth classes with my 14-year-old friend, who was a single mom. Through these classes, I learned how to coach her during the birth of her child. Although I had attended two of my siblings’ births, being able to work as an active part of my friend’s birth made me interested in learning more. I became friends with a doula/labor coach who worked in the area, and started going to home and hospital births with her. Soon, I became her assistant, and through that, I came into contact with other local midwives. Over the course of the next several years, these midwives would call on me periodically for help at home births.
Jill in Central America 2013

I had been considering attending nursing school for a while, but the timing of it all wasn’t working out, and I spent a lot of time in prayer, trying to figure out where God was leading me. Eventually, through my work with the local midwives, the door opened for me to enter into a distance-learning midwifery training program in Texas. This program, after about 3 ½ years of schooling, would give me the education I need to become a licensed, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). My parents and I prayed and talked about this opportunity, and in May of 2012, I started midwifery school. Currently, my life consists of studying like crazy to keep up with my schooling through this distance-learning program, and at the same time, working as the senior apprentice under a local, nationally certified licensed midwife to deliver babies in an out-of-hospital setting.
Marcus and his birthing team 2013

Midwifery care allows for a mother to have more specific, personalized care, and to choose the options that are best for the particular needs of her pregnancy and family. After all, mother knows best, and midwifery care allows moms to make their own choices. Midwives provide routine prenatal care throughout pregnancy, with an emphasis on flexibility and individualization, as well as labor, delivery, and postpartum care. Through spending all that time together, a relationship is formed, and there is mutual trust and respect between midwife and mom.

Jana, Jill & Johannah 2006
Since I’ve started down this path to become a midwife, I’ve had the privilege of attending the births of over 60 babies! Each birth is incredibly unique and special, and I learn something new at every one of them. Not everything is peaches and cream, and some days are hard, but I have been blessed to work with a great group of ladies. (Jana included! But more on that later.) The main goal of our practice as home birth midwives is to make sure that both momma and baby are healthy. Sometimes that happens in the home, and sometimes it happens at the hospital, but wherever we are, we pray for the best possible outcome for the people we serve. There are many joys of being a student midwife; for example, seeing previous clients return for subsequent pregnancies, laboring with a young, single mom who was giving her baby up for adoption, helping my sister-in-law bring my niece and nephews into the world, or just simply holding a newborn baby! I really love what I am doing, and am thankful for all these amazing opportunities! 

Jana in Central America 2013
Hi everyone, it’s Jana! I wanted to take a minute to let you all know what has been going on in my life recently. I’ve been spending a lot of time working under a local midwife, as a part of the same birth team that Jill is on. I am really enjoying learning about natural birth, and working as a midwife assistant and doula. Even though this may not be something that I do for the rest of my life, I feel so blessed to be able to learn and grow in this area, and I plan on using the skills that I’ve developed through these experiences to help my family and friends now and in the future.
Jana as a teenager
Jill and I feel like the training we are receiving, although our paths are both a little bit different, will serve us in the future on the mission field. Each of us would like to use our skills as a way to share the hope of Jesus in foreign countries, but for right now, the country we’ve been called to serve in is our own. We enjoy loving on our moms, babies, and families, and feel privileged to care for them.