Thursday, August 29, 2013

Date Set for Duggars' Return to TLC

The news you have been waiting for all summer is finally here! New episodes of 19 Kids and Counting premiere in less than three weeks! Tune in to TLC on Tuesday, September 17th, to see what the Duggars have been up to since last season.

On another note, the Duggars are holding a flea market and auction to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The family is grateful for the exceptional care that Josie, now almost four years old, received from Arkansas Children's when she was born three months early and wish to help other families of preemies.

The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, September 7th, from 8am-2pm at 500 Arbor Acres Avenue in Springdale, Arkansas. The camera crew will be filming throughout the day.

Delivering Babies

Jill has been spending her days studying midwifery under certified professional midwife Venessa Giron (A Mommy's Butterfly Midwifery). Here are photos of the babies that the 22-year-old Duggar has helped deliver this month:

 Jill Duggar with Anya Grace
August 1st, 2013

 Jill welcomes Darcy Elizabeth
August 5, 2013

 Jill and Mason Hunter
August 26, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Michelle on Dating Your Spouse

In the following video blog post, Michelle Duggar urges viewers to "date [their] spouse" and explains why she believes that connecting with one's husband or wife plays a crucial role in strengthening the family unit. "The stability of our relationship helps for the stability of our children's' hearts," says the mom of 19.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Interview with Josh Duggar

A recent guest on American Family Radio, Josh Duggar discussed his new life in Washington D.C., an upcoming event that he is attending (click here for details), and...cupcakes? Here's the recording:
 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Michelle: Tips on Parenting Teens

How do the Duggars shepherd their children through the teenage years? In her latest video blog post, Michelle shares what she and Jim Bob have learned about parenting young adults.

Disclaimer: the spelling mistake in the video title is not ours:)

Friday, August 23, 2013

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Ellie's Hawaiian flower Flexi Clip
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Visit From the Duggars


Putting others above themselves is a lifestyle habit that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar strive to instill in their children. Leading by example, the couple, along with Gil and Kelly Bates (also the parents of 19 children), visited Claire, a fan recovering from brain surgery. 


After connecting with the Bates family through a mutual friend late last week, Gil and Kelly offered to surprise Claire with a visit. Jim Bob and Michelle had plans to drop by the Bates' Tennessee home Monday afternoon and jumped at the chance to go along, so the two couples arranged to meet Claire at the hospital later that evening.

Brad, Claire's father, shares the details of the visit: 

The Duggars had been on the road all day with their family, and yet once they got settled in with [the] Bates and had dinner, they then got in the car and drove from the Bates' home in Lake City to the hospital. There were no cameras, except our own. There was no publicity. They simply got in the car and drove to Knoxville to meet Claire. It was out of pure kindness, I say it was a "God thing." 

Brad said that the four had tears in their eyes as he told them Claire's story.

They all gave her gentle hugs, and Ms. Duggar even gave her sweet kisses on the forehead. Mr. Bates led us in a prayer, and then they just visited with us. They insisted we keep them posted on her recovery. I was truly impressed with the love that God has put in their hearts. I can't thank the Duggar and Bates families enough for the effort they made to make our Claire Bear a very happy little lady. God used them as such a blessing to us, and we are grateful. Most of all, I thank God for progress in Claire's healing and another step toward getting home. Thank you for your continued prayers and please say a prayer for the Duggars and Bates, as well."

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Correct Answers to Duggar Trivia

Here are the answers to Sunday's round of Duggar trivia. How did you do?

1. What organization does Josh Duggar work for in Washington D.C.? FRC Action, an affiliate of the Family Research Council

2. What is Jim Bob Duggar's sister's name? Deanna 

3. Which two Duggars are spending their time delivering babies? Jana and Jill

4. In what year did the first special air about the Duggar family? (Brownie points if you can name the network it appeared on.) 2004; Discovery Health

Monday, August 19, 2013

Duggar Trivia

Time for another round of Duggar Trivia! Post your answers as a comment, and we will reveal the correct responses on Tuesday.

1. What organization does Josh Duggar work for in Washington D.C.?
2. What is Jim Bob Duggar's sister's name?
3. Which two Duggars are spending their time delivering babies?
4. In what year did the first special air about the Duggar family? (Brownie points if you can name the network it appeared on.)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Very Duggar Press Conference

The Duggars drove through the night to make it to a press conference this week in Columbus to show their support for the Ohio Heartbeat Bill. Jim Bob and Michelle, joined by 17 of their children and 2 family friends (Jonathan and Jason Hartono), share their thoughts on the bill in the following YouTube videos:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Teaching Kids Tact

In her latest TLC Parentables post, Michelle Duggar explains how she teaches her little ones to be respectful when they encounter people with different beliefs, lifestyles, and cultures.

I try to teach them to be tactful and not to blurt out questions or statements about people or situations that might be new or different to them. We want them to come and ask questions, to whisper in my ear or daddy’s ear, and ask the questions they might have. 

If the family is in a situation where it wouldn't be polite to address the question right away, Michelle tells the child to bring it up later, when they can discuss the matter in private and avoid offending others.

I’ve explained to them that others may wonder why they are asking a certain question because it’s about something that is common for their culture. It’s important for them to be sensitive to the feelings of others.

Ever watched the show and think that the Duggar kids seem to obey everything they're told, all the time? Michelle is quick to remind readers that all children have their moments, and hers are no exception.

We’ve got a ways to go to train our kids in the proper etiquette of being around other people in public places. Believe me, ours aren’t angels!


In the following video blog, Michelle shares her favorite memories from the family's trip to Asia:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Spend Labor Day with the Duggars

What are your plans for Labor Day? Why not spend it with the Duggars at the 12th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration?

Monday, Sept. 2nd, 2013 (Labor Day)
Duggars to be guest speakers and singers at the 12th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration
Come enjoy inspiring speakers, beautiful music, hayrides and games, encouraging fellowship, and delicious food.

Family picnic lunch starts at 12:00pm
Cost: Donations for supper and a love offering will be taken in the evening.
Hard ice cream will be sold.

Location: 
1881 Johnson Washington Rd
Kalona, IA    52247
Contact Chelsy with questions and to RSVP:
info@bontragerfamilysingers.com/319-325-4974

*The Bontragers add that an RSVP is required and ask that you give them your name and the number of people in your group ASAP.


Lodging in Kalona, IA:

Pull'r Inn Motel
110 E. Ave. Hwy 1&22
Kalona, IA
319-656-3611

Windmill Ridge Campground
2114 140th St.
Kalona, IA
319-656-4488

Kalona City Campground
1120 E Ave.
Kalona, IA
319-656-2310

Hampton Inn
4 Sturgis Corner Drive
Iowa City, Iowa
319-339-800

Super 8 Motel
119 Westview Dr.
Washington, IA
319-653-6621

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Josh: "I’m just invigorated by it all"


Josh and Anna Duggar and their three children have been in Washington D.C. for nearly two months. How did Josh land his new job at FRC Action (an affiliate of the Family Research Council)? 

Joy is currently visiting D.C
Josh's passion for politics began 15 years ago when Jim Bob Duggar ran for Arkansas House of Representatives and won. Jim Bob involved his family of 13 in his political career from the start, and Josh has had an interest in politics ever since.

But when Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, approached him about a job opening earlier this year, Josh was hesitant. 

Marcus Duggar--2 months old
“I attended the 2013 March for Life in January – my first time to attend – and I bumped into Tony Perkins,” Josh told the American Family Association Journal.

Josh offered to help find candidates for the position, but Tony Perkins had something else in mind. “What about you?” he asked the 24-year-old.

“No,” Josh answered, “I’m comfortable running my business back home in Arkansas.”
Filming for 19 Kids and Counting

The two men resolved to pray about it, and five months later, Josh and Anna and their three childrenages 3, 2, and newborn were moving to D.C.

Despite his age, Josh has big plans for his political career: “It’s time to say enough is enough,” he said, “to share our thoughts and vision, to work together, to share information and materials, to provide resources for each other, from D.C. to our own hometowns. I’m just invigorated by it all."


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Filming in Washington D.C.

Now that Josh and Anna have moved out east, will they still be featured on TLC? The answer is yes! Here are a few snapshots of a recent filming session at their new house in Washington D.C.
And in case you haven't heard, new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting return this fall. The network is shooting for a mid-September start date.




Friday, August 9, 2013

Settling Sibling Squabbles

"Usually by the time mine are five, six years old, they really do get along because they learn there's a price to be paid for being selfish," explains Michelle Duggar in her latest video blog.

How do the Duggars settle arguments between their children? Find out below:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Keeping the GrandDuggars in Line

If you live in the D.C. area, keep your eyes open for Josh and Anna Duggar and their triple stroller! How do you have any ideas on how to manage multiple small children while out and about?


Monday, August 5, 2013

A Message From Josh

Watch the following video for a special invitation from Josh Duggar:



October 11-13, 2013
Josh Duggar to speak at the 2013 Values Voter Summit
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C.
Click here for registration information

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Josie Duggar Blows Kisses in Texas

Earlier in July, Michelle Duggar spoke at the Stand4Life Rally in Austin, Texas, accompanied by Jim Bob, Josh, and Josie. Here's the full speech. Michelle comes in after 42 minutes. (Pay special attention at 43:43, when Josie blows kisses to the crowd.)