Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Photos: Duggar Girls Go Glam

Tonight on 19 Kids and Counting, the five oldest Duggar girls experimented with hair and makeup styles for Jill's wedding. Take a look at these before-and-after shots, courtesy of Freshair Salon & Boutique, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 Jana Duggar

 Jill (Duggar) Dillard

 Jessa Duggar

 Jinger Duggar

Joy-Anna Duggar

Recap: Girls Go Glam & Duggar To-Dos

Tonight on TLC...

19 Kids and Counting "Duggar Girls Go Glam"
  • Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna visit Freshair Salon to experiment with hair and makeup styles for Jill's wedding. "We never really go to salons," says Jessa. "We have friends who can cut hair, and they will do that for us."
  • At the salon, the four oldest girls have their hair curled and pulled partway back, while Joy requests a full up-do. On the day of the wedding, they decide to wear their hair curly and mostly down, which is Derick's favorite style.
  • When asked about her relationship status, Jana replies that she is "good with just waiting right now."
  • Joy-Anna says she does not plan on entering into a relationship any time soon.  "It's just a lot of work," shares the almost-17-year-old.
  • After hair and makeup, the girls browse for bridesmaids dresses. They are looking for a dress that provides covering from the "neck to knee" and is practical enough to be worn for future events.
  • The girls fall in love with a lacy, mint green dress. To make it fit Duggar modesty standards, Jana purchases an additional dress for extra material so she can add sleeves, raise the neckline, extend the length, and create a more vintage look. The dresses cost less than $30 each.
  • Jana is the family's primary seamstress, although Jessa, Jill and Michelle are also proficient at sewing. Jana says Jinger and Joy are "working" on their sewing skills.
  • In Washington D.C., Anna and the kiddos learn how to prepare healthy foods from Heather, a friend they met at the farmer's market. For a snack, they prepare meatball-grape-pineapple kabobs, which Mackynzie and Michael love. For dinner, Heather introduces fingerling potatoes cooked with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper; green beans and squash; and salmon with peaches.
  • Josh approves: "Anna and Heather did a great job with the meal." The kids don't care for the squash, but they enjoy the rest of it.
 19 Kids and Counting "Duggar To-Dos"
  • The Duggars usually purchase shoes from thrift stores, but they decide to splurge for Jill's wedding. Michelle, Grandma Duggar, and the girls head to Famous Footwear to pick out tan heels for the bridesmaids and white sandals for the flower girls. Jill plans to go barefoot.
  • "I think that every girl likes a new pair of shoes," says Jinger.
  • When asked if any of her daughters have a shoe obsession, Michelle responds that a number, and perhaps all, of her girls could fit that bill.
  • After their honeymoon, Jill and Derick will temporarily live in a large house that Jim Bob owns and plans to sell soon. While the ladies shop, the guys meet a flooring specialist at the house to lay carpeting. The Duggar dad's goal is for his sons to learn a new skill they can use throughout their lives.
  • Some guys would find it inconvenient to constantly have their younger siblings around, especially while doing jobs that could potentially go much quicker without having to supervise little ones, but John-David says he sees it as "planning for the future."
  • In D.C., Josh and Anna and the kids decide to make a (slightly unconventional) wedding gift for Jill and Derick...a Nepal-themed baby mobile.
  • "For anyone else, I wouldn't get them a baby gift as a wedding gift, but for a Duggar, it's just kind of appropriate," says Anna. The reasoning behind the theme is that Nepal is where Jill and Derick's love story began.
  • Does Anna hope to be pregnant again soon? "I would love to have more children, but it's just that balance of welcoming more and enjoying the three children that God has for me," says the young mom. 
  • As the show wraps up, the Duggar ladies keep Jana company while she alters the bridesmaids dresses.
  • "We have a lot of work to do on these dresses to make them fit right and work right, but we also have a short period of time to do it," says Jana. Just a few weeks until the wedding!

Duggar Boys Get to Work

Here's a preview of what's in store for the Duggars tonight on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. Tune in at 9PM ET PT/8PM CT to catch up with your favorite TV family. Click here for episode summaries.
 

Get Your Duggar Fix Tonight on TLC

Turn your TV to TLC tonight at 9PM ET PT/8PM CT for two new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting:

9:00 PM ET
Duggar Girls Go Glam
The oldest Duggar girls share some sister time trying out hair and makeup for Jill's upcoming nuptials. Then, they're off to search for the perfect bridesmaid attire. Can Jill find gowns that fit her vintage style while maintaining Duggar modesty standards?

9:30 PM ET
Duggar To-Dos
Jill and her sisters, along with Grandma Duggar and Michelle, head out to find shoes for the bridal party. Meanwhile, Josh and Anna make a very special "Duggar" wedding gift. And Jim Bob and the boys tackle laying down carpet in the newlyweds' home.

The Duggar Cousin Turns 28

Wishing Amy Duggar 
a happy 28th birthday!

Jinger Duggar poses with cousin Amy Duggar at a local thrift store

Monday, September 29, 2014

Shoe Shopping with the Duggars

Tomorrow on 19 Kids and Counting, the Duggar ladies head to Famous Footwear to buy shoes for Jill's wedding. However, there is one [very important] member of the bridal party who has decided to go against the grain and forgo footwear...the bride!

"I am choosing to go barefoot at the wedding," Jill tells viewers. "I'm not one to wear heels anyway. Plus, I like the height difference between me and Derick."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Photos: Wedding Dress Shopping with Jill

Take a look at the various dresses Jill Duggar (now Jill Dillard) modeled while shopping for her wedding dress at Ava Laurenne Bride on this week's episode of 19 Kids and Counting. Jill received the bridal shop's Princess Treatment package, which costs $500.














Image credit: DCL

Video: Duggars at #VVS14

For those of you who were unable to tune in live to the Values Voter Summit last night, check out this video recording of the song the Duggar family performed and the words of wisdom Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar shared with the crowd.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Duggars Meet Duck Dynasty

Any Duck Dynasty fans out there? This evening at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C., the Duggars met Alan Robertson, oldest son of Phil and Kay Robertson, and his wife, Lisa,


Watch the Duggars LIVE Tonight

The Duggars spent the week making their way to Washington D.C., with stops to visit the Creation Museum in Kentucky and Michelle's family in Ohio. Between 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT and 9:20 PM ET/8:20 PM CT tonight, the Duggars will speak and share music at the 2014 Values Voter Summit. Watch the action on the live YouTube feed below:

Jill Dillard's Pregnancy Cravings

Jill Dillard is one week into her second trimester of pregnancy! The expectant mama told TLC that she has been craving green beans with salt and vinegar.



6 Years and Counting!

Six years ago, Josh and Anna Duggar recited their wedding vows at Buford Grove Baptist Church in Hillard, Florida. What advice do you have for the couple as they celebrate six years of marriage?







Thursday, September 25, 2014

Michelle on Weddings and Babies

In this video clip, Michelle Duggar talks with her daughters about how excited she is for all the weddings and grandchildren that are in her future. "Maybe you'll have another one," adds Jill Dillard. "Never know!" responds the mom of 19.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Josie Duggar Update

Have you been following the blog long enough to remember reading updates about Josie Duggar as she fought for her life in the Arkansas Children's Hospital NICU? The little girl who commanded the attention of the world when she was born weighing 1 pound 6 ounces turns five years old in December.

In her latest TLC Parentables post, Michelle Duggar shares how Josie reacted when the Duggar family welcomed the doctor who delivered Josie into their home for dinner. 

The night before they came over, I told Josie, “Tomorrow evening we are going to have the doctor over who delivered you. God used him to save your life and my life. The skills that he learned in school, and all of the training that he got, allowed him to sustain your life and mine.”


As the doctor and his wife pulled into the Duggars' driveway, Josie stood at the window and jumped up and down. 

The minute her doctor stepped foot through the door, she hugged his leg and didn't let go of him the whole time he was here. He picked her up, and she hugged his neck, kissed him on the cheek, and just would not let go.

At four years old, Josie has started studying phonics and violin, is riding a bike without training wheels, and loves singing.

She is excelling. She sings all the time; she has a song in her heart, and if she doesn’t know the words, she just makes them up.

Michelle says she wants Josie to understand what a miracle it is that she is alive and well. When the family meets fans who prayed for Josie when she was in the NICU, Josie shows her appreciation by giving them a heartfelt hug.

We have such gratitude in our hearts that she’s here, and we don’t take for granted a day that we get with her. It makes you look at all of your other relationships so differently and appreciate the time that you’ve got with the kids.

Video: More Duggar Wedding Prep

"I was never really one of those little girls that sat around and was like, picking out my dress when I was ten years old or something!" Jessa Duggar tells viewers as she sits down with Michelle and Jill to discuss wedding plans. (Video below.)

Duggar Girls' Day Out at the Bridal Shop

Check out this video clip from Jill's bridal party at Ava Laurenne Bride, featured in last night's episode:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recap: "Jill Says Yes to the Dress"

19 Kids and Counting "Jill Says Yes to the Dress"...
  • Michelle boards a plane to Washington D.C. with her five oldest daughters (Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna) to shop for Jill's wedding dress.
  • Jill says she is "excitedly nervous" for her big day.
  • "I'm very excited for the moment that Jill is going to try on these wedding dresses," says Michelle. "But at the same time, it's kind of surreal because I realize, 'Wow, we're really here.'"
  • "I think having so many siblings and weddings coming up in our future, I think we are going to be doing a lot of wedding dress shopping," adds Jana.
  • When they arrive in D.C., the Duggar ladies meet up with Anna and her kiddos for brunch. During the meal, Jill asks Jana to be her maid of honor and asks Jessa, Jinger, and Joy to be bridesmaids. (Johannah will also be a bridesmaid.) "I chose Jana as my maid of honor because growing up, we've always been really close," says Jill.
  • The girls are thrilled, especially Anna, who was not expecting to be in the wedding party.
  • At Ava Laurenne Bride, Jill gets the "Princess Treatment" package. First, she has her hair and makeup done, and then the girls share heart-felt notes with the bride-to-be. Joy, who is especially close to Jill, breaks down crying when she reads her letter. "She was my live baby doll," Jill says of Joy.
  • The dress shopping begins, and Jill falls in love with the eighth dress she tries on. "It's what I was praying for," she says. According to Jill's family, the dress fits her personality perfectly. Michelle's dream wedding dress would be one with poofy sleeves and a lot of sparkles, but Jill's styles are simpler than her mother's.
  • While the girls are away, Jim Bob and John-David take Derick Dillard and Ben Seewald on a camping trip. While the guys drive to the cabin, Jim Bob offers marriage advice to Derick and Ben. He tells the young men that love is more important than money, that communication is key, and that what the wife says often goes.
  • John-David says his dad gives him a hard time about being single and has tried to set him up with girls in the past. "One of these days, I'll find the right one, and I'll join the ranks," says John.
  • While preparing to rock climb, the guys joke that John-David is the most expendable because he does not have a wife, fiancĂ©, or girlfriend, but Jim Bob assures his son that they all love him and would miss him.
  • After rock climbing, the guys jump off a cliff while attached to a bungee cord. Derick and Ben take the leap with no problem, but it takes Jim Bob a few minutes to gather enough confidence. John-David decides not to jump.
  • "You know, I've got 19 children," reasons Jim Bob. "Can they afford to lose their father?"
  • "I jumped off, and my life flashed before my eyes," says Derick.
  • As their adventure comes to a close, the guys take a ride on a zip line. At the end of the trip, Jim Bob says Derick and Ben passed the test. "Two daughters down, seven more to go," says the dad of 19. 

Tonight on TLC...

September 23, 2014
9PM ET PT/8PM CT
19 Kids and Counting "Jill Says Yes to the Dress"
Michelle and the oldest Duggar girls are off to D.C. for a very special mother-daughter trip...It's time to buy Jill's wedding dress! Meanwhile, Jim Bob and John-David take Derick and Ben on a guys' getaway to rock-climb and zip-line.


Advice for Moms and Daughters

David and Priscilla Waller, Anna Duggar's brother-in-law and sister, recently visited the Duggars in Northwest Arkansas. In the following YouTube video, Michelle and Priscilla share encouragement for moms and daughters.

Although the video was created for the participants of a mother-daughter retreat in Australia, Michelle and Priscilla's advice is applicable to all ladies.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Homeschooling with the Duggars

"I've learned that flexibility is a very important character quality for mama," Michelle Duggar tells Alpha Omega Publications, one of the organizations that the Duggars purchase homeschool curricula from. 'When you've got that many children, you've got to be flexible because children don't always go with a schedule, especially those younger ones."

In the following video, Michelle talks about the challenges and joys of homeschooling and shares advice for families considering home education.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Duggar Throwbacks

Enjoy these photos of the Duggars from years gone by. Can you believe there was a time when Jim Bob and Michelle had only a few children?

 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, circa 1984

 Michelle Duggar with Josh and twins Jana and John-David

 Jim Bob Duggar with Josh and the twins 

 Jill and Jana Duggar

The Duggar family, circa 1994

Friday, September 19, 2014

Duggars and Healthy Eating

In the following TLC webisode, former professional football player Steve Conley takes Josh and Anna Duggar and their children, Mackynzie, Michael, and Marcus, to a local farmers market to help them choose healthier options.

"The kids really enjoyed the activity and being involved in sort of the shopping process," says Josh Duggar.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dr. Pepper and Fanta for Baby Dilly

Just a few months after releasing their wedding registry, Jill and Derick Dillard are creating another gift registry. This one is for Baby Dilly, due March 24th, 2015. The parents-to-be have thought of everything, including caffeinated drinks.

"Derick said we should put Dr. Pepper on there, because if you have late nights, you have to have caffeine," Jill told PEOPLE Magazine with a laugh." And I told him, 'I like Fanta,' so he put that on there and some Gatorade, as well." 

Jill and Derick are looking forward to finding out and announcing their baby's gender in the coming weeks. They are planning for a large family and for that reason are avoiding colors that are gender specific. 

"We tried to think practical since we don't know what we are having yet," Jill told PEOPLE. "I know people are trying to guess, but we don't even know. I came from a large family and my mom used to think – when I'm buying, do I want to go with one theme or be more practical? We are trying to think of gender neutral stuff, trying to think long-term."

Other items on the couple's gift registry include paper towels, burp cloths, sippy cups, light switch covers, baby cereal, a
nd all the ingredients for the Duggars' homemade laundry detergent

The Dillards have already received two car seats that strap to a suitcase from Derick's mom, in case Jill is pregnant with twins. 

When the baby arrives, Jill and Derick plan to keep him or her in the master bedroom for the first few weeks. 

"We are still trying to decide about whether or not we'll do sleep training, but we will transition the baby into their own room eventually," she told PEOPLE

Baby Dilly Update

Jill Dillard has officially made it through her first trimester of pregnancy. At 13 weeks, Baby Dilly has developed fingerprints and clearly visible veins and organs. He or she is about three inches long and weighs approximately one ounce. Jill and Derick Dillard are looking forward to finding out and announcing the baby's gender soon. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Duggars Shop for Wedding Bands

Michelle Duggar poses with her family on her wedding day in 1984

"When Michelle and I got married, we just didn't really care about all the details," Jim Bob Duggar told TLC. "We just set up some folding chairs in a small area, and we got married. I'm sure Jill's wedding is going to be probably 10 times the size of Michelle and I's wedding."

In the following TLC webisode, Jill and Derick shop for wedding bands at the same jeweler where Jim Bob and Michelle purchased their rings before becoming husband and wife in 1984.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recap: "Duggar Dirty Jobs" and "Duggars Decorate & Diet"

Tonight on TLC...

19 Kids and Counting "Duggar Dirty Jobs"
  • Jill and Derick, accompanied by chaperone Michelle, purchase wedding bands at White's Jewelry, the same jeweler Jim Bob and Michelle visited 30 years ago while preparing for their wedding.
  • Ben Seewald recently became the first single, non-Duggar male to live on the Duggars' property. He and Jessa have purposed never to be alone together. "...Ben realizes the responsibility before God and before Jessa's daddy to not make any mistakes" says Michelle. 
  • According to Jessa, one downside of living so close to Ben is that she always has to look her best.
  • "If you want to marry a Duggar girl, you can't be afraid to get your hands dirty," says Jim Bob, who sends Ben out to work with John-David. Their first task is to fix a fence, but after determining that they don't have the right supplies to complete the job, John and Ben decide to grab a box of donuts.
  • Next, the men install windows. "I haven't done a whole lot of carpentry work before," says Ben. "Measuring tapes and Ben, well, we aren't the best of friends.
  • When Jessa says it would be nice to have a handy husband, Ben responds that that is not an "absolute necessity" and that "some guys just might have strengths in other areas."
  • The last item on Ben's to-do list is to bathroom cleaning. John says part of the reason his dad invited Ben to move onto the family's property is because he wants to prepare Jessa's boyfriend to support a wife and family.
  • Meanwhile, Grandma, Michelle, and Joy take the younger kids to Imagine Studios to paint pottery as wedding gifts for Jill and Derick. 
  • "I'm excited for Jill and Derick to get married..." says Jackson. "...cause they've never gotten married before," adds Johannah.
  • Joy says it's bittersweet to watch Jill prepare to move out, since the two sisters were buddies and slept in the same bed for many years.
19 Kids and Counting "Duggars Decorate & Diet"
  • Michelle, Jessa, and Joy take on the task of reupholstering stools. The Duggar mom says she doesn't think it's likely that any of her kids will have more than 19 children but that it isn't entirely impossible.
  • While enjoying a homemade, Southern breakfast of biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs, and sausage at their home in Washington D.C., Josh and Anna are shocked to welcome an unexpected visitor...former professional football player Steve Conley! About a year ago, Steve put Jim Bob and Josh through an intense physical training regimen.
  • "The good think about this breakfast is that it's so full of preservatives that it will keep you around for a long time" jokes Anna, who says she usually prepares healthier foods.
  • "I think with moving, I've kind of slacked back into my old ways," says Josh.
  • When Steve looks through Josh and Anna's pantry and fridge and discovers a lack of healthy options, he takes them to a local farmer's market to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies.
  • At the market, Steve turns shopping into a game for Mackynzie and Michael, as he sends them to find foods that match certain descriptions.
  • Back in Arkansas, Jinger snaps engagement photos of Jill and Derick. Jessa comes along as the wardrobe coordinator and photographer's assistant.
  • Jill and Derick say that saving the physical side of their relationship for marriage gives them incentive to have a short engagement.
  • Jim Bob supervises the younger and middle-aged kids while they paint the soap box derby cars they built during last week's show.

Video: Jill & Derick's Photo Shoot

"Well with 19 children and every one of them having different hobbies and interests, those can really pay off when it comes to saving money," says Michelle Duggar

Tonight on 19 Kids and Counting, Jinger, the Duggar family photographer, grabs her camera and takes engagement pictures of Jill and Derick. Video preview below:

New Episodes Tonight

Tune in to TLC tonight at 9PM ET PT/8PM CT for two new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.
 
9:00 PM ET PT/8 PM CT
Duggar Dirty Jobs
With Ben Seewald having moved in, Jim Bob puts Jessa's beau to work with a full list of jobs for the day. Can Ben get them all done, or will his first day on Duggar duty be his last? Meanwhile, Jill and Derick go wedding band shopping.

9:30 PM ET PT/8:30 PM CT
Duggars Decorate & Diet 
When Josh's old trainer, Steve, shows up at his front door unexpectedly, what will Steve learn about Josh's current eating and exercising habits? Later, Jinger uses her photography skills to snap engagement photos of Jill and Derick.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wedding Prep Photos

Tune in to TLC tomorrow evening for two new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting. Let's take a look at photos from last week's new episodes, which focused on Jill and Derick's wedding preparations and their hiking date.

 Jill and Derick enjoy a hike to celebrate Jill's 23rd birthday

 Derick packs a picnic lunch and surprises Jill with a bouquet of flowers that are pink,
Jill's favorite color
 James Duggar comes along as a chaperone for the engaged couple

 Jessa Duggar helps Jill and Derick with a tasty chore--choosing a wedding cake flavor 

Jill and Derick decide on French vanilla cake with strawberry filling and off-white, 
butter cream frosting. 

Michelle Duggar goes with the engaged couple to tour possible wedding venues

 Jill and Derick end up booking Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas, for their special day
 Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard

"19 Kids and Preaching" Available Now


For the first time since the Duggars began sharing their lives on TV in 2004, Jim Bob and Michelle and their 19 kids are giving viewers an intimate look at their family's Christian faith. In partnership with Living Waters Publications, the Duggars just released 19 Kids and Preaching, a 30-minute video that shows their family spreading the gospel through open-air preaching.

You can download a copy of 19 Kids and Preaching today for $9.99 or waiting until October 7th to purchase it on DVD. Living Waters is offering two additional resources free of charge to those who purchase the download.  Click here for details. Scroll down to watch the trailer and view promo photos.

Synopsis: 
Join TV host and bestselling author Ray Comfort as he offers tips on how to preach the gospel, and then watch as Joshua Duggar takes courage, steps up to the plate, and preaches open-air style—outside the White House! Listen as Jim Bob and Michelle unashamedly testify to their Christian faith in the open air at a local university. This up-close and personal look at the Duggar family’s faith in action will encourage and inspire you.

19 Kids and Preaching Trailer & Promo Photos