Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Photos: Duggars in Central America

What did you think of last night's season finale episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On? (Click here to find out how you can help convince TLC to bring the show back for a second season.)

The past two episodes have focused on the mission trip that the Seewalds and a handful of the Duggar siblings took to Central America in March. Check out these snapshots from their time with Jill and Derick Dillard.

Jason Duggar, Jinger Duggar, James Duggar, Jedidiah Duggar, Jana Duggar, 
Joy-Anna Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Derick Dillard, Israel Dillard, 
Jill Duggar Dillard, Ben Seewald, Jessa Duggar Seewald, and Spurgeon Seewald

 Jill and Derick Dillard look through the photo book from Jill's sibling

 Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard set up for a women's conference

 Ben Seewald and Spurgeon Seewald

 James Duggar and Israel Dillard

 Jill Dillard and Jana Duggar

 Jill and Derick Dillard

 Derick Dillard and Israel Dillard

 Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard

 The Dillards with Spurgeon Seewald

 Israel Dillard meets Spurgeon Seewald


 The Dillards and Seewalds

 The Seewalds with Israel Dillard

 The Seewald family

 Joseph Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, and Spurgeon Seewald

Jill and Derick Dillard, Joseph Duggar, Jason Duggar, Israel Dillard, Jedidiah Duggar, 
Jinger Duggar, Joy Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Jana Duggar, James Duggar, 
Jessa and Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald

 Jill Dillard holds Spurgeon Seewald one last time before saying goodbye

 Jill Dillard and Jana Duggar embrace

 Headed back tot he airport

The Dillards wave goodbye to Jill's siblings


Photos courtesy DCL; Click here to view more

111 comments:

  1. Last night's show was pretty bad. Why would you want to encourage any TV station to continue this show? Time for everyone to move on. In fact, that's a good name for a second season - "Move On." One hour of looking at the test pattern on TV while everyone gets on with their real lives or pays attention to their own children or reads the Bible or does anything else productive.

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    1. Wow what a nice thing to say "anonymous". Sheesh

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    2. The show needs to end. They are running out of story line. It's so repetitive. All they do is talk about the past.

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  2. The Dillard's all look the picture of health.

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    1. is this meant to be sarcastic? It seems like it...

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  3. Show was k, but what's with Derrick,s looks? Long hair and beard, maybe trim it down a little so u can see face. He looks so sick

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    1. Why dont you worry about the way you look. Or contact Duck Dynasty and tell them to trim their beards. How they groom themselves is none of your business.

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    2. I Agree!!!

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  4. Jason looks more like one of the twins than the other twin!

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  5. Looks like a beautiful place to be a missionary. Certainly doesn't look at all dangerous--

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    1. The ministry newsletter is saying that gangs are trying extortion type threats now against the ministry. Where the truth might actually stand, though, who knows.

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    2. The ministry newsletter actually doesn't say that. What's happening is that SOS promised certain improvements and services in exchange for protected status. The locals are now seeing that they were used as props. A house was built for Jill and Derick before money was used on the children in the village. Money is spent on conferences instead of providing a more reliable infrastructure for the children.

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  6. I was disappointed with TLC. I love the new footage but there were a lot of flash backs to fill time and I still don't know what the life changing event was, so I feel like I was misled. If TLC wanted to give them a chance they should have had new content or used what they didn't air from 19 Kids and Counting. TLC could have done better.

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    1. Agree -- too many flashbacks -- I love the show and hope it continues, but they should limit the old footage and enough with the teasers of future relationships.

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  7. Why has Derrick let his hair and beard grow so long?

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    1. The beard is probably to fill out his face while he's so skinny and his mouth tries to heal from that expansion surgery. He's still in braces so obviously they're still trying to shift things into place. Besides, "Jill likes it" is what we were told last night. Whatever!

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    2. He looks good!

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    3. Because it's just hair. Who cares if he grows it out or shaves it all off?? Everyone should stop being so negative. If his wife likes it then that's all that matters!!

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  8. It was so much fun to see all the older Duggar siblings together, especially Jill and Jessa. Jill is an amazing woman whose faith and personality are perfect for the important ministry she is doing. It was wonderful to see a woman in this family step up and take a leadership role. I hope Jessa returns to using her leadership gifts too. I was disappointed that there was not a life-changing announcement. I felt TLC led us astray on that one.

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  9. What abou the life changing event?

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  10. Did i miss something? What was the big life changing moment we were all supposed to witness...Ho hum,another show with mostly flashbacks, I'm gettin weary. I want the show back, but on a new network or with major changes in production...as a die hard fan, we shouldnt have to settle.Can y'all imagine if this last batch of episodes were only a half an hour long, we would have about three minutes of new material...yikes.I am definitely going to champion for them to return...buuut with conditions, no need to state them as MOST of us fans have been on the same page of late.Blessings☻

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  11. The Duggars are changing the culture, and that is why there is such backlash against them. It should open people's eyes as to the true agenda of those who so vehemently want them off the air.

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    1. The Duggars are changing the culture? How about some examples, because I don't see it.

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    2. What? Don't understand.

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    3. Not all negative comments have an agenda.. come on! Everyone has negative points and that includes the duggars

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    4. How are the Duggars changing the culture?

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    5. Changing the culture? Not so much. They became celebrities because of their extreme beliefs against birth control. Having a huge family has been the draw for curious folks who tuned in to their "reality" show. The scandals also attracted viewers. The recent shows are a poor attempt by TLC to keep them relevant. I think the Duggars should retreat to a life of privacy, if for no other reason than the sake of the minor children.

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    6. I don't agree with you at all. The evidence clearly refutes that.

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  12. I just love your family as a whole and what you stand for and stand up for,I so pray we continue seeing ALL of you,you have become a part of my family and daily prayers,hope to see more of all of you Gods blessings to this amazing family.

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  13. I love seeing the older kids and how their lives are progressing, but why all the flashbacks - we've seen that all before. Also I thought a life changing event was promised - TLC that wasn't nice.

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  14. I'm a gurgle fan of the Duggars but I also hope there to be more of the recent material rather than flashbacks.. I hope for a season 2 of counting on!

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  15. BORING!! I want to see new material!

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    1. Love seeing the show but did not see anything that was life changing , also would like to see Anna react with her other children and not just Meredith

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  16. This episode was SO disappointing! At least half of it was flashbacks from 19 Kids and Counting. I think we've all seen enough of Jill and Jessa's weddings and births. New material would be nice. There was no life changing anything.

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    1. Being missionaries, living in foreign countries, considering adopting from an orphanage all that is life changing stuff.

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    2. Something is different about Jill, she is very quiet and nice.

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    3. Not one bit of that is new though, they've talked about all of it for the entire season, in fact they've talked about it as far back as 19 Kids & Counting. It's not life changing anymore, it's just really old news. TLC misled the viewers 100%.

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    4. but none of that is new, nor was it framed as life changing. This is just their life now, nothing new was revealed.

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    5. I guess TLC should have said "new" life changing events. Jill moving wasn't new, considering adoption isn't new either. We've heard Jessa and Michelle and Jim Bob talk about "considering" adoption since before the original show was cancelled.

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    6. Yes that stuff it but we already knew about all that stuff nothing new was revealed. Lilly & Ellie can you shed any light on why nothing new was announced? Love your blog thank you!

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    7. We agree that it was very anticlimactic and will be sending your feedback to TLC. :)

      Thanks for being loyal readers!
      Lily and Ellie

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    8. It wasn't just TLC that mislead us, Lily and Ellie YOU called it Lifechanging. We feel that this place, one of the few we can go for accurate Duggar info, is also lying to us. Please don't betray our trust in you.

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    9. Hi Marla,

      We want to remind you that we were very clear that the phrase "life-changing season finale" came from TLC, not from us. We were simply telling our readers how the network was describing the show, and we clearly communicated that.

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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    10. Thank you for your reply.
      I just feel that as friends of the family, you are in a privileged position to spread accurate information.
      You reported that TLC was calling it Lifechanging, and you are a source of accurate info on the Duggars. If TLC is inaccurate, and you are spreading their message, aren't you as responsible as they are for misleading us? You propagated the falsehood.
      Can we now not trust TLC?

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    11. Lily and Ellie,
      I am so glad you cleared that up! I knew it had to be TLC!! You girls are awesome.

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  17. I missed it. With what I'm reading I think I will just look forward to next season.
    In regards to the beard, he did the same in Nepal. Some men's faces can't handle shaving in the heat. Creams irritate and bar soap results in scaring. Let him be and watch it all go upon returning home.

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  18. What was the life changing decision? I'm unable to watch the episodes.

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  19. Wow! Central America was so beautiful!!! That said, maybe it's time to bring back the whole family. Is John David still a policeman? How's Joseph doing in college? I loved, "awkward moments with Joy and Sienna." I also would like to see how Michelle and Jim Bob are dealing with all the changes in their family.

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  20. Love the show though there was a lot of space-filling flashbacks and previews of other shows. That was disappointing. My vote is to continue the show though.

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  21. Loved last nights show, agree about so many flash backs, but like seeing film of the main home and other family members. I think this is what is needed. There is not enough footage to fill the time slot of just Jessa and Jill, so i think the reason for flashbacks. We grew to love the whole family, and all families have some type of issues. I am not saying Josh should be on right now, but if Anna and his family can forgive, we need to stop these negative comments, which i sure hurt them horribly.

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  22. Did I blink and miss the life-changer?

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  23. Top photo showed Duggar boys in shorts; I remember years ago they were not allowed to wear shorts. Why can't the girls go to college like the Bates' girls? Unless they don't want to.

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    1. I think boys/men can pretty much wear whatever they want. If I was going to be born into a family like this, I think being male you would be so much better off! They have freedoms to make large decisions and the tiniest ones too. Women must follow the man's thinking and whatever he sees fit. Too bad girls couldn't wear capris, they are feminine clothing. They would look so modern and cute not mention how much more practical and comfortable capris are!

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  24. I enjoyed the whole season flashbacks and all. I admire the Dilliards for giving up many material comforts to spread the gospel and bring hope to the people of Central America. Keep it coming TLC, and for all you naysayers if you don't like it don't watch it, there's plenty more on TV.

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    1. It's not a matter of disliking it. I crave more from them, more about their lives, not the recycled flashbacks or dishonest titles. This is one of the few shows I watch, I just wanted it to be more like they promise it will be, and less of a let down.
      Also, your attitude of 'take it or leave it' will be more harmful to the family as droves of people do leave.

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    2. Why harmful to the family? It is only a TV show. The Duggars were alright before they were on TV;they will be alright after.
      If they need to be on TV, there is something wrong that being on TV will not fixed.

      Everyone deserves their privacy be respected and that includes the Duggars. They could have decided to limit what is shown.

      By the way,if this is it, you will survive and so will them.

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    3. * so will they

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  25. Yeah, I was a little disappointed that there werent any big announcement...like a courting or a wedding, or some babies. However it was so great to see the kids together....

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  26. Man, just reading the captions of some of these pictures made me want to cry seeing them leave. I hope TLC airs a 2nd Season of J&JCO. I'd be overjoyed if some of them came down to Ecuador.
    #BringtheDuggarsBack #LoveTheDuggars #LoveJAD
    Thank you Lily and Ellie for keeping us updated on this AMAZING family.
    Cheers all the way from Ecuador!

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  27. what was the life changing event?
    tlc does need to do better. old footage and rehashed plot lines. love the family though!

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  28. Is Derrick sick? I personally enjoyed the show. Yes a lot of flash backs but I just fast forwarded .... I recorded it.... I loved seeing the older ones all together. My heart hurts for this family. I enjoying Counting On. I do want to see more of the children. Older ones. I think the younger ones need to be out of the TV world for now. Along with Mom and Dad, Josh and Anna. Sending lots of Prayers to you all. Please let us know Derrick is okay. God bless

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    1. Derrick has always been naturally very slim, why is everybody commenting on his appearance? He's a grown man, he can take care of himself.

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  29. Like others have mentioned where was the life changing event that was advertised for this show. Love the show but, please don't put so many flashbacks on it makes it seem like we are watching a rerun and not new events. Would like to see the whole family and not just 10 of the Duggars.

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  30. Misleading, boring, waste of time. I was so looking forward to this "life changing episode" - thought maybe an adoption, pregnancy or courting announcement? Nope - soooo disappointed.

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  31. I love you guys

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  32. No new content we know this already. Very Disappointed!!!

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  33. I love the Dugger family. They stand on the Bible,God's principles. I would love to see them change stations, n change to the Christian channel #355. I think this channel would do better with your whole family! I would love to see ALL your family back on TV. I loved last night show. I loved see them working on the mission field and sharing God's love!

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  34. It's pretty sad that the producers of this show are relying so much on flashbacks. There is plenty to film if they'd just think about it!I fear that this show is not long for the world. It's been a ntce ride but maybe it should be over!

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  35. looooooved it - so many special flashbacks and sweet new memories being made as well! this is such a peaceful family- I want to be more like them. <3

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  36. why or why does Derick look so rough.... is he really ok?

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  37. I love seeing them in new places but so much of the show was just recaps.

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  38. What is wrong with people! Don't watch if you don't like it! Hi Duggars! You are all a blessing and encouragement to me. Thank you for being willing to share your light and story with the world. Praying for you. With so much negativity, we must stay in Faith. - God bless you All - LC from Chicago

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  39. I thought it was good!

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  40. I love the Duggar family and support them 100% - I will watch any show they are on but I have had mixed feelings about giving TLC ratings after they turned their backs on this family and cancelled 19 kids. I also feel the revamped new show does not work completely because TLC has given it very little advertising (if not for this blog I would have not known it was coming on the air), TLC has not given it much production (using lots of old clips)and TLC only focusing on the older kids as if Jim Bob and Michelle had done something wrong and could not be 'allowed' on the new show. I am praying the show comes back for a second season but with the entire family featured (yes even Josh) and with TLC giving it 100% support! God Bless the Duggars!

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    1. The show was and is advertised on TLC extensively. Plus, gushy articles were published in popular magazines like People and US. TLC is more than 100% for the Duggars. The old show was their highest rating show, it made them money. So, they needed the new show to do well.

      As for the Duggars parents not doing anything wrong, really? Where have you been? TLC decided that, for the new show to have a chance to attract sponsors, they had to focus on the older children. TLC is aferall a business.

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  41. I really enjoyed the show. I wish the season wasn't over so soon.

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  42. And Derick looks great by the way. Nothing wrong with the beard. Hope to see the next season soon, if there is one.

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    1. I like it to, I don't understand people who are complaining about it. it's just a beard!

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  43. oh my...pleaseeeee get Derrick a razor!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. so it wasn't okay to not like jessa's bangs but its perfectly fine to not like derricks beard?

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    2. Everybody should be free to just decide how they want to look!
      Men, women, all...

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  44. Jill's overseeing ministry called living in that orphanage "living in a cage." What a demeaning thing to say about a place that's obviously trying its best to help those children with the resources it has available. Instead of TLC spending the money going there to film for our entertainment, they should have donated the money to the orphanage instead.

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    1. dont get this ministry stuff going on w/ derrick and jill think both should be working on their own family and building their own main futures in raising a healthly son

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    2. Really? What's not to get about "ministry stuff." This is a calling Jill and Derrick have had as individuals and as a coule for a long time. This will greatly enrich and help define their future. And they are working on their family - look at how loving and caring they are toward each other and their extended family. Izzy is thriving. They are amazing parents, exposing Izzy to a wonderful experience. And they will bring more children into their lives where love abounds. Maybe you just don't understand ministry and how love and service in Christ's name flows into you, family, and all whose lives you touch.

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  45. So what's the future for this blog if there are no more weekly shows to talk about? Are you going to post pictures that have already been posted elsewhere? "News" that is second-hand? Or can you give us insider information, since you're friends with the family? Curious to know what your plans are now that the latest show is over, and future seasons are doubtful.

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  46. That picture of Israel and Spurgeon kissing is ADORABLE! :)

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  47. The episode was ok. Watching Israel and Spurgeon was nice but it really impressed on ne that Israel may have some form of Downs. I hope they would at least get him tested. It's hard to believe that no one sees it. I just pray that they don't ignore it. I wish all of them well.

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    1. I totally agree- glad someone else sees it

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    2. Izzy looks absolutely fine to me. He doesn't seem to exhibit signs of Down's Syndrome that I've seen in children afflicted. And if there were ever to to be a problem you can be certain Jill and Derrick will be on top of it.

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    3. No one sees it because it's ridiculous. There is nothing to suggest that Israel has Downs. His development appears on track with no problems.

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    4. I don't see it, I thought he seemed like a happy, healthy little boy. Israel and Spurgeon were so cute together. Jill is definitely missed in Arkansas.

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    5. The child looks like he is developing at an average pace. His muscle tone looks good. He is starting to talk and walk. All good.

      I am not a fan of these people but, even so, I do not think anyone should speculate or make negative comments about the minor children.
      Unless you are a doctor, do not make such comments. And even a doctor would never make such a comment.

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    6. It's sad that we live in a time when worrying about a child's health is considered negative.

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    7. Don't children with Down's syndrome have distinct facial features? Why would you say that when Israel does not have any of the obvious physical characteristics of Down's?

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  48. I was also disappointed in the flashbacks. I would have thought that the mission trip could have provided lots of great new footage. I would have liked to see the real work that Jill and Derrick are doing, not just sports with the locals and family visits. I would love to see them teaching the gospel and doing charity work or even just talking about what happened if filming is not allowed.I would have liked to see how Jill is living and how it compares to her life in America. From the pictures it still seems like she is using American products and familiar foods. It would be interesting to know if she is learning about local cooking and supporting small local businesses because from the pictures and show it seems like she is just going to a big box store like she did in America.

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  49. Don't get me wrong still like the Duggars but TLC can do better with the show. Why are the kids afraid to venture out and start families?

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    1. What?? Josh, Jill, and Jessa have already "ventured out" and started families, and I'm sure the others will follow.

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  50. I have mixed feelings about this show. It's like there's an elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. The show is different than 19 kids, and it's like they don't want to assume it. When I watch them, I see ''Well, we were allowed back on TLC under strict conditions and now we can't be ourselves''. It's sad.

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  51. Jessa looks so young in these pics! In a good way. So does Jill. They look like they did three years ago!

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  52. TLC-Stop using past footage in every "new" episode!!! I have had enough of an hour show being filled with past recaps that take up 30 minutes of that hour!

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  53. I have commented a few times and never seem to get published...but I'm a gluten for punishment so I will try again for the 3rd time... I have enjoyed following the Duggars and consider myself a fan...but I think their time has come and the lights need to be dimmed for a while...then in 7 years turn them back on for a special update-
    Since your friends w/them the blog could continue for the curious- Unfortunateley there is no substance w/the content of the tv show- re-caps and interviews w/the same verbage from all the siblings is just plan borring!
    Thanks for putting yourselves out there for your fans! God bless you all
    Pam

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  54. Jill is gorgeous and Israel is absolutely adorable. Derrick's beard gives him a very masculine look. And they all look to be in great health. Period.

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  55. I too wish there was a bit more new content...but I agree with poster LC. People, please don't watch the show if you don't like it!! I love the Duggars! I find encouragement each time I watch the show. While I don't agree with everything they do or choose, I believe their faith is strong, love is clear and that inspires & encourages. I appreciate the Duggars for their boldness & sharing.

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    1. People might not like the show's current format and regurgitation of old material, but that doesn't mean they don't like the Duggars. In fact, people clamoring for better content is a clear indicator that they do love the Duggars. You can appreciate them and also want a better produced show, they are not mutually exclusive.

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  56. Do it right or forget it, as in bring back the whole family with new happenings or forget it! Love the Duggar family

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    1. All but Josh.

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    2. Josh is not the only person to struggle,that live and walk among us, they are us if we are completely honest, who is perfectly pure and never struggled? The Bible says we are tempted by ourselves, our own bodies, we have to learn to subject ourselves to God. Thank God for his mercy. We should encourage each other not condemn for a sin.

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  57. I miss them (the show) already! Love the beard on Derrick - although it looks 70's (hippie style) it really looks good on him - it's like something he just brought back to style in 2016 - super cool! Thank you guys for those pics that I know I did not see on TV - awesome!

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  58. I've watched the show for years and have started to realize lately that Jana and Jinger never say anything of substance. Just little phrases about walking through seasons, someone being a blessing, etc. Is TLC not asking them to talk about anything in-depth or is this the depth of what they discuss with each other. It's all very surface level. It's really starting to bother me. I also used to watch Kate + 8 and toward the end the producers were always concocting story lines, taking trips, etc. It seems that is happening here, concocting trips and building the treehouse, girls weekend, etc. It's gone away from being about their true lives which is sad. For example, what do Jana and Jinger do all day long? Do they have any friends outside the family? Do they manage any individual finances or does Jim Bob/Michelle run the whole house. I feel this could be so much better.

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  59. I know Derrick has always been thinking but since they have e been away he looks sick.i love the Daggers and have watched 5hem first years. I was just voicing concerns for Derrick

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