Friday, November 25, 2016

Duggars in Branson

The Duggar clan celebrated Thanksgiving with a trip to Branson, Missouri. They were joined by Grandma Duggar and Jim Bob's extended family (Cousin Amy Duggar King, Amy's husband Dillon, and Jim Bob's sister Deanna), as well as some of Michelle's extended family.

They stayed in a cabin and enjoyed good conversation, as well as visits to Silver Dollar City and the Dixie Stampede. Here are a few snapshots:

 Rock climbing 

 Jordyn Duggar and Mackynzie Duggar

 Jim Bob Duggar (aka "Pops")

 Watching the Silver Dollar City Christmas Parade

 Joy-Anna Duggar, Jeremiah Duggar, and Meredith Duggar

 Michelle Duggar and two of her extended family members

 Michelle Duggar and Jackson Duggar

 Sharing laughter and snacks

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at the Dixie Stampede
 
 Riding the Branson Ferris wheel

 Working on a family puzzle

 Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, and Israel Dillard

James Duggar and Joy-Anna Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

125 comments:

  1. My mother and I stayed home with my sister and brother in law because they couldn't travel. I missed getting to see my brother, grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins, but it's that longing that I am thankful for. It has been a year of much thanksgiving to God, for the family I still have left, for the blessings and trails of faith. God is good and He is in everything. I hope you all had a blessed thanksgiving this year. It isn't always picture perfect, but Jesus is always by our side.

    God bless you all.

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  2. Have a little announcement to make, Anna?

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    1. Did you get that from the pictures. I didn't see it.

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    2. She looked pregnant in the episodes filmed this summer. Her body has definitely changed, the way it did before when she was pregnant.

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    3. I've thought that too! She looks about 4 possibly even 5 months along 😃

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    4. More like 6 months, maybe 7 by now? If she is, they are keeping it under wraps and even Miss Ellie isn't spilling baby beans. Yet. ;)

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    5. Anna's is def pregnant. The last two pregnancies she didn't announce anything until 6 months so she won't announce it early. Plus when Anna's pregnant her face gets more round etc which is a sign she is

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  3. I am glad they had such a nice thanksgiving! It looks like they had a wonderful time!!!! :) Although I am surprised they went to a Christmas Parade. Isn't it a tad bit early? It looks like they had a lovely time. :) I am glad to see that Josh and Anna were there too. Thanksgivings are more enjoyable when the whole clan is there.. lol!
    I bet Jinger and Jeremy are having a lovely honeymoon and I am glad that they are married and well!! God Bless them!
    I hope that y'all, Lily and Ellie had a wonderful thanksgiving yourselves! :)
    God Bless y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MaryAnn

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    1. Christmas in Branson happens immediately after Halloween. I mean Dixie Stampede started doing it before Halloween. The parade is a nightly ritual at SDC and happens about four times during the night. It is a beautiful place this time of year and should be costed by all. I hope to get to go for my birthday.

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    2. Josh wasn't their. I didn't see him in the pictures. Just the grandkids went. Josh and Anna stayed home to work on their marriage

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    3. Josh and Anna were there. Anna is sitting on the sofa. Josh is on the floor

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    4. Have you looked carefully at picture 11 with Anna and Josh sitting right there? Kind of an assumptive statement to make based on your speculation.

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    5. Josh and Anna are in the picture of people working on a puzzle.

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    6. Josh was there. He is in a plaid shirt. He is sitting down on the floor on the other side of Joy-Anna in the third picture from the bottom.

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  4. Oh what a jolly time! Happy Thanksgiving to all and enjoy the holidays!
    Toots, Nellie :)

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  5. Hope all had a happy Thanksgiving.Can't wait for your shows to start up again.

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  6. Derick's longer hair looks so good!

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    1. No. I'm sorry... but it doesn't.

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    2. I definitely think it does! :)

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    3. Good thing only Jill's opinion is the one that matters!

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    4. Sorry but it doesn't!!

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    5. "Looks good" is subjective, folks. Something can look good to one, but not another.

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    6. Yea, I totally agree people can totally oposit opinions! I can't stand his long hair! But if Jill likes it that let it be so.

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  7. Love watching your family grow.

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  8. Mackynzie and Meredith Sure are beautiful! And Derick's new hairstyle is great! It flatters him. :)

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    1. I like Derick's hair too. He can get away with it.

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  9. Great pictures! I'm happy to see them spending time together. They all have much to be thankful for.

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  10. Is that Josh I see? In #10.

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    1. Yes and Anna is on the couch! So good to see them together again!

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  11. It's good to see him back, I know most people still think he's a horrible person. But The Lord can forgive all sins

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    1. Yes but we here on Earth can't.

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    2. I agree, I'd like to hear more updates and see more pics of josh and Anna.

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    3. Agreed but that doesn't mean we all want to see or hear him on the tv.

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    4. 9:09 PM -- Haven't you heard the Lord's prayer? "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors?"

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    5. Honestly I'm more shocked at Mr and Mrs duggar for not getting josh professional counseller when it happened. They clearly didn't handle the situation well

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    6. Many religions do not pray the Lord's Prayer.

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    7. I honestly don't believe the Duggars handled it the best way, either, but I'm sure they may have regrets looking back.

      What's most troubling at this point is how many people believe their own sins are not as bad as what Josh did and/or that he should not be forgiven. That is so wrong and so sad.

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  12. Happy for you and your family enjoying Branson. God bless

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  13. Love seeing so many of the Duggars in the pictures (we sure don't get to see them all in the show anymore). Really wish you would have Josh in some of the pictures. It seems like he has been banished. I noticed that he was not even in any of the scenes of the guests at Jinger's wedding. I for one want to see him and know how he is doing. We all make mistakes and we all must forgive. Time for Josh to be a part of the Duggars again!

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    1. People magazine posted photos but TLC edited Josh out of the filming.

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    2. I'd like to see Josh and Anna together in the pictures again, as well. Come on, it's been long enough and he has been forgiven.

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    3. I'm with you Robin. Anna has forgiven him and so has God. I'm glad she entered her "war room" and stormed the heavens for him. It takes a real prayer warrior to do that.

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    4. Maybe he has NOT been forgiven, or changed. Just because his family didn't kick him out doesn't mean others want to see any more of him. The first things he did were bad enough, but cheating on Anna was the sour cherry on top of that cake. This man's moral track records are not something that need to be approved of or accepted.

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    5. I second 11:23, who says he is forgiven? Do you truly know what is in his heart? Only God knows what is in his heart, so please don't proclaim his clear conscience when no one here has any knowledge of it. I find it appalling that so many people here cheer him on simply and state that he is "forgiven" because they only want to be continually entertained with a show. Leave the man be; he misused his fame and it is better that he live a quiet and sincere life caring for his family rather than entertaining the likes of all of you if his repentance is sincere. He is better off laying low because fame is damaging for him.

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  14. Bet they had some awesome grub...Glad to see Michelle with her family , now maybe the naysayers can quite down about that non-issue...Blessings y'all 🕇Peace😉Meredith is such a doll😇

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  15. God Bless your family! If you could please keep my momma in your prayers!

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    1. I will pray for your momma.

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  16. Is Ben rapping in that picture?

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    1. The one where he has his HAT ON INSIDE once again. Bad manners!

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  17. It would be nice if Derick would leave this style behind; looks grungy and unflattering. He was very attractive when he and Jill were courting. Jill looks like she may be pregnant, and her attire has not been flattering her natural beauty lately, either. They haven't been married that long not to care about their looks. IMO.

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    1. I'm not against long hair on a guy, but they're both starting to look like hippies. I'd love him to clean up a bit and her to cut her hair into a shoulder-length style.

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    2. They look just fine. Why focus on there looks? What you look like hiding behind your computer?

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    3. They both look like hippies in this picture.

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    4. Derrick's hair is typical of many men his age and ask yourself how you would feel if your comments about Jill came from a stranger directed at you?

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    5. I agree with you. Derick looks much cleaner when he's looking more groomed. He is nic looking but this "new Derick" is distracting personally because all some can think about is trimming the hair, including the facial hair. I know he underwent mouth surgery but my goodness at least keep up with grooming. Poor Jill is looking like she cares less about her appearance as well. But she does at least look clean. I always admired Jill and Dericks relationship but like many I think the question now is, "what happened"?

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    6. I like his new look, it suits him well. Also matches the 'hippie' side of Jill. I think they look great personally.

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    7. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Derrick and Jill both still appear to be completely delighted with each other. Isn't that really all that matters?

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    8. I don't think Jill wan't to be pregnant just yet. Jill didn't say it's hard to take care of a kid in central America.

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    9. To anon 9:18, The Duggars themselves seem consumed
      with how they look. When you comment on others
      judging, then you are judging to.

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  18. I saw Jana at the walmart on the strip and got a pic with. I was excited to see her. I would love to have met the whole family.

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    1. Hi there,

      Glad you were able to meet Jana. :) We would love to post your photo to the blog if you would like to share it. Our email is duggarfamilyblog@gmail.com

      Lily and Ellie

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  19. Do Anna and Ben see their families often? Do they spend holidays with them as well? I don't ever see Bens parents sharing in 'announcements' with his family the Jessa's do, giving they live only a few hours away. Just curious. :-)

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    1. I'm sure they do. They likely don't want to be on TV anymore, so they see them in non-filming times. That's my guess

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  20. Anyone know why Laura is traveling with them?

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    1. I guess that now that almost all of the old sisters are married they need help with the kids...

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    2. To help with the kids. Its not like parents are there to look after the kids or anything..

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  21. Anyone know why Laura travels with them?

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  22. Wow that might be the best picture of Derick I've ever seen!

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  23. Oh, Joy. Along with the courting apparently comes hats, eye makeup, and those charming wide-eyed duck face selfies.

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  24. God bless Michelle. She looks amazing! She actually gets more beautiful with each passing year.

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  25. I like that each couple has their own natural style. No one is alike. They are normal family and I appreciate the honest look of them. We need to not judge them, they are just being themselves. It is not fair for us to put our ideal look for them.

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    1. I must agree. I wonder if the faithful viewer's believe their opinions really matter to the family.
      Sometimes I believe we should not be hanging on the fence. Just seems wrong. They their own lives separate from ours. Only difference is they get paid to share bit's and moments with us.
      Thanks ladies for providing this blog.

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  26. Michelle duggar please understand we all are not ready to bring josh back. Especially yhose who been cheated on before and yhose others who been molested. Please understand as we want to see your family but not ready to embrace him yet. I beg you to understand.

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    1. Amen. They don't need to be showing us that Josh is home free now, off the hook for everything he ever tried. If they want him around, fine, but keep it private.

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    2. Speak for yourself. I don't mind seeing Josh, as long as he's sincerely seeking God's guidance. I'm a sinner, too. Different sins, but a sinner just the same.

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    3. I'm a victim of molestation. As a Christian woman I forgave my abuser long ago. I can say however there is NO WAY I would sit in a cabin having Thanksgiving dinner with him. That's not unforgiveness it's healthy boundaries.

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    4. His sins were not against any of you. If his family has forgiven him and Christ has forgiven him.....it's none of our business. Live and let live.....his wife and kids deserve love, care and support....not what I read here sometimes. Let's be d.

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    5. The way you deal with Josh is your business. The way they deal with him is their business. If they are happy to have him around, they are not going to exclude him because you, a stranger, are not ''ready'' for it.

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    6. Where was "God's guidance" when he did what he did? I thought he had the difference between right and wrong drummed into him from birth. I don't believe "it's OK because I'm a sinner and God will forgive me (so you should, too)." That doesn't excuse any bad behavior, ever. It's called being responsible for what you do! And taking the deserved lumps when you are irresponsible.

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    7. Kathy, in the broad sense, his sins were also against society, and the fact that he got away with them diminished the justice system and the sanctity of marriage vows for all of us. 10:06, we're not talking about having him over to dinner, we're talking about whether or not he should be back in the public spotlight again, on TV and social media.

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    8. To Anonymous 11:28 AM and others - What Josh did was 100% wrong, and he obviously was not walking with God when he did it, no matter what right and wrong was drummed into him as a child. However, the Bible calls us to forgive others as we are forgiven. It's not a suggestion; it's a mandate for Christians. That doesn't mean that people can't set healthy boundaries for themselves, as they see fit, but for people to expect the family to shun Josh forever just because we don't like seeing him at their family functions is just silly and wrong. Leave it to the Duggars to decide their own boundaries, as long as their children are protected. Look at King David. How he slipped and stumbled so grievously -- adultery and even murder -- yet God redeemed him and still called him "a man after God's own heart."

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  27. can someone tell these young ladies time to cut your hair? they need new styles not long hair all over the place and you can see the dead ends. please cut your hair.

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    1. Have you just fallen off of a turnip truck? Long hair is the rage in fashion today. Even the Duchess of York keeps long locks. Woman and girls spend a lot of money on hair extensions to get these looks.

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    2. why do all women want to hack their hair off and compare themselves to other women instead of just asking their husbands what's their favorite way for them to wear their hair and doing it. you should really be pleasing your husband and not every other female around. I bet he would say long the longer the better!

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    3. He doesn't have to manage it, although I do have a dear friend that has a stylist for a hubby. He takes care of her long hair daily.
      Exception to most of our realities.

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    4. Stevens Family-
      I can only imagine the amount of hair caught in the drains of the Duggar households! Regarding your comment about pleasing your husband.... I have always felt that if I am not pleased about something with my appearance, it doesn't matter what my husband thinks. I don't dictate to him how his hair should look either.

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    5. Duchess of York? To whom are you referring? Princess Kate? She is the Duchess of Cambridge.

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    6. You should be pleasing your husband? Asking him what you should do with your hair?? How about pleasing yourself, plus noticing when you get criticism from others and doing something about it? Or maybe just looking at your own hair and realizing that the last 6" needs to be cut off because it's fried? No man is ever going to tell me what I should or shouldn't do when it comes to my appearance! Til they walk a mile in my heels, they have no say in the matter of what's comfortable for me or how I want to look.

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    7. To 9:06 am, You are right, it is Duchess Kate, and guess what else? She is NOT considered a princess! So you are correct on the title of Duchess, but wrong on calling her Princess Kate. Common mistake though!

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    8. Anon 7:25AM - No need for the nasty comments. I'm not the original commenter, but I agree that Jill's hair is a bit long. I live in Los Angeles, so surely haven't fallen off a turnip truck. I don't see any girls with hair that long around here.

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    9. The duchess Kate has short med hair. I don't know a Royal that had hair like the duggars.

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  28. What is wrong with Joy's eyes in the picture with James?? She is showing so much white they look like they are popping out of the sockets. Better more natural.

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    1. Perhaps someone is coaching the Duggar daughters to pose this way. When they get to a certain age, they all look the same in their selfies.

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    2. That's how teenagers pose in selfies.

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  29. Jill definitely looks pregnant. Anna, too. Jill is using her hair as cover...and Anna is using the baby...

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  30. Yes, I agree, 11/27/@4:PM..the time does arrive when one must cut their hair. This "overly long hair" just isn't becoming anymore. Jill, Jessa and Jinger need to take the shears and lop off at least a foot. what about donating to locks of love? Won't God like that if they donated their hair to a sick person who has lost theirs? In my opinion, it's selfish of them to continue to grow these mops and do nothing with them.

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    1. Well I bet you have 2 kidneys, that's selfish of you to not give one to a person in need... do you have 2 eyes...

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    2. why does everyone think they have to get their haircut every 6 weeks, it's just a big money-making scheme. In my opinion Jill and Derick are saving money down in Central America by cutting out the silly things that everyone thinks they have to do to fit in

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    3. It's selfish for someone to grow their hair long? Wow.

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    4. Hair regenerates, so you can cut it and donate it. Kidneys and eyes don't.

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    5. Did someone really compared donating hair (wich will grow again), to donating an organ (wich is something you can't always do when you are alive?) Donating hair is more like donating blood, actually. Something we should all do once in a while, by the way.

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  31. So glad you all had such a wonderful Thanksgiving in my beautiful home state!! Someone should tell Ben that it is disrespectful to wear a cap in the house. Plus, those hats look ridiculous. Get a ballcap buddy.

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    1. I see men in ballcaps in church. I don't think manners are taught anymore, sadly.

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  32. Don't really understand why folks want the Duggar ladies to cut their hair. God gave them their hair and it's beautiful. I have long hair and I'm very content with this hair the Lord gave me.I don't plan on cutting it either!

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    1. Do you also let your fingernails grow without ever cutting them, because "God gave them" to you?

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    2. But what if the last 8" of it was all dry, split ends and it looked bad? Wouldn't you trim it?

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    3. I had a piano teacher who was in her 40s or 50s with very long hair. She was the curiosity of the neighborhood.

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  33. In some places it doesn't matter anymore if hats aren't removed in the house.My husband takes his hat off when he enters someone house. I do take issue though when men and boys don't take their hats/caps off in church even during prayer.

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  34. I'm wondering why Jill and Anna are trying to hide their pregnancies? I thought the Duggars always rejoiced in each baby.

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    1. Not when pregnancies need to be announced on TLC.

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    2. Jill's probably not pregnant right now, or not enough to show and announce. Anna, on the other hand, is definitely looking pregnant and has been hiding her midsection in photos lately.

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    3. Did you ever consider the possibility that they are *not* pregnant and all of this is just rumor and speculation?

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    4. I would think it's so they have some announcements to make in the next season

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  35. I feel like I am playing,"Where's Waldo." I can't find Anna or Josh in this thread of pictures.

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    1. Josh and Anna are in the picture titled "working on a family puzzle".

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    2. They're in the "working on a family puzzle" picture.

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    3. Scroll up to the photo of the family on the sofa working the puzzle.
      Anna is in a green stripe shirt with a baby on her lap second over on the right.
      Joy is beside her with another baby and Josh is on the floor beside her.

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    4. to anon nov 29 @2:41..start at the top picture of rock climbing,count that as number 1..then keep counting til you get to picture 11, they are in that. Anna is on couch with brown blanket on her lap, and Josh is a couple people over to the right sitting on the floor with his head facing to the side.

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    5. Look at the picture of everyone on the sofa. Anna is sitting next to Joy. Josh is sitting on the floor.

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  36. Won't bother again with you or duggars

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