Thursday, March 31, 2016

Duggar-Sized Tree Fort


When John-David Duggar and Joseph Duggar hear that Jana Duggar is hoping to build an outdoor playhouse for the kids, they come up with an even better idea. What begins as a simple structure sitting on the ground quickly turns into a Duggar-sized tree fort. Take a look at these two videos:




Photo/videos courtesy TLC

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chatting with Duggar Aunts Jana & Jinger


In the following video clip, TLCme host Danni Starr sits down with Jana Duggar and Jinger Duggar to discuss their roles as aunts and their hopes for the future.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Recap: "Jinger Flips

Jill & Jessa: Counting On "Jinger Flips"
  • Jessa heads out on an outing at Mama Carmen’s coffee shop (which funds an orphanage in Central America that is run by Mama Carmen) with Anna and Jana, while Ben bonds with Spurgeon. “Yes, I am just a little bit nervous about that,” admits Jessa.
  • The new dad mistakenly calls it “babysitting,” but Jessa corrects him. “I’ve been informed that wives don’t like it being called babysitting,” says Ben.
  • “My husband was not available to babysit today, so I thought I would just bring Meredith along,” jokes Anna when she and Jana arrive at the Seewald home to pick up Jessa.
  • When Jessa returns, she is thrilled to find Spurgeon asleep in Ben’s arms.
  • Meanwhile, John-David, Joseph, Jed, and Jer take Jinger on her first auto auction business excursion. She has visited the auction many times before, but this is the first time that she plans to purchase a car of her own. The boys show Jinger the ropes of buying used vehicles.
  • Did you know that Jinger is the only lefty in the Duggar clan? John-David says she is also the most passionate about serving in prisons and juvenile detention centers. And according to Jessa, she enjoys the fast pace of big cities.
  • When it comes time to bid, Jinger raises her hand at John-David’s cue. She scores a Honda Pilot at $3400 and starts the flipping process immediately.
  • Joy helps Jinger with detailing and deep cleaning, while Justin and an adult family-friend do the mechanic work. She only ends up having to spend $100.
  • Jim Bob has purchased a lot on a main highway for the family to park the cars that they wish to sell. Jinger takes her car over there and sells it for a profit of $500. She hopes to flip more cars in the future.
  • Jinger says that she and her siblings are encouraged by their parents to gain as many life skills as they can.
  • When asked if she is interested in anyone, Jinger’s response is: “I’d rather not answer that question.”
  • Twins Jana and John-David say they have a special bond. Jana says she would trust her brother to find her a husband. She also hints that John-David could have a relationship on the horizon.
  • Meanwhile in Central America, Jill and Derick are adjusting to life on the mission field with the teething and mobile Israel.
  • Long-time fans of the show know that the Duggars are huge pickle fans. Jill and Derick give Israel his first pickle, and he enjoys it, although his facial expressions show that he is surprised by the strong taste.
  • Jana, who is trying to come up with ways to convince the kids to spend more time outside, considers building a playhouse. John-David and Joseph suggest a Duggar-sized treehouse.
  • “Maybe you can draw it up and show me kind of what you’re thinking, because I’m not quite gathering it,” shares Jana. The boys come up with an impressive sketch, complete with a bridge and a wrap-around porch. It’s time to get to work!

Jinger Duggar's Facial Expressions

Tonight's new episode of Counting On features 22-year-old Jinger Duggar's latest business venture, flipping used cars. According to Joy-Anna Duggar, Jinger has the most facial expressions of anyone she has ever met. Here are a few of them. Which is your favorite? (Ours is #4.)






Photos courtesy DCL

Tonight: Pickles & Pinstripes


Another week has come and gone, and it's time for an all-new episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On!

Click here for a preview of Jinger Duggar's visit to the auto auction, and scroll down to watch a clip of Israel Dillard's introduction to pickles.

Tuesday, March 29
8pm: Date Nights & Bright Lights
9pm: Jinger Flips (NEW)
Jessa goes out for coffee with Jana and Anna, leaving Ben in charge of Spurgeon. Jinger buys a car at auction with the intention of flipping while Jana starts a new project with her brothers. Jill and Derick introduce Israel to their love of pickles.
11pm: Jinger Flips (NEW)




Photo/video courtesy TLC/PEOPLE

Monday, March 28, 2016

Duggar Snapshots

Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! Here are a few Duggar snapshots to brighten up your Monday.

 Jessa Duggar Seewald, Joy Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jana Duggar

 Jinger Duggar

 Joseph Duggar and Joy-Anna Duggar

 Jordyn Duggar and Josie Duggar

 Josie Duggar

 James Duggar and Joy Duggar

Marcus Duggar and Joy Duggar

 Israel Dillard

Jill Duggar Dillard and Israel Dillard


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Jinger Flips

Jinger Duggar is headed to the auto auction! Check out the following preview of Tuesday's new episode of Counting On.




Video courtesy TLC

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Jana Duggar Photo Shoot

While Jana Duggar remained behind the scenes in many episodes of 19 Kids and Counting, she is front and center in season one of Jill and Jessa: Counting On.

We have already seen her work alongside the boys on a lighting project and heard her take on life, marriage, and helping out at home.

Check out these snapshots, and be sure to tune in to TLC next Tuesday evening for another new episode of Counting On.






Photos courtesy DCL

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Johannah's First Mission Trip


As seen on last night's episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, Johannah Duggar recently went on her first mission trip to Central America. "We met a lot of people and made a lot of friends," shares the 10-year-old in the video clip below.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Watch 'Counting On' Episode 5 Online


Last night's episode is available for free on TLC.com. We have embedded it below for your convenience.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Recap: Date Nights & Bright Lights

Jill & Jessa: Counting On "Date Nights & Bright Lights"
  • Jessa takes six-week-old Spurgeon to visit Sierra, a family friend who helped plan Jill and Jessa’s weddings. She had her fifth baby soon after Jessa delivered Spurgeon. Jessa says she is amazed at the energy level that Sierra is able to maintain as the mother of five little ones.
  • Joy chooses a new pair of glasses, with help from Jill and Derick (over videoconferencing) and Jennifer. She ends up purchasing black frames with green on the inside.
  • The Duggars pack up Christmas gifts for their annual trip to Central America. This year, Jim Bob and ten of the kids are going (Jinger through Johannah, minus Joseph). They pray together before leaving.
  • While in Central America, the Duggars meet up with Jill, Derick, and Israel.
  • At home in Arkansas, Jana and Jessa discuss ideas for improving the lighting in the Seewalds’ home. “When it comes to getting something done, you’ve gotta get Jana involved,” says Jessa.
  • After the plans are made, Ben, Joseph, Jana, Jessa, and Peter (a family-friend) get to work installing recessed can lights in the master bedroom.
  • As the eldest Duggar sister, Jana has done a lot of home improvement projects. “I know it’s kind of random, but I love it!” says Jana.
  • Where does Jana see herself in five years? Click here to watch the scene in which she shares her answer.
  • According to John-David, Jana was very outgoing as a child. He also shares that she recently delivered a calf.
  • When the producer asks Jana what three items she would need if she were stranded on a desert island, her response is: “cheese and coffee…and maybe a sibling.” But her brothers and sisters have other ideas.
  • “Like any woman, if she has her purse, she could probably live off it for three months,” says John-David. “She needs a guy,” adds Joy.
  • Jana and John say they consider Jessa to be a taskmaster. According to John, Jessa is great at “making sure that everybody gets the stuff done that they need to get done.”
  • Jessa says she has “firstborn tendencies. “I think after so many kids, it kind of starts over,” she jokes.
  • Later, Jessa and Ben go out on their first post-baby date, and they take Spurgeon along. They enjoy a meal at Tacos 4 Life, a restaurant that donates money to feed hungry children in Central America. The Seewalds plan to start the process of a domestic adoption very soon.
  • Michelle, Anna, Jana, and the little ones make signs to welcome the rest of the family back from Central America.

Jana Duggar on Marriage, Contentment


"I'm not just out to get married to the first one that comes along." (Jana Duggar)

When asked where she sees herself in five years, Jana Duggar shares her thoughts on marriage, children, and contentment. Take a look at this video clip from tonight's episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, which airs at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC.

(Click here for Jana's response to those who claim that all she does is cook and take care of her siblings.)




Photo/video courtesy TLC

Jana Debunks a Media Myth


"I don't only cook and take care of babies. Surprise!" (Jana Duggar)

Tonight on Counting On (9 pm ET/8pm CT on TLC), get up close and personal with Jana Duggar, as she and brother Joseph Duggar help Jessa and Ben Seewald with a lighting project.

Jana also debunks the media myth which claims that she spends her days doing household chores. Stay tuned for another video featuring Jana, to be posted later today.




Photo/video courtesy of TLC/PEOPLE Magazine

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jana Duggar, Lighting Specialist


When you have a task to complete, which Duggar family member should you call? (Hint: She's the oldest girl and incredibly handy!) Check out this video:



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Jessa's Turkey Recipe


"It's okay if you don't know what you're doing. As long as you use lots of butter, it'll turn out okay." (Jessa Seewald)

On last weeks episode, Jessa prepared two turkeys for her Duggar family fall feast. A few of you asked for her recipe, so here you go! She found it on Food Network. Watch the video below, and click here to view the written recipe. Jessa also added slices of butter underneath the skins of the turkeys.

Thanksgiving Turkey with Holiday Rub
Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely/Food Network



Photo courtesy TLC; video courtesy foodnetwork.com

Saturday, March 19, 2016

1st Seewald Family of 3 Photoshoot

On Tuesday's season premiere episode of Counting On, photographer Jinger Duggar took family pictures of the Seewalds. Check out these snapshots!

 Marcus Duggar (two years old) and cousin Spurgeon Seewald (four weeks old)

 Spurgeon Seewald

 Spurgeon Seewald

 Jinger captures a photo of the Seewald family of three

 Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald

 Spurgeon Seewald

 The Seewald family

 Spurgeon Seewald
 New father Ben with son Spurgeon

 Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald

Spurgeon smiles at Mom and Dad


Photos courtesy TLC/Jinger Duggar

Friday, March 18, 2016

Justin the Mechanic


Justin Duggar has been honing his skills as a car mechanic. At only 13 years of age, Justin is changing oil like a pro. In the video below, he and his apprentice, 11-year-old Jackson Duggar, service Ben Seewald's truck.

 

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Watch 'Counting On' Free Online


Missed Tuesday's season premiere episode of Counting On? It's available for free on the TLC website, and we have embedded it below for your convenience.

The episode is also available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.




Photo/video courtesy TLC

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Duggar-Sized Feast


During this week's episode of Counting On, Jana Duggar, Jessa (Duggar) Seewald, Jinger Duggar, and Joy Duggar pick up ingredients at Harps Foods for Jessa's fall feast. On the day of the feast, Jessa scrambles to put the turkeys in the oven before her sisters arrive to help her prepare the rest of the meal.

Jessa admits that she rarely cooked when she lived at home. "Jill and Jana were so good at it, and it was so easy for them," says the new mom. Now that she's married, she cooks a full meal a couple times a month. The rest of the time, she and Ben, who are focusing on saving money, snack on foods such as yogurt and eggs.

Take a look at the videos below, and click here to read our recap of the show. (Hey, that rhymes!)

Shopping For A Duggar Fall Feast


Jessa Cooks For the Family



Photo/videos courtesy TLC/PEOPLE

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Recap: At Home & Away

Jill & Jessa: Counting On "At Home & Away"
  • "Having my own little son, it's a really joyful thing," says Ben. The new dad says that fatherhood has brought him out of his comfort zone but that it has also been a huge blessing.
  • At four weeks old, Spurgeon has his first photo shoot, courtesy of Jinger, who has been interested in photography since around age 15.
  • Jinger takes Christmas-themed photos of Spurgeon and then snaps pictures of Jessa, Ben, and Spurgeon.
  • Jessa's sisters say it's weird to see Jessa as a mom and that sometimes she talks about things that make them feel awkward, such as her baby's bodily functions.
  • Anna, along with four-month-old Meredith, heads out on her first visit with Josh since he entered rehab. Last summer, when she found out that Josh had been unfaithful to her and that he had accounts on websites for those seeking to cheat on their spouses, Anna says she felt like her world had been shattered.
  • Josh and Anna decided together for Josh to enter a rehab facility. Anna says it has been good for the two of them to get help separately but that it has also been difficult to be apart. 
  • "It's not anything I would have thought I would walk through," shares Anna. She says she is excited to see Josh but that it will also be very painful. 
  • To prepare for a fall feast she is planning for her family, Jessa goes shopping with Jana, Jinger, and Joy. Although they have been married for one year, this is the first time Jessa and Ben will have Jessa's entire family over.
  • Jessa suggests store-bought rolls, pumpkin pies, and stuffing. "We cannot buy everything pre-made, guys," says Jinger. "We have to make it look like we know how to cook, even though we don't."
  • At the grocery store, the girls laugh that "family size" portions are never enough for the Duggars. They usually need five or six. 
  • The gals stock up on butter for the feast. "My philosophy about butter is the more the better," says Jessa.
  • In Central America, Jill and Derick are adjusting to their new life on the mission field. Jill gives viewers a tour of their three-bedroom house, which has some modern conveniences but is also very sparse. After seeing a cougar in their neighborhood, the Dillards are being very conscientious about their safety.
  • On the day of the big fall feast, Jana, Jinger, Joy, and Johannah arrive early to help Jessa, who tries to impress her sisters by having the turkeys in the oven before they arrive. Jana rescues her by cutting slits in the roasting bags.
  • Johannah, who has recently been turning away from her tomboy ways and spending more time with her older sisters, makes the green bean casserole.
  • The family comes over and kicks off the feat by sharing what they are each thankful for. Joseph, who is in East Tennessee completing a one-year college program, and the Dillards join via videoconferencing.
  • Anna says she is thankful for Grandma Duggar and the example she has set of focusing on Christ during hard times. 
  • "I just got back from visiting Joshua," Anna shares with the family. "And he loves each one of you guys very much and is just really grateful for a family that is willing to talk straight and to grieve when you have fallen but also to love and forgive and to have hope."
  • "This visit was great because it definitely gives a lot of hope," continues Anna. "But...the weight of everything is also there. Definitely, it drags me deeper to my faith. God's grace can give me the strength to love Josh when others would say that he doesn't deserve it."
  • John says that he still loves Josh and talks to him on a regular basis but that their relationship has changed.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Duggar Kids on 'Good Morning America'


"We have forgiven, and we're moving on, and we're looking to the future." (John-David Duggar)

Jana, John-David, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, and Joy-Anna Duggar, as well as Jessa, Ben, and Spurgeon Seewald, appeared on ABC's Good Morning America earlier today.

During their interview with ABC New anchor Paula Faris, the Duggar siblings share their vision for the upcoming season of Jill and Jessa Counting On, and they explain why they decided to once again appear on reality TV.

The new season of Counting On premieres Tuesday, March 15th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC.





Photo/video courtesy ABC News

Duggars Return to TLC Tomorrow


The season premiere of Counting On airs in less than 36 hours! The Duggars have a lot of exciting milestones to share, as Anna Duggar and Jim Bob and Michelle's adult children, excluding Josh, show viewers how they are stepping up and moving on after a difficult year.

One of the many highlights of the new season will be Jessa and Ben Seewald's adventures in parenting. (See preview video below.)

Click here to read the summaries of the first two episodes and here to watch another promo video. What are you most looking forward to in the new season?



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Friday, March 11, 2016

Duggars on Life, Love, and Forgiveness


This week's issue of PEOPLE Magazine features seven of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children, who, along with Jill Dillard, will star in the upcoming season of Counting On, set to premiere March 15th at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC.

The Duggar siblings speak on a variety of topics, including their current career endeavors, their love lives, and the forgiveness they have extended to brother Josh.

Jinger Duggar, 22, reveals that she has entered the family used car sales business.

"I started watching them, and all my little brothers were making a lot of money," she tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I decided to get in on that."

Jinger, along with Joseph Duggar, 21, and Josiah Duggar, 19, are also working in prison ministry. (You may remember that Anna's family, the Kellers, are also involved in prison ministry.)

John-David Duggar, 26, is a volunteer at the International ALERT Academy, a Christian organization based in Big Sandy, Texas, and a part-time police officer, and he is also involved in the Duggar family real estate business, which is in its fifth generation.

Joy-Anna Duggar, 18, works alongside her siblings in helping Jim Bob remodel residential and commercial buildings and also babysits for family and friends.

Josiah, who briefly courted Marjorie Jackson during spring and summer of 2015, shares why that relationship ended. "We were just trying to follow God's lead on everything," he tells PEOPLE exclusively. "She didn't feel that it was the right timing then, so we called it quits for a bit."

On forgiving Josh, who has recently completed his rehab program and is back home in Arkansas, Jessa and Joy say that they have forgiven their older brother but that it will take time for him to rebuild their trust. "We love him very much, though, and we are very hopeful for the future," says Jessa.

For more info, visit PEOPLE.com, and pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE Magazine, available at newsstands starting today.



Photos courtesy TLC/Peggy Sirota

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Josh Completes Rehab Program

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar posted a statement to their website regarding Josh Duggar. We have included it below for your convenience.

Josh has completed his residential rehabilitation program. We are so thankful for everyone who worked with Josh in this program. It was a crucial first step in recovery and healing for Josh. Josh has now returned to Arkansas, where he will continue professional counseling and focus on rebuilding relationships with his family. We look to God for help and guidance and place all of our trust in Him. We are forever grateful for the love and prayers offered by so many and hope you will continue to pray in the days ahead.

The Duggar Family

5 Days!


Only five days to go until the Duggars return to TLC! (Click here to watch the latest promo video.) The network has just released the summaries of the first two episodes of Jill and Jessa: Counting On. Visit our Showtime page for additional episodes times and summaries

Tuesday, March 15
6pm-9pm: Countdown to New Episode (reruns)
9pm: At Home & Away (NEW)
Jessa and Ben navigate life as a family of three with new baby Spurgeon. Jill and Derick settle into their home in Central America as Israel starts to hit new milestones. Later, Jessa enlists her sisters to help prepare a fall feast for the whole family.

11pm: At Home & Away (NEW)

Tuesday, March 22
7pm: Counting One More
8pm: At Home & Away
9pm: Date Nights and Bright Lights (NEW)
Jana and Jessa embark on a large DIY lighting project while the rest of the family travels to Central America. When Jessa and Ben go on their first date since Spurgeon was born, will his presence wreck the romance?
11pm: Date Nights and Bright Lights (NEW)


Photos courtesy TLC/Peggy Sirota

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Coming Up on 'Counting On'


"Why go small if you can go big?" (Joy-Anna Duggar)

The Duggars, Dillards, and Seewalds have a lot in store for viewers on the all-new season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, which premieres Tuesday, March 15th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC. Check out this sneak peek video.

(Click here to watch another preview video and here to view a few promo photos.)




Photo/video courtesy TLC

Duggars Return in 1 Week!

Just one week to go until the Duggars return to TLC with a full season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On! The series will focus on the lives of Jill and Derick Dillard, Jessa and Ben Seewald, and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggars' unmarried adult children--Jana, John-David, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, and Joy-Anna.

According to TLC, the season will show Jessa and Ben Seewald adjusting to parenthood with Spurgeon; Jill, Derick, and Israel Dillard continuing their mission work in Central America; Jana, John-David, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, and Joy-Anna Duggar navigating adulthood; and Anna Duggar joining the Duggar sisters for a much needed vacation.

Tune in to TLC on Tuesday, March 15, at 9pm ET/8pm CT for the season premiere. Click here to watch the promo video.

 Jinger Duggar, Joy Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Jessa Seewald
Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, John-David Duggar, Jana Duggar

 Jana Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jessa Seewald, Joy Duggar, Spurgeon Seewald
Jessa and Ben Seewald with Spurgeon Seewald




Photos courtesy TLC/Peggy Sirota