Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dillards Help at Sorority Recruitment, College Cookout

Jill and Derick Dillard, who recently announced that they will remain in Arkansas indefinitely, are serving college students in their area. This week, they joined the Cross Church College Ministry (C3) and the University of Arkansas Baptist Collegiate Ministry to help at a cookout and minister to girls at sorority recruitment.

 Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard serve with C3 at sorority recruitment

Derick Dillard and Israel Dillard at the C3 cookout

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com

Duggars Return in 26 Days

Guess what, Duggar fans? In less than four weeks, the Duggars will return to TLC with new episodes of Counting On!

Scroll down to watch the promo video (in a format that all readers can view) and see snapshots, and click here to read the season summary.

What are your hopes for season three (premieres Monday, September 11th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT)?

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo

Joy and Austin

 Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell

Jana Duggar and Joy Duggar

Jim Bob Duggar and Joy-Anna Duggar



Photos/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Michaela and Brandon Keilen

We interrupt our regular Duggar posts to share a post from our blog about the Duggars' long-time friends, the Bates. Michaela Bates and husband Brandon Keilen are celebrating two years of marriage today and had these beautiful photos taken by photographer friend Taryn Yager.

Recently, the Keilens have ministered to many by opening up about the struggles she and Brandon have had with infertility.


Photos courtesy tarynyagerphotography.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jinger's Jordans

The athleticism of former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo is rubbing off on Jinger Vuolo. She recently got her first pair of Air Jordans. Hers are Retro 7s.

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo

Photo courtesy of jingerandjeremy.com

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Duggars at a Wedding

Jinger Vuolo and Jedidiah Duggar at the wedding

The Duggars attended a wedding yesterday, but it wasn't a Duggar wedding. Church friend Nawon married her sweetheart, Cole. Click here to view the video of the beautiful, God-honoring ceremony on YouTube.

If you look closely, you'll see some of the Duggars (including Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jinger Vuolo, Joy and Austin Forsyth, and Jill and Derick Dillard) in the wedding party, on the video at the end, and in the audience. You'll also see Austin's sister Meagan and her husband.

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kendra Caldwell Turns 19

We had a busy day yesterday and were unable to post, but we want to wish Kendra Caldwell a very happy 19th birthday! She's a godly young lady who lights up the room with her smile. She and Joseph Duggar are counting down the days until they are husband and wife.
 
 Kendra Caldwell and Joseph Duggar at Joy and Austin's wedding

Kendra Caldwell and Joseph Duggar, engagement

Photos courtesy Lissa Chandler Photography/DCL

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Israel v. Samuel

Hard to believe Samuel Scott Dillard is already one month old! Here's a new photo of little Sam, as well as one of big brother Israel David Dillard at one month old. Do you think they look similar?

 Samuel Dillard, 1 month old


 Israel Dillard, 1 month old

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to check out our other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com).

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dillards to Remain in Arkansas Indefinitely

Derick, Israel, Samuel, and Jill Dillard
In a new ministry update on their website, Jill and Derick Dillard share their plans for the future. Rather than return to Central America, the family of four will remain in Northwest Arkansas indefinitely.

Jill and Derick say they are grateful for the financial gifts that they have received while working in Central America and the many prayers that have been lifted up in their honor.

"During our time working with SOS Ministries over the past 2 years, we have witnessed God transforming the lives of many involved in the gang community and positively influencing the lives of young people for the sake of the Kingdom," they write. "Through numerous efforts of community development, skills training, sports outreach, and local church ministry, a strong foundation has been laid that [we] believe the Lord will continue to grow for many years to come."

One month after Samuel Dillard's C-section delivery, Jill and Derick announce that they are being led by "much prayer and counsel," "through a number of circumstances" to work as full-time missionaries of the Gospel "within the context of Northwest Arkansas."

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Henry at 6 Months Old

 Henry Seewald, 6 months old, and Spurgeon Seewald, 21 months old

Born on February 6th, Henry Wilberforce Seewald has just passed his six-month milestone! By 11 weeks, Henry had nearly doubled his birth weight of 8 lbs, 11oz, something that many babies don't do until around six months. Now, he weighs in at just under 20 lbs. The average range for baby boys his age starts at 16 lbs, so he's at the top of the curve.

 Henry Seewald, 1 month old

 Henry Seewald, 2 months old

 Henry Seewald, 3 months old

 Ben Seewald and Spurgeon Seewald with Henry Seewald, 4 months old

Henry Seewald, 1-5 months old

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

New Photo of Joy and Austin

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth have been married 10 weeks. Here is a new photo of the couple, taken at a Bible conference that they just attended together. They both were at the conference last year, but at that point, they weren't even courting.

When they started their relationship, Joy and Austin had been family-friends for about 15 years. Joy had her eye on Austin for about four years (and kept it under wraps) before he started showing interest in her.

Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and Austin Forsyth

Photo courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth

New Duggar Videos


Happy Monday! We know that some of our readers are unable to view the videos that we post directly from TLC.com, so we make a point of sharing them again once they are uploaded to the network's YouTube channel. Here are some of the latest:

Duggar Siblings Discuss Joy and Austin's Engagement


Jessa Seewald on Life with 2 Kids


Is Jinger Vuolo Pregnant? The Duggar Sisters Want to Know


Austin Forsyth asks for Joy Duggar's Hand in Marriage

Photo/videos courtesy TLC

New Blog Header

Calling all graphic designers! If you are interested in helping us design a new blog header, email us at DuggarFamilyBlog@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jennifer's Birthday Celebration

Jennifer Duggar turned 10 years old on Wednesday. On the evening of her birthday, she celebrated with a family dinner at Cracker Barrel.

Jennifer Duggar and Israel Dillard

She also had a party with her peers at Lokomotion, a family fun center that has go-karts, bumper cars, mini golf, bumper boats, lasar tag, and an arcade.

Jennifer Duggar with friends and family

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, August 4, 2017

New Photos of Baby Samuel

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is Samuel Dillard's four-week milestone! Isn't he just an adorable little guy? Israel looks pretty excited about his new little brother.

 Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, and Samuel Dillard

 Samuel Dillard

Photos are property of dillarfamily.com and may only be used with written permission. Click here to view the full album of Samuel's newborn pictures.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jim Bob to Speak at Fort Rock

Jim Bob Duggar is scheduled to speak at a men's camp put on by an organization called Courageous Men of the Word (CMOW). The event will be held at Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center, which is owned by Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth's in-laws, Terry and Roxanne Forsyth.

Jeff Danker, a bow hunter featured on The Sportsman Channel's "BuckVentures," will join Jim Bob Duggar as a guest speaker at this year's conference, which will focus on Ephesians 6. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite handgun, bows, and arrows. The CMOW retreat runs from Wednesday, August 9th, through Saturday, August 12th. The costs before taxes are below. Click here to register on the Fort Rock website.

Adults 16 years and older: $175
Children ages 5-15: $125
Children ages 4 and under: Free

*Prices include meals, lodging, and activities. 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Crown of Beauty Giveaway

How would you like to win a book featuring relationship advice from Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald? Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns: The Best of Crown of Beauty Magazine includes highlights from interviews which this online magazine for Christian teen girls has done over the years, as well as additional articles from various authors on the topics of purity, modesty, and more.

Other books included in the giveaway are Secrets of Royalty: 31 Day Devotional for Teens, and The Coronation, Livy Jarmusch’s newest novel. The Coronation tells the story of a large, European homeschool family with a fun twist; they’re heirs to a modern-day, European throne.

All three of these books are geared towards teen girls, and we (in partnership with Crown of Beauty) will be giving away one paperback copy of each title.

Follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns, Secrets of Royalty, or The Coronation. At the request of Crown of Beauty, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.


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Photos are property of Crown of Beauty Magazine

Duggar #17 Turns 10

Wishing Jennifer Duggar a very happy 10th birthday! Today is also Callie Bates' 8th birthday. Like Jennifer, Callie is number 17 in her family lineup.



Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, dillardfamily.com

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Duggar Wedding Coming Soon!


Yesterday, we shared the details of the boating outing that Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell hosted for their joint bachelor/bachelorette party.

When Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth in May, they threw their bachelor/bachelorette party (a coed campout) just three weeks before the wedding. Joseph and Kendra have been engaged for nine weeks, and the average Duggar engagement is around 12 weeks, so we have to ask: When do you think Joe and Kendra will wed? Go ahead and post your predictions in the comments section.

Photo courtesy TLC

Monday, July 31, 2017

New Photo--Dillard Family of 4

You all have been asking for a photo of Jill and Derick Dillard and their two sons, and we finally have one to share with you! Israel Dillard turned two in April, and Samuel Scott Dillard is 23 days old. Aren't they just a sweet little family?

Derick Dillard, Israel Dillard, Samuel Dillard, Jill Dillard

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Joseph and Kendra's Boat Party


Joseph Duggar followed in the footsteps of sisters Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth by throwing an outdoor, joint bachelor/bachelorette party. (Do you remember Jessa and Ben's football game and Joy and Austin's campout?)

On Friday, Joseph and his fiance, Kendra Caldwell, hosted a gathering at Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. The soon-to-be-married couple and 25 family members and friends spent the day water skiing and tubing on a pontoon, ski boat, and high-performance speed boat. The water festivities were followed by a picnic lunch.

"We ended up doing the water skiing and tubing for our joint bachelor/bachelorette party because Kendra loves the water and I just enjoy doing whatever she's doing," says Joseph.

This water-centered outing came less than a week after the couple shared on Counting On "The After Show Part 2" that Joseph does not enjoy being in the water. What sacrificial love!


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dillard Update

It has been three weeks since Samuel Scott Dillard was born. Jill and Derick Dillard are still getting back into the swing of things and adjusting to live with two children. They were grateful to a friend for making them a meal of smoked ribs, which they enjoyed for lunch this afternoon.

Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Samuel Dillard

Jill and Derick Dillard also went out on a date night to Domino's this weekend.

Jill and Derick Dillard

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com


Friday, July 28, 2017

Duggars in Oshkosh, WI

Last summer, we shared photos from Jim Bob Duggar's trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with his 10 sons and two of his grandsons. Jim Bob and a few of his sons, as well as extended family member Tyler who has been living with the Duggars, traveled up to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this week for the 2017 convention. Tyler is near the age of Jackson Duggar, and the two have become great friends!







Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, July 27, 2017

100 Things Michelle Wants the World to Know

 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in Hawaii

In celebration of their 33rd wedding anniversary, Jim Bob Duggar surprised Michelle Duggar with a trip to Kauai, Hawaii. As a combined anniversary and birthday gift for her husband, Michelle created this video titled "100 Things I Want To Share With The World!"



Photo/video courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Asking Permission to Court


"It takes a lot of courage to approach a guy with a wrench."
-John-David Duggar

A couple weeks ago on Counting On, we watched Joseph Duggar seek Pastor Caldwell's blessing to ask his oldest daughter Kendra Caldwell to begin a courtship. On Monday night, we heard Joseph and Kendra share their thoughts on that scene.

Joseph admits he was a little nervous, especially since Pastor Caldwell was fixing the brakes on Joseph's truck during the conversation. Looking back at the clip, Kendra says there was a part of her that thought her dad might say no.

"I was just like, 'I don't know if he's going to even...say yes to Joe when he asks,'" says Kendra. Check out the video below.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Photo of Samuel Dillard

Jill and Derick Dillard have released a new photo of Samuel Scott Dillard! Born on July 8th via C-section, Samuel is now two weeks and three days old. Isn't he a cutie?

No further information has been made public about the details of the birth or Jill's recovery, but when any announcements are made, we will share it with you all.

Samuel Dillard

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Duggar PDA


What did you think of last night's episode? Did you enjoy learning more about the older Duggar siblings and watching them interact? In this clip, the siblings poke fun at each other, as they discuss Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo's honeymoon and Duggar PDA.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, July 24, 2017

'The After Show Part 2' Recap

Counting On "The After Show Part 2"

  • As the show opens, Daphne Oz plays a clip from Jinger and Jeremy’s honeymoon. She asks which couple likes PDA the most, and the answer is unanimous: Jill and Derick. (The Dillards are not at the interview because Jill will soon deliver baby Samuel.)
  • Jim Bob and Michelle arrive with Spurgeon and Henry. When Jessa and Ben ask Spurgeon if he wants to hold the baby, Spurgeon says no and squirms away.
  • The topic turns to in-laws and grandchildren. “If each one of our kids just has five children each, then we’ll have over 100,” says Jim Bob.
  • Daphne asks about the questionnaire that Jim Bob gives to possible sons-in-law, and the Duggar dad says got the idea from another family. “When our daughters are leaving home…you want to make sure it’s going to be the best situation for them,” says Jim Bob.
  • Daphne asks if any of the guys in particular have passed with flying colors. “Each one has passed, or they wouldn’t have been married,” laughs Jim Bob. Everyone else smiles and laughs with him.
  • As the cameras start rolling after the first commercial break, Kendra walks in. Joy and Kendra were friends even before Kendra started courting Joseph.
  • Daphne shows a clip from Austin’s proposal to Joy, and the newlywed Forsyths confess that they shared a hug that was more than a side hug.
  • Joy and Austin share an interesting tidbit. After the first kiss at their wedding, Austin asked Joy if she wanted him to carry her out of the sanctuary, and Joy said no. She knew her dress was complex and didn’t want to mess it up.
  • Later, the Vuolos, Seewalds, and Forsyths face off in “the couples showdown.” Here are some of the highlights:
  • What would your wife say was the most memorable part of your honeymoon? Everyone talks about being alone for the first time, except Jessa, who answers, “Rome.” (Apparently she and Ben had both planned to say Rome, but Ben had forgotten.)
  • I wish my spouse would stop _____.
    • Jeremy: Doubting herself
    • Joy: biting his nails
    • Austin: whooping me in pool
    • Ben: getting down about her weight
  • Who takes up more than their half of the bed, him or her? Everyone says “her,” except Jessa, who says “Henry.”
  • Daphne brings out Joseph and Kendra.
  • What pet name does your wife/fiancĂ© call you? Jeremy’s answer is “Baaaaaaabe.” Most of the couples say babe and/or lovey.
  • When asked what Joseph's hidden talent is, Kendra says, "Most people would say he’s not talkative, but he’s really good at talking with people."
  • My spouse/fiancĂ© is afraid of____.
    • Jinger: bad breath
    • Jeremy: Texas bugs
    • Joy: nothing really
    • Austin: nothing
    • Jessa: GMOs, MSG, partially hydrogenated oils, TBHQ, cheap candles, and germs
    • Ben: bugs and spiders
    • Kendra: being in water
    • Joseph: bugs
  • Joy and Austin are the winners.

A Broken Courtship Rule


Tonight on TLC, watch the last new episode of Counting On before the next season premiere airs on September 11th. The Duggar siblings continue their chat with Daphne Oz. Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth confess that they broke one of their courtship rules, and John-David Duggar teases about his proposal to his future wife. Check out the clip below.

Monday, July 24
9pm-10pm: The After Show Part 2 (NEW)
In part two of the two-part After Show special, host Daphne Oz gets the Duggars' reactions to some of the biggest moments of last season, and the happy couples square off in a round of "The Couples Showdown." Stay tuned for a special guest or two!
11pm: The After Show Part 2 (NEW)



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Joseph and Kendra Engagement Photos

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell have been engaged for almost two months. We know you all will enjoy seeing pictures from their engagement photo shoot by Elizabeth Joy Photography.

 Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell

To view Joe and Kendra's Amazon wedding registry, click here


Photos are property of duggarfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. Visit the Duggars' website to view more engagement pictures of the happy couple. To see an additional album on TLC.com, click here.