Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Duggar No. 15 Enters Teenage Years

As the parents of 19 children, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are well-versed in the various stages of childhood and adolescence. Today, Jackson Duggar, No. 15 in the Duggar lineup, is officially a teenager! If you go back and watch the Duggars introduce themselves in their first reality TV special, 14 Children and Pregnant Again, you'll notice that Jackson wasn't even born yet.




































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Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, TLC, dillardfamily.com

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jana the Baby Whisperer

The oldest daughter in a family with 19 kids, Jana has spent more time around babies than most moms. Although Jim Bob and Michelle's children are growing up quickly, the cries and laughs of small children can still be heard regularly in the Duggar home, as their grandchildren visit frequently. Like her sisters, Jana loves to dote on her nieces and nephews. And as you can imagine, with all the experience she has had, she is quite the pro at caring for little ones.

Jana Duggar

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Four Duggar Women File Lawsuit

 Jessa Duggar Seewald, Joy-Anna Duggar, Jill Duggar Dillard,
Jana Duggar, Jinger Duggar Vuolo

Plaintiffs Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo, and Joy Duggar filed a lawsuit this week, naming the following parties as defendants:

"CITY OF SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS; WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS; KATHY O'KELLEY, in her individual and official capacities; ERNEST CATE, in his individual and official capacities; RICK HOYT, in his individual and official capacities; STEVE ZEGA, in his official capacity; BAUER PUBLISHING COMPANY, L.P.; BAUER MAGAZINE, L.P.; BAUER MEDIA GROUP, INC.; BAUER, INC.; HEINRICH BAUER NORTH AMERICA, INC.; BAUER MEDIA GROUP USA, LLC; and DOES 1-10, inclusive."

The lawsuit claims that the defendants contributed to the allegedly unlawful release of information that led to the identification and exploitation of the plaintiffs as victims of child abuse. The four Duggar women state that the sole purpose of the lawsuit is to fight for the protection of juvenile victims of child abuse.

"We hope our lawsuit will send a clear message that releasing the names of juveniles is never okay."
-Jill Dillard

"This case is solely about protecting children who are victims of abuse. Revealing juvenile identities under these circumstances is unacceptable, and it’s against the law. The media and custodians of public records who let these children down must be held accountable. This case has vast implications for all our children. We hope that by bringing this case to the public’s attention, all children will be protected from reckless reporting."
-Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo, and Joy Duggar

We know that the Duggars would appreciate prayers, especially that the goal of the lawsuit would be accomplished. Following the Biblical command to pray for those who mistreat you, we also encourage you to pray for the defendants.

To watch a news report and to read the statement released by the City of Springdale, visit NWA Homepage.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dillard Party of 4 is Home

This just in: Jill, Derick, Israel, and Baby Boy Dillard #2 (due in early July) are home from Central America.

Israel Dillard, Jill Dillard, Derick Dillard

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Duggar Son-In-Law Turns 22

Wishing Ben Seewald a very happy 22nd birthday!


Photos courtesy TLC, DCL, theseewaldfamily.com, duggarfamily.com, Jinger Duggar

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Duggar-Forsyth Wedding


Quite a few rumors about the timing of Joy-Anna Duggar's upcoming wedding to Austin Forsyth have been circulating the internet, but we want to remind you all that no official word has been given. When the couple chooses to make their special date public, we will share it with you. And rest assured, there will be plenty of exciting wedding footage coming your way from TLC and the Duggars.

In the meantime, why doesn't everyone post their wedding guesses? When do you think Joy and Austin will tie the knot? Do you have any predictions about the style of the wedding?

Photo courtesy TLC/DCL

Brunch with Jinger and Jeremy


"I am a happy man!"
-Jeremy Vuolo

Jinger and Jeremy have a house guest! In this clip, they entertain Jedidiah in their Laredo apartment, and all three of them pitch in to make brunch. As someone who is used to random concoctions of whatever he can find in the kitchen, Jeremy is thrilled to have a woman who can show him the ropes of proper cooking.



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Photo/video courtesy TLC

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Duggar #4 Turns 26

Wishing Jill Dillard (formerly Jill Duggar) a blessed 26th birthday! What were your first impressions of Jill when you saw her on TV (or met her) for the first time?


Photos courtesy TLC, TLC/David Welker, duggarfamily.com, dillardfamily.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dillards Mourn Murders of Friends, Will Return Home Soon

 Jill Dillard, Derick, Dillard, and Israel Dillard

The Dillards have been in Central America since mid-February, and they have plans to return to Arkansas soon for the birth of their second son, due in early July. They have been working hard to share the Gospel, encouragement, and aid with those they meet on the mission field.

In addition to going about their regular missionary duties, Jill and Derick have also lost two friends over the past few weeks. The first was a 20-year-old who was brutally murdered while selling coconuts at a roadside stand. A short while later, a Christian friend who was also a member of the same family was murdered and his body found by a river.

The Dillards have asked friends and fans to pray for the family, who also lost a grandmother around the same time, as they grieve for their loved ones.

Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, and friends

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Jinger the Coffee Lover


It's no secret that Jinger Duggar Vuolo loves coffee. Those who have been faithfully watching the Duggars' reality show from the beginning have known that about her since she was a teenager. We have a wedding prep clip to show you, and while it is an "old" video, it was just uploaded by TLC. We know some of you are tired of Jinger's wedding, but we really think you will enjoy this scene. It should be in a format that everyone is able to watch.


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Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, May 15, 2017

Duggar Courtship Rumor

 Jonathan Hartono, Jedidiah Duggar, and Jeremiah Duggar
2014

A rumor that Jana Duggar is in a courtship with Jonathan Hartono, a foreign exchange student from Indonesia who has been close friends with the Duggars since he and his sister Jennifer met Jana and John-David on a mission trip seven years ago, has been circulating the tabloids.

Many of our readers have been asking if the rumor is true, so we wanted to inform you that it is not. Jonathan has confirmed that he is still single and not in a relationship.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com


Happy Mothers Day from the Vuolos

 Diana Vuolo, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, and Michelle Duggar

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo, who live hundreds of miles away from both their mothers, made a YouTube video wishing "Mom Vuolo and Mom Duggar" a happy Mother's Day. What resemblances do you see between Jinger and Jeremy and their mothers?


Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com; video courtesy duggarfamily.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!


Wishing Michelle Duggar, Anna Duggar, Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, and all the mamas out there a very happy Mother's Day! How is your family celebrating?

In this 19 Kids and Counting webisode from 2014, Michelle Duggar shares her favorite Mother's Day memories.


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Photo/video courtesy TLC

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Duggar Road Trips


Last month, several Duggars went on a road trip to Waco, Texas, to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Market. (Fixer Upper, anyone?)

Paying for airline tickets for 19 kids can be quite expensive, so the Duggars have grown accustomed to road trips. If you could take a road trip anywhere in the world (within driving distance of your home, of course) where would you go?

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Friday, May 12, 2017

New Photos of Henry

Last week, Henry Seewald hit his three-month milestone. I (Ellie) recently had the pleasure of meeting him and found him to be a well-tempered, expressive little guy. He sat contentedly in my arms for about 20 minutes while eight-year-old Jordyn Duggar entertained him. Watching both Henry and Spurgeon interact with devoted and attentive parents Jessa and Ben Seewald was also very sweet!

Henry Seewald, 3 months old

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Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Photos of the New Couples

Won't be long before Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are empty-nesters! Okay, maybe it will be a little while still. Four of their 19 children are married, one is engaged and soon to be married, and another is in a courtship. You all are always eager to see pictures of the couples, so here's a new one of Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth with Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell.


Joseph Duggar, Kendra Caldwell, Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth


Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Jeremy's Soccer Skills

Did you know that Jeremy Vuolo is a former professional soccer player? He ended his athletic career in November 2014 and was ordained into ministry on March 5th, 2016. A few years ago, while he was still playing soccer and long before he had met Jinger Duggar, Jeremy went on a disaster relief mission trip to the Philippines with Thirsty Ground International. Watch him demonstrate ball handling skills to a group of children in the video below.


Video property of Thirsty Ground International

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

'Counting On' Promo Photos

As we announced earlier, new episodes of Counting On return Monday, June 12th. Are you excited? Take a look at these promo photos...

 Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, Guinn Seewald
Celebrating Spurgeon's 1st birthday

Spurgeon Seewald and Israel Dillard
 Enjoying cousin time before the Dillards return to Central America

 Johannah Duggar and Joy-Anna Duggar
Decorating for Spurgeon's 1st birthday party

Austin Forsyth and Joy Duggar
Austin's proposal

 Joseph Duggar and Pastor Caldwell
Asking permission to court Kendra Caldwell

Pastor Caldwell

Jana Duggar, Joy Duggar, Jessa Seewald, Jill Dillard, Jinger Vuolo
Duggar sisters ask Jinger if she is pregnant

Photos courtesy TLC

Duggars Return in 5 Weeks


This just in...The new season of Counting On premieres Monday, June 12th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT! Scroll down to read the summary and watch a promo video.

A new baby for Jessa and Ben, an unexpected surprise from Jill and Derick, and Joy-Anna and Austin’s engagement are just some of the major milestones that will be highlighted in the new season. The seven-part run promises love, laughter, and tears.

Jessa and Ben Seewald expand their young family with an adorable newborn and experience all the joys and challenges that come with raising two small children. Viewers will see Jill and Derick Dillard say goodbye to family and return to Central America, but not before they share some exciting news with baby Israel and the rest of the clan.

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo adjust to life as newlyweds in a new city far away from Northwest Arkansas. And the excitement doesn’t end with the older sisters…it’s Joy’s turn now! Viewers will see Joy interact with boyfriend/soon-to-be-fiancĂ© Austin Forsyth. But Joy is not the only sibling to find new love, as yet another Duggar starts a new courtship. There are always new milestones and big announcements in this ever-growing family!


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, May 8, 2017

Duggar Campout


Family and close friends of the Duggars say that Joy-Anna lights up whenever she is with fiancé Austin Forsyth or someone mentions his name. You'll find that to be true in the video below, as the soon-to-be-newlyweds talk about the joint bachelor/bachelorette party they hosted this weekend. They have had a hard time finding a date with all the rain Arkansas has been having, but they finally got a sunny weekend and were able to go through with the much-anticipated event.

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Photo/video courtesy TLC

New Giveaways













Happy Monday! We have two great giveaways for our loyal readers.

On this blog, we are giving away three copies of the Bontrager Family Singers' new CD, Time For Truth. Hurry...that giveaway ends today. (Click here for details on how to enter.)

On Ellie's blog, NashvilleWife.com, she is giving away four audiobooks from world renowned storyteller Jim Weiss. (Click here to visit her blog to enter that raffle.)

Photos courtesy Greathall/Jim Weiss; Bontrager Family Singers

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Joy the Tour Guide


Those who watched last season of Counting On met three of Jeremy Vuolo's friends, James (photographer who took Jinger and Jeremy's engagement photos in New York City), Luis (Jeremy's teammate from his days as a professional soccer player), and Seung (James' wife, who is a jewelry designer). In this TLC webisode, Joy-Anna Duggar gives the three a tour of the Duggar house.

A new season of Counting On premieres this summer. TLC has not yet announced the date, but as soon as they do, we will share it with you all. 


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Friday, May 5, 2017

Six Months of Marriage (Photos)

In honor of Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo's six-month wedding anniversary, we have a few new photos of the newlyweds to share.

For nostalgia, click here to watch the Vuolos' first video message as a married couple. 

 Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo enjoy an ice cream date

 Jinger Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo pose for a selfie 

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo soak up the Texas sun

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Photos courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Big Sandy Highlight Reel


Did you see the photos we posted of the Duggars' time at the annual homeschool/family conference in Big Sandy, Texas, last week? The Institute in Basic Life Principles just released a highlight reel, which we have posted below. Take a look, and let us know which of the Duggars or their significant others you see.

We have also embedded the video montage from last year's conference, which the Duggars also attended.

Big Sandy 2017


Big Sandy 2016


Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com; videos property iblp.org

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Latest TLC Videos


For our readers who are unable to watch videos that we post from the TLC website, we try to re-share all the Counting On clips once they are uploaded to YouTube. Here are the latest:

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo at the Australian Heritage Hotel

Behind the Scenes with the Littlest Duggars

Interview with Joseph and Josiah Duggar

Photo/videos courtesy TLC

Bontrager CD Giveaway


In honor of the start of a new month (can you believe it's already May?) we have a giveaway for you all. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you have probably heard of the Bontrager Family Singers. A family of 12, they tour the country playing gospel/bluegrass music, and they are friends of the Duggars and the Bates.

Earlier this year, we raffled off copies of the Bontrager' 2015 album, "Someone You Can Reach."

Since then, the family has released another CD, "Time For Truth," and has graciously given us three copies to give away to our readers. Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win, and be sure to check out the Bontragers' website.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Photo courtesy Bontrager Family Singers

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Photos of the Little Duggars

The Duggar family (including Jessa and Ben Seewald and Josh and Anna Duggar) spent last week in Big Sandy, Texas, for the annual homeschool conference. We posted a batch of pictures on Thursday (click here to view) and we have a few more to share.

**Several of our readers mentioned that they attended this year's conference. We know our other readers would be very interested to hear about it, so please send us an email (duggarfamilyblog@gmail.com) if you would like to share your experiences/pictures.

 Josie Duggar, Jordyn Duggar, Tyler, Jennifer Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jackson Duggar

 Josiah Duggar and a friend

 Joy-Anna Duggar and Josie Duggar

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Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

Smiles from Henry


For those who expressed concern over the somber picture we shared of 11-week-old Henry Seewald on Monday, this video should assure you that he does engage with those around him. And his little smiles are absolutely adorable!

Just a heads-up, most smart phones are unable to play this type of video, so try a desktop or laptop computer (with a browser other than Internet Explorer) if you can't view it.

video

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Photo/video courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Duggars in Big Sandy, 2017

The Duggars are spending the week in Big Sandy, Texas, at the annual family homeschool conference. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children have attended this event for many years, and they always love catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. The conference features age-appropriate activities and inspiring messages for both children and adults.

Below are a few snapshots from this week. (Click here to see photos from the 2014 conference.)

 Duggar and Bates boys work the grill

 The Duggar bus parked at the campground

 Jackson Duggar and Tyler prepare for rappelling 

 Jana Duggar and Meredith Duggar

 Jason Duggar (what do you think of his shirt?)

Justin Duggar and Meredith Duggar

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Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Grandma Duggar's 'New' House


Those who have been asking for new Counting On footage will enjoy this video. As a child, Jim Bob Duggar lived in a log cabin style home with his parents and sister Deanna Duggar. Grandma Duggar recently sold the property that it sat on, so her son and grandsons moved it to their property and are fixing it up as her residence.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, April 24, 2017

Henry Seewald's 11-Week Milestone

Henry Seewald is eleven weeks old today, and he weighs nearly 16 lbs, which means he has almost doubled his birth weight of 8 lbs, 11 oz. Today, Henry sat up in the Seewalds' Bumbo seat for the first time.

Henry Wilberforce Seewald

For comparison, here is a snapshot of big brother Spurgeon Seewald at around the same age. 

Jordyn Duggar and Spurgeon Seewald, January 2016

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Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Ducklings


Last week, I was invited to breakfast with our pastor's wife and daughter. We had a great time chatting, and just before I left, they showed me the latest additions to their family: five baby ducks! They were simply adorable. They have raised ducks before, and they plan to keep them until they are full-grown and then hand them over to a farm.

The pastor's wife told me about the ducks she raised when she lived in a different state. When they had grown big enough, they would follow her down to the creek to go for a swim and then follow her back home again. She ended up having to let the ducks go, but several years later, while she was canoeing, a duck came right up to her and followed her the entire time. She thinks it had to be one of her ducks! If we ever own a house with a bit of land, I think I'm going to have to raise ducks. They're just so darling.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Photo of the Vuolos

Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo; Sheila and Tom Pennington

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo will celebrate their six-month wedding anniversary on May 5th. Jeremy is a pastor in Laredo, Texas, and he and Jinger are always looking for ways to serve and connect with others.

The Vuolos recently spent time with Tom and Sheila Pennington. Tom is a pastor and teacher in Dallas, Texas, and has worked alongside well-known pastor and author John MacArthur. How many of you have listened to or read teachings from either Tom Pennington or John MacArthur?

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com