Friday, December 15, 2017

Big Wedding Tomorrow

Duggar and Bates men
 Duggar and Bates men at family camp, April 2017

Tomorrow afternoon, at a church in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area, Tori Bates will marry her sweetheart, Bobby Smith. Tori turns 22 next week, while Bobby will be 23 in February. Rest assured, there will be some Duggars present at the event.

The Duggars and Bates have been close friends for more than 20 years, and while every single member of each family isn't always able to be there to celebrate the major milestones of the other, they always send at least a handful of delegates.

We look forward to sharing more details about the wedding on our Bates blog in the days and weeks to come. Tori and Bobby will have 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen with a winter wonderland theme.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

3 Weddings in 1 Weekend

Last week, we shared photos from the Bontrager/Bowers double wedding that the Duggars attended on Friday, September 1st. After a busy day of festivities, the Bontragers woke up the next morning and did it all over again!

This time, the groom was Mitchell Bontrager, the second oldest of Marlin and Rebecca Bontrager's ten children. He married Bryn Leppert. Scroll down for pictures, some of which include the Duggars.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding
 The Bontrager family

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding
 The three couples

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at Bontrager wedding
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar congratulate the bride and groom

Photos are courtesy of the Bontrager family/Sarah Smith Studios

The ceremony is available for viewing on YouTube, and more photos can be found on the Bontragers' website.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Austin Turns 24

Wishing Austin Forsyth a very blessed 24th birthday! He and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth have been married six months and are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their first child, due in March 2018.

Joy and Austin Forsyth
 The Forsyths

Joy and Austin Forsyth honeymoon in Kandersteg, Switzerland
 Joy and Austin Forsyth honeymoon in Kandersteg, Switzerland

The Forsyths honeymoon in Israel
The Forsyths honeymoon in Israel

Photos courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth

Duggar Trivia 11.0

It's time for some Duggar trivia! Try your hand at the questions below, and post your guesses as a comment. We will reveal the answers in a couple days.

1. In 2011, the Duggars went overseas. What was their first stop? (Bonus point if you can name all the countries they visited.)

2. Which Duggar kid's middle name is Levi?

3. How many Duggars have June birthdays?

4. Where did Ben propose to Jessa? (Bonus point if you can name the town, state, and building.)

5. In an episode of 19 Kids and Counting that aired in March 2015, Michelle attended her __-year high school reunion.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Schoolhouse Little Rock

Johannah Duggar and Jennifer Duggar

Following Josie Duggar's premature birth (eight year ago, as of yesterday) the Duggar family relocated to Little Rock to be near the hospital. You may remember that the home they leased, called the Cornish House, and the ironic history behind it.

While living in Little Rock, Jim Bob and Michelle and their older children worked hard to maintain a sense of normality for the younger ones. In this video, filmed in spring 2010, 19-year-old Jill Duggar works with four-year-old Johannah Duggar and two-year-old Jennifer Duggar on reading, shapes, and colors. The cameras also show the makeshift school room set up for the older ones.

**Be sure to enter the latest giveaway on our Bates blog. Hurry, it ends at 12am on December 12th.

Photo/video courtesy of TLC

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Duggar #19 Turns 8

Has it really been eight years since Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed their 19th child into the world? It feels like just yesterday we were posting updates on her progress, as she spent months in the NICU following her premature birth. Some of the updates were celebratory, while others were calls for prayer. Now, eight years later, Josie is happy and healthy.

Happy birthday, Josie Brooklyn!

Josie Duggar turns eight

This is our favorite photo of Josie. It was taken in June 2012 and was sent to us by Jill, who had looked up a Duggar recipe on our blog because she hadn't been able to locate the family's copy.

Josie Duggar
Josie Duggar, June 2012

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Vuolos' First Snow

Snow has been spotted in South Texas! The forecast for the next week is sunny and warm, but residents were shocked to see a light dusting yesterday and today. Having grown up in Northwest Arkansas, Jinger is a bit more accustomed to snow than her new friends in Texas, but seeing snowflakes fall from the sky is exciting, nonetheless.

Have you had your first snow?

Jinger Duggar Vuolo in the snow in Laredo Texas
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Duggars Headed to New Zealand

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Kauai Hawaii

This post is for all of our lovely readers in New Zealand. Last week, we announced the Duggars' upcoming trip to Australia. After Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and 14 of their 19 children wrap up their time in Australia, they will hop over to see you!

Thursday, January 18th-Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (and 13 of their children) to speak at the New Zealand IBLP Family Conference
Marton, NZ
For registration information, view the event brochure on the IBLP New Zealand website.

We spoke with IBLP, and they recommend that those who want to meet the Duggars but are unable to attend the full conference register as a day visitor for Saturday and/or Sunday.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Duggar Christmas Goodies

 Johannah Duggar, Tyler, Jordyn Duggar

The Christmas season is in full swing, which means that the Duggar home is filled with the aroma of baked goods. Above, Johannah, Tyler, and Jordyn are pictured delicately drizzling melted chocolate over pretzels to make chocolate-covered pretzels.

Do you enjoy holiday baking? If you do, here are links to some of the Duggars favorite recipes:

Jill's Favorite Cheesecake
Michelle's Apple Dumplings
Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Chocolate Chip Cookies
St. John's Banana Bread
Banana Cake
Grandma Duggar's Buttermilk Chocolate Sheet Cake and Icing

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bontrager/Bowers Double Wedding

Those who have been long-time readers of our blog have likely been acquainted with the Bontragers, close friends of the Duggars who tour the country playing gospel and bluegrass music. This year, parents Marlin and Rebecca Bontrager watched three of their children tie the knot...all in the same weekend!

On Friday, September 1st, the family threw a double wedding for Carson Bontrager, then 21, and Joshua Bontrager, 20, at the Bontrager farm. And to make the special day even more unique, the brides were sisters! Carson married Carolina Bowers, and Joshua married Cassidy Bowers in a ceremony and reception attended by nearly 1,000 guests.

The following day, Mitchell Bontrager, 25, married his sweetheart, Bryn Leppert. And a few days before the big wedding weekend, Chelsy Bontrager, the oldest of Marlin and Rebecca's 10 children, said yes to boyfriend John Maxwell's proposal, which means the family is already planning another wedding!

Below are photos from the Bontrager/Bowers double wedding, many of which include the Duggars.

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Photos are courtesy of the Bontrager family/Windrose Photography

The ceremony is available for viewing on YouTube, and more photos can be found on the Bontragers' website.

Photos of Mitchell and Bryn's wedding coming soon.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dillard December Snaphots

Only three weeks until Christmas! Jill and the kids have enjoyed spending time with family this holiday season. Here are a few snapshots from some of their recent activities:

Israel Dillard and Grandma Cathy at Arkansas Amazeum
Israel Dillard and Grandma Cathy Dillard Byrum
Playing "store" at the Amazeum, a children's museum in Bentonville, AR

Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard Christmas parade Rogers Arkasnas
 Jill and Israel Dillard at a Christmas parade in Rogers, AR

Jill Dillard henna
Jill Dillard shows off the henna she received from a friend from South Asia

Jill and Derick Dillard Christmas tree
Jill and Derick's Christmas tree

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

'Counting On' Returning?

Jana Duggar, Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Joy Forsyth, Jinger Vuolo
 Jana Duggar, Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Joy Forsyth, Jinger Vuolo

Counting On has been off the air for six weeks now, and we know you all are eager to hear whether the Duggars will be returning for a new season. We have been in contact with TLC, but at this time, there are no announcements to share. As soon as there is news to give, we will post it here.

In the meantime, we're curious to hear what you like most about the show and what other TV programs you watch, if any?

 Photo courtesy TLC

Friday, December 1, 2017

Forsyths Fly to MS

Thank Goodness It's Friday! Joy and Austin Forsyth, along with Austin's father, Terry Forsyth, are flying down to Mississippi for a wedding.

Joy (Duggar) Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Terry Forsyth

Photo courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Duggars Going Down Under!

For all of our faithful readers who live in Australia and have been eager to meet the Duggars, the family is finally making a trip Down Under! We know that a few of you ran into Jinger and Jeremy on their honeymoon, but this time, they are participating in a public event.

Last January, Gil and Kelly Bates, along with daughter Carlin Bates, visited Australia, and in just a few weeks, the Duggars will follow suit.

Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Meet the Duggars in Australia
Kilsyth South Baptist Church
382-388 Liverpool Rd, Kisyth South, Victoria, Australia 

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and 14 of their children will share their thoughts on family life and homeschooling, followed by tea and fellowshipping. This is a public event.
RSVP by January 6th to

The event will kick off the 2018 family conference, which runs from January 14th-17th in nearby Lilydale, Victoria. The Duggars will be guest speakers at the conference. Visit the IBLP website to register.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Music From Ben's Sister

Danielle Seewald new Christmas singles

In February 2016, Ben Seewald's younger sister, Danielle Seewald, kicked off her music career with her first EP, "New Take."

Now, almost two years later, Danielle is releasing two Christmas singles, "White Christmas" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." The links to purchase the songs on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play are below. You can also listen to previews on those sites.

Fun fact: Andy Leftwich, a close friend of the Bates, is Danielle's producer. He also plays violin and guitar on these tracks.

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
     Amazon mp3
     Google Play

"White Christmas"
     Google Play

*When this post was written, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" was not available on Amazon mp3.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Dillard Thanksgiving Photos

In addition to celebrating with the Duggars, Jill and Derick Dillard also had a Thanksgiving meal with the extended Dillards. Scroll down to see snapshots.

On another note, if you like free stuff, be sure to enter Ellie's latest giveaway at

 Jill and Derick Dillard, Israel Dillard, 
extended family, Derick's brother Dan Dillard, Dan's wife Deena Dillard

Dan and Deena with Samuel Dillard

And here's a photo of Jill and the boys at home, doing laundry. Don't you just love Sam's chubby cheeks?

Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, Samuel Dillard

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Duggar Thanksgiving Photos, 2017

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hosted a Thanksgiving meal attended by most of their children and in-laws, including Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo, Joseph and Kendra Duggar, Josh and Anna Duggar, Jessa and Ben Seewald, and Jill and Derick Dillard. A few weren't able to make it, and some were present but are not in the group photo.

 The Duggar family, Thanksgiving 2017

John-David Duggar, Jinger Vuolo, Jana Duggar

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Vuolos with Mom and Dad Duggar

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo have been spending time with Jinger's family this Thanksgiving. We just love this snapshot of the two of them with Jim Bob and Michelle!

Jim Bob Duggar, Jinger Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo, Michelle Duggar

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! We hope you have a relaxing day celebrating with family and friends.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jinger's Christmas Decorations

5 weeks until Christmas! Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo are celebrating their second holiday season as a married couple, and their home is already decked out in festive decor. Here are a few snapshots:

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Jill and Joy

Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and Jill (Duggar) Dillard have always been close. Growing up, Joy was Jill's buddy, and the two were inseparable. When Jill tied the knot, Joy was standing next to her as a bridesmaid, and when Joy said 'I Do,' she chose Jill as her matron of honor.

Jill and Joy at Joy's wedding, May 2017

Jana, Jill, and Joy, April 2014

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Duggar Bloopers

Over the years, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have told multiple "messy baby" stories. Like the time when toddler Jana Duggar tracked an entire roll of toilet paper around the family's 900-square-foot house. Or the time when two-year-old Josh Duggar found a container of Petroleum Jelly and rubbed it all over himself.

With two young boys, Jill and Derick Dillard are experiencing their own "messy baby" scenarios. The other day, two-and-a-half-year-old Israel Dillard had some fun with a tube of diaper rash putting it in his hair. Even after a few washes with dish soap, his golden hair was still greasy.

Israel Dillard

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

37 Duggars and Counting

 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Last week on our Bates blog, we posted a breakdown of Gil and Kelly's ever-expanding family. Since that post, one of the kids announced a pregnancy, so the Bates are now 34 members strong.

In comparison, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar celebrated 33 years in July and are quickly approaching 40 family members. They have...

6 married kids (Josh, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, and Joy)
0 children who have announced courtships or engagements
5 unmarried adult children (Jana, John-David, Josiah, Jedidiah, and Jeremiah)
4 teenagers (Jason, James, Justin, and Jackson)
4 kids ages 7-12 (Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn, and Josie)
9 grandchildren ages 4 months-8 years
1 grandchild on the way (Joy and Austin)
6 children-in-law (Anna, Derick, Ben, Jeremy, Kendra, and Austin)

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